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Paul Trybul

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  1. Kar Korner in Loves Park has a bunch of used cargo vans in stocks. They have 2 seaters with a big open back and you can stand up without hitting your head in some of them.
  2. I've been wet wading the Kish for years and its never been a problem for me. It is nice to have the nylon pants as the banks have poison ivy, saw grass and spinney nettles in spots
  3. I was out this morning. The water is still low which is good for wading. There is a little stain to the water but not bad. I caught about 10 and finally got a nice one. The month of August had been a dink fest up until this morning. I will not be able to make it as I have a wedding to go to.
  4. I like some of the fish handling tips and comments that stemmed from this discussion. I feel pretty confident that the ISA leadership will not be implementing a policy similar to TU's for some of the reasons already stated. The main reason is that smallmouth bass are not as fragile as trout. We already have some basic policies in place to protect the smallmouth bass which include: encouraging catch and release, discourage pictures of fish laying on ground, don't post specific locations as well as educating on proper catch and release methods. I feel our membership does a good job of protecting the resource and being good stewards of the river. We have a good balance of enjoying catch and release smallmouth bass fishing while educating and sharing our experiences through stories and pictures. We are very different than bass master classic tournament anglers as we don't pluck bass off of beds, put them in our livewells all day and transport them to the other end of a lake for weigh in. Then pose with our 2 biggest for a hero shot at the end of the day. That's a topic for a different discussion.
  5. The river conditions look good. It will be hot tomorrow so make sure you bring water. Still spots available if anyone is interested in wade fishing the Apple.
  6. On Saturday July 24th, we will be hosting a wade fishing outing on the Apple River in the Northwest corner of our State. We meet at the Apple River State Park near Stockton, IL at 9AM. This is a beautiful stream that winds through the driftless area with high limestone bluffs and riffle, pool, run habitat. Since this stream is small, this will be RSVP. Please contact Paul Trybul 815-540-7775 to reserve your spot.
  7. Smallmouthnado near the Dupage
  8. There are a lot of water treatment plants along the Fox river. With the lack of rain, I wonder how high the percentage of river flow comes from treatment plants. It's probably not a good idea to wet wade under these conditions. I also heard there is a warning this summer for blue green algae which can cause health problems.
  9. I did a half day trip with Gordon last week. Other that a slight road construction detour for our shuttle, the trip went great. I found a couple morel mushrooms at the put in spot. Caught a decent smallmouth on a whopper plopper on my first cast. It was a beautiful section of northwoods river and at the perfect levels for floating and getting out to wade a few spots. I could have not caught a fish and still enjoyed the aesthetic beauty of the river. Still ended up with around 14 hard fighting river smallmouth and a rock bass, mostly on topwater and the rest on ned rigs. Gordon caught some nice smallmouth too and a 40" class musky. You might want to consider a bigger net Gordon, if you are going to have more of those big musky encounters.
  10. We will be hosting a wade fishing outing on the Apple River in the Northwest corner of our State. We meet at the Apple River State Park near Stockton, IL at 9AM. This is a beautiful stream that winds through the driftless area with high limestone bluffs and riffle, pool, run habitat. Since this stream is small, this will be RSVP. Please contact Paul Trybul 815-540-7775 to reserve your spot.
  11. Did anyone get a report from Eric & Bart?
  12. It was a nice day to be out on the river. Mild temps, a little cloud cover and the water levels and clarity were about as good as it gets for spring conditions. By the time I got done helping everyone with shuttles it was just me and Kevin and the 4 in Terry's group heading down river. I decided to head to the south branch instead of having 6 guys pound the same section of river. I picked a section that required a little portage to get to the water. I figured the remoteness of this section would put us on some unpressured fish. This section has a particular spot that has been good to me in the spring as some quality fish will stack up there. Things started out pretty good as I caught one at the put in spot before we even launched. Shortly after that Kevin got a solid fish on a spinnerbait. Then I had some quality bites but was having some trouble making the hooksetting adjustments of fishing out of a kayak so unfortunately those were missed opportunities. Then we come around the bend to my money spot on this stretch and there are 2 guys with kayaks camped out there. Literally camped out there with a fire and cooking lunch. I had a chat with them and they said the fishing was so good through this section the day before that they had to try it again. Said they had already caught about a dozen each and one that must have went 4 or 5 pounds. We ended up leap frogging each other the rest of the way to the take out bridge. So much for my theory of finding a remote section with difficult access to find some unpressured fish. It is a beautiful section of river with almost no houses or development. We ended up catching around 10 smallmouth with the one Kevin got being the biggest. If we combine our numbers with the 2 new anglers we met, I would say it was a very productive day with some quality mixed in.
  13. Jake B from Rochelle contacted me and he said he was interested. I can call him tonight to confirm and that would make 8. It looks like the water levels will be safe for floating. The water temps are going to be chilly. Hopefully everyone sticks with the floating and not the swimming.
  14. I've tried it. Not as effective as the original but it does work. It's a little bigger and I do like it while fishing for essox. It either attracts attention or spooks them depending on the mood of the fish that day.
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