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Gene Fisher

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  • Birthday 01/08/1973

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  1. Know the location of a junk tire? Maybe that old white wall is right next to one of your secret spots and you wished it were gone. Like me, you’ve seen a few but can’t get them out in that moment. I’d like to help remove them, no need to tell me it’s your secret spot I can work with you individually if you know of a few here or there, or if you know of an area that has many tires we can organize a larger group. Please keep in mind that I’m in Plainfield, so within 50 miles or so is my ability. Any river, creek or lake as long as it’s public and legal. No large tires please i.e. truck
  2. Menomonee was also very memorable for me. Thank you Scott for organizing and giving me the Meps #3 which produced higher numbers. Never had a taker on the Whopper Plopper, mostly fished a Fluke sometimes on a weighted hook except the last day with the Meps. Couldn't land two very big fish in the rapids of Twin Islands, oh well there is always next time. A few 18s thru 15s with lots of 14s, one decent Walleye that jumped out of my hands half a second before the camera went off (second pic) and a few Northerns. Now on to my favorite fish of the trip, a fierce 14.5 incher that was on both sides o
  3. Just messing around with this one. Its on my Cook County 2020 calendar and recently have seen one at Knoch Knolls Nature Center.. Thought it would be neat to try.
  4. Much better second try. I need to tie in the biots just a bit shorter.
  5. I tried this version of a Hellgrammite. Quite the task and somewhat pleased with the result. I've got most of it figured out except the biot. I used Turkey Biot but maybe the wrong side. I should have used the leading edge side, that would have produced better results. I try another few with some adjustments. Can a Menominee Smallie featuring this Hellgrammite be in my next picture? Fingers crossed.
  6. Ah ha. I like that idea, thank you. Adding a weight to it was such a pain so I will definitely try that.
  7. I use a cheap extendable hiking pole tethered to my wader belt by a 550 cord, kind of dangerous. It floats behind me while not needed and close to hand when moving through sketchy areas. Cord can get really jammed up with piles of eelgrass sometimes. I like John’s wooden cane idea, multi purpose and a bit safer.
  8. This is my second attempt at a weighted popper. I have nearly zero experience at tying , watched a few videos and have spent limited time in front of a vise. I also did a few attempts at what might count for Clouser minnows. I need to learn some basic tying techniques. Jeez, maybe I should read a book. Anyway, I tried the popper tonight while wet wading just before sunset at a river near me but no luck. It worked very well in my opinoin but I might be fishing it wrong. I understand how to get a largemouth to take it on pond but have never tried something like this to specifically target small
  9. I plan to go. On Call that weekend so if I’m not called out I will be there. For a dish, may I bring chips? Like those individual wrapped snack size variety bags.
  10. This was caught and released in Aug 2019 along the DuPage. At that time I realized this fish was very different but never asked anyone what their thoughts were. You can see its hunchbacked, a bit skinny and the jaw had been previously injured. I felt so sorry for it and let it go back. Could this ugly sad fish be a Hybrid Large/Smallie ?
  11. Hello everyone, my name is Gene. I was introduced to ISA through Chris S. Looking forward to participating in upcoming events and learning new techniques about Smallies. When not catching fish, other know as spending time fishing, I’ll remove garbage. Mostly I fish the Dupage River in Naperville and Plainfield areas. Hope to fish with some of you all soon.
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