I made it out to the center dike by mid-afternoon and the winds were finally starting to come around to the south. I tried my go-to hybrid bait, the relax shad, but wasn't getting any hits so I got my catfish rods rigged up. I hadn't had any luck netting shad with my cast net so I started out fishing with nightcrawlers. I quickly caught a small channel catfish and filleted off a few pieces of it in hopes a blue catfish would go for some fresh cut bait. About half an hour later I got my first bite and it was obvious this fish wasn't messing around as my line was tearing off my reel at a very fast pace. I picked up my rod and kept tightening my drag in hopes of slowing down the fish. Eventually the fish slowed down and I could see I had something big as I saw a big splash at the surface about 100 yards out. Normally catfish stay towards the bottom while being reeled in but this one made several runs to the surface as I fought it in, it was a very strong fish. The closer it got I realized it was even bigger than I first had thought. After I landed it I measured it at 36" and a weight of 23lbs on my digital scale, my biggest Illinois catfish that I have caught to date. After getting a few pictures, the fish was released. Hopefully in a few more years someone can hook into this fish when it's even bigger!
Re-energized by fighting and landing the blue catfish, I went back to trying for hybrids while I kept one catfish pole out. The wind had picked up out of the southwest and clouds had moved in, conditions seemed perfect for hybrids to be near shore where I was at. I decided to switch to a pearl fluke on a jighead and on my second cast I got a hit right near shore and landed my first hybrid of the day. A nice and fat 20" fish.
The next hour was great fishing and I ended up catching four more hybrids and a couple more smaller blue catfish.
I shot a little video showing that it can be a little difficult to be fishing for both hybrids and blue catfish at the same time while the bite is hot, it is best to stay a little closer to your catfish rod than I was.
Fish caught: Hybrid Striper - 5
Blue Catfish - 3
Channel Catfish - 2
Smallmouth Bass - 1
Successful Baits: Pearl flukes and superflukes on 1/4 oz. jighead.
Cut channel catfish(santee rig).
Weather: Increasing clouds, E winds shifting to SW 10-20mph, mid 50's.
Water Temps: 58(south shore), 63(south side center dike), 76(north side center dike)