August 18, 2006

Fishing at Shabbona

HAWG CZAR the TERRIBLE

is Legal today. (turns 18)

Happy Birthday Brad !!!

20.5 inches, 4 pounds 10 ounces

28 inches, 8 pounds 1 ounce

The water conditions were the same as August 16, 2006 and August 15, 2006, but the weather was cooler and rainy all day.

We started out bass fishing, same pattern and location in the NE Bay, thanks to the stormy weather the action was better than our last two days (bright sun). Bass were still very tight to the weeds and only wanting the thumping chatterbaits.

I started the morning with a nice 18 incher. As we made our way around the weed mat I picked up a few more 17 inchers. As we rounded the main weed mat and approached the area where the roadbed meets the shoreline, Ace (Wes) was really wanting to take the lead, and had that "Ace" look in his eye, total focus on each cast. Really working for a nice bass. Then he said "Got One", no splash or thrash, just a boil, but the fish instantly shot towards him, slack line, for a brief second we all thought the fish was gone. But as he reflexively burned the handle taking up the slack, the rod loaded up and the fish was ON !!! His rod horse-shoed and the lilypads boiled. I saw the flash of a thick green body and went for the net without even thinking about it. Huge airborne head shake. One pass at the boat, scoop with the net, he rolls, chatterbait pops out and he's sitting in the bottom of the net !!!! 20.5 inches, 4 pounds 10 ounces. Beauty of a Bass. Perfect vivid colors, flawless fish. It would hold as the "Bass of the Day".

Wes did have one punishing muskie strike on the chatterbait. Casting the outside edge, his rod just slammed towards the lake jerking him violently, then OFF!!!! That's typical muskie fishing with a bass bait for you. Pain.

Lunch break at the Lakeside Restaurant, double cheeseburgers. Now that's the way to Fish !!!!

Later in the afternoon, we decided to get out some chicken livers again. Pulled up to the "Spot" tossed out some huge hunks on circle hooks and relaxed. Few small fish messing with the baits. But then the rod off the back of the boat started screaming, bait-clicker buzzing like a saw, we all jumped up, Wes "Ace" got in position and closed the bail, and we all watched the rod tip start to load up as the circle hook rotated and dug in. Rod's bending, looks like a nice one..... rod keeps loading, looking Bigger.... drag starts slipping, it 's gonna be a Hoss !!!! I grab the net. We're all staring silently waiting for the first glimpse of the fish. The thumping line is circling out towards open water, big boils, fish shooting along in 10-15 foot surges. Finally he's up and we see the golden body and jet black tail. It IS a HOSS. Down he goes again. Nice battle all the way to the boat, fish is heading right for the anchor rope, luckily we're only fishing in 3-4 feet of water. Anchor comes up, Wes fights him away from a weed-mat, fish ducks under the first attempt with the net, got a little more fight left, next pass he's in the net !!! 28 inches, 8 pounds 1 ounce.  Beauty of a channel cat. Ace is the man of the day. We're all getting tired, off the lake by 6 PM. Excellent day of fishing.

17.5" 18" 17.5" 17"

16.5" 17" 17"

Bass are active TIGHT to the weeds (IN the weeds), they want the thump of the chatterbaits, nothing else is moving them right now for us. Not the easiest fishing. Ideas ??? As the water clears, action will improve. Muskie are dying to start the Fall Bite. Rolling everywhere. Fall Fishing is just around the corner !!!!!

Good Luck Everybody.

See you on the water.

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April 20, 2008 Sangchris

April 17, 2008 Shabbona

March 27, 2008     Kinkaid MUSKIE

March 20-21,2008 Kinkaid Muskies

March 12, 2008     Spring Lake Muskies

Jan 10, 2008      MUSKIES

Jan 9, 2008        Spring Lake Bass

Jan 8, 2008        Spring Lake Bass

Nov 10, 2007         Lake Geneva Smallies

Nov 8, 2007          Lake Geneva Smallies

Nov 1, 2007          Lake Geneva Smallies

Oct 26, 2007     Delavan WI Pike

Sept 28, 2007       Delavan WI Pike

Sept 19,2007      Shab Muskie/Bass

Aug 31,2007      Shabbona Catfish             

August 3, 2007    Shabbona

July 18, 2007    Shabbona

July 3, 2007    Delavan WI

June 22, 2006    Backyard Bass

June 20, 2007    Shabbona

June 9, 2007    Shabbona

June 6, 2007    Shabbona

May 31, 2007    Shabbona

May 30, 2007        Delavan WI

May 21, 2007    Shabbona

May 17, 2007    Shabbona

May 11, 2007        Backyard

May 10, 2007    Shabbona

May 8, 2007        Shabbona

May 3, 2007    Shabbona

April20-1,2007    Shabbona

April 17,2007    Shab 5lb Bass

March29,2007    Sangchris  

March 27,2007    Shabbona

March20,2007        Spring Lake

March 13,2007    5 lb Bass

Jan 11, 2007    Spring Lake Bass

Jan 6,7 2007   Spring Lake Bass

Jan 3,4 2007         7 lb Bass !!!!

