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Top 5 Record Book - When

Mon, January 30, 2017

What follows is a look at how our fish stack up with respect to the calendar.  Three years, 27 different anglers and 396 bass (all but 18 from Illinois waters) make up the all-time record book.  Here we go.

Group Totals
396 bass (2014 = 154/2015 = 106/2016 = 136)

Submissions by month (2014/2015/2016) * = new record
107 April (43/33/31)
69   May (27/23/19)
63   June (34/14/15)
58   March (13/11/*34)
37   July (18/11/8)
16   September (6/4/6)
13   October (4/5/4)
11 February (2/2/*7)
10 November (6/0/4)
  7 December (0/0/*7)
  5 August (1/3/1)
  0 January

Comments: First up, we added our first December bass and boy, what a bunch of bass those were (plenty more on those later and over the next couple days).  Not surprisingly, the first half of the year leads the way.  A great time to fish, anglers are back out in force, bass activity picks up and for many of us, not always so easy to cull later in the season after establishing a solid early limit.  I’ll be the first to admit that August is no doubt my least favorite open water month for a variety of reason and looks like others may share my sentiments (should add that as a belated 2017 resolution).

Top 10 Top 5 Monthly Weights (group total) * = new entry
37-9   May 2014
29-8   June 2014
*29-7   March 2016
29-2   April 2014
*28-7   December 2016
27-14 April 2015
27-12 March 2015
27-11 July 2014
*27-10 April 2016
*27-1   May 2016

Comments: Once again, the first half of the year dominates our Top all-time monthly creels including three new 2016 entries from that portion of the calendar.  And representing the back half of the year, December made a debut in a big way by cracking the Top 5.  Incredibly, those were five bass caught by one angler, Mark Balbinot, during a pair of cold water outings that seemed to be the stuff of bass fishing dreams.

Top 5 Weights per Month (group total) * = new record
January = no bass
*February (2016) = 22-9 (6-7,4-15,4-10,4-1,2-8)
*March (2016) = 29-7 (6-5,6-1,5-14,5-10,5-9)
April (2014) = 29-2 (8-0, 5-11, 5-10, 4-15. 4-14)
May (2014) = 37-9 (9-4, 8-10, 8-8, 6-1, 5-2)
June (2014) = 29-8 (6-11, 6-4, 5-10, 5-8, 5-7)
July (2014) = 27-11 (6-6, 6-0, 5-5, 5-0, 5-0)
August (2015) = 13-6 for 3 bass (6-4,5-2,2-0)
September (2014) = 22-3 (5-8,5-2,4-0,3-13,3-12)
October (2015) = 22-11 (4-13,4-13,4-12,4-10,3-11)
*November (2016) = 24-9 for 4 bass (6-8,6-5,6-4,5-8)
*December (2016) = 28-7 (7-7,6-5,5-13,4-11,4-3)

Comments: Four new monthly records from 2016 bookend our list and we are still looking for the elusive January entry (two more days left to be the first).  While it would be cool to see a couple more months join the 30-pound club this year, I guess I would really like to see a full August creel for the first time.  In addition, I always dig it when the rods are kept in action long enough to fill a November limit as well.  2016 was certainly an endorsement to keep casting in the cold.

Monthly Top Bass * = new record
No submissions to date
*6-7 Mike Overturf 2/27/16 Plastic Worm (old record 5-13 Adam Bean 2015)
7-0 Randy Sampson Sr. 3/22/15 Jig
8-0 Kamryn Kaesebier 4/13/14 Crankbait
9-4 Jake Breeson 5/23/14 Jig
6-11 Ty Hartlipp 6/11/14 Topwater Frog
6-6 Jake Breeson 7/11/14 Plastic Worm
6-8 Gary Le 8/16/14 Swimbait
6-0 Austin Chapman 9/19/15 Jig
*6-0 Mike Mooney 10/1/16 Plastic Worm (old record 5-4 Terry Isbell 2014)
*6-8 Mark Balbinot 11/20/16 Plastic Worm (old record 5-12 Gary Le 2014)
*7-7 Mark Balbinot 12/11/16 Underspin (no previous record)

Comments: Well, folks, unless you’re looking for a catch in the next two days you’re gonna need at least a six-pounder to post a monthly record as 2016 saw three five pounders displaced and a whopping seven plus set the bar for our initial December mark. 

Some fun stuff there and here’s hoping 2016 continues to build our sample size.  I’d also like to propose sending in any late season quality fish even if they do not cull on your individual creel.  For one thing, I just like to see the bass and post the entry.  But I’d also like to give a boost to some of our second half limits as a four-pounder will add to any month from August through the end of the year.  Back tomorrow with a breakdown of baits and locations.  Talk to you later.  Troy


Wow I knew August was lean but only 5 total submissions is mind blowing. I for one fish just as much or more in August as I do other months but 95% of my fishing is done on the moving water. Because of this I don’t normally send in my catch as I know it will not cull and quite often I am catching different species anyhow. This year however with expanding the top 5 to other species you will get plenty of submissions in August from me at least grin

Posted by esox_lucius on January 30

Looking forward to another year and will be interesting to see if August gets a boost after this plug.  Who knows, I’m even considering making a point to get out there despite the hustle and bustle that is back to school month for our bunch.  Actually looked back through the photo album and found some pretty good bass in there from the days of no responsibilities.  Kind of provided a little incentive as well, may have to run a blog posting this summer as a reminder.  But that’s a ways away.  For now, excited to see what turns up as we have now put one of my other unfavorite months behind.  Best of luck and interested to get your input in 2017 from a multispecies perspective.  Talk to you later.  Troy

Posted by 13bass on February 01

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