Planned on jumping into the river today, got a late start but it still worked out. Kept an eye on the radar and saw that whatever rain hits will be quick, so I decided to take the haul down to the Riverwalk from Mundelein. Go figure, had a fairly heavy drizzle right at arrival.
Stopped at Angler's International on the way and got one of those new Whopper Plopper 60's. I've read that topwater has been working on the Dupe (Thanks Mike!) So it was kinda a no brainer. Tied a 1/8 oz ball jig on the other rod with a Chart/pearl Keitech. Coulda left that in the car.
The eel grass is no joke this year. Between that and the skinny water, I couldn't retrieve the Keitech fast enough without bringing in grass. Left it on shore and hooked up on the first cast. Decent smalljaw. Alternated between straight retrieves casting downstream and "popping" from upstream. The latter produced the best of the day, a pretty lookin fighter. She didn't give up on it. Popped at it 3 or 4 times before finally getting enough of it.
Went upstream for the last couple hours. Tons of pops at the topwater but as evidenced by what happened when any semblance of sun went away. Clouds came in and hooked up with nothing heavier than a mcdonalds cheeseburger. Hell, a White Castle cheeseburger. Glorified microfishing. Found a pool of slack water and found where the rock bass were hiding to wrap it all up.
Everything caught was on the Whopper Plopper 60. Rambler, I know it doesn't fit the AACB guidelines at $10 a pop, but I bet you could tear it up on some of those creeks with this guy. I like it but the space between the prop and body get gunked up pretty easily making it worthless til you clean it out.
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