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  2. It looks like they're close enough it could come down to the styling. Do you like the blue accents and SLX on the side? I've got an MB and haven't had any problems with it.
  3. I still do in Missouri, Don’t know about Florida
  4. A few years ago we were up in Quebec. They had heavy rain before we got there and the lake was much higher than normal. Fishing was not good. There was a lake front home with a big lawn that extended down to the lake. The lawn was under water maybe a foot to a foot and a half deep. The area in front of the lawn had always produced a few bass but nothing that day. I don't remember why but we tossed a few baits up into the lawn and we started catching bass. I don't remember how many we caught but there was a lot of them and there was a lot of lawn to fish. It made the day for us. BTW I pass that place often but the water has never been that high since then.
  5. Steady retrieve. Every so often, I'll give the rod tip a twitch or I'll stop reeling for just a split second. This will make the bait act like it's fleeing, causing fish that are following it to react and bite.
  6. https://www.***.com/news/anglers-caught-with-114-unlawfully-caught-bass/ Guess I can't link that , but it was in IL, downstate. Wired has the article.
  7. I know others catch a lot bigger, but for me a 16” was a nice start.
  8. I read up on Brett Hite's method of fishing the chatterbait and he says to work it along the top of aquatic vegetation so that it just ticks the top of the grassline. If you get hung up, instead of pumping it out with your rod, try reeling really quickly for 2 or 3 turns. The reason why is you'll get most of your bites when you break your bait lose from cover, similar to the way you rip a lipless and if your rod tip is up at 10 or 11 o clock because you just ripped it from the grass then you won't be able to get a strong enough hook set on the fish and you'll lose fish that way. Without grass he still says keep it close to the bottom and knock it off everything you can like you would a crank bait. If you are running it through open water try to impart some of your own action on the bait, stopping your cadence for a split second, twitching your rod tip ever 5 or 6 rotations of your reel, or speeding up your cadence every 5 or 6 locations. This will cause your bait to change directions similar to the way a baitfish darts away from danger causing generating a reaction strike because the fish thinks your bait is aware of his presence and he's about to lose his meal. I've also had good success working it on the bottom like a jig and doing a simple *pop pop* with the rod and reeling in my slack, similar to the way a crawdad flees when it senses danger. Obviously for this retrieve it's much more effective with a craw trailer. tight lines
  9. Roland Martin has a set on him. Can't imagine ever doing this in South Florida.
  10. That's the hardest place I've ever tried to catch a bass, at the hardest time of year to boot. Too many people. My only advice is don't get too focused on thinking about "the spawn" and just go fishing. It's all anyone ever talks about and Ive seen plenty of people worry themselves to death about prespawn post spawan blah blah blah. Sometime its nice to just drag a plastic worm around near the boat launch, results can be surprising. Lots of people have won a tournament down there in Chester frost when their engine wouldn't start . Those two fish you have in the picture would be the best trip ever to chickamauga for me
  11. ? Looks like it could be gusty tomorrow, too. I tried hard to fish windy areas, but it wasn't worth it when they wanted it slow. All depends on their moods tomorrow. Hi tide mid-morning....warm temps -- could be a killer day. Good luck.
  12. That’s my first smallie lake I’m hitting. Maybe I’ll get a turkey Saturday and hit lake X Sunday.
  13. I like the idea mentioned above of leaving the second bait unweighted -- you could potentially achieve two different fall rates at the same time, and it may be good for working a t-rig through an area (as opposed to target-casting).
  14. So, a lot like most other parts of bass fishing, don't overthink it. Stick a trailer on and forget about it. Like I said in my other reply, use trailers with more action when you think fish are relying on their lateral line (feeling vibration) and dead action trailers when they are using sight. But that being said I've caught fish doing the exact opposite. What you should put a majority of your focus into is how you are presenting your jig, not what it looks like. People Typically use these retrieves Swimming- Chuck and wind almost, usually with a Paddletail on the back, but a craw can also sometimes be effective (craws swim backwards when fleeing predators so it makes more sense than you think). Works great when your bass are feeding on baitfish, or if you are using it as a search bait to locate where they could be. Dragging- I typically reserve this retrieve for my football head jigs but pitching jigs, flipping jigs, even casting jigs can work about as well. I like doing this typically on a sand or mud bottom that will stir up clouds of dirt. These dirt clouds will attract fish and will swim over curios to look at your bait. Hopping- This is probably my most common retrieve, most anglers will work it the same they would a senko which I do like to do, but when the water is warmer (70+) I like to do a double rod twitch upward retrieve sort of like a "hop" "hop" retrieve. I do this to imitate when a crawdad is spooked they will jump straight up off the bottom of the water and then with jet off in two separate motions. hence "hop" "hop" Shaking- This is really typically reserved for flipping and punching techniques. Basically just flip to a hole or a point you think a bass may be, give the rod a *shakeshake* *shakeshakeshake* pause *shake shake* and then reel in and pitch another hole. Simple but effective, just stirring up commotion. Remember to try different levels of aggression with your shakes, and in some cases, no shake at all is very effective. Try out a bunch of things to really work through an area and see what the bass are doing and what they are looking for and adjust accordingly from their. Remember, whether throwing you jigs on a spinnning set up or baitcasting, always keep a finger on the line to feel not only for subtle bites (like the bigger bass will do, one *gulp* as opposed to a *tap tap* on your line) but also to feel the structure on the bottom. Jigs are incredible for just getting a better idea of what's down there and what the fish might be doing. Keep at it and don't get frustrated. You will catch less fish typically on a jig than on a texas rig so just be prepared for that. If you are really struggling downsize your profile. Take an inch off the back of your trailer (i always trim mine so the claws or appendages begin where the skirt ends) or even pick up a finesse jig until you get more comfortable with he feeling of jigs. Tight lines
