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  2. Anything on the cheaper end...? $250-300 on a cranking rod is a little high. Dosent have to be glass can be a moderate fast also. Like to keep rod around $120-$175
  3. tackletour recently did a review on the strike king thunder cricket and gave it an 8.0/10 which is a great score and mentioned some similarities and differences with the jackhammer. at the $13.99 price point of the thunder cricket, is it worth saving a few bucks or spending a few more on the jackhammer? personally, i've stuck to the original, elite, and custom chatterbait's and have had fairly good success, but i've been very tempted to step it up to the jackhammer since everyone i talk to raves about them being much more dominant that the lower level chatterbaits. let me know what you guys think
  4. I very seldom have fished crankbaits from shore . The places fish there are better choices .
  5. Seen a lot of big bass coming out of the Wachusett past two weeks! Maybe I’ll find a place to go drop the Lund in and get in on this action sometime soon.
  6. I think a shallow floating crankbait like a squarebill is the right place to start. You'll be surprised how willing bass are to smash them.
  7. Jif is good stuff. Much more of a peanut flavor than other brands IMO. The whipped Jif is great for dipping apple slices into for a snack. The new Jif Power Up bars and granola clusters are awesome. A peanut butter ball rolled over granola, so gooooood!
  8. Buy a few lipless, squarebills and jerkbaits and stick with it. Whenever I learn a new technique I work with it until I start catching fish. It's kind of torturing yourself but it pays off. You really get an understanding of the technique and you can chalk it up to a confidence bait. Fishing from shore you might want to avoid deep cranking for now. Probably going to hang up a lot of baits learning the feel of what you are bouncing off of and working the crank through cover. Good luck! Reaction baits are awesome. You can cover lots of water from the bank and find the active fish.
  9. I have a 200e7 chronarch 160 shipped. Email me for pictures they are pretty high res and can't upload Boatlee@gmail.com
  10. Braid to a fluorocarbon leader for your new 853s. I use 16 pound SX1 to a 7 pound fluorocarbon leader. You could go 15 pound braid to an 8 pound leader.
  11. My spinning reels have a higher ipt than most of my casting reels. I think I will continue to experiment with the gear that I have to see what works the best for me.
  12. The problem to me is poor lake management by draw downs during the spawn cycle kills off the years recruitment cycle and the fish kill factor when the water temps are stable is troubling on several levels. Aquatic plant growth this early should be just starting and not a major DO producer until the plants are green. The problem lowering water levels also stirs up bottom debris that are decayed and that usues up DO the fish need to survive. Bottom line the lake sounds like it's sick. Tom
  13. I have done well using a whopper plopper.
  14. You can't be that tall 😮 I'd go with the 6', especially fishing from shore. You'll get a better stroke walking the more vertical you go. I look like I'm putting when I'm walking. Walking baits all cast far naturally, so you don't need the length for that. But you might get better speed on your baitcaster, which is important, depending on what reels you have.
  15. Sorry to hear you say that about Interstate. I only have to crank a 60hp, and had a size 24, 800CCA on it for nine years before it gave it up this spring. I do pull the battery in the winter and keep it on a tender with a desulfinater all winter. The Interstate dealer could not believe it when I turned it in for a new one. It also runs two sonars.
  16. I've never been stopped in either VA or MD and wish I saw more of them checking ID's.
  17. I have never really thought of it before, but two of my biggest fish were caught with a Lucky Craft Sammy. I can't recall catching any monsters with poppers, although they may produce more bites in my experience. I fish Storm Chug Bugs a lot during high percentage topwater time periods. They have an action that's a great mixture between walking and popping.
  18. You're just starting on a very convoluted topic. Lots of things impact on how deep a crank bait can get on any given cast, and all the different variables can affect each other. For starters - line test (be aware that different lines rated the same test will/might have different diameters which effects diving depth). Next - casting distance, i.e. how far can you throw any given bait, given the gear that you've got. The angle of the bill is important, the weight of the bait is important, the length of the bill is important. Any weights embedded in the bill? That is a consideration also. Gear that you're throwing with? In general, longer rods give you better leverage that lets you throw any given crank farther, but not always. How deep do you need to get? A common situation that I face is that I want to get a fairly large crank 8 to 12 feet down, banking off horizontal limbs, fairly close to the main trunk of trees. Any number of crank baits on the market will get you 8 to 12 feet down - on lightish line ( 10 to 12 or so). A decent fish hits that bait on that line and it is a foot and a half or so away from a solid vertical object. You're going to lose cranks doing this. I solve this problem by throwing a DC16 Timber Tiger ( which are designed to go through brush & trees) on 17 or 20 lb line, which is much more resistant to breaking when Ms Bass starts to go around a tree. Good luck to figuring out & understanding cranks. There are many articles out there which help some - so do your research. As far as the cranks you've already got - trial and error. There is quite a bit about cranks that is gear related - so get ready to SPEND SOME MONEY. Crankbait specific rods help - somewhat. Crank specific reels help - somewhat. There are cranking situations where spinning gear is more appropriate than bait casting gear. For instance, try throwing size 7 Shad Raps in a moderate wind any direction except down wind, with bait casting gear. Have we mentioned trolling yet? I have buddies who are allergic to the idea of casting cranks - to them crank baits (especially the lighter, shad shaped longer billed ones) are strictly trolling baits and who would want to cast one? The more you learn and understand about cranks, the better chance you've got of catching fish regularly on them. Hope this helped.
  19. It's a dad thing, especially if they came up in tougher circumstances than us. My dad didn't feel like he actually got the full experience of fishing unless he ate the fish. He would even be tempted to keep more than a limit if that presented itself. He and another friend caught 180 crappie one day. They had to take them in twice and leave them in coolers. But then we crappie fished until I was a teen. Then we transitioned to bass. His mentality didn't change until he got older and tired of cleaning them. I almost never keep any to eat. But I leave everything I catch at one pond in my buddy's basket because the pond is overpopulated. And if I fish from my other buddy's back seat, he keeps all bass in the 1-3 lb. slot as well as crappie and bream. It's a private place so there's no limit and not enough people fishing there to hurt the numbers. That's what I love about fishing more than hunting. You don't have to kill anything and there's no big mess to deal with afterward, if that's how you want it. This is the best time of year for me because most of the "sportsmen" are turkey hunting.
  20. So your advocating internet bullying? 2 wrongs must make a right?
  21. So I’m unsure if this answer and looking for expert advice from everyone. So I know bass go into pre spawn and spawn depending on water temps and a few other factors but what happens when it warms then gets cold again? Or extended periods of the same cold water. For example the water temp where I fish has been 46-49 degrees depending on the day and time on Lake Erie. Now this weekend the air temps are falling into 43 for the hi and 32 for the low with snow flurries. The 15 day forecast shows nothing but 50 degree days and 40 for nights with rain. Would the continuous cold stop them from moving up? Would this weather actually be ok and just extend the pre spawn time having the water stay colder longer? Would the fish just say screw it and go into spawn mode anyways and I Be out of luck with the horrible weather ? Could it mean a horrible spring ? Or when the weather finally gets warm and the water warms to the 55-59 degree they stay on the same cycle and just get crazier and eat more ?
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