1. Another bass caught on a homemade muskie bait by my cuz

    Largemouth Bass with a homemade crankbait

    1. Nice pig!
    2. nice hog
    3. No dinks on that bait! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    4. Nice one Rich πŸ‘πŸ‘
    5. great catch πŸ˜€
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  2. My cuz made me a custom bluegill squarebill crank and man even though he made it for muskie the bass were digging it too

    Largemouth Bass with a Homemade crankbait

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys!!
    2. nice bait and fish!!!
    3. Homemade crank!?!? Now that’s awesome!!!πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
    4. Swweeet lure bro!! Nice fish too!! lol
    5. Nice
    6. Sweet! If the Muskies dig it as much as the Bass, you're gonna have a lot of fun with that bait! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    7. Good one .Bait and Bass.
    8. very nice πŸ˜€
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  3. Bass bite has finally heated up along with the weather.

    Largemouth Bass with a Jig and matching home made craw

    1. I'm hoping I can go this month
    2. Jacob Sunde 0
      Cubs take the dubs!
    3. great catch πŸ˜€
    4. Good to see you back on the radar Rich! Helluva nice Bass!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Cubbies are taking the American League to the cleaners! Hopefully the World Series will be the ...more same! 😁😁😁
    5. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys!! Good to finally get a few days without storms, bite is good even with the mid 90 temps. Artie I probably wont get back to Florida till next February ...more it looks like :(
    6. When are you going Shark Wrangling again in Florida?
    7. Nice !!!
    8. jeff mcelroy 0
      nice fish
    9. Good Bass RichπŸ‘
    10. Buddy Pierce 0
      Love it!!!
    11. Nice work Rich!!!
    12. Noah Shapiro 0
      Nice
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  4. Largemouth Bass with a Strike King KVD Squarebill Crank

    1. Hey buddy did you finally get some liquid water to fish in? Nice one! πŸ‘
    2. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys I have sure missed these big girls, hoping to get into a few more this weekend hopefully. Morris I checked out the pics and way to put him on the hawgs ...more brother!!!
    3. Bryan Harper 0
      Wtg Rich!!
    4. Isn't that # BigfishPardy???
    5. Jimbo Harwood 0
      JUMBO brother!!!
    6. nice catch πŸ˜€
    7. Derek Stitt 0
      #fishpardy πŸ‘πŸ‘
    8. Nice to see you wearing a short sleeve finally!!!
    9. Good to see you back Rich, been awhile! Nice one brother! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    10. Check out Roberts pics from his visit down here:)
    11. Nice one Rich!
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  5. Surely but slowly the bite is picking up, just need these storms to quit rolling in.

    Largemouth Bass with a Spro BBZ-1 Baby Shad

    1. Jimbo Harwood 0
      I bet.. you guys have been getting hit with storms pretty good.. PROBABLY HAVE SOME NICE MUSHROOMS POPPING!! πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜‚
    2. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys but I think all these storms and flooding have put me back in hibernation uggghhh!!
    3. Jimbo Harwood 0
      couldn't have said that any better CAPT!! LOL. GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK ON THE WATER!!πŸ‘Š
    4. Hibernation is over!!! Welcome back brother:) nice bass
    5. Robert Coleman 0
      The clouds DO have a very ominous look about them. Another nice one Rich! πŸ‘πŸ‘
    6. Taylor Glover 0
      great pic!
    7. Get em brother
    8. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks Noah its been a long winter and spring weather wise here in Chicago
    9. Noah Shapiro 0
      Welcome back
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  6. The big girls haven't been out to play yet but their little buddies have been biting good

    Largemouth Bass with a homemade swimbaits

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      Thank Morris!! Unfortunately the jackets were back out the last couple days, every time it warms up its storms for 2 days!!
    2. What ??? No heavy jacket??? Hahaha nice bass Rich!!
    3. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys and its good to be back!!
    4. Always fun no matter what!! Nice catch!!
    5. Robert Coleman 0
      I agree, good to see you back Rich. Been too long! Girls will be coming shallow soon. Saw lots of males making beds myself. Nice one bro! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    6. Kenneth Olivo 0
      Nice bass rich! Glad to see you back on the water!
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  7. Northern Pike with a Golden Roach

