2019 retrospective

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2019 retrospective

Postby Rambler » Dec Tue 10, 2019 9:31 am

I guess it's not too early to look at the year in the rear view mirror & take stock of the good, the bad and all the rest.

The good:

This was the best bass year I've had in a long time. 2 days - a 17 LMB day at Busse in May and a between 12 & 20 smallie day on the Apple River would probably have made it so. When I throw in all the bass caught at Potawatomi Pond, Daniel Wright Woods, Beck, Skokie Lagoons and a few other spots it was a great year.

Plus the biggest smallie I've caught in years (19", West Branch, Dupe) and a few other Dupe smallies.

Also in the good column are all the days I got to spend outdoors - fishing or not, catching or not - and just simply enjoying myself. When you get to a certain age you really begin to appreciate all of it. You never know how many more springs, summers or falls you have left. That is of course, true for all of us but as you age the odds against you get longer.

Another good thing was my acquisition of a Daiwa Fuego spinning rod & Daiwa Regal reel. They replaced the broken Fenwick & a broken Lew's reel respectively and I have to say are considerable improvements - especially true of the Regal.

The bad:

Number 1 was breaking my favorite rod - a Fenwick Nighthawk II - as mentioned above. At least it died in a great effort - catching a monster bass on that 17 bass day at Busse. Snapped like a brittle twig.

Also on the bad side was the absolutely shitty customer service I got from Cabelas and Fenwick regarding the rod. I'm done with Fenwick and have scaled way back on Cabelas.

More bad was the poor showing I had with pike on the DPR. This was almost entirely due to all the flooding. If I kept count of these things I'd say I caught maybe a half dozen - none of them worth writing home about. The most memorable was the one that in jerking free put the hook into the base of my thumb. Ouch.

Same goes for Salt Creek. Too high for most of the year for much fishing. Too bad since I really enjoy my days there - even if all I catch are dinks.

Also in the bad column go all the days my best friend & I got skunked - at Busse & Skokie Lagoons. We managed to consistently get on the water on days when the weather was great for being outdoors but terrible for fishing.

The whatever:

First on this list is the fact that at the beginning of the season I was seriously considering buying new neoprene chest waders. I never pulled the trigger and am happy about it. As things went I used my waders (hip and chest) fewer than 10 times this year. This is mostly attributable to the flooding on Salt Creek, my Granddaddy Daycare schedule and my preference for canoe fishing with my best friend. He's talking about relocating - possibly to Eau Claire - so our times together could become few & far between.

To be continued (maybe)...
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Re: 2019 retrospective

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Tue 10, 2019 12:26 pm

X2 on the shitty-ness of the Des Plaines Watershed flooding.

Even the fox couldn't escape from constant high water or no wake conditions.

Heck Lake Michigan is feet higher than it was last year at this time.
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Re: 2019 retrospective

Postby Rambler » Dec Tue 10, 2019 1:39 pm

One more for the Whatever column: I'm officially done with Roland Martin. I caught one of his shows where he & another guy were bass fishing on the Potomac. They talked about how snakeheads had gotten into the river & how the Maryland DNR was trying to get rid of them. Then they both caught snakeheads & they both threw them back! When pros do this sort of shit is there any hope? I wonder if someone from the Maryland DNR saw the show & if they contacted Roland to discuss what he really should have done. Or maybe send him a ticket...
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Re: 2019 retrospective

Postby Skifish1 » Dec Tue 10, 2019 5:39 pm

You should be in neoprene and fishing cold months.
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Re: 2019 retrospective

Postby Rambler » Dec Thu 12, 2019 1:57 pm

PF's trailer posts reminded me of another point for the bad column. I did zero camping this year. Planned some but either the weather or other stuff got in the way. Maybe next year...
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Re: 2019 retrospective

Postby HEDDONFROG » Dec Tue 17, 2019 8:31 pm

Sounds like the good out weighed the bad Scott. I'm sure those daycare duties are enriching in all sorts of ways and think how much fun you'll have when you can take the troop of tykes with you on outdoor adventures. in I've always enjoyed your ramblings, especially the outdoor aspects of them. Hope your 2020 is a great one
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Re: 2019 retrospective

Postby Rambler » Dec Wed 18, 2019 10:23 am

Thanks Dave. Hope your 2020 is oustanding.
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