I was walking along the eastern shoreline of Herrick lake and I just happened to see her and a male 5 yards from shore. I sprinted 200 yards while yelling at my fried to come here because there was a giant bass. He didn't really understand, and so he took 5 minutes to get to her. He yelled, "wow! That thing is huge!"
DuPage Angler Fishing247 With Caught and Released Herrick Lake Hog
We both starting pitching different lures in attempt to catch the female. This started at around 5:30. I was repeatedly pitching a white finesse jig with a 4 inch shad drop shot bait called a Molix sator warm. after around 30 minutes with no reaction to my offerings, I put it right by her mouth, and she sucked it in. I immediately set the hook, and I set it hard! I reeled her in quickly and my friend grabbed her at the shore. After measuring, weighing, and pictures, we put her back in the lake to get even bigger! 20 inches and 5 pounds. 20 minutes later I caught the male. He was 14 inches and 1.5 pounds. Not a bad day! Th equipment I used was a 7'2" MH Wright & McGill bait casting jig and worm rod paired with a Wright & Mcgill bait casting reel with a 6.2:1 gear ratio and left hand retrieve. The line I used was 14 lb. test XPS fluorocarbon. There was a good amount of wind that day, but it calmed done during the time I was fishing for it. The date was April 29th, 2013 and it was in the 70's.
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