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  2. Yo-Zuri Hybrid 6 lb line is .010 dia or equal to most brands 10 lb test. Line diameter matters with light weight jigs when trying to keepi touch, you lose contact if the line is too big in diameter. What weight jig are you using with a Ned worm? I wouldn't go over .008 dia with jigs 1/8 oz or lighter in water depths over 15'. Braid it seems is popular but it floats creating a big belly in your line and you lose contact with the jig on the fall with our without a leader. The only advantage is it's small diameter to lb test. The disadvantage with a leader is 2 knots to fail. I would go with straight 6 lb Seagar InvisX or Sunline Sniper FC line. Tom
  3. Good afternoon everyone. So I have heard a few places that sell cheaper tungsten and I’ve looked on here at a few posts. I’m curious on any other possible good places to get some cheap tungsten. I’m always a bit nervous about buying something online and it not coming or taking a month to arrive and a few places have been like that. Anyone got any good suggestions?
  4. You'll get em'. Just keep at it. Good you're experimenting, that's what its all about!
  5. Rest assured today I was averaging less than 100’
  6. Well, in these winds, I did manage to stick the only one that bit, an ambitious 10" fish on shallow emergent weeds.
  7. The walmart berkley solutions braid is really good, i was broke and bought it because it was cheap but its bee just as good as any braid
  8. Still no fish. Bootleg dark sleeper got its guts ripped out after getting hung up a few times. This did not happen to the authentic one that I got snagged with more times than I could count. Switched to a black/blue BooYa Jig with orange grub tail on it to get some chatter going, managed to see a few dink’s hit the grub tail very close in, but they were barely 3x bigger than the 3/8’s jig. Nowhere near as durable as the real thing
  9. Vilas15

    Fish Eyes

    The fish's "angle" is different in every encounter. They don't look at baits from a perfect side view every time like the photo. Crankbaits especially roll and wiggle so that even eyes on top of the head are probably visible from the side.
  10. $60/year for annual membership dues. This is used for operational stuff like scales, permits, weigh bags, meeting spaces, costs for our annual family picnic and banquet, etc... None of the annual dues money goes to tournament payouts. Tournament entries are $30 for single day and $40 for 2-day. 95% of the money from the entries are paid out in each specific tournament with the remaining 5% being held over to be put toward the Classic Championship payout. 100% of entry fee money is paid out in tournaments and none of the entry fees money goes to operational expenses. We're a pretty large club, averaging over 50 members for the last 20 years. We provide a lot of stuff to members including weigh in bags for standard tournaments and identical scales for MLF-format tournaments. Our tournament payouts are pretty decent compared to entries, especially the Classic which is typically over $500 for first on only $40 entry. We have split divisions so we payout top 3 boaters and top 3 Co-anglers for every tournament. It's definitely not the cheapest to fish with us...But in my admittedly bias opinion it's a great value for local organized tournament fishing...Smaller than BFL/ABA for sure, we get 20 boats or so for our tournaments, but it's also significantly cheaper and more personal.
  11. I had an issue with a tip. I called and received a new tip in less than 48 hours at no cost. Easy fix.
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  13. WRB

    Fish Eyes

    About 30 years ago I went through a time period where eyes were critical, the color had to yellow on shad color lures and red on brown or green lures. I even glued eyes on my jigs. Then I stopped worrying about eyes and nothing changed, still caught the same number if bass regardless if the eyes were holograms, yellow or red it makes no difference. Tom
  14. It makes it a little easier to work on at times...
  15. Yes but Northern bass like to bite you don't like catching bass dont come up here.😁
  16. You have Spotted Bass in MD and from the picture the bass appears to have dark patch of scales on it's tail base, LMB don't. Coloration of the eyes isn't a identifier. All bass have dorsal fins, yours fish has it down at the time of the photo. From the limited info I would say it's a Spotted bass. Tom
  17. I believe you were reimbursed for your troubles on the way to the lake. Im moving from VA to RI this fall. My lakes don’t freeze, ever. I fish year round. I don’t think I’m gonna make it up north😰
  18. -My only guess is that it's not a largemouth. I don't ever remember seeing an iris that vivid of a color mixture between brown and red with a yellow ring around the pupil on a largemouth. I also get that it's a younger fish and they can have different looks. -I don't remember if its tongue had teeth or not. -I'm not sure, but in the picture it almost looks like it doesn't have a dorsal fin at all. -It looks like the jaw hinge is centered on the eye. -It was caught in central Maryland.
  19. My pc suffered a catastrophic failure last week, so I can't load, edit or post any pics or video until I replace it.  May see reports without both for a while.  I'll still shoot just have to have a mass posting at a later date.  Probobly going to be a week or two anyway.

    Here we go.

  20. Warm air temps had me on the road checking for open water today. Super close on a couple of fan favorites. Might be tomorrow. That would be so good. I'll be checking again early morning. If not Monday, Tuesday for sure. Rigs ready either way. One bit of a bummer is that my PC suffered a catastrophic failure last week, so I can't load, edit or post any pics or video until I replace it. May see reports without both for a while. I'll still shoot just have to have a mass posting at a later date. Probobly going to be a week or two anyway. Here we go. A-Jay
  21. Couple good reels in that price category Shimano Citica Shimano Curado Shimano SLX Daiwa Fuego CT Daiwa Tatula Daiwa Tatula CT Abu Revo S Abu Revo SX Abu Revo X Lew's BB1Speed Spool Lew's Mach 2 Speed Spool Lew's Mach Speed Spool
  22. I’m on the new side to bass fishing and wanting to start getting into higher quality rod and reels. I’ve been looking into the lews tournament mb speed spool. What other reels around the 100 to 150 range would you all suggest? And I’m looking for a 7’6 heavy rod to pair it with. Any suggestions there? I appreciate any help I can get.
  23. Try loosening the cast control knob completely and then rocking the side plate as you try removing it. I know the bantam has a rubber o ring inside that makes the side plate hard to remove.
  24. fin

    Fish Eyes

    There seems to be a style where the eyes are on the front, close together on top of the head, like the green Bagley Balsa B in the picture above. That looks to be totally for the fisherman, more for style and tradition than for the fish. Probably not even visible to the fish from their angle.
  25. I use 10 lb braid with a mono leader rather than fc to avoid the inherent problem of bad knots breaking. Use as light a leader as possible without creating problems with bigger fish. 6-12lb range should work well. Keep the leader on the short side like 18” to 24” if the leader knot hangs up in the tip or guides other wise you can use a leader up to the length of the rod. It’s good advise to keep the leader knot out of the reel. Like already mentioned the braid will greatly help you detect bites. You can use high visibility braid if your a line watcher.
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