    1. Anton Kichler 0
      yeah I have not been able to go out fishing so o while not this year so but when I can get a chance I'll go fishing if the weather is good enough and the ice ...more has cleared of the lakes
    2. are ice is totally gone, nothing left! I musky fished first boat trip of the year, got skunked. hoping next weekend is better!
    3. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys I have put the ice fishing gear away for the year and with temps in the 50's all next week I may be casting sooner than later!!
    4. Kenneth Olivo 0
      Awesome fish
    5. nice one dude, our ice is over! edges WAY gone, but a couple of inches floating in the middle of most places preventing boat fishing...it's a very annoying ...more time of the year!
    6. I can tell you Rich our spring has sprung since I saw the robins coming back north. That is a sure signal down here. Also when the pecan trees start to sprout out. ...more Haven't seen that yet, so we could have a few cold fronts come through yet. With all that i think we are done with freezing weather anyway. Our bass are staged up and ready to spawn and some are making beds and cruising the shallows. So hang in there you will be able to throw that plopper soon.
    7. Anton Kichler 0
      yeah thank you
    8. Rich Pardy 0
      Morris be careful on that thin Florida ice I have heard bad things about it lol Anton sorry to hear that monster got away unfortunately thats part of fishing. Robert ...more and Shawn I can probably throw the plopper now with all the water on the ice but the fish would have to crash thru about 5 inches of ice under it to get it lol but that would be cool!! :)
    9. Nice Pike Rich! Ice has thinned out here too.
    10. Anton Kichler 0
      yeah that is a great fish not as big as the fish like the one that has gotten away with my lure and the half of the leader that was made out of wire and yes my leader ...more broken into two pieces which I have two sizes of leader from six to twelve inches πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ and my lure was $15.98 with the steel leader which was ten dollars from Cabela's I did not have enough money and yes I have saw it
    11. Robert Coleman 0
      Awesome Pike Rich! I hear you with the ice brother....😒😒😒, but like Shawn said, Plopper Power coming soon!!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    12. Melissa Norris 0
      great catch! πŸ˜€
    13. You will be throwing a Whopper plopper before you know it!!πŸ’ͺ
    14. Rich Pardy 0
      Shawn it's like summer here today, 60 and raining, definitely my last fish thru the ice this year
    15. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys and it was 39 inches
    16. Nice one brother! Stay warm!
    17. john stimson 0
      Nice catch
    18. Anton Kichler 0
      how big is the northern Pike
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  8. Northern Pike with a Golden Roach

    1. Joe Shock 0
      Lol, not me Brian K, been close to over 20 years since I fished those water's. That Fox Valley Gang has those water's dialed in most of the time. Plus money ...more wise I would assume like most non-professional Ice Fishing Tournaments the big prizes and money come on the sale of Raffle Ticket's.
    2. Brian K 0
      @Rich Sounds good. Unfortunately I don't know a lot about Fishing Winnebago during hardwater apart from info that Fishidy can provide. Looks like Joe is your ...more man. That event is huge and would be a sight to see I'm sure though.
    3. Joe Shock 0
      Yeah, I've caught them that big as well. They probably would taste good Smoked instead of throwing them under a tip-up! I know all to well about the "Minnow ...more Counters" and prices how they vary, plus the amount you get. I rarely buy Minnow's anymore and pretty much stick to buying Spikes for Panfish. Majority of the time I'm using some form of Plastics and have for over 40 years though when you go fishing with a cousin who over the same number of years only uses a Moon Glo/Spikes and always out fishes you, it's kind of hard not to put his same rig on every now and then. I do a few local Ice Fishing Tournaments around here nowadays, so the Battle on the Bago would really have to special anyhow for me to be even interested in going. The crowds/vehicles zooming by you just at local tournaments is enough to make you want to start chucking frozen objects at them, lol.
    4. Rich Pardy 0
      No Joe I appreciate the info man, Im not sure where we would be staying and that is the main problem if Im going or not. i also just found out its a 2 day event ...more so I may not be able to pull that off. Yeah Joe the bait is so different in just 150 miles away when I go to my lake house in Indiana. They have shiners and crappie minnows there and I can get a couple dozen of each for about $5 total and here in Illinois a dozen golden roaches and fathead minnows cost me about $12 and they count them to the exact amount and in Indiana I think I actually end up with 4 dozen of each. :) I have caught golden roaches around 12 inches ice fishing and have hooked them up dreaming of a monster pike but never had luck on one that big.
    5. Joe Shock 0
      Lol, sorry for all that Rich. I see most of that reply was direct for Brian. My Bag!!
    6. Joe Shock 0
      Rich, I live 150 miles Northwest of the Bago Chain. I've fished it many time's before, all softwater. I did fish area lake's around there years ago hardwater ...more though. Up in My Neck of da Woods many moons ago you use to see a few Sport Shops sell Golden Shiners but those Bait Dealers that collected them must of lost interest or it wasn't feasible money wise to continue. Golden Shiner's were collected mainly out of Quarry Ponds or Gravel Pit Ponds around here back then. Use to catch them once in a while Ice Fishing for Panfish, but I personally haven't in a longtime. I know the Minnow Bait species varies no matter where you travel or fish at. Like Milwaukee Shiner's, you see them south of Wausau for sale but around here they're unheard of. Ask for Wigglers in those same area's and you get Mayfly Larve instead of Spikes(Silver Wigglers) around here. Where do you stay when you fish the Battle on the Bago? I use to have more family around that area I could visit and stay, but no so much anymore since a family divorce. That's the one Mills Fleet Farm and John "Shut Your Trap" Gillispie host?
    7. Rich Pardy 0
      Brian i just might hit you up, I might hit the battle on bago this weekend but not sure yet, have you fished there before? For some reason we dont have shiners in ...more our area only golden roaches but Im guessing they are a family member of the shiner but dont know for sure. Joe come on to my neck of the woods and you wont here the term shiner for a longtime lol I still call them shiners no matter what they are ;)
    8. Joe Shock 0
      Haven't heard the term for bait, "Golden Roach" used in a longtime!!!
    9. Brian K 0
      Nice one Rich! I've only heard people use the term golden roach freely while talking about live bait in Illinois, so I'm guessing that's popular around ...more there. Never have seen them for sale in southern WI. If you choose to venture up to Madison, WI to possibly extend your ice fishing season, hit me up if you need some ideas for spots on the lakes!
    10. Rich Pardy 0
      Gonna try and get out tomorrow but were definitely done after Mondays 60 degrees and thunderstorms predicted and above 40 the next couple weeks after that. Another ...more short ice season for sure.
    11. Edward Payne 0
      Beautiful Pike man!!! Our ice season is over here in NJ!!!
    12. Robert Coleman 0
      Nice Pike Rich!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Glad to see you still have good ice. Hotter weather here making some ponds a little iffy! Big bodies still good.
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  9. our ice season has finally started to pick up!!

