5.8 & 4.6 Pound Bass Caught on First ILC Pro Staff Trip to 64 Acres in Fulton County

by John OReilly on July 17, 2012

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Our first official pro staff trip went exceptionally well. Frank Bury and Mark Coons headed to the main lake on our 64 acre listing in Fulton County. We call it 64 acres because that is how the math breaks down, but it is actually a 1/5 ownership of 319 acres. You get to use the entire property. It has three lakes. The one that Frank and Mark fished was not only the biggest lake on the property, but the biggest lake in Fulton County. It is enormous. The property is also has awesome deer and waterfowl hunting. For more details on the property, see the listing page here.

Fishing trips during the heat of the summer aren’t always indicators of the quality of fishing. Hot long days can slow up even the best lakes, so Frank and Mark hit the main lake with little expectations. The focus was more on the lake assessment … water quality, structure, etc… However, even the hottest day couldn’t slow down this lake.

Mark had this to say about the property…

My first impression of the property is that its a great looking piece! It’s perfect for enjoying on the weekends with friends and family. It has great lake access to accommodate any size boat. The lake is a monster in size!  We fished for three hours and only fished one side of the finger we launched in, which is probably only 5-10% of the lake. The fishing seems to be really good considering we started during the hottest part of a mid 90 degree day and still managed to catch over a dozen bass including two great fish – one weighed in at 5.8 and the other at 4.6. My son caught the 4.6 pound bass using a plastic worm, which is not always an easy bait for a 6 year old to use. The Berkley Power Worm seemed to be the hot lure that day (click here to buy Berkley Power Worm online at Presleys Outdoors) .Water quality and depth were excellent.  It was a clear lake but not too clear to hurt the fishing.  The lake is extremely deep! In my opinion, though, the coolest part of the lake is that it is a target rich environment with tons of rocks,brush and trees to cast at, which is not always the case with stripmine style lakes.

- MARK COONS
Illinois Land Company Pro Staff

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