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  2. Not too many Im more apt to find faults with hyped products. Current production rod Okuma Helios has impressed me for the price they are at walmart often $120 or so and can only say this for the 7' M/F and 7' MH/F models. I also feel the basic SC Avid though long in the tooth still hold their own but have fallen out of favor for more current releases. A rod not made any more(at least not the same build got downgraded) that impressed me the most got no love yet became my favorite rod is the original Quantum Smoke rod 7' M/F. And this is the rod I base my new purchases against. No doubt in my mind at all that I would take another gen 1 Smoke rod over the Helium 3.
  3. You only need about 4" of water for a drop shot, but when it's that shallow and I don't already have a drop shot rigged up, I will usually go to the ned rig instead with the exception of mornings and evenings. At times when fish are active, fishing a drop shot, nose hooked near the top of the water column can be EXTREMELY effective.
  4. When I catch'em they are Hawgs . When other catch'em they are flukes .
  5. My personal theory is that I will use black in dirty water, low light conditions or fishing rather deep and junebug in clearer but still stained water. But I could be wrong on any given day.
  6. Honeoye today from 2 -5:30. Caught 11 LMB; biggest was about 3#, the rest were all the same, about 1.5# each. Beautiful day.
  7. That Dark Sleeper is becoming my favorite bait, which is something considering I usually prefer to throw the big stuff.
  8. I fish mainly for LM Bass in the western end of Lake Erie and some inland lakes. I don’t fish a lot of jigs except for swim jigs and all of them are green pumpkin, B&B or white.
  9. I was having a decent day catching 2 to 3 pound bass, when this dinosaur hammered my jerkbait. most exciting part of the day was trying to get my $15.00 jerkbait out of its mouth. It weighed 7lb 8oz.
  10. BB jigs, also? That's weird...Maybe I'm just not feeling it because of my past...ha, and recent experiences. What kinds of water are you fishing?
  11. I use either VMC or Gamakatsu depending on the price. If you have any Rapala lures...you're already using VMC hooks as Rapala owns VMC.
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  13. they were popular in the deep south states i lived in .... my dad loved them .... i like banana sandwiches white bread with dukes or blue plate mayo with golden flake tater chips with a big glass of cold cold milk .... i'm in no state of shock ...
  14. I like the MLF format. The more I watched the other two tours, especially BASS, it convinced me that many of the anglers had no respect for the fish. However I wouldn't be surprised if MLF changes things up a bit so they don't count all the bank runners.
  15. Woahhh **** don't know if I would rather get hit by truck or the wrecking ball that hit me! Regardless modern medicine and surgeries are pretty good,two big rods and bunch of screws in my back and two plates and pile of screws in left foot and hours worth of rehab I'll be good as something when I'm healed haha
  16. The first two colors that I buy when stocking up on baits is green pumpkin and black and blue. I always make sure that I have those in the following baits; Rage Craw, D Bomb, Craw Fatty, Rage Menace, Power Worm, Senko, Yum Dinger, RI Beaver and Pitboss. Yes, B&B works great in Michigan.
  17. Looks awesome man. Doing art to catch more bass is the only art I'd ever do. Props to you for using your Noodle
  18. Don't worry, I think a whole lot of people have never even heard of a banana sandwich, much less with PB or PB&J. I think that's another one of those southern things. Kind of like grits for breakfast. Breakfast ain't breakfast without grits.
  19. Also interested in the steez sv tw, I've got 2 steez A's and only real complaint is the cast control knob is a little hard to get to and I wish it had a clicking system when making adjustments.
  20. Well if you are game here's the rest of the story. I reduced them down more and made better images so hopefully they work. Where he solved for Z2 and Z5 at the bottom of page 58 is where I'm lost and can't find how it came up with those figures, and those are the starting blocks for the whole configuration.
  21. Don't know much about deep cranking but For square bills Red (craw) pattern for spring and fall Bluegill pattern Sexy shad Ghost shad And maybe if you fish real muddy water then a full on highlighter (chartreuse)
  22. I often catch 10 or more species of freshwater fish in 1 day of fishing. It helps that I fish in South Florida where there are dozens of species of fish swimming in the canals, ponds, and lakes.
  23. Anyone use vmc wide gap work hooks. I was looking on barlows and seems like they are a better price than all the other brands. Im getting into making swing head jigs so id like to get more of a bulk qty than the 4 and 5 packs offered by other companies.
  24. So the last of the ice out was a week ago. Today we finally got out. Water temp around 45. Couldn't find a bite, but man didn't it feel good to be out. Here's to the first of many, many, many, trips this year.
  25. First step is understanding what you are trying to mimic and then think about what you want to accomplish with your color choice and blade combination. As a rule of thumb a willow leaf blade will move through cover and vegetation better but a Colorado or Indiana Blade will displace more water and allow the fish to track your lure better, this can be helpful in off colored or muddy water. Regarding color , I’m in the camp who believes in matching the forage as closely as possible , except in muddy water . Finally when fish are busting on schools of baitfish it’s pretty hard to beat a tandem willow spinnerbait, but in areas where you think the bass may be trying to focus in on one large meal (big Gizzard Shad or large panfish) then try a single large willow blade or Indiana blade. But always try various combinations including adding zoom Flukes or smaller paddle tail swimbaits as a plastic trailer this can provide more loft and realism. Good luck !
  26. When a largemouth bass is over 24 inches it is as long as a legal black grouper so I sometimes give these big bass the nickname of green grouper.
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