8/30 Report: Launched @ Illini, fishing was fair
Let me first start by saying what class joint. No problems launching, good ramp, great amenities, good people. Figured the cool whether would cut down some of the yahoos, and maybe kick the fish in the pants.
Yahoos, down, fishing weak to fair. If there were writing a check for the most sheephead, I'd get it. Caught a big one, a few smaller ones, 1 flathead, 1channel, and some bluegills. Overall, nice day on the water, fishing could have been better.
Worked the bend on both side about 1 or 2 upstream. Spotted lots of shad on the depth finder but couldn't get nuthin to bite. Thought I had a nice rig. Trolled with a bottom bouncer and 4 feet of leader attached to a floating/rattling shad rap. Trolled up and down marking bait fish, and bigger fish 4-5 feet off bottom. Changed lures to shad rap, then orange rap, and nuthin. Finally, moved to fuzzygrub with a bit of nightcrawler and caught my fish. Lost a few large ones, so don't know what they were.
Bend looked promising, but I sure do miss the wingdams of the mighty mississippi.
Was this a bad strategy? Should have went with the jig/minnow, but didn't pick up minnows (duh!). Want to hit it again, early next sunday. Could use a tip or two?
Drive it like you stole it!
Bass is for guys that cant catch walleyes.