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  2. This is why I'll never use a "scupper" cart. Fast forward video to 17:14 to see damage. Even on a Hobie, if the cart isn't properly installed you can damage the scuppers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-mo_-xziLI
  3. The only soft plastic bite over had is paddle tails lol. Skinny dippers and sick fish. Lipless was my jam early spring. Now I got too much muck in most spots
  4. Why would you use a buzz toad or a buzz shad in place of a regular skirted buzz bait?
  5. Yesterday evening I was out and my trolling motor was working great. Halfway through I try to power away and it is going nowhere. Still spins but barely moves my little boat at all. Got a minn Kota Endura 55lb max thrust 12volt. Just wondering if anyone knows what could be going on. Battery was good, and never ran over anything while trolling. Did very slowly bump into a stump but was barely drifting at all
  6. We had a lot of rain this past Fri. and Sat. I have one HOA lake in particular with a large stormwater discharge that I love to fish after such these events. Sat. evening in 40* temps and drizzle I caught over 20 in an hour with many over 3 lb. and one easily over 6. Talk about living the dream! That spot will soon become a shallow, algae choked (from fertilizer runoff) unfishable place until the next big rain.
  7. Odd, the Potomac has been high and muddy most of this spring and the bite for us has been best on s-l-o-w plastics dragged on the bottom. The fast moving baits have been very effective on Mr. Whiskers.....
  8. It's been almost all moving baits for me too so far. Spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, and now paddle tails. Can hardly buy a soft plastic bite (excluding the paddle tails of course).
  9. Don't mind doing it as long as the person seems to appreciate it. It's those that make a post asking for help and never respond back that bothers me. I would like to advise people about doing something the OP said he did in his first post that is a big NO, NO, even with your automobiles. Never disconnect or connect the battery cable with the key switch and especially with the engine running. That can create and arc of several hundreds volts and can blow the rectifier/regulator in a cars alternator or in a boat motors charging system. It can also damage the CPU/ECM/Power Pack in the car or boat motor. That's an old timers test people did with cars that had generators and people would do that to see if the motor would stay running. That was considered a quick check to see if the generator was charging or not. Generators didn't run the solid state devices the modern charging systems run so it didn't bother them. When they went to alternators with sold state rectifiers and regulators, that is not a very smart test. Plus, an alternator has to have the exciter voltage to work and when you disconnect the battery, you can take away the exciter voltage, so that may not work anyway. Using a voltmeter is the best and safest way to see if you charging system is working. Also, OMC outboards run a CDI ignition system, so they don't need a battery to run. The battery is only needed to spin the starter. If you had a way to spin the motor over, you don't even need a battery connected to it to run. Once it is running, the only way you can shut it down is cutting off the air or fuel supply, pulling off plug wires or grounding out the ignition system (which is what the key switch does). The key switch opens and closes a ground in the power pack through a black/yellow wire. If that black/yellow wire is not grounded it does not shut off, and if it is grounded, it's not starting.
  10. I been fishing fast this spring, mostly throwing moving baits all spring. Can’t buy a flipping bite and only can catch them on a Ned rig besides said moving baits. Most of the water around me is 3ft, with the rivers having some holes. I also have mainly tidal fisheries as well. My favorite technique is pitching a jig and I guess I just gotta plug away with it. Anyone else have this same dilemma with a shallow area? Also I have to beat pickerel off with a broom to try and get a bass. Got one by surprise that was bedding off the bank. Now water temps are pushing 62-65 at night and shoot to 70 by 3 or so. Haven’t seen bedding bass shallow. Things are just different this spring. Will say my best results have come with a jackhammer
  11. Another vote for the Tatula SV. Probably Chronarch MGL after that.
  12. I've made a few cheap blade baits, and I've found bending the blade is necessary on some more than others. It's like a tuning thing. The trailer/weight can even have an effect on it. Some times less of a bend gives faster start-up, sometimes it's the opposite, but it definitely has a major effect.
  13. Dobyns 683, I wouldn’t normally choose it but only brought the one rod and needed it to catch a bedding fish. Only brought it up to make the point that the SLX did well
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  15. ike8120

    Finally

    Hopefully your luck is changing, wish mine would LOL
  16. Get a X2/Northstar 31 AGM, I've got four in my boat, zero issues running Solix 15 and 360 all day. Deka is another good brand, their Intimidator 31 series AGM. Whatever you do, stay away from Interstates....
  17. jbmaine

    Finally

    Good job. May that be the first of many.
  18. thanks for recommendation.will follow your advice!
  19. our club fishes a lot of small lakes. so we don't do a lot of running with the big motor and my battery runs down and wont start when it needs to. in fact, it gets so low my power pac wont even jump it. do I need a bigger battery or a deep cycle that can handle the load?
  20. 5:4:1 Ratio - deep diving , big crank baits 6:4:1 Ratio - square bill crank baits , spinner baits , chatter baits , swim jigs (the standard ratio for a quite few years) 7:1 Ratio - jigs , T-Rigs , top water (many say the new standard ratio for many things other than deep diving cranks) 8:1 ~ 10:1 Ratio : frogs , pitching , flipping
  21. I found a fish farm that shows prices online that says a 12+ inch largemouth (which all those appear to be), is $13.99 each. I rounded up to $14 and that puts it at $1596. That still seems pretty light but if they applied what I suggested above, it would make it a felony. The added bonus to that would make it illegal for them to possess a firearm, so no hunting for them either if they did that. The bodies of those fish don't suggest a lake that is overpopulated. More like a healthy lake that was full of healthy, dumb fish that were easily caught.
  22. They say the value of the Bass was $456?! There is a lot more that goes into the Value of that many fish. It takes years for many to get to a certain size. $450 isnt going to get you anywhere soon.
  23. Jerkbaits and rattle baits are by far my 2 best producers of spring wipers. Dams, wind blown banks and points are usually the best areas, and make sure to watch for birds like was mentioned. Bladed jigs are a big time sleeper bait for wipers as well if they're up shallow.
  24. I'd guess somewhere in the 14-16 pound range. I've caught them up to the low 20lb range, doesn't look quite that big, but that's a nice one, well into the double digits for sure.
  25. I'm surprised you caught anything at the outlet, last few times I've been there it's been nothing but carp and gar so thick you could walk on them there. I usually keep the boat a long cast off the bank and put my bait right on the bank and fish it most of the way out. Some days they're right on the bank, some days they'll be right next to the boat, or somewhere in between. Fish slow is the main thing at La Cygne it seems.
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