DuPage Angler Breaks His

 Smallmouth 2011 Record



DuPage Angler News Room - by DuPage MWolf

This morning around 7:45 I went to Whalon. I started off slowly hopping a hula grub off the bottom which I managed to catch 5 decent largemouth with, all around 14-15" long. Suddenly a school of bass started busting on shad just within my casting range. I grabbed my other rod which had a 4" jerkbait tied on and cast straight into the frenzy. I gave it a couple twitches and then it got slammed! At first the fish didn't feel too big, but then she gave me the greatest fight I've ever had from a bass. I got her within 10 feet of the shore and then I realized... it was a smallie, and it was a HAWG. I saw she was barely hooked and I kept thinking she was surely going to get off, but I managed to lip her. She looked mean and taped in at 23" long. No one was anywhere nearby so I attempted to take my own pictures and I didn't have my scale with me either so I'm guessing she was in the 6.5 lb range, but let me know what you guys think. She was my first smallie of the year and of course... she was released to grow bigger and fight another day.




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pondboy's Avatar
pondboy replied the topic: #5769 12 Oct 2012 09:20
Man this was a great smallie i was looking over some of the cotd.
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basskid replied the topic: #4396 25 Jun 2012 01:59
That's awesome!
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mwolf replied the topic: #2373 26 Mar 2012 00:00
Thanks everybody! She was by far the biggest bass I've ever caught and I think it's pretty crazy that my personal best bass is now a smallmouth. I have a new goal now for the rest of the season... catch a 24+ inch smallie. I know it's rather unlikely for me to catch another huge smallie, but it's something I'm really going to work at accomplishing this year.
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wilks19 replied the topic: #2361 25 Mar 2012 20:17
Perfect selection for the COTD! Nice job mwolf.
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Basshunter replied the topic: #2333 25 Mar 2012 08:57
nice catch!!
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Gilmanji replied the topic: #2326 24 Mar 2012 23:44
That's awesome, I caught my first smallie out by Starved Rock last year, pound for pound I think the only thing I could possibly compare it to was fighting a redfish. Lake smallies must be incredibly fun to catch though when they can work both vertically and horizontally. Nice catch!
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pondboy replied the topic: #2323 24 Mar 2012 22:43
Great job man, Thank for helping find the swim jigs at BPS when I ran into you tonight!
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CrankinKing replied the topic: #2321 24 Mar 2012 22:41
Nice Smallie MWolf. Nice COTD
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #2317 24 Mar 2012 22:23
Congrats on the COTD MWolf!!!

Definitely deserved for your ability to pull great smallies out of Whalon!

Next we'll get you wading for 'em and ruin largemouth bass for you forever!
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #2315 24 Mar 2012 22:13
Congrats on the COTD Marcus! It was truly an awesome fish! Great job!
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #2314 24 Mar 2012 22:10
Don't worry cuz. We will let you fish with the the masters here and yuou will get a pig this year for sure. Maybe even a catch of the day! :)
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possumbelly replied the topic: #2313 24 Mar 2012 22:07
You guys just make me want to spend more money and fish harder. What an awesome time you must of had. I can barely catch blue gills that have a hard time pulling a float down. All I can say is WOW!