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  2. That is where I am fishing. Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton area. Nearest lake to me is a 30/35 minute drive. Lake Nochamixon public fishing area sucks. Lake Minsi dam is still in repair. Public fishing areas there suck. For longer drives Beltzville Lake sucks everywhere during the day (boat or no boat). Used to live by a guy who left his apartment about 8 P.M. for Beltzville Lake and fished throughout the night. He had good luck then. Of course he is now divorced. Don't know if I should consider that as sucking or not. His wife was a pretty girl. I like Leaser Lake....but the areas I can reach from shore all suck. Plus Rt 22 (which I have to take to get there) is being worked on and there is often a spot going down to one lane with major backup. That sucks too so I haven't been going there this year. Not much for fishing rivers, but have fished the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers. Areas I can reach from shore suck, but I've actually caught more fish out of the Lehigh River than anywhere else. Public area I've been to on the Delaware is a lure catching magnet. No fish caught there. It is where I learned how stretchy fluorocarbon line is. I came from northern Bradford County just south of the NY/PA border. Had good fishing up there. Company I worked for up there closed down after 102 years of being in business. That sucked too. Wow! Seems to be a reoccurring theme here.
  3. I wish I had local waters that I could go out and catch 32 bass of that size in an outing. You did the right thing. A few guys like that and you won't have a fishery like that too much longer.
  4. But do catch them. For sure on that. Balsa in general is not as forgiving as plastic. They will permanently nick. That heavy clear coat will crack. Majority of plastic CB’s lips is in the mold. Rapala and Bagley Balsas not really the case. I do agree that if you beat the tar out of them while casting at exposed shore line rocks they will break. I must say that the cast-ability of the DT’s is one of the best of all time if not the best. But my experience is only with 4,6 and 10 series.
  5. I just started tying jigs this year was shocked at how easy it is. I use a senko-sized o-ring to hold the skirt in place, it’s loose enough to make fluffing/adjusting the strands easy but tight enough to hold them in place while I twist the wire. What I really want to find is a straw that is the perfect size to slide over the weedguard. I use painters tape now to wrap it but a straw would be so much faster.
  6. Yes I have and it works great if you can get them to grab it. My biggest issue is they never seem to be nearly as interested in the rope lures as they are in regular baits. I think they'd really work best tied like a streamer and fished on a fly rod.
  7. Would like to see the trend of wow everyone pays 16 bucks for a Jackhammer, lets charge 10 bucks for are new inferior blade bait that should be really 5-7 bucks end. Saw this happen with golf, hope fishing remains an affordable past time that many from all walks of life can enjoy. Pipe dream I know;)
  8. In Catt's favorite book, Knowing Bass The Scientific Approach to Catching more Fish by Dr. Keith Jones of Berkley, Dr. Jones discuss the subject of bass feeling pain. Here is a recap of what Dr. Jones wrote about bass feeling pain. And yes, some of this is "painful" to read as it is science and not regular information that we discuss among our discussions. Enjoy and take it or leave it. "What we know is that human pain sensation is a product of the cerebral neocortex with its millions of nerves cells, humans have considerable range in adjusting their sensations. Pain perception is a function of the brain. Pain as we know it is the product of our sophisticated mind. So if humans feel pain why shouldn't fish? After all, bass show many of the same behavioral reactions to injurious stimuli as we do so doesn't that mean bass also feel pain? Not necessarily. Fish and humans have spinal free nerve endings that terminate all throughout their skin. These free nerve endings are known to be very sensitive to touch and temperature. They also have been implicated in detecting certain chemical irritants like acids. (Reason #1 to use scent) These nerve endings feed impulses into the spinal cord then up the cord through the lower brain into the area with our thalamus. The similarity between human and fish ends here. Fish skin contains only free nerve endings and their sensory modalities such as touch, temperature, and injurious stimuli appears to be minimal. Without these specializations fish are greatly limited in their ability to discern different sensations. Of course, this is still unclear in the scientific world and we will probably never figure it out. The second major difference between pain perception in bass and humans lies in the brain connections. In humans, this is accomplished in our large cerebral neocortex. But fish do not have a neocortex nor anything equivalent to it. Without a neocortex, fish cannot mentally construct complex feelings of pain like humans do. Fish cannot possibly feel pain like we feel pain. So if fish don't feel our kind of pain, can we conclude that they feel no pain at all? Not entirely. The possibility remains that fish possess alternative brain structures for pain generation. So all we can deduce is the possibility that bass and other fish feel pain. But not enough scientific research has been accomplished to make a firm call either way. Dr. Bob Reinert of the University of Georgia suggests fish feel a dull discomfort similar to what we feel under local anesthesia. And that is his guess. So no one actually knows if fish actually feel pain vs. feeling pressure. What is known is that fish do not have a neocortex so their pain level should be extremely low." Interesting discussion that we all can take sides and debate. I vote for the "feeling pressure" theory. What is your vote? do not have a
  9. It’s seems both will stay alive in bucket for a very long time but on the hook they always get eaten. It just seems the big brown bass really like to eat the stone rollers more
  10. I’ve always thought that Hobie’s has a great layout, and performed great, etc. but that they weren’t worth what they ask for them. But I was pretty impressed with all the videos of their new drive, and bet it’s worth every penny of that new hefty price tag. I hate the term “game changer” with a passion, but they can definitely claim it. Nothing else really stood out to me this year. They introduced my kayak (3 Waters BigFish) with a pedal drive and I wasn’t super excited over it.
