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  2. Thanks everyone, Really appreciate the great information. Jim
  3. I know there were some videos out on youtube about the rods. One guy bought a couple of the "high end" jackhammer rods and the guides were misaligned on all of them. I guess he had a huge hassle trying to get them replaced.
  4. I think color gets too much play in bait selection. Speed and depth control are the key. Truthfully, I buy a lot of lures because I like the color.
  5. I haven't tried the baits so I can't say about them, but i don't think i will be buying anymore Favorite rods.
  6. Not me personally. Buddy had issues with one of the rods, not sure on the model. I personally stay away from anything "Googan Squad".
  7. I was taught to adjust the spool tension knob based off lure weight. Let it fall at a good rate, not too fast and not too slow. Then adjust brakes accordingly. So is there a new school of thought where I should just loosen the spool tension until the spool has side to side play then cast?
  8. Don't give up. The internet leaves one with the impression that they should be catching bass all the time. When I was 14 (many moons ago) what I considered a good day would be a wash today. Be patient. Read these forums and articles. Accept the learning curve. You'll catch your first bass and won't look back.
  9. I have 2 Favorite rods that i bought last year around this time. I have already had the rod tips break off twice on one rod and once on the other. Anybody else have issues with Favorite?
  10. I think what's throwing some guys of is that it's so fat and that makes its mouth look small. It's clearly a LM. Coloration varies with water conditions.
  11. Hard to go wrong with a wacky rigged Senko or Texas rig if your fishing for numbers. A big thing is confidence. Once you catch a few on something you will get confidence. Make sure if your throwing a Senko or Texas Rig you aren't working it to fast.
  12. I have five really nice baitcasters (an older Curado 100b up to an Ald 50 and Bantam MGL). They get lots of use in the front yard but when I go fishing I almost always grab one of my spinners. BC certainly has an important place in certain situations but for me it's nice to not have to be an engineer and fisherman at the same time.
  13. With my luck I would do this and a fish would come and grab in real fast and run and yank the rod out of my hands lol.
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  15. It doesn't have prominent lines of spots below the lateral line or scales on the base of the dorsal, which are both identifiers of a spotted bass. It has some darker and lighter scales in spots below the lateral line, but nothing even close to the rows of spots on a spotted bass. LMB almost always have some degree of difference in scale coloration (see picture below). The close up picture of the face also gives another dead giveaway it's a largemouth and not a spot. The scales are the same size, or close to the same size as the rest of the body. If it was a spot the scales are tiny, so small they almost appear to not have scales on their cheeks in pictures.
  16. Decided to get creative with my molds tonight. Ive been contemplating doing this for quite a while now. So i broke out the dremel tool and got to work. I wanted to be able to make spinnerbaits with my poisontail mold but decided to demo on my walleye jig mold first since i have no use for 5/8 oz jigs really. I was able to cut a successful channel for a wire in that mold so i went to work on the poison tail. It worked!!!!! I also gave my first attenpt at bending wire forms. It took some trial and error, but i think i got a form i liked. Made about 15 spinnerbaits and a swingtail jig. Ill play with this more when i get time, but i feel pretty excited with how my first run turned out.
  17. How do you feel about the handle on the AIRD-X
  18. it's not easy to determine a Spotted bass from a largemouth from the photo attached. Largemouth do not have scales on the base of the tail, the bass in the op's photos looks like it has the scales and dark spot the gives a Spotted bass it's name. Tom
  19. Of COURSE, it's impossible to know but I'll play...because after the last fish I caught on this 120+ acre lake, I wondered the same thing. It's a public lake, on the state land and during the summer, it's pounded on nearly a daily basis with swimmers, people in canoes, kayaks, boaters (although there's a fairly low speed limit) and an insane number of people out fishing. Over the last several years that I've gone there, I've caught an awful lot of 12-14" bass. Only 2 people that I've talked to who have fished there regularly have said they had something bigger. One was a 4 that was released, and another was a 5, that this person made sure to show everyone as she paddled back in to let us know she was going to eat good tonight. That was weird. The one I got last week was significantly larger than either of those or the 5 I caught last year. By a couple seconds into the fight, I started to wonder how big the pike were in the lake but since it didn't feel like I pike, I started to wonder if one of the big carp had grabbed my chatterbait. We're in Michigan, so there aren't many up here that are caught at that size. I'm not saying that I DID catch the largest in the lake, but it was definitely big enough for me to wonder about. Based on all of the other fish that me and others have caught there, I would say it's gotta be up there. But like someone else said, it's the "what if?" Ha, ha, since listening to all the so-called Bigfoot experts I became convinced YEARS ago that it doesn't exist...so, I guess fishing takes that place.
  20. Goerge Perry was borne in 1912 and was 20 years in 1932 when he caught the 221/4 lb bass. How old is the guy holding the bass? The more you study this catch the more questions you will have. Tom
  21. PM me. I have a lews TP1 perfect Crankbait stick and a mach 1 reel, super duty reel 8:1 on a Duckett ghost I’m looking to sell both. May sell my custom pro for the right deal.
  22. I would spend the extra money on Wera laser tip screwdrivers. They are the most solid, best gripping screwdrivers I've used. You don't want to mess up you reel screws!
  23. My enthusiastic egg hunters.
  24. Hey hey hey whoa whoa whoa. Are you suggesting the husky jerk is an “x rap knockoff?” The husky jerk was around before the x rap was ever thought of. And they are both made by the same company. Just ribbing you a little bit, good river info
  25. The chatterbait is a versatile bait. I fish from the bank and I'd have to say it's my favorite bait in lagoons with diminished visibility. In clear water it's not nearly as effective. How do I fish it? The first order of business it to fish it parallel to the bank, especially if there is cover like algae or aquatic vegetation for the bass to hide and ambush prey. Many times ripping it past cover for a second will draw them out to strike. It's also effective casting straight out from the bank into deeper waters and drawing those fish in closer to the bank. And remember, you don't have to stick to straight retrieves with it. You can fish it like a traditional jig, letting it hit the bottom, sit, then either lift it or drag it for a few pops before letting it settle to the bottom again. As for colors, I use a bluegill colored chatterbait with a Berkeley Havoc trailer in the Perfection color. I also have a whit chatterbait with flecks of gray/silver that I use with a cheap Zoom paddletail trailer in white. In fact, that combo has been on fire for me for the past week. I also have a black and blue chatterbait that I fish in clearer water and I have a blue crawfish trailer I use for that one. I don't get nearly as many strikes on that as I do the two listed above. I don't night fish from the banks down here because I don't want to be gator food.
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