Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

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Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby jmdog2003 » Dec Fri 22, 2017 6:17 pm

The boss let me out of the zoo early. Finished my shopping very quickly so went to get an oil change. Dang those guys move quickly. So I found myself with about three hours with nothing to do. Of course I keep a set up and gear in my trunk at all times because, why wouldn't I? Overcast with light winds and in the low to mid 40's. I couldn't pass it up, especially with the temp crash that's coming. If the cold season was always like that, I'd fish more in winter than I do in summer. With the rivers as low and clear as they are, the key is finding any decent depth with some color. So it took some hiking. But once I found it, I hooked up almost immediately. I got a hit and missed the hookset, then didn't even have time to finish saying "dammit" before I got a good thump and solid weight. First fish to hand was a good smallie.
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Got a largemouth quickly thereafter and missed two more hits. I thought it was going to be a banner day, but then it slowed to a crawl for the next hour. Only got a rock bass in that window.
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The last half hour brought another flurry of action, around 2:00 p.m. Another smallie, a crappie, two more largies, and another rock bass.
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My last bass was a nice fish for this river. I thought I had another carp hooked from the pull.
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Action was still going as I left and it looked like the sundown bite was going to be dynamite.
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby Rambler » Dec Fri 22, 2017 7:37 pm

:mrgreen: I was considering hitting the DPR today since the temps are taking a dive starting tomorrow. But then I got called into emergency grand daughter sitting & my plans went in the dumpster.

Nice shots!
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby polishfly » Dec Fri 22, 2017 9:11 pm

whoa dude way to get some size too!!
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby FishinMatt » Dec Fri 22, 2017 10:23 pm

Awesome day to be out. Love those last chance trips.
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby Skifish1 » Dec Fri 22, 2017 11:55 pm

Nice work jdog lower des plaines was good to me today the last hurrah for open water in 2017
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby catchafew » Dec Sat 23, 2017 12:38 am

Very impressive.
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Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Sat 23, 2017 4:25 am

Mmmmm. Yum. Xmas bassN'..
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby HEDDONFROG » Dec Sat 23, 2017 11:25 am

Nice outing J-dog. I saw open water on a public lake yesterday, had an hour to spare and could have wet a line but I never leave a rod or two and a tackle bag in the car, but you've convinced me to do it, so thanks for sharin'

That bass in the bottom photo has the epitome of a river bass's body...It's long and muscular, bulging in the shoulders and back, no fat and more streamlined or am I just seeing things since it's been 3 weeks since I fished? lol
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby jmdog2003 » Dec Sat 23, 2017 11:59 am

^ I was actually very impressed by that bass Heddon. It was built like a tank. Very likely the biggest fish in the stretch I was fishing. It also had a very distinguished lateral line which looked cool coming up from the depths.
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby minstrel » Dec Sat 23, 2017 12:10 pm

Well shoot, that looks like a great day of fishin no matter the season. Christmas come early! Great job as usual. :clap:
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby ohoffm » Dec Sun 24, 2017 10:53 am

well played. Good to see your efforts paying off.
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby grems » Dec Sun 24, 2017 10:55 am

Great mixed bag and sizes! All on the same bait?

You must have been disappointed without any trout...
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby jmdog2003 » Dec Sun 24, 2017 12:02 pm

^yup 3" Gulp minnows grems. I didn't have my waders on so the trout were inaccessible :D
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Re: Surprise time off work + done w/ shopping = fishing

Postby SmallieSavant » Dec Fri 29, 2017 4:27 pm

Those are all solid fish, JMDOG! Nice work, gotta love the impromptu outings!
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