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  2. South Holston..... amazing smallie fishery
  3. BEST DAY EVER was after an epic storm at Pickwick. We had 18" of rain and the lake rose 9' overnight. 78 bass in one day, mostly using a Sworming Hornet/ LFT Live Magic Shad. My partner slayed them on a Red Eye Shad.
  4. It's been a long winter, and the weather still stinks!! After a rough start yesturday, meaning halfway to the lake Father's Toyota died, bad alternator. We had to call my wife, she drove 30 min to us picked my father up they drove a half hour back to town bought a new battery then we limped the truck back to town to drop it off at the garage. Remember this is our first trip great start? We almost said forget get it but I couldn't not go lol, so my wife drove me all the way home grabbed my old reliable Chevy and went back to garage. Hooked up the boat and went fishing. We got on the water around 1:30pm , it was 50°f out foggy, windy rain and water temp was 45.6°F. Well let's just say that on my very first cast I caught two 3 pound smallmouth at the same time on a 9ft diving crankbait!! They day ended up being awesome! We caught 35 smallmouths and 12 largemouth, biggest smallmouth was 4 pounds even, caught a bunch of 3s and high 2s. Our best 5 went 17 pounds.
  5. I had one of the aldebaran bfs limited for a while, until it ended up at the bottom of the lake. It was a smooth reel. I never casted anything super light on it. Probably 1/8 oz was as low as I went. The reel was designed for smaller hands, with a more flat palming side plate than a regular 50 series. Not a bad reel though. Would probably still have it, if it didn't go for a swim.
  6. snap - one tie. I can use my hand and my mouth, but sometimes my wife.
  7. If I get a chance to get on the water......gone gone gone
  8. Look for jigs with a screw lock keeper!! i use a lot of 6th sense divine jigs, as well as a company local to me named Dem Jigs! I found the screw lock kept my plastics in place WAY better than the traditional lead knuckle or even the wire keepers. I used to play with superglue, even modified jigs to have a bigger, beefier wire keeper and i've found that a soft plastic threaded properly onto a screw lock keeper outlasts any of the other options!
  9. Since the number one plug is always fowled rumors are it may be the brains in the motor. This is an expensive part and if I do this and then a month or two down the road it needs other band aids.....well...I think I'm done. Going to talk to a local dealer that I have worked with in the past and get a better idea on options. What boat is worth...etc.... Believe if possible I'm going to go with a tin boat in the 18 or 19 foot range. Depends on cost's etc....have been doing a lot of looking....a lot. It was interesting...many many years ago I met Forest Wood...in my eye's he was and is a class act. When the Classic was here in Knoxville a while back I shook his hand and we talked a bit. I told him I had always wanted a Ranger but life had led me to owning a couple Triton's. I said I'm confused now...I told him about wanting a Ranger and thinking of the RT and now he's part of the making of Vexus.....I said I'm confused. He said .... Son....smiled...and said continue to due your research.
  10. About 10 feet. The FG knot goes through the guides and level wind every cast and every retrieve. With high vis yellow, I have convinced myself that bass see it and care. May not be a shred of truth to that but who knows for sure?
  11. You can find these at any hardware store. I use something similar for screws and whatnot in my garage. I may need to buy a second one after seeing this
  12. I personally only use braid on casting gear for topwater. Otherwise it is flouro or copoly. Most of my casting rods have micro guides and the leader knot would interfere with the cast.
  13. Yes! I usually ran 30 lb pp braid. Add a leader if you want.
  14. A weightless worm maybe, but other than that, not really. It's just going to add some weight. There's a lot of downsides to using a swivel though, and your line is still going to get twisted even using a swivel. If you don't have a boat to use to untwist your line, you can drop your line from a high place, like a bridge, or tall building, with a weight on the end. Eventually it will straighten itself out. Depending on the shape of your weight, you can tell when it stops spinning.
  15. One time fishing pads I had to put a leader onto 15 pound white nanofil to get LM to bite a super fluke dragged across the pads. My son was doing much better than I using the same lure, but he had a leader. Surprised me, but it seemed very clear that the leader made the difference.
  16. That seems to be the consensus around here. A few years ago, that wasn't the case. The thinking is that the bass can obviously see the line, but they don't have enough sense to know what it is or what danger it represents.
  17. fin

    Fish Eyes

    Call me crazy, but I like that better than the red eyes for a gizzard shad.
  18. If I'm understanding this correctly, from the bass's perspective, the hi viz line doesn't make a difference?
  19. Get the mh, the rod is overrated. Theres no way it can handle 1oz baits. Its a great rod though
  20. Corn and mullberries are good . I usually fish corn side by side with dough balls . Like in bass fishing some days they prefer one bait over the other.
  21. Besides the sound of the electric steering motor (which doesn't bother me) now it is making a squeaking/growling sound each time the motor turns (which does bother me). Anyone else have this problem? I sprayed it with WD40 but that didn't help. This is a new motor this year. I love the features of this motor and it works fine but I'm afraid this new noise is being heard by the fish when I get in close flipping. I will call MinnKota on Monday but wanted to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you!
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  23. I'm guessing the difference is the line guide/level wind.
  24. Slow the video down to .25 speed and you can see much clearer. No hookset, then you let the line get slack right near the boat right when she whips her head 90 degrees. When you hold the rig up to the camera, it's hard to tell which bait she bit. It should be obvious. Thanks for not adding loud music to the video! 😆
  25. I use the "residual" from Tatsu spools.
  26. All around: Seaguar #6 InvizX for spinning tackle; #12 for baitcasting gear Technique specific: Seaguar AbrazX #12 or #15 for single hooks; Sunline Armilo #11 for treble hooks. Upgrade: Tatsu #6, #12 and #15 for single hooks
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