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  2. My MH Helium 3 doesnt feel tip heavy to me. Balances real well with a Chronarch MGL. Guides are perfect. A lot better than some of the Loomis NRX rods I've seen pictures of. I'd return it for another one. Every manufacturer has a defect every now and then.
  3. Too big I think. I ordered some 1/2 plugs off Amazon. We'll see.
  4. I'm one of those right handed guys that uses left handed reels. Walk the dog baits are what hooked me on fishing. I use a 7' megabass levante flat side special casting rod. Never understood why people like to switch hands when they cast, as well as work the rod with their non dominant hand...anyways if you like a technique enough, buy a dedicated setup for it. Look at a medium to medium heavy, whatever length you prefer. I'm 6 ft tall and walking baits with a 7 foot rod is no problem, and the casting distance improves with a longer rod. Just make sure the rod you choose loads deep enough into the blank to handle treble hooked baits.
  5. Been there @hoosiergramps more times than I’d like. Nothing like being on fish with a live well full of ‘em, go to start the big motor to head on in and crickets.... Pulling a trolling motor battery to connect to start the big motor is a temporary solution for the immediate problem. I went with the best AGM battery available AND a Perko switch to cover my bases. Good luck and good fishing, JB
  6. We catch them all the time in Alabama. Bass fight way harder believe it or not. Go Vols beat them Florida Gators!!
  7. St Croix makes a Mojo Bass medium spinning glass crankbait rod. Rated up to 3/4 ounce. $149. It's only 7'2" though .
  8. I prefer a Spook over any popper......
  9. First, it sounds like you're doing pretty well learning for yourself. Matt & Tim from TacticalBassin are pretty serious, they'll get you on the right track! I've picked up several tips from them myself. And flukemaster also is short and to the point. Between the two, if you can swing a SLX combo, I would think it's worth the extra money. I saw in a recent post, someone found one for $129. Also a Daiwa Fuego paired with an Aird X is supposed to be an affordable combo that fishes well above its price point. I have a 13 & 15 year old myself and I did buy them their first setups, but that's it. They now have much better rods and reels but they had to wait for their birthdays for those. My oldest son used a.....forgot how to use English's sporting goods gift card he got for Christmas to help stock the tackle bag as well (my youngest bought himself new hockey equipment he needed)
  10. Anything on the cheaper end...? $250-300 on a cranking rod is a little high. Dosent have to be glass can be a moderate fast also. Like to keep rod around $120-$175
  11. tackletour recently did a review on the strike king thunder cricket and gave it an 8.0/10 which is a great score and mentioned some similarities and differences with the jackhammer. at the $13.99 price point of the thunder cricket, is it worth saving a few bucks or spending a few more on the jackhammer? personally, i've stuck to the original, elite, and custom chatterbait's and have had fairly good success, but i've been very tempted to step it up to the jackhammer since everyone i talk to raves about them being much more dominant that the lower level chatterbaits. let me know what you guys think
  12. I very seldom have fished crankbaits from shore . The places fish there are better choices .
  13. Seen a lot of big bass coming out of the Wachusett past two weeks! Maybe I’ll find a place to go drop the Lund in and get in on this action sometime soon.
  14. I think a shallow floating crankbait like a squarebill is the right place to start. You'll be surprised how willing bass are to smash them.
  15. Jif is good stuff. Much more of a peanut flavor than other brands IMO. The whipped Jif is great for dipping apple slices into for a snack. The new Jif Power Up bars and granola clusters are awesome. A peanut butter ball rolled over granola, so gooooood!
  16. Buy a few lipless, squarebills and jerkbaits and stick with it. Whenever I learn a new technique I work with it until I start catching fish. It's kind of torturing yourself but it pays off. You really get an understanding of the technique and you can chalk it up to a confidence bait. Fishing from shore you might want to avoid deep cranking for now. Probably going to hang up a lot of baits learning the feel of what you are bouncing off of and working the crank through cover. Good luck! Reaction baits are awesome. You can cover lots of water from the bank and find the active fish.
  17. I have a 200e7 chronarch 160 shipped. Email me for pictures they are pretty high res and can't upload Boatlee@gmail.com
  18. Braid to a fluorocarbon leader for your new 853s. I use 16 pound SX1 to a 7 pound fluorocarbon leader. You could go 15 pound braid to an 8 pound leader.
  19. My spinning reels have a higher ipt than most of my casting reels. I think I will continue to experiment with the gear that I have to see what works the best for me.
  20. The problem to me is poor lake management by draw downs during the spawn cycle kills off the years recruitment cycle and the fish kill factor when the water temps are stable is troubling on several levels. Aquatic plant growth this early should be just starting and not a major DO producer until the plants are green. The problem lowering water levels also stirs up bottom debris that are decayed and that usues up DO the fish need to survive. Bottom line the lake sounds like it's sick. Tom
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  22. I have done well using a whopper plopper.
  23. You can't be that tall 😮 I'd go with the 6', especially fishing from shore. You'll get a better stroke walking the more vertical you go. I look like I'm putting when I'm walking. Walking baits all cast far naturally, so you don't need the length for that. But you might get better speed on your baitcaster, which is important, depending on what reels you have.
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