Fox River: Found out my buddy Jim was gonna be in my neck of the woods so offered to meet up and 'show him the rocks.' We hit the water around 9:30 AM under bright skies. Jim is past president of the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. He is an excellent fisherman and quick study, so it didn't take long for him to have me 4-0 on the swim jig. He got into some nice ones with his biggest taping 18.75". I was at zip but didn't care, it was fun to see him get into those fish and take some photos. The laughs and smiles were priceless.
Finally Mother Nature had enough of watching me force-feed topwater on a sunny day, so she whipped up some wind and put a ton of leaves in the water. I had to tie on a hula grub and work a bit deeper, resulting in two nice smallies, the largest taping at 17.5". Great impromptu outing during the magical month of October. Was really fun to see Jim's confidence in the swim jig and connect with some brutes! USGS 11.19' / 590 CFS
Right out of the gate -- I think third cast on a 3/8-ounce Jonn Graham swim jig with Big Hammer tail
A 'baby' compared to what we knew was home in the area...
That's more like it! 18.75" that slammed the swim jig.
Closeup above / same fish below