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  2. It was an eye opener for me. The house was a builders home so he built it to his standards and was influenced by the events at the time. The oil tanks were strange for 2 reasons. First there were 2 of them. Most homes of that era only had 1 tank and it was outside or buried for easy access. My tanks had filler necks that went through the foundation and exited above ground outside. The tanks were switchable from the inside. Second, he built the house around them in a room in the finished basement. He also built the house over a super deep Artesian well and the well head was inside the house. And finally, I found the bomb shelter totally by accident when I noticed the stairs in an unfinished portion of the basement that led up to the outside, were not nailed in. After I removed some of the steps, I could see a latch. I removed more of the steps and that revealed a door that when opened led down to a solid concrete room that was 40 feet below ground level with air shafts that led to a fake wishing well in the backyard. The room was a good 30'x30' and was reinforced with solid steel I-beams. Interesting place to be sure, I always wondered if there weren't more secrets that I didn't uncover before we moved.
  3. I think your decision is gonna come down to some intangible, like the seat on this boat just feels right. You're looking at a couple very nice boats.
  4. This has helped me .In rocks peg I the weight with a bobber stop and make sure the bait is wider than the weight .
  5. Yeah i suppose i couldn't go wrong either way. It was funny - i had two different guys from the shop advocating for each respective yak, making good points. I'll let y'all know what transpires when i pull the trigger. For the record, I'm 6' 1" 175 and a lanky son of a gun haha.
  6. Like anything else, it's a confidence thing. Do I think it works, therefore I use it? Yes. Do I believe it's absolutely necessary to use to catch fish? Nope.
  7. Thanks for that, I wasn't sure. Lots of boats coming from China these days. Seems crazy to me that it's cheaper to roto-mold them there, and ship them here, than just do it all here. I already knew the WS boats are US made - I used to be a Wildy pro. One note on the Radar, many smaller guys have said it's a little too big, leg wise. Like it's made for taller people. I never got in one, so can't really comment. As stated above and can't be stated enough: get seat time!
  8. I'm usually wading, fishing 10 lb braid to 8 lb leader. When I can get behind the snag I do, but if I cast into deeper water I'm not risking it. So you think a slow retrieve just ticking the bottom instead of letting it sit dead on the bottom would be the better approach? I always felt that took away from the finesse aspect of it. But anyway thanks for all the replies.
  9. I took a gander at the Radar 115. You made a great choice - it seems to do a lot of things well from all I've read. That boat is technically in my budget. So, in a couple weeks when i paddle a few, I'll make sure to give it a whirl. (That is, if i can keep myself from buying one before Sunday! 71 degrees in Wisconsin...)
  10. First time ordering from them, so they sent me an additional 10% code. $91 shipped for a new Fury 662SF is a deal I couldn't pass up. Thanks.
  11. BassWhole!

    Fish Eyes

    realistic finishes and detail, including eyes are meant to catch fishermen, not fish. Some of my best cranks are over 20 years old and barely have eyes (or paint in some cases).
  12. They both look very similar at 1st glance. The handle setup does look like it's easier to deal with on the Bonafide as J Franco already stated. Get some seat and paddle time and decide which one would work out best for you. Native Watercraft kayaks are also made in the USA. Good luck on your quest for the perfect for you yak!
  13. I do. I use a small Owner crane style swivel, tied about 15" above the tube. No down side that I can see. Works for me.
  14. I believe depth & speed control is far more important than whether or not a shad dot is on the bait. Same with eyes. If it were a suspending jerkbait, maybe, but I'll still rely on the basic patterns fished at the correct speed and depth every time. Some of the modern pattern are pretty realistic though. Bet they catch a lot of fishermen.
  15. Exactly. I've used a 6'9" medium 1st gen Veritas for several years with great success. Adding a Lake Fork trailer hook to the frog helps as well
  16. Yes, otherwise you're doubling up on loops which could impact the action of the lure. The one caveat for me though is, chatterbaits. I use a snap to the built-in snap on a chatterbait and I feel like it actually helps the blade action get started up faster.
  17. Crystal Bay was the only bay I saw with ice this morning. Its not solid but just a moving mass of chunks. Should be gone today I would think.
  18. What matters at the end of the day is your ability to detect strikes and put bass in the boat. Sensitivity is between your ears the rod is only a tool. Peace, I no longer have the time to debate this or any other topic. Tom
  19. First attempt at wire tying a jig. I didn't get the skirt super even but that will come with time. Going to use them as bed jigs this spring.
  20. U40 Cork Sealer is a winter ritual of mine. Any cork handle rods purchased during the season get sealed in the winter. Great stuff. If you want to go old school for fishing enjoyment get a worm blower and a worm threader for live nightcrawlers.
  21. I agree exactly. The NRX can only be rivaled in sensitivity by a handful of rods and the ALXs aren't close.
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