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  2. The Sweet Beaver is my hands down favorite for a swing head jig. I also like using the smaller versions like the Smallie Beaver and Gambler Little Otter on a small football head and dragged over shallow rock flats for smallmouth.
  3. One thing I do with a long range fish is quickly troll toward the strike to close the distance before setting the hook. I use mono because it floats and I can see the “ twitch “ when they bite the soft plastics I use the most .But with mono , there’s stretch , so it is much harder to get a good long distance hookset and keep them hooked. I like some stretch, because for my style of fishing The fish don’t come off much once they are hooked. ( Not including long distance strikes) So as soon as I detect a strike on a long distance fish , I close the distance a little and pop him.
  4. To be fair, online shopping is taking its toll on all brick and mortar businesses, not just Cabela's. One of the reasons why stores carry less and less merchandise is it doesn't make sense to tie up all that cash in store inventory when people are ordering online. To me that's a double edged sword. Often times I want to inspect the merchandise before making my purchase. For example, I would have a hard time buying something like a sofa online without checking it out in the store first. I want to make sure of comfort and quality first. Clothes and shoes are another purchase I prefer to do in the store rather than online. But stuff like lures, reels, electronics, tools, and other stuff I have no hesitation to purchase online.
  5. The real danger with heat injuries is that the victim usually doesn’t sense the signs/symptoms. If/when they do, it’s usually too late, and the victim is already incapable of helping himself. Take the precautions! Fish with a partner if you can!
  6. A warranty spells out the legal obligation of a manufacturer and or retailer in connection with the sale of a product. If a company sells a rod (or anything else) that is the extent of their obligation no matter whether one thinks its "a joke", "ridiculous", "not worth it" or anything else. Anything a company does or does not do in addition to what is spelled out in the warranty is at it's discretion and it's up to them to decide what makes sense in terms of customer service, and keeping (or think they are keeping) customers. Companies, no matter what they do or make are in the business of making money. The mission statements are PR. People are absolutely entitled to their money (hard earned, or otherwise) which is why they should research their purchases, as well as all other contracts they may enter into, and once doing so expect everything that transaction spells out, not some " i want a new one at no cost to me no matter what because Social Media is powerful"
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  8. You don't believe people are entitled to their hard worked money? If your company sells a junk product they are at fault not the customer. Maybe you should reread your vision and mission statement. What happen to costumer first?
  9. You did the right thing. The way I see it is, everything over the legal limit are fish that some kid can't catch now.
  10. Definitely out on this , then again I’m not a fan of the products the company puts out. They should make them in a grey color which is the color the dock spiders are up here
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  12. Thank you for the link, Back in the day we were told you have to go out but you don't have to come back.
  13. He's apt to be holding a big cat as he is a bass or walleye.
  14. Hi to all! Just joined the forum, so I thought I'd just say hi and post a picture!
  15. That’s how I beat my locally pressured impoundment. Throw old baits or brand new. By old I’m talking stuff no one throws anymore. It works! Try it!
  16. Hi Tom, haven’t head out yet, I leave July 26, work is making me stay for a couple of meetings 👎. We were just at Greenville this past weekend looking for apartments and dropping off the cats. Now we’re back in San Jose waiting for the movers. Most of my preparation is complete. I bought a 2200 watt portable generator that I used at clear lake. Charges the batteries great. I paid money to install a new axle with brakes as the original axle didn’t have mounting flanges. I beefed up my truck suspension. And I bought better tires for the trailer, Goodyear endurances. I tried going up an inch in rim diameter but the tires rubbed. Had to sell those and get another set. Huge headache. Just today I replaced my cranking battery, the old one died on me last week. Glad I caught it. Now I just need to get the trailer tires and spare mounted and I’ll be good to go! ill miss the California fisheries but NC has amazing fishing as well. My final itinerary has me skipping fisheries on the west because of the extreme heat. My first lake is Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas. Then it’s Guntersville, Chickamauga, Lookout Shoals, and Shearon Harris. If I have time I’ll stop by other lakes. Stupid work made me condense my trip Ohh d**n I may need to check this out. I’m not even out of California and I already miss smallmouth. They’re not that common in NC right? They’re definitely not in the RDU area Thanks! How’s the fishing in the area?
