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  2. Awesome, thank you! As long as it’s a solid rod I think I’ll go ahead and pick it up. Can’t hurt to have a back up if I don’t enjoy fishing with it either.
  3. ^^^Could not agree more. It wasn't just him that was in danger. Pretty much anybody on the lake could have been killed by this person's decision. There should be serious punishment for this.
  4. I did a lot of research over the fall and winter and ended up buying a Compass in January. I have probably 10 outings so far....still early. Initial impressions.... -heavier than I expected; I cartop it, but Hullivator is a godsend....trailer is way to go if your storage can handle it -seat is much better than my Tarpon, but not as comfortable as I'd hoped. I can do a couple more hours than I could in my other yaks, but still going to have some issues anything over 7 hours -180 drive is a MUST for fishing. I absolutely love it....soooooo much more time fishing than the old days...I haven't staked or anchored yet -dealer offered to move round hatch forward and install rectangle in front of seat....I balked at the expense at the time, but its probably a good idea -I've been sort of shocked at the explision of trolling motors on yaks lately. Consider skipping the pedals and going right to a Torqueedo. I found this to be a good on-water introductory video to some basic differences:
  5. This appears to be a great alternative to those who are inconvenienced by a lanyard https://www.fellmarine.com/products/
  6. There's the Tatula OG (Black and Gold with foam grips) that go by model convention like TAT610MHFB, 2018 Tatula with new cork grips that go with model numbers like TTU741HRB, and the Tatula XT which have lower quality components and model numbers like TXT701MFB. To further confuse you, there are the Tatula Elite series (TAEL), which are pretty similar to the TAT & TTU Tatulas, unless you step up to the TAEL's with AGS guides.
  7. I have a 704 (two actually) and the 6'10" MH XF SLX. Both good sticks, but very different. The SLX is a bit stiffer and a lot faster. I think the SLX would make a good single hook moving bait rod, and a decent enough budget jig and plastic rod. I found it more sensitive than the Fury, but I've never had trouble feeling bites, so don't go by me. I didn't weigh them, but they feel about the same while fishing them, perhaps the SLX is a tad lighter and the Fury a bit more balanced, but it's marginal, and again just going by feel. If you aren't catching fish (or loosing them somewhere along the way) It's you and not either of these two rods.
  8. As the subject says, I plan to upgrade to peddle power within the next several months. Here is my short-list of kayaks I am considering. I am looking for a kayak I can move around easily and can stand in. I am looking for advise on each. Native Slayer Propel 10 - $2,199 Hobie Mirage Compass - $1,949 Old Town Topwater PDL - $1,999 I am leaning towards the Old Town, I like the reviews I have seen so far.
  9. Two things, best case that will heal up in a month or so, and worst case you are introducing the risk of a fungus or bacterial infection. If it's a private pond, and you already can identify the fish, what is the purpose of marking it?
  10. Small mouth, big girth, well fed, fast growth rate. Here's one from a managed, and fed population:
  11. It walks great. It's a big lure. I'll report when I get more time on the water with it. Post spawn fish will hopefully be feeding on Megadogs.
  12. Would you consider the slx to be a little more stiff than the fury? I have the fury 704c and hoping to get something a bit more heavy power That’s very true! But I’ve heard through the grapevine that they receive a prettttyyy sweet deal from Shimano at little to no cost. 😂 Just want some first hand personal opinions.
  13. Shouldn't need to. They were biting good at Hillsdale this morning.
  14. Careful where you do this. It is illegal to mark fish in some states.
  15. Z-man does an excellent job with clamshells, 6" Swimmerz, TRD Hogz, Trick Shotz for example.
  16. My favorite reel is a JDM Shimano with a shallow spool. 10 yards of backing and 50 yards of braid and it's absolutely full. For the type of fishing I do, any more is a waste. Every couple years, I flip the line on the spool and get a couple more years out of the untouched line.
  17. That just looks like a healthy bass to me. Not overly short or fat. My point being that body shape also has to do with the environment as well as genetics. River fish tend to be longer and thinner vs. lake fish being round. Anybody who fishes Lake St Clair and Lake Erie for smallmouth can tell the difference between the 2. We can tell immediately when a Lake Erie smallmouth is in St Clair either by migration or by taking a ride on tournament day. They look completely different but are the same species. We call them Lake Erie Footballs and St Clair Toads. The St Clair fish are much longer and thinner as a rule.
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  19. Have you sent them a message? They do look different, good luck!
  20. Thanks for the offer! I am definitely down to fish some time (kayak or shore). I am new to the area too and have been checking places out the past few weekends.
  21. Tactical Bassin' guys have nothing but good things to say about BOTH the rod and reel. If it's good enough for Matt and Tim it would be good enough for me .
  22. I had an internship working at Occoquan last year. I was putting up mile markers along their water trail. I would always see people pulling out impressive cats out of the reservoir but I never saw anyone catch a bass there unless they were in a Jon boat or a canoe. I went out on my buddy's Jon Boat in late August and we caught a few baby bass but we had to cover a lot of water to catch them. I just don't think its worth fishing from shore.
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