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  2. I apologize up front for the dead thread resurrection. But I thought it interesting how fast things change. I fished my first two tournaments this month, with two different regions. The quick rise in number of yaks with motors is rather stunning. I didn't do a survey or count, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't a third of people in each event...maybe higher. One unexpected outcome is that I learned about the Torqueedo Evolve that fits in Hbie Mirage Drive hole... and for the first time, I'm considering a motor...lol
  3. I can handle up to 12mph, but anything more and it becomes a task to hold a kayak in place. I crossed a lake once in a 25mph wind while in my Trident 13. It handled it ok, but it still scared the beejesus out of me. This is the time of year when I really pay attention to forecasts, even the wind down in Texas as it is usually a good indicator on what we'll get up here. Oh well, I'll stay home and mow the yard today, we have rain coming tonight.
  4. Wind is a way of life here. 15mph is a gentle breeze. I don't know what to do with myself when I get a day on the water and it's calm, and usually the fish don't seem to know what to do either.
  5. Yeah they got some big ones now, but i have 10-15 yr old BPS rods that are more durable. I should mention i'm rough on my equipment, and i don't mind changing eyes every now and again but for this to happen 3 times in 1 year on two different rods is a bad indicator for me.
  6. Bottom composition change 😉 It's not necessarily rock, it could be clay, sand, roadbeds, house foundations, or anything besides muck/mud. As to why bass like hard bottoms goes back to basic structure fishing, hard bottoms form breaklines. They can also cause changes to grasslines (thicker/thinner) & long before the grass started growing it changed the timber. Hardwoods grow in different bottom composition than conifers. I'm ole school & tend to look at things slightly different than young-guns maybe we can convince @Bass_Fanatic to shed some light using high tech electronics.
  7. We had a pretty lengthy discussion on them not long ago. I was not impressed from my limited time using them, but obviously there's some very recognizable pros putting their names on them and teaming up with them so there's that.
  8. Thanks everyone, Really appreciate the great information. Jim
  9. I know there were some videos out on youtube about the rods. One guy bought a couple of the "high end" jackhammer rods and the guides were misaligned on all of them. I guess he had a huge hassle trying to get them replaced.
  10. I think color gets too much play in bait selection. Speed and depth control are the key. Truthfully, I buy a lot of lures because I like the color.
  11. I haven't tried the baits so I can't say about them, but i don't think i will be buying anymore Favorite rods.
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  13. Not me personally. Buddy had issues with one of the rods, not sure on the model. I personally stay away from anything "Googan Squad".
  14. I was taught to adjust the spool tension knob based off lure weight. Let it fall at a good rate, not too fast and not too slow. Then adjust brakes accordingly. So is there a new school of thought where I should just loosen the spool tension until the spool has side to side play then cast?
  15. Don't give up. The internet leaves one with the impression that they should be catching bass all the time. When I was 14 (many moons ago) what I considered a good day would be a wash today. Be patient. Read these forums and articles. Accept the learning curve. You'll catch your first bass and won't look back.
  16. I have 2 Favorite rods that i bought last year around this time. I have already had the rod tips break off twice on one rod and once on the other. Anybody else have issues with Favorite?
  17. Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated!
  18. I think what's throwing some guys of is that it's so fat and that makes its mouth look small. It's clearly a LM. Coloration varies with water conditions.
  19. Hard to go wrong with a wacky rigged Senko or Texas rig if your fishing for numbers. A big thing is confidence. Once you catch a few on something you will get confidence. Make sure if your throwing a Senko or Texas Rig you aren't working it to fast.
  20. I have five really nice baitcasters (an older Curado 100b up to an Ald 50 and Bantam MGL). They get lots of use in the front yard but when I go fishing I almost always grab one of my spinners. BC certainly has an important place in certain situations but for me it's nice to not have to be an engineer and fisherman at the same time.
  21. With my luck I would do this and a fish would come and grab in real fast and run and yank the rod out of my hands lol.
  22. It doesn't have prominent lines of spots below the lateral line or scales on the base of the dorsal, which are both identifiers of a spotted bass. It has some darker and lighter scales in spots below the lateral line, but nothing even close to the rows of spots on a spotted bass. LMB almost always have some degree of difference in scale coloration (see picture below). The close up picture of the face also gives another dead giveaway it's a largemouth and not a spot. The scales are the same size, or close to the same size as the rest of the body. If it was a spot the scales are tiny, so small they almost appear to not have scales on their cheeks in pictures.
  23. Decided to get creative with my molds tonight. Ive been contemplating doing this for quite a while now. So i broke out the dremel tool and got to work. I wanted to be able to make spinnerbaits with my poisontail mold but decided to demo on my walleye jig mold first since i have no use for 5/8 oz jigs really. I was able to cut a successful channel for a wire in that mold so i went to work on the poison tail. It worked!!!!! I also gave my first attenpt at bending wire forms. It took some trial and error, but i think i got a form i liked. Made about 15 spinnerbaits and a swingtail jig. Ill play with this more when i get time, but i feel pretty excited with how my first run turned out.
  24. How do you feel about the handle on the AIRD-X
  25. it's not easy to determine a Spotted bass from a largemouth from the photo attached. Largemouth do not have scales on the base of the tail, the bass in the op's photos looks like it has the scales and dark spot the gives a Spotted bass it's name. Tom
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