  17. Wait..... fish can’t talk? i hope my insurance is gonna cover this. Probably have a slew of mental issues 😂
  18. Thank you so much, I am the fisherman who over analyzes to a point of fault sometimes haha. I was going to attempt to fish either the Clinton river or the north branch Clinton river. Hear about people catching them like crazy, it’s a feeder river to lake st. Clair over here in Michigan, and I have personally caught small mouths in feeder rivers to Lake Huron. I know there will be some. Locating them is gonna be the tougher part. That river has had trout in it as well, I’m not sure if they co exist, but if they do not co exist with trout, than I can at least rule that area out! I appreciate that post it answered just about everything I needed to know. I’m assuming water clarity also follows traditional selection. Natural in ultra clear bright in mud and white is good always in my experience not sure why. Maybe a mix of natural and bright? Who knows lol.
  19. You can continue to fish catch and release absolutely! You just cannot keep more than 5 per day in my area. considering all things are said and done I’m happy with what I did. I mean honestly I might not have called if it was 12 legal fish aka 2 over for his son and dad. I realize that’s over and I don’t keep anything unless it’s a walleye I catch bass fishing, but you know I could live with a guy who fishes 2 times a year and keeps 1 extra fish each time. Let’s be real to catch that many bass, he had to have some experience. And I do realize some people fish everyday and take their limits, hence why I said I could live with the 1-2 trip angler with an extra fish over the people who take 5 legal largemouth EVERYDAY from my local 500 acre public impoundment. Since these dudes started showing up I am noticing the bass are slowly going missing. They started after ice out and have been taking 5 every single day. I wish they would fish somewhere else! not sure what to do about that, they are taking legal bass also, it’s just ruining it as a sport lake for me and it’s 15 minutes away! 😖
  20. My 3 cents. Unless I spent like 6 or 700.00 usd for a rod, which I'd never do. After 3 years, I'd chalk it up to ..I got my moneys worth and buy a replacement. Todays rods being more sensitive are prone to breaking easier than the older iM 8's ect..Hopefully the OP caught some nice fish with that rod.
  21. I'm thinking that for super high pressure waters, that may be the lure that could possibly get you a nice bass. Around here the bass have seen every lure imaginable, something different couldn't hurt. BTW, I think they look kinda cool..
  22. Lol, I love crankbaits in rivers! So, rivers... And we'll forget seasonal patterns, and just focus on the where and why. These are all general rules, and there are some pretty specific exceptions. Also, bigger and more complex river systems can shake this stuff up, but this is how I've grown to understand how rivers work. I've found the same rules hold up with most species of predatory fish and how to look at prime holds or prime lies. I'm sure i'll look back at this want to edit it the next time i can't figure fish out, and totally consider it a work in progress, but I kinda want to put this out there to see what you guys think. - Current is the food delivery system. It carries drifting baitfish, crayfish, nymphs, leeches, and every imaginable food item in between. Faster current, especially with riffles, will also be more oxygenated. The most aggressive and active fish will hang out here because there will be the greatest access to feeding opportunities and the oxygen to fuel their fast metabolism. - The thing about holding in current, is that fast current requires way more energy to hang out in. This means a few things. Predators will only hang out directly in the current when they're feeding actively, but will often hold at the closest possible current break or piece of structure. Think about boulders, fallen trees, ledges, wing dams, inside bends, undercut banks, weed beds, or in pockets along the bottom (current almost always flows fastest at the surface). These places will almost always concentrate active fish. - Some fish are likely to feed more actively, more often. Smaller fish are generally going to be feeding almost exclusively on larva/nymphs/press bugs/etc. These are the base of your food chain and will be super abundant in and around riffles and most fast current (can be quite shallow). This is where you'll also find lots of smaller bass, chubs, sculpins, madtoms, smaller trout (where applicable), etc feeding on the real little stuff. Because of this, riffles and immediate current breaks along them can load up with small smallmouth in the summer/fall because they need to eat tons and tons of nymphs to grow. Areas like these are the places where fish will strike almost recklessly and eat almost anything. "Oh, you bought the novelty spoon that looks like a twig and berries? Yeah, it'll catch fish here." - If there are small fish, you'll find very big fish close by. So, this is the topic of "prime holds". Some eddies, current breaks, weed lines, boulders, bridge pilings, etc make for the best hang out spots for predators because of their proximity to fast current, complex structure, or just ability to ambush without taking the full brunt of the water. These are the places most likely to hold the most dominant actively feeding fish in the area. The above ugh... "Silver Johnson rule" also sometimes applies here if these holds are breaks in or IMMEDIATELY adjacent to fast current. Prime holds will usually have a few common things. First, look for access to deep water. This literally means anything from a change