DuPage Angler Paul S with First Braidwood bass of 2013

Finally shook the rust off at Braidwood on Thursday 3-28.  It was very cold in the morning with temperatures in the low 30's.  My buddy and I were struggling on the warm water side so we moved to some spots midlake where we had caught some fish in the past.  After catching a small bass on an XCalibur XR 50, we moved to an area with a nice 10' ditch.  After cranking the ditch to no avail, we started pitching the reeds.  After a couple tentative bites that didn't hook up, I had a bass take my bait and streak out from the reeds.  Solid hookset, flipped the bass in the boat, and landed my first decent bass of the year.  We didn't measure the fish but we estimated it around 18" and 3 to 3.5 pounds.  I was throwing a watermelon red, baby Brush Hog with a 3/16th sinker.  Nothing the rest of the day nor did we ever see anyone catch anything.  Read a report that another fella caught some decent fish on the warm water side throwing crankbaits in deeper water.   We'll get 'em next time.

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CSimon2 replied the topic: #7742 30 Mar 2013 21:16
Congrats on the COTD! Nice fish!
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Paul S replied the topic: #7740 30 Mar 2013 19:10
Thanks for the kind words fellas.
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wilks19 replied the topic: #7736 30 Mar 2013 07:15
Great job Paul S. I need to try that lake. I have heard great things about it and keep telling myself to get out there, but this year it will happen. Nice write up too and thanks for sharing what you were using.
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possumbelly replied the topic: #7729 29 Mar 2013 21:08
I will fish Braidwood when I get to Illinois next. Nice COTD
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Pwoody replied the topic: #7728 29 Mar 2013 20:04
Nice job man. Gotta love the brush hogs.
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #7727 29 Mar 2013 19:58
Congratulations on the COTD!

Nice largie too!!
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #7726 29 Mar 2013 19:02
Nice COTD Paul! I haven't been to Braidwood in a very long time. It is now on my 2013 list.
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DA Manager replied the topic: #7725 29 Mar 2013 19:00
Great way to start the season Paul S!