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Post Posted: 05:22pm - Nov 21,18 
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With our break starting yesterday evening, my brother and I decided to make the trip back home early this morning and hit trail creek on the way back home. With high hopes of picking up a few steelhead on the way home, our optimism ended after arriving to unfovorable water levels and a lack of fish in our go to holes. We gave it a shot anyway though, but after a few hours of no success, we decided to finish our ride back home.

I’ve been chomping at the bit to get back to the Dupage ever since I left for school in August and from reading all of jmdog’s posts. After a 5 am start time this morning, it took some convincing to get my brother to stop at the river before arriving home, but eventually he gave in after I reminded him about the last walleye I caught about a year from today.

While the walleyes eluded us today, my holes on the West Branch still produced some quality fish for us. My brother and I both used a 3-inch twister tail, I started with chartreuse and he started with white. Right off the bat, we started catching fish, eventually leading me to my best smallmouth of the year out of the Dupage.
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We fished for about an hour and a half, and finished with 9 smallys all around this class size.
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Mid way through our trip, my smallmouth action was put on hold with this brute that took me on a ride with my 6 pound test.
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Great way to start off the break back home, I’ll definitely be hitting the Dupage a few more times before I leave Sunday.

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Post Posted: 05:28pm - Nov 21,18 
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Some gorgeous tanks for sure, even the carp :)

The river seems to be fishing better every season the past few years. I really wish they would level those downstream dams. We'd be catching all kinds of species. But there has been quite a bit of variety the last couple of years even with those dams still standing.

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Post Posted: 10:27am - Nov 22,18 
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You took that carp with an artificial? Didn't snag him (as I usually do)? Nice fish and you and jmdog are showing the rest of us that the Duper is no slouch when it comes to holding bigger fish. Nice pics... have a great holiday (and to everybody else).

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Post Posted: 10:50am - Nov 22,18 
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chuckt wrote:
You took that carp with an artificial? Didn't snag him (as I usually do)? Nice fish and you and jmdog are showing the rest of us that the Duper is no slouch when it comes to holding bigger fish. Nice pics... have a great holiday (and to everybody else).


On this one, I snagged him on accident in the tail. I have caught them on artificial in the past though. It seems like in the winter months the carp stack up in the deeper holes that I usually fish in, so it has come pretty common for me to snag in to one on accident here and there.

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Post Posted: 08:49pm - Nov 22,18 
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Still a good fight. I calling a draw when the carp throws the hook and I retain the artificial and, if on my fly rod, the rod not broken.

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Post Posted: 04:18pm - Nov 23,18 
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Good to have you home!!!

Kinda tired of your mug in all the pictures. Need some of your brother. :ouch

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Post Posted: 07:31pm - Nov 23,18 
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