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  2. Post-frontal fishing from the riverbank today. Was hoping for a bigger smallie to show off, but it was not to be. So here is a little one instead. Also, a somewhat foamy largemouth:
  3. Congratulations! There aren't many feelings to experience that are as satisfying as catching fish with a lure you made.
  4. you could get 3 Abu Silvermax's for $125 right now on Amazon
  5. I’ve caught a few bass this year on jigs, but nothing on plastics yet. Most of my bass have been caught on crankbaits and paddle tail swimbaits this spring. Maybe the vegetation hasn’t grown enough yet, but it seems the bass are closer to structure.
  6. Thank you for all your info and as always I really do appreciate it!
  7. Crankbaits: gray and fire tiger. Soft plastics: purple, black, green pumpkin, black/blue. Spinnerbaits: white Jigs: black, black/blue, watermelon, orange/black. Topwater: bone, black, chrome. Lipless cranks: orange, gold/black back, chrome/blue back.
  8. I have the Lew's MB and think it is a fantastic reel. I paid around $75 for it on black Friday last year. I have a SLX on the way. Should be here this week. I will set it up and test it out soon. Could not pass up American Legacy SLX combo deal. A rod is coming with the reel!
  9. Dobyns aren’t typically my go to rods, but was looking for the same thing for my wife. Landed on the Dobyns Sierra 705sf spinning rod. Haven’t fished it yet but test casting it handled a 3/8oz swim jig with rage menace trailer really well. Only complaint - handle needs to be longer.
  10. I agree with you on that! most times expert advise is not freely given-- and those that are fortunate to receive it-- should should really appreciate it. I know I always do if anyone needs and any advice on current Building Codes, county inspections, building homes, Plans ect Don't hesitate to PM me any time with questions and I will help in any way I can
  11. Best lakes in the KC area for a kayak? Trying to go out this weekend
  12. Glenn's already posted a good one...print it out and put it in a 3-ring binder. Or print it half-size and it fits into a Franklin-Covey Classic size...which is what I did. https://www.bassresource.com/fish/fishing_log.html
  13. I'm looking to start logging catches I've made for bass over 14in. I'm pretty set on doing it in excel, and not really looking to use any apps (I don't even like to remember my phone exists while i fish🙄). Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to set it up.. should I make different sheets for different locations or do it by year, etc. If anyone has any suggestions on how to set one up or some good tips on it or even a file template I could look at I'd greatly appreciate it!
  14. New high end Shimano Reels (Metanium and up), maybe a Steez. Shimano Expride casting rods, G. Loomis GLX/NRX casting rods.
  15. I have 2 Steez EX reels, an XS and HS looking to sell together for $440 The XS is scuffed on the top of the reel and has a good bit of rash would consider 7/10 but is still good mechanically, the HS is in excellent condition, would consider 9.5/10. The XS is for sale for 220tyd and the HS is only for sale with the XS
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  17. I do when it's overcast and at least mid-May(in Iowa). I feel like the "buzzer" type baits, be it toads, buzzbaits, whopper ploppers, Devil Horses, etc, have a tendency to garner bites all day. Major reaction bite baits. Not so much with walking/popping baits in my experience. Those are more of a timing deal, in my mind.
  18. Got out from 8:30 til.2 today. Got 10 -1 on a chatterbait and 9 on a jig with the best two weighing 3-2 And this one at 4-13
  19. I want to try these. Do you fish it like a normal worm? I usually fish shallow around timber.
  20. I use spinning gear 95% of the time. I only use casting gear when fishing serious slop. I should mention that I bank fish probably 75% of the time, so casting distance is important to me. I also fish for nearly everything that swims around here, so I like to have setups that are versatile. I don't have any problems hooking fish and keeping them pinned with medium power spinning rods. The only issue I ever run into is having a lack of leverage to keep fish out of cover when they head for a blowdown or thick weeds.
  21. that just makes it more fun!
  22. Recently bought some other reels so letting this one go, the reel is in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically. The cast control cap was anodized all black. Sorry the boca bearings shown in the picture do not come with the reel, only stock bearings will come with the reel. I have the box, oil, papers, etc. PayPal only, no trades please, lower 48 only. $125 TYD
  23. Yah, we got pretty lucky at the outlet. With that crazy/strong wind coming from the north/nw, we actually found a head of wipers at the west side of the outlet where that point is on the main channel. They were fairly shallow to, maybe 3-5 feet and were ONLY hitting our flicker shads. Very strange since we were the only ones fishing the outlet during that time. However, that wind was super crazy and has having a hell of time keeping the boat pointed in the correct direction. Not having spot lock or anything like that was brutal. My foot/calf muscle was actually a little sore with dealing with the foot controller for about 2 hours in that wind.
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