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  2. ^ This right here will clear up most of your setup problems. I worked on doing this by getting those practice plugs in different weights and casting them in the back yard. I would switch weights and leave then settings long then see how the reel reacted with those settings. Just be aware you will get some birdsnests. This also helped me smooth out my cast instead of trying to "whip it" for more distance.
  3. Are you referring to a float tube like this;
  4. you're right. i don't use a swivel. but i fish a lot with soft plastic baits and i always assumed a swivel would mess with the subtle action of the bait. no?
  5. anybody use an inner tube fishing float? if so, what are the pro's and con's? I am considering one because currently I wade and my balance isn't what it used to be, so I'm thinking the float would keep me from slipping and falling into the lake. the lake I fish isn't real deep, but obviously it doesn't take a lot to screw you up if you slip and fall even in a few feet of water. should i be concerned about poking hole in float while on water? do you really have to get diving fins? as always, i really appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
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  7. I work 2nd Shift so not much to do once I am off work. Decided to paint a few in some real basic patterns that catch fish.
  8. When the water rises and gets dirty, the fish do go into a funk for a bit, but let me assure you, they still feed. The rivers I fish are generally clear but if I had the choice I’d rather fish them high and dirty.....hands down. Why? You can power fish and the high water puts fish in very predictable locations. Behind ANYTHING that breaks the current causing a current break or downstream eddy. As far as bait selection goes, smallmouth are generally sight feeders in clear water, but throw that out the window in dirty water. You need to fish things that move water. Bladed jigs, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, wide wobbling crankbaits, are my top 4. Target the current breaks and eddys. Just about all of my largest river smallmouth and heaviest tourney stringers have come from high and dirty water. The pics are of my last 2 events, both during high water periods, and both of which we won doing exactly what I’ve described. Hope this helps and good luck!
  9. I'm planning to sling it around a pond before I have to go to supper today. Maybe I'll stick one or two.
  10. Finally replaced the trailer light I cracked. I purchased them for $23 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DV355Z8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_.NaVCb6AX7MCZ
  11. Fish it all day, I catch most of my biggest topwater fish during the middle of the day when you're not "supposed" to fish topwater. My biggest buzzbait bass was right around lunch time, an ounce shy of 6. Some of my best days fishing a Slammer have been middle of bright sunny days too.
  12. Buddy, I can see myself getting hooked hopelessly on topwater. It's fun fishing.
  13. I don't change the leader length, usually 3-4 feet regardless of braid color. I only use it on spinning gear, casting gear is straight braid 100% of the time if I'm using braid regardless of braid color.
  14. I was fishing a small pond with the toadrunner too. The lake I was on Friday is about 200 acres and was 60 degrees, so we're right there.
  15. Sometimes I like to show everyone that I know how to catch fish other than bass pretty well too Put 37 of these guys in the boat Friday, along with some white bass, largemouth, and a crappie. Almost all of them were caught casting in less than 5' of water in the middle of a bright, sunny, post cold front day. They were not shy at all either, had to use pliers to get my bait back from a lot of them.
  16. I've never used wax worms for them, never needed to honestly, but I'd use them to tip a small jig if I was going to use them under a bobber.
  17. I've always just used canned corn, they eat it as good as anything I've found (other than mulberries when they're dropping).
  18. Couple of my better ones at Hillsdale Thursday in the hurricane. I dumped the biggest one next to the boat. Caught a whole pile of these things Friday. All released to get bigger. I was fishing with a local writer for In-Fisherman trying to help him crack the Kansas walleye/saugeye/sauger code, I think I helped him a little.
  19. That fish is borderline skinny for what I'm use to seeing at some of the local lakes that are packed with big gizzard shad if it's 18" and 3 pounds. Not unusual for a fish to be 16" and 3 pounds. 18" fish will usually be over 4. It's usually the pond fish that are skinny and sickly looking here from lack of forage and overpopulation around here.
  20. I'm fishing these in little 1 to 3 acre ponds, so the water is considerably warmer than on a larger lake. The one I legitimately lost yesterday looked to be between 3 and 4 pounds from about a foot of water. It was a fun 5 seconds, then my bait flew back at me.
  21. 5'-10' for me. I don't have any issues with my knot going into the spool (casting or spinning) I only use an FG knot, and it will come off the spool or through the line guide on a casting reel just fine if I'm using a longer leader. I have two T-Wing Daiwa but I haven't tried the knot going into those yet. All my Lew's and Shimano reels are no problem.
  22. I like Megastrike and Spike It. I’ve stayed away from JJ’s because I KNOW how klutzy that I am! 😀
  23. 100%, that's why I use yellow Power Pro. IT's really easy to see when it ticks/moves.
  24. Ya'll are giving CPR to fish on your boats? ..... You're doing it wrong! 🤣
  25. Thanks for the tips! I am actually back home, but I was there fishing with a friend who is new to fishing... I felt really bad we couldn't get anything. But I passed this along so hopefully he manages to catch something here soon.
  26. I use something like this on my bench and label each with what color skirt tab is in the bin. Less than $20 from Harbor Freight.
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