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Joe R

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  1. October Dinner Meeting

    Set a reminder in my google calendar just now, just need to not to have yet another 12hr work day.
  2. Camp Kish 2017

    80% chance I'm out best case I show up late Saturday wade last 2 or 3 hrs before dark. Spend the night fish Sunday morning a few hours that's only scenario that may work if workers complete work early afternoon and are of my property by say 1 or 2pm. Not very likely but we shall see.
  3. Camp Kish 2017

    Okay so looks like they are starting work on my storm damaged house Friday and will be completed on weekend sometime. They are ahead of schedule can't leave wife home alone to deal with the tear off and install of roof, gutters, etc
  4. Camp Kish 2017

    I will let you know thursday if i can make it got this bug-cold thing that started monday just going to try amd make it through the work week and see where i stand, id be out there saturday and leave in the evening if i come. Id be wading fishing from the left side of the plate cant swing from the right due to a arm issue it feels dorky but it works. Terry dont worry about catering for me im not familiar with main branch but i pretty much carry food drink medical kit back pack when wading and cover as much water as i can and negotiate the land in spots where wading is sketchy. Id probably look to wade up to a 1 or 2 mile section up down river from the camp spot. Possible one way wade if bike or car shuttle is possible. Its not unusual to see me riding a bike down a road with waders and a couple 2pc rods strapped to my back pack. Chicks dig that stuff.
  5. Camp Kish 2017

    If im in town i will try and make a day of it. Love camping got lots of gear but since i have acute sleep apnea i need 120v Ac. I was joking around about getting an inverter and trying to run it off my trolling battery for kicks. We will see.
  6. Lucky Hat

    Paul, both rivers the smallies are very willing if you are in the right environment. Sunday Kish I focused on pike for starters in your old neck of the woods, and wow on big teeth, but in the afternoon when it hazed and clouded over there were a lot of smallies very shallow over gravel in 10" to 2' of water in current so i went through a lot of keitech and optimum opti shad swimbaits on 16th ounce jigs fishing them just sub surface and tickling the surface. Emulating fleeing baitfish was the biggest frenzy getter. Regarding the musky it was reported to me by a friend of mine who was wading my takeout area that day. He was fishing for smallies but he followed them around some waitng to see his go pro pics but he is a long time avid fisherman including a musky psycho so there is no doubt in his identification. 2 fish were hanging together good size. No doubt they came up inimpeded from the rock im still amazed at the differnce in fish comparing early season cold months to this time of year. Clear water late winter and spring i see next to nothing but now i see a lot of gamefish and a large schools of quillbacks and suckers. Its all about no dams and fish having ability to get out of skinny water in cold season.
  7. Lucky Hat

    Geez havent logged in for awhile was busy traveling during the weekdays out of state helping my kids move into their colleges. Got back end of week and fished 5hrs south des plaines saturday and 8.5hrs south branch kish sunday. Boy super disappointed i didnt know about the outing i would have went for sure. Fishing was on fire brought about 60 fish to hand 7 to 1 ratio smallies to pike. Keep an eye out on south branch for 2 muskies swimming together. I assume must have run up way far from rock river.
  8. Mazon River

    So frustrating Illinois laws seem to be a rubber stamp year by year insufficent progressive thinking. I know there are a lot of non navigable waterways that get a lot of traffic that may at least have public access and for the most part landowners have more or less accepted people passing through. Id imagine its the less frequented rivers with just bridges for informal access are more problematic. Since i fish the kish a lot many different areas i always wonder if dropoing a yak in at a bridge is legal. Eveb if it was as soon as im down river some i may be on private land. Just seems crazy that if you are floating thru on a yak that its a problem in many illinois areas.
  9. NW Region Outings

    I think I'm good (as of now) for the July wade...as long as gauges look okay.
  10. Northwest Region

    Desperation LOL, whatever it takes. I hit the south branch Sunday started off downriver didn't like the looks (too stained) so headed up river where there was adequate visibility. Not a good smallie section but caught several and a couple pike. Actually where I was water was low and too slow. I'm not planning anything in advance its always the night before deciding what river and if I'm fishing things are too unpredictable this year.
  11. Prefered rod for heavy current

    If you are using a MH rod in general I would consider that too heavy for smallmouth fishing. Characteristics of rods vary I would pay more attention to the feel or action of the rod versus the rating. I have a ST Croix ML rod that I like a lot but it fishes closer to a medium and I use that for light jig/grub presentations in lesser current situations. On the flip side I have another rod that is MH and it's rather whippy and fishes more light a medium (probably since its 7'6") Fast current I'm usually with a medium rod with medium fast action tip. If fish are in very fast current they may have to attack extra hard, especially with crankbaits. Recently I had my yak anchored (actually double anchored) in very fast water and all I did was short cast and set the rod in a rod holder and the crankbait was just banging away on the bottom as if I was retrieving it fast. The smallmouth would hit the crank so hard since current was flying by I'd almost thought the rod holder would break. In that case I cutover to my medium action rod with a deeper backbone and that eased the shock of the fish hitting with a rod that has too fast of a tip. As Norm mentioned if you are losing hook-ups check the quality of the hooks. I've definitely noticed that lures with a lot of fishing time and fish caught may lose sharpness and you can actually tell that hook-up rates reduce. If you like crankbait fishing I'm really fond of Bandit crankbaits both 100 series (shallow) and 200 series (medium). I like the size of the hooks they are a tad bit smaller and good for smallmouth fishing, the hook-up percentage is good and I can usually free them up when snagged in rocks. They also behave very nicely in current.
  12. POT LUCK PICNIC

    What time?
  13. Kish Wade Outing, 6/24/17

    Let me know when the 100 mile RT drive is worth it. All I request at least 10 inches of clarity and I'm game.
  14. Kish South Branch

    Good to hear Terry since I'm always afraid after making the long drive to find no visibility. Surprised it was that bad. I fished the north branch 2 weekends ago and I'd say it was about 1 foot visibility where I was at.
  15. Kish South Branch

    I suspect the gauge is okay and it just so happens to be the dynamics of this particular water event in this case. The river was low and a big influx of rain brought the river up quickly at a time when the entire river system was low and it will drain more quickly upriver. I know Fairdale isn't to far from that canoe launch but I believe gauge at Fairdale is probably okay. By the way I talked to the USGS worker who was doing a survey a couple hundred yards south of that gauge at Irene last year. They go through a lot of effort with survey equipment when calibrating gauges.
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