|Smallmouth bass mustache|
My wife left early in the morning to drive to Maryland to see her mother so I had a little extra time on my hands. I started the day off with a trip to Cabelas where I picked up two packs of grubs, a pack of jigs, and a ten day non-resident Illinois fishing licence. I also bought a kite which I flew with my niece before hitting the water. I just wish the wind was a little more steady, I couldn't get the kite higher than thirty feet. The first time I had to buy a non-resident licence in Illinois, and it felt a little weird, but the water still feels like home.
I can honestly say I owe Ken G of the Waterdog Journal for my favorite small river smallmouth pattern. It is just a simple grub on a jig, but with all the great looking lures on the shelves I don't think I would have bothered with a simple grub and jig without the direction of this man. I took a special shine to the five inch Kalin's Lunker Grubs in blue salt and pepper pearl, watermelon, and bluegill. These things simply catch fish, and do not take up much room. Going out with a lure that produces, fishes shallow water, and is cheap allows me to focus on my footing, reading the river, and taking a photo or two. It is better than therapy.
|Both of these colors do well in stained and clear water. I got six off the pearl today and six off the bluegill color.|
Simple 1/16th ounce jig and a medium light rig, the Fireline helps cut through the current so the jig can get closer to the bottom of deep pockets.
The first few were pretty small, but fought hard leaping several times before I could catch them.
Most of the smallmouth bass were a dark brown color on their backs much like the clay banks of the river with white bellies with no bars or blotches on the bodies at all.
I missed a lot of fish that followed my lure all the way to my feet only to strike as I was lifting it out of the water, but only one of these was of any good size.
Minus the road noise I felt as though I was thousands of miles away. I only saw two people the entire two hour trip.
I am not sure how many I missed, but it was a lot. I caught twelve, I think that is pretty good seeing as I have not fished this river in over two years and we have been getting thunderstorms every other day or so. Hopefully I will get to go out three or four more times before I leave Illinois for California next week.
Thank you for reading,
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