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  2. Bass have a large menu that include mice , turtles , snakes , insects , birds , worms ..
  3. And here it is: This looks very easy. Definitely worth trying IMHO. I also like his idea for testing knots to find what works best for you. Thanks for mentioning this.
  4. Hello, I've been trying a Carolina Rig for the first time and haven't caught anything on it yet. What do bites on this rig normally feel like? How can you distinguish between your weight hitting something and a fish pecking at and picking up your lure? Any other advice much appreciated! Thanks
  5. The long rod isn't necessary to cast 1/2 jig 50 yards unless you consider 6'6" to 6"10" long rods, that is what I used the past 40 years, except 8' SwimBait rods. Kayaks are very low to the water and stealthy quite plus the angler is sitting down while moving and should be able to get within 30 yards without alarming bass in clear water. I think a kayak would be a good boat to hunt big bass with depending on the size of the lake and wind conditions. Tom
  6. You submit a form. Then you need to supply a blood & stool sample as well take several polygraphs. (kidding) Just the form, some pictures and the fish usually need to be Identified by a state biologist - at least here in MI that's the deal. If the fish is a 'weight' record it must be weighed on a certified scale and witnessed. A-Jay
  7. 80 for us Sunday and 78 Monday-Tuesday and less humid.
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  9. I wonder how much they question and look into where you caught the fish.
  10. I have had sporadic breaks at the knot with flouro and hybrid line. I have tried every knot I could find. I was using the shark knot, but it slipped a couple times on a hard hookset. By chance I came upon a video with Shaw Grigsby on the double pitzen knot. It is very easy to tie and very strong. I have not broken off at the knot since then. I use it for all fluoro and hybrid lines. Gary Klein has a video also on the same knot.
  11. Baby boomers here around are walleye fisherman !
  12. I was hoping they would be in the 5:1 range. I still like the slower reels for crankbaits and spinnerbaits. I already have several reels in various 6:1 ratios.
  13. Who would reveal your honey hole for a state record? Yes ~ Just not accurately. 😎 A-Jay #lakemenderchuckrules
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  15. I understand that the combination of blades is nearly endless. I think limiting yourself to only a 3/4 oz or 1 oz is a mistake in my opinion.
  16. I have never really kept a record or paid too much attention to be PB’s before. Just rough lengths on my rod as I put a few thread marker spots so I can quickly measure an estimate of the fish on my rod. Anyway I believe I found a pond that I have a good chance of beating the possibly the yellow perch and a better chance of the sunfish record. Sunfish is 12” and yellow perch is 16.50”. I also have a feeling some huge pickerel in there as well. I caught around a 25” pickerel last year. I’ve caught plenty of sunfish at least over 10” and bigger before. I have caught the sunfish with big bass lures before. But the problem is this pond is almost completely untouched. Only access is either a .5 mile portage with canoe/kayak or one of the 3 houses that have paths to it. No shore access as it’s too swampy. I have had my best days here, caught 50+ bass in only an hour or two. One of the places were you can throw almost anything and at least catch a few. I only found this place because I found it in an old fishing book. I only fish it a few times as year as its far away. It would be a shame if more people caught on to this place. Who would reveal your honeyhole for a state record?
  17. I am in the same boat today. Had 3 breakoffs, but mid line, not at knots. It was 10 lb Tatsu on a light caster with NECO rig. Just spooled it last night. 😡
  18. My initial thought was the Owner hooks also. I wondered if the odd shape of the hook was causing leverage when the fish pulls that was too hard on these knots. I may experiment a little with different knots and the Yo-Zuri just to satisfy my curiosity. Thanks for the info.
  19. In the kayak I pack as little as possible. Usually 3 zippered wallets with 5 or 6 bags each for the day. I rarely find myself using more than a few per day.
  20. I had one inexplicable break off with 6lb YZH earlier this year. Still don't know what happened exactly, but what I can tell you is I consistently catch fish with massive amounts of weeds attached to them using 6lb as well as uproot cattails. Sometimes on a snag the stuff just won't break and I get scared I'm going to snap my rod. Seems you got a bad spool.
  21. Good seller and a standup guy! Buy with confidence that an item will be exactly what he says it will be. GLWTS
  22. Man, I'm glad I don't have your problem! Then again, I don't fish tournaments. I carry two colors of my favorite worm, four colors of my favorite craw trailer, four colors of my favorite creature, and four colors of my favorite chatterbait trailer. A total of 16 original bags inside a zippered bag attached to the back of my seat. All other plastics I carry inside a dry bag in the front hatch. Best of luck with your KBF tournaments.
  23. The cold front is supposed to hit Chicago late Saturday night, early Sunday morning and bring rain with it. You should expect a cool down sometime on Sunday.
  24. I would buy a short arm single Colorado spinnerbait and put in a Willow. Those work pretty effectively in deep water.
  25. I had one inexplicable breakoff with Yozuri Hybrid 10# as leader about 10 years ago. Scared me off it for a while, but I've been back for a number of years. That said. I bought some clearance hooks at Walmart - Daiichi. I lost several hooks when fishing. One day, as I was tying on a snell to a worm hook I broke the line as I tightened/tested it. Did it twice and on the third time I paid closer attention. Broke again. But this time I ran my fingers along the hook eye and found it was rough and a snell was rubbing on it. I lost all confidence in the hooks, went back to Gamakatsu and no probs since. That said, I believe a NON-snell knot would have been fine. And as intimated above, the entire package: line, rod/rod rating, reel, drag, all contribute to the experience. If drag is too tight when using lighter line, boom. Disaster.
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