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Old 08-26-2002, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rods are ready, the cooler is filled with freshly caught Bluegills, Heading out at 4:00AM to try for some early morning Catfish action with Catfish Bill, no camera's this time, just two guys looking to spend a lazy day on the river doing what we love the most...will letch'a know how we do...good or bad!
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Old 08-28-2002, 06:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Launched at River Isle to find there isn't much water, we barely made it out to the river! fished both upstream and downstream from the launch with a total of two small cats in 6 hours of fishing, both taken on fresh shrimp, not a bite on a bluegill...live or dead! I'm blaming the waning full moon we had this week, the abundance of live bait in the water and the fact that although the river is low it was still running very muddy! my 20/20 hindsight tells me we should have hit my honeyhole at Heidecke instead...Oh well! maybe next time!??
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Old 08-28-2002, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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BOB- YOUR JUST NOT FISHIN' THE RIGHT WAY. LOW WATER IS THE BEST FOR THESE BRUTES. TRY SLIP FLOATIN' LIVER?? WERE THE BLUEGIES WHOLE OR CUT???
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Old 08-28-2002, 09:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I tried slip-floating chunks of beefsteak and chicken livers, not a bump! Gills were both alive and/or cutbait (as in my demonstrated technique on Midwest Outdoors a few weeks back) We spoke to a few of the "local boys" who admitted they were having a tough time getting the big cats to go to the bait too, locating fish wasn't a problem but keeping turtles off the bait was! I'm sure if we would have downsized our baits a little we could have caught a mess of fiddlers but we were looking for them hawg kitties.
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I'm sure if we would have downsized our baits a little .........
I wouldn't bet on that either, Bob.
Now I'm no expert on the "east of Momence" section, but I did fish it almost every weekend one summer by boat.
We've had 14 hour days with artificials/live bait,anything we could think of, and only a few fish to show.
I remember spending a day jigging every brushpile in the river looking for gills or crappies and getting skunked.
But then again, we boated a 7lb. Walleye in 100 degree bluebird sky, exactly high noon.
DOH!
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Thanks you guys,
This is why this site is the BEST (kudos to Angler Ed). It is so gratifying to us who can't fish as much as we want, to hear that, for even the best, "sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't", to quote the film "Little Big Man".
Everyone who really reads these boards is catching far more fish than they ever dreamed possible... The ethic of CP&R, ensures that they will be in your "honey holes" always. The phrase "What goes around comes around", has never been more pertinent than to our fishing... Release so you can catch again!
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