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  2. Thanks, I just pulled the trigger on these. Been using NRS gloves, but they're more suited for colder weather. I think these will fit the bill and the price was right.
  3. If I’m not catching Bass on standard size lures from 1/4oz up to 3/4oz , I first consider what could make the bite slow ? Or if my fish have moved out of the area? If I know there are still bass in the area, I will try to more closely mimic the forage while making sure Im covering the highest percentage targets with multiple casts from multiple angles. This gives me a better idea about how catchable the bass are under those given circumstances. Only when I’m absolutely sure the standard stuff isn’t going to work, do I then change gears to finesse tactics. Or if I’m certain I’m on a body of water that calls for finesse then I’m going to be prepared to throw finesse . Ultimately I prefer to focus on better quality bass with standard size lures ; and sometimes this means fewer fish catches per outing. Anyway just my 2 cents , hopefully it’s helpful to someone !
  4. Sorry to open up an old thread, but this fits. I found the Deps Buzzjet Jr. pictured below snagged on a boat cover today. It was about 25 yards from a common area, so I am guessing the original owner was fishing from bank, made a bad cast and decided to break off the line rather than ring the owners doorbell to ask to retrieve it. At a Tackle Warehouse price of $25.95, I would have swam over to the dock to get it back!! My 3 most expensive lures (this and a pair of Gantrel Jr's) were all found lures. Either I am way too cheap to buy expensive gear or teenagers in Orange County have money burning a hole in their pockets.
  5. Nose hooked I use a 1 or 2, tx I use a 3/0
  6. I rarely go small and rarely go big . Ill go big when deep cranking because it is necessary . I fish med size lures because they cast better on my equipment . The more effortlessly I can cast the more accurate I am and that should get me more and bigger fish .
  7. I love to fish, and loving to fish means I love to catch fish, so I'll take numbers. Only time I would care about size is tournaments and for a PB.
  8. I punch while bank fishing a lot, I do it just like if I were in a boat. Plastics anything without a lot of appendages!
  9. I've tried several and settled on the KastKing Sol Armis gloves. They've been very durable and have extra protection in a few spots on the palm and fingers that have saved my hands from countless fins and gill plates. Price is good and they have some nice color options. They also fit my hands nicely, which I've had issue with, apparently I have short fingers. Cabela's Guidewear gloves were, surprisingly, the worst gloves I've tried. They were expensive and barely lasted a few months before the seams started to come unsewn.
  10. Three years after I started kayak fishing, I sold my glitter boat. I get it, they are fast and they are nice, but after living many years in the fast lane, I was ready to slow down and take in everything that had been passing me by. "Mushin" brothers.
  11. when i'm on ponds and small lakes i will usually downsize to light line and small lures for the action of catching ... i like medium spinning rods rated with 1/8 lures and up in 5'6", 6' and 6'6" spinning rods... Always have a baitcaster depending on the circumstances ... good fishing ...
  12. There is a lot of different fishing experiences from back packing into remote lake, flying into remote wilderness lakes and portaging into a chain of wilderness lakes where quite serine astmophere watching nature at it's best is part of the experience. Launching a fast bass boat at dawn in a major tournement waiting for the starting gun and racing off to a preconceived pre fish destination is a very different experience but full filling in a different way. I have been fortunate to experience all types of fishing experiences from the wilderness to multi million dallor off shore yatchs racing each other to the hot Marlin spots and fast bass boats on the pad running to the first stop tournament fishing. Fast is always on the edge and racing drag boats and fuel dragsters in my youth speed was part of my life. A few of my bass boats were very fast. Speed kills and I know that well. I know serveral bass boat owners who shouldn't be driving their boats over 70 mph and refuse to fish wirth them unless I drive. Be safe and enjoy the roses above the grass. Tom
  13. I aint as good once was, But I'm as good once, as I ever was. Is 70+ necessary for bass fishing...nah! At 68 I'll still love putting the pedal to the metal 😉
  14. For me, lure size is dictated by the lake and conditions that day. I don't necessarily start with large lures & work small, it all depends on what I believe will work best at that particular time. I am trying to catch the most bass possible but if I am only catching smaller bass, I will change lures, locations and retrieves to continue to see what is needed to catch average size & larger as well as the small ones. Small, average & large are subjective depending on the particular body of water you are fishing. On my home lake, it is reasonable to expect about half the fish to be under 14" and half to be over 14". If I am not catching any of the overs, I know I need to change something up.
  15. 9 times out of 10, I'm fishing to catch quality fish. It may not always look like it, but some of the lakes I fish, the best option to catch a big fish is to go with a small bait due to fishing pressure or it's just what they choose to eat at certain times of the year. Now if it's been a long dry spell of bad fishing trips, I might go somewhere to just try to smack a bunch a little ones just to get my confidence back, but that's a pretty rare occasion.
  16. It's amazing how subtle the bite from a big bass can be. If I'm thinking my bait's got stopped by some vegetation but I'm not really sure it's not a fish, I'll ever so gently apply a bit of pressure and study the rod tip closely for a couple of seconds. Even a big old lazy she-bass will impart some little movement to the rod tip. If it moves, I know for sure I'm dealing with a live animal and I'll drop the rod, reel the slack and set the mother -- and then I know if I've got a big kahuna on the line cause all hell brakes loose. In my experience, that gentle exploratory pressure does not cause the bass to spit out the bait; rather I think it makes her hold on tighter because she thinks she's got a delectable feisty critter in her bony jaws. Sometimes a big bass will slam a bait like a freight train and nearly jerk the rod outta your hands. Especially, it seems, when you're using a jig. I believe that happens when there are other bass around. She'll go zooming off to keep her food to herself. Guess the last laugh's on her when her friends realize what a stupid thing she ate!
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  18. 1 or 1/0 should do the trick
  19. My boat will run 55, but I usually cruise around 40 and it does that with ease. I don't usually make long runs, and big waves usually keep me from putting the pedal down, but when I get the chance I will because the sooner I get there, the sooner I fish, which is what I'm out there to do.
  20. I bank fish ponds with tons of trees around. I make it work with a 7’ rod but when I use 6’6”, it makes things much easier. So if the 6’6” is going to allow you to get in specific areas, go for it.
  21. When you say "flip" are you talking about pitching? Or actually flipping? If you mean pitching, the old school Diawa Tatula rod 7'2" Heavy makes an excellent rod for frogs and pitching. Very light and sensitive with plenty of muscle. $130 on Ebay and totally worth it. Handle is perfect length for working a frog, maybe a tad short for what I like in a pitching rod though.
  22. Uh huh, yeah I do. Down here yonder on the OK/AR border. You know how to paddle?
  23. Should I be interested in Livescope? Thats a lot of money.....
  24. I would rather catch one 5 lber as opposed to nine 1 lbers. I usually try to target areas where I think I can catch a big one and use baits for that situation. I would be terrible in MLF lol.
  25. use fireline 14 lb. smoke and spiderwire stealth moss green 20 lb. 6 and 8 mono. equivalent respectively ... don't use a leader ... good fishing ..
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