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  2. I've been a long time lurker but just signed up and this is my first post. I live on Lay Lake in central Alabama and fish here exclusively, spots and heads. The water here is usually somewhere from 3-4 foot visibility to murky. I spend a lot of time either throwing 1/8 - 3/16 oz shakey heads or big weightless creature baits on medium/heavy baitcast rigs. I made the switch from mono to fluorocarbon a few years ago and once I found a knot that works for me I like it a lot, my only issue is the cost to respool several reels with decent FC. I spooled two reels with 50 and 65 Power Pro several years ago to use for frogs/creatures and I can't wear it out so I'm thinking I'd like to try braid with FC leader on one rod and see how it works out for me. First question is line size, I'm thinking 30 pound braid, probably Power Pro since it's available locally, with 12 - 17 pound FC, probably Seguar Red Label (because I already have some of that!) Does that make sense? Next question is about leader length and a knot for braid to FC. Short leader that never goes inside the guides? Or longer leader that allows more reties? I'd like more leader but concerned about casting it through the rod guides. The knots I'm coming up with on the 'Net are double uni, blood knot, and FG ..... but will these actually cast ok through the guides? I'll try a longer leader first and see how it works for me but any advice greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for your experienced advice!!
  3. I have 5 rigs as well 1) 7' Heavy/Fast rod with 8.1:1 baitcaster loaded with 50# Power Pro - flip, pitch, punch, frog, top-waters to 1.5oz 2) 6'6" Medium/Fast rod with 7.5:1 baitcaster loaded with 20# Power Pro - T-Rigs, spinners, chatters, buzzbaits 3) 6' Medium/Moderate rod with 6.1:1 baitcaster loaded with 10# Yo-Zuri Hybrid - Crank/Jerkbaits (this is one I just tossed together from a 'cheap' reel and a rod I had hanging around) 4) 6' Medium/Fast rod with spinning reel loaded with 10# Yo-Zuri Hybrid - Wacky, Neko, in-line spinners, weightless worms 5) 6'6" Medium-Light/Fast rod with spinning reel loaded with 8# Suffix Super 21 mono - Finesse rig: Drop-shots, ned rigs Depending on how #3 works for me, I'll be upgrading that to better equipment and relegating that rig to something else. Rod on #4 WILL be upgraded from the Ugly Stick it now is.
  4. I hope you guys are taking care of yourselves in the heatwave we are having. It does not matter how strong you are or you think you are, you can still be a victim of heat stroke. A 32 year old former NFL player recently died from heat stroke. He was 6'3'', 315 pounds, and was in the Super Bowl.
  5. I feel you on the shore casting length, ponds with open banks are one thing but a little cover or even brush growing at the waterline really limits casting angles. On the up side a kayak is a natural progression from the bank and the same length works perfectly from them so I would consider this as a sound long term investment. That being said it comes down to getting the most bang for your buck with the action as both shore and yak effectively limit the amount of gear you can have at your disposal. Technic specific rods are great but sometimes limit versatility. If I could only pick one action it would be an MBR action simply because it works for everything, every time and everywhere. Plastics and jigs, cranks, spinners, topwater, all without feeling any real compromise in terms of effectiveness. Granted, there's a jump between different models in terms sensitivity but that's true across all manufacturers lineups but that action remains consistent and for me that's everything. If it were me I'd hold out for a sale or wait for Black Friday and jump up to and IMX Pro, a rod considered to be as sensitive as the previous generation of GLX and nobody can argue the touch on those. At 25% off on sale it's in your range and then you have two rods that offer the same feel which really is a comfort and lends a lot of confidence in presentations, an intangible that keeps lines tighter than any new lure can do.
  6. I will be vacationing in Conway for a week. Any ideas on where to fish (bank or wade) for smallmouth (or largemouth)? What kind of lures have been hot or what stuff I should bring? I will have kayak access to the Saco and the Swift rivers? Do those hold smallies? I know they hold trout and am looking to catch some on flies. Thanks!
  7. then i would check out the new IMX Pro MBR series. it will be the same in taper to your E6X but should be much crisper and more sensitive. exactly what you are looking for.
  8. You got this! Stay positive, we are all pulling for you and wishing you well!!!!!
  9. All the best to ya..C sucks..kick it's a$$.
  10. I have 5 setups that are able to cover most of my bases when fishing, four casting and one spinning. So far I haven't felt the need to get a new rod for any other lures or presentations. 1. 6'9" medium/fast spinning rod, spooled with 8lb braid - used for lightweight lures and more "finesse" approaches (texas rigs 3/16oz and lighter, wacky rigs, shaky heads, ned rigs, etc. Water in my area is generally pretty stained and dirty so I don't do a ton of super finesse fishing, but I'd have no concerns using it for a dropshot in a pinch) [Dobyns Sierra and Daiwa RG-AB 2500] 2. 7' medium-heavy/fast, 6:1 reel with 30lb braid - used as a general purpose rod, mostly chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, swimbaits, and buzzbaits. Works in a pinch for texas rigs and jigs too. Tie on a leader and I have no worries using it for treble hook baits, it's super versatile [Abu garcia silver max combo] 3. 7' medium/moderate cranking stick, 6:1 reel with I believe 12lb mono - use it for all my cranking and treble hook bait needs from squarebills, diving cranks, lipless, jerkbaits, poppers, whopper ploppers, walking/spook baits, etc [Duckett micro magic and Daiwa fuego] 4. 7'1" medium-heavy/fast, 7:1 - 8:1 with 30lb braid or 15-17lb fluorocarbon, used exclusively for jigs and texas rigs up to 1/2oz because of its sensitivity [ALX Zolo deputy and Shimano SLX] 5. 7'3" heavy/fast, 8:1 with 50lb braid, used for thick cover flipping/pitching, heavy jigs/t-rigs (over 1/2oz), and frogs [Dobyns fury and Daiwa fuego] This works well for me and my style of fishing, so you may need to experiment a bit to see what works for you, but I think it's a pretty good guideline. Tight lines!
  11. Sure was, didn’t expect it ether.
  12. As a cancer survivor I can tell you it is beatable. Just make sure your doctors have plenty of experience & a proven track record. It's not an easy fight but you will get through it. It also helps to talk with other people that have already been down the same path. Seek them out they will be glad to share. Good luck with your recovery.
  13. Two more Homages DS-9 episode 'Blood Oath' had three Klingon characters from TOS - Kor, Kang, Koloth - make appearances...all three played by the same actors that played them in TOS. Voyager Episode 'Flashback' has Janeway joining Tuvok in his memories...of his time on Excelsior under Capt. Sulu during the events of 'Undiscovered Country'.
  14. So, if i can make an observation from your posts, maybe the reason you feel like you're over-analyzing things is because your focus drifts between species, environments, etc in your thought process. At least that's what I'm noticing in your posts. I love targeting different species, but if i'm trying to figure out everything that swims in the river, and not focus on one species, I'm not going to have nearly as productive a day (ESPECIALLY on a new body of water that I'm not used to fishing) - both in terms of fish caught, but also in pattern building and sorting info I'm getting while on the water. You can target multiple species on a trip, but I have a lot more consistent success doing this when I already know the water and the species well. As for clarity and water level.... The first post covered your normal summer - fall low water conditions that will usually mean clear, tannic, or mildly stained water. Some rivers flow a bit more brown year round, and if you've got rivers like that, that generally means slow current and a different approach. High water or rising water generally means pretty stained to muddy water. It will impair visibility, change where fish hold, and change how they hunt. Smallmouth are primarily sight feeders so overcast days with high muddy water can be difficult, but fish can be caught. This will usually stack fish on current seams, behind points, along shorelines, behind islands and in flooded areas with protection from current. Bigger baits, more flash, bright/dark colors, and lots of vibration should decide your bait/technique selection. You may have to fish a bit slower, or drop a few extra casts into pockets to help fish find your bait. Rising water can be awesome, just make sure it won't be dangerous.
  15. I would as mentioned from a couple above, first check that my hooks are sticky sharp, second - up my rod power to m.
  16. You can't get a hook set using the rod only it can't move enough line to put pressure on the hooks. Set your drag at 2 to 2 1/2 lbs using a scale, your ML can't handle any more force then that. When you get a strike reel fast until the rod is loaded up then make a hard rod sweep and keep reeling, your drag slips a little don't worry about. Definately sharpen the hook points until they stick into your thumb nail. You would be better off using a meduim power rod. Tom
  17. I’m just getting into bass fishing and looking for some advice on setting up some rod and bait caster reel combos for different styles of bass fishing. My main question is I’m looking to have 4-5 combos set up to fish different lures and I’m not sure how to pick rod size and reel speed. I’m looking to fish with jigs, crank baits, flukes, worms, top water baits (whopper plopper, frogs) and so on. Can someone give me some set ups? Thanks in advance
  18. The best of everything to you. Keep the faith brother, you can beat this!! Mike
  19. Sweet catch on a top. I remember my first topwater bite. Full moon night, reeling a jitterbug across the middle of a pond and BANG! Quite the adrenaline rush, eh?
  20. Also a TNG episode paid homage. 'The Naked Now' was a reprise of the TOS episode 'The Naked Time'
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  22. you can do this. a few of my friends are living proof. 👍
  23. The thing with the newer ones, specifically TNG, DS9 and Voyager, is that they all paid homage to the original. There's a DS9 episode where they actually time travel backwards and end up hunting a Klingon on the Enterprise. It's the episode Trouble With Tribbles. Kirk, Spock, Scottie, et al. Nicely melded in.
  24. Braid will not help you with treble hook lures. I use braid almost exclusively for the past 30 years. A longer rod will help. Don't horse the fish. Loosen your drag. Shove the rod tip down so your not making the fish jump. When it jumps bow to it keep the rod tip down and the line tight. The second you Gove it slack that fish will headshake and probably throw your lure.get a net.
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