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  2. I have 5 setups that are able to cover most of my bases when fishing, four casting and one spinning. So far I haven't felt the need to get a new rod for any other lures or presentations. 1. 6'9" medium/fast spinning rod, spooled with 8lb braid - used for lightweight lures and more "finesse" approaches (texas rigs 3/16oz and lighter, wacky rigs, shaky heads, ned rigs, etc. Water in my area is generally pretty stained and dirty so I don't do a ton of super finesse fishing, but I'd have no concerns using it for a dropshot in a pinch) [Dobyns Sierra and Daiwa RG-AB 2500] 2. 7' medium-heavy/fast, 6:1 reel with 30lb braid - used as a general purpose rod, mostly chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, swimbaits, and buzzbaits. Works in a pinch for texas rigs and jigs too. Tie on a leader and I have no worries using it for treble hook baits, it's super versatile [Abu garcia silver max combo] 3. 7' medium/moderate cranking stick, 6:1 reel with I believe 12lb mono - use it for all my cranking and treble hook bait needs from squarebills, diving cranks, lipless, jerkbaits, poppers, whopper ploppers, walking/spook baits, etc [Duckett micro magic and Daiwa fuego] 4. 7'1" medium-heavy/fast, 7:1 - 8:1 with 30lb braid or 15-17lb fluorocarbon, used exclusively for jigs and texas rigs up to 1/2oz because of its sensitivity [ALX Zolo deputy and Shimano SLX] 5. 7'3" heavy/fast, 8:1 with 50lb braid, used for thick cover flipping/pitching, heavy jigs/t-rigs (over 1/2oz), and frogs [Dobyns fury and Daiwa fuego] This works well for me and my style of fishing, so you may need to experiment a bit to see what works for you, but I think it's a pretty good guideline. Tight lines!
  3. Sure was, didn’t expect it ether.
  4. As a cancer survivor I can tell you it is beatable. Just make sure your doctors have plenty of experience & a proven track record. It's not an easy fight but you will get through it. It also helps to talk with other people that have already been down the same path. Seek them out they will be glad to share. Good luck with your recovery.
  5. Two more Homages DS-9 episode 'Blood Oath' had three Klingon characters from TOS - Kor, Kang, Koloth - make appearances...all three played by the same actors that played them in TOS. Voyager Episode 'Flashback' has Janeway joining Tuvok in his memories...of his time on Excelsior under Capt. Sulu during the events of 'Undiscovered Country'.
  6. So, if i can make an observation from your posts, maybe the reason you feel like you're over-analyzing things is because your focus drifts between species, environments, etc in your thought process. At least that's what I'm noticing in your posts. I love targeting different species, but if i'm trying to figure out everything that swims in the river, and not focus on one species, I'm not going to have nearly as productive a day (ESPECIALLY on a new body of water that I'm not used to fishing) - both in terms of fish caught, but also in pattern building and sorting info I'm getting while on the water. You can target multiple species on a trip, but I have a lot more consistent success doing this when I already know the water and the species well. As for clarity and water level.... The first post covered your normal summer - fall low water conditions that will usually mean clear, tannic, or mildly stained water. Some rivers flow a bit more brown year round, and if you've got rivers like that, that generally means slow current and a different approach. High water or rising water generally means pretty stained to muddy water. It will impair visibility, change where fish hold, and change how they hunt. Smallmouth are primarily sight feeders so overcast days with high muddy water can be difficult, but fish can be caught. This will usually stack fish on current seams, behind points, along shorelines, behind islands and in flooded areas with protection from current. Bigger baits, more flash, bright/dark colors, and lots of vibration should decide your bait/technique selection. You may have to fish a bit slower, or drop a few extra casts into pockets to help fish find your bait. Rising water can be awesome, just make sure it won't be dangerous.
  7. I would as mentioned from a couple above, first check that my hooks are sticky sharp, second - up my rod power to m.
  8. You can't get a hook set using the rod only it can't move enough line to put pressure on the hooks. Set your drag at 2 to 2 1/2 lbs using a scale, your ML can't handle any more force then that. When you get a strike reel fast until the rod is loaded up then make a hard rod sweep and keep reeling, your drag slips a little don't worry about. Definately sharpen the hook points until they stick into your thumb nail. You would be better off using a meduim power rod. Tom
  9. I’m just getting into bass fishing and looking for some advice on setting up some rod and bait caster reel combos for different styles of bass fishing. My main question is I’m looking to have 4-5 combos set up to fish different lures and I’m not sure how to pick rod size and reel speed. I’m looking to fish with jigs, crank baits, flukes, worms, top water baits (whopper plopper, frogs) and so on. Can someone give me some set ups? Thanks in advance
  10. The best of everything to you. Keep the faith brother, you can beat this!! Mike
  11. Sweet catch on a top. I remember my first topwater bite. Full moon night, reeling a jitterbug across the middle of a pond and BANG! Quite the adrenaline rush, eh?
  12. Also a TNG episode paid homage. 'The Naked Now' was a reprise of the TOS episode 'The Naked Time'
  13. you can do this. a few of my friends are living proof. 👍
  14. The thing with the newer ones, specifically TNG, DS9 and Voyager, is that they all paid homage to the original. There's a DS9 episode where they actually time travel backwards and end up hunting a Klingon on the Enterprise. It's the episode Trouble With Tribbles. Kirk, Spock, Scottie, et al. Nicely melded in.
  15. Braid will not help you with treble hook lures. I use braid almost exclusively for the past 30 years. A longer rod will help. Don't horse the fish. Loosen your drag. Shove the rod tip down so your not making the fish jump. When it jumps bow to it keep the rod tip down and the line tight. The second you Gove it slack that fish will headshake and probably throw your lure.get a net.
  16. One of my biggest bass came on a trout swimbait from a body of water that does not have trout. I've opened up a few fish I caught schooling and their bellies were stuffed with little 2 inch minnows. I was using a much bigger 4 inch swimbait. I think if you find fish during feeding windows a well presented bait that vaguely resembles something from the forage base should get bit. It doesn't necessarily have to be exactly what they are keyed on at the moment.
  17. Re: leaders I think bass care a lot less about heavy mono, FC, steel, titanium, etc with fast moving reaction baits than they do with finesse techniques like popping a tube, drifting a Ned rig, etc. Still, I very rarely use them and bite offs, for me, are pretty rare. Trout, salmon, char, etc are all cold water species and require either cold rivers or deep oxygenated lakes to thrive. There are times when you'll find all kinds of species in the same place on a river, especially with lake-run fish off of the Great Lakes, but that isn't generally the norm. I'm far from the best guy on here to talk to about trout, salmon, and steelhead runs off the lakes. Pike and musky can also be a little different because of their biology. You may find them actively feeding below riffles or fast current, but most guys who target them on rivers tend to target them around weed beds, creek mouths, etc.
  18. Today was pretty rainy and cloudy. Past two days were 95-100 plus degrees. Went out today in the morning fished a jig had a couple bites but nothing big. Decided to try a topwater toad buzzbait out in the rain earlier and landed two solid hogs. First one being the biggest. Now I can say I’ve caught a bass on a topwater lure. 🙂
  19. Thank you all for the warm welcome. I hope to be an active member. Again, Thanks for the great welcome.
  20. If I recall, about a full week before she will feel better and two weeks before she wants to go fishing. Just hang in there with her. She will be fine and glad she had the operation.
  21. Ive done it three times in the past three years . Its those extra sharp hooks they make now days . Twice they were Trokars from Berkely crankbaits. Those things are so sharp that they stick to my fingers just tying knots .
  22. d**n Reb, very upsetting news. All the best for a strong fight that you will win. Prostate cancer is curable in the vast majority of cases. My PSA is .02 and my doctor is watching it closely. If it rises rapidly there is a problem. You are correct. Us guys don't like physicals, especially the prostate exam. But ask your oncologist and he will tell you that the prostate exam is the reason he went to medical school! (my doctor's joke just before the exam) Keep us posted on your progress and to all of the guys on this site, young and old, don't be bashful and ask your primary care doctor about having a digital prostate exam annually. It takes only seconds and it can save you life. Now go out there and knock it out of the park! We are with you all the way. P.S. VCU can work wonders.
  23. never fished a 744, i own a 745 that fishes jigs really well. i fish a 3/4 oz f.b. 95 percent of the time on my 784. i love the extra length and wouldnt go any shorter than 7'6
  24. Only if you have the proper permits, and your HOA allows it.
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