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  2. Snakes are the least of my worries! 😉
  3. Not really sure, will probably be a utility reel used for a little bit of everything until i decide a specific technique for it. I have my frog/topwater reel in a Daiwa Tatula CT Type-R (8.1:1), I have my all-everything reel in a new Shimano Curado DC (7.4:1), my older all-everything reel a Shimano Curado I (7.3:1) and my new crankbait reel a Daiwa Fuego CT (6.3:1). Maybe I could use the SLX (or Lew's) as a finesse reel on a Medium rod.
  4. The fish you are holding is a northern strain largemouth bass.
  5. I probably slow roll chatterbaits more than anything else.
  6. Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot Sizes from 4 (rarely) to 2/0 with 1 and 1/0 being the sweet sizes. 99% of time use weedless, tying my own.
  7. I'm throwing almost all red craw patterns in the spring. My favorites are the super spot and the Red eye shad. They just produce for me better than any other color pattern in the spring. I adjust how bold and bright the red is based on water clarity. On any given lipless bite I like the sexy shad color for red eye shads, chrome with blue top rattle trap, a natural bluegill pattern, and a fire tiger when the bite is a little off.
  8. Vibration? My trailer developed a vibration on one of my excursions to Pickwick. Turned out a tire had broken a belt which resulted in the tire being out of round. It was fine until I reached 60 mph.
  9. I saw a customer shoot a snake with rat shot and it was just bouncing off the snake. Then he put a regular LR round in there and killed it first shot
  10. There are other fisherman besides bass fishermen who find the electric fob controlled motors a godsend.
  11. Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Weedless Hooks 1/0 😉
  12. I seen someone use a "twig and jig" they would wacky rig a stick bait, leave a long tage end, tie on a jig, then it becomes a drop shot. Never tried it myself.
  13. At the risk of sounding like a youtube-brainwashed doofus for spending 16 dollars on a jig with a blade on it, I have to say my favorite chatterbait is the jackhammer. I just have full confidence in all the components that i just don't on other baits, specifically the clasp. The vibration is super reactive and a pretty good thump (it even started vibrating when the wind blew). especially when I hop it on bottom with a craw trailer which is one of my favorite retrieves. The hand tied skirts are real nice but I could honestly care less. The one complaint I do have about the JH is the bait keeper that everyone always freaks out over. It's great and all, but the wire keeper doesn't handle skinnier plastics well and the wire comes through after a few bites. That being said I do keep the chatterbait custom and weedless project z for my wood and laydown fisheries because even a $15.99 chatterbait will still magically find it's way into a stump. tight lines
  14. Wading staffs are great. Here in the north, we wade the streams in search of salmon and steelhead. A wading staff, while not a must, is a great safety item. If the water is murky and you step into a hole, you could find yourself in a heap of trouble. You can feel the bottom (or not) with a staff and they help immensely in navigating the rivers. Rivers can change very fast. The spot you fished last week could be totally different the following week. Stay safe out there.
  15. I have the SLX and it's a great reel, but you can't go wrong with either. What are you planning to do with it?
  16. I love high water like that on lakes I fish. The bass move up super shallow to feed on al the stuff that they normally don't see. I have had some of my best days in those conditions. One day last summer I caught 16 fish and 3 were citation size here in VA. All were caught in a foot of water or less.
  17. Only three replies in, you see that there's no wrong way to fish it. I have had less luck with the bottom crawl tactics, so I generally use something else for that. I throw bladed jigs a LOT, but that's partly because I fish where the conditions are most favorable, IMO. If I'm faced with flats that have submergent vegetation within a couple feet of the surface (or even emergent pads), I WILL be throwing a chatterbait. If I am working laydows, I will be throwing cranks into the crowns and chatterbaits across submerged trunks -- both may be tossed through the middle areas. Bump those trunks. When in the pads or weeds, I fish them largely with steady retrieves, but find that on some days I need to add a 'kill' every few turns...reel fairly fast; kill it and dip the rod tip - may only drop it 6-10 inches, but on those days, that's all it takes. Rarer still they want a more exaggerated pumping action -- 2-3 feet. But, often times, straight and steady is all you need. But, whatever they're wanting, you may need to experiment with how far to let it drop on the cast. In deeper waters, I may let it drop down to 6 - 8 feet before I start reeling....again, I don't drag on the bottom like many, tho.
