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Friday was a rare 50 plus degree day in my neck of the woods. So I headed to Newton. Fished from about 1145 to 530, never went far down the warm arm due to the excess wind/waves. My jon boat isn't big enough to really do well in any kind of chop kicked up by wind.

 

Anyway, didn't have a lot of luck until I switched over to a big square bill and then I caught a 3 1/2 and a 2 /12 in about an hour. No pictures of either, my phone was buried in layers when i caught them so I just weighed and released.

 

But I did get some pics of a Bald Eagle and their nest up there, which was pretty awesome. Water temp was like, max of 50 near the main lake and dropping to 45 back deep it a cove. Had a good time though, was really great just to be on the water.

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Good to finally see most of the snow leave...now to get the water soft!

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On 2/19/2018 at 1:49 PM, MarkH024 said:

Howdy FIB's. How's everyone been?

How you been? Mama and baby good? Keeping busy at work?

 

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Anyone that's looking for open water needs to get out on one of our powerplant lakes. Went to Coffeen with a friend and caught some fish last week, it was a good time!

 

 

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20 hours ago, slonezp said:

How you been? Mama and baby good? Keeping busy at work?

 

Everything is good here my friend. Work has been extremely busy. Boys are almost 6, no babies anymore. We're done, the twins are enough for us. How are you? 

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1 hour ago, MarkH024 said:

Everything is good here my friend. Work has been extremely busy. Boys are almost 6, no babies anymore. We're done, the twins are enough for us. How are you? 

Became a grandpa last August. My step daughter had a healthy little boy named Eric Jr. My son got promoted to senior accountant at work, and is going to school to get his CPA license on the bosses dime. I started a new job this week, similar to the last but more money, more potential for growth, and more my niche. Otherwise just rolling along.

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20 hours ago, Tracker22 said:

Pooti! Busting em!

Haha you know Patrick?? Small world

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Finally got some open water. Grabbed my new ALX rod and a jig and headed to a local pond to try out the rod. First cast, caught a 2 lb largie. Bad news, didn't tighten my drag back up after loosening it for the winter. Major birds nest, but felt good to be out casting and catching. Anyone else get out today?

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Getting the gear ready. Probably get the boat ready next weekend. 

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Southern Illinois here about to go try and do some fishing dor 3 hours or so. Got some nicer weather this week bass should start biting. Caught a couple last sunday one was 6 pounds. Hoping to catch some more with this warmer rain we had.

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Fixed my boat this past weekend, had to thread chase a plug on the motor. Now I need to do some TLC on the fiberglass in a few spots, oxidation removal.  My gear was pretty dormant last year so my stuff should be good to go in that respect.  These 60 degree days are a tease, especially working.  Looking forward to getting out asap.

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Saturday the truck is getting a new radiator. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the boat is coming out of storage on Sunday. 

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Getting itchy...it's been a long winter!

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Heading out in the morning! :dancing-baby:

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7 minutes ago, slonezp said:

Heading out in the morning! :dancing-baby:

Report is a must! 

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2 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

Report is a must! 

Of course. It may be here or in the other species thread. Meeting dad at the ramp for a day of multi-species fishing.

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I broke out a combo today and a handful of lures and took off for some strip pit fishing from shore. To my surprise, the bass were very cooperative. Only two, but I was only there for an hour. A blade bait got them both. The bigger one picked it up off the bottom.  Felt good to get out. 

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Hopefully this d**n snow misses us here. Now that the boy isn't playing travel baseball I'll actually have time to fish for the first time in a few years... Time to get my gear cleaned up and tuned up. Good Luck to all.

 

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Headed out again today. Another cold start. Fish were in 22-26fow. Dragging crawlers and minnows behind a split shot. Water temp was 42 at best. Did a little bass fishing with no takers. Maybe next week...

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Got out yesterday afternoon from around 2 til dusk. Mid 40's rained all afternoon. Water temp was right at 48 degrees, the low end of the prespawn. Caught 7 fish, 6 of which were the size of my phone lol. But the one that was over a pound was a fat full of eggs near a laydown and she nailed a round billed red craw looking crank bait getting drug on the bottom. I'm thinking its only going to take another degree or two of warmth and things might get interesting around here.

 

Really trying to get out prespawn this year, seems like most years its over before I know it has even started. I am always guessing the water is colder than it actually is and when I do figure its warmed up enough to get the fat girls moving I am always too late. Hopefully this year braving some of the colder nastier weather pays off with some bigger catches.

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