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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Night bite best for bass

July 02, 2010 at 02:47 PM

Numerous reports in recent days point out that evenings have been much better than mornings for largemouth bass.

At least that’s been the case for the top-water bite.

Rick Morgan said it’s also true for jigs after dark. Here’s his report from last Saturday evening, when he fished from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and caught 17 bass, including a 21-incher.

“All were caught on jig-n-pig. Had a full moon and I was out during the major feed. Had a nice breeze around 7 mph and it was very pleasant since the daytime hours had been pretty hot and humid. The “skeeds”  (mosquitoes) weren’t bad either. I did experience a few bats flying down at my lure as I was casting, this can be quite normal at night. If you have never experienced the bats, it may freak you out at first as they get rather close when you raise your rod tip to cast, you can actually hear their wings flapping. I once took my hat off and shook it by one of my friends head (during night fishing). He was already freaking out at the bats behavior, he screamed like a little girl, leaned back hard in his chair, and fell out of my 2-man bass boat. Once back in the boat, he just kept talking about leaving and how the bats had ruined his night. I then explained the hat trick and we both laughed. Luckily it was a warm night and we could continue fishing. He did later catch a 6 pounder so he was happy.

“I always throw a jig-n-pig during the night time hrs unless the lake is so mossy that I have to go to a texas rigged worm type bait. The jig-n-pig present a larger bait for the bass to find at night since they really cant see it too well and have to rely on their lateral lines to pick up the vibrations and movement.”


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