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    Kane County, IL
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    Baitcasting for big bronze.

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  1. Wow! http://amp.wmur.com/article/wild-video-rabid-beaver-attacks-father-7-year-old-daughter-kayaking-on-river/22695511
  2. Eric

    Kayak PFD Suggestions

    Buyer beware! IMHO, the majority of the PFDs promoted by big names in the “kayak fishing” industry are over-engineered, bulky, hot and uncomfortable. They are promoting them because they are sponsored by the manufacturer and get them for free, or severely discounted. I highly recommend you try them on and see what feels best for you. I went to a reputable paddle store and tried them on. I got one with a thin back and without a bunch of pockets and crap. The only thing I added was a whistle, attached to the zipper. Be sure the PFDs rating and intended use are for paddling.
  3. “Where the hell did I leave the dam?”
  4. Eric

    Pot Luck Picnic

    As far as catching smallies, you’d be better off eating, heading home and taking a nap, then wading the Dupe after 6 PM to catch the evening bite. Fox is gonna be a straight-up grind in the low water and especially on a weekend. Anything over 12” would be impressive.
  5. Eric

    Algonquin Fox River Gage

    I use that specific gage for water temp in the late fall. Temp is discontinued when things ice up.
  6. Eric

    Fox river float

    Generally, to RSVP for an outing, you private message the event organizer (whoever posted the event to the calendar). Sometimes, like in the case of the Apple River outing, the event organizer makes a post and includes a phone # or email for RSVP purposes. Good luck!
  7. Eric

    Fox river float

    FYI, the Fox is perfect for float fishing right now (July 9). Last check of the Montgomery gage shows a mere 1,440 CFS and trending downward. With the warm weather, early and late are topwater time! Even shady areas in the afternoon can be incredibly productive. *No Aurora or Elgin jokes please!
  8. Thanks for the recap Bart. That does sound like a tough one!
  9. How did it go? Would love to hear what was working, where (river) and about the winners...
  10. Eric

    Illinois River/Illini State Park

    Skip the kayak and be careful around the banks. It’s crazy high & fast. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=05543500 Unfortunately, I have a feeling that our local rivers will be handing out some Darwin Awards to the unwary.
  11. Hi Sean. Was nice to meet you too! I totally missed the correlation between your name and your ISA tourney post. Sorry about that!
  12. 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.
  13. Bump. Tournament fast approaching ... June 10! Need more competition.
  14. 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!!!
  15. Tom Loo would rock this tourney from any river.