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  2. I would call an authorized repair center before taking it in. Hopefully, they can remedy the problem over the phone
  3. Ok thanks! I guess I had heard soo much about the wonders of lipless and jerkbaits...that I got a little carried away. I'm still somewhat new to this...so trying to feel it all out. I had tried tr worm, spinnerbait and chatterbait...to no avail that day. I think the fish were just in a funk from the bad weather the day before. And I'm sure there were probably better spots on the lake to fish...just haven't found them yet. Thanks again everyone!
  4. Looks like he is thinking ''come on in the water is fine!''LOL On a serious note I have wade fished both in freshwater and saltwater for over 20 years now in South Florida. Have also dived in areas with alligators, crocodiles, sharks, and other animals so I got more in water experience than most who just stay on dry land or on a boat. You have to know where you are wade fishing in and always pay attention to your surroundings. Do not enter the water if it is alligator mating season, when sharks are actively feeding, etc. Having fear of animals will take away from the overall experience of being in the outdoors so it would be best for every fisherman to educate themselves on the animals they can possibly encounter while wade fishing in Florida.
  5. hey raging owl, I don't know for sure if you are using a spinning reel or not, but I'm going to go about the rest of this post assuming you are.. 1.) I read your post above about getting snagged, this should almost never happen with a texas rig because it's weedless, just make sure you're doing what' called "texposing", there's a link to a video right there to show you but it's just threading the plastic all the way through the worm and then tucking the hook point into the outer side of the soft plastic. Hypothetically this should make you completely weedless, and give you the best hook up ratio. 2.) It's spring time right now and we're still in pre-spawn, soon fish will be sitting on beds which is the perfect time for you to get a hang of the senko technique. If you are not familiar with bed fishing, it's just the process of seeing a male bass guarding a bed (a slightly lighter circle on the ground) and casting about a foot or two past the bed and working your senko until it's directly on it. A male bass will eat an empty beer can if you threw it on the bed so it's the perfect time to practice feeling what a bite feels like because spawning happens up shallow where you can usually see what the bass is doing. 3.) Also I don't know if you are rigging it weightless or not but at this time of year (I fish it weightless primarily, any time of year) it is usually a better set up for me. Without getting too deep into rod action and power, reel, and line you're using in general a 3/0 hook is what I primarily use for rigging senkos. 4.) This one isn't as important during spawn but super important for the rest of the year: Muddy/Murky Water: Dark colors- black and blue, junebug Stained Water: Watermelon with some flake, I like red but it doesn't matter Clear Water: Green Pumpkin, but also works very well in almost all water types, if i could only have one it would be GP. 5.) Feeling the bites. This takes time to get used to but I can give you some tips. First, it sounds obvious but always watch your line, any movement that did not come from you or the wind is something either bumping it or eating it. Sometimes its a *tap tap* other times it's a single tap, and sometimes you don't see a tap at all and your line just starts moving left, right or toward you. In all of those instances set the hook. Hook sets are free and the more you to it the more you'll get a feel for what is and isn't a bite. 6.) Setting the hook is also tough to get used to when fishing the t-rig. Make sure you when you feel a bite point the tip of your rod directly at the fish (or where you think it is) then reel down until you just barely start to feel the weight of the fish and then set the hook in an upward motion. To answer your question the trout balls are Powerbait. The idea is those little neon balls are synthetic dough bait. The original premise of the bait was Powerbait was used to feed the stocked trout while on the fish farm and when they are released anglers would have something that smelled exactly like the food they've eaten their whole lives. Typically people fish it with an egg sinker above a pivot swivel attached to a snell. But I never liked this type of trout fishing. What I would suggest to you is grab a variety pack of micro spinners. Some popular brands are blue fox, rooster tail, and Panther Martin. It's super simple just cast it out and bring it in retrieve. Also it's a great lure for everything that swims. I've caught bluegill, pickerel, largies, sallies, rock bass you name it. I would suggest getting some as something to tie on as a lure that can help you find fish, and once you've located them then switch to the senko. Sorry for the information overload I just remember starting out and how confused I was so I wanted to be thorough. I live in the concord area so if you ever wanted to fish somewhere I am always on the pond and could show you a few spots. Also if you need any other recommendations on baits and stuff for the spring I just posted a blog about it here if you're interested. Best of luck to ya, hope to hear from you soon tight lines
  6. All I know is in 90 degree hot sun I see the bass closest to the bank in 2 feet or less water. So I am not convinced that they feel hot either.
