BFS action on Des Plains river . Downsizing paid off as I nailed 7 and lost 3 . Notable catches 14.5 inch smallmouth, 14 inch smallmouth , 3 sauger coming in at 14.5 inch 16 inch and 19 inch . MIcro lures were key as lippless cranks in gold and red , gold micro crank bait , beetle spin, and mule swim jig in chartreuse on 1/16 ounce mule jig head all connected . Light line action was a blast . Switched on rod from 4 lb test to 6 lb magna thin I had laying around the house made big difference as line is light and strong. 223 for the yr.