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  2. In money events tried to get a practice day or two in and try to find a spot that held fish , shallow or deep . In my early club days , I mainly went shallow junk fishing . Put my trolling motor down and leave it down .
  3. I use mostly 6's - feels very fast compared to the old Langley Lurecast's and Shakespeare tournament no level wind reels I started out with.
  4. Drag technology has made modern spinning reels much more dependable with light lines and big fish.
  5. BassNJake

    Plastisol

    I've only been through 2 gallons of lurecraft and this is my first of the bait plastics, so I'm no expert. I have not noticed anymore bubbles than what I had with lurecraft. I have not noticed anything remarkably different either. However, my next gallon will be Dead On as I've read some good reviews on it. How's it working for you?
  6. Maybe it's because you purchase too much from them. I sure hope it's not based on where you live because I'm also from WI and have never had to pay sales tax either.
  7. Been tough conditions in the area lately, and apparently the ACoE has decided to "effectively" close Perry Lake for the rest of the year. There are rumors they're considering the same for Smithville. Anyone heard anything similar? Fished Smithville yesterday. Flipping the willows with brush hogs, jigs, spinnerbaits and some top water. Missed one bite and never had another all day.
  8. Overtons has 30% off again with MEMORIAL30 code. Guess I’ll spend more money.
  9. ALL made in America. In addition to precise quality control, a few other points would be: Job creation stimulating local economy They are able to quickly react to trends and improve time to peg speed Quick response to shortages and/or out of stocks Research and development of new shapes and or plastic formulas
  10. Not at all. The most important thing about any rod, any action, is for it to be properly matched for power to the weight of the lures you'll be casting most of the time, or centered in the range. Rods can go either up or down from the range by changing your casting style, but for ease of casting try to match it pretty well. Moderate is what is generally considered correct for cranks, but it is not "written on a rock."
  11. They did say that the times the event is held will be different. Looks like noon to 8 for the first two rounds and 10-6 for the championship.
  12. I really enjoy watching Elite Live events, but I almost never watch the weigh-in. Every now and then if I'm really bored I'll watch them weigh-in on the last day of the event, but even that is rare. Glad to see I'm not the only one who gets bored watching the weigh-in, I thought maybe I wasn't a true bass fan. LOL
  13. I haven't held one in hand, but from pictures it looks like the Antares MD is a pretty large reel! Antares A: 12lb/85yd Antares MD DC: 14lb/130yd Bantam MGL: 14lb/90yd. The Bantam is a "150" spool while the Antares is a "70". Based on line capacity, I think the MD/DC would be more like a 200/250 reel (Tranx 200 is 14lb/110yd). Should be quite a bit larger in hand
  14. I religiously watch those two channels on youtube. Tacticalbassin is where I get a lot of my gear advice. I have 2 Dobyns rod and shimano slx reels because of the guys at tacticalbassin. I too am a new angler in the bass world. It is easy to get sunked in to having a huge arsenal but you don't. I usually only take 4 rods on my kayak. 1 spinning, 1 MH/M cranking rod, 1 MH/F rod, 1 H/F. All my rods are 7' except for the Heavy which is 7'3. Where are you from in MD? i'm a marylander also
  15. Todd2

    C-Rig Weights

    Just a little tidbit that probably didn't deserve it's own thread. I bank fished a clear pond yesterday with a 3/16th brass weight with about a 2 foot leader set. I was bringing it back in for the next cast and it came through some submerged grass about 10 feet from the bank. I saw a Bass (2-3 lbs) shoot out and take off with my line. I reeled down and swept the rod back and missed. But it wasn't until it was over when I played in back in my head that I realized the lizard was behind the Bass as it took off for the depths. He nailed the shiny brass weight. Makes me second guess using brass. I usually lake fish stained water so this might explain some of those misses.
  16. There're a few places I wade that are super swampy, pad choked, and tree lined affairs. In these spots it's tough to tote more than 1 rig. What I found interesting about this rod was the 3/16 oz -1 1/2 oz rating. I wouldn't mind being able to throw lighter baits sometimes in these tougher places with a heavy stick. On paper it seems like the perfect answer for the scenario described above, especially with a Tat SV and 50lb braid. Last week my brother lent me a Lew's Carbon Fiber 7"3" Heavy Fast CF73HC to try out as he was surprised how much he liked it. I saddled on a Pflueger Supreme XT and 50lb braid. I've been chucking everything from 6" GY Senkos to frogs with it. The other night I was bombing out Dark Sleepers and dragging them through grass lines. I was able to feel everything including every bite and spit by the Walleye. Once I figured things out I started whacking them. This experience got me thinking about Lew's rods. With the TW sale upon us, why not? Looks perty in the pics too. Any current users? If so, please share! TIA!
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  18. To me, it's all about your attitude toward fishing and not the equipment you use.
  19. depending on the model of striker (with clearvu) the transducer needs to be in the water. I use a ram mount to mount the head unit and a scotty products arm to hold the transducer in the water. this set up has worked on two different kayaks from me.
  20. OK. I am going with a RAM mount. Now I need to know where to buy the heavy duty velcro folks use to hold the battery in the waterproof box and to secure the box to the hull
  21. I’d say you would know better than me, I just thought it looked like the pattern of a leopard (cat) . I don’t know anymore specifics, certainly not male/female. I can’t believe it ate a jig!
  22. With the setups you have, you should be able to fish just about any lure in your tackle box. The whole technique specific rod thing is very subjective. There are some generally agreed rod power/actions that are best suited for certain techniques, but they aren't hard and fast rules. For instance, you likely wouldn't want to throw a jig on a crankbait rod, nor the other way around. Then again, just because a rod manufacturer write the name of a lure on a rod handle, that doesn't mean it's all the rod can do. This is why I say you may want to spend some time with the gear you already have, and find out what your preferences are before spending more $. What you already have should take you far.
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