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  2. Zman Razor Shadz, or Yamamoto Zako's are about all i throw them with anymore...and i only buy the zako if i cannot get the Razor Shad, Razor Shad is much more durable if those aren't an option....everyone, everywhere will have a fluke style bait available!
  3. All my Dobyns rods have cork including my ultra lights. I clean my cork grips once a year with a magic eraser let dry the add a thin coat of cork sealer. Here are a couple of pros opinions : David Fritts Cork "The cork also helps the rod float if it falls into the water" Kevin Van Dam Foam "Cork is good, but it gets slippery when wet" Russ Lane Winn"I also don’t have to squeeze the rod as hard to have a firm grip,”
  4. That’s why I don’t buy rods with cork
  5. I like the feel and look of a nice cork handle.
  6. Ahhh, it sure is nice to be on the water after a long winter. The tend to be happy too. Very pretty fish.
  7. I fish ponds a lot but dog days are the time to jump in the creek for smallies. Just wish I was able to do it as well as I used to.
  8. The entire tackle box is in play in the spring. In the cold water period from ice out until the water temps rise into the mid 50's the selection is some what more limited due to overall activity levels of the fish. It's hard to beat a lipless crank, suspending jerkbait, or a compact jig for largemouth during this time. Once it hit's the mid 50's fish movement increases, and so does the selection of tools that work and work well. It's almost a fish what you like type deal, and let cover, location, water clarity, current weather conditions, and depth dictate your choices.
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  10. I think that if you're going to drop shot shallow cover, might as well "Bubba Shot". My current heavy drop shot rig is a 7'5" Kistler All Day Pitchin Stick - a 50 size Shimano reel filled with 20 lb Abrazx. Favorite hook is a Gammy Wicked wacky between 1/0 and 3/0. I generally lead off with a medium size soft plastic, like a Berkley Crazy Legs Chigger Craw or the old Gulp sinking minnow. I think this set up has helped me get some shallower fish that would have broken lighter line.
  11. Do yourself a favor and get a Daiwa Aird X for $30-$50 in both casting and spinning. Check Amazon and eBay. Then get yourself a Fuego CT casting reel for $50-75 and a Pflueger President spinning reel for $30-$50, again checking Amazon and eBay. At worst your total cost is $275 retail if you have to pay full price, but you rarely will online if you're looking in the right places. Hands down the best budget rods and budget reels. And you'll be set up nicely.
  12. I've been using Suffix 832 Advanced Superline but may switch to Berkley Fireline based on one of the recommendations above. I will avoid PowerPro Slick 8 based on your experiences with it. thanks.
  13. Hey, I'm selling a couple of Lew's reels. The first is an LFS SS1SH, 7.1:1, used, with box. $55tyd. Next is a Tournament Pro TP1H, 6.4:1, great shape, no box, $110tyd. Take both, $150tyd.
  14. Own both and can't feel the difference through my fishing gloves.
  15. If I'm fishing for LMB I am slow and methodical during the summer days. If I'm fishing for SMB it's pedal to the metal baby.
  16. When it gets hot to the point I'm ready to leave the lake by 11am I'll go completely nocturnal. Big lures fished slowly whether it's 10xd, Grenade, 12" worm, 6.25" craw, colorado spinnerbait, magnum fluke, topwater, or big swimbait. I'll let the fish dictate the depth I fish but I consistently catch my bigger fish fairly shallow at night. The larger fish seem to feed shallow and then suspend out in deeper water until the next feeding window at night. Summer nights(large & slow) and blistering cold of winter(vertical spoon slow) produce for me.
  17. Famously, 50% of everyone's advertising budget is wasted. Trouble is, nobody knows which 50%. Like all promotional efforts, getting a product known to people gives them the opportunity to ask for it.
  18. I don't target bedding fish. I'll typically head to wind blown points and fish my way into coves/pockets with topwater, spinnerbait, and flukes. Once I figure out where the bulk of the feeding fish are I head straight to same distance/depth in the next cove. I believe that we have prespawn, spawning, and post spawn fish now. I've been catching them coming and going. Been four times this week and caught four species of bass every trip.
  19. Word of caution for future reference. Never enter into a civil compromise with another driver when a collision is involved, insured or not, without a police report/collision report. An uninsured driver should or will loose their license until any damages are compensated for and if they are insured a police report goes along way in mitigating the " shared liability " that so many insurance carriers look to take advantage of. Sorry about what you had to go through.
  20. Collin, it sounds like you are ready for your first bait casting combination. Do not be intimidated by bait casters. LiionHeart's comments are much the same as mine. The Diawa Fuego CT is so user friendly. There are several good entry level rods to get started and keep you under you budget cap. A 6-6 to 7-0 medium power rod would be a great start. A great value rod to take a look at is a Dobyns Colt 703C but that's just one of several possible choices. Good luck !
  21. If you have a ml spinning rod already and you are interested in trying casting rods I would highly recommend looking at a mediums heavy rod with action and length of your choice. I have owned fenwick, shimano, st Croix, and carbonlite 2.0 rods all of which I would recommend. I only have Daiwa casting reels and they are very easy to use. Doesn't take long to get the hang of it and I have come to prefer using casting gear. Spinning still has its place though.
  22. Ned rig is mostly a feel nothing technique, so pretty much any semi decent rod would work, especially with braid to leader. The limited stretch will help with light Texas Riggs as well. Ml-M powered spinning rod should be about right. I believe Ned himself uses $20 walmart rods and reels older than I am. The simplicity, frugality, and finnese style is the real idea of the midwest finesse system from my understanding. There are some very good articles that goes more into the history and origins of "the ned rig". Basically what worked then still works now, just reborn and marketed. I love the technique of ned rigging and can't wait to try the new crawz from zman. Simple, small, and highly productive.
  23. I can second the 705 CB, I have the champion XP and it is amazing for sure.
  24. Exchange for free products? Companies are making a ton of money as is. If they can get Ish, Skeet, Ike, EE, Lee or whoever to pimp their product, they aren't out any money. Companies like Nike and UA pay athletes millions of dollars to endorse their products instead of giving them free products. I think you are confused on how endorsements and advertising work.
  25. I just replaced my Quantum Team KVD 6'10" HF for a Shimano SLX 7'2" HF. We'll see if that 4" of lenght will actually make that much of a difference
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