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    Baitcasting for big bronze.

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  1. Hi Sean. Was nice to meet you too! I totally missed the correlation between your name and your ISA tourney post. Sorry about that!
  2. Thanks. The rising, muddy river proved challenging early. Fishing improved as the day wore on. Loaded up and relocated five times over four different towns. Overall, fairly quiet on the river. Only ran into competitors at one location. My original plan was topwater, but laying awake all night and listening to that nasty thunderstorm had me rethinking everything. Despite giving topwater a shot at select locations, caught everything on a swim jig. KBL runs a tight tournament and Rocktown Adventures in Aurora were gracious hosts. Thanks to Kip O. for bringing some frosty beverages. Hopefully there are more Fox (or local) kayak fishing tournaments in the future and they can attract a larger field of competitors. We ended up with 17 signed up, so they were able to raffle off a $999 NuCanoe "Flint" fishing kayak! Kudos to all that participated. It was a fun venue.
  3. Bump. Tournament fast approaching ... June 10! Need more competition.
  4. Looks super fun and I like your logo! Nice to see more local tournaments being hosted. The South Moon BBQ location for the headquarters is a nice idea. Steep entry fee, so should be neat to see who you attract and what the final scores (and prizes!) are. Good luck with it!!!
  5. Tom Loo would rock this tourney from any river.
  6. Smallmouth bass fry from an eddy at the Fox River, May 23.
  7. Eric

    One of my favorite beers

    Nice! I like the homage to local waters. We need more... Kishwaukee Brutus Hunter Fox River Dabbler K3 Rock Creek Special Illinois River Jumping Carp Du Page Eel Grass
  8. Way to go! Especially to the little guy in the neoprenes. The river looked ripe for a buzzbait that day.
  9. Eric

    Fox River flowing fast Sunday evening

    That tendril of current is mesmerizing. I've seen whitewater kayakers practice rolls there in extreme high water. Did you bank fish while you were there?
  10. See the very last line of this IDNR press release: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/IDNR-BoatChangesJune2018.pdf
  11. Eric

    High water smallmouth

    I normally fish the Fox and love high water fishing. Easy to find numbers and size most of the time. Spots can get picked over pretty quick because the easy access / easy fishing is no secret. Timing is everything. It’s also neat how a different look can make all the difference in pressured areas. A lot of folks think small, yet a larger (heavier) lure offers much more control ... whether pinpoint dabbling, fluttering, or working angles. When in urban areas, casts are rarely needed. The workspace is minimal. I’ve done a few long float trips on the Dupe during high water. Mostly pinpoint spinnerbait fishing. Didn’t get numbers, but every smallie I connected with was of respectable size. It ain’t for everyone. There’s much planning and some risk on paddling and fishing high water. It’s something best worked up to incrementally to gain confidence and understanding.
  12. Eric


    That perch pattern will definitely catch fish! So will the “Air Ick” cork in the right circumstances. The Whopper Plopper has turned on a whole new generation of bass fishermen to that style of lure. I’m sure it has made River 2 Sea a pretty penny in the processs, but it has also helped people catch a lot of fish ... increasing their confidence and enjoyment in the sport. A lot of budding bass anglers are too young to remember the originals that may have inspired the WP, or simply aren’t / weren’t exposed to musky lures. It amazes me just how much the bass fishing landscape has changed overall. Growing up, seems like there were only a handful of rod, reel, and line manufacturers. Many of the dozens of new brands look so unfamiliar to me! You hear the younger crowd talking about Dobyn’s rods, P-Line, Sun Line, etc. And spending $14.99 on a frog lure or $12.99 on a Whopper Plopper is nothing. Kids have a $100+ per month cell phone habit. Probably tough for a generation of anglers who grew up pouring their own lead head jigs to save a few bucks to fathom. And I don’t blame ‘em.
  13. Eric

    Teckel Sprinker Frog

    A tip on this frog ... squeeze the water out of it every six casts or so. It will help it maintain buoyancy and give the tail the best action.
  14. Eric

    Teckel Sprinker Frog

    I think it would catch smallmouth and be especially useful on leaf-choked areas in autumn. Some might find it useful to buzz across eel grass.
  15. If you frog fish for bass, you’ll want one for your arsenal. It’s a weedless hollow-bodied frog with a rotating soft paddle tail. It sounds a lot like a Whopper Plopper. Has two super sharp Gamakatsu hooks. Tried mine last night while kayaking a pond. Loved it! Was great over and around the emerging Lilly pads. Not so much in the very heavy filamentous algae near shore ... it would often foul the tail. But overall, love it!