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  2. I'm 6'1" and 230 lbs, I wish I could get to about 200. You guys who maintain a great weight amaze me. I am so busy with coaching and raising kids that are 13, 10, 9, and 8 years old and playing games literally all of the time, I can't work out or avoid fast food. At least my wife still loves me
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  4. Hey all as the title says I’m unfortunately new to fishing. My dad was working too much to teach and then I joined the army. Now I have a small child and would love to teach her how to fish. I’m fishing in NW Illinois along the Mississippi, including a few lakes in the area.
  5. I’m planning to go hammer a few on a river I never fished, but “heard of a stretch” in about 2 hours! Let’s hope it goes well. I’m also very ok with catching a pike and frequently use a leader because of this, do smallies care? The largemouth don’t lol! Not wire 25lb fluero leader material handles most if not all average pike. Thats always a common issue in just about any large pond and up in Michigan or river. There will be pike! Also, do they hang out where people find trout in a stream/river or usually they don’t co exist? That can narrow the stretch I’m looking for by a mile lol.
  6. I’m pretty sure scientifically speaking a fish like most animals feels pain, how they interpret the pain is what differs. This is at least what I have read and seems to be the scientific consensus. This is the general understanding i was under, I also have heard their nerve endings differ and if you properly hook a fish it’s “less painful” which in a way makes sense. Some areas are less painful to cut on our own body’s! But again, they are animals they go of instinct Pain to them, may trigger a flight response hence the fight, they may not sit there like Peter griffin holding his knee, but I’m sure they experience discomfort.
  7. Get a Velcro kit, you can strap your rods down with ease..Also the velcro is easy to remove if you no longer want it. Home depot, ect has them.
  8. 6lb mono needs a drag that is much more carefully set than 30lb braid does. For frog fishing you want the drag set tight enough that it doesn't slip on the hookset though. Sounds like the rod/reel/and line should be sufficient for frogging, so that brings me back to the hookset. Cross their eyes. You have to drive a thick hook, hopefully into some thick lips, in thick cover, it requires a good deal of force to do so. Bug Spray can repel fish if it contains DEET. I don't know about effecting the integrity of the line, but I try to avoid spraying the stuff so it settles on any of my gear.
  9. Both, but I seem to go towards Shimano.
  10. Oh drag! That brought up another thing. I literally never bother with it. Actually, today I think my drag was to tight. Hooked him on a wacky worm setup, first my drag was to loose so I tightened it and possibly to much as he went under the kayak and snapped my line (THINK I had a 6 pound mono) The AG Pro Max Combo is 7' Medium heavy Also, what about things like bug spray or sun screen? Do those have an affect on the integrity on fishing line such as mono? Like, some oil may jeopardize the strength?
  11. Okay.. Is that spinning? Casting? Length? Power? That line should work fine. My initial thought is you say you "don't pull too hard". With frogs, you have to drive a big hook into a potentially hard part of a fish's mouth, so a hard hookset is necessary. I crank my drag down pretty hard and really swing hard on them when a fish blows up on my frog. Second thing, and there's 2 camps on this, after the blow up. I'm a "If I can't see my frog, I'm swinging", guy. Fish don't have hands, if they blow up on the frog and it's not there anymore, there's really only a couple places it could be and if I take the time to feel for them it just gives them time to spit my frog or bury further into the grass. If you decide you want to feel for them, just make sure you're quick but don't pull too hard because they'll spit a frog easier than other baits it seems like.
  12. I don't think I'll ever get in A-Jay shape, but I've taken some big steps the past few months. Volunteered and got selected for a weight loss program through my work. Started out with a pretty attainable goal of 200lbs. I was 235lbs when I started, right about the heaviest I've ever been. I'm still almost 20lbs overweight by the programs standards, although I think that seems pretty low, I'm going to keep pushing and see where it takes me.
  13. Mine isn't as pretty as the one in the instructional video, but I finally built my kayak/camping power box today! Everything even works on it 😆
  14. Sure! I've got this awesome pond, loaded with big ones, but there's a fence you have to climb over. Water kind of smells bad too. They also post these signs to try to keep you out but this is how you know the big ones live there!