  11. There are two things going on with this guy. There's the whole "I never catch this many so I'm not hurting anything by doing it this time" mentality. And there's the "It didn't really happen if I don't kill and freeze every one" mentality. My dad had this attitude. He and another man filled the freezer with over 180 crappie in one day. He didn't understand why I would throw back any fish, especially big ones. But then, we didn't have a camera in our pocket back then. This guy could easily have shown the kid how to be a good steward while having fun and started throwing them back after the limit. I assume in that state you can catch and release all day, right?
  12. I think that parents have a lot to do with the lack of young people entering the trades. Kids are told the only way to get a good job is to go to college. People don’t encourage their kids to work with their hands. Go to college today and bury yourself with a huge debt that you’ll be paying back for a very long time.
  13. RichF

    Frog?

    I disagree. The art of walking a frog is super important if you wanna keep your bait in the same spot and still give it action. I can make a frog walk but keep it in the same spot for a long time. This is always key for me when fishing super shallow shade pockets or areas that aren't thick mats. I catch more bass in sparse to almost no cover most of the time.
  14. I have a 10 footer that’s also offered in a 12... I really wish I went with the 12. Like @J Francho said, I feel cramped sometimes.
  15. Hasn't caused a problem in 20 years. It's a small amount of salt. We in fact use it in freshwater aquariums all the time as well. Please release me is an excellent product that I've used for years for keeping fish for tournament weight in. There's probably a small amount of salt (electrolyte) in the Sure Life product. What I suggested is called a salt dip. Two different things.
  16. No rule of thumb. Do not be overly concerned with color. Once in a while, the fish may prefer a particular color, but there is no way to predict what that color may be. Always the number one thing about river smallmouth is location. When you put your bait in the right place, it almost doesn’t matter what the bait is. For me, the only baits I don’t like in shallow rivers are crank baits. The current messes with their action too much and they will be snagged a lot. Just go fish. Everyone here has told you what baits they like, they all will work.
  17. Aside from the obvious-stop dragging your kayak on concrete- some people have been molding thin PVC pipe cut in half to their hulls. Not exactly sure how, I’m sure a quick google search could get you that answer.
  18. When I started my line of work 10 years ago it was a young mans game, 95% of the guys working were 28 or younger. Fast forward to last year. We were hiring and nobody was applying. After a month and a half we got 4 applications and thankfully all took the job and all passed the classes and OQ tests. 3 out of the 4 were 45 or older. This year we raised the starting wage. We received 6 applications, again hired 4 guys. Every single applicant was over 40. It seems like working outside in the wind, rain, heat, humidity, snow, and cold isn’t very appealing to the younger adults. I’m starting to sound like my dad but it’s true.
  19. I don’t think it’s “dig in” in the traditional sense, where your line diameter is small enough to wedge in between itself. I think you probably don’t have enough tension on the line when reeling it in, causing the line to lay super loose on your reel. This will allow it to dig in. Or, like others said, small over runs.
  20. If I could only pick one spinning rod it would be a 6' 10" st Croix medium with a Pflueger president. This a good set up for around 180 dollars.
  21. Your brakes are probably set too high, and you probably have some dig in with 15 lb braid, not allowing it to flow off the reel smoothly. If we’ specifically talking about hollow body frogs, you need to seriously bump up your line test. 15 lb braid might as well be sewing thread when frogging. It’ll snap about as easy.
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  23. For me walking a frog is not important - I frog fished 300+ days a year in sofla and usually did a chug and pause or chug chug or chug chug chug - almost every day is a bit different - just keep it near a bass and they will eat it - some days fast some days long pauses - never saw walking as more effective than chug chug - never.
  24. Fair deal for both sides, I think 2300 plus is a reach.
  25. Make sure the tires, lug nuts, lights, wheel bearings and winch are all in good working condition. Nothing ruins a fishing day like a wheel falling of your trailer, trust me. If you don't know how to tow/back up a trailer make sure you practice before hitting the ramp. Always prepare your boat to launch before you back it in. Get all your required safety gear, Walmart has a good selection. Make sure you get your boating license and registration. Watch out for wake boats in a smaller craft.. Have fun and congratulations!
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