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  2. Green trout ditch pickle nw names said about bass by some trout/salmonid pursuers.
  3. I love smuckers. I love concord jelly. Who knew I’d be sandwiched between Catt and JF, lol. As as weird as you do it Catt, it is functional and does the job. The beauty of peanut butter is that it really doesn’t matter which sweet thing you pair it with... jelly honey jam bananas syrup this sandwich was a staple back in my snowboarding days.
  4. I appreciate the advice. I'll start minimalist and go from there. Upgrading to a different kayak probably won't happen. I want to keep my marriage AND I'd like to get my hands on a bow rider this or next lake season. So I've got to make what I have work. Last season I found it comfortable enough for tooling around in the coves near my cabin. I'll start with the flush mount rod holders, paddle holder, and the net-bag storage in the cockpit for now. My plans have always been to start out with one rod and see if I could manage two from there. In my line of work we're fond of the "two is one, one is none" idea when it comes to gear. That's why I'd like to eventually have two rods on board and why I was considering bringing that gear bag to have whatever lures and tools neccessary to get my rod back into action should I screw something up. But I'll start minimal.
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  6. I would start by cleaning out all the old grease and replacing it (I like Penn Reel Grease and Corrosion X). Also I would clean and re-lube the worm gear and the level wind pawl. If the issue persists then look at the bearing under the main gear shaft.
  7. I ended up going fuego lt. The draw to this was the $50 off at cabelas + 10% off yesterday + mail in rebate for inflatable life vest. But in the end I feel more comfortable going with Diawa
  8. Get a decent size 20 reel. That is what I use on my 7' UL. The wider spool should aid in getting more distance for the same effort. Not all size 20 reels weigh the same. Some are lighter than others. Size 20 is the smallest I go, even for a UL 6'6" or longer.
  9. @Way2slow: I reviewed the information on page 35 and what is written is straight forward geometry. However, I cannot find anything on that page clarifying what the following variables mean: 1) "R" (capital R) 2) that funny "l" or is that a one? I'm hoping it's the number "1" Please send me via email the 4 pages.
  10. Welcome to the forum! Inline spinners are super old school, but they still work great. They should still be a go to lure when fish are tight lipped. The OP's question- The best way to stay on fish this time of the year is figuring out where they are through their spawning process. As water warms, their metabolisms are going to speed up right into the spawn. Their metabolism is largely going to be driven by water temp, and they're going to be gorging themselves the closer they get to the spawn. The thing is, they can't expend the energy to justify hanging out in most runs or riffles yet because of the current speed around them. Right now, I'd look for larger current breaks in moderate current, or immediately adjacent to fast current. These types of conditions occur at points, inside bends, heads and tails of islands, below grass beds or ledges, near bridge pilings, near the mouths of feeder streams (especially this one), etc. As the season moves closer to the spawn, bass will move towards those areas. Look for protection, relatively shallow, moderate to slow current, and suitable bottom composition than can range from sparse weedbeds to gravel (ideally). General water clarity may effect depth of spawn, but aggressive pre spawn fish will be located at the best feeding location near these spots. You'll find fish stacked on the closest structure change to the spawning areas as the spawn moves along. You'll find them near their favorite forage - crayfish, madtoms, schooling fish like perch and alewives/herring/shad, etc. Just pick a lure that mimics (whatever any of those food items happen to be) that you can present best well in those conditions and you should be catching fish. Pre-spawn smallmouth are not notoriously picky, so most stuff will work. Jigs, tubes, jerkbaits, grubs, Senkos, and all of your other standard smallmouth stuff can be in play. Spring can be tricky, but this is kinda my crash course on figuring it out. Other stuff like high or low water events, the first full moon, the tendencies of that particular river, and a handful of other stuff can play big roles this time of year. This is where I would start. Hopefully at least some of this helps. (Steps off soap box)
  11. I would recommend a Shimano Nasci 1000. It would balance nicely and is a very nice reel for the price.
  12. I'm not super great with reel diagnostics, but I do baseline reel maintenance (cleaning, lubing, etc) but I never take apart any of them to do the full surgery. I've noticed a little bit of a rougher retrieve when I crank the handle. I wouldn't call it a grinding noise, that is too far. But it's noisy and I can feel something as I turn the crank I've never had this problem on any of my other reels, but this is my least expensive in my arsenal. Looking to begin doing surgery on my own reels so any suggestions on where and how to look/start that would be awesome
  13. Added the Garmin gvc20 and the gt34UHD to the boat. I decided not to go fishing this evening... I did put the Bimini top back it. It's getting hot here. I will go Friday. I'm excited to see if I get almost mega like imaging.
  14. WTB good used or like new Curado K 200 HG.
  15. I usually call a larger than typical bass, a Chunk or a Toad or a Tank !
  16. I owned a Silver Max that did the exact same thing after 2 years of fishing 120 days a year in freshwater and brackish/saltwater, but it was a 2014 SMAX2 version before they redesigned the clutch and improved the reel.
  17. Why did you hafta go do this? It's 11:56 and now you went and made me HUNGRY! jj
  18. It is a bit hard to read but if the algebra involves only solving for one variable or simply plugging in values, it should be straight forward. I wonder if taking photos of the work he work and sending to us via email might be easier. I’ll look into this after I wash the dishes (really), lol.
  19. PB&J is my boat lunch of choice. Added bonus if I have some Sun Chips to put in the middle of the sandwich. I prefer strawberry jelly, but my mom makes homemade blackberry jelly every year that is better than anything in the stores that I eat until it's gone.
  20. I user some of them in the smaller size 3-4" to fish for keepers in some ultra clear waters for certain tournaments. Allen
  21. All on a jerkbait and ned rig; largemouth bass smallmouth bass white bass rainbow trout white crappie black crappie warmouth green sunfish drum walleye yellow perch channel catfish I believe the only fish in the lake that I didn't catch that day are common carp, flathead catfish, wiper, and bluegill.
  22. Gardner has a lot of good (greater than 15") bass in it. Generally takes 12-16 pounds to win our Thursday night tournaments out there and big bass is always 4-5 pounds. There's a lot of smaller fish too, but plenty of quality fish if you figure out what they're eating. I haven't fished SMP in a couple years, but I did pretty good the last time I was out there. It was this time of year too. Fished 'Dale again this morning for a couple hours. Pretty sure I got redemption on the good one I lost last week. She ate the same bait, on the same spot, short lined me again, but I got her in the boat this time, 4.19lb big fish of the morning. Also got my first frog fish of the year from the bank at Gardner right before work on a Toadrunner Jr.
  23. I created this log with my fishing buddy back in '91. It was the first fishing log posted on the Internet. It's helped me tremendously, and I'm glad to see it's still as helpful and useful today as it was back then!
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