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  2. When the water temps are approx 55 degrees at the depth they burrowed.....generally Jan-feb. Tom
  3. Thanks all for the suggestions so far. The issue isn't that she's on the boat and needs to go. If that were the case, a She-wee and bottle would be my solution for her. The issue is that the only boats she's interested in me owning are ones that are big enough to have a bathroom. Toxic hits the nail on the 'head': That was the implication on saying bathroom. Basically a boat with a head will probably have a bed too. At that point, you're pretty locked in to a style and that style isn't an aluminum fishing boat. BUT, she said bathroom so I'm eventually going to figure out something clever. At the last stadium concert/tailgating we did one of the people brought a tiny bathroom tent, maybe 4' tall, in case the portapotties were awful or a long walk away. This might be my lead candidate so far. The thought of a pontoon boat has crossed my mind. I can't fit a full size one, but the mini pontoons would be interesting. depends on the trailer a bit. Lots of newer boats/trailers have been moving the boat forward on the trailer and shortening the tongue. Then putting the pivot right under the nose of the boat. As gimruis noted, you get about 18" back that way. On an older trailer with a long tongue you can put your own pivot in and save a little more. At the end of the day though, 16' of boat plus 2' of motor is about the limit on my garage if I want to be able to slide past the front of it. Also, a 16' boat normally will have a trailer width less than 8'. When you start hitting 17 or 18' boats the trailers get wide. A tracker TXW 175 would just squeeze into the width and be a touch long (might fit if its turned diagonal). I really wanted a TV18 and was ready to get wheel sliders to turn it diagonal across two bays, but the wheels are right on 96" wide.
  4. Perhaps these socks are insulated with Norwegian Goose down. 😁
  5. It's amazing what you see, isn't it? Good stuff Deleted account I'm done here
  6. I would. I'm interested in how well it does work.
  7. Hi everyone, Does anyone have any experience with Fitzgerald rods? Specifically the okechkbee rod 7’6 heavy? I’m in the market for a new rod here in Florida and am between this rod and the Ark invoker pro series. The application is for big ez on the top with the occasional swim jig and chatterbait. I don’t see many posts about Fitzgerald so I figured I would start a new thread.
  8. I dont know the brand I use probably Eagle Claw octopus .
  9. those big reels are set up with stout magnets and soft SV springs for extra centrifugal effect casting heavy weights. I suspect you can tune your mag brake number lighter for more distance.
  10. I don't know how to count it because I fish every day on my lunch break. So that's 260 days a year, where I fish for maybe 15-30 minutes. Then add to that probably 3 weekend days a month on average where I'll spend, on average, 6-8 hours fishing. So on one hand, I could say I spent about 300 days fishing last year. But it may be more accurate to say I spent 36ish days fishing.
  11. I'd bet it's a walmart-only deal.
  12. Table Rock has a great winter bite and isn't a bad drive from Iowa. Don't believe anything you read about the powerplant lake in Kansas, you'll leave disappointed.
  13. I've had the same experience with the 4.8 bullflat. Catch larger than average size largemouth vs. any other soft plastic presentation. I do prefer free rigging the 4.8, hopping/stroking, and getting hit significantly harderthan with most other soft plastic presentations. Agreed too. Amount of bites significantly decreases with the 5.8.
  14. Just got back from Florida and 90 degree temps. Personally, I wore AFCO, HUK, Mossy Oak, and whatever brand the DIAWA shirts are (I think HUK). No more Mossy Oak for me, it was the hottest of the group. Some wore Columbia PFG and liked it but I find that to be heavy as well. They wear it because they get military and firefighter discounts. We used it not only for the sun but for the millions of teeny tiny grass gnats that would infest every exposed body orifice.😂
  15. The foam pool noodles will compress, and you'll want to replace them periodically. As you can see, I used four. Two were strapped down at the far ends, and the two in the middle rolled freely. I've put them at the back when loading, so they'd roll forward with the kayak. But with the upside down kayak cart strapped to the tip of the trunk, I could easily lift this 90lb kayak, even with my herniated disc. Here's a link to a video that shows the basic idea. They're doing it with an SUV, but it's the same principle, only the cart lays flat instead of hanging. https://youtu.be/s7gQKKBV648
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  17. Sorry. Never paid attention to your location. Bit cold there to be fishing. At least for me. Don't need to worry about that anymore as I just moved to Florida. 😁
  18. I only use Gamakatsu EWG in #1 size. I don’t nose hook. I’ve caught 5lb smallmouth and largemouth and have never broken or straightened a hook.
  19. Alright, the guy was involved in illegal activity. He shoplifted from retail stores and sold the items on eBay and various fishing forums, including here. He was caught and convicted. That was, what, a decade ago? So it's long since been over. However, if somebody is selling "NIB" or "slightly used" items on eBay for prices "too good to be true", then something is up. Moving on....
  20. Closest dealer for the boat I wanted was in VA and wouldn't budge from MSRP, and had a 6 month wait list. So I searched and finally found a dealer in WI that was thousands less and worth the 12 hour drive and overnight hotel, and had it in stock. Great dealer, I shipped him electronics and they rigged it up with no extra charge. About the double tax, my bill of sale had no taxes listed, because I wasn't registering it in WI. I think you pay the sales/use tax on the boat in the state you register it in.
  21. Thanks for such kind words Pat! Don't give up on those offshore fish brother, you'll have that breakthrough soon enough offshore if you keep studying them on sonar. With your water temps and being a bit north of me, you might just be a few weeks behind me. The fun always returns, that's why we're junkies 🤣😎
  22. Can’t get much fresher is my point.😂
  23. Well, the process is about to begin. Just got notified that the steer we took to processing yielded 600lbs of meat.
  24. After our trip to Headwaters in Florida las week I have a new one to add.
  25. Went fishing on a very peculiar sport, our local river canyon system. Peacock basses there tend to remain on deeper waters, inside caves in the canyons walls. Used two BFS setups, with the Kestrel Elite and Calcutta Conquest 51 Custom BFS.
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