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  2. Sometime around 25yrs ago, I pretty much eliminated stuff that didn't work well for me. I don't feel I'm at a disadvantage here. I'd rather fish 5 or 6 types of baits in the right location, than carry all kinds of stuff that I may never use. For 80% of my fishing, plastic worms get it done.
  3. I would say quality is close to the calcutta B series. I had the 100 size Luna at one time. It was a decent reel. No complaints.
  4. try some Megastrike, my favorite is garlic scent. there is much debate on the effectiveness of scent, and it may not be the answer to your fish catching woes, but it cant hurt to give it a try.
  5. In my opinion, it’s almost always a necessity. Even if you’re not fishing around a bunch of crazy cover, look at the hooks on your frog. You need a rod and a hookset to really drive those suckers home. My frog rod is a broomstick. I often have to “thump” frogs out of the fishes mouth, but I know they ain’t shakin it.
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  7. I stand fairly close to the bank if I can, and make most of my cast parallel with the banks. I like to keep moving a few feet after 2 or 3 cast too. If I know there's some good cover or structure out away from the bank I hit those spots with several cast also
  8. Well I just bought my son a shimano Calcutta 200gtb and he likes it but I wanna try the daiwa if comparable quality and cast distance as his Calcutta. Big ed
  9. Ya my pb smallmouth is 6.56(from Erie), while my pb lmb is 4.71. That’s why I need to bump up my pb lmb ASAP lol
  10. I bank fish 2 to 3 times a week after work. At one lake the banks are mowed well, and very few trees. I can use any rod there. Another lake I need knee high boots to walk the bank- it's way overgrown. For that one, I use an older 6ft casting rod.
  11. I have ordered several items from them: tatula reel, tatula rod, 2 fuego LTs and a few other small things. Everything arrived in perfect condition, quickly! Very happy with my experience.
  12. Ok I know this may have been on here before. But I am really struggling to catch bass. I went today and put flo carbon leaders on my braid poles. I am just wandering if it maybe my scent. I am on a few medications from my PTSD and issues from being in the gulf war. Just wander if that may have changed something in my chemistry that they smell on my bait. I have heard spray sun block on them or WD40. Was wandering if any of you use anything on your bait. I have even thought about using rubber gloves. any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. maybe I just dont know how to fish.
  13. In addition to what has already been mentioned, Evergreens are an outstanding but expensive JDM option. While not as flashy as Megabass, build quality and performance are among the best in the industry. There are also higher tier versions of USDM rods like the Shimano Poison Glorious/Ultima series rods and the Daiwa Steez Racing Designs. There are many other high end JDM options that will open your eyes to a different level of quality, but be warned that is a deep rabbit hole.
  14. For $350 I’d buy it. It’s not the greatest kayak out there, definitely big and hard to paddle. But for that price if you decide you want something smaller/better/different, you should be able to get $3-350 back out of it while you save. Like IgotWood said about the deck being “spongey”, stick some firm foam blocks underneath the deck to support your weight. I’ve seen some crack, but that seems to be the most common prevention.
  15. yep, and it’s not only while they’re on the nest. one of my best big fish periods is when the fry move off the nest and into deeper cover. you can catch some goliath sized bass this time of year who have stuffed their bellies with baby bass.....and they’ll puke them up in your boat.
  16. https://gatling-fishing.myshopify.com/ this company makes ales a pretty neat product. Not cheap, but definitely a cool and useful design. I had to move all my rod holders to the back of my crate, and off my starboard side of it, otherwise I’d hit rods on a side arm cast. I’d kill for a cheap way to easily and conveniently keep rods horizontally on my kayak. Actually been toying with the idea of installing a Hobie H rail on my boat so I can use their rod holder.
  17. Z Bones aren't quite in the same league of the rods produced by Shimano, Phenix, or Megabass IMO. Fished them all and the ZBones are the only ones I no longer have. I'd rather have the GLX, Conquest, Destroyer, K2 or NRX over the Zbone. The Kistler Zbones sensitivity isn't as crisp in my hands but they are well built.
  18. What kind of rods? That's a wide range there.
  19. The only time I stand away from the water is when I have to climb down rip-rap or an embankment I can’t take tumbles the way I use to.
  20. I will echo this. Adding that I am find with the down and side image returns from Garmin. I don't use side much up front, but I have the option with no sacrifice... So why others don't make it easy I am not sure of... Maybe with Minnkota, they know some may opt for the motor with imaging built in. Side is helpful when you are running the boat from the front...
  21. Smaller lakes without any fishing manage themselves if left alone. Add 100+ skilled bass boat with 2 anglers per boat every weekend on small bass lakes does impact the big bass population, not the smaller males bass population. Lakes over 10,000 acres have enough spawning areas that fishing pressure alone has little impact, they are self sustaining fisheries. California only stocks bass 1 initial plant when the lake is dammed. Texas and other states manage thier bass population and plant bass annually to sustain the population and vigor orvthecpopulation. SoCal lakes are water storage facilities, fishing is secondary recreational use only. Draw downs to work on dams or water supply equipment occur often in the middle of a spawn cycle killing off a majority of that years recruitment class resulting in boom or bust years of bass fishing cycles. With all the mis management our lake continue to produce decent bass fishing year in and year out. I agree with Glenn it's an emotional topic whenever bed fishing is discussed. Small ponds are different from small or large lakes, bass are resilient fish but good sportsmanship is always helpful. Tom
  22. A while back I had asked you guys. If anybody had purchased a product from Sportsman's Outfitters. I had never heard of them and wanted to know if they were legit.Some of you replied back that they are. So I decided to buy a Lew's Tournament Pro from them. I ordered it Sunday night.Shipping is free over $50. I got a confirmation email last night and a text that it's been shipped via UPS. Shipping tracking is texted to me. They seem very professional. Thanks to you guys for being a good source of information. I can't wait to get the reel.
  23. Where are you gonna order it? 253 supposed to compare with Shimano 300 series, but line capacity on Luna is a lot less, less than what state on their website. So if you compare with 200b (14lb/120yds) then Luna 203 (14/150). If it were me i’d get 200d.
  24. The way I see it , the reason why bass have so many fry is because very few of them percentage wise makes it past one year . The bass lay enough eggs to overcome predators . Fishing during the spawn is not going to have much of an impact .
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