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  2. Well I finally broke in the new Zillion Type R. Went to the swamp yesterday, and boy was the wind blowing! Had one little bass hit a jig at shore and that was it for a few hours. Moved around a bit with a big dobyns spinnerbait, and a few casts in I feel weight. I try to set the hook, but this thing is coming right towards me. As soon as I catch up, she's in the air and spit it. I crouched down and was silent for 30 seconds while I contemplated what I just saw: A bass of a lifetime. I don't know, she could have been 8 or 9 lbs. I was going to go rig up a plastic (which I should have done anyways) but stuck with the spinner, and on the next cast this 20" gal hit. I'll be dreaming of that missed connection for quite a while, haha. This place is wild. A few casts later, a snapping turtle bites my spinnerbait. Good bye! Then, on the way out, I see two snapping turtles chest to chest with one biting the others throat. And I was thinking about wading out to get one of many lures I've lost at this place. Not anymore!
  3. I have a 2007 Ranger 170vs. This boat has been good for me, but it lacks in some areas. One in particular is the way the bins lock/close. The bins are rigged with the standard Perko latches, but they aren't compression latches so when it rains all my tackle and equipment gets wet. I am looking into getting new latches that are compression latches to prevent water from getting in the bins. What latches do you recommend?
  4. I sometimes fish a jig even when I know something else would be a better choice. Generally, I think soft plastics are #1, especially for better numbers. That said, my friend The Bait Monkey has helped me buy what has become my own personal tackle shop, so I fish other stuff a lot. Sometimes the fish want something "moving". Right now crankbaits and The Rig are hot here in the Mid South.
  5. A little something to chew on! The Jig is one of the most productive lures for fishing heavy cover of any type known to anglers. The Jig is one of the most productive lures for catching larger than average bass. But despite its pure awesomeness the angler must keep in mind there will be days when the bass simply do not want a jig. So to all the young anglers (not chronological but experientially) struggling when casting, flipping, pitching, or punching with the Awesome Jig keep in mind there will be times when the Jig aint gonna be that AWESOME.
  6. Lots of Bass in the Bypass canal. I was hoping you had a boat, I don't have any bank spots. Check Google and find some ponds.
  7. It's been a long winter, and the weather still stinks!! After a rough start yesturday, meaning halfway to the lake Father's Toyota died, bad alternator. We had to call my wife, she drove 30 min to us picked my father up they drove a half hour back to town bought a new battery then we limped the truck back to town to drop it off at the garage. Remember this is our first trip great start? We almost said forget get it but I couldn't not go lol, so my wife drove me all the way home grabbed my old reliable Chevy and went back to garage. Hooked up the boat and went fishing. We got on the water around 1:30pm , it was 50°f out foggy, windy rain and water temp was 45.6°F. Well let's just say that on my very first cast I caught two 3 pound smallmouth at the same time on a 9ft diving crankbait!! They day ended up being awesome! We caught 35 smallmouths and 12 largemouth, biggest smallmouth was 4 pounds even, caught a bunch of 3s and high 2s. Our best 5 went 17 pounds. We fished to 6:00pm, the day ended up being way better then expected.
  8. Under-filling the spool by 3/16" will help maintain line control. oe
  9. First of all, to address "four seasons". In Tennessee the winter is very short and mild, snow is rare and in 23 years I have lived here we have only had a handful of days of single digit lows. Early spring flowers bloom in late February. Smallmouth are red hot from the middle of October through early June. Summer sucks in terms of heat and humidity, but for those that can master ledge fishing it's the best time of year for BIG largemouth. Fall comes in late September and the weather is generally great into December. Some of the best fishing of the year begins in October. Nashville is a "real" city and the home of Country Music. Tennessee has NO STATE INCOME TAX! The cost of living is about average, but SIGNIFICANTLY lower than the coasts and Florida. Within a 3 hour radius of the State Capital you have the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, Dale Hollow, Pickwick and Kentucky Lake. Two lakes are virtually in the Nashville metropolitan area. A bit further out are Wilson, Wheeler and Guntersville. Then there are literally hundreds of smaller lakes, rivers and streams. If you are a hunter the options are unlimited. https://www.bassmaster.com/news/case-david-hayes
  10. Hmm, I don't care about Ike, it was a good day lots of nice bass caught and in my great State. No it's time for me to go fishing!
