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Post Posted: 10:24pm - Jul 19,17 
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Typically I fish the same stretch of the East Branch, when I choose to fish the Dupage. For the past month and a half, the same stretch that I usually fish, hasn't really been producing the quality and quantity of fish that I've caught there in the past.
This evening I had about an hour to kill, so I decided to test some uncharted waters and move upstream on the East Branch. I started out using a squarebill crankbait in a silver and black color. At first fishing was pretty slow and I quickly began to second guess myself for leaving my proven stomping grounds downstream. After walking upstream a while, I came across a fallen tree trunk in the water that created some slack water out of the current. This looked like the perfect spot for a fish to be sitting waiting to ambush, and sure enough on my first pass through in the slack water, I hooked into one of my better largemouth I've caught in the Dupage.
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After that adrenaline rush, I continued my trek upstream looking for any slack water I could find. As I walked up to another area that looked very promising, Copper caught a glimpse of a duck and went straight into the water right where I was gonna cast. :cuss This happens almost every time I take her to the river, but I can't get mad at her for it because I can see how much fun she is having hunting the birds and if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be fishing the river nearly as much as I do now. After Copper went into the water, I thought for sure this area of slack water would have been busted. I decided to make a few pass throughs anyway and surprisingly, I hooked into the best smallmouth of the evening.
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Later on, I found a deeper hole at a bend in the river, so I decided to tie on a shad wrap to get down a bit deeper in the water column. This change up got me into another solid largemouth.
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Throughout the evening I managed to land a handful of smaller smallmouth, using the same approach when I found slack water.
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This evening was better than most, but it's always nice to be out at the river enjoying the evening with my buddy, regardless of how good the fishing is.
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Post Posted: 04:44am - Jul 20,17 
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Looks like copper was finding the fish for you AJ, nice report.

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Post Posted: 12:45pm - Jul 20,17 
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Dupage river monsters and enjoyed with a friend. Perfection!

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Post Posted: 09:54pm - Jul 20,17 
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Two true water dogs.

Who is going to miss who more when you go back to school????

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Post Posted: 09:03am - Jul 21,17 
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I love that photo of Copper sniffing the fish, great color. Looks like you did pretty good for an hour trek.

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Post Posted: 09:29am - Jul 21,17 
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Great post and some really nice fish! Your quip about your dog reminds me of a quiet day and I was fishing a hole in the west branch. Quiet until I heard a woman yelling for her dog to return to her. Well, the dog was a chocolate Labrador and he waded into the water and sidled up to me like he was asking how the fishing was going. Then, he just swam into the hole for a few seconds. While the lady was apologizing, I was laughing and told her no harm done. I own a Lab and that's who they are; come up to anybody seeking a pat and a smile.

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Post Posted: 11:02am - Jul 22,17 
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Nice post AJ and excellent picture!

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