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  2. You must have seen the back drop picture in my profile 😎... How many and which color dt6s are you thinking?
  3. Or keep it for deep divers in a future setup
  4. I've done some of the butt ends on rods where the cork is different with no issues. I had an HMG with the cork you are referring to and I never had any issues with that rod pitting just a little discoloration. Could always try a small area but I bet you would be fine.
  5. I own a jar, I was wondering about EVA/cork hybrid (like HMG's handle)?
  6. Hey guys, curious if anyone has ever fished this rod before from the 'black' reaction series. Looks like it may have been marketed as a shallow/ mid depth cranking rod. Curious if anyone is familiar with it?
  7. I can c-rig a hard bottom,(to borrow a word from AOC) like, forever. I just am convinced the sound of that 1oz weight draggin' across the bottom will call'em from across the lake! Just have to wait for'em to show up. Throw a c-rig where you think you see a hard spot. Won't take but seconds until you know for sure. I was there for 4 days and had '0' electronics on my boat. I'd get kinna lined up on some of the spots I c-rig and kept slingin' and moving until I felt the bottom I was looking for. Usually didn't take too long.
  8. It does depend on the body of water too . Some will rise quickly and turn muddy . Others hardly change at all .
  9. Xcalibur/Booyah - Tiger Craw, Rayburn red, Chrome black back, Chrome blue back
  10. Great post. I do that with fishing slow soft plastics on spinning gear. Most of my BC fishing is reactionary strike fishing. Good post.
  11. What are Your favorite colors of Trap’s throughout the Yr starting right now.
  12. Great post, @Brad Reid. As usual, data would improve the quality of the conversation, if not the entertainment value. I'm not yet convinced that power is a huge advantage over pedal.. yet. I do suspect that both are a general advantage over paddle. I expect power to become more of a factor before long, however. No reason to think speed and battery life aren't going to advance quickly... heck, I saw someone on Facebook working on putting a jetski engine in a kayak...lol. I bet we see 15mph Torqueedo yaks in next year, if they're not there already.
  13. Same. Have had braid slice my skin open on hooksets. I get a little too excited at times and forget to move my index finger out of the way first lol.
  14. I agree with Scott. I won’t fish the river under fast treacherous conditions. I’ll switch gears and lake fish. But when levels are up and stained I prefer to fish shoreline cover. They seem to relate to wood cover. Dark crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps seem to have always work will. Black, olive and purple cranks.
  15. I recently started using U40 on all cork rods and its an awesome product. Use a super light coat. Changes the feel slightly but barely noticeable. I've applied to 10+ rods so far. Jar goes a long way.
  16. You have to pay your dues in flesh.
  17. A lot of good points have already been made. Where I fish for them evenings are best. Other times of day can be good if you find them schooling. Always look for birds and fish surfacing. They tend to relate to deep water but will push bait into nearby banks. When fish are busting if they're grouped together you can catch them every cast. If they're busting but they're scattered around randomly it will be a lot harder and you may only catch a few. The fish in my water seem to get very dialed on the size of shad and will ignore anything that doesn't match.
  18. Generally that will keep me off the river. I play it safe. I switch gears and lake fish. Sure lake is affected but not at treacherous.
  19. I don't do it. It just feels like an uncomfortable and unnatural way to hold a rod for me. I think it would be easier for guys with big hands.
  20. I think this type of lure is fast becoming the choice. I'm gonna give one a try. Thanks for that.
  21. Some of the best info on the website, right there. Also you are never wasting time when you are fishing.
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  23. Derby Report: Green Egg & Hams Happy Easter folks. Hope everyone's fam is good. 2nd derby of the year (for me), the Easter Bunny Open, saw a bit of a curve-ball from mother-nature down in Harwich on Saturday (transitioning from 58f air and cloudy/drizzle 12mph S to 68f air and partly sunny w/ gusts up to 30mph SW in the afternoon). Water temps were variable, 49.5 to 52.5 degrees in parts. 26 teams showed up for the open tourney, making Long Pond a bit crowded in the process (only 750 acres), but everyone launched and the lures began to fly at 7:45am without any issue. My partner and I drew boat #5, and took a short bunny-hop across the lake to a Southern Wind-facing main-lake point, setting up shop for what would prove to be a pretty stingy day on the lake. Our game-plan was pretty simple; focus on the deep finesse smallie pattern that I had developed two weeks ago pre-fishing (small swim-bait and drop-shot), and then keep the shallow pre-spawn large-mouth bite honest in the afternoon. We ended up dredging up two solid 3lber's within the first hour in 30ft on the swim-bait, which proved to be a bit of a blessing in disguise, as we went 0-fer for the next 4.5hrs, prompting quite a bit of frustration in the process. We unsuccessfully gambled on a shallow jerkbait pattern, then tried pitching ned rigs around docks in the Western-end...but with 1.5hrs to go, we still had ~6lbs in the 'well. At last, we decided to go back to our original deep-water access point to finish out the session, and that ended up making all the difference. Our last and final two bites were both high-caliber; I cracked a 4.12 and 4.62 before the whistle blew. Without a limit and with no clue how everyone else did that day, we had the nagging feeling we had come in a dollar and few pounds short of victory. All said and done however, it turned out the front had made a mess of most prevailing patterns, with the shallow bite proving tough despite the warming water trend. With our 4-fish limit of 15.05lbs, we managed to squeak out the win with a little bit of home-field-advantage going a long way.
  24. Any interest in some DT6's and a NIB Curado K?
  25. I haven't but my buddy has. We fish a pond that has lots of small bass and he caught one over 9 one year and a couple of years later he caught the same fish that was way over 10 in the same place.
  26. Assuming you can get to these various sites safely, this is critically important, you can: 1) fish in coves on the side least affected by wind (best if the wind is coming in perpendicular to a cove's length; 2) fish on points/secondary points where there is usually one side much less affected by wind and waves; 3) same for rivers if the wind is blowing over the water perpendicular to it; 4) fish on the leeward side of any islands, even very small ones ( the waves cut around each side); 5) fish tucked up tightly to a dam sort of in the rip rap if the wind is coming from the direction over the dam; 6) some man-made structures provide relief: one side of a bridge over the other, or fish under the elevated roads that connect to bridges. One side is often dead still, the other getting beat to heck by wind and waves; 7) assuming the wind isn't too terribly bad, pulling up on top of a mass of floating vegetation works great. It "arrests" wave action; and, finally, getting to a destination like a gravel or sand bank or a shoreline unavailable to bank anglers, getting out of your kayak and fishing on your feet. Anyway, things I do at times here in windy Texas. Brad
  27. It all depends on how far south. I'll Wade anything anywhere near me but I don't want to suck into quicksand muck in a Louisiana Marsh . Here's what happened to my buddy wading in Edisto trying to net some bait hahaha! Boy did he smell rotten for a few hours
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