Common mistakes - Chicago Illinois Fishing Forum, Information & Reports
» CLF Sponsors
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-17-2006, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
AdamH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Willowbrook, IL
Posts: 527
Default Common mistakes

OK,

I'm going to go out on a limb here and show you newer guys and newbies a typical area that is missed when you're not wading or thinking about where smallies are staged.

I'm showing a spot in Buffalo Park that is readily available to anyone that cares to fish there.

If you are readily PO'd about this subject....choose another thread or close your eyes!

For you old-timers out there...you can castrate me if you wish, but I believe that CLF provides a service as well...sometimes people just don't have the time to spend on the river to learn it by trial and error.

If I have given out another secret spot, I apologize, however, some people out there may be wondering just how I can post many fish when they fish the same area and come away empty-handed.

In the illustration below, I have pointed out a point on the right where I have seen MANY people fishing and catching!

Above and to the left is a real shallow riffle area. Standing by opposite bank, I will cast up into the shallows and bounce a jig right down the current into slightly deeper water. The key is to slect the proper jig to the speed of the current. Too heavy a jig, and you get hung up all the time, too light and the fish may not want it. The key is to keep FEELING it tick off the bottom.

This IS NOT where I was yesterday, just an illustration of what not to overlook when you are out there trying to read the water.

In ANY given stretch of river, you can find the EXACT same type of area.

But remember to cast all over it, because a large number of smallmouth can be concentrated in a very small area. If you miss it by a few feet, you may not get bit! Also don't assume that the fish won't be shallow. All they need is enough to cover their back.

SteveW, thanks for the initial image...

click on the image for clarity...

__________________
"I'm here to kick ass and drink whiskey, and pilgrim, I'm out of whiskey." - John Wayne
AdamH is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-20-2006, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 176
Default Thanks.

I happen to be taking the family camping at buffalo park next tuesday and wednesday. We will be sure to bring our fishing gear.

I think it's time to teach my son how to use a spinning rod. He's ten now and he may be outgrowing the old zebco kiddie rod. So thanks, Adam... I appreciate the detailed tips for that spot.

I don't understand why people get all bunched up about one spot ( I read your last post about this area and the backlash that followed) it's a big river why not share it....the fish do. I don't think you're doing anyone a disservice especially when it helps put kids on fish.

I'll be sure to pack some jigs...and the PM's too.
SmallieJonze is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-20-2006, 10:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 47
Default

Boy Adam-
You sure like to ruffle everyone's feathers
I say.... keep the tips coming!!!
timcnelson is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2006, 07:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Hegewisch/Chicago
Posts: 279
Default

Yea...thanks for the insight.
__________________
"I love fishes cuz they're so delicious....gotta go fishin"
mrewildstyle is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2006, 09:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 215
Default

I know that spot... the last time I fished it, the water was much shallower and even though we pounded it, we only got a couple smaller fish. Just goes to prove your previous comment that water conditions and fish movement means these specific areas are not always a sure thing, but are lessons in what to look for.
jsalkas is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2006, 01:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 552
Default

You know Adam, I wouldn't get mad about that either. This river is too big to keep one spot hush, hush. The fish are always moving up and down the river so in my eyes it's no big deal. Keep up the good work with the newbies and people who are new to the river.
bassbuster1 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2006, 01:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
AdamH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Willowbrook, IL
Posts: 527
Default

The key to that section is definitely depth, but like I said, just because you don't catch them there, doesn't mean that they aren't there. You just need to find what bait, they are looking for, and not only that, HOW they want it presented!

I have thrown bait after bait in here at times and figured that there just wasn't any fish there, only to discover that if I moved upstream a little farther, changed to a different colored, smaller jig,...all of a sudden bingo!
I'm in fish heaven!

This is the part that took me the longest to learn. Ed is a master at that.
__________________
"I'm here to kick ass and drink whiskey, and pilgrim, I'm out of whiskey." - John Wayne
AdamH is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Chicago Illinois Fishing Forum, Information & Reports forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Guy mistakes woman for a bird and shoots her 2sac Sound Off/ Non-Outdoor Discussion 3 04-05-2012 08:47 PM
Common sense is dead 2sac Sound Off/ Non-Outdoor Discussion 0 01-11-2011 05:28 PM
Not to common Bullgills....(Pics) PoorBoy Ice Fishing 15 12-29-2010 04:28 PM
need to see how common this is funfishing General Outdoors Discussion 19 03-15-2008 01:55 PM
Pistakee and any # of mistakes blufloyd General Outdoors Discussion 10 01-01-2008 07:34 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:27 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.