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  2. Yes, use to run monochrome finder but now run color.
  3. I have used the Joe Bucher Slopmaster spinnerbaits. Some of them aren't too big and are made of heavy wire. You can find them online for around 10 bucks a piece. Besides the heavier wire, their shape makes them much more durable. I have also used Northland's. The Bucher's are much more durable.
  4. @Paprhead Do you know what the "grey line" on your depth finder is? @Dougw That's pretty good sizes even though the numbers weren't great!
  5. Catt, I don't do this at all times. When things get really slow, and the fish are striking very light, it's made a difference in fish landed. It may not work for everyone, it's just my own opinion. The opinion of an aging plastic worm dude.
  6. Who ya' got and why? I'm trying to finish updating my reel arsenal and this is an interesting decision. The SLX is holding steady at about $99 while I can get the Tournament MB off eBay for just $5 more at $104.95. The SLX version I'd want is the 6.3:1 while the Lews is 6.8:1.
  7. All my rods are cork (loomis. Megabass, Dobyns, Kistler, Powell). and I use u40 on all of them. I don’t feel a difference. I recommend u40.
  8. While I agree 100% it's something I don't do because of how I hold my reel.
  9. Got out on Honeyoe for about 2 hours around lunchtime on my kayak. Had three in the first six casts. I didn't get another one for about 30 minutes, but ended up with seven. All on bottom presentations in 6-10 feet of water--six on a wobble head with a rage bug and one on a finesse jig. Nothing else even got a sniff. All of them between 1.5 and 2.5.
  10. yeah, I've always held my rod ( even spinning) with my middle finger, it just feels more comfortable to me. Thats actually a good way to see it Thanks everyone for the input! I'll keep educating my thumb and slowly pushing the limit as I improve!
  11. Seriously thinking about trying U40 cork sealer. Got a couple of rods that I want to protect, but have always been under the impression that using a sealer would change the feel of the handle. Does it? No? It seems like an affordable way to protect my investment but definitely not interested in changing the way it feels. Thanks for any input.
  12. Welp.... fished Wed.-Sat. With results all over the place. Wed. I stayed in Pirates Cove / Caney Creek. Stayed dirt shallow except for two spots I c-rig on a regular basis. Caught one around 4#s off a dock with the jig. Then 4-5 others throughout the day with the biggest “maybe” two pounds. Pitched a 1/4 oz. jig most of the day. Chunked a 1/4 oz. one knocker quite a bit as well. Worked Caney front to back and just wasn’t happening for me. I figured it was going to be a stellar day when I got to the Army ramp just before 7am on Wednesday and there were already 6 trailers in the parking lot. Got on the water and I’d of swore Oilmans was holding their biggest tournament in the last few years - boats everywhere!!! Thursday... Nasty... front hit around 6am. What there was of it. For all the moaning and mashing of teeth... as storms go it was pretty mild - except. It did rain by golly! Literally rained all day. Hard at times but always raining. I hit the water in the rain aroun 8am. Started out with the 1/4oz jig dirt shallow. Wasn’t long I put a 4#er in the boat and shortly after that another’n Just like it. Took about a half-hour before the next fish came aboard, around 3#s. Then... it got tough. Did the same thing I had been doing for next 1-2 hours - nothing. Pulled out the c-rig on a spot I usually fish wasn’t there long then put a 6#er in the boat. Another hour or so of doing the same thing yielded only one short spot. Pulled up the trolling motor and scooted to the back of Big Bass Marina/Caney creek. Actually my map has it as Canely Creek but the locals say it’s Caney. I say... whatever. Threw the one knocker and jig all over the back of the creek. Did go under the bridge but it was pretty dirty back there so I didn’t stay long. Ended up pulling one more, around 2#s, off a lay down. Ended up with around 18#s in 5 fish for the day. Friday... WINDY!!! Never left Caney/Pirates Cove. Don’t think anyone else did either. Fishing sucked and I was off the water at 1pm. Saturday... A bit of wind early but then it actually hit the infamous “ light and variable”. Went to the dock I’d caught the 4#er on Wed. - not a bite. Went to a near by brush pile I’d gotten a bite at on Wed. - nothing. Pulled up the trolling motor intending to head to Big Bass Marina creek. Got near Blackland Cove and a spur of the moment deal put me at the mouth of that Cove slinging a 1/4 oz. one knocker. Had made a half dozen or so cast when I hooked up. That fish ran me all over the boat. Front to back and side to side. Pulling hard... such that I backed off the drag some to let’er run. Then I was afraid it’d wrap around something I couldn’t see so I tightened the drag back down and took my chances. Finally got it in the boat. Scales at weigh-in said 4.58#s. That was the fightenest 4.5#er I’d ever seen - well maybe except for some 3#ers on Falcon. Stayed in that area for 30-45 mins. And only managed one dink on a 1.5 square bill. shortening this up some.... spent the rest of the day around Big Bass Marina caught a few short fish but nothing close to what I had done there Thursday. Soooo... that’s it until the 11th of next month.
  13. I don't do it all the time, but only when I'm fishing very slow with a jig or worm.
  14. Tournament MB all day in 7 speed. They are 100 bucks on ebay. Only other reel I'd recommend is a Diawa Tatula CT. They have outstanding brakes and will make learning to use a baitcaster much less miserable.
  15. Put the 6 speed on your cranking rod, the 9 speed on your jig rod, the 7 speed on your frog rod. Sell the 5 speed.
  16. Hold the line between your thumb and index finger while you retrieve? I get what you're saying, and don't disagree, but that sounds mighty uncomfortable. Don't think I could keep that up for too long.
  17. When you're trying to make ends meet on minimum wage, you take all the advantages you can. I don't keep dinks, but if it's fair sized, it goes home to the freezer. I'd say 2-3 meals a week are of fish I've caught...whether bass, trout, walleye, pike or panfish it doesn't matter - if it's eating size, it gets eaten.
  18. For slow, subtle presentations I agree that touching the line will aid in detecting light bites. For fast/reaction type baits, Your rod will give you all the information you need even for lite bites. You don't need to pinch the line between thumb and index finger either. My grip isn't what it used to be, so I need my thumb wrapped around the reel, or at the least on the spool. I just place my index finger under the line, but on the reel in front of the line guide.
  19. I too don't understand why it can't be that way. You could still do the same format, weigh/release and just count the biggest 5. Maybe it has to do with the score tracker or whatever, but I don't know why it wouldn't work. I like MLF/BPT way more at this point but I think it could work. Some guys "quit" fishing when they have a 40 lb lead, but IMO everyone would have to fish hard for all three periods with no letting up.
  20. From the rodgeeks website, How do our blanks compare to St. Croix in terms of power and action? Our blanks are very similar to comparable St. Croix models with the exception of our Bass Series. These blanks are designed specifically for bass fisherman, with slightly slower actions and more power in the tips. The action section of our blanks also have reinforcing material for extra durability. Our C2 blanks are the same as St. Croix's SCII, and our C4 is the same as SCIV. We do not have a direct SCIII equivalent because our C4 blanks are even higher performance at great prices.
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