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Paul Trybul

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  1. Paul Trybul

    Fox open

    I know I've been asked to participate in tournaments in the past. People that have fished with me tell me I have the focus and dive to be competitive. I did some soul searching and I feel that fishing competitively is not for me. I have nothing against these tournaments or the people who participate for me. I like the catch, photo, release element of these kayak tournaments and wish other bass tournaments used this format versus put a bass in a livewell all day, bounce it around a lake and then weight them in and release them all in 1 spot. For me fishing plays an important balancing part in my life. After 20+ years in outside sales, I get to scratch my competitive itch 5 days a weeks. Fishing is my escape from people, technology, and competition and I don't want that to change,
  2. Losing your guide and expert in that section didn't help. I'm kind of surprised one section significantly out produced other sections. That was all good water by summer and most springs but this cold late spring has changed the dynamics of spring fishing 2018. I didn't want to scare you guys off our section but there is a 100+ yard uphill carry at the end and there is no way to sugar coat that. Jake was kind enough to help me carry my canoe back to my car which me and my 70+ year old father really appreciate. If it was just me and my father, I don't know if I would have picked that section.
  3. Thank you for everyone that showed up for the NW Region's first outing. We had a good sized group show up to the Cherry Valley Café to talk fishing and get fueled up for our float trips. We had Paul T Sr., Jake B, his friend Ethan, John C, Frank, Eric, Jude, Mike and I attended. We hit 3 different sections of the Kish and helped each other with shuttles. Unfortunately we were greeted with a pretty steady rain and cooler temps than what was originally forecasted. My fishing group consisted of me, my father, Jake and Ethan. We got into fish right away as I caught 2 while watching the gear when the rest of the crew worked out the shuttle. Ethan caught one on his 2nd cast in the kayak. From there it got a little bit tougher as we had to work for our fish. There were some occasional flurries and my father and I had 3 doubles. The average size of our fish was pretty good as most of the fish were between 13" - 16". Everyone in our group caught at least 10 and at least a 17". We estimated our group caught 50-60 smallmouth and 1 white bass. Most of our fish came on ned rig type setups or suspending jerkbaits. The fish seemed to bite best during a light rain. Here are some pics of some of the better catches. Here was my dad with a decent smallmouth caught on a jerkbait. Is it really my dad or could it be Obi Wan Kenobi? This was my best fish of the day, an 18" caught on a ned rig. Jake caught a 17" with some shoulders on a ned rig type set up. Ethan had the fish of the day. A 19+" smallmouth caught on a larger X-rap. Unfortunately my lenses were fogging up which didn't do this tank of a smallmouth justice. Jake took some pics on his phone, so perhaps they turned out better. How did the rest of the floatilla do?
  4. It looks like we will be invading the Kish with a decent sized armada. So far its is me, Paul T Sr, Norm, Frank, JCarrol & a buddy, Jake B & a buddy, Eric, and solid maybe from Joe R, and Jude has been all over this post but at no point was there commitment to attend. Either way it looks like good participation for what should turn out to be a nice spring day. The river is flowing at a perfect level to float and as clear as you'll ever see it in the spring.
  5. Yes the gages remained relatively unchanged after yesterday's precipitation. Snow is better than rain as it melts off slowly and is easily absorbed by the ground. All branches of the Kish can be in play if anyone has preferences. Mostly sunny and increasing temperatures going into the outing should make for good pre-spawn bass fishing. Many techniques could work like jerkbaits or swimjigs. along with the consistent plastics bite. I don't think it will be topwater time yet. Perhaps those still fishing later in the day might want to give it a try.. Water temps are still cold so I recommend bringing an extra set of dry cloths in case of a mishap..
  6. Perhaps there is a permission issue. Can anyone that is not an ISA officer see the events in the calendar?
  7. It is also in the calendar as well. Below is copy& pasted from our ISA calendar: This will be the NW region's first outing of the year. We will meet at the Cherry Valley Café at 9AM and work out pairings and shuttle from there. The date is subject to change due to unpredictable spring water levels. Cherry Valley offers close access to the north, south and main branches of the Kishwaukee River. We can recommend trips ranging from 3 hours to all day depending on your schedule and fishing style. Call Paul Trybul if you have questions 815-540-7775.
  8. Currently all branches of the Kishwaukee are in great shape. We survived the rain that came through last night but more is on the way tonight. The rest of the week looks pretty dry so unless the river does up 2-3 feet, we should be good. Extended forecast looks like mid 50's. Light waders will be helpful to stay dry while paddling and getting out in spots to wade. The cool temps will make it comfortable to stay in waders for several hours. I would like to get a head count of who is coming by Thursday. .
  9. I plan to have it a float trip. River levels can be tough to wade in the spring. Who's in?
  10. Paul Trybul

    Kayak Name

    Not on a kayak but it is a pretty good name for one.
  11. Paul Trybul

    Kishwaukee River Wade Outing

    Join us for a wade fishing outing on the Kishwaukee River. Mid-August offers the most stable conditions for wading this gem of a smallmouth stream. We will meet at the Cherry Valley Café at 8AM and break up into groups from there. There will be options to fish the north, south, and main branches of the Kish depending on current water conditions. Bring proper wading attire, sun protection, and water for hydration. Call Paul Trybul 815-540-7775 if you have any questions regarding the event.
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    Apple River Wade Outing

    Here is an opportunity to fish the scenic Apple River located in the far Northwest corner of our State. The Apple is located in a driftless area untouched by the glaciers. It offers scenic bluffs, rock formations and riffle, pool, run smallmouth habitat. This is a small stream so we will limit the number of participants. Call Paul Trybul 815-540-7775 to reserve you spot.
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    Kishwaukee River Float Outing

    This will be the NW region's first outing of the year. We will meet at the Cherry Valley Café at 9AM and work out pairings and shuttle from there. The date is subject to change due to unpredictable spring water levels. Cherry Valley offers close access to the north, south and main branches of the Kishwaukee River. We can recommend trips ranging from 3 hours to all day depending on your schedule and fishing style. Call Paul Trybul if you have questions 815-540-7775.
  14. Paul Trybul

    Kayak Name

    I helped you carry it. Fully loaded it felt like a battleship.
  15. Paul Trybul

    Kayak Name

    I thought you would have went with a Cinnamon girl that has a heart of gold.
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