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Old 07-09-2004, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had to drop something off at the post office this afternnon and checked out the river afterward.
It looked wadable so I headed home and after finishing a few things headed down.
I must say, if you are not an experienced wader I would hold off for a while.
Though the river permitted me to move around,she was still moving very swiftly.
Typical of summer the smallmouth that are on the small size were willing to hit but the bigger ones were more hesitant.
I didn't spend a lot of time, 1.5 hours but I did manage 14 smallmouth, 1 bite off, and the flathead below.
A yellow 1/16 iz jig (a 1/8 oz could be used to hold bottom better in the swift water) with a 1.5" white twister tail is what I used.
The smailles were spread out so moving from spot to spot was necessary.
I'm still amazed though that in a city of over 100,00 people there are such fish to be caught.

A cast along a bridge piling and the flathead hit.
I quickly loosened the drag and played the fish.
)&*^ the fish went under an unseen log and I thought that was it!
I shot the rod tip under the water, moved it upstream and waited.
The fish was still on, and began to run.
After 3 or 4 attempts to move the rod tip around what ever was under the surface and the fish moved away.
Free at last from the confines of my pulling and the snag that it was around the fish shot downriver.
I worked it slowly into shallower water and was delighted.
A quick couple of pictures and the 30" fish was released.
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Way to go Ed, Thanks for the write up, and the great picture. I have recently "discovered" the Fox and I too am amazed at the promixity of people, cars and Fish. I don't have your skill with the small mouth yet but I am learning. (grew up fishing in Texas, and have struggled finding a place to fish here in chicago.) Thanks again for your posts.
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Still have memories of guys fishing flatheads with crankbaits at Milford reservior in Kansas. nice fish. and plenty of location clues, oops...



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Welcome to ChicagolandFishing.com!
Where are you located?
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I had a similar experience in S. Elgin a week ago Thursday, however my flathead was 20+. Luckily somebody assisted me with a net on the landing or this fish would have had to been played to complete exhaustion. The guy who helped me had a camera and snapped a few pictures on his disposable camera. He gave me his business card and i of course lost it. All I know is that he owns a tow truck company near the S.E. Dam and said he is there frequently. Hopefully i'll bump into this guy at the dam so I can get those pics and show you folks. If any of you know him please give me a holler.(long hair, a few tattoos)
Oh, I also caught about 6 or 7 smallies pitching a 1/16 w/ 1.5"southern pro lil hustler tube purple/clear fleck tipped w/ fathead. A couple were 14s the rest were dinks. Worked the spillway down to the bridge. Was there about 6 hours. Had a few smaller mud cats and a couple dorsal hooked carp.--seerad
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Thanks Ed, I am on the North West side of Chicago. I have fished Axehead, Skokie lagoons and Bussie... but with out a boat I haven't had much luck. I really liked the Fox from the first time I stepped into the water. Much better to wade then to fight the trees from shore.
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Ed Thank's for the post and the pic.I am going to creat a topic about Flatheads.Oh btw I got my new Allumacraft boat with jet motor over the spring maybe we'll go fishing sometime .Bill D>
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Any time Bill
I would love to see how thejet motor works.
I am more than willing to show you some great spots that I think what you have would be just the ticket.
Send me a PM.
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Nice fish Ed

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