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  2. I just tried one after reading this thread and it was ok, not my new favorite but it wasnt terrible.
  3. You’re right that the direction likely has nothing to do with the poor image. However since the Totalscan is also capable of sidescan, the direction would matter to make sure each side is reflected on your unit correctly. If it is mounted backwards, you could be trolling with the bank on your left but you scanner would show the bank on your right.
  4. Ive used CS a few times only once was I disappointed in their treatment. Had a rod tip replaced on a 2pc rod that I paid the $20 for got the new one delivered and not 30 minutes from out of the package to the lake and first fish on the replacement tip shattered at the joint. There is nothing at all on my end that I think was the fault for it to break like it did. They instead of sending me another rod tip free charged me $20 again to get the defective one replaced.
  5. I was never a big fan of Kistler. Sold all of them and won't look back. I wouldn't accept a subpar rod. I could understand something small but not multiple issues. I'd get that taken care of.
  6. bucket mouth ... green trout is what folks in the great state of louisiana call the largemouth bass ... is where i first heard it ... in the marsh ... good fishing ...
  7. You are asking about hooks for jigs so you want a stronge hook that will not spring open. Mustad 37177 worm hooks should meet your goals and available in blk nickel needle point in bulk 50, 100 qty. Barlows list 5 packs, call them for bulk qty. Tom
  8. I threw in a couple $ as well, I’m in the Minnesota Fishing Challenge in early June or I’d try to fish St. Jude’s as well... great cause and good luck!
  9. Spinnerbait chunk this afternoon, best of 9 (didn't get a weight; likely 3-something): The shoreline areas had some weeds, and some wood; the key was finding where there were both.
  10. Shad, chartreuse & craw if you want to live large throw in chrome and black
  11. Fish areas like the stumps aren't there then fish the stumps in those areas. I fish a lake that has a ton of standing timber as well and an older guy told me that advice and it flat out works. The fish are going to relate to structure first and then cover in these types of lakes in my experience
  12. Hmmm good question! I’d say mid May is when you can expect to get good action!
  13. They look similar because they’re both built at the same factory. Bearings don’t affect the clutch.
  14. I learned my lesson last year, zero stars if I have to rate them.
  15. Up in the northeast, I find that dual willow blades are generally the most effective (although like I said in my prior post colorado will often target larger fish -- and indianas are becoming my slow rolling spinnerbaits of choice in stained water!). We do have an abundance of clear water as well so the flash is rather important. As for colors, I generally use at least four: white, white & chartreuse, black with colorado blades for night fishing and sexy shad or War Eagle's mouse. Mouse and sexy shad are generally effective in most water, white for clear water and white and chartreuse for stained water. Brown should also be effective in stained water, although to be honest I've hardly tried it.
  16. Slaunch, chunks, slobs, pigs, hawgs, tanks, toads, donkeys, and giants 😉
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. When I catch'em they are Hawgs . When other catch'em they are flukes .
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  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. That Dark Sleeper is becoming my favorite bait, which is something considering I usually prefer to throw the big stuff.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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?
  27. 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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