Nov 21, 2006    Sangchris

Nov 8, 2006    Shabbona

Nov 7, 2006    Shab Bass

Oct 18, 2006    MUSKIE

Oct 5, 2006          Fox Chain

Sept 30, 2006    Monster Cat

Sept 29, 2006    Shab Muskie

Sept 26, 2006    Shabbona

Sept 16, 2006    Sangchris

Sept 13, 2006    Shab Bass

August 30, 2006    Shab Bass

August 18, 2006    Shab Crushers

August 16, 2006    Shab PIGS

August 15, 2006    Shab HAWGS     (225)

August 2, 2006    Shab BASS

July 20, 2006    Shabbona Catfish

July 19, 2006        Shabbona Catfish

July 14, 2006    Shabbona

July 12, 2006    Shabbona

June 29, 2006    Shabbona Muskie

June 7, 2006    Shabbona Muskie

June 2, 2006    Shabbona Bass

May 25, 2006    Shabbona Bass

May 10, 2006    Shabbona Bass

May 6,7 2006    Sangchris Bass

May 3, 2006    Shabbona Bass

April 27, 2006    Shabbona Bass

April 22, 2006    Sangchris Bass

April 20, 2006    Spring Lake

April 13, 2006    Shab Hawgs

April 10, 2006    Sangchris Bass

April 9, 2006    Muskies

April 8, 2006        7 lb 14oz Bass

April 5, 2006    Shab Big Bass

March 29, 2006    HAWG CITY

March 26, 2006    Shab Muskie

March 19,2006    Shabbona

Feb 2, 2006          Mega Bass

Feb 1, 2006         7 MUSKIES

Jan 20, 2006        MUSKIES

Jan 11, 2006        Sangchris Hawg

Nov 10,11 2005   Sangchris Bass

Oct 13, 2005        Busse Woods

Oct 12, 2005        Shabbona

Oct 1st 2005        Shabbona

Sept 30, 2005      Muskie

August 29, 2005   Shabbona

August 17, 2005   Shabbona

August 5, 2005    Shabbona

July 12, 2005        Shabbona

July 6,7,8 2005    Chicago

June 22, 2005    Shabbona

June 15,16 2005   Jacksonville

June 10, 2005       Shabbona

June 7, 2005        Shabbona Bass

June 3, 2005        Shabbona Bass

May 25, 2005    Shabbona Bass

May 20, 2005    Shabbona Bass

May 18, 2005    Shabbona Bass

May 7, 2005        MONSTER Part 2

May 5, 2005        MONSTER !!!

April 27, 2005    Sangchris Bass

April 15,16 2005   Sangchris Sow II

April 8,9  2005    Sangchris Sow

March 30,31 2005Sangchris Bass

March16,17 2005MUSKIE

Nov 14, 2004       Jerry's Striper

Nov 6, 2004        Sangchris Hawg II

Nov 5, 2004        Sangchris Hawg

Oct 28 29, 2004    Sangchris Hogs

Oct 13, 2004        Shabbona

Oct 12, 2004       Busse Woods

Oct 10, 2004        Backyard Bass

Oct 9, 2004        Muskie

Oct 5, 2004        Muskie

Sept 28, 2004    Jacksonville

Sept 21, 2004      Secret Pond Bass

Sept 15, 2004    Backyard Bass

Sept 9, 2004        Evergreen Bass

Aug 28, 2004        Muskie

July 22, 2004        Delavan WI

July 17, 2004        Backyard Bassin'

July 15, 2004        Shabbona Bass

July 13, 2004        Muskie/Bass

July 7, 2004        Evergreen Fatty

June 26, 2004    Backyard Bass

June 16, 2004   Jacksnville Bass        

June 4, 2004        Shabbona Bass

June 3, 2004        Shabbona Bass

May 20, 2004    Shabbona Bass

May 12, 2004    Muskie

May 11, 2004      Busse Bassin'

May 5,6, 2004     Giant Carp

May 2, 2004        Busse/Mallard

April 27, 2004    Backyard Crappie

April 24, 2004    Backyard Bass

April 16, 2004      Busse Bassin'

April 15,2004        BackYard Bass

April 1, 2004    BackYard Bass

March 25, 2004    Southern Fatty

Feb 28, 2004        Sangchris Hogs

Feb 19, 2004        Sangchis Bassin'

Nov 12, 2003    Mallard/Beck

Nov 6, 2003        Sangchris Hogs II

Nov 5, 2003    Sangchris Hogs

Oct 31, 2003        Mallard Bassin'

Oct 30, 2003        Atwood Bassin'

Oct 28, 2003        Mallard Lunker

Oct 26, 2003         Busse on Fire

Oct 22, 2003        Muskie fishing

Oct 10, 2003         Huge Saugeye

Oct 9, 2003        Evergreen Bass

Oct 8, 2003        Evergreen Bass

Oct 2, 2003        Muskie !!

Sept 30, 2003    Backyard Bass

Sept 27, 2003    Atwood Lunker II

Sept 19, 2003    Atwood Lunker

Sept 17, 2003    Backyard Bass

Sept 11, 2003     Muskie !!!

