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Top 5 Update

Mon, April 10, 2017

A three year Top 5 veteran is back with his first 2017 bass submissions and I get a reasonable bump in weight with a couple nice catches from my first April outing.

Jake Bass

Weight: 3-10
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date: April 1
Location: Northern IL pond
Lure: Jonn Graham Swim Jig

Jake Bass

Weight: 3-7
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date: April 1
Location: Northern IL pond
Lure: Jonn Graham Swim Jig
Angler Comments:  Yesterday I got out on what used to be my favorite bass pond but in recent years it’s been garbage save for 6.6 I sent you a couple April’s ago. Last night she gave me 2 bass that actually were measurable and went 3 lbs 10oz and a 3 lb 7 Oz fish. That gives me a little hope that the pond is coming back from a couple different fish kills but I’m not holding my breath till I start seeing fish like that on a regular basis. These fish both fell to a Jonn Graham swim jig and were the only 2 to take a swipe at it…I did catch 8-10 bass all on a tube but I didn’t feel measuring them was worth it.
Top 5 Weight: 7-1 (3-10,3-7)

Troy Bass

Weight: 2-1 (16”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: April 8
Location: IRAP public strip pits – Knox County
Lure: Booyah Blade Spinnerbait (white/chartreuse) w/ twin tail trailer (salt & pepper)
Structure: Windblown chute
Angler Comments: Took some work and several lure offerings in the north end of a north-south strip pit that was just getting pounded by a south wind.  Crawling the lure just off the bottom in maybe 4’ of wind stained water got the job done.

Troy Bass

Weight: 3-6 (18”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: April 8
Location: IRAP public strip pits – Knox County
Lure: 3/8 oz. Strike King Rattlin’ Jig (black/blue) with #11 pork frog (black)
Structure: Windblown ledge
Angler Comments: Different lake but identical windblown setup as described above but immediate results as this fish came on my first cast in this body of water.  A perfect scenario that worked just like in the magazines and worthy of a fist pump, all alone, in the middle of nowhere. Fishing is good!
Top 5 Weight: 15-4 (6-2,3-6,2-1,1-15,1-12) culls 1-10 and 1-3

Glad to have Jake (our 2014 Top 5 champ) back on board with some quality fish and it sure was nice for me to get out again on an outstanding spring day (report coming later this week).  If anybody else managed to get out and fool a few fish this past weekend go ahead and pass them along, be happy to hear from you.  Best of luck and talk to you later.  Troy

 

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Top 5 Stats

Wed, April 05, 2017

Three months, 24 bass, 2 northern pike, six anglers and three limits.  Here’s the rest.

2017 Totals (* = new record)
*January = 1 bass (no previous entries)
*February = 13 bass
March = 10 bass

Top 5 Weight by Month (* = new record)
*January = 2-11 (2-11) no previous record
February = 21-5 (5-2,4-14,4-2,3-15,3-4)
March = 22-15 (6-2,4-11,4-9,4-3,3-6)

Boat vs. Bank
Boat = 24 bass
Bank = 0 bass

Boat vs. Bank Weight
Boat = 25-6 (6-2,5-2,4-14,4-11,4-9)
Bank = 0 bass to date

Public vs. Private
Public = 14 bass
Private = 10 bass

Public vs. Private Top 5 Weight
Public = 23-7 (5-2,4-14,4-11,4-9,4-3)
Private = 18-2 (6-2,4-2,2-12,2-11,2-7)

The Baits - unspecified (* = new record)
Crankbaits = 10 bass (Top Bass 4-2 Mark Balbinot)
Jigs = 8 bass (Top Bass 6-2 Troy Jackson)
Lipless Crankbaits = 3 bass (Top Bass 4-3 Bruce Zilkowski)
Unsderspins = 2 bass (Top Bass 5-2 Mark Balbinot)
Jerkbait = 1 bass (Top Bass 3-0 Mark Balbinot)

Monthly Top Bass (* = new record)
January
*2-11 Mark Balbinot (no previous record)
February
5-2 Mark Balbinot
March
6-2 Troy Jackson

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Top 10 Bass (* = new Top 10 all-time)
6-2   Troy Jackson 3/4
5-2   Mark Balbinot 2/26
4-14 Randy Sampson Sr. 2/19
4-11 Randy Sampson Sr. 3/25
4-9   Bruce Zilkowski 3/26
4-3   Bruce Zilkowski 3/26
4-2   Mark Balbinot 2/19
3-15 Bruce Zilkowski 2/19
3-6   Randy Sampson Sr. 3/4
3-4   Randy Sampson Sr. 2/19

Angler Weights
18-0 Bruce Zilkowski (4-9,4-3,3-15,3-0,2-5)
17-11 Mark Balbinot (5-2,4-2, 3-0,2-12, 2-11)
16-3   Randy Sampson Sr. (4-14,4-11,3-6,3-4)
12-10 Troy Jackson (6-2,1-15,1-12,1-10,1-3)
3-2   Brent Jackson (3-2)

Bonus Species – Northern Pike
54.5” Jake Breeson (33.5”,21.0”)

Best of luck and keep ‘em coming as we work through the first third of 2017.  Talk to you later.  Troy

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Top 5 Update

Mon, April 03, 2017

Kind of glad to put March behind us as it generally was a rather uncooperative weather month.  Not entirely surprising I will admit, but that February warm spell kind of got me off track with some wishful thinking.  Here’s the latest.

Bruce Bass

Weight: 4-3
Angler: Bruce Zilkowski
Date: March 26
Location: Newton Lake
Lure: Bass Pro Shops 3/8 oz. Enticer Pro Series Rattling jig (white) with Netbait Paca Chunk Senior trailer (white)
Angler Comments: The first fish was caught out on the main part of the lake. I was pitching to the reeds along the bank and then slow reeling it along the bottom. The fish grabbed it hard and a solid hookset landed it into the boat.

Bruce Bass

Weight: 4-9
Angler: Bruce Zilkowski
Date: March 26
Location: Newton Lake
Lure: 1/4oz Rat-L-Trap (orange crawdad)
Angler Comments: I threw the bait all the way to the very back of a cove. Water could not have been even two foot deep but it grabbed it right after it hit the water and came aboard pretty quickly after that.
Top 5 Weight: 18-0 (4-9,4-3,3-15,3-0,2-5) culls 2-0 and 1-5

And cool to add a pair of northern pike to our expanded format.

Jake Pike

Length: 33.5”
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date March 24
Location: Northern IL river
Lure: Tube

Jake Pike

Length: 21.0”
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date March 24
Location: Northern IL river
Lure: Tube
Angler Comments: I went out March 24 with my wife for a walk along a local river and of course had to take a rod. I was actually in search of smallmouth and armed with an ultralight with 4lb fluorocarbon attached to a tube. The smallies wanted no part of it but I got 2 of my beloved pike who weren’t picky.
Top 5 Length: 54.5” (33.5”,21.0”)

Well done guys with a solid March finish.  Gotta like a limit within shouting distance of the 20-pound mark before April Fool’s Day and fun to see a new species join our project.  This first weekend of April was tolerable in my neck of the woods and while I was unable to get out, here’s hoping a few others had a chance to wet a line.  Best of luck and talk to you later.  Troy

 

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