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  2. I use a modified poison jig mold to pour mine without the split ring. They're much more of a hassle to do, and I feel like I catch more big fish on the ones with the split ring though.
  3. I typically use a sweeping motion like I would with a Carolina Rig.
  4. There’s smallmouth in downtown Nashville in the Cumberland. And some 60 lb stripers!! Yes you could use that boat all the way upstream until you Start getting into trout water where they run jets. I’ve never driven directly from Nashville to Chattanooga but I’m guessing 2-2.5 hours on I-24. Its a treacherous stretch of road according to Johnny cash coming down monteagle mountain. “It’s a loooong steeeep grade!” (You should check out that song) The two main bass lakes near Nashville are Percy priest and old hickory. Lots of LM in both, good SM population in priest. Center hill dale hollow and Cordell Hull are also in the area
  5. Well that all depends on which part of Tennessee you live in
  6. I hold mine the same way so I can't do it with a baitcaster, but I do it all the time with spinning.
  7. They're best in shallow water imo, especially around vegetation. White with a chartreuse trailer in lakes without shad is a great fish producer for me.
  8. 10 packs of green pumpkin and watermelon Powerbait Maxscent "The General" worms at Wal-Mart this morning for $1.50 a pack, score!
  9. There is one thing you can do............ “Lieutenant Dan!!!! Ice cream!!!”
  10. Is thread at the tip top purely decorative, or is it necessary for strength? Also do you guys usually run the thread over the base of the tip top or stop flush with it?
  11. From my personal experience, if you have 200-300 to spend you NEED to consider Megabass Orochi XX (or even a new Levante), Shimano Expride, and either the St Croix Legend Tournament or Avid X line.
  12. I have the Abu Garcia Fantasista Regista 7' M Fast and it is fine rod. I would say the sensitivity is on par with most of the G Loomis GLX's I have but it doesn't have that magical balancing feel, of say my 783C GLX. In the price range you are looking at, I would say the St. Croix Legend Tournament 7' MH Fast is a great get it all done rod. The Avid is also a fine rod at a few dollars less.
  13. Largemouth 100%. Come on guys that looks nothing like any other species
  14. Was out on tonka Saturday. North arm parking was darn near full. Maxwell bay dock was not in and was half full. Saw at some ice on the edges of Crystal Bay but outside of that it’s all clear. Beautiful day to break in a new boat and motor. See you all on the water...Opener can’t come soon enough!
  15. Fishidy has a few mentions of LMBs being caught in Bailey. Don't know if it's the lack of reporting, or a severe shortage of them that has so few mentions. https://www.fishidy.com/map/us/texas/burleson-ponds There's also some old (2010-2011) reports of LMBs coming out of Bailey as well on another forum https://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/5017284/Bailey_lake_hidden_creek_in_bu
  16. I have a Fantasista baitcaster. It is a great $150 rod. It is NOT a $300 rod, IMO.
  17. If they worried about wind direction in Florida they would starve to death haha. The reason the saying exists is because for a good portion of the county, maybe besides the Atlantic coast, the wind comes from the east about .001% of the time. It’s a convenient excuse but could easily be accurate. The one day out of 500 that the wind blows backwards, the fish may take the day off
  18. I pulled up the website for Bailey lake and it is listed as having catfish, perch & stocked trout in it, so the first question is if there is a population of largemouth bass even in the lake. You can't catch bass if they aren't there. Considering the time of year, your location & the clarity of the water, you could spend an hour or two just walking around the lake slowly to see if there are any bass on beds. Don't worry about catching them, you are just trying to get a feel for if a population exists. If they do, the most basic advice I can give for an 8 acre lake is to go small. A 3" soft swimbait, a small curly tail grub, a small Pop-R, whatever direction you go, remember that the forage in that lake is not large. Lastly, slow down. Unlike a large lake where the forage can swim miles away, pond fish know that what they are eating can't get too far away from them. A lot of small water fish are unwilling to chase or chase far, they know the forage has to come back to them eventually.
  19. Nice bass. Looks like that bait works pretty well with the split ring
  20. There are no magic lures. What is working when the others are catching. Black blue and green pumpkin are the colors for those conditions for bottom plastic. There are tons of options but cutting those down to a manageable level is first. What type of lure is getting bit. If there feeding on the bottom and your working topwater then things are not going to work in your favor. Fishing like cards is a game of odds. 7 or 9" worms are not huge in your area but are big enough to get found. I would grab a curly tail worm to work the bottom and a popper to work the top. A pack of rage swimmers for the middle or the full range. If those three dont get it done the technical aspects need to be changed.
  21. Might wanna watch out. I'm pretty sure Sandy Creek is still in the "No C&R outta season" zone.
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