  7. My favorite way to fish them is with a steady retrieve, with an occasional rapid turn or two of the reel handle, or a slight "stall" in the retrieve. Just something to trigger them. I have caught fish on them when working them like a jig, but I feel like that is defeating the purpose of using one.
  8. Keep it and put together a general purpose setup. Sometimes good to have a rod and reel that will get the job done, no matter what you want to through. Also, I try not get caught up in how fast a reel is anymore. I find that I tend to pay attention to how the reel feels and how fast I need to crank it to get that desired feel. Each reel is a little different that respect.
  9. I only have the Tournament MB. It is one of the best reels I have handled. Solid, dependable reel with lots of bells and whistles. Add Lew’s stellar customer service and the choice is easy.
  10. Headed out after breakfast this AM with high expectations after a warm couple of days. Ended up being a typical spring outing. Water temp. (surface) was 57 which is only one degree more than it was Thursday, so I started out the same way targeting the points leading out to the deepest water in the lake. Nothing going on with bottom contact presentations, so I did a 180 and tried my favorite jerk bait with the same results. Two hours later and nothing, so I switched tactics completely and went with a RES lipless just off the first break from a spawning flat. Second cast, got a buck and thought I might be on to something. NOT. Not one to jump on the finesse wagon unless really desperate, I tied on a jig/craw and started covering the few lay downs on the flat. Bingo....Got a nice, chunky 17in. female that just sucked it in and sat there until I set the hook and it was game on. Sadly, she was the only decent fish of the morning. This seems to be a reoccurring scenario here. The fish have very short feeding windows and then they hunker down. I'm going to need to travel a ways to one of the power plant lakes to find some active fish next time out.
  11. Woo! tungsten is a good alternative. I also wait for Strike King tungsten to go on clearance at Walmart
  12. I use a ml premier for 1/4 topwaters, works great so go with the Triumph
  13. In Florida the water are loaded with gators of all size. I often see 10 footers in the everglades. We had a women walking her dog close to the bank taken by a 10 footer. In the boat I have had them nose my my Trolling Motor, slap a tail long the side of the boat. I have had them follow the boat for a half mile making false runs and vibrating their backs in a show of force. In some areas they are as numerous as cockroaches! Then the glades have a good population of pythons and rock pythons caught up to 17 feet long and over 300 lbs. Plus a healthy population of poisonous snakes. You ask if I wade while fishing. The answer is no way in hell for freshwater fish. I have waded at the beach for salt water, surf fishing. It's a different world this far south. But always exciting!
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  15. I'm another vote for omfishingsinkers.com Three of us put in a nice sized order over winter and I'm impressed with them, especially for the price.
  16. So the 2020 Classic has been announced for Birmingham, AL, and the actual fishing will take place an hour and a half north at Lake Guntersville. Say this out loud and see if it makes sense: “We will have the tournament at the lake, then have all of the competitors drive an hour and a half south to the expo where they will all wait hours in line weighing in, then they get to drive another hour and a half back up to the lake where their hotels are, all on zero sleep.” For some lucky anglers, they will get to do this 3 days in a row! And how great would it be to be a bass crammed into a livewell for twelve hours! Sounds like a great way to run off three quarters of your field to a new, angler and natural resource focused league. Apparently BASS has learned absolutely nothing from their last eight months in business.
  17. Same. In 2016 we caught the remnants of a hurricane here in VA. I fished a couple days after and the water was still up about 2’. I fished the bushes and trees in the parking lot which are usually nowhere near the water, and caught a bunch of fish.
  18. My SLX does cast light lures well. I was tossing a grub on a 1/10 ounce jighead pretty far the other day with it. The curado handles they put on it are also really nice. Though the Tournament MB gets great reviews too to be fair.
  19. I did some wade fishing in the ocean this past weekend in an area well known for shark fishing and have done wade fishing in Florida for over 20 years now. Also wade fish in freshwater. So far it has been a fun, productive experience for me since I always watch where I step and pay attention to the wildlife around me.
  20. For a green pumpkin chatterbait I like a green pumpkin, watermelon, or green pumpkin/blue fat albert or super chunk jr.
  21. Thanks guys, it gets pretty hot down here so I'll put thread at the tip. Do you think just running some epoxy over the end of the base is sufficient or should I go ahead and run a few wraps up on the base?
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