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  2. Does anyone know of a motor mate or something like it to fit a 2019 mercury pro xs 115
  3. I have several of these baits in 3/8 and 1/2, but none in 3/4. In the past I rarely threw them, but would like to start doing so. I read an article that said you should keep a selection of either the 3/8 or 1/2, but never both, and a selection of 3/4 or 1 oz., but never both. So, until I can get some 3/4 or 1 oz. spinnerbaits can I add a trailer to a 3/8 to make it a 3/4? Say adding a Keitech Fat Impact to make it a 3/4 to fish deeper? Any suggestions on brands of 3/4 to 1 oz. SB would be appreciated. Most of my SB are Terminators or Strike King and the 3/4 to 1 oz. are not available in these brand. Thanks....Joe
  4. "You guys know a gym membership is like $10 a month right? " Can't afford it. I ordered my 4th Conquest this week, an 844 to go with the 3 MH's. And another Metanium since I had the guy on the line with my credit card info already. They make a fairly light extremely well balanced rig. And I got married this past November. Retirement is exciting and expensive.
  5. I’ve done a couple trips on North Georgia herring lakes that fish very similarly. Those fish up shallow can be really smart, if you see them you’re probably too close. Weightless 6” senkos casted from a distance are good for those big shallow largemouth. Also you can try to make them react to a big topwater like a Shower Blows or Duo Pencil 110. They seem to really like erratic walk the dog baits. Chatuge has lots of big spots in it that will follow herring all around the lake. Underspins and flukes work well for them, and if they’ve hunkered down in brush lots of guys will move to a dropshot or shaky head. In the summer it really helps to get out in the morning while fish are most active and you can get them corralling bait shallow.
  6. Depends on how far I cast but ya it can take 4-5 minutes. No I fish a Texas Rig or Jig-n-Craw 85-90% of the time. Now ya got understand that's how I like to fish a Texas Rig, but on any given day the bass may want it faster... I'm capable of that. I'll also add I seldom if ever peg my weight, I want that worm chasing that bullet weight to bottom...can we say predator/prey! Lagniappe: I fish my Jig-n-Craw the same way
  7. After watching that video I ditched my current insurance and hopped onto Ben Green Insurance haha. I talked to Bryan Partak, very friendly and informative, and I feel much better about my insurance coverage now. Great group of people I highly recommend.
  8. Actually bought another one this morning from Dicks, they have the combo with 7’ rod for $100 right now.
  9. Yup. I have several of the same reels with the same line capacity and many extra spools. It's easy to go reel to reel and then change out the spool. Sort of like cheating. A-Jay
  10. Great to hear. For $99.99 combo a lot of guys are liking it. Things happen. Things are overlooked. Glad to see you are taken care of. Lew’s puts out a good product. Back in the early 80’s all my trout rigs were Lew’s. I thought they were were a spin off of one of the big guys or vice Versa back then.
  11. That's a great kayak, the Predator PDL. I have several friends who fish out of them with great success. And, I believe they made some improvements for this model year and dropped prices a bit. The new Hobie PA 12 or 14 with the new 360 Drive? For anyone fishing with a heavy emphasis on working around boathouses, docks, marinas, really hard? Or, pulling along long shorelines and casting parallel to the edge? These expensive new Hobies, likely $5,000 with taxes, will be very hard to beat. They will go forward and backward, like PDLs, Natives and others, but also allow the angler to sidle over left or right. Someone mastering its movements will be able to get in great position to make great casts to difficult spots where bass hang out. Brad
  12. If you have another reel with no line, you can use that reel to get the line out. A-jay method is fool proof but still you have to know how many yards of such line will fit in your reel, you might get 150yds with 10lb but only 100 or less with 20lb.