Sept 7, 2003        Backyard Bass

Sept 6, 2003        Backyard Bass

Sept 2, 2003        Backyard Bass

Aug 29, 2003       Backyard Bass

Aug 28, 2003       Backyard Bass

Aug 22, 2003       Backyard Bass

Aug 14, 2003       Sangchris Lake

July 29, 2003        Backyard Bass

July 27, 2003        Mallard Lake

July 25, 2003        Busse/Mallard

July 17, 2003        Atwood Lake

July 15, 2003        Backyard Bass

July 10, 2003        Shabbona Lake

July 3, 2003        Backyard Bass

June 21, 2003    Backyard Bass

June 20, 2003    Backyard Bass

June 17, 2003    Backyard Bass

June 11, 2003    Atwood Bass

June 5, 2003         Secret Bassin'

May 28, 2003    Shabbona

May 27, 2003     Beck Lake

May 23, 2003      Beck Lake

May 21, 2003      Busse Woods

May 16, 2003    Shabbona

May 15, 2003    Shabbona Fatty

May 14, 2003    Shabbona

May 10, 2003     Busse Bruisers

May 9, 2003        Busse on Fire

May 7, 2003       Busse Woods

May 6, 2003        Busse Bassin

April 30, 2003    Busse BigBoy

April 29, 2003     Busse Bassin

April 25, 2003      Busse Bass

April 23, 2003    Backyard Pike

April in Tenn        Reelfoot Lake Crappie/Bass

April 12, 2003    Sangchris Bass

April 2, 2003        First Fish

Oct 19, 2002        Bass-o-Rama

Oct 14, 2002        Muskie !!!

Oct 10, 2002        Holy Bass Hole

Oct 9, 2002        Backyard action

Oct 6, 2002          Mallard Bass

Oct 4, 2002          Big Pike

Oct 3, 2002          Mixed Bag

Oct 2, 2002          Busse Bass

Sept 20, 2002      Bass-nanza!!

Sept 3, 2002        Busse Bass   

Aug 25, 2002      Boatload Bassin'

Aug 13, 2002       Busse Bassin'

July 23, 2002        Busse Bass

July 13, 2002        Busse Bass

July 10, 2002        Evergreen Bass

July 6, 2002          Best Bass Ever

July 3, 2002        Monster Gills

June 25, 2002       Busse Bass

June 22, 2002       Busse Bass/Cats

June 21, 2002       Busse Bass

June 11, 2002       Busse Carp

June 7, 2002        Goldfish/Carp

June 5, 2002         Busse Bass

June 2, 2002         Busse Bass

May 29, 2002      Busse Bassin'

May 28, 2002      Busse Bassin'

May 16, 2002      Busse BigBoys

Kentucky Week Monster Fish

April 18, 2002      Busse Bassin'

April 17, 2002    Evergreen SKI

April 12, 2002      Busse Bass

Oct 21, 2001        bass15"

Oct 20, 2001        bass 16"

Oct 19, 2001        bass 14" 16"

Oct 5, 2001          Muskie

Sept 21, 2001    Muskie   

Sept 19, 2001      46" Muskie

Sept 17, 2001      Muskie

Sept 13, 2001      Muskie

Sept 10, 2001      Lisa's Muskie

Sept 6, 2001       2 Muskies

Sept 4, 2001        3 Muskies

August 26, 2001   bass 15.5"

August 23, 2001   bass 15"

August 22, 2001   bass 17"

August 21, 2001   bass 16"

August 18 + 19     big bluegills

August 5, 2001     bass 15.5"

August 4, 2001     18" 15.5" bass

July 29, 2001       16.5" 15.5" bass

July 28, 2001        Beck Lake

July 9, 2001         Muskie

July 8, 2001          bass 16" soft

June 30, 2001       bass 17"

June 22, 2001       bass 17" 14"

June 17, 2001       Joey's bluegill

June 15, 2001       2 giant carp

June 9, 2001        bass 17" 15"

June 7, 2001         bass 15.5"

June 3, 2001         bass 15"

May 31, 2001      Big Bass 18.5"

May 29, 2001      bass 14"

May 28, 2001      Big Bass 18"         and 17.5" 15.5"

May 23, 2001      Big Walleye

May 17, 2001      bass 16.5"

May 16, 2001      bass 16" 14.5"

May 15, 2001      bass 15"

May 8, 2001       Big Bass 18"         and 16"

May 7, 2001       bass 16"

April 30, May1   Muskie/Bass

April 20, 21 2001   Muskie/Bass

April 9, 2001        bass 15.5"

Nov 12, 2000      Big Bass 18" 17"

Oct 13, 2000        Muskie

Oct 3, 2000         Muskie

Sept 25, 2000     Muskie/  Big Bass

Aug 29, 2000       Best Day Ever

Aug 22, 2000       Big Bass 18.5" 18"

May 17, 2000     Catfish 7+ lbs

May 15, 2000     Big Bass 20" 17"