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Post Posted: 07:01pm - May 10,10 
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Hooked up with an old high school buddy haven''t seen in years.Got back in touch thru facebook and when he invited me to his club in Wilmington I gladly accepted.I love my walleye but was in need of a change of pace.We rigged crawlers on small bass hooks aand casted to the shore and finessed them back.
First cast my biggest bass in some time
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Then I hit a really nice gill
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Gillzilla
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Had a blast!He said they were on beds and with the clear water we saw beds that look like miny craters on bottom.I guess coldfront pushed them back off we caught almost all good fish on first dropofff barely moving bait,kind of shakey head style.
Don't remember having so much fun.Let bass and big gills go and still brought home 30 to clean. Great Day!!

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Post Posted: 07:07pm - May 10,10 
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Man that gill is huge and not a bad bass either. Nice day of fishing. :)

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Post Posted: 07:13pm - May 10,10 
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Jim, somehow you get those Zilla's! Niiiiice Gill!

Funny colors and she had not spawned yet!

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Post Posted: 07:16pm - May 10,10 
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sweeeet jim,sweeeeet.

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Post Posted: 07:30pm - May 10,10 
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Dang Jim. Thanks for the report.

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Post Posted: 07:48pm - May 10,10 
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Holy Hoochie Mama !!! :D

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Post Posted: 07:55pm - May 10,10 
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Those sure are a couple nice redear's.

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Post Posted: 08:02pm - May 10,10 
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HOLY SHMOKES JIM!
IT'S STRANGE TO SEE YOU HOLDING A FISH
THAT IS NOT A WALLEYE!

Now, if you were on the bank and not in a boat, then I would have to check the sky for flying pigs.

That gill is a monster, and yeah, -kinda weird coloration.
Nice bass too.

Another friend told me he was hitting some monster redears at Mazonia.

MMMMM... delicious crispy fried bluegill...

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Post Posted: 08:12pm - May 10,10 
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Nice fish Jim! :allah

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Post Posted: 08:33pm - May 10,10 
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Sweet gill holy cow.

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Post Posted: 09:15pm - May 10,10 
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WTG Jim. The way you're goin this year, you might have to hire staff to keep your fishing log up to date.........murph810

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Post Posted: 06:53am - May 11,10 
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Very nice Jim.........bet this one had more head shakes than most eye's ya have got of late. :wink:

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Post Posted: 07:39am - May 11,10 
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:allah Change of pace like that and you may never return to your Beloved walleye! Nice report.

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Post Posted: 10:38am - May 11,10 
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:shock WHOA!!!! That's got to be the biggest gillzilla I've seen in Illinois!

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Post Posted: 08:18pm - May 11,10 
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Thank you for it.

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Post Posted: 08:33pm - May 11,10 
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WOW! very nice, Jim! Also, looks like you need to treat yourself to a barber. LOL

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Post Posted: 03:57pm - May 12,10 
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Thanks for replies.My friend promises bigger gills than that when water temp goes up and stabilizes.May get one mounted if I get one bigger.
I know Chas,overdue.No barber,where I go you get a free bowl of soup. :lol:

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Post Posted: 06:38pm - May 12,10 
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:lol: :lol:

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