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  2. I could never use traditional exposed hook Ned heads where I fish . Too weedy. Been using the Flatlands Custom Tackle Weedless Ned Head in 1/16oz. Works good. They go from 1/16 -1/4 and use a Gama EWG hook.
  3. Best day of Summer fishing so far. 4 for 14.2lbs
  4. Keeping the rod tip down you take out the rod flex and that's how you should make your hook set, reel with the rod pointed at the fish until the line is tight taking all the slack out of the line then sweep the rod back. Tom
  5. I'm heading to a lake this weekend I have never fished before. There is a decent population of hybrid striped bass in this lake. I have done some research and it looks like a walking/popping top water and clipless cranks are a good start. Any other recommendations for that species. I'm going to try and target largemouth and hybrids both on the same trip. I will be fishing from my kayak so I can target fish in the deeper parts of the lake if I spot something on my fish finder. Any suggestions are appreciated.
  6. I have a very expensive, phenomenally light, Japanese ultralight Aijing rod that is borderline unpleasant to use some days as the minimalist handle is so thin.
  7. Hello everyone, I’m currently on the market for a new fishing reel, the ones on my list are the Lews Pro Ti, the shimano metanium DC, and the shimano Anteres. I mainly fish ponds and small lakes flipping docks/brush/lay downs I currently own an older curado model, a daiwa Tatula CT, and a cheaper lews reel. I have also owned a curado DC but gifted it to a friend cause he liked it just as much as I did. I did enjoy the whole DC thing but it’s not a deal breaker for me. I’m just looking for some of you to speak on your experiences with each reel with some pros and cons of each one! Thanks! -Damon
  8. I don't think it was algae but it was all murky and water was down some. Not sure if they opened up the dam a little to let more water through and that was stirring it all up or what. It was almost like a fall turnover kind of deal. I actually had to turn off the fish alarm because it was going crazy
  9. Has not happened to me. However, if you fish in a kayak much, you've already considered that it is a possibility.
  10. Do you currently have trebles on your spoons? One thing that would help and this is from my personal experience is to switch them out for a single hook, like a siwash hook. Also, how far is way out there for you? The farther your cast is and the shorter your rod, the less control you will have over your line, including on the hookset. The advice given to you by the flyfisher is spot on. There is a reason people who target salmon and steelhead use 8'6 and up. Line control and the better chances of setting the hook from, as in your own words, "wayyyy out there." lol. Lastly, one other thing to keep in mind is to maintain tension in the line when you have a fish on. Any slack you give them gives them a chance to jump. Having the rod being "up" or "down" needs to be clarified. If you are holding your rod "up" in such a way that your rod is practically perpendicular to the earth is a no-no when you're fighting a fish OR setting the hook. 45 degrees is the ideal for the most power in the hook set and in the controlling the fish. You see, 45 degrees is "up" from the rod pointing down, but it is "down" relative to 90 degrees. Using your rod in this manner greatly increases your chances of landing the fish and is a sign you are using your tool effectively and efficiently.
  11. Still kicking it around. Wife says its gotta be on the water with nice view. Her idea of a camp and mine are 2 different things😉. Looking around here too. For the work involved in owning a camp, renting a place is pretty cheap.
  12. Of course there is quite a bit of personal preference involved, but ergonomically one's hand is going to be most comfortable, efficient, and less prone to fatigue when it is somewhere half way between fully open and fully closed. If one is young, dumb, and full of you know what, then it will not be as apparent, also if one doesn't fish long hours for days at a time, it may not be apparent. But as one ages, these things become more and more obvious. It's amazing how a small change can make a difference.
  13. LOL...right....I take more than that when I walk from the car 20 feet to the bank. $25 for another checked bag seems a small price to pay sometimes
  14. I'm with @flyfisher and @J Francho. You are going to pay a premium for Thule and Yakima, but the durability, ease of use and peace of mind are well worth the up front cost. I went with cheaper options on one of two cars the first few years and had to replace everything (feet, cross bars, racks, straps) within three years. Wife's car got Thule from the start and everything is nearly as good as new. I have had Malone j-bars and they are pretty decent, but I don't know enough about the rest of Malone's product line. I know they're somewhat well regarded. But, I worry a lot with every new cartop configuration and that worry goes away pretty quick once you're strapped onto Thule stuff.
  15. Hello All, I am in need of help. I have tried time and time again and walked miles around Lake Chabot and unfortunately skunked every single time. I fish from the shore and have utilized my whole arsenal. From top water to senkos to spinners and chatter etc. Yet no bass at the end of my line. They are always jumping a few feet from me as if they are taunting me and I cant get them to bite. Also I have spent a lot of time scouting the Bay Area for a good bass spot but to my luck none that are promising. I am located in Union City and will be willing to drive an hour out. Any advice or tips on location would be of great help. Thank You
  16. Nice. The Avid X is the most expensive rod I own. Most of my other rods are Mojo Bass or Daiwa Tatula's ($130-150 retail range) which are a solid quality for the price point. And with a ML/XF rod, I'd probably be alright with the Mojo Bass as well, but a lot of the time when I'm fishing a ned rig or drop shot it's hot and the fish are pretty finicky so any sensitivity helps.
  17. Pricing on Walmart.com and Amazon.com is still lower than TW's with 15% off for 200 yd spools in the sub 12-lb sizes. Down around $30/spool when I last checked.
  18. I don’t think they are going to put the Mgl spool in a 70 for $80 less then the chronarch, but that would be sweet. I am hoping for a new Met with brass gears.
  19. "Children should always feel like the adults are living in this world to nurture them, to take care of them, to protect them from any bad thing that might come." - C. Cornell
  20. The SLK and 70 are the same size with the same spool capacities.
  21. Thanks man! I usually throw the roboworms on a drop shot but with all the grass right now it's really annoying. I'll try the light t rig next time
  22. 70 sized, mgl spool, micro mod brass gears would be awesome.
  23. My K I believe was $180, but my new SLX for $99 is a real steal. Worked it hard for a day on the Potomac and could not believe its performance for that price. I have since put a bearing in place of the bushing on the drive shaft, but even fishing with the bushing it was smooth as silk. It is basically a Curado 70 in disguise and the spool capacity is identical. I left the Chronarch MGL laying on the deck all day.
  24. They were biting this morning. @dodgeguy had the answer. Braid definitely wasn't the answer. I took along a reel with 10 lb. 832, and I took a medium power rod. No difference. I even put the braid on the medium rod. That just lost me distance. I tried a set of 1/2 ounce lures, but they weren't hitting bigger lures, with the exception of 1/2 ounce Johnson Thinfishers. Of all the things that made a difference, keeping my rod tip down was #1. I have no idea why. I can't understand how my keeping a rod tip down back here makes any difference to an acrobatic fish way out there. But it does. I especially don't understand it because these fish are hitting within 5 feet of the surface; most of them hit within 2 feet if the sun isn't high yet. Now yes, I lessened my drag a little. But if I loosen it too much, I get line twist on the hookset. And I did slack off on the retrieve pressure after the hookset. That seemed to help some, but neither of these things did as much as dropping my rod tip. Why? Please tell me, because I'm clueless. jj
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