December: Autumn Returns

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December: Autumn Returns

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Mon 30, 2019 6:32 am

Highlight of my fishing month was running into Ryne Sandberg at Bass Pro Shop. He was just browsing around with his brother who was in from out of town, they were killing time as the wives shopped in the mall. Chatted with him and his brother. I was wearing a White Sox hat and he said "at least they are making all the right moves". Like the rest of us he sounds tired of Theo Epsteins blunders and bad moves. I even asked him if he was ready to take over for Ricky Renteria and all I got was a chuckle for that. A store full of people and everyone was oblivious to the greatest 2nd baseman of all time except for me.

On to fishing.. I picked up a few pike up here and there, mostly from shore. River levels are the best they've been in about 6months. Got the kayak out twice. Once for a multi species bite which turned into gar jumping in the boat, caught 8, missed about 25. Also got out for largemouth on December 29th when it was warm, caught 30bass in 38 degree water. I set a goal of 30 fish because they were just on fire and it took 3hrs. Literally had 3 bass in the first 10 casts. All on a crank bait, they didnt want the slow jig which is how I prefer to catch them. So many good ones, biggest was a hair over 21" which ties my best bass. Also caught a 20" and 3 bass that were in the 18inch range.

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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Mon 30, 2019 6:32 am

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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby joetrain » Dec Mon 30, 2019 7:01 am

Good stuff Marcus. The DPR is about the only thing I miss since I moved away.
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Oh wait add pizza to that.
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby polishfly » Dec Mon 30, 2019 8:20 am

Gtfo.......my girl is in town on the best weekend in winter? Fml. Great fishing!
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby Rambler » Dec Mon 30, 2019 10:08 am

Impressive fish & impressive numbers. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby HEDDONFROG » Dec Mon 30, 2019 10:16 am

Whoaaaa, killer everything...the gar, those fatass pike and bass. That weather yesterday made it a very memorable day
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Mon 30, 2019 10:52 am

I don't know what you guys throw for bass as the season changes, but I'd like to hear what it is you use. I know a lot about what H-frog throws because we fish a similar style.

For bass in spring it was definitely a jerkbait bite for me.

In summer it has always been a swimjig or a chatter/shudder & spinnerbait bite.

Fall has been a crankbait bite. This year has really cemented that fall crank bite for me.

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I know the drop shot is a deadly presentation, but I haven't gotten into it. Partly because I'm always fishing 4-5ft of water.
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby vidguru » Dec Mon 30, 2019 11:37 am

Great job! I need to get out more. I wanna get a gar one of these days...
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby FishinMatt » Dec Mon 30, 2019 11:45 am

One of my first Cubs game as a kid we were waiting for players to come out to players parking lot to sign autographs after game. Ryno came out and I got literally smashed up against the fence when the crowd surged as he approached. Ryno saw me getting smashed and refused to sign until people backed off a bit. He signed my glove which I used throughout Little League. If he was not my favorite player, he was after that. Glad to hear he is still a standup guy.

Amazing fish as usual. Are you moving around much for bass or are they stacking in winter holes?
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby ccorso » Dec Mon 30, 2019 12:43 pm

Outstanding report, those are some hogs!
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Mon 30, 2019 1:39 pm

FishinMatt wrote:
Amazing fish as usual. Are you moving around much for bass or are they stacking in winter holes?


So many of the bass were congregating in one particular area. I did a thorough lap of a larger area with deeper water, ledges and chunky rock, along with spot checking the sites of memorable catches past. Only nabbed a few in those areas. 90% of them were definitely loaded in a relatively shallower area 5-7ft along the thickest weedlines. To give a better reference, it's an area that totally mats over in the summer from the thick weeds and algae. The bait and blue gills were super thick in there. When I paddled through the non submerged weeds there, gills would scare and surface everywhere followed by bass surfacing on the chase. I'm used to seeing dogfish chase like that, but those were definitely bass. Seen a few big dead shad floating , most likely from an early ice over we had a couple weeks back.
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby ganz1960 » Dec Mon 30, 2019 6:12 pm

Awesome! Some Canada-sized pike right there. I still can't get over seeing big bass like that from the DPR…
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby cletedius » Dec Mon 30, 2019 7:53 pm

Brutes :shock:
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby HEDDONFROG » Dec Tue 31, 2019 3:49 am

Aux Pleins wrote:I don't know what you guys throw for bass as the season changes, but I'd like to hear what it is you use. I know a lot about what H-frog throws because we fish a similar style.

For bass in spring it was definitely a jerkbait bite for me.

In summer it has always been a swimjig or a chatter/shudder & spinnerbait bite.

Fall has been a crankbait bite. This year has really cemented that fall crank bite for me.

I know the drop shot is a deadly presentation, but I haven't gotten into it. Partly because I'm always fishing 4-5ft of water.


Yeah we do throw a lot of similar baits. I used to throw shallow and deep cranks all during the cold water period and even though I usually bring some with me I rarely tie one on. I'll try and commit to throwing them more. Are you throwing jerks in the fall and not having any luck with them? Or just not throwing them? I always start there. One bait I know you'd have fun with and it's right in your wheelhouse are glide baits, specifically S-Waver 168's. Reasonable cost, good color selection and I've found out they're effective all year for bass and pike. Probably no extra gear needed either, you just need a heavy bass rod or some of your lighter pike/musky rods. Drop shots are effective from 2 or 3' of water and deeper. I target shallow docks all summer long and when the weeds come up too high to straight wacky rig, I rig my bait just above the weed tops. I've also been enjoying Neko rigs the last 2 years, they can be as small as a ned rig or you can throw 10" worms and go all power finesse on them. I also like Neko rigging because it's more snagless/weedless. Weedless ned heads have a terrible hook up ratio. If you ever want to spend a day drop shotting and Neko fishing...I know place :D

Btw Mike has been on a square bill crank bite and has some rattling square bills he's excited about. I'm sure he can post a link
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby urbanHog312 » Dec Tue 31, 2019 10:00 am

thats a tank bass dude!!
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby ccorso » Dec Tue 31, 2019 1:52 pm

Do you upsize the hooks on those square bills?
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Tue 31, 2019 3:59 pm

ccorso wrote:Do you upsize the hooks on those square bills?


No, that's standard. I want to say thats a KVD. I might be mistaken though.

H-frog, I haven't tried the jerk at all this fall. It probably is a good choice though. I had a bass eat that square bill after I put the rod down to make a paddle. Square bill was submerged in probably close to 1.5ft, I guess you can say it hit on the pause..
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby jmdog2003 » Dec Tue 31, 2019 7:44 pm

Some beastly fish you got yourself there sir. A tip of the cap to you.
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby philkol123 » Jan Wed 01, 2020 5:29 pm

Unreal for winter fishing...
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jan Thu 02, 2020 9:12 am

That's a damn good lookin kitty cat :lol:
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby Rambler » Jan Thu 02, 2020 12:34 pm

Makes you wonder why so many people spend so much money going to Canada for fish like that when it's right in our backyard. Maybe it's for the scenery.
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Re: December: Autumn Returns

Postby mike son » Jan Sun 05, 2020 11:58 am

Nice month you had Aux. I live decently close to the DPR but only fished it once or twice, thinking I need to change that this year.
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