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  2. Mick gave you a good beginning. The thinner and lighter a rod blank is for the power the more sensitive it'll be and more expensive. Handles, guides and wrapping are where you can customize to your heart's content. I have a dryer I made from a bbq spit motor 40 or so years ago. As said before, rodbuilders.org is full of great information as well as vendors that sell everything you'll need to get started or build a custom rod shop.
  3. They’re all booked up this weekend unfortunately, I asked to be notified if anyone cancels. Any thoughts on Harry’s Sportsman Cottages? Looks like you can have a slip at their dock during your stay and just leave the boat in the water?
  4. Please excuse. Too many mind. Mind the anglers watching, mind the paddle, mind the reel and lure. Too many mind. NO MIND. Seriously @HTNFSH, it's called "mushin."
  5. There's a bunch of satisfaction in catching a fish on a rod that you built and a fly that you tied or a lure you poured and put together. And rod building is habit forming, I've been doing it for 68 years.
  6. Those reels are centrifugally braked. No magnets. Sounds to me like a shim under the cast control cap or in the palm side plate has worn through. Easy fix. Call Shimano 877-577-0600.
  7. Second the Dremel. I just hold the blank in my hand and use light pressure with a cutoff wheel. It doesn't matter if it's not square.
  8. The Diawa versions are just like the standard ones, just with a Diawa logo on them. All HUK shirts have a 30 UPF rating. I know they work as I was out in the sun all last Wednesday in my Diawa-Huk and nothing it covered even got pink...and I'm a easy-burner.
  9. Are there any anti-fog cloths or sprays out there? Used to have that for ski goggles years ago...
  10. I was fishing a tournament this weekend, and I started to notice my Curado was all of sudden making these wicked bombing casts of like 50-60 yards, and every 3rd cast or so it would back lash severely. I hadn't changed anything, but never-the-less decided to tighten down the spool tension and engage another magnet. To my amazement it continued to get progressively worse no matter how much I cranked down the spool adjustment and magnets on this thing. Come to find out, after 10 glorious years, the magnets appear to be failing, and I'm in need of a replacement for my favorite reel of all time. Does anyone who has fished with these incredible machines have recommendations for a similar reel that casts light lures well? I'd prefer to stay with Shimano, but I'm open to alternative suggestions as well. Not looking to spend more than $200.
  11. 50lb Power Pro for my frogging on baitcaster. 10-15lb Spiderwire Stealth for finesse on my spinning gear.
  12. Who are they trying to kid with those tiny little ventilation holes? How could that possibly make any difference? My $2 polarized aviator foster grant sunglasses from walmart never fog up unless I'm wearing a dust mask or something like that. You probably need to get away from the wrap-around style and go to a wire frame.
  13. For me it's, have a good day with a lure, buy a lifetime supply, and never catch another fish on it again.
  14. My 4yr old Tuna Alleys have had all of the rubber tear up and fall apart.
  15. I use mostly a 3/0 ewg owner or Gamakatsu. I vary between a light, regular and heavy wire and also adjust the rigging depending on depth I want to fish.
  16. You can't go wrong focusing on fishing around cover. That's usually my go-to when the weather is warm. Bass just love cover in general. Try to vary your lure selection. If the water is super clear, you want realistic looking bait that you can work through the top of the water column, middle, and bottom. If I were you I would go with a green or dark colored jig that you can swim through the top, pull through the middle, and hop on the bottom. That way you're covering a lot of depth in your area. Texas rigged worms are killers for doing that as well. Cast those things into lily pads, near trees in the water, and any vegetation you can find.
  17. Made it through the night. Got really windy and got a lot of rain about 5 this morning. Still blowing about 25+ mph.
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  19. Is @Bluebasser86 still with us? I hope he's keeping his head above water. I was just watching the news and they were showing some pictures of Kansas, they got pounded with rain! You sitting above water where you're at, @jbsoonerfan?
  20. If I understand your question, I think you are asking what I've always considered one of the most intriguing question in tournament fishing strategy. You have two competing ideas. The first idea you eluded too, more casts..more fish. Or as I used to say a wet lure will always catch more fish than a dry one. The more time you spend moving to new locations and tying on different lures, the less time you spend fishing. The second idea. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. If your not catching fish you should try something else... right? Call me crazy but I aways tried to error on the side of insanity 😊. In the tournament win I have always been the most proud of, I did one thing for 8 hours and had 6 bites and caught 5 good fish. The 5th fish came over 3 hours after the 4th. Patience won that tournament for me. There have certainly been times when nothing was working that I spent the whole tournament as you say "chasing different locations". That never worked for me but it's certainly possible that the 20th thing you try will win the tournament for you. Of course it makes no sense to go into a tournament with only one plan and sticking to it no mater what. Finding a balance between being flexible and being persistent is the key and it's not easy. I only spent about 10 years fishing at the club level. It will be interesting to see what some of the more experience tournament angler on here have to say on this subject.
  21. Im not an expert, however I do know for a fact rangers don't have wooden transoms (atleast 1990 and newer) and I believe that triton doesn't have wooden transoms either, but im not 100% sure on that.
  22. I use an 804c imxpro for some early season light frogging. But I do use frogs with lighter wire hooks and generally the grass isn’t so thick yet. But later on I move up to 7’4” rod that can bomb the frogs a lot further and drive those large hooks home.
  23. I would say 90% of the time, not long enough. I usually get more bites when I cast out a soft plastic and then get my phone out to check it.
  24. Sometimes I wish didn’t buy a glx Loomis. Now I have a locker full of glx and nrx and even a destroyer, but my wallet is a lot lighter now. But you only live once and may as well enjoy it.
  25. I have the Tuna Alley's. They fog up just as good as the rest of my glasses. I have 4 different frames all together.
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