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  2. Hawgs!! Was this ashtabula ? Only asking as I live a few hours from Erie and only get to fish it on a big plan
  3. Swim it or let it sink and reel it but I'd keep that narrow head off the rocks because it will get snagged. That is what football head jigs are good for.
  4. First New York Largemouth of 2019 for me! The pond Bass have finally come out of hibernation. I was out for Trout with a size 100 reel, 4# mono and a light action pole. Had a worm threaded on a size 6 Aberdeen hook. Saw this girl hanging by some cover with my polarized glasses. Tossed it about a foot and a half away and she shot out and slammed the worm. A nice little fight on the Trout and panfish gear for sure.
  5. A Quantum or Lew's on a Shimano stick Just kidding, that Smoke would look good on there.
  6. Congrats! I finally got a bass on Friday. I bass fished a rainbow trout (ned rig) the week before. It rained on Saturday night, was still cloudy with a very mild occasional sprinkle and cloudy skies. I threw a spinnerbait into a fairly weedy area and saw a lot of water moving behind my spinnerbait. I went to reel and turns out I hooked into a smaller fish with a larger one following. I had another that jumped out of the water to get my spinnerbait as well right after it hit a weed but missed the hook.
  7. Going to pick up a new reel for it tomorrow. I’m thinking the quantum’s PT smoke or the quantum pro tour performance. I don’t reslly like the Shimano reels sadly.. lews and quantum reels are my thing. Plus the grey, black and red on the smoke would look sick with the Zodias @jbsoonerfan
  8. I was at the lake the other day and an older gentleman was walking from the dock to his car. The dock is broke so it's a pretty steep incline. I was close by so I said "Need any help getting up there?" He said "I may be old, but I'm not disabled yet". Some people might have taken that wrong, but I didn't take it as being rude or anything.
  9. If he wants to save $20, I read the Nasci is exactly the same as the Sahara but with 4 extra seals, which is why the Nasci is rated for saltwater. Drag, gear ratios, etc are all the same between them.
  10. Jigs, T-Rigs, Frogs, etc. 40-50 lb braid with or without leader.
  11. It ramps up to speed gradually, not instant on/off...But even with the ramp up, on high speed settings it's powerful enough to still jerk you around if you're not careful.
  12. I'm just wondering if the giant bass are a direct result of Mic.D's super sizing their meals & if it's the extra fries or the giant pop? great report & it's on my bucket list to fish in that area Cheers Rick
  13. Could have be me except I don't walk banks anymore and trying to keep my boat. Goods deeds get you good karma, Tom
  14. Unless you get a deal on them, they aren't worth it over the SK stuff. I broke down and bought a Karl's club membership or whatever ($50 for a year) to buy some re-branded catch-co jigs that I liked, and ended up picking up a couple bags for 30% off. If you use a lot of Rage Tails/Bugs it could be a good investment, but you'd need to go through a quite a few packs a summer to make up the difference after the $50 fee. We'll see if I can poke the tackle monkey enough to make it worth it.
  15. Color is a funny thing, I always feel like we put way more thought in it than we should. I tend to believe if a bass is gonna hit a black and blue worm, it’s gonna hit a June bug just the same. I feel like if a fish is gonna hit an Arkansas shiner then it’s probably gonna hit baby bass, and so on and so forth. I’m sure some people will disagree but I’ve never seen much of a change. I will say in my “home waters” of Garcia reservoir, when I first started throwing senko style baits, smoke shad seemed to be the best color. After a few years they seemed to lose interest in that and keyed in on watermelon/red flake. That lasted for a while and now they seem to predominantly go after junebug. I’m not saying the other colors don’t still catch some, just that June bug seems to catch the most. But I’d bet others who fish that lake will tell you a different color works better. With all that said, here are the colors I typically use; spinner baits are are almost always white, maybe sexy shad. Swim jigs are either bluegill or baitfish type color depending what I’m trying to imitate. sticks are usually either junebug or watermelon/red flake trick worms on bottom are typically dark, but if I fish them higher on the water column I like white. Swim baits and flukes, cranks, and top water plugs are always some sort of dark back/ light bottom jigs/creatures/craws are almost always black, blue, or brown. Pretty much, match the available forage. i’m probably missing some stuff here but that’s pretty much my staples.
  16. I usually don't need a hand, but I'll never turn down a young buck's help in getting my kayak to the water.
  17. Thank you so much for posting this, you've really shown one of the kind of things that are truly important in life.
  18. I think if you start any trolling motor set on the highest speed it will jerk you around. Electric motors have instant torque.
  19. Same here. Easy take down and set-up, stores inside the hatch with room to spare.
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  21. Good info and I will start with the basics first, check all connections for any looseness, check all grounds, check for any wire corrosion, check grounds, check load test the battery and then start testing the move forward from there. I will do a visual of all charging components and look for the signs that you posted about. I will then test the components before removal..I just have to read a bit more of my shop manual on the testing of each component---not my specialty--but I have pushed through electrical issues before, however I know my limits and when to ask for help. I do have som pretty hefty flywheel pullers and they are old-- passed down from my Dad just FYT the engine serial number is J110TLCUR
  22. I asked him about the batteries, he said they were replaced 1.5 years ago. As long as they last another year or two I'll be happy. I won't be towing the trailer far normally (i live 500yds from boat launch) sans the 100 mile trip home after purchase. The seller has been very upfront with me and straight forward about questions. I know this doesn't mean much, but I get a good feeling with speaking with him that's he's honest. He's well spoken and that doesn't mean much either, but I've def had some encounters buying stuff off Craigslist that had me second guessing and I'm not doing that with this transaction. The only thing I was second guessing was that I was overlooking some glaring issue with the boat out of ignorance. The boat is from 93, so I accept some cosmetic imperfections, but as long as its safe and allow me to gain experience on water for a year or two I'll be happy.
  23. I made a bank trip to a small lake near my house last night after work. When I got there I noticed an older man standing on the bank, holding his rod close to his face. I came by and ask him if he needed help. He had gotten a backlash, and had forgotten his glasses in his car. He couldn't see well enough to fix the backlash. I offered to get his glasses for him. He gave me his keys, and I made the hike to his car, bringing back his glasses. He was very grateful for the help, and was casting again in short time. He explained that he used to own a bass boat, but had to sell it. He couldn't go out by himself any more. He also said he fished a few tournaments years ago, and that his fishing buddies were all gone now, so that left him as he said,"walkin the banks alone". He was obviously an avid fisherman. I moved down the bank casting as I went. When it was almost dark I heard him holler" hey there thank you again". I said " your welcome". For the young guns just getting into this sport, I hope you always respect the older anglers you meet. Give them a kind word, and help them out if they need it. One day, you may need a hand too. When your "walkin the banks alone".
  24. If you don't mind driving roughly a hour to the west, there are two great lakes with largies and smallies (Vermont has many great smallies -- don't forget about the smallies!). First there is Lake Bomoseen, which at one point was known for having large largies. Currently, the LMB population is not as large as it used to be as the ice fisherman have taken so many out of there that they aren't producing the large offspring at the same rate anymore. They're still known to have good smallies though. Also there are two docks around the state park, I believe they are both owned by the state park but could be wrong. Just south of Lake Bomoseen there is Lake St. Catherine which is one of my favorite lakes to fish. If you don't have a boat, you can go to the state park and there is a v shaped peninsula along the top right by a chokepoint and you can fish off both sides of it. If you throw a moving bait there in the morning or evening, you're pretty much guaranteed a fish. You can also rent kayaks, rowboats and canoes at the state park and up the eastern side of the lake north of the state park, there's some of the best cover of the lake and the deeper spots are to the south should you try to target a large one. There's plenty of docks on the eastern and western sides as well. To the west and north, there is Lake Dunmore. It's the clearest water I've ever seen, and while it's a difficult lake to catch bass on, I would say it's also probably the best lake to catch a state record sized LMB (currently holds it). There's also many trails around the state park, one to silver lake where you can fish for trout. To the west and south is Emerald Lake. I caught a pretty decent smallie there a couple years back. You could try Lake Pinneo in Queeche VT or the CT river as well. Lake Pinneo looks like a very nice lake, and people have pictures of decent bass on fishbrain as well, although I haven't fished it yet.
  25. I made a bank trip to a small lake near my house last night after work. When I got there I noticed an older man standing on the bank, holding his rod close to his face. I came by and ask him if he needed help. He had gotten a backlash, and had forgotten his glasses in his car. He couldn't see well enough to fix the backlash. I offered to get his glasses for him. He gave me his keys, and I made the hike to his car, bringing back his glasses. He was very grateful for the help, and was casting again in short time. He explained that he used to own a bass boat, but had to sell it. He couldn't go out by himself any more. He also said he fished a few tournaments years ago, and that his fishing buddies were all gone now, so that left him as he said,"walkin the banks alone". He was obviously an avid fisherman. I moved down the bank casting as I went. When it was almost dark I heard him holler" hey there thank you again". I said " your welcome". For the young guns just getting into this sport, I hope you always respect the older anglers you meet. Give them a kind word, and help them out if they need it. One day, you may need a hand, when your "walkin the banks alone".
  26. The stator does several things, charging the battery is only part of it and those coils are separate. There are two other coils in the stator that provide the initial exciter voltage to the power pack. Depending on the model, there is also a coil for the quick start function. So, it's possible to fry the charging coils on the stator and not do anything to those others. It's also possible for the others to fail and not do anything to the charging system. However, the coils are usually not replaceable independently, so not matter which fails, you have to buy the whole stator. Usually if the charging coils on the stator are fried, it's very visible. They are usually a deep red, copper color, and turn black and burnt looking when over heated. If you decide you need to look at the stator, the nut is held on with about 130# of torque. A harmonic balance puller will usually bolt onto the flywheel and break it loose, (as long as it's a good one and not one of those Harbor Freight one). Just be careful with the bolt length you use, too long and they can going through the flywheel and into parts under it you really don't want to screw up. You should not have to pull the flywheel just to trouble shoot the problem though.
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