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  2. The "bass series" has the more moderate taper. I was under the impression the carbon 4 series was nearly identical to SCIV as it says "Our C2 blanks are the same as St.Croix's SCII, and our C4 is the same as SCIV." I'm a complete noob to rod building and have no hands on experience so if this is not accurate someone please straighten me out here.
  3. It's tiny! It is hard to tell since the fish is so small. I thought a spot at first but then I thought a LM. Being so small it is hard to tell.
  4. Help me, please. I am a 14-year-old fisherman that just started. I hate seeing everyone around me catch fish but I can't get a single bite. I got my first ever reel this last Christmas and haven't caught a fish since last fall. (I live in Texas) I have one spinner bait and one crankbait. I also have a bunch of random soft plastics including 2 lizards, 2 different baby shad, One pack of Powerworms (or power baits don't know what they are called) I cannot get any bites and am limited to one pond called "Bailey Lake" in Burleson. I don't know what to do anymore and I'm losing hope/confidence. I really want to learn how to fish and how to do it well. I do not want to wait time walking somewhere and hoping to catch a fish if I can't even remember what a bite feels like. I would like some help please!!! I don't know what to do anymore besides give up. Please let me know what lures, spots to fish, or colors. I 've watched so many tutorials on youtube its crazy. Nothings helping and this is the last thing I can do before I completely give up the sport. Keep in mind I don't have a car so I just can't move fishing spots because bailey lakes the closest spot near my house. I'm going to Walmart tomorrow to pick up some baits, Any suggestions/colors? (the water is like visible for 1-3 feet at the bank then its muddy.)
  5. Hog Farmer Spunk Shad - it moves in sync with the blade.
  6. proud owner of the above .... and mine is used from time to time neighborhood pond .... in its day was state of the art .... performs OK and bass are caught on t -rigged plastics .... good fishing ...
  7. Last I checked you could get kastking braid online for about $6 shipped. I use it on my spinning reel and while it's not the best, it definitely isn't trash. I suggest grabbing some and giving it a shot. If you don't like it, your only out $6. If you do you can keep fishing it or look into a more expensive 8 carrier line. I know you said no leader but if you watch videos on the FG knot and learn to tie it well, you will fail the knot to your lure before the FG gives. I like 20lb but 10 or 15 will probably suit your needs better. I'm rarely fishing a ned that deep.
  8. First large mouth of the year from Murphy lake michigan on Easter Sunday. Makes it even sweeter that I caught it on a chatter bait I poured ( do-it mold), painted, cured, and assembled. Jig is silver, skirt silver and black, with a 2.5 inch twister tail for a trailer. I lost another about the same size. Made it all worth while is both nailed the lure as 2 separate group of guys came motoring up to ask how I was doing . Now I eventually need a differnt mold to eliminate the split ring. Also, the wire on the blade for attaching to the main line was all bent by hand ( kinda a pia) however, I see lire parts on line has a rosco drop shot clip that is very similar to what the name brand ones use. I’ll be ordering those on Thursday
  9. I reel them past blowdowns, submerged wood, etc. My big bass win was caught in 3 feet of water that was about 45 degrees.
  10. Is this what you are looking for ?
  11. Dock Rockers from Siebert is what I am gotta get when I need more. Since I have several of those arky that I got from Northstarbaits . c o m ages ago. This might be a fun project, do you guys think this will work? or should I just grab a thick paper clips and wrap it up along with super glue. another trick that I saw on YouTube.
  12. As others have said, I'd pick a Texas rig worm or T rig craw. It's hard to beat a t rig for fishing around wood cover.
  13. Haven't used the SLX but people seem to love them. I have a few MB and those will be hard to beat at $105. I absolutely love mine.
  14. I have the M 7’ Aird and use it for 1.5 squarebills. Its about as stiff as a whip. I would say the MH for your neko. Good inexpensive rod.
  15. No thumb, but I keep my index finger under the line for all my bottom contact presentations. I have actually cut my index finger on the hook set a few times.
  16. @Mobasser Like I said it's 100% possessive! But like @papajoe222 stated about his grip I use to box which has taken it toll on my wrists, so I need all the additional help I can give them. Holding your index finger under your line absolutely helps if you can do it comfortably.
  17. First large mouth of the year from Murphy lake michigan on Easter Sunday. Makes it even sweeter that I caught it on a chatter bait I poured ( do-it mold), painted, cured, and assembled. Jig is silver, skirt silver and black, with a 2.5 inch twister tail for a trailer. I lost another about the same size. Made it all worth while is both nailed the lure as 2 separate group of guys came motoring up to ask how I was doing Heres a close up of the chatter bait . Now I just need a differnt mold to enminate the split ring
  18. Catt, Yes, use to run monochrome finder but now run color. i am confused about what a hard spot is and why bass like them. Some say rock, some say hump, some say spot where grass is missing. I really need help to clear the fog.
  19. I have used the Joe Bucher Slopmaster spinnerbaits. Some of them aren't too big and are made of heavy wire. You can find them online for around 10 bucks a piece. Besides the heavier wire, their shape makes them much more durable. I have also used Northland's. The Bucher's are much more durable.
  20. @Paprhead Do you know what the "grey line" on your depth finder is? @Dougw That's pretty good sizes even though the numbers weren't great!
  21. Catt, I don't do this at all times. When things get really slow, and the fish are striking very light, it's made a difference in fish landed. It may not work for everyone, it's just my own opinion. The opinion of an aging plastic worm dude.
  22. Who ya' got and why? I'm trying to finish updating my reel arsenal and this is an interesting decision. The SLX is holding steady at about $99 while I can get the Tournament MB off eBay for just $5 more at $104.95. The SLX version I'd want is the 6.3:1 while the Lews is 6.8:1.
  23. All my rods are cork (loomis. Megabass, Dobyns, Kistler, Powell). and I use u40 on all of them. I don’t feel a difference. I recommend u40.
  24. While I agree 100% it's something I don't do because of how I hold my reel.
  25. Got out on Honeyoe for about 2 hours around lunchtime on my kayak. Had three in the first six casts. I didn't get another one for about 30 minutes, but ended up with seven. All on bottom presentations in 6-10 feet of water--six on a wobble head with a rage bug and one on a finesse jig. Nothing else even got a sniff. All of them between 1.5 and 2.5.
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