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  2. My main lake has a milfoil bloom going on. Stringy weeds that grow up an coil on the surface. I can fish a buzzbait over some areas ok, but crankbaits get hung up quickly. The good old Texas rig is about the only thing that will come through this stuff
  3. Well said @Mobasser The first question I ask when I hit the water is how deep are they. The second question is how fast should I fish. When the fish aren't bitting it's easy to get in the mode of just casting and retrieving without giving much thought to how we're presenting the bait. When the fishing's tough, you gotta try different retrieves. Doing something different from what everyone else is do is usually the key. Slowing WAY down is something we should always remember to try.
  4. I just bought a Bonafide RS117 and I can tell you it is definitly stable, and there is plenty of room at least IMO, to stand and fish for hours at a time. The longest I’ve had it out so far was a 7 hour day last week. I dont have great balance to start with, so I wanted something in the “super stable” category and the RS impressed me the very first time I put it on water. I stepped on and paddled away from the bank while standing. It will rock side to side, but if I shift my weight just right, I can stand on one leg on one side of the boat and it will not try to tip. On rougher water with boats wakes or big rolling waves that’s going to be different. I have a hard time standing on dry land at times, but I can easily pop up and stand on the RS. I imagine an SS would be even better since it’s a wider and heavier boat. That one was on my short list, but my decision came down to budget and the idea that a slightly smaller yak would be better for what I want to do, which is smaller lakes and small rivers with areas of class 1 and 2 rapids. I haven’t taken it on a river yet, we had heavy rain last week that pushed river levels and current up, and lots of rain today which will probably have most rivers in my area at or near flood stage. I’m sure it will perform just fine, if river levels ever get back to normal.
  5. I agree that I first choose the power, action, feel, etc. first. Just wondering, all other things being equal??? I can’t tell if it affects feel or sensitivity to me. It just seems that the rods I am looking at getting next, the strong majority come with cork. Not sure it will be a deal breaker, just seem to prefer the feel in hand of non-cork rods. Seems as though like the cork. Will finally get back on the water for bass in about a month after a long, long winter to feel the difference again.
  6. I use to fish worms mostly during the hot months but the last several years faster lures have been effective . Crankbaits , spinnerbaits and buzzbaits have really come on , even in the dog days . I have been better at selecting the correct crankbait for the depth targeted resulting in a lot of deep bass caught , as deep as 22 foot . Then the chara explosion has made worming difficult but spinner and buzzbaits have filled in nicely . I still have my days with worms and each year conditions change , so its hard telling how this summer will play out .
  7. IMO, crank baits load up the rod, start up the spool very quickly and fly very far because they are compact and heavy. That causes early to mid cast overruns, which magnets aren’t as good for as a reel with good mechanical brakes.
  8. Consider Lund Rebel and Fury. Quality and simplicity.
  9. Cork, cause it feels best and it doesn't compress like synthetic materials when you squeeze it. and no sealer. It's supposed to look like it gets used.
  10. Friend and I went fishing. I spotted her a few feet from the shore. She didn't want anything to do with me, but my buddy came and yanked a smaller one off the bed and she destroyed my fluke. Got her on an ultralight with 4lb test.
  11. Are you sure you didn't pay $63 for each?...
  12. I dont know? I like quality hard light EVA, cork is OK. Some days I feel like I like it, other days I don’t. I don’t like that it gets old and I don’t like that it looks so new when you get it. Have barely fished the Winn grips, but I am definitely liking it. I don’t know? I care more about weight and action.
  13. Here in Missouri the dog days of summer get very hot, sticky, and humid. I see fisherman fish the same way at that time that they do in the spring, rapid casting spinnerbaits, and lipless baits to the banks. I don't see them catching much more than a few small fish. A tackle shop owner told me years ago that the main reason some guys can't catch bass at this time is simple. Their fishing too fast. I think this is 100% true. I like plastic worms for much of my bass fishing, and over the years I've tried to train myself to slow down, sometimes way down. It's takes some self discipline and practice to work a plastic worm super slow. If I'm casting into a deep hole, I let the worm sink to bottom, then deadstick it for a bit. I can put my index finger under my line in front of the reel and tug on the line lightly, then give the worm a slow lazy lift, and repeat. Sometimes it may take me several minutes to fish a plastic worm through the cover this way, but I know from my logs that it has helped me hook more fish and some better size ones too. It takes all the patience I have to fish like this. Many trophy hunters who fish for the biggest bass are advocates of a super slow retrieve. Do you fish slowly like this? Has it worked well for you? It's one of my favorite ways to fish. With all the fast paced run and gun fishing styles in bass fishing now days, I wonder how many folks fish with a super slow retrieve? It takes patience, but can work very well.
  14. Megabass has the best eyes. They have the "oh crap, I think he saw me" look.
  15. You almost sound a little afraid ‘Growing the sport’ doesn’t necessarily mean creating more anglers, but look toward the existing college and high school ranks to see what develops and whether this new format will be the deal going forward or not. Political correctness will have little to do with changing the resource - science will.
  16. Try light weight and a large craw like a pit boss which will glide just above them. Or try a C-Rig, but use two larger size round split shots, with a curly tail worm. These glide just above the snags better than anything I know that is a bottom contact bait.
  17. Yeah Tim said he used the 7’2 heavy for frogging and such I’m pumped 👍🏼
  18. That’s what I wanted to hear! Kind of feel like I’m getting in over my head with this “little” boat but it’s a tool and I’m gonna use it as such.
  19. Ordered two of those UC 70LXF blanks to build into a pair of spinning and casting rods. Will report back on how the casting performance is with very light gear once everything is complete.
  20. Either over powering small fish or big fish do roll upside down to shake the hook. Bass are one of the only fish I’ve seen able to shake their heads up and down instead of only side to side. I think because they do that upside down, it might be that they use the jaw hinge to do it.
  21. Those are gen 2 alright, the best reel seat in my opinion. It would get some used to with bare blank, but the most comfortable you would ever feel. It has nice blank, light and pretty crispy. I would try it with LC 78 or rapala HJ 08 also your choic of spook or whopper plopped 90
  22. I also like vmc's weedless wacky jig head, post spawn thru fall on non-senkos.
  23. I bought a Dobyns Champion, with cork at the end of last season to throw Chatters. It just seemed slippery to me. Felt like I had to hang on tighter. I assume that is average cork or a little better. I agree with the aged cork and battle scars. Seems to have better grip too. Maybe I just need to fish more! I do have summers off.........Mmmmm thanks guys. Just wanted to see if others had the same ideas with it. Jbsoonerfan, I do like my Winn grips a lot!
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