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Top 5 Update

Mon, April 25, 2016

Our current Top Angler posts an impressive cull which ain’t easy to do with his stringer.  Another of our 2015 fishermen joins the quest in 2016 with his first postings of the year.  I manage to get in on the act with a couple culls and our 2014 champ brings a batch to bump his weight from what looked to be a pretty good day on the water (or bank).  Good stuff all around as 2016 continues to churn out the bass.  Way to go fellas.

Mark Bass

Weight: 5-15
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: April 15
Location: Lake Land Park – Fitch Lake
Lure: 3/8 oz. Underspin with Havoc Grass Pig trailer
Structure: Shallow flat with about 3’ of water
Angler Comments: Weather is finally getting closer to normal for this time of year. Took last Friday off of work and went to Lake Land Park with a retiree from work.Usually good fishing there in April before the weeds get to heavy.  We had a good day as numbers go in boating around 40 fish. Did manage to catch a good one to make a cull for the Top 5 for the year.

Top 5 Weight: 26-1 (5-15, 5-8, 4-15, 4-14, 4-12) culls a 4-11

Paul Bass

Weight: 2-15
Angler: Paul Kessler
Date: April 16
Location: Banner Marsh – Wheel Lake
Lure: Spinnerbait (chartreuse/white)

Paul Bass

Weight: 2-3
Angler: Paul Kessler
Date: April 16
Location: Banner Marsh – Wheel Lake
Lure: Spinnerbait (chartreuse/white)
Angler Comments: At Banner this past weekend I fished Wheel Lake looking to find some crappie and throw for some bass when I saw splashes. Ended up with one lone crappie, a small bluegill, two nice bass and five or six really small bass.

Top 5 Weight: 5-2 (2-15,2-3)

Troy Bass

Weight: 3-6 (18.5”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: April 18
Location: Snakeden Hollow
Lure: Strike King Red Eye Shad (orange craw)
Structure: Brush
Angler Comments: This one came while running the lure parallel to a stretch of brush that had been dozed from bank to water’s edge on a sharp drop into 8’ of water.

Troy Bass

Weight: 1-13 (16”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: April 18
Location: Little John Conservation Club
Lure: 5” Senko wacky rig (baby bass)
Structure: Fallen tree
Angler Comments: A perfect setup that worked this time around with a cast into the fork of a tree in two feet of water and letting the Senko sink back to the boat along a sharp drop into 12’ of water, wish it always worked like it was supposed to.

Top 5 Weight: 14-0 (5-9,3-6,1-13,1-11,1-9) culls 1-6 and 1-5

Jake Bass

Weight: 1-10
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date: April 19
Location: Private pond
Lure: Jonn Graham Swim Jig

Jake Bass

Weight: 2-0
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date: April 19
Location: Private pond
Lure: Jonn Graham Swim Jig

Jake Bass

Weight: 2-2
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date: April 19
Location: Private pond
Lure: Jonn Graham Swim Jig

Jake Bass

Weight: 2-9
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date: April 19
Location: Private pond
Lure: Jonn Graham Swim Jig

Jake Bass

Weight: 3-6
Angler: Jake Breeson
Date: April 19
Location: Private pond
Lure: Jonn Graham Swim Jig
Angler Comments: All fish were caught on my trusty Jonn Graham swim jig at a private pond on Tuesday.  Of course the one that got away looked to be a solid 5 pound fish…hopefully I can get her next time!

Top 5 Weight: 12-5 (3-6,2-9,2-4,2-2,2-0) culls 1-8, 1-6 and 1-3

On a loosely related note, in closing I’ve gotta say a few words about the April 21 Photo of the Day featuring a 10.11 pound bass from Lake of the Ozarks.  Man, I dig bass pics and I try not to judge when I see one with a reported weight that raises an eyebrow, so to speak.  And I’ve seen more than enough of the glossy magazine catches stuffed in front of the camera at arm’s length that they just ain’t cool anymore (admittedly did the same a few times too before I got over it).  But that photo and fish are awesome, the real deal!  Very cool with the side by side comparison, once in a lifetime fish and great father-son moment.  I can hear the story being re-told for years to come.

If that bass don’t fire you up for contributing to next week’s update I don’t know what to tell you.  Definitely has me pondering ditching work for a few hours and I challenge you to do the same.  Talk to you later.  Troy

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