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  2. I can’t comment on tracker but I have a 2015 Merc 75 4-stroke. It’s quiet, reliable, and fuel efficient. I get it winterized professionally every year, store it inside, and only use ethanol free premium gasoline.
  3. I had a frog in my throat once..dislodged it with a Bud lite..
  4. Don't overthink it. Go with what you like on the fish finders (does the menus make sense, etc.)...then, but the trolling motor that integrates best with the fish finder you've chosen. All the trolling motors are essentially the same...they've finally caught up with where Minn Kota was about seven years ago. You wont' catch any more...or any fewer...fish with this feature, or that one, whether it's there or not. Anyone who says otherwise is fulla beans. IMO, of course. follow-up: I just ran through the features of the Garmin Force here: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/610414 Nothing jumped out at me as startling. If I were running Garmin head units, I'd buy a Force. If I were running Humminbird head units ( I do) I'd run a Minn Kota Ulterra or Ultrex. Ditto with whatever works best with Motor Guide.
  5. The op's opening question seemed to be motivated by budget and looking of a finesse 2 power spinning rod without considering each rod needs a reel. After reading the op's reply to buy 2 Sierras he isn't familiar with seems odd. Tom
  6. Private boats are not allowed. Their rentals have either/and trolling motors, outboards. Go to lakepurdyfishing.com, Ken
  7. I've only owned 2 4 stroke outboards (both Mercs) and both performed great. I guess what I'm asking is do you think the 4 strokes are as reliable in the long run as the old 2 strokes..
  8. I mean, once a person has paid for Keitechs and Genuine Senkos...price tends to take a back seat to straight up catching more fish.
  9. Yea I will probably just go with 2 Sierras one med and other med heavy because I really only have one setup that works well I usually just use my friends rods so thank you for your help
  10. I recently bought a Engle Minnow Cooler(13qt) and fish with my 3 1/2 year old son, under Thill micro bobbers like you would see while ice fishing. Im trying to teach a building block skill to him about smaller fish, catching larger fish. Not exactly the topic of this thread, but I think people put the blinders on when it comes to live bait. Same thing with squirrel hunting...it seems to be "below" people. My biggest fish were are caught on live bait.
  11. Depends on how many other rods you have, OP. Two Sierras makes more sense to me if you don't have many rods. Get one spinning and one casting. Unless you really don't want casting, in which case sure get two spinning rods. But do both have to be the same exact 702sf?
  12. I’m a sponsor here and glad to help. As for spool swap, what do you wish to accomplish? The stock one isn’t necessarily seen as deficient as a rule. There are multiple options.
  13. You’d be surprised what they can survive. @A-Jay caught one with like 4 Texas rigs stuck in its mouth not too long ago. It might have lived it might have died, you never know. I just eat them!
  14. The main one I use to imitate a bluegill is called Pro Staff Special or something like that. It is watermelon on top with a translucent orange on bottom which is on the bait on the right. Allen
  15. Been a great summer here fishing the broad in South Cak. Had an epic few days the other week with 4 18+" with biggest being 20.25". All caught on homemade Ned rig in either 1/5oz or 1/14oz
  16. There's never a reason to leave a frog in the throat. It's not that hard to get out, but when it does get a little challenging, almost anything around you can dislodge it with a little force. That's a real shame.
  17. What if he was familiar with each Dobyns rod? What if he had 50 reels to use them on? What if he even had line to put on the reels? Then what if he put the reels on the rods and went fishing? What if he got useful answers instead of questions? To the OP. I only have one Fury and it's a casting rod. While it's a nice rod, I'd rate it average for sensitivity. If you're looking for sensitivity for something like a bottom contact rod, I'd recommend the Sierra or Champ, whichever you can afford. I'd spend more money if you're looking for a rod you need to "feel" with.
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  19. @A-Jay What paddle tail swimbait trailers are those?
  20. I fish many lakes in WV and have seen that lake lower than it is now, the rains will come. I fish Stonewall and Tygart the most though.
  21. Haven't fished bait in a long time but have good memories of pulling nightcrawlers, catching grasshoppers and craws one at a time as I fished. Presents a whole different appeal to our sport. It's all good. I think it's the best way to introduce a kid and as mentioned it broadens the specie possibilities. Gotta think that a minnow or crawler is going to work anywhere I'm throwing lures.
  22. I started with a t/r nightcrawler and graduated to a plastic worm.
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