Re: water levels
Well, made it out from 5 till 130, tubed the river from just below willmington dam to the desplaines conservation area. First hour was great. I had something take my number 5 mepps and run upstream with it, **** near pulled me under! After an exhausting 5 minutes or so trying to kick upstream to at least maintain position, it takes off even further. I look at my reel, and can see the mono backing...uh-oh!
At this point, i have no choice, i have to try and muscle it closer before it takes the remaining 10 yards of line i have left.
So, all 60-70 yards of 40 lb power pro braid are out towards the middle of the river, i can see the uni-knot about to leave the reel, so figuring i have no options i tighten the drag and start trying to pull the fish towards me.
Its working! I think i am oulling myself closer and the fish is stationary, but at least i am getting some line back! Then, suddenly i feel slack...the fish is swimming back towards me! I take up the line as i can, and then it happens. It takes off back towards the middle and SNAP!.
About 3 feet from the uniknot, the braid gives out.. 40 LB BRAID!
Never saw what it was, but what a rush!
All i tied into was a cat on a crank and a smallie on a tube. After the first couple hours, fishing was rough. Just too hot i think. Minnows worked best, with various cranks mixed in to. I am exhausted. I need a nap then its off to get some more in-line spinners and some fishing line!