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  2. Thanks! Yeah I am in the same boat here in Southeast PA. This was actually the biggest bass I have seen in person. I had the same thought about where I go from here, but I actually have my first baby due in August so I am just happy to get these catches in before my fishing time gets severely limited lol
  3. No, but helps. Just like you can easily fish a jig on a 6.2:1 ratio reel, just isn't the best tool for the job. Something about frogs and toads, fish really seem to take off when they eat them and when you hook them, so a fast reel helps a lot in keeping them stuck.
  4. Let me see some pics please.
  5. smalljaw67

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    Just for clarity, Nick Crème got the chemicals from DuPont. He also was learning basic chemistry along with instruction from the lead chemist who provided Crème with the chemicals in the first place. Even with that instruction and basic understanding of chemistry it still took over 6 months to get a working formulation. I'm just saying this because today you would need to have the right credentials to purchase the chemicals, so saying Nick Crème made his own is true but it isn't as simple as it sounds.
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  7. Punching would work. Use any small profile beaver type bait. Depending on how far the matted grass extends from the shoreline you can throw weightless plastics(flukes, senkos, trick worms etc) into the areas where the grass dissipates.
  8. Well, I've had mine for about a year now, I've caught a 32 inch and 34 inch northern, a good handful of 5lb large mouth bass and more 1 - 4lb large mouth bass then anything else. I haven't had one single issue with the pole at all. I actually found it at a thrift store for $6. Might sound weird but I can honestly say I've probably hauled in more fish on this rod then any other rod I own right now. ( kind of a bad pic but only one I had with the rod actually in the picture. )
  9. I assume they will adjust next season once they have analyzed the data. My guess is that they will start altering the parameters for different stages of the tournament like raising the minimum for qualifying bass. They can even change it for each round or even each period. They can even use five biggest. Score tracker will still make it dramatic. MLF would be stupid not to take full advantage of the format.
  10. Do most who fish a toad feel a 7:5:1 or faster reel is pretty much mandatory ?
  11. I'd love your thoughts on what baits to throw for a new lake I've been fishing this year. The lake is pretty shallow, most of the bank fishing area is 1-4' deep. I was fishing it in early April and there was tons of sub-surface grass and I was killing it with swimbaits and ned rigs. Now that it is mid-spring, the grass has turned to grass mats and there is a ton of slimy algae. I've been catching fish on frogs and texas rigged stik-o worms but I'm looking for any other ideas of what to throw on this lake. Most of the bass are smallish, 1/2lb - 2lbs. I was wondering if punching would work in such shallow water, and if so, what plastic should I use? Thanks for any suggestions you have.
  12. I just think there needs to be some way to incorporate in incentive to target larger fish, some kind of points system maybe. I still enjoy watching, but after watching a guy catch 20 1.5 pound fish on a dropshot, it really begins to drag. Sometimes the drama still plays out if 2 or more guys are catching them at the same time, and that's what keeps people watching I imagine.
  13. Took Mrs. Blue out Friday night for a fancy dinner. Can't believe she's put up with my shenanigans for over 9 years now.
  14. Here's a new 7" jointed cedar bait that was inspired by a leopard shark, but with different colors.
  15. Crappie wouldn't leave me alone this week. Tons on a Ned rig, which isn't unusual Caught a toad crappie on a 1.5 I didn't take a picture of for some reason, but it was about a 14" male white crappie. Working on my dropshotting a lot this spring and managed to smack a nice black crappie doing it. The boy had to dig is heels into the side of the boat when this little channel cat took off with his Ned rig. Think I might need to put him on some bigger ones on purpose soon and get some video of it.
  16. Saw a video today of a local lake with water coming OVER the top of the flood gates with each wave coming down the lakes and even water being forced through the gates by the pressure. I'd be nervous and angry by the incompetence and failed management by the state if I lived below that dam and near it's watershed.
  17. I've also done this same real life testing. Lots of heartache, lots of swearing and regret. Certainly a strong case for "You get what you pay for".
  18. I have a red RLE. It's been a great reel that will really bomb a bait out there. I use mine mainly for larger walking baits and ploppers with 20lb braid. I haven't noticed it being difficult to control at all but maybe I just hit the settings right before I made my first cast. IMO, it's one of the top 3 KK baitcasters.
  19. 25 yds big game mono to 75 yd 20lb fluro leader. Football jig means no grass, no grass no braid.
  20. I have 10lb braid on both my Ned rig and my Drop shot rod.
  21. Something to consider; If you're fishing them in deep water, braid floats and is going to create somewhat of a bow in your line similar to when the wind is blowing hard, except towards the surface of the water. How severe will vary by depth, cast distance from boat, ect.
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