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  2. 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
  3. I need rod and reel recommendations for a dedicating spidering rod.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. Sometimes it's just easier to chuck one way far back into the weeds than to slowly tear up the plant life and repeatedly foul the trolling motor getting the boat closer. A big rod and braid can help with the fish as well as getting your snagged lures back.
  10. Join a local club and hook up as a back seater. You will learn a ton from more experienced guys!
  11. Short Stroking! After my lure has sat on the bottom for 20-30 seconds I'll stroke upwards 2-3', let it fall back down, I do this 3 times quickly before pausing for 20-30 seconds. I do this all the way back to the boat. If I'm casting in 10' of water or less the height of the strokes are not as high. When a bass attacks a school of shad, minnows, perch, ect, does it try to run down the healthiest, fastest, the one out front? No it targets the slowest, the one swimming erratically, the one drawing attention to itself. When a crawfish senses danger does it nonchalantly walk away? No it makes 3 quick hops up off the bottom, pauses briefly, and makes 3 more quick hops until it feels it's reached a safe distance. I want my lure to draw the bass's attention; I want that bass to say "I can catch that one!".
  12. Remember the TV guys get their plastics for free, we have to pay for ours with hard earned cash. If they want to give me 28 different colors I'll take them. Throw where they live and they will probably all catch fish. Example I have caught on bubble gum, given to me at X-mas.
  13. Here's a few of my first few baits I built. I love these black nickle blades. This bluegill color is exactly what I have been looking for in a skirt. I'm really proud of this one. Goby and bluegill skirts side by side. It took me 3-4 baits to finally perfect how to make this loop perfectly, but I think I've got it figured out now.
  14. I have the gen 1 E6X, an 853C. I like the action of the rod, but the balance and overall weight isn't great. It is not as sensitive as other rods in that price range either. Just kind of feels dead in my hands. I think the best (just my opinion) rods in that price range are the new Megabass Levantes.
  15. My favorite casting reel I have is my citica, and my favorite spinning reel is my stradic ci4+. Nuff' said!
  16. I mostly use the rod ~ It's not magic - just a mind set. Movements are slow, subtle and designed not to attract attention. I bank on the fact that Old Bertha is the Mistress of her domain, she knows the baits there. Perhaps if the bait is acting like it doesn't know she's there and not acting like 'it's trying to get away', it makes it appear like an easy meal. I think she likes that. A-Jay
  17. When the bite requires a subtle technique, I will change up from a dead stick, to a slow pull, to a stop and shake. I wait to see what they want and then repeat until on a pattern. The fish will tell you what they want, that day, that hour. It often changes as the day goes on and the light conditions change. Its seldom the same trip to trip. They are often in the same territory but technique often changes.
  18. If I am not mistaken, there are 3. Their names are Bob, Chuck & Hal.
  19. Cast or pitch (to cover) let it fall on semi tight line. Work it back along the bottom with drags, hops, shakes with some pauses in between. A steady swim rarely works for me but sometimes I'll be get bit reeling it back to cast again and that can be a clue to swim it. I kind of just play around till something works. When pitching to cover most bites come on the initial fall. Interesting...so you drag with the reel or rod?
  20. I’m 14 and I want to start doing fishing tournaments but I was wondering if I need a boat.
  21. dominickcapurso@yahoo.com Im surprised no body ever took over the place. you used to be able to rent jon boats w/trolling motors and fish all 3 lakes in that area . Its been yrs. since I fished there, lots of tournaments. On njbass.com regulars say it needs to be dredged its getting weeded over badly
  22. Mmm, Texas rigged worming was my first bass fishing bread and butter technique, learning in my grandfather's farm ponds. They were muddy, gunky, and grassy, and back when my older cousin taught me we had straight shank worm hooks, 7.5" culprit worms, and 1/4oz bullet weights. We never texposed, and we caught loads of bass casting out, allowing it to fall, lifting up before reeling slack and repeating. Almost 25 years later I still lift and drop, but I'll dead stick, shake, drag, and in the case of craws, even swim my Texas rig back until I figure out what the bass are in the mood for.
  23. I do it different every cast until I find what works on a given day. I would say I've caught the most fish on a very slow retrieve with long (20 seconds or so) pauses between short movements.
  24. I tend to do that sometimes. I've had luck catsting a T rig into Muck and got results.
  25. Can’t beat catching nice smallmouth in just a couple feet of water in the middle of the summer.
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  27. I guess I should have specified- Looking for a low profile casting reel.
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