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  2. I am a retired banker in the Rochester NY area who is looking to pal up with other retired men who just enjoy a day on the water. I am a Christian man who would also find it beneficial to share some Christian fellowship with other believers who enjoy the sport of fishing. I have gone the "club" route but it's not for me. It would be good to create a network of Christian anglers in the area who like to share their passion for their faith and love for fishing with others. I am not looking to start a new club just an informal listing of others who would benefit from this type of networking. Maybe such a network exists of which I am not aware. If so, can you share more info on that with me? If you would like to add another fishing friend to your water excursions, let me know. Thx all.
  3. Are you fishing from a boat, kayak, or the shore? If your walking the banks, 2 mid level combos is probably the way to go. If your out on the water I would stick to the cheaper, multiple combo plan you currently have. The fuego ct is an excellent choice for your baitcasting reels no matter what you decide. They are the same reel as the tatula only without the t-wing and an amazing value at $50-$70 from Ebay. I personally would go mh and h on the bait casters, especially if you plan to throw frogs. You would need 50lb braid on the h if you go that route, but this is just my personal preference because I don't finesse fish much.
  4. I use the 7” Neko rigged in hot post-spawn when conditions are tough.
  5. I have a Pflueger President size 20 and a Pflueger Summit XT size 25 for my UL setups. The Summit XT is a BassPro/Cabelas only reel made for them by Pflueger.
  6. Hello! This is my first post on the forums so bear with me. I have been trying to get into bass fishing, but haven't had much success (I have only been bass fishing once so that's probably why but anyways). I'm pretty sure that the spawn has passed on my local lakes here in SoCal (Casitas, Cachuma, Piru, Castaic, Pyramid). I've heard that swim jigs are good to catch post-spawn to early summer bass. My question is: What are the best colors, techniques, gear, line, etc? Really, any tips to catch bass during this time period would help a lot. Also, I have a kayak but I won't be able to get it out onto the water until summer at the earliest, so I'm limited to the shore for now. Thanks for any advice!
  7. 6'6" ML- Ned rig 7' M- Tube bait with 1/8 ounce jighead and/or weightless senko 7' MH- 3.8" Keitech swimbait or similar 7'2" MH- jerkbait and/or chatterbait 7'3 H- jig There you have it, the winning lures!!
  8. So, I'm 39 and I don't really feel old. Well sometime last year I fished on Saturday and woke up Sunday morning and went to get in the shower and I noticed a few bruises on my stomach, I thought that was weird. They went away and then a couple months later, I fished on Saturday and woke up Sunday morning and the same thing. I went fishing later that afternoon and I realized what was causing it. LOL!!!! Guess that was my moment of realizing what people meant when they said wait till your 40, but I wasn't even 40 yet.
  9. My family and I are moving to Rhode Island this year. I got heavily into bass fishing three years ago when I moved to VA. I grew up in CT, and spent many year striped bass fishing in RI, and I plan to do plenty of of it. However, I cannot give up my beloved bass fishing habit. Just putting a feeler out to see what kind of bass fishing I might be getting into.
  10. A started with Abu Veritas' and bought a Fantatista Regista 7' M/F casting rod on steep discount from Gander when they went out of business. I also own Kistler Magnesium and Heliums. They're all light as a feather, very sensitive, and are of exceptional quality. At the time the Abu retailed for $499. I believe they're $299 now, putting them closer, but still higher, than the Kistlers. After a couple years of use, I find myself taking my Kistlers out 99% of the time. Both are great rods, but subjectively I've grown to like Kistler rods more, which are made in the USA. Once you get into the $200+ price range, you're going to get a high quality product. I really comes down to handling the rod and deciding what 'feels' best to you. Best of luck picking out your new rod.
  11. As said previously, get out in the boat a few times. Get comfortable in it. It will only take a few outings before you know what accessories you’d like to have, and where to put them. You can very quickly rack up a pricey bill on accessories, and turn your kayak into Swiss cheese drilling holes. Holes are never exactly watertight after you remove something, no matter what you do to seal them. Spend a little bit of time in it before spending more money and putting in the effort.
  12. The clutch is engaging mid cast. Could be it wasn’t fully disengaged, May have bumped the thumb bar and it may be sticky and need cleaning. Any or all could be at play. I’d do it for you but honestly, the cost would approach replacement cost.
  13. I just picked up a Shimano SLX on ebay for 65 bucks! Now looking for a rod to go with it!
  14. Should've specified, 3 people in the boat kept over 100* And no don't agree with breaking the law. But also don't think the world will end either because people keep Bass. Just keep the legal amount.
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    PB&J Sandwich

    I one up your culinary PBJ masterpiece... Two slices of bread, peanut butter on each one. Place each one aside, peanut butter facing up. Take third slice of bread, jelly on both sides, then in between the other two slices with peanut butter. Triple decker PBJ....the Big Mac of PBJ's!
  16. The reason I fish is because of Bass, put them back in the water please... they taste like hell anyways
  17. I have some nice jerkbait from lucky craft and Jackall, I’ll fish it anywhere and don’t mind loosing some. The only one, that I only use once a year and would cry if I loos it, is this one plain old rapala hj08
  18. Heading for a weekend trip in a week and was wondering if the bedding has completed or am I still looking at prespawn?
  19. Original lures usually cost more then reproductions copied and mass produced. MegaBass is original for example and Strike is copied high production lures. Both catch will catch bass but only the original will have that specific fish catching trigger that made it popular at the higher price point. Tom
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  21. So you also don't see an issue with breaking the law? Why would you keep double what was legal?
  22. This probably has something to do with it as well as i had never bent wire for lures before so i was learning by trial and error
  23. 12 year old Fish Chris thread, interesting reviewing this old thread with very little new terms added. Ike ruined "it's a giant" the term I used for DD bass over 15 lbs, Ike calls anything over 15" a giant. Tom
  24. I keep Bass. But I refuse to clean 100. I've kept 100+ warmouth, legal limit was 50 a piece. That many Bass is ridiculous
  25. When I get these I will go through them and anything I don't think I will use I will let you know and I will donate them to your team.
  26. More expensive baits aren't necessarily better than expensive baits. They are different. Take lipless cranks for example. The Cotton Cordell Super Spot and the Bill Lewis Rattle trap are probably the best two options in the entire market, and the in the SK Red eye shad is in the mix somewhere too. All the cheapest on the market. However, in certain applications those baits just won't be able to produce for you like a Lucky craft or a Jackall would. Say for example your fish are on a lipless bite deeper in the water column and you want to work it off the bottom similar to a jig, or work it through the strike zone slowly. The super spot and the bill lewis are too light of baits for these applications and you'd catch more fish with the LC or jackall. That doesn't mean that they catch more fish because they are more expensive, it's the characteristics of the bait and how it runs that make it better for some circumstances than others. Same goes for Jerkbaits. I fish vision 110's, LC flash pointers, Jackall Rerranges, all great for certain applications, but sometimes the Rapala Ripstop just can't be beat. Another example would she the YUM Dinger. Some days I can chuck a Gary at a bed fish for hours with nothing, switch to a dinger and have the fish hammer it right off the bat. Not because the fish liked the fact it was a cheaper bait, but because dingers have less salt content than a Gary causing it to have a slower fall, which is what they wanted that day. It's more important to know the qualities of each bait rather than the price tag and choose which best suits your application!
  27. I use Pflueger President reels for my UL rods, one a 20 size and one a 25 size. I have a 30 size Quantum Smoke that does 36" per handle turn. I imagine that reel in a smaller size would not be that much per handle turn, but I bet its close to that.
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