    Northern Pike

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      HA Harry I work construction too but would rather be on the ice than the roof any day lol
    2. Harry Buzinski 0
      nice catch Rich πŸ‘, I work outside construction in the cold weather so I have no interest in ice fishing right now, I'll stick to soft water for now 😁
    3. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys!!
    4. Jimbo Harwood 0
      great fish bud!!
    5. We have 56 degree water and you guys are ice fishing, go figure.πŸ‘πŸ‘
    6. Nice pike!
    7. bout time!
    8. Kenneth Olivo 0
      That thing must put up a great fight through the ice! Nice catch Rich
    9. Derek Stitt 0
      NiceπŸ‘Š
    10. Looks like things are Pike.. ing up! Nice one Rich!
    11. Melissa Norris 0
      nice catch πŸ˜€
    12. WTG Rich!! Great catch!!
    13. Robert Coleman 0
      I would say so! Nice one Rich! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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  10. Took 1st place in annual LVVA ice fishing tourney out of over 300 anglers. We took a chance moving away from the crowds on some iffy ice and I actually broke thru ...more twice on the way out but it paid off. Walked away with a aqua vu camera, gopro hero 4 and bunch of ice fishing equipment.

    Northern Pike

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      Haha, you might ne right Brian but I would have to sell a lot of equipment to afford one of those bad boys, they are expensive!!
    2. Brian K 0
      Great job Rich! 1st place out of that many anglers is solid! It sounds like you need to sell some of that equipment that you won and invest in one of those new expensive ...more Frabill outfits that float if you go in!
    3. Rich Pardy 0
      Thanks guys and yeah thin ice isnt something to mess with for sure, I have went thru a couple times now but am getting wiser with old age, if the ice seems iffy ...more I stay on the shallow stuff just incase
    4. Your a wild man!! I keep my big ass in the boat or on the bank.....I don't trust ice in Kansas!!! Lol
    5. Derek Stitt 0
      Awesome, nice job Rich! You will love that cameraπŸ‘πŸ‘
    6. Jon Giacalone 0
      Way to go, Rich!
    7. Melissa Norris 0
      congrats!πŸ˜€
    8. Michael Balog 0
      I'd rather get away from the crowds and catch less fish myself congratulations but be careful thin ice is no joke
    9. Yeah nice work but don't walk where its thin!!!!!!!!
    10. Edward Payne 0
      Wow!!! Those are some awesome prizes! Great fish!!!πŸ‘πŸ»
    11. Fish Burgh 0
      you sir, are a beast... another monster for your record books... keep ripping those lips...
    12. Congrats! Nothing ventured nothing gained!
    13. john stimson 0
      nice catch ,winning
    14. Robert Coleman 0
      Freaking sweet! Congrats Rich! But be careful bro. Wanna see pics from you for the next 50 years!πŸ‘πŸ‘Š
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Catch and release fisherman from Chicago, Illinois


Fishing Favorites

  • Species Large and Smallmouth Bass
  • Waterway DuPage River, Illinois
  • Lure White Spinner, senko, swimbaits and bass jigs.


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