Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Guided Fishing Birthday Party?

I got a call from a family friend; her son had gotten the fishing bug and really really wanted to learn more. He wanted a fishing party for his birthday! I had never thought of guiding a party before.

So the plan was made. Immediately fishing with children brought up some new challenges I had not faced before. Kids won’t get up at four, they cannot fish late, they actually need to catch something (the nerve), and fishing in the weeds and hidden spots is not a great choice. However they are an absolute blast to fish with!

Another very good friend in a neighborhood close to the birthday boy allowed us to fish the private lake behind his house. So we had facilities for the boys if needed or shelter if the storms from that morning returned.

I was nervous because the rain was fast and furious until right before the party. The temperature made a 30 degree swing as well. Even for a private pond a temp change like that is never good for fishing.

This pond has nothing but bass and smaller bass. We set up two rods per little fisher kid. We used several different kinds of floats and bobbers. For bait we had large minnows and Golden Roaches (a large minnow species). The bite was not what anyone would have wanted but we caught some fish. The Birthday boy caught two. One boy caught his first fish ever!!!! It was the coolest feeling to knowing I helped that happen.

We had fun laughing and making jokes. The younger boys ran around the trees and explored. It was a great experience.

So from this moment on DuPageFishing Guide Service will be offering The Fishing Party!

Also I have been thinking (I know dangerous) I have a 15 year old with autism who hates fishing however I know some people with disabilities that love it. So also new DuPage Fishing Guide service will be more than happy to take out anyone one with a Disability.

There will be lower pricing for starters and we will work it out. Even if it means we sit with our feet in the water and eat gummy bears, it may be nice to get out. If we sit on a pier we sit on a pier. But taking you or your child out will be a pleasure no matter what.

So please contact Pondboy at 630-518-1872 or visit for your own Angling Adventure. If you would like photos from My friend josh can be there to capture the moments as he did on this trip.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drift Fishing Small-mouth and Catfish using Raven Tackle with DuPage Angler

I got a chance to go fishing with Marty Rogers founder of I was excited because he is always crazy busy and fishing with him is always full of laughter.

We met way before sunlight and headed out west to a small creek that was finally not running high from all the spring rain. Our plan was to wade and drift fish for catfish and smallmouth using Raven floats, live bait and long rods. For more information on how we drift fish click HERE. The one thing I can say about Raven Tackle as it has dialed in our technique and our catch numbers has sky-rocketed.

We had the holy trinity of live bait crawlers, leeches, and minnows. For some reason the minnows just were not getting hit but the leeches were. Usually it is the other way around and in a hurry we will pass on the leeches.

This creek is very dynamic and spring rains design a new creek each year. Most years holes that are filled in by flooding are replaced by some new ones. This year there was only one new hole but many old holes were gone for good. We got on fish but had to fish twice as far as we usually do. This broke my heart a bit as three of my favorite holes were either half the size or non existent.

Marty and I fished and laughed and caught a ton of fish most small and not picture worthy, but great just the same. It definitely was a fun angling adventure.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DuPage Fishing Guide Service: Drift Fishing and Having Fun.

Keith met me in my drive way at o’dark thirty and I was immediately impressed when he pulled out a light weight custom steelhead rod from Xcalibur Rods. It was a little heavy for smallies but it was a beautiful rod.

The plan was to hit the DuPage River. We were at the most beautiful fishing spot I have on the river. The forest was a little spooky in the dark walking down to the river especially since we had just finished throwing wildlife stories around before we got there.

Quite a few of my clients want not only want to wade or smallie fish but they want to learn my bait drifting techniques for multiple species in rivers and streams. In a nutshell I use steelhead fishing concepts and tech to present live baits in at the most natural depth and speed. I mostly use Raven products for this. See this post for more detailed information.

I thought the trip was going to be easy peasy after Keith scored a couple quick fish. One was a gorgeous 17 inches, DuPage River Gold!! The spot got very slow after that. As the sun came up I just was not seeing the amounts of fish I usually do. Most trips I usually don’t have to change spots. One good stretch usually does it. Four spots total and five fish. Each spot produced fish however 20 fish in one stretch in a couple hours is not unheard of.

Keith’s day was open and so was mine so we decided on a round two and to not only switch rivers, but species as well. We headed to the Fox for carp. I love any opportunity to get a bass fisherman to try carp, the looks on their faces as they are hooked is awesome. I had him grab his steel-head rod which is perfect for fish of this size. We used the same drift rigs just bigger Raven floats. When drifting for carp you are not working seams in current like smallies but the slow, static, murky stuff. The drift needs to be much slower. We used size 4 hooks and good ol'corn. We hooked up right away and landed two awesome carp and some cats as well! We also had a couple fish show us the door.

I met another great fisherman and had a blast. If you would like a Angling Adventure of your own please contact me Daniel Pondboy Byrne at