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  2. Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~ A-Jay
  3. I tie a fluorocarbon leader to my braid. Leader is sold with less yards on the spool and is priced higher per yard than fluorocarbon line. Is this just a marketing ploy or is there a real difference?
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  5. Many good observations already. I'd only add whereas fish will only "sometimes" hit fast moving presentations, they will almost "always" hit something slow or dead in the water. So, for example, those energetic schooling teen aged LMBs, chock full of energy and actively chasing a school of shad darting around at high speed trying to survive? The bass are keyed in to react very fast, too, but they will also see and be attracted to what appears to be a wounded or shad in shock just sort of floating in the water. So, they'll bite a fast presentation at those times when they are all wired up, but they'll bite a slow one, too. On worm fishing? For me, if I cast a T-Rig, a weightless worm, a drop shot and so on, if the fish blast it soon after it makes contact with the water, I know they are feeding aggressively higher in the water column, else chasing it down and biting it fast as it makes bottom contact. In these cases, I don't want to soak my worm, I understand the action is focused differently so I want to re-create that action and that means more casts quicker. On other days when I am not getting bites quickly, this is when I really slow down, give fish an opportunity to snoop around, eyeball the worm. You know, when it takes them longer to commit. Brad
  6. I'd be getting the pro for $1100 (overstock on sale). So, an extra $400 for the XC is a bit much. It's a great boat though
  7. Will somebody test this for me and tell me if it's true? lol
  8. From where I am seated now, I am 180 feet from Lake Athens, 20 minutes to Lake Palestine, 20 to Purtis Creek, 15 to the Neches River and also close to the Trinity River, 30 to Cedar Creek, then within an hour of Richland Chambers, Fairfield, Tyler lakes, Lake Fork, Tawakoni. I'm getting writer's cramp and I could go on listing literally dozens of others. One of the densest collection of fisheries in the country, not the only certainly, but one of the best! Brad
  9. It sounds like you fish really similar settings to me. The Rise is starting to sound the strongest, but I'm not counting out that Slayer. I initially started out with three boats in mind - the third was an Old Town Topwater 120 and its hull design looked less-than-hydrodynamic. Thanks for the input! I'll be standing a ton in my yak, too
  10. I think slowing down, when you need to, is a skillset. Just like casting, tying good knots and everything else in bass fishing.
  11. Gosh, I think I'd consider the new Native 12XC for almost the same money. It has a retractable skeg, chain anchor chutes, under-seat storage, high/low seat, and it's 36.5" wide making for a very stable platform. I also like the horizontal rod storage which is very nice for river fishing near banks with trees overhead. A whole lot to love here. It is heavy, no doubt, but other than that, it just seems like it has a ton of features for the places you describe fishing.
  12. I looked into NuCanoe Flints, too. They may be too bare bones for me. I wish my preferred kayak shop carried them so I could really give them a good once-over. I'm in Milwaukee and the nearest dealer is in Rockford, Illinois!
  13. Up your budget a little bit and you can get a airdx medium light or medium rod and a revros 2500. $100 combo that feels like a more expensive combo. I have 4 of those combos and they are awesome
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    Slowing Down

    Slower is almost always better, no matter what time of year. Big bass are lazy, they aren't going to chase your bait. They sit and wait in ambush. It's very hard to slow down after you've been fishing faster. Counting helps if you're fishing soft plastic. I've found that 3 seconds is a good pause.
  15. A lot of guys around here have been using Tactical Anglers power clips. They are super strong and can handle any bass. They are using them to catch monster snook and redfish at the inlets.
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  17. I like Winn Grips. I know how to repair cork handles that I got a hook in. I guess I could re-wrap a Winn grip that gets damaged. Never could figure out how to repair EVA.
  18. That is not cork that has been chipped. That is filler coming out of the voids in the cork.
  19. I have the Lew’s Carbon Fire combo. Bought separately I can say I love the ML rod. The reel is decent. Like the handle and the rubber coating on it that resists scratches. It doesn’t feel as durable as my other Lew’s reels though. It’s a nice Ned and drop shot combo. I also like the new Lew’s Xfinity combos that Walmart sells. They have a $60 (green) and a $70 (orange) combo. The reels feel solid and have the nice Winn grip knobs. I would have bought the orange combo over the Carbon Fire if it was available back then.
  20. same for me, in fact, we’ve got swt’s in the upper 60’s right now on my home lake and it’s my opinion that the majority of the fish are spawning. we have been wearing them out recently but the bite was way off this past Thursday. so i will be putting my garden in this coming week and leave the fish to do their thing.
  21. Like the auto manufacturers used to say about their NASCAR sponsorships, win on Sunday, sell on Monday. Print or e-advertising is VERY expensive. Rapala can sponsor dozens of guys for the cost of one ad. IKE wacks them on BASS Live in the classic on a DT6 and yells “in the face!” and by lunchtime on Monday the shelves are empty. A successful angler can turn numbers like nothing else.
  22. There's a lot about marketing that the average Joe does not understand. Marketing is more than just selling more product, it's about brand awareness. Sponsoring the right people can help get your name out to more people which eventually leads to more sales. It's not something you can always directly see although there are ways to see sales directly from an angler. When an angler gives you a discount code to one of their sponsors it's usually so the company can track the amount of sales that angler is generating for them. Don't forget, not all sponsored anglers are getting free product. Some get a discount and some receive a certain amount of money to put towards their tourney season.
  23. I am loving my rods with Winn Grip handles. They sell Winn Grip wraps I might get them for some of my older cork rods. For those that are using cork sealer for the first time. Go easy. One light coat is all you need. Another coat is not necessary and does nothing to help.
  24. I finally got a response to my email and customer support said mail back to them and they will make a decision after inspection. After spending $25 on a lure I tried to be very cautious on where I fished it. Great action and I did catch fish with the oneten,small ones. Thanks for the information.
  25. I either look for prespawn or postspawn fish. Fish on beds are a pain to target if everyone can see them. If i can't see them, I'll drag plastics around likely spawning areas.
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