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  2. I’m just getting into bass fishing and looking for some advice on setting up some rod and bait caster reel combos for different styles of bass fishing. My main question is I’m looking to have 4-5 combos set up to fish different lures and I’m not sure how to pick rod size and reel speed. I’m looking to fish with jigs, crank baits, flukes, worms, top water baits (whopper plopper, frogs) and so on. Can someone give me some set ups? Thanks in advance
  3. The best of everything to you. Keep the faith brother, you can beat this!! Mike
  4. Sweet catch on a top. I remember my first topwater bite. Full moon night, reeling a jitterbug across the middle of a pond and BANG! Quite the adrenaline rush, eh?
  5. Also a TNG episode paid homage. 'The Naked Now' was a reprise of the TOS episode 'The Naked Time'
  6. you can do this. a few of my friends are living proof. 👍
  7. The thing with the newer ones, specifically TNG, DS9 and Voyager, is that they all paid homage to the original. There's a DS9 episode where they actually time travel backwards and end up hunting a Klingon on the Enterprise. It's the episode Trouble With Tribbles. Kirk, Spock, Scottie, et al. Nicely melded in.
  8. Braid will not help you with treble hook lures. I use braid almost exclusively for the past 30 years. A longer rod will help. Don't horse the fish. Loosen your drag. Shove the rod tip down so your not making the fish jump. When it jumps bow to it keep the rod tip down and the line tight. The second you Gove it slack that fish will headshake and probably throw your lure.get a net.
  9. One of my biggest bass came on a trout swimbait from a body of water that does not have trout. I've opened up a few fish I caught schooling and their bellies were stuffed with little 2 inch minnows. I was using a much bigger 4 inch swimbait. I think if you find fish during feeding windows a well presented bait that vaguely resembles something from the forage base should get bit. It doesn't necessarily have to be exactly what they are keyed on at the moment.
  10. Re: leaders I think bass care a lot less about heavy mono, FC, steel, titanium, etc with fast moving reaction baits than they do with finesse techniques like popping a tube, drifting a Ned rig, etc. Still, I very rarely use them and bite offs, for me, are pretty rare. Trout, salmon, char, etc are all cold water species and require either cold rivers or deep oxygenated lakes to thrive. There are times when you'll find all kinds of species in the same place on a river, especially with lake-run fish off of the Great Lakes, but that isn't generally the norm. I'm far from the best guy on here to talk to about trout, salmon, and steelhead runs off the lakes. Pike and musky can also be a little different because of their biology. You may find them actively feeding below riffles or fast current, but most guys who target them on rivers tend to target them around weed beds, creek mouths, etc.
  11. Today was pretty rainy and cloudy. Past two days were 95-100 plus degrees. Went out today in the morning fished a jig had a couple bites but nothing big. Decided to try a topwater toad buzzbait out in the rain earlier and landed two solid hogs. First one being the biggest. Now I can say I’ve caught a bass on a topwater lure. 🙂
  12. Thank you all for the warm welcome. I hope to be an active member. Again, Thanks for the great welcome.
  13. If I recall, about a full week before she will feel better and two weeks before she wants to go fishing. Just hang in there with her. She will be fine and glad she had the operation.
  14. Ive done it three times in the past three years . Its those extra sharp hooks they make now days . Twice they were Trokars from Berkely crankbaits. Those things are so sharp that they stick to my fingers just tying knots .
  15. d**n Reb, very upsetting news. All the best for a strong fight that you will win. Prostate cancer is curable in the vast majority of cases. My PSA is .02 and my doctor is watching it closely. If it rises rapidly there is a problem. You are correct. Us guys don't like physicals, especially the prostate exam. But ask your oncologist and he will tell you that the prostate exam is the reason he went to medical school! (my doctor's joke just before the exam) Keep us posted on your progress and to all of the guys on this site, young and old, don't be bashful and ask your primary care doctor about having a digital prostate exam annually. It takes only seconds and it can save you life. Now go out there and knock it out of the park! We are with you all the way. P.S. VCU can work wonders.
  16. never fished a 744, i own a 745 that fishes jigs really well. i fish a 3/4 oz f.b. 95 percent of the time on my 784. i love the extra length and wouldnt go any shorter than 7'6
  17. Only if you have the proper permits, and your HOA allows it.
  18. Sam

    What to bring?

    JWall, I think you will receive better input if you repost in the Northeastern section of the Forum. I have no idea what bodies of water are in New Hampshire or what types of bait fish are available. Being from south Louisiana all I can suggest is you bring lots of very warm clothes as the temperature may be below 70*.
  19. Pros will feel the bass' stomach to determine what they are eating. Crunchy or hard material are crawfish. Soft material are baitfish. It is your responsibility to know what forage is in your body of water and then add the stomach feel to your formula to determine what they are eating. If you are fishing a tournament, the bass have a habit of spitting up in the live well what they were feeding on when you landed them. We find all types of crawfish and bait fish in the well after weigh-ins. If you have a well in your boat place your catches in the well to see if they spit up anything. Once they do and you see it you can let them go.
  20. KVD made it look easy. I have tried it and it's not that easy. All parties have to be committed to the process. Any doubt, any giving, and the success rate drops, and hurts like hell.
  21. Mac, there are two types of current in rivers. The first is from the normal flow of the water. The second is tidal. We have no idea where you are in North Carolina, a state that has both types of rivers. Please note what Tom penned above about river current. He hits it on the head. So let us know if you are fishing a tidal river or one in the interior and we can give you a better response.
  22. Bluegill swimbait might help improve you avg. weight but may reduce your numbers. I can assure you they're eating them.
  23. I take it that you mean get a braid that is the same diameter as 6 or 8 lb. MONO, correct? Wouldn't that cut into my distance? I've got an old M/F 7' down in that basement. I could try that. 😀 Wind knots are caused by 2 things: line body characteristics and friction. Both can change rather quickly. That looks almost as small a diameter as Gliss. Thnx ... I MIGHT try it. Maybe. I don't use Gliss because I can't get consistency from the knots. You dadgum people are pushing me back towards superlines again, which is where I didn't want to go. I used Nanobraid 8 lb., PowerPro 10 lb., 832 8 and 10 lb., and Nanofil 12 lb. I used a Nasci 1000, Fuego 2000SH (same spool lip size as BG2000) and 2500 stradics, both plastic and metal. I want to emphasize that I didn't have trouble with superlines UNTIL I really hotdogged it to get that super distance. I had no problems with normal casts. And I also have no wind knot problems with mono when I push the distance, which is why I said I was using Trilene and Stren. Remember ..... the heading on this topic is "No braid, no way". There's a reason for that. Don't go giving me hope and then let me down, now. There was a redhead that did that down in San Antonio back in the 70's. ☹️ jj
  24. I am still actively buying Bagleys. thanks Frank 847-212-9607
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