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Top 5 Update

Mon, March 27, 2017

Although the conditions this past weekend left a bit to be desired in West Central Illinois, a couple of us got out there and put in some work on the Top 5. 

Randy Bass

Weight: 4-11
Angler: Randy Sampson Sr.
Date: March 25
Location: West Central IL public water
Lure: Jig (crawdad) with pbj trailer
Angler Comments: You don’t often get a second chance on a fish like this.  Fishing a windblown shore I felt weight so I set the hook. I could tell it was a nice fish since it didn’t move. I saw a wide white flash and he was gone. Feeling I lost my best chance of the day I threw back in there. He picked the bait up again this time I hit him hard he bent my pole double at the boat.

Top 5 Weight: 16-3 (4-14,4-11,3-6,3-4)

Troy Bass

Weight: 1-12 (15.5”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: March 26
Location: Little John Conservation Club
Lure: Jig (black/blue) with #11 pork frog (black/blue)
Structure: Point
Angler Comments: My first fish of the day came about 40 feet from where I fooled a six pounder three weeks ago.  Guess what was going through my mind in the split second between seeing the line move and setting the hook?

Troy Bass

Weight: 1-10 (15.5”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: March 26
Location: Little John Conservation Club
Lure: Jig (black/blue) with #11 pork frog (black/blue)
Structure: Finger
Angler Comments: After two bumps in this spot I was figuring I might have a crappie messing with my jig but the third time was a charm and proved me wrong.

Troy Bass

Weight: 1-15 (16”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: March 26
Location: Little John Conservation Club
Lure: Strike King Red Eye Shad (sexy shad)
Structure: Overhanging bushes
Angler Comments: No takers on the jig after a couple casts parallel to a section of overhanging bushes so I figured what the heck and upped the speed of the presentation to find a winner.

Troy Bass

Weight: 1-3 (14”)
Angler: Troy Jackson
Date: March 26
Location: Little John Conservation Club
Lure: Jig (black/blue) with #11 pork frog (black/blue)
Structure: Laydown
Angler Comments: Textbook spot hopping the jig parallel to a laydown extending out from the bank into about 8’ of water, hit halfway back to the boat just like it was supposed to.

Top 5 Weight: 12-10 (6-2,1-15,1-12,1-10,1-3)
Note: Hope you’ll tune in for the fishing report from this outing later this week.

Twenty two bass submitted at present but only eight March fish to date.  Been a strange year though as February was pretty much the nicest month so far.  Long ways to go so keep ‘em coming and look to have a stat update hopefully next week.  Talk to you later.  Troy

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