  11. If the spool is giving line faster than your lure is taking it, slowing the spool with your thumb does not reduce casting distance. It sounds like you have the reel properly set up, but you still need to keep your thumb at the ready. If you feel line start to fluff up on your spool during a cast, catch it early with some thumb pressure. A spinner bait is one of those lures that will slow down dramatically the longer it is in flight. You will learn to anticipate this, and apply the appropriate amount of thumb pressure.
  12. Is it or is it not considered the world record still? Has it been passed? Not tied, passed? Wether or not you believe it or found facts to ease your mind, does it not still stand as a record? Legacy or not? Japan Bass was caught on live bait, that's why I personally disregard it. And what I meant by my statement "obvious reasons" was because I didn't want to clutter a thread with a debate about world record Bass. I trolled, and it got bit. I fish the Ocmulgee river, so I'm biased
  13. Looking to upgrade to HDS live units from older gen2 and gen3 Lowrance units and wondering about transducer locations. Will have a Live unit in the console and at the bow and want Livesight and also down and side with some sort of thru hull so I can see bottom when on plane. Any suggestions appreciated and thanks!
  14. Since the rod is a medium with moderate action, it would be best for crankbaits. But I feel that your reel with the faster gear ratio may not be suited for crankbaits. The rod with a moderate action, probably wouldn't be ideal for jigs or soft plastics. There isn't enough stiffness to get a good hook set. Maybe you could change your combos around a little.
  15. I would definitely recommend a jig with a screw lock or good keeper, bbqhut if you like the jigs you have a dab of super glue will work wonders.
  16. Live on the east side.....are there lakes in middle Tennessee? Still haven't fished them all over here. Good luck and tight lines
  17. South Holston..... amazing smallie fishery
  18. BEST DAY EVER was after an epic storm at Pickwick. We had 18" of rain and the lake rose 9' overnight. 78 bass in one day, mostly using a Sworming Hornet/ LFT Live Magic Shad. My partner slayed them on a Red Eye Shad.
  19. It's been a long winter, and the weather still stinks!! After a rough start yesturday, meaning halfway to the lake Father's Toyota died, bad alternator. We had to call my wife, she drove 30 min to us picked my father up they drove a half hour back to town bought a new battery then we limped the truck back to town to drop it off at the garage. Remember this is our first trip great start? We almost said forget get it but I couldn't not go lol, so my wife drove me all the way home grabbed my old reliable Chevy and went back to garage. Hooked up the boat and went fishing. We got on the water around 1:30pm , it was 50°f out foggy, windy rain and water temp was 45.6°F. Well let's just say that on my very first cast I caught two 3 pound smallmouth at the same time on a 9ft diving crankbait!! They day ended up being awesome! We caught 35 smallmouths and 12 largemouth, biggest smallmouth was 4 pounds even, caught a bunch of 3s and high 2s. Our best 5 went 17 pounds. We fished to 6:00pm, the day ended up being way better then expected.
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  21. I had one of the aldebaran bfs limited for a while, until it ended up at the bottom of the lake. It was a smooth reel. I never casted anything super light on it. Probably 1/8 oz was as low as I went. The reel was designed for smaller hands, with a more flat palming side plate than a regular 50 series. Not a bad reel though. Would probably still have it, if it didn't go for a swim.
  22. snap - one tie. I can use my hand and my mouth, but sometimes my wife.
  23. If I get a chance to get on the water......gone gone gone
  24. Look for jigs with a screw lock keeper!! i use a lot of 6th sense divine jigs, as well as a company local to me named Dem Jigs! I found the screw lock kept my plastics in place WAY better than the traditional lead knuckle or even the wire keepers. I used to play with superglue, even modified jigs to have a bigger, beefier wire keeper and i've found that a soft plastic threaded properly onto a screw lock keeper outlasts any of the other options!
  25. Since the number one plug is always fowled rumors are it may be the brains in the motor. This is an expensive part and if I do this and then a month or two down the road it needs other band aids.....well...I think I'm done. Going to talk to a local dealer that I have worked with in the past and get a better idea on options. What boat is worth...etc.... Believe if possible I'm going to go with a tin boat in the 18 or 19 foot range. Depends on cost's etc....have been doing a lot of looking....a lot. It was interesting...many many years ago I met Forest Wood...in my eye's he was and is a class act. When the Classic was here in Knoxville a while back I shook his hand and we talked a bit. I told him I had always wanted a Ranger but life had led me to owning a couple Triton's. I said I'm confused now...I told him about wanting a Ranger and thinking of the RT and now he's part of the making of Vexus.....I said I'm confused. He said .... Son....smiled...and said continue to due your research.
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