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On my way home from work on Friday I decided to stop at Hidden Lake even though it was 48 degrees outside and a storm front had past the night before. I figured worst that could happen was a skunk and knowing the conditions I figured that might be the case. As I pulled in to the parking lot there were a few car but no one on the lake anywhere. Looking at the small white caps I decided to only grab two poles, my spinning reel with a white 1/8 spinner bait and my casting rod with a texas rigged Crabby Bass Craw Daddy in CK Special. I headed to a small outlet just on the other side of the bridge. The water here was still and clear. Thought this might be my best chance. Threw each bait about a dozen times fanning the small clam area, not even a smell. So with my luck running dry I decided to venture over to the DuPage River that runs right behind the Hidden Lake. Now I have never caught a fish out of the duper. Yes never. So I threw the spinner a bunch nothing.

I started flipping the CBL craw daddy in slack water. Flipping the bank across from me which was about 12' away. I worked my way down a small stretch not coming up with anything. As I got closer to the main river the water between the two bank got a little wider maybe 15'. I threw my first flip right against the bank into about 2" of water. The cast landed perfectly and soft as possible. I slowly jigged it out letting it slowly crawl across the rock. Then the bait stopped so I popped it, just a rock, crawled a few more inches and stopped again. Great another rock so I popped it but this time it moved so I set the hook hard. Fish ON!! After a head shack or two I'm thinking, nice a good size Smallie, until I got it close to my bank and I saw the head shake out of the water, I knew then it was a largemouth and one I didn't want to lose. A min later I landed this beautiful baby.

DuPage Angler Staff Writer Cranking King with Very Nice DuPage River Largemouth Bass 

Thanks to the Trokar hook she wasn't going anywhere. After I landed her on shore I snapped a couple of pictures and took a few measurement an I let her swim away in peace to fight another day. Once I released her I couldn't stop my hands from shaking. This fish is truly what fired up my season. I'm in fishing mode for sure now. Thanks to the awesome plastic by Crabby Bass Lures and the shear crazyness to think I was might catch something. The Crabby Bass boys make some great stuff. Thank you for helping me hall in that duper beauty and for getting me my first hawg of the season.

Since the scale was in the car at the time of catch I used my pole and my hand to take some rough mesasurements. I put them into the fish calculator on the DA site and came up with a bass around 4 1/2 lbs. Thanks again Crabby Bass!!!!

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Goofyfisher replied the topic: #8898 01 Jun 2013 18:20
Wow!!!! Is all I can say!
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nicksantos33 replied the topic: #8883 01 Jun 2013 12:02
Awesome fish
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CrankinKing replied the topic: #8742 21 May 2013 16:46

CSimon2 wrote: Congrats on the COTD CK! She is a beauty. If feels great to get that first river fish. It feels even better when it is a hawg like that!!!


I agree. It was just great timing and a great lure. Can't wait to get more. believe it or not I'm running low they're getting tore up by fish, lol

BrimReaper911 wrote: That's a huge fish, CK! Surprised you could get it all in the photo.
Guess its true --- long arms, long fish.


Thanks Brim but the long arms helped more with getting the camera back far enough, lol
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BrimReaper911 replied the topic: #8729 21 May 2013 10:17
That's a huge fish, CK! Surprised you could get it all in the photo.
Guess its true --- long arms, long fish.
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #8728 21 May 2013 09:59
Congrats on the COTD CK! She is a beauty. If feels great to get that first river fish. It feels even better when it is a hawg like that!!!
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jmdog replied the topic: #8706 19 May 2013 19:19
Holy cow buddy. That's a beast for the Dupe and especially that stretch. Nice one!
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #8661 15 May 2013 13:19
Way to go Crankin!!!!

Congratulations on the Catch of the Day AND that amazing river Largemouth!!!!
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wilks19 replied the topic: #8654 15 May 2013 06:48
Congrats on the COTD CK!!!!!!!
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JTC24 replied the topic: #8637 13 May 2013 20:11
Nice fish! I still have to head out to the Dupage river this year, and you gotta love Trokars!