  18. I really like my Dobyns Fury rods but have heard good things about the Falcon Lowrider. Which would you pick and why? What are your favorite rods in their line up? thanks!
  19. For me I don't like having more then 2 brands, Daiwa and Shimano for example. In the past I bought several brands including Lew's original BB1 and it's the only Lwes I have in my collection of reels. Looking at the advertised features the Lew's MB has more features, higher retail base price, aluminum frame and spool, can't tell which reel cast better or is smoother operating. The Lew's is a better "deal" have no idea better reel. Tom
  20. I used to wade all over the marshes of Southwest Louisiana & Southeast Texas. At 68 I don't anymore but I always carried backup & it aint no stinking .22 with rat shot!
  21. Roland's wading is particularly impressive because I've seen a bunch of his videos where gators have followed his fish right to the boat, and one actually got his fish and lure.
  22. Afraid of what? (maybe you were joking) I am concerned that intended or unintended consequences of BPT could wreck what a lot of us like to do on the weekends. If you believe science were the only deal that really mattered, then you must not have looked too deeply into some issues. (2 examples) Mille Lacs was so loaded with walleyes that the first year the Elite Pros went on stage and said they walleye fishery was amazing, the second year they were told to zip it and not talk about it even though some did. I fished walleye tournaments there for 20 years, been through good and bad times. We have not been allowed to keep any walleyes for the last 3 years even though the lake is LOADED and at one of the highest points in my experience. Not regulated scientifically because of other possibly political issues. Another example of how things work and progress. I have run a tournament series for several years. 2 years ago we decided we wanted to do the best for the fish (because we love bass and bass fishing tournaments) so we bought bags that had liners and made a rule that fish could only be brought to the scales in our bags. We only passed out 6 bags that had to be shared so there was never a long wait. The new bags allowed for the fish to be out of the water for just moments while it was placed on the scale. This year the DNR adopted our way now and all tournaments are supposed to abide by their new rule. So if you take that real life example of the DNR ruling on weigh bags, and now say that CWR is better for the fish and lake, a person could argue that all tournaments should be CWR. Even though the following question would need to be answered about this renewable resource and who has the right to use it while paying for their license. So.... What takes more fish from a lake, a non tournament person catching a limit and killing them or a 25 team tournament releasing all the fish they weigh in? I know what I watched....go watch that BTL show and then come back and say he was not slippery, dodging and deflecting questions. Apparently many people who comment on the youtube comments saw the same as I did.
  23. I actually kind of do...lol. I know some people think it's too gaudy but I don't think that bothers me as much.
  24. I also forgot to add my favorite part. The trigger on the PPS is nearly as good as the PPQ, which is highly touted as the best trigger on the market.
  25. Great fish and spot on advice. Water levels and water clarity are going to be two of the biggest consistent influencers of fish behavior in a river that effect fishing year round. If you can catch a river rising, it's a great time to fish. @bassnleo is spot on. I would recommend beginning with high or flooded areas that offer protection from current. Find things like current breaks, foam trails, etc. Do you remember that boulder towards the side of the stream that was only partially submerged last week? It's probably holding fish this week. As for baits, I like stuff that creates a lot of commotion like spinnerbaits, bladed jigs, lipless crankbaits, prop baits, etc. The water is going to have less visibility and the current means faster feeding windows for fish. Reaction baits are the way to go. Also, when you find them, odds are good you'll find them stacked up. Good luck!
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