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  2. Zoom 3" Fat Alberts and Yamamoto 5" Single & Double Tails. Chartreuse White Blue or Black.
  3. Why does it look like there's nothing but a chartreuse crappie tube in that bag?
  4. As many others have stated, joining a local club that allows non-boaters to get partnered up with boaters is the best way to go. However, if you're asking if you could fish tournaments from the bank, the question that comes into play is keeping your fish alive without a livewell. For that reason, most tournaments will not allow people to fish from the bank.
  5. I only use plastic grubs, never saw any rubber ones or pay much attention to brand. Color depends on what fish I’m after. Greens, browns, blacks and purple for bass. Yellows, whites for walleye and pike.
  6. Mister twister zoom and kalins. White pearl and watermelon
  7. I wore Simms half finger gloves but switched last year. I liked the Simms but found they wore out fairly quickly and that hook points stuck to them like Velcro. I switched to full finger Fish Monkey gloves. I was hesitant to go full finger at first but like them now. I can do most anything with them - cast, thumb the spool, work a finesse lure, etc. pretty much everything except tie a knot. For that I remove them, but they go on/off easier than my Simms did. I have to say the sun protection is good, but the biggest upside so far has been protecting my hands/fingers from getting scarred up while removing hooks, lipping fish, etc. I got a nasty rash and infection a few years back so this has really helped. Could I go back to half fingers - yes maybe... but right now I’m liking the full finger and man are they durable! Many bass (and pike in our waters here) ... and here’s how my hands look when I forget my Fish Monkeys in the Jeep!
  8. My favorites: Small Bomber Square A, Zoom Fluke, #6 X Rap, #8 & #6 Husky Jerk, inline spinners, jig & twister/boot tail, Ned rig I don't think color is that important in rivers as much as in lakes. I feel that they are more opportunistic in rivers and they will crush a lot of baits if it is presented in front of them. I catch a lot on firetiger and shad pattern cranks/jerks. Those two schemes are pretty much polar opposites.
  9. In the clear water rivers I fish I find that my translucent bluegill whopper plopper does best on sunny days. Overcast and I am throwing a bone or loon color. Something about the sun going through the clear baits seems to attract a bite on bright days. I am having a lot of success this year with the Yo-Zuri 3DB prism baits. All three (Prop, popper and square lip) clear baits have been doing well on bluebird sky days.
  10. When fishing curly tail grubs, what are your three favorite colors and what is your preferred brand?
  11. Either black-blue-purple and orange or junebug depending on which one gets the most action on that particular day.
  12. Good informative video. At first I thought the price was sky high but after reading about the motor and watching this video and seeing the features it has I’d say it’s probably priced right.
  13. I agree. I consider a creek something that is a few feet to, at most, 15' wide. For creeks I usually use something 5' to 6'. And fishing creeks can get slippery and going through the brush is rough on a rod. For creek fishing I use a Cabela's rod and a cheap spinning reel.
  14. Fuel for thought A bass's metabolism is finally tuned to its circulatory system temperature which is the same as the surrounding water temperature. When a bass's metabolism is at its highest the bass feed more often, this means the odds of encountering "actively" feeding bass increases. It also means the odds of encountering non-actively feeding bass increases simply because they're full. Not only is the bass's metabolism up so is their food sources. All those Bluegill's, Bream, Gizzard Shad, Threadfin Shad, ect are cold-blooded. Everything is rock-n-rolling along then up pops the thermocline! The thermocline effectively condenses the "usable" water column down. Everything below the thermocline is unusable & all of bass-n-bait has moved above it. This is the "Dog Days of Summer" & in my opinion the absolute best time for catching bigger bass at night. Catt why at night? It's my choice simply because it's quite, not many anglers fish during the heat & even less fish it at night. Throw in mid-week & it's on 😉
  15. Yes......but as a lifetime fence sitter, I also disagree when a fisherman (other than someone as studious as @Paul Roberts, of course) says he knows what a bass thinks (or sees... or smells.... or feels....or likes....or tastes...)
  16. I caught a 3 pounder at Mowry well right next to Shinn pond and have seen bass swim past me at Shinn pond but no luck there either. I haven't been to Don Castro in years. Ill try it again. Any tips for Don Castro?
  17. Thanks man! I appreciate the kind words. I didn't mean to derail the topic here. It's just a pet peeve of mine when I see people squabbling over whether or not a pic is altered, or that the fish is too close/far from the camera, blah blah blah....all in an attempt to somehow discredit the person that caught the fish. It's just stupid how people fixate on that. Incredibly juvenile. Why not just congratulate them and move on like the rest of us? Is common decency and respect really that hard? /end rant Moving on...
  18. Great when fish are agressive and ready to react. They can't see the bait clearly and they simply react to the movement, sound and water disturbance. As Blue said, can be deadly in clear water or when they are busting shad on top.
  19. Pass on the fury. I love dobyns but my furys collect dust. Spend more on the rod for sure.
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  21. Ugggh - I didn't *need* a deep cranking setup. But a local shop had all their Veritas rods marked down to $75 - so I *had* to grab their last 7'6" winch after my Dick's shipping fiasco last week. Now I was planning on swapping a reel off of another cranking setup - but sheesh, maybe I *need* a new reel to make that a complete cranking setup. Lews LFS in 5.6:1 @ $75 is tempting.
  22. Should I enhance a strength or remedy a weakness? That is a question we often have to grapple with. The idea mentioned by @Catt of learning two or three lures for each segment of the water column is a good one that achieves a balance. Learning a lure a year mentioned by @WRB is also good. Put them together and they allow an angler to steadily remedy weaknesses while continously enchancing strengths with regard to mastering lures.
  23. My favorite night lure is an all black chatterbait with a black blade and a black Biospawn Vilecraw on the back. I have had more success with that combo than any other at night. Other lures do well but that combo consistently produces. I used to use spinnerbaits a lot but I have had so many strikes where they seemingly grab the blade and get nada on the hook. What I love about night fishing is those huge strikes 3 feet from you. Those are the moments that are exhilarating and prove if you have good knots, good line and the right rod.
  24. Looks like I will just save extra money and pick up the IMX.
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