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  2. Here's a few of my first few baits I built. I love these black nickle blades. This bluegill color is exactly what I have been looking for in a skirt. I'm really proud of this one. Goby and bluegill skirts side by side. It took me 3-4 baits to finally perfect how to make this loop perfectly, but I think I've got it figured out now.
  3. I have the gen 1 E6X, an 853C. I like the action of the rod, but the balance and overall weight isn't great. It is not as sensitive as other rods in that price range either. Just kind of feels dead in my hands. I think the best (just my opinion) rods in that price range are the new Megabass Levantes.
  4. My favorite casting reel I have is my citica, and my favorite spinning reel is my stradic ci4+. Nuff' said!
  5. I mostly use the rod ~ It's not magic - just a mind set. Movements are slow, subtle and designed not to attract attention. I bank on the fact that Old Bertha is the Mistress of her domain, she knows the baits there. Perhaps if the bait is acting like it doesn't know she's there and not acting like 'it's trying to get away', it makes it appear like an easy meal. I think she likes that. A-Jay
  6. When the bite requires a subtle technique, I will change up from a dead stick, to a slow pull, to a stop and shake. I wait to see what they want and then repeat until on a pattern. The fish will tell you what they want, that day, that hour. It often changes as the day goes on and the light conditions change. Its seldom the same trip to trip. They are often in the same territory but technique often changes.
  7. If I am not mistaken, there are 3. Their names are Bob, Chuck & Hal.
  8. Cast or pitch (to cover) let it fall on semi tight line. Work it back along the bottom with drags, hops, shakes with some pauses in between. A steady swim rarely works for me but sometimes I'll be get bit reeling it back to cast again and that can be a clue to swim it. I kind of just play around till something works. When pitching to cover most bites come on the initial fall. Interesting...so you drag with the reel or rod?
  9. I’m 14 and I want to start doing fishing tournaments but I was wondering if I need a boat.
  10. dominickcapurso@yahoo.com Im surprised no body ever took over the place. you used to be able to rent jon boats w/trolling motors and fish all 3 lakes in that area . Its been yrs. since I fished there, lots of tournaments. On njbass.com regulars say it needs to be dredged its getting weeded over badly
  11. Mmm, Texas rigged worming was my first bass fishing bread and butter technique, learning in my grandfather's farm ponds. They were muddy, gunky, and grassy, and back when my older cousin taught me we had straight shank worm hooks, 7.5" culprit worms, and 1/4oz bullet weights. We never texposed, and we caught loads of bass casting out, allowing it to fall, lifting up before reeling slack and repeating. Almost 25 years later I still lift and drop, but I'll dead stick, shake, drag, and in the case of craws, even swim my Texas rig back until I figure out what the bass are in the mood for.
  12. I do it different every cast until I find what works on a given day. I would say I've caught the most fish on a very slow retrieve with long (20 seconds or so) pauses between short movements.
  13. I tend to do that sometimes. I've had luck catsting a T rig into Muck and got results.
  14. Can’t beat catching nice smallmouth in just a couple feet of water in the middle of the summer.
  15. I guess I should have specified- Looking for a low profile casting reel.
  16. My big summertime fish have been caught so randomly there, anywhere from deep water drop shots to shallow water throwing a T rig, to early morning dock fishing. It all sounds good, but more often than not the big ones for me this time of year are few and very far between. When the lake is cooperative, I really prefer to just chase smallies out there.
  17. Had a boat, got a Hobie, sold the boat, upgraded to another Hobie. Then, Hobie decided to hump prices for tariffs so I've decided I'm getting myself into an Old Town Predator PDL.
  18. I'd say 40+% of my trig casts are to a target. I have little patience to work it back if I don't get bit pretty close to where I drop it....they don't get worked back. Another 40+% are being worked down a ledge or a pretty steep slope....those can be challenging to maintain bottom contact, to slight drags and lifts. The rest I most often bring back with gentle rod tip lifts/drops, when I can stay patient.
  19. Fish undoubtedly have a sensation of feeling. Attributing pain, in the sense we feel it, to them is a little naive I think. You only have to see fish with horrendous looking wounds swimming round and eating to realise that they can't possibly experience pain in the sense we understand it.
  20. I have and love both, but what I prefer about Shimano is that they offer all models and gear ratios for both right and left handed. Daiwa only offers certain high speed options to right handed (ie, you can't get a tatula ct in 8:1 in left handed, only in right). Being a lefty, I had to start experimenting with Shimano. After buying a Curado K and a Chronarch MGL I wasn't disappointed. I do think they are more refined than my Daiwa's, but the brakes take a bit more getting used to.
  21. A distinction without a difference. And scene....
  22. Hi All, I posted a similar topic a couple months ago, but would like a little more help. I have several old Curado CU200 bait casters that I would like to respool using a 12# mono backing and topping them off with 30-65 pound braid, 10-20 pound flouro, or copolymer lines depending on the application. I would like to get enough backing on to leave me with 80-100 yards of main line. The IPT recovery for these reels was not posted in the specs at that time, so I figured that with a full spool of 12# flouro my recovery would be about 26 IPT. I tried this when spooling 12# backing to 30# braid and ended up using way too much braid! Was this because IPT turn recovery changes significantly on an empty spool? If so, how much? I may be getting to scientific here, but I would like to get the most out of my mainline spools, especially the braid. Thanks....Joe
  23. Great, now I have to buy a combo to somehow throw this light, wind resistant spider on 65# braid in the salad. I already have enough trouble hucking my half ounce frogs on a 7'4" HF. d**n you for changing the game, Lunkerhunt.
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  25. I will routinely attempt to work the bait back to the boat really sneaky like; imagining that I'm keeping it undetectable by the bass. Just like most everything the bass is looking to eat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. A-Jay
  26. the field for the Haskell on sat. PP Horse A/S M/E Wgt Jockey Trainer 1 King for a Day 3 C L 118 Velazquez John R. Pletcher Todd A. 2 Joevia 3 C L 118 Lezcano Jose Sacco Gregory D. 3 Spun to Run 3 C L b 118 Lopez Paco Guerrero Juan Carlos 4 Bethlehem Road 3 G L 118 Rodriguez Castro Luis A. Curry Dee 5 Mucho Gusto 3 C L 118 Talamo Joseph Baffert Bob 6 Everfast 3 C L 118 Leparoux Julien R. Romans Dale L. 7 Maximum Security 3 C L 120 Saez Luis Servis Jason
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