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DuPage Angler Darkstar With A Healthy 4.5 Pound Aurora Bass

I was out in my jon boat with my friend Dave.  We were trying to get him his first bass of 2013.  We were fishing Lake Patterson, a catch and release lake in Aurora, IL.  I've heard there are good bass in Lake Patterson but I hadn't caught one over 3# there yet.  The lake weeds-up pretty badly making  shore fishing difficult to impossible by mid-summer.  Fishing pockets in the weeds was the only way to go.  My trolling motor strained at times and I had to stop and rip weeds from the front of my motor.  I hoped I could connect with a bass to make all this trouble worthwhile.

I cast a chartreuse and white Z-Man chatterbait with a Yum chunk-craw trailer to give it girth out to the edge of a hole in the weeds.  I counted the lure down and began my retrieve.  My medium power casting rod bent and felt like I'd hooked a big chunk of weeds.  I did a side-sweeping hookset to pull the lure loose when the weeds began to wiggle and pull.  I still had my Abu Garcia baitcasting reel set up with loose drag from last week's blue catfishing trip and this fish pulled a good bit of drag and bent my rod down and stuck to the bottom.  30# Power Pro didn't yield and I got the fish to the surface and netted it.  She weighed 4.5# on my Boga Grip scale and was chunky, healthy, and had the fantastic bug-eyes that big bass all have. Lake Patterson will be on my list to hit with a frog lure come summer but today the chatterbait got me the fish!

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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #10574 13 Apr 2014 12:09
I can't wait to fish Patterson this spring and summer!
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pondboy replied the topic: #9083 10 Jun 2013 10:06
Great job my friend!!
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steakified replied the topic: #9082 10 Jun 2013 08:42
Nice job DS!
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Pwoody replied the topic: #9079 09 Jun 2013 20:57
nicely done ds. havent heard of anything caught on a chatterbait in a while. good job man.
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jmdog replied the topic: #9077 09 Jun 2013 20:36
That's awesome buddy, you got me stoked for some largemouth fishing :cheer:
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SoonerBass replied the topic: #9076 09 Jun 2013 20:29
Good one, I need to hit patterson sometime this week.
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #9075 09 Jun 2013 19:24
That looks like a fat and happy Aurora bass DS! I can't wait to launch your boat with you again! You are starting to find the big ones!