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  2. First topwater fish of the year! Hit it on the jackall pompadour jr on the pause near a rock pile. Started with a spinnerbait from Anglers to the towpath bridge and only got one hit, but saw several bedding bass that were not interested in any artificial lures. This stretch is so pressured, they seem to know what's a real threat vs not.
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  4. I wish I liked daiwas but they feel bad in my hand. I'm too used to low pro abus
  5. Based on Dobyns recommendations, the 704SF and 705SF both look like they would do nicely, the 704SF is better for Texas rigs and the 705SF is better for frogs, both for jigs and spinnerbaits. It's a little more than I normally spend on a rod, but I can probably find a Daiwa BG in 3500 size for $70 or less again and save on the reel. I did the same thing with my drop shot rod and couldn't be happier.
  6. I have 2 Lowrance elite 7 hd's. I print a map that gave the loc of man made structures that had sunk. so I entered the long and lat in each unit and saved them. when I fished the lake none of the way points appeared. what went wrong?
  7. I'm in York County. I have a 10 foot Bass Raider and generally fish Lake Redman, Lake Marburg and Pinchot.
  8. If you travel to the duck pond be aware of what the wind is doing. A north wind makes it very rough in that area The west side of church island has a clear area near the bank. There are a couple of marked stumps so be aware of them. If you put in at Spiers you can quickly idle over to church island
  9. IL DNR is over worked and under funded. Anything else I say will turn this political. The Eastern European and Asian immigrants are breaking the laws on a daily basis. Many of them are keeping the fish and serving them in their restaurants. Sounds like the guys the OP is referring to are just a bunch of jagloads
  10. Thats dobyns sierra rod is the bomb. I have one and its perfect for jigs and frogs
  11. I harvested some delicious morels . These are choice .
  12. I wade here in Northern Utah, but like the OP said we don't have any animals that will eat you. I did have a beaver chase me that was the size of a Labrador, d**n thing was a giant, I carry a .22 mag just in case.
  13. I love going to Okoboji. It might be because it’s the start of a new year and I’m hyped or something. I always try to get out there once a year.
  14. My trailer bunk flipped/ tipped. Why did this occur and how big of an issue is it? IMG_2863.HEIC
  15. I had to replace my brand new rod because of a broken tip using their no hassle warranty and it cost me $80 shipped to my door. It took exactly one week and was painless.....
  16. It goes the other way too... I'm 67 and regularly help young tyros out who can't tie knots, and have silly lures that some salesman sold them, or advise on other tackle issues. 🙂 One kid last year had a backpack that was so overfull and heavy he could hardly negotiate the canal bank. I showed him how few lures and rigs I kept in my vest and he decided to travel lighter from then on.
  17. As a general rule of thumb any bait you move with your rod as opposed to your reel faster the faster the better (to a degree, you don't need 9:1 or 10:1 reels for a dang senko). I have a tournament MB which I really really like. It is on my frogging and punching set up because it is the 8.3:1 model and it's crucial for me to get the fish out of the cover as fish as possible, and reel my bait back in when im done my presentation to make more casts. Absolutely 100% this your soft plastics set up. Worms, t rigs, jigs, etc. A lot of people have already said to throw it on braid and this is somewhat a matter of preference, but I really stand by a quality fluoro over braid. I've read some articles where professional anglers have mentioned the noise that braid makes as it rubs against different structure is foreign to fish and they've noticed less bites. I have two bottom bait set ups one with 15lb seaguar invisx and one with 17lb. I found some braids can sometimes affect your baits action in the water on the fall as it is more buoyant than a fluoro. Regardless, if you do decide to use braid. 99% of the time tie a leader. The only time you don't need to is fishing straight into pads or mats in water that's about as clear as chocolate milk. Ideally, you'd have both so when you do need a braid to get a fish out of the slop you can tie on a t-rig or a jig and horse em outta there like I do with my tourney mb (which really only ever happens in one of the ponds I fish and only in the summer) and for all other plastic applications you will have the fluoro ready to go.
  18. With trailer all dialed in (except for vibration from wheels/bearings), focusing on the boat. Motor is hung on the transom but not really secured - it's a 1974 Evinrude 15hp 2-stroke that was last used on a salt water sailboat so the clamps are broken and seized - but that's a project for another day. Bass Pro seats and mounts installed, and tonight it was accessory rails. Got them from my dealer. They're aluminum C channels. Cut the 8 foot length into two 4 foot sections and installed one on port, one on starboard. I felt bad drilling holes in a new boat but it worked out well. Beveled the drill holes and used nuts with nylon inserts on the outside of the hull with nylon washers between them and the hull to protect the finish. For accessory bracket just use a panhead bolt and washer slid into the rail, secured with washer/lockwasher/nut through a section of L-angle iron (aluminum) to support anything like cup holders, rod holders, bimini top mounts, etc.
  19. Don't do it man. Once you go down this rabbit hole you have to have all $600 rods!! All kidding aside i thought Johnny Morris Carbonlite 2.0 were decent rods until I bought a few NRX's and a GLX. Then I wanted to throw my Johnny Morris in the trash. The redesigned GLX is a good rod for the money.
  20. This is the model before they discontinued the line and became the imx pro series. It is a great stick and one of the best jig rods out there. The best being the original imx 844 with weibe reel seat. IMO No need to use the expeditor program unless you need the rod in 2 days. Send it in use the regular warranty and you will receive a new rod no questions asked. I’ve done this many times with gloomis and shimano and have never been questioned on breakage, just a new rod delivered to my door.
  21. Long story short I'm lucky to be alive let alone fishing this year as back in February I had a very bad work accident got hit with overhaul ball on crane broke 5 vertebrae and a pile of other bones including left foot and right ankle. Although I am not a religious person at all I feel I have been rewarded for working hard with therapy to recover from the surgery's and going through physical therapy and being in a hospital for 21 days. So far I have a 4.75 and a 5.39 for my two biggest so far this year as well as one other one over 4 and quite a few in the 3# range. Almost forgot to add these are Ohio fish
  22. I'm signing a new job offer letter in the morning and will be moving to the Greenville/ Spartanburg SC area and was wondering about bank fishing. Yes, Hartwell and Keowee are in the area but I don't have (nor do I want) a boat and my car is not suitable for transporting a kayak. I was wondering if anyone knows where there are some good bass fishing ponds anywhere in the area where I can bank fish. I'll be working in Duncan, but I haven't picked a place to live yet. I'm planning on grabbing an apartment for a year before I decide to buy. I figured if there was an area with a decent amount of bass ponds I could start looking there first. Boy, I'm going to miss the fishing where I live now. There are literally thousands of lagoons to choose from and plenty of big bass.
  23. Just make shore the owner has title to both the boat and trailer. If you are a AAA member they can assist you with any bill of sale issues and boat / trailer license fee's etc. Get a written bill of sale that includes titles, when take ownership you are libel during thr trip home. Good luck and enjoy your boat. just curiuos; why is the seller selling his boat? And how do you operate both trolling motors from one location, front and back? Tom
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