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  2. My first baitcaster was a Abu and I stuck with them for a long time. I now own and fish Abu's, Lew's, and Shimano. I've been satisfied with all 3 brands but the Shimano's just do everything better except pull fish out of thick grass(less drag than Abu).
  3. It's sad really. I've had 'birds for a decade or so now and am quite a fan, but I get the impression they're slightly losing their edge recently. The service doesn't seem as good, the reliability may be more questionable, the updates less reliable etc. Maybe they're much the same but the competition has improved, but they don't seem to be quite the force they once were.
  4. Tim, exactly. ...and I called in to their help desk last Friday...left a message...crickets... I'm unimpressed. This feels like how bad Lowrance was a few years back...low bar to jump over, you'd think.
  5. I guess they'd say that they've got a help desk for customers with problems, so why would people not call us. Like you though, I would be more tempted to ask peers first as any common problems can be solved as company help desks can be remarkably under skilled and experienced compared to the large number of experiences you can tap into on forums.
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  7. That's where I was headed... It's not like I've got an uncommon, or unpredictable network... Too bad HB isn't watching and responding on a forum as big as this one...
  8. Guess that wasn't put out by the Michigan chamber of commerce. 😄 Two days of snow makes me grumpy. I would definitely go a bit "Jack Nicholson" with a Michigan winter full of the stuff.
  9. Last year I got in a hurry and learned my that my boat will float my trailer if I don't unbuckle the transom straps. It floated it over in the other ramp. I had to fire the boat engine up just to get it aligned to pull it out. It was a five minute fiasco that I could've avoided by slowing down.
  10. Hmm. That's a shame. I expected you to get more help on the other forum, but stuff gets buried fairly quickly there. If there was anything obvious or common I expect you would have got plenty of replies. My guess is it's a glitch in the software update, but if so you'd expect it to be a more common occurrence.
  11. Conditions definitely play a role in the live vs artificial decision. I only fish artificial at this point. I caught 62 bass in one hour from the bank in 43 degee water on a tiny trout colored Rapala. I've never witnessed the equivalent with live bait.
  12. with all due respect Mr A, but you need to be slapped with a trout for posting that
  13. wouldnt matter to me because id die of boredom fishin live bait...well, unless a took