  13. You're Welcome - I have & do use a drill. You need two 'empty' line spools and you have to run it twice to it set up correctly. That's a long winter deal for me. When it's not snowing, I just set the rig up outside, and take a walk. Pull the line out across my yard, around a tree and then back to the rig. Cut it at the mainline to backing knot and retie it with the leading end of the 'old line'. Then reel it back on and the 'fresh' line ends up on top ready to hammer your next big tank. A-Jay
  14. I have multiple issues with the last 2 daiwa baitcasters I have purchased so it will be some time before they get me a third time. Shimano bc reels have been spot on so most likely continue with them. Spinning reels is just the opposite more likely to buy daiwa over shimano.
  15. Since I have been chastised for suggesting a T-rig has a bullet and it's not a weedless hooking technique I will venture to say my T-rig usually is made up with a glass faceted bead inbetween the sliding bullet weight and hook. The glass bead adds a clicking sound that I believe increases strikes. My retrieve technique is making bottom contact then shaking the line several times before lifting the rod tip to move the worm about a foot then let it sink back to the bottom repeating a few shakes. How fast the retreive is depend on how the bass are reacting to presentation and if working up hill, down hill or sideways. Tom
  16. I just pulled the spool out, the bearing/Drive pin was there, it was a complete failure of the spool to spool shaft connection. They just dropped a new one in the mail, pretty impressed with the customer service.
  17. Thank you A-Jay! That's what I'm beginning to realize! I'm making it too complicated. To reverse it, would you use a drill motor and old spool? I'm guessing that you would have to do this twice to get fresh line at the front.
  18. Along the same line as what A-Jay wrote, if you can imagine a bass sitting somewhere, say, under a pad, under a boat house/dock, in a bush, in the shade behind a rock, it is hard to imagine that it is there all by itself. Just as in a large aquarium like we see in some of the big fishing stores/restaurants, there are likely other nearby bass of different sizes, likely some panfish, some minnow/bait fish action. Things scooting along the bottom and surface, too. Smaller fish remain weary of larger ones, no doubt, but they often occupy space close to things that could eat them. So, my guess is a bass in a good ambush location ALWAYS has meal choices, not just our presentations. We are competing against other possible meals. For T-Rigged plastics, what usually works best for me is a very slow presentation. If I cast one out and it gets bit on the drop, I change my thought process knowing I have more active feeders. I speed up a bit, fish competing for food act different than fish taking naps. Brad
  19. I need rod and reel recommendations for a dedicating spidering rod.
  20. Don't know about fishing it, but I'd like to see my wife's eyes when walking it up the bed! I'm with most here, i'd rather run into a snake than a spider!
  21. When hooking a small baitfish, let's say, a small mullet, sucker minnow, whatever... in the nose or maybe under the spine in the back, it goes like this: fetch the fish from the bait bucket fish squirms around a bit because he's being scooped out of the water fish squirms around for 10-15 seconds until you firmly grasp them and they relax the SECOND that hook breaks the skin, they squirm and they squirm a lot. They flinch hard, and don't stop squirming around after 10-15 seconds. It's obvious that it hurts. It's pretty obvious. Same thing with simply getting the hook out of a bass's mouth. If it's a tough hook to get out, when prying at the hook, they can flop around due to the obvious pain. I'm no scientist but it seems pretty obvious to me.
  22. Hi Joe ~ IPT while an important factor of the reel - may not be of much use when attempting to respool the reel and end up with the desired backing to mainline ratio. To keep it as simple as possible - perhaps use the 1/3 - 2/3 deal. Fill the spool 1/3 of the way (eye ball it) with your backing and the rest use your mainlin, whatever it is. You'll most likely have a bit more mainline than you'll 'need' but once it gets wore a bit, that 2/3's length is usually still sufficient to where you can reverse it (end for end it) down to the backing placing 'the fresh' line back on top. Can save a little $$ that way. A-Jay
  23. That's, what, five minutes per cast? Do you only t-rig when you're highly confident that there are fish around? Mostly asking because I'm impatient and usually get outfished by guys like you.
  24. Welcome to the forum. Many bass clubs allow non boaters to fish as co-anglers. You might want to check some local clubs to see what their policies are. They could have a minimum age which might be a problem for you at 14. Good luck!
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