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  2. I had a MinnKota with the fob and wireless foot pedal. Two weeks after I bought it, I sold it. I couldn't get used to the idea of turning down the power before I took my foot/finger off the control. I'd go to move and the thing would still be at max thrust. Knocked me on my keester one time an it was back to a Tour Edition MotorGuide. I only wish they offered spot lock because I'd use the heck out of that feature.
  3. I'm looking at upgrading to a 112 Fortrex. Was wandering from someone who has used one if the acceleration is "all at once" and will jerk you out of the boat, if it accelerates gradually when you hit the button.
  4. Natural gas all the way. When I was a kid, back in the 40s, I can remember a commercial on billboards by the oil companies. Gas had a slogan. Go modern, go gas. The oil companies took advantage of the wording and on billboards they had, "Go modern. Go gas. Go boom" The billboards didn't last long. The gas company sued the oil companies and a judge ordered the oil companies to remove those ads. Here are the advantages to gas. If you don't have it, you'll need an electric range and an electric clothes dryer. Gas will save many dollars in the short or the long run. And you may need an electric hot water heater as well, though you can incorporate hot water into the heating system. Gas furnaces do not need an annual servicing to keep it clean and efficient. No need to have a storage facility on your property like you do for oil.
  5. If you go with the binders, let me know how that works.
  6. Just got back from Harbor Fright to get some heat tubes - In a few days, I will attempt to try one or two to see how it looks.
  7. Their baits (especially the "bandito bug" and their craw) are just Strike King rage tail/bug knockoffs. They use the exact same patent for the claws. I kinda like the profile of the bandito bug more, but that's probably more catching me than catching fish. They're more of a crawdad scent rather than coffee too (which I actually prefer. Plastic+coffee=🤢), which probably doesn't matter imo.
  8. Falcon without a doubt 😉 FYI: Falcon Lowrider does come in full cork or split! LFC-7H-7' Carolina Lizard Dragger LFC-73HH-7' 3" Amistad
  9. Thank you for the initial review and great pics... really looking forward to hearing your on the water reports.
  10. For the low end of your price range, I'd take a Villain 2.0 over a Zodias or Avid every day of the week. Especially the Avid. Not even comparable imo. I'm struggling to decide whether or not to get a Fantasista Premier, or another Villain and some tackle.
  11. Thanks Catt, Fanatic, Doug, Blaster - those comments help quite a bit. I have read a good bit about hard spots but explanations differ about what they are and where they are located. Now I need to spend some more time on the lake to learn to locate and id these spots. Keep up the good work!!
  12. By now you know it will fade, but no one has addressed if the dye will get on your gear. It does. I fish yellow braid (power pro in 15# on spinning, 40# sufix performance on casting), and you definitely get yellow residue all over your rods and reels. It's especially apparent on white or lighter colors. That said, it wipes off with a wet-wipe, so it's not a huge deal. All braid will fade, because I'm pretty sure the spectra/dyneema/whatever fibers can't be made in different colors, so they have to be dyed, and dyes will always be susceptible to fading (I mean think about how hard it would be to keep something colored that is constantly bending, twisting, scrunching, rubbing, and scraping while also being soaked and dried hundreds of times a day). ps. I also don't color the terminal end of my braid like some guys do. I do use a leader that's at least a foot or so, but past that I haven't noticed much difference switching from green to yellow braid. I'm sure it doesn't hurt though.
  13. Y'all may remember my questions earlier concerning LSC. Well it looks like I will not be taking my boat but, rather will just fish a couple days with a guide. My "friend" that was going with me backed out after I agreed to move the trip to the first week of June to accommodate him. The plan was to take my boat and fish the first day with a guide and the rest of the week out of my boat. So much for friends and their promises. So, my question; how do you think the fishing will be that late? Now I know I can't get a definitive answer because it will depend on the weather for the next month. I plan to fish June 4 and 5 with two different guides. After driving 11 hours each way I sure hope the guides can find fish. So what is your best guess going that late in the year?
  14. Went fishing for Largemouth today in Southeast Michigan. I was pitching a Berkeley Pit Boss along a reed line where I generally catch Largemouth in May; and caught a Godzilla sized Freshwater Drum. I didn't have a scale to weigh this monster but it was half as long as my body, and way rounder than a regulation football. Is there anyway to calculate the weight ? Or does anyone have a guestimation on the weight ?
  15. Both good sticks. If I had to chose just one on fishability alone, I'd go with the Falcon. The Fury is a bit more industrial and over designed, the Falcon is more refined. I'm going to try to break a 704 while fishing this year, I'm not sure it will be easy, except for the Incredible Hulk graphics, I like pretty much everything else about the rod.
  16. Just 'rotated' my spools from last season. I could definitely notice the difference after putting the unused braid on top. The braid with a season of use obviously faded but it was still pretty dang yella.' Fading of braid never really concerned me that much, and I definitely never understood coloring braid to a darker color.
  17. NHBull

    Walther PPS M2

    I see I am in the minority here, but I prefer my shield. It's true the trigger is not as good, but can be remindeed simply. I am just far more accurate and the platform fits. I have yet to find rounds it doesn't like, but I practice with what I chambered daily. For me, pistols this size, it's about balance, carry position and how quickly you can get the 2nd round off. That said, there is no mistake here.
  18. What kind of rod are you dudes using to cast 1/10 and 1/16 jigs? My knots weigh more than that
  19. There are many jigs with a horizontal line tie. Tackle Warehouse even breaks the jig section down according to vertical or horizontal line tie. Personally I don't believe there is any difference whatsoever. If you have a particular jig style you really like and have confidence in you could always just buy the skirt material and re-skirt them as needed. You can save a ton of money doing this as the jig itself will last a long time, it's always the skirt that gets trashed first. You can also make your own custom patterns. Win win. One tip I will give is to use a piece of mono to secure the skirt. I make them with the rubber band and then secure it with a pre-made slip knot (just a basic uni knot) and then cut the band off to leave room for the rattle band. Your skirt won't budge. It's as solid as wire tying it for a fraction of the effort.
  20. I have some issues with Dobyns, but lack of sensitivity isn't one of them. I can feel everything with my Fury rods.
  21. My only bait caster exposure is to my Fuego CT and now most recently a newly picked up SLX. The SLX feels like a significant jump in quality and casting ability. I was surprised to be able to easily cast a 1/16 jig this past weekend. It feels like a solid reel, albeit like I said, don’t have a lot of exposure to other reels.
  22. 13 Inception, IMO. It is way, way smoother then other reels in the same price point I have handled. It is also very compact, light, and castable.
  23. I was thinking of putting the SX on a spinning lure rod.
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