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  2. Awesome angling man, I wish we had more slabs like that in Michigan. I tend to bass fish more frequently, but I go targeting pike and Muskie multiple times a year for my big fish fix haha. I mean heck in Michigan anything above 5-6 is a hog. Keep in mind our state record is around 11 pounds and it’s an old record before the area was developed I believe
  3. Guys excuse me before I rant, but I saw something this weekend I never hope to see again and it sickened me to a point where I called the dnr. I caught this piece of trash pulling these out of his boat, with him and his son, immediately snapped a photo and called the dnr poaching hotline. apparently this guy wants to teach his 12 year old son how to poach large mouth bass. This is just sick, wrong, harmful and cruel. 32 large mouths many undersized michigan is a 5 14+ state. does this tick everyone off as bad as I did or am I a fishing snitch
  4. Oh good, was worried that tweakers were becoming an endangered species in Redding. 😂
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  6. Needless to say all it took was a nice 16 inch smallmouth riverfish to take some drag on my rod that I usually use for largemouth to become much more interested in river fishing, I caught 3 on a whopper plopper two on a popper. in general terms fishing small rivers, what else is good to throw? I went too water because the river was slow, clear and unfamiliar to me so I didn’t wanna be snagging up all day and first cast the plopper was on! Any suggestions? River fishing is much different than lake fishing, don’t wanna waste my time, I probably own the gear, just don’t know how to apply it for smallmouth! i always loved catching them in lake st clair, but the ones that are stuck in the rivers seem to be pound for pound much stronger, and also a lot more psychotic.
  7. I love this idea, I am 29 and it’s rare besides my one fishing buddy to find a guy between 20-30 fishing in my area, oddly enough I see kids on bikes with poles pond hopping! I am a NCAA ice hockey official, I am off working side jobs until the season starts and would love to partake!
  8. I’m sure it hurts them to an extent, I mean if you fell full weight flat on the ground from 6 inches you may not be injured, but your gonna feel it. Oddly enough I have heard certain parts of a fish mouth have less nerve endings where being hooked may not be super painful, but for all I know Rapala wrote that article for tree huggers to think fishing is “humane” haha. fish are pretty tough, but if you ever suspect you dropped it too hard, or perhaps gill hooked it so bad it’s gonna die, in those situations keep it, however I dropped a pike that tried to go crazy on me when we were taking a picture and he literally fish flopped himself back into the water and took off fast, which is strange because pike stun easily. but, like one of the other anglers posted. I have nose hooked a pike landed it and released it within a minute and they have gone belly up even with me properly reviving the fish. I have been told fish release a stress hormone, when caught in my mind maybe it’s like adrenaline or something to where they can have too much and die from it? I am by no means a marine biologist so do not take this as fact. I might be right or my uncle told me an old wives tale and they die for unknown reasons during a fight. I do not recommend using lighter tackle than the fish your going for requires. It’s much safer to crank them in and release them quick than fight a 24 inch pike on a crappie rod for 30 minutes lol. Obviously exaggerating, and your gonna hook other species on accident, but generally speaking use equipment that matches your target.
  9. We had a heavy t-storm last night at about 7pm, we are supposed to have another at 10 am i am a big solunar guy and this morning should be epic fishing, but with the storms am I potentially looking at a bad time? I planned on going first light for a couple hours, probably gonna throw a plopper or popper, maybe a buzzbait, but I am worried about locating fish in the between storm conditions! Any input? I also realize pre storm fishing can be great, I’m just not sure how to fish series of storms. Usually I wait a couple days for the water to clear, but we have a full moon people haha!!
  10. I’d say 10. I caught the fish of a lifetime for Michigan at 7.8 pounds our state record is only 11-12 pounds, so anything above 5 is a big ole bass in the north haha. The reason im going 10 is that fish looks to be 25-28 inches long and they don’t even get that fat in Michigan the 21 incher I pulled out last week was like 4.9, which is on the low side for a bass that size, but that thing is a strait pig.
  11. Something is definitely wrong. The rod can handle that just fine. Braid might be too light, but I would start with spool tension and then brakes.
  12. Should a medium heavy rod be able to cast a lure that weighs less then what is recommended on the rod?
  13. Man down! Boys were running around the back yard in the sprinkler and Lake dropped like he'd been hit by a sniper. I saw blood running down his heel as soon as I started towards him and he dripped blood all across the floor on the way to the bathroom. We got the bleeding stopped pretty fast and got the cut cleaned out pretty good but never did figure out what he stepped on. It's covered up pretty good with Neosporin in the picture, but it's a pretty good sized gash. He was up walking around not 5 minutes after I taped gauze to the bottom of his foot though. The best part of the whole thing was my poor, childless, single buddy was over for dinner because he were going night fishing afterwards. He got to experience the whole thing and while my wife and I were dealing with Lake, Finn decided to get completely naked and keep playing in the sprinkler. So next thing we know, a bare azzed 2 year old is streaking through the house soaking wet with 2 Golden Retrievers chasing him, dog toy in one hand and blue icy in the other. If he was ever thinking about having kids at some point, he's probably seriously reconsidering.
  14. I have a few Speed Demon Pro rods and really like them but the frog rod isn't one of them. Those specs seem way off.
  15. I have owned a ton of both brands. High end (Steez, Antares) to low end (Tatula, Citica) and EVERYONE of them have been excellent. You cannot go wrong with either.
  16. The average size hollow body frog weighs 1/2oz and generally cast a mile. Something is wrong with your set up. Also, 15lb braid is mostly reserved for spinning gear due to its diameter, that might be your problem. I use 50lb on my heavy/fast frog rod and can cast a frog about as far as I can cast anything.
  17. So I've been using 40pb powerpro on my baitcaster and sometimes mid cast it will stop suddenly and there will be a line in the spool over my line that caused it to stop during the cast it's really frustrating so if anyone could help I would appreciate it.
  18. Gotten rid of almost all of my Shimanos and switched to mostly Daiwas. Still have a few 200B Curados, a 50B Calcutta, 200E5 Curado, and 100B Chronarch. Only Shimano I'm keeping is a 300E Curado and I'm not completely sold on keeping it.
  19. Love mine, have it paired with a Helios 7' 6" H/F for fishing jigs. One of of the nicest reels I own.
  20. Money goes so quick when you start putting spinnerbait supplies into the cart.
  21. i just bought a 96 ranger r70 and i got new fist/depth finders for bow and transom, there is an accessory switch on the bow that dosnt seem to turn anything on. my question is can i wire the fish finder to that instead of going all the way back to the battery thanks
  22. For me, if I am going to use a jig head and want a slow fall I will use a hollow body. If I want to get it deep with a jig head I will use a solid body. If I want a subsurface I will use a solid body on a T rig with a 1/16 oz pegged weight.
  23. I have not had much luck on the black plopping baits. Low light conditions are about the only time they've done me much good. I'd much rather fish a bone or white colored one.
  24. Solid body baits are going to be more dense, so you're going to get a different sink rate from similar sized baits. IMO, solid body baits are easier to rig because you have more plastic to work with and there's more rigging options. How they wobble is going to depend on the rigging and how soft the plastic is.
  25. No, those frog hooks are way too big for the back of a Hula Popper. You need something like these in a size 6 or 4 depending on the size of the Hula Popper. https://www.jannsnetcraft.com/double-fish-hooks/845244.aspx
  26. I don't know that I'd ever fish it, but I might buy one or two just to have them for nostalgia sake.
  27. You aren't upsetting me and I understand what you're saying but I think you have it wrong. Phenix's lifetime warranty isn't an unlimited warranty. It specifically says so in the link you posted. I'm sorry that you feel misled but the terms are pretty clear. "Accident, abuse, misuse" is what caused your rod to break and what causes all rods that have been in use for 3 years to break. If there were some factory defect in your rod it wouldn't have taken 3 years to show itself. I'm not saying you intentionally did something to your rod but at some point something happened to the blank while in your possession. If rod companies had free replacement on every rod that broke they would go out of business. It would be like wrecking your car and expecting Ford to fix it for free.
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