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  2. As a long-time stream/river fisher, I can say that there's a LOT to fishing current. Stream fishing, and fishing tides, will teach you how fish operate in current. There is no one way to do it. But, some of the main issues revolve around speed control (what current does to your line, essentially), and whether the lure's approach will either alarm, or incite, the fish. One really effective way can be to fish across current from them, which forces the fish to make a decision -a powerful trigger. This can be done straight across, or down and across. But, open lake currents are rarely terribly strong, esp down where the fish are. A lot of that current is on the surface, esp if its wind generated. So you might even be able to ignore it much of the time. If it's a river run reservoir, that's pulling lots of water, and you are in a narrow area where current concentrates, that can be a different story. I made a video on fishing wind-generated current on small shallow waters, where current can get going, that shows how prey fishes (bluegills in this case), and the bass, respond. Current can really liven things up!
  3. Since it said "online store" I thought I could browse them but I guess not. I gave st-croix a call and we didn't really talk about if I was at fault or not since me being from canada and my rod being a two piece, replacing the top tip is the cheaper alternative. The shipping for warranty claim is $30 us + the shipping on my end The replacement tip is $35 us with shipping included. It will also be shipped today rather than taking 3 weeks for the warranty claim.
  4. I'm pretty sure we have the exact same reel. It's the 19 morethan with 8.6 gear ratio right? I don't remember the length numbers off the top of my head for mine with 20# but 180ft seems low for a fully spooled morethan with 16# sniper... Do you fill the line right up to the bevel? My braid to leader on my other setup I do Sufix 832 30# with 15# blue label fluoro leader in FG knot and never any issues.
  5. Of what you mentioned 832 I would add Fins and Gamma to the list....
  6. I interpreted the "and no more" as he stopped catching them. I use a plastic worm for search bait and for slow bait. I like to search slowly and thoroughly. I'll stop the day the fish quit eating it....... Been waiting 3 decades so far. Just because you whizz a fast lure by a bass doesn't mean he has to eat it. I've fished a spot for hours with no luck and jumped in with a diving mask only to see big smallmouth everywhere that had been ignoring us
  7. These rods are either brand new or like new. Payment via money order or check. If you need references, please let me know as I buy and sell a lot on here and would gladly provide them. 1. Daiwa Steez XT 7' Medium Casting (new with tags) 1/8 - 1oz.: $165 TYD 2. Powell 3D Max 7'2" MH Casting (new with tags and U-40 cork sealed): $130 TYD 3. Shimano Zodias 7'5" H Casting (like new/excellent): $120 TYD Please let me know if you are interested. I can email pictures of the rods to you. Thank you and best wishes on the water!
  8. My cousins boyfriend does well in that river with flukes frogs and a spinnerbait. Also never fish anywhere in FLA without trick worms
  9. I am not sure if we have the same reel. I have the Morethan PE TW. When fully spooled with 16# and I bomb cast a 1oz jig, I can easily unspool the reel (which is roughly 170-180 feet). I probably will try Suffic 832 in 30pound test with the FG knot and a 5 foot leader.
  10. I went to Michigan in early September 2015 and the smallmouth about pulled me out of a kayak . Angry boogers up there. If it wasn't for the after lunch wind everyday I think I would have stomped em pretty good
  11. I MUCH prefer casting gear for baits that pull back: spinnerbaits and larger billed cranks, esp. I do have some spinning reels that handle them fine, but these are either larger decent quality reels. Nearly any spinning reel will handle small finesse cranks.
  12. Looking for ways to fish rivers, specifically smaller ones like the St. John’s size in Florida. Constant flow, lots of river bends, no oxbows or creeks, like the big ones most states have,to speak of. Cover/ structure consists of docks ( but most are pretty shallow) pads ( some have decent water depth 2-3’ others about a foot) and lay downs. River gets a TON of boat traffic on the weekends but I go during the week and early. I was thinking frogs and flipping in the deeper pads. Maybe crankbait or flip the laydowns.
  13. You need to compare line diameter, Suffix 50 is significantly larger diameter (.014D) then 16# FC (.013D). Look at 30 lb braids; Fins WindTamer 30# (.011D), 40# (.012D). Tom
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  15. I can’t help you with particular lakes, because I’m just getting into smallmouth fishing and I only have two lakes around me that have them. I have read Croton dam and Hardy pond in the Newaygo area are good. It’s a river impoundment so weather isn’t an issue. There’s a Michigan thread here you can ask in there and I’m sure a few Michigan guys that chase after SMB will help you out.
  16. How are you having line capacity issues with the morethan PE 1000? I'm running straight 20# Sunline FC Sniper on my morethan and I can bomb cast jigs farther than I care for with plenty of line left over on the spool... I'm legit confused... Did you swap in a different spool? Sufix 832 braid for me as well. I absolutely hate Sunline FX2. Have had way too many break off issues with 50# FX2 which I've never experienced with the 832. Maybe I just got a bad FX2 spool. Also, the FX2 is so loud through the guides it's unpleasant for me. I just don't see any benefit to FX2 over the 832.
  17. If you are worried about the rod and want a cheaper substitute, Kastking makes a Snakehead specific rod. Its called the KastKing Kasnake and seems to only be available through Aliexpress. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/KastKing-Kasnake-24T-30T-Carbon-Body-Casting-Fishing-Rod-2-21m-2-28m-H-XH-Power/32966959588.html
  18. Why switch if you are catching them?
  19. I ran into a real bass fisherman last weekend. An old coonie. Wasn’t @Catt . At least I don’t think 😉. Ol’ boy was working that rod tip going from stump to stump. We finally crossed paths and talked a bit. I commented on his Junebug ribbon tail and he smiled and said if they didn’t like his worm than he better just go to the house cause that’s all he fishes. At the end of the day he had caught twice as many as any other boat
  20. I was reading some older articles and some guide websites that suggested early August is when the smallmouth up there start to feed up and it can be a good time to go. My boat is a 17 ft Ranger R70. Big waters aren’t out of the question but I don’t have a ton of boating experience on big water. Would love suggestions of smaller lakes and rivers to try.
  21. Yeah....... Hahaha. We tried night fishing down there about 15 years ago.... never again....... Night time is for hiding in that swamp
  22. Most of the bank fishing I do occurs at medium to very overgrown spots, some days 90% of my casts will be a pitch or a “big pitch”. A normal pitch will be around 20’ and I want dinner plate accuracy. A big pitch is when I want to get like 40-50’ but don't have the room for even a sidearm or backhand cast. For that I am happy with trashcan lid accuracy. I live down a long gravel drive that runs through the woods. My pitching practice involves walking down it pitching to the base of every tree. I practice big pitches by targeting trees a bit into the woods where I have low branches to contend with.
  23. agreed. the Ks had lots of problems with the two piece thumb bar falling apart. not sure if the DCs have the same issue but the design appears to be the same. I think the thumb bar design on the curado I's is perfect.
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