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  2. Love how the beaver meshes. It has a great panfish profile
  3. BassWhole!

    Fish Eyes

    Duh!, he's got more trouble seeing the predators coming hence can't get away as fast...
  4. scaleface

    Fish Eyes

    I dont know how big of a role eyes have in getting bites with crankbaits . When I'm slowly fishing jig and grubs in a river during cold water periods , I think eyes make a huge difference .
  5. I've tried the braid to fluoro , and it does have advantages but just not enough for me to justify the extra knot between me and the fish. Clearly it works you see lot of pros using it especially with finesse techniques , but just a confidence thing with me I guess
  6. Those Keitechs aren't cheap either. You think the smaller tungsten heads help?
  7. The Draggin’ heads work very well, but are expensive. Rock River sells them as well. I also like the tiny Keitech football shakeyheads for rocky rivers.
  8. Yo-Zuri Hybrid 6# on spinning gear chasing river smallmouth. Much prefer it over any mono, fluoro or braid that I've tried.
  9. Airy Red Pixzilla on a P3 Criffhanger. Got it out for some pond hopping on Wed and am loving it. It’s fun as hell and is looking like a great combo for a lot of the overgrown ponds I fish. The reel puts my thumb to the test though, I think I am going to bump up to 10lb Sniper from the 7lb I'm using now to get a little more overrun forgiveness.
  10. How do you know it's not the reel that's costing you $30?...
  11. Welcome aboard! There's a LOT of rod discussion on the forum. Some links below will help. Pinned at the top of the Rod, Reels and Line forum are these:
  12. The simplest suggestion would be to stop trying to fish the bottom where you are getting snagged. In such shallow water, anything that dives is going to snag. I fish similar waters as you and my most effective bait that almost never snags is an unweighted senko. Cast it up stream and let it drift naturally with the current through fish holding areas. Bass are always looking for food drifting downstream. Keep most but not all of the slack out of your floating, braided line. You’ll see when a fish picks up your bait because the line will twitch. I T rig them texposed so even if I bump a rock or weed, the bait will come right through. Without snagging every 5 minutes, you’ll have a much better outing and you’ll catch more Smallmouth too.
  13. You're totally right and it's gonna be the all-metal tracks and platforms for the foot pegs on the Bonafide. The pegs on the Native are really flimsy and not angled upward.
  14. J Francho

    Fish Eyes

    I have a one eyed Sammy that outfishes all other walking spook baits. I always wondered why bother with eyes on a topwater.
  15. Your best bet is to do exactly what you say, test both out then make your decision. Bonafide is the new kid on the block and from all I've seen, makes a great yak. The Slayer was once called the Native Ultimate with scuppers. I happen to rock the Ultimate 12, had it for a long time. It was really between that yak and the Wildy Commander (which @J Francho) used to rock. For me it came down to in-store time, sitting and standing in both. I liked the U12 better. Wish I could have taken both on the water for a demo. If and when I'm back in the market for a new yak, most brands will be on the table to look at which allow me to stand, easy setup for a foot-controlled trolling motor, etc., unless I go pedal.
  16. It was an eye opener for me. The house was a builders home so he built it to his standards and was influenced by the events at the time. The oil tanks were strange for 2 reasons. First there were 2 of them. Most homes of that era only had 1 tank and it was outside or buried for easy access. My tanks had filler necks that went through the foundation and exited above ground outside. The tanks were switchable from the inside. Second, he built the house around them in a room in the finished basement. He also built the house over a super deep Artesian well and the well head was inside the house. And finally, I found the bomb shelter totally by accident when I noticed the stairs in an unfinished portion of the basement that led up to the outside, were not nailed in. After I removed some of the steps, I could see a latch. I removed more of the steps and that revealed a door that when opened led down to a solid concrete room that was 40 feet below ground level with air shafts that led to a fake wishing well in the backyard. The room was a good 30'x30' and was reinforced with solid steel I-beams. Interesting place to be sure, I always wondered if there weren't more secrets that I didn't uncover before we moved.
  17. I think your decision is gonna come down to some intangible, like the seat on this boat just feels right. You're looking at a couple very nice boats.
  18. This has helped me .In rocks I peg the weight with a bobber stop and make sure the bait is wider than the weight .
  19. Yeah i suppose i couldn't go wrong either way. It was funny - i had two different guys from the shop advocating for each respective yak, making good points. I'll let y'all know what transpires when i pull the trigger. For the record, I'm 6' 1" 175 and a lanky son of a gun haha.
  20. Like anything else, it's a confidence thing. Do I think it works, therefore I use it? Yes. Do I believe it's absolutely necessary to use to catch fish? Nope.
  21. Thanks for that, I wasn't sure. Lots of boats coming from China these days. Seems crazy to me that it's cheaper to roto-mold them there, and ship them here, than just do it all here. I already knew the WS boats are US made - I used to be a Wildy pro. One note on the Radar, many smaller guys have said it's a little too big, leg wise. Like it's made for taller people. I never got in one, so can't really comment. As stated above and can't be stated enough: get seat time!
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