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  2. I always have a jig tied on from pre spawn to ice. I love throwing the jig for my kicker fish, to add some size to my day. Not that i haven't caught 1-2lb fish on a jig, because I absolutely have, but more often than not a fish willing to commit to the jig will be decent size. Theoretically, you use to jig to imitate crawdads, but you can also pair it up with a Paddletail and swim it, or pair it up with a beaver or creature style trailer to imitate just about everything. I found there is a very key detail to jig fishing that i don't hear many talking about, and will help you decide when to use a craw style trailer vs. anything else. Start following the moon cycle and know what phase the moon is in before you go fishing. Crawdads tend to become more active during the fuller moon phases where they can see and look for food at night. If you are trying to start jig fishing, or are just trying to get more bites, this is a more productive time to do it, though they'll work any time. There are tons of shapes and styles of jig heads, but if I had to pick one or two for a beginner it would be the casting jig, or the pitching jig (even if you don't plan on pitching). In my experience these to styles of jig have the most versatility in terms of coming through cover without getting stuck. Also, the finesse jig is a good place to start for beginners because it builds confidence. Typically, when you fish a jig as opposed to a t-rig, you downsize the amount of fish you catch in hopes of upsizing your catch size. But a finesse jig is a happy medium and lighter wire hooks will make for an easier hook set than jacking it with a 5/0 gamakatsu. Colors are simple for me, black blue, watermelon, green pumpkin. That being said I fish a black and blue jig 90% of the time I am jig fishing, but I fish a lot of stained areas. For trailers, don't stress about it too much, it's much less important than say your presentation or your placement, but get a couple with a few appendages and a more aggressive action like the Rage Craw, and a few with a dead action like the Zoom super chunk. As a rule of thumb when you believe the bass are relying more on sight than on feel you should fish a dead action trailer, and when the water is murky and you need them to feel your jig in the water pick something with a lot of action. If you want to learn more about trailers I have a blog post on it showcasing every single one I threw last year. You can read about it here. For me, jigs really shine when they are targeted casts as opposed to being used as a search bait. take some time to learn how to pitch and flip and you will see a significant increase in bites. The vase majority of my biggest bass have been hauled in on a big ole jig and i guaruntee if you start chucking it around you'll stick your PB. Oh and I highly recommend dirty jigs ALL of my jigging techniques. Thanks to Matt Allen from tactical bassing I converted over to them a couple year's back and they are DIRTY. Tungsten jig heads, Gamakatsu hooks, 3 layer skirt paint job and they paint the jig head to match it. I fish them EXCLUSIVELY now and refuse to tie on another jig.But that being said I got my start with the 2 dollar eagle claw jigs from walmart and I still stuck 4's and 5's on them so it doesn't super matter. tight lines
  3. The exception doesn't make the rule Since the advent of fishing specific kayaks i have never seen a person who fishes out of a racing kayak. That being said, he must be pretty slow because a racing kayak should go way faster than that. I can paddle my ATAK 140 which is a barge comparatively speaking, and maintain 4mph pretty easily.
  4. I like honey craw for rat L traps and citrus shad for super spots. Haven't had much luck with /chrome for some reason.
  5. I will bring back a 9 year old thread, I don't care. So while using Google I searched "double texas rig bassresource" and it brought me this little nugget. I was thinking about trying this as a technique and wanted more information. Does anyone use a form of this. I was thinking of doing my weight, then hook and using a creature bait and leaving a long tag end and doing a hook and wacky rigging a z man floating work on it.
  6. I have used both the SLX and the MB. My preference is the SLX but you really can't go wrong with either one. They are both extremely smooth. In regards to specs, I would say that the MB is better... But in regards to overall feel (which is personal preference) the SLX beats the MB.
  7. Straight retrieve, stop and go, rip it, burn it, fish it like a normal jig. There’s really no wrong way to fish them. Just experiment and have fun. You’ll get your arm broke sooner or later.
  8. Some bass anglers like to launch their boats and retreive it using the remote controlled TM. Early remote controls lagged and not instantly responsive, newer models have solved most of those issues. Spot lock feature is nice fishing outside structure in the wind, you can stay put while re tying etc. Tom
  9. Yellow PP will fade -- fairly slowly and impreceptively, IMO. You'll probably not notice in the first year unless you have to cut out a bad backlash and you find the bright yellow stuff near the hub....don't ask.
