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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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