  15. 7 ^ The Phantom Of The Opera - Nightwish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VgLKXD-BoY Bye Bye Beautiful - Nightwish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTdhXxxWREo Drumbone - Blue Man Group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOLBn8GKBlA
  16. Abu Garcia Pro Max combo. 30 lb braided line,
  17. Describe the gear you're using, rod/reel/line. Frogs are one bait that really helps to have the correct combo to fish them on.
  18. I live in northern Minnesota and middle of last year I bought a Abu Garcia baitcasting rod and reel combo. After learning to cast it without a bird's nest, I wanted to target bass. As I was raised to fish northerns and walleyes. I kayak fish as well as off shore. I have a few lakes, one is my secret lake that does not have public access and it just AMAZING for bass, northerns as well as a sturgeon or two. Anyways, I love the BooYah Pad Crasher frog. I have went through.... a few and that's all I am going to say about that. I bet you could guess what other fish likes to hit them. Anyways, I can't place the hook! They hit, I pull and rip it out of their mouths and I don't pull that hard. So I started to wait than pull. Still nothing. This is for bass as northerns, the ones I do hook turn right around and snip the line. Any tips for using the BooYah Pad Crasher frog with bass? Kind of embarrassing to be asking this as I come from a long family of die hard fishers.
  19. If you like big, fat straight tail worms but don't like the price that everyone ask for them, YUM is here to help! I love their color selection, and $3 for a 7 pack of 8" fat straight tail worms, can't beat that! Really excited that they're offering other baits in 30 packs now. Got 2 30 packs of Christie Craws in my TW order today, only $10 a pack too! I'll have to take pictures of the rest of the order, mostly plastics. My orders aren't usually real exciting with my disdain for crankbaits and everything 🤣
  20. Line? Leader? If you are using your main line for a leader and a swivel with bead for a weight stopper then it's a C-rig or more accurately a finesse C-rig. Casting from shore my guess is your rod isn't over 7' long and the leader is less then 36" long. Bullet weights are designed to slide through snags minimum resistance where as egg sinkers drag with more resistance. 1/4 oz is a light C-rig weight but a normal finesse C-rig weight. Enough trying to define what you are using. You cast the rig and drag it back along the bottom uphill fishing from shore. If you use a standard 3/0 worm hook with FC leader and 6" to 7 1/2" worm the rig is contacting the bottom, not floating off the bottom. Trying to detect a strike is nearly impossible unless the bass eats the worm and turns with it pulling on your line. If you don't set the hook when feeling pressure the bass drops the worm. Don't use FC line or leader because it sinks and drags the bottom. Use lighter wire worm hooks and worms that float off the bottom and mono or coploy leader and braid main line or mono/ coploy main line. What worms, hook and line are you using? Tom
  21. I am actually new to bass fishing as I was raised to fish northerns or walleyes here in northern Minnesota. This year I am learning to target bass more. I have a few lakes I LOVE to fish on the range and I am the only one I know that kayak fishes. I would love to find a club or so to help and fish with and possibly a trip.
  22. Bull Shads aren't pretty baits, but they're very effective. I've got a few in different sizes and sink rates, worth every penny IMO.
  23. I have a lot of 3/8 and 1/2 but also make my own in 5/8, 3/4, and 1oz. A trailer will add weight, but it also adds bulk and lift, making it harder to get a bait to run deeper if that's the goal.
  24. That would be amazing if you could send it. I think I found the schematic but not sure. I actually would love to just clean it up and possibly buy a rod from that era. Keep it on a wall to bring up fish stories. I did snap the Daiwa rod that my grandfather mounted it on from the bowfin. I know they are selling for 40 to 60 dollars with the leather case on eBay but I do not have plans as this is one of the first Abu reels so I think it's pretty cool.
  25. My latest spinnerbait, I have been trying to figure out what blade pattern I want for a few months on this one. Allen
  26. That looks like a blast. I need to get my boys out and do it.
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