  10. I'll wade a creek or a sandy or rocky bottom in a heartbeat. But in some ponds that I fish, the bottom is so silty you take one step into the pond and sink up to your knee.
  11. I dont like the green braid because it fades and gets on everything so I've been using white and am pretty happy with it but I'm wanting to try yellow power pro and was wondering do any of you guys use it and how bad does it fade and get on everything?
  12. Kind of new to chatterbaits. Do you steady retrieve or zip it quick once in a while. I tried today and only caught a few small eastern chain pickeral. They are the smaller, just as annoying, cousin to the northern pike that our northern friends know well.
  13. I live in TX, don't see many gators here where I am but plenty of water snakes and moccasins. I don't wade but not really because of that, I just don't do it. I did fish out of float tubes a lot when I was younger and never worried about it. Snakes don't normally bother you unless you bother them.
  14. TOXIC

    RattleTrap

    Ahhhhhh......Old Glory!!
  15. Yes, it's probably my best producing skirt color. A bluegill flash or Tennessee Shad Keitech on it. It can mimic really any type of forage fish (bluegill, crappie, shad, etc).
  16. speaking of Zona, he sure does a lot of hooting and hollering and hugging guys as well on his show. no one seems to single that out
  17. Airdx for cheaper, but between those 2 i had a clarus and was not impressed.
  18. Did a full boat shakedown on Saturday. Everything repaired, added, and fixed all seems to be in working order. All ready to hit Pool 4 next Saturday. Still have ice on a few lakes up here in the Isanti/Cambridge area, but very close to being ice off. Less than a week I would guess. Shout to @rascalP for donating to my St. Jude Bass Classic fundraiser. I appreciate it, brother! Going to miss fishing against you in the Greenhorn this year.
  19. @roadwarrior and @greentrout, I had been thinking similarly, but I've always liked pulling the yak ashore on a river float and wading in for a bit...as much to give the back a short rest as anything. Saw a vid the other day with a guy using a 'wading staff' --had never heard of such a thing, but I think it's on my short wish list. folds up nicely, but can attach to belt while wading and just let it float alongside while casting...seems like a great idea As to the question about reptiles -- I'm in VA, but so far north as to longer be in the South, IMO. No gators and the snakes are (nearly) all harmless
  20. The option would be nice, but I'm with you and prefer a cable steer.
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  22. You really have to know Moultrie well to navigate it. Marion has a marked running lane, but stray outside it, and there will be trees just below the surface. I love it there. Lots of big fish. I stayed at Black's Camp when I was there. We didn't run on plane anywhere we didn't see locals running.
  23. It’s my favorite color, I use either a green pumpkin or white Zako
  24. Hey everyone I was just wondering if anyone has thrown a green pumpkin shad color skirt color chatterbait at all? and if so what trailer did you throw on it and what type of forage is that imitating? I was thinking baby bass but idk..
  25. These are my fishes' favorite color:
  26. Those little kids are cutthroat.
  27. I'm sure nobody on here can relate, but believe it or not, I have bought WAY too much stuff recently, barely or not even used at all so thinning some nice stuff out (keeping some nice stuff as well of course haha!) I'm not interested in trading unless it's for a St. Croix Legend Elite ES70MLF specifically. (Note: I can't get any pics to upload in this post - I can PM or text upon request) Spinning Rods: All are 1 piece and will be shipped well protected in Rod Tubes: St Croix Legend Elite E68MXF: Brand New - I removed tags, put a reel on it, then ended up finding a great deal on a used ML action one so it sets in my rod rack. I bought it off of Ebay and simply want to get my money back: $325 Shipped. Fenwick Aetos AET63ML-FS: Mint like new - used lightly 2 times - $150 Shipped Fenwick Elite Tech Bass ETB610ML-XFS: never fished - set in Rod Rock $110 Shipped Fenwick Elite Tech Walleye ETW72ML-FS - Mint like new - used lightly 2 times - $100 Shipped Fenwick Elite Tech Bass ETB70M-FS - Used 1 season - great condition - some minor scuffs I tried to capture in pic but otherwise perfect: $85 Shipped Spinning Reels: Brand New - No Factory Boxes but will be shipped well protected in other boxes: Abu Garcia Revo Premiere RevoPRM20: Not Fished - Sit in Tackle Closet since last season - $185 Shipped Abu Garcia Revo Rocket Revo2RCKT20: Not Fished - Sit in Tackle Closet since last season - $150 Shipped
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