  15. You guys are ruining my day tomorrow(Tues).
  16. You will lose the tack of the rubber bits in a hybrid handle. I have a rod with a hybrid butt cap that I sealed when doing the cork grip. There is no need to use sealer on hybrid handles IMO. They hold up well and still look great with use unlike cork.
  17. Can't comment on the Clarus, but I have a Triumph and like it a lot. It's probably my favorite spinning rod. 6'6" Medium Light/Fast.
  18. I use it a lot. It's really easy to see so it's great for line watching. I just use a green marker to color the first 2-3 feet. Not sure it even makes any difference to the fish. But yes it will slowly fade. I've never had it fade completely to white. I usually consume it long before it loses too much color.
  19. Yes, he is correct. The 3000 NASCI is a HG reel, whereas the 2500 is a 5.0:1. The 2500 and 3000 share the same frame, but the 3000 has a deeper spool (more line capacity) a paddle style knob on the reel handle. Ultimately, comes down to personal preference regarding gear ratio and handle as they weigh the exact same.
  20. Bass were hitting jigs pretty well this past weekend
  21. For a long time I tried chatterbaits off and on but never got any bites. Then this year they started really producing for me during the pre-spawn. The key for me has been to drag them along the bottom while the vegetation is still minimal.
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    For really clear waters ghost is very good. Subtle tan/gold back with translucent creamy lower. Hard to find.
  24. I always have a jig tied on from pre spawn to ice. I love throwing the jig for my kicker fish, to add some size to my day. Not that i haven't caught 1-2lb fish on a jig, because I absolutely have, but more often than not a fish willing to commit to the jig will be decent size. Theoretically, you use to jig to imitate crawdads, but you can also pair it up with a Paddletail and swim it, or pair it up with a beaver or creature style trailer to imitate just about everything. I found there is a very key detail to jig fishing that i don't hear many talking about, and will help you decide when to use a craw style trailer vs. anything else. Start following the moon cycle and know what phase the moon is in before you go fishing. Crawdads tend to become more active during the fuller moon phases where they can see and look for food at night. If you are trying to start jig fishing, or are just trying to get more bites, this is a more productive time to do it, though they'll work any time. There are tons of shapes and styles of jig heads, but if I had to pick one or two for a beginner it would be the casting jig, or the pitching jig (even if you don't plan on pitching). In my experience these to styles of jig have the most versatility in terms of coming through cover without getting stuck. Also, the finesse jig is a good place to start for beginners because it builds confidence. Typically, when you fish a jig as opposed to a t-rig, you downsize the amount of fish you catch in hopes of upsizing your catch size. But a finesse jig is a happy medium and lighter wire hooks will make for an easier hook set than jacking it with a 5/0 gamakatsu. Colors are simple for me, black blue, watermelon, green pumpkin. That being said I fish a black and blue jig 90% of the time I am jig fishing, but I fish a lot of stained areas. For trailers, don't stress about it too much, it's much less important than say your presentation or your placement, but get a couple with a few appendages and a more aggressive action like the Rage Craw, and a few with a dead action like the Zoom super chunk. As a rule of thumb when you believe the bass are relying more on sight than on feel you should fish a dead action trailer, and when the water is murky and you need them to feel your jig in the water pick something with a lot of action. If you want to learn more about trailers I have a blog post on it showcasing every single one I threw last year. You can read about it here. For me, jigs really shine when they are targeted casts as opposed to being used as a search bait. take some time to learn how to pitch and flip and you will see a significant increase in bites. The vase majority of my biggest bass have been hauled in on a big ole jig and i guaruntee if you start chucking it around you'll stick your PB. Oh and I highly recommend dirty jigs ALL of my jigging techniques. Thanks to Matt Allen from tactical bassing I converted over to them a couple year's back and they are DIRTY. Tungsten jig heads, Gamakatsu hooks, 3 layer skirt paint job and they paint the jig head to match it. I fish them EXCLUSIVELY now and refuse to tie on another jig.But that being said I got my start with the 2 dollar eagle claw jigs from walmart and I still stuck 4's and 5's on them so it doesn't super matter. tight lines
  25. The exception doesn't make the rule Since the advent of fishing specific kayaks i have never seen a person who fishes out of a racing kayak. That being said, he must be pretty slow because a racing kayak should go way faster than that. I can paddle my ATAK 140 which is a barge comparatively speaking, and maintain 4mph pretty easily.
  26. I like honey craw for rat L traps and citrus shad for super spots. Haven't had much luck with /chrome for some reason.
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