of 6" or 6' so long as it offers slower current (think rest and digestion), protection from predators (birds, bigger fish, us, etc), and a comfortable combination of temperature and oxygenation (this is why deep buckets below or adjacent to riffles can be killer). Second, you want immediate access to a food source. This could mean fry, frogs, bugs, and baitfish in grass/weed beds (if they're green), schools of alewives or perch chilling behind bridge pilings or downed trees, or even the bottom of a run during a mayfly hatch. I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing what smallmouth are feeding on (even when they aren't being picky) if you're serious about consistently finding them. A good example... The Susquehanna is a smallmouth factory because it's a bug factory. It's common to see all kinds of hatches from giant dobsonfly/helgramites (bodies over 4") to mayflies and midges ranging from size 6-12 (white flies) to 14-18 (sulphurs and cahills) all the way down to 22 and 24 (midges, BWO). It's common to see runs of slow current in 3-6' of otherwise featureless water just explode before dusk. Why? It's below riffles (hatches happen where the bugs are in riffles and runs) and loaded with bugs, has comfortable current, and has everything from baitfish through small bass through huge pike and musky feeding in it. Once you figure this out, you'll realize you can fish using anything from dry flies through poppers or floating jerkbaits (to imitate the baitfish feeding on the flies/emergers) and catch fish. Understanding events like this is huge because they happen in the same types of places on most nights from spring through late fall. This type of event can effect the quality of holds because the massive abundance of food can mean almost featureless or seemingly uninteresting water for 20 hours of the day can become the place to be for two hours in the am and two hours at night. Third is the sciencey part. These holds need to provide water that is the appropriate temperature and oxygen level for the fish's activity level. Big, jarring changes are rough on fish, and fish will seek comfort in every season. Fish are cold blooded, so water temperature drives their EVERYTHING. Eating, being almost comatose, being super aggressive, making sexy time, digesting food - all of these things are driven by or at least timed around water temperature. Oxygen content can make the difference between a killer hold and the dead sea. Generally, more oxygen means happier, healthier, more comfortable fish. Riffles/fast current, wind, springs, and most green healthy vegetation will add oxygen to the water while decaying anything will remove oxygen. This is why active predators hang out around faster current or along green weed beds and tend to avoid brown, stagnant pools (most of the time). The 4th factor in determining the quality of a hold is security/safety. Is the fish easily spotted by eagles, ospreys, or herons over head? Is the hold leaving the bass exposed to larger predator fish? Does the hold offer camouflage/cover? Is the water clear and forcing fish to hold deeper or stained enough to protect them from overhead? These things will all effect how safe a fish feels in a particular lie. The trick to finding consistent patterns, even in rough conditions is find the spots that provide the best combination of those 4 things possible. A good example of a good mid-day 90+ degree, high sun, clear water, low flows. A lot of fish may be unwilling to even hang out in/around the fastest most oxygenated water because of high water temperatures or exposure to predators (poor lie) unless there are springs and a ledge immediately below the fast water to offer protection and comfort (prime lie). Another philosophy might be to fish deeper current breaks. This might be really slow fishing if those points/islands/whatever don't have a lot of food around them and will likely hold mostly resting/neutral-negative active fish. A better hold might actually be in shallow water even in the mid day heat if there's overhead cover/shade and structure/cover to allow ambush. Extra points if there are springs close by. I've caught a lot of surprisingly large mid-day smallmouth pitching 1/8-3/4oz jiggs into shade lines, laydowns, grass edges, submerged trees, and once even below an old sofa in these types of conditions. Basically, current + typically largemouth flipping spots + jig = fat smallies even mid day in the right conditions. Presenting in current is probably the next important thing after finding fish. Seasons are another big topic, but I'm focusing on the warmer months when most are on the water. Flow and water clarity are also too big to cover in this rant lol. If this is helpful for anyone as much as putting it out there is cathartic for me, awesome. Also, if this helps anyone, i'll gladly put out some thoughts on the other stuff.
  23. I've had the same experience, makes for a depressing day when you think that you really have to fish super super slow to catch fish, yet you've no idea quite where the fish will be. Concentrates the mind on where your next cast is going, in about 10 rather dull minutes!
  24. A rod breaks after three years use, suck it up. A friend of mine had a rod that was probably 10 years old and one day the carbon cloth started unwrapping. He spoke to the manufacturer and they replaced it with an apology. That is what a manufacturer warranty is for. The company who made the rod didn't have a lifetime warranty program of any sort, but being reasonable people they could see it was obviously a manufacturing fault.
  25. For that application, Shimano Calcutta Conquest A.
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