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  2. I can second the 705 CB, I have the champion XP and it is amazing for sure.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. I mean promotion does increase sales especially if an angler wins a major tournament, but does it double the companies money?
  6. In exchange for free products the angler uses and promotes that brand, but I don't see how companies would make their money back and then some just from the angler promoting it. How are companies making their money back from sponsorship?
  7. WRB

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    If you go back 10 years or so on this site a few old timers were saying look over your shoulder and fish outside water because 95% of bass angers back then were pounding the bank no more then a casting distance length away ignoring off shore structure or long underwater points. Today a decade later the bank pounders are still a high % but more and more bass anglers have figured it out, covering water fast isn't always productive. Can't fish off shore structure very fast, got to slow down to catch those bass. Tom
  8. Summer here in AZ the surface temps are 100 and the hydrilla is jungle thick. When I first started fishing I would dropshot and pull a mojo rig nice and slow. It produced nice bass but never quantity. Last year I stuck with working reaction bite techniques and really boosted the numbers and still had quality. Much easier covering lots of water finding the small patches where they are congregated. On the massive hydrilla flats it's like finding a needle in a haystack. If they aren't responding to a lipless, vibrating jig, or Texas rig underspin finesse them with a spybait. They work great on grass flats too.
  9. I find rods to be such a personal thing. So many variables that are unique to each rod. From length, design, guides, materials, brand preferences, etc. Added to trends in the fishing industry and advances in technology and a whole lot of marketing :). I use what feels best to me. For length 6'6-6'10" is my comfort zone. Short by today's standards.
  10. I like the SLX but I don’t think it compares to the old Curados. It’s still an entry level reel. Not to say they cut corners, but they had to cut corners somewhere to get that reel built to sell for $100. That said, I’m buying another one soon. And when they wear out I’ll probably buy some more.
  11. I think you summed this up very nicely. I can relate to this in every way!
  12. For what you are throwing I would stick with spinning gear. Personal favorite with this is a Shimano Sahara 1000, 4lb or 6lb test mono, and a St. Croix Avid 6' ML or L, Fast. Shimano also has the Sedona in a 500 size but not one of my favorite reels.
  13. One of each , I use a 7'3 heavy for long cast , and a 6'11 heavy for close quarters. Kinda been eyeballing that 6'5 heavy muse rod , also.
  14. Cork handles for me. I have a rod with EVA and I like the rod by itself but the EVA has never felt right.
  15. When EVA handles get wet they keep your hand wet which is why I will not own em. I prefer full cork handles but Winn grips are quickly moving up!
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  17. X2. Although Winn is so comfortable, time will tell if it takes the number 1 spot.
  18. I bought a Shimano SLX exactly for this purpose. I don’t run crankbaits as often as other lures, but I needed another decent low ratio reel. Having run some $100 range Lews and Abu reels in the past I figured I should give the SLX a try since my curado 200 and 70 reels have been stellar since I bought those. Smaller crankbaits and squarebills it does very well with IMO. Very easy to wind them in with the 6:1 ratio. I also like it for jerk baits and for slow reeling small swim baits. The very first fish I caught on it was a 3.5lb smallmouth on a 3” rage swimmer. Also caught several other 3-4lb largemouth that day, and within a few trips after that I landed a 6.2 largemouth on the same lure. I’ve thrown that reel a LOT over the last few months and it still feels like a great reel. I don’t expect it to last as long as the more expensive shimano reels, but it’s still a solid reel and definitely better IMO than other reels I’ve used in that price range. I have fished crankbaits plenty with my curado 70, but it’s the 8:1 ratio so they take a bit of work. In a 7 or 6 ratio I think that would be an excellent reel for crankbaits. The curado 200 was the first shimano feel I bought and I’ve fished the heck out of it for two years now and it still feels as nice as the day I bought it. Everything from jigs and worms, to crankbaits, swim baits, and A-rigs I’ve thrown on the 200 and it’s still buttery smooth. If you’re decided on a Shimano, I think it just comes down to how much you want to spend, but I don’t think you’ll regret any of them.
  19. I really enjoy kayak fishing myself. It's a different experience than being in a boat for sure. It's a cool experience that I think many would enjoy if they gave it a try.
  20. Fill the chipped gaps first with Elmers wood filler, lightly sand smooth and then seal the whole handle with sealer.
  21. Catt

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    @Mobasser Between each "hop" is a pause long enough for the worm to settle back to the bottom briefly before the next "hop". But after every third "hop" is a 30 second pause. Some times the bass want it bait slower but some times the want it faster but this is the pace I start at and the let the bass tell me what they want. @Fishes in trees During the dog days of summer I'm fishing at night & slinging a lure with treble hooks isn't something I'm to keen on. There are however nights when a spinnerbait or buzzbait is the ticket.
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