Finally, back on the river

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Finally, back on the river

Postby GoodVibes » Jun Sat 08, 2019 5:09 pm

Been waiting a few weeks for the DuPage to get back down to kayaking levels. Water was still a little high and stained, but current has slowed down.

The day went like this; fast start, slow middle and ended with a bang. On the water about 9:30 and off by Noon. First few casts got me this guy.
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The next hour or so, I paddled upstream and drifted slowly down anchoring here and there with a few similar sized fish. Even caught a couple of Rock Bass for the first time this year.
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A little slower than usual and I was getting ready to call it a day, but went back to my spot from previous weeks to give it one last try. First cast, another Little Rock Bass. Next cast, about a 2 pounder.
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Had to try and bend my spinner to get it straight after the fight with the last one. Got it pretty close and gave another cast near the previous 2 and caught this beauty at about 3 pounds.
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All in all ended up another good day on the river with about 10 fish in a little over 2 hours. I don’t know what it was, but all the smallies seemed to have bad attitudes and did not want to cooperate by the boat. Had some very nice fights with their moodiness and the current. All fish were caught on spinner bait close to shore, structure and slower water. Hoping to get out more if the weather cooperates.
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Re: Finally, back on the river

Postby mike son » Jun Mon 10, 2019 8:12 pm

Some nice smallies for sure. Was on the west branch myself the same day until 1pm. Nothing big but plenty of dinks to occupy my time. Hoping the rainy season is for the most part behind us.
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Re: Finally, back on the river

Postby mike son » Jun Mon 10, 2019 8:15 pm

GoodVibes wrote:I don’t know what it was, but all the smallies seemed to have bad attitudes and did not want to cooperate by the boat. Had some very nice fights with their moodiness and the current.


Forgot to quote this. Agreed! I hadn't fished smallies in quite some time so perhaps I had just forgotten about it. Even the dinks dogged :lol:. Got hooked in the hand and on the forearm while lipping two different fish. Both drew blood :roll:. Damn treble hook lures!
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Re: Finally, back on the river

Postby urbanHog312 » Jun Tue 11, 2019 8:18 am

killer smallies dude
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Re: Finally, back on the river

Postby Phil6 » Jun Tue 11, 2019 1:29 pm

Nice smallies! Those eyes always freak me out :shock:
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Re: Finally, back on the river

Postby badger75 » Jun Fri 14, 2019 1:11 pm

Great work. Keep 'em coming.
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