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  2. Welcome to the forums! Small waters are my thing too , and N.E Florida is full of them.
  3. There are still quite a few Sizzlers in Southrn California, but not as many as from their heyday in the '80s. The current ones are nice, but more expensive than they used to be. Instead of being a fast food style place to get a steak, they have repositioned themselves as a poormans Black Angus.
  4. Lowered 100 shipped. Obo want gone.
  5. I'm guessing you haven't watched any of the of the coverage. If you think guys pick a starting spot and milk it all day, you are mistaken. Most guys fished a shad spawn in the morning and moved to another pattern as the day progressed. There have also been several guys everyday who struggled in the morning and made a run during the 3rd period to advance to the next day. To simplify an 8 hour day of fishing to a starting spot is quite misleading and flat out wrong. As far as them going back to Table Rock, I have no idea. They are still advertising Grand on their website but with all the recent rains and flooding I wouldn't be shocked if they moved the event. BASS just postponed an OK event last week.
  6. I would suggest the definition for a "real" bass fisherman is the guy who figures out a way to catch them no matter the circumstances. The gear, the method, the boat are all personal preferences that help that person accomplish that goal. I do think it is helpful to be open to new techniques and gear, sometimes it will work better or increase your enjoyment. Like the OP, I prefer shorter pistol grip rods, but I will pair them with a nice reel like a Revo. On my spinning reels, I'm old school in that I like the Shimano line pickup feature and double handles found on some of their reels, but I learned pairing it with a modern line like Nanofil solved many problems. As for lures, I am always interested in seeing if new lures will do something better than my existing lures. I love throwing Zara spooks, but there are times a Whopper Plopper is a better tool. I'm always giving new soft jerkbaits a try to see how well they skip, but I typically return to a Slug-go or Senko after the trial. Trying new baits resulted in learning Midwest Finesse (Ned Rig), something I am sooooooo grateful that I know now. Not every thing new should be adopted, but some new things will make your fishing life better.
  7. hey guys pond expert here let me know if you have any questions regarding largemouth pond hunting. suburbs or farm ponds I got lots of tips and tricks from sand bottom to grass filled or even super murky. southeast states are my expertise
  8. After sitting in my kayak I can tell i won't be able to reach the controls very easily. Thinking I'll need something like a RAM mount on one of my closer assy rails.
  9. I heard this morning that Stage 7 on Grand Lake, has been switched back to Table Rock! A media company with a direct line to the higher ups at MLF, said he spoke to them Wed evening and received the news. How does everyone think that will turn out, now that everyone has reviewed the tapes, and know where everyone was fishing! Granted.... success only comes if one happens to pick the right place to start. With the format of counting every fish, the starting spot is the only real choice the anglers are given, as they cannot afford to quit and move much, to correct a wrong decision. I think they should change to a 10 fish, combined weight, and give the anglers more time to correct what they are doing, and fish for bigger fish.
  10. What make and model spinning reel ? Reel rotar size determines how much line is retreived per revolution (IPT) the gear ratio is only 1 factor to consider. Tom
  11. Heavy jig, Heavy cover, minimum 50# braid. 3/4 oz -1/5 oz jig weight. probably go 65# for flipping and if it is super thick and gnarly maybe even 80#. Light cover lighter jigs 1/4 oz - 1/2 oz, 30-50# braid. I'd fish it straight braid either set up. FM
  12. As a kid, when trout fishing in the catskills at one spot I'd throw a lure upstream and retrieve it with the spinner blade turning slowly, and a second cast across the stream to let the lure come into the eddy from the opposite or down current side with the spinner going wildly, often I'd get a fish on the opposite side cast. I left no cast potential to go untested. Down here in So. Flo. we do not have any moving water so it makes no difference.
  13. It surely annoys me, but thought it may be just me! .... IMO .... they are making a mockery of the "Century Club" ! Know that their spokes people are supposed to promote their product, but a bigger part, is to not annoy the audience! Marty could use a tune up, in that department!
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  15. As a long-time stream/river fisher, I can say that there's a LOT to fishing current. Stream fishing, and fishing tides, will teach you how fish operate in current. There is no one way to do it. But, some of the main issues revolve around speed control (what current does to your line, essentially), and whether the lure's approach will either alarm, or incite, the fish. One really effective way can be to fish across current from them, which forces the fish to make a decision -a powerful trigger. This can be done straight across, or down and across. But, open lake currents are rarely terribly strong, esp down where the fish are. A lot of that current is on the surface, esp if its wind generated. So you might even be able to ignore it much of the time. If it's a river run reservoir, that's pulling lots of water, and you are in a narrow area where current concentrates, that can be a different story. I made a video on fishing wind-generated current on small shallow waters, where current can get going, that shows how prey fishes (bluegills in this case), and the bass, respond. Current can really liven things up!
  16. Since it said "online store" I thought I could browse them but I guess not. I gave st-croix a call and we didn't really talk about if I was at fault or not since me being from canada and my rod being a two piece, replacing the top tip is the cheaper alternative. The shipping for warranty claim is $30 us + the shipping on my end The replacement tip is $35 us with shipping included. It will also be shipped today rather than taking 3 weeks for the warranty claim.
  17. I'm pretty sure we have the exact same reel. It's the 19 morethan with 8.6 gear ratio right? I don't remember the length numbers off the top of my head for mine with 20# but 180ft seems low for a fully spooled morethan with 16# sniper... Do you fill the line right up to the bevel? My braid to leader on my other setup I do Sufix 832 30# with 15# blue label fluoro leader in FG knot and never any issues.
  18. Of what you mentioned 832 I would add Fins and Gamma to the list....
  19. I interpreted the "and no more" as he stopped catching them. I use a plastic worm for search bait and for slow bait. I like to search slowly and thoroughly. I'll stop the day the fish quit eating it....... Been waiting 3 decades so far. Just because you whizz a fast lure by a bass doesn't mean he has to eat it. I've fished a spot for hours with no luck and jumped in with a diving mask only to see big smallmouth everywhere that had been ignoring us
  20. These rods are either brand new or like new. Payment via money order or check. If you need references, please let me know as I buy and sell a lot on here and would gladly provide them. 1. Daiwa Steez XT 7' Medium Casting (new with tags) 1/8 - 1oz.: $165 TYD 2. Powell 3D Max 7'2" MH Casting (new with tags and U-40 cork sealed): $130 TYD 3. Shimano Zodias 7'5" H Casting (like new/excellent): $120 TYD Please let me know if you are interested. I can email pictures of the rods to you. Thank you and best wishes on the water!
  21. My cousins boyfriend does well in that river with flukes frogs and a spinnerbait. Also never fish anywhere in FLA without trick worms
  22. I am not sure if we have the same reel. I have the Morethan PE TW. When fully spooled with 16# and I bomb cast a 1oz jig, I can easily unspool the reel (which is roughly 170-180 feet). I probably will try Suffic 832 in 30pound test with the FG knot and a 5 foot leader.
  23. I went to Michigan in early September 2015 and the smallmouth about pulled me out of a kayak . Angry boogers up there. If it wasn't for the after lunch wind everyday I think I would have stomped em pretty good
  24. I MUCH prefer casting gear for baits that pull back: spinnerbaits and larger billed cranks, esp. I do have some spinning reels that handle them fine, but these are larger decent quality reels, and not for big deep cranks. Nearly any spinning reel will handle small finesse cranks.
  25. Looking for ways to fish rivers, specifically smaller ones like the St. John’s size in Florida. Constant flow, lots of river bends, no oxbows or creeks, like the big ones most states have,to speak of. Cover/ structure consists of docks ( but most are pretty shallow) pads ( some have decent water depth 2-3’ others about a foot) and lay downs. River gets a TON of boat traffic on the weekends but I go during the week and early. I was thinking frogs and flipping in the deeper pads. Maybe crankbait or flip the laydowns.
  26. You need to compare line diameter, Suffix 50 is significantly larger diameter (.014D) then 16# FC (.013D). Look at 30 lb braids; Fins WindTamer 30# (.011D), 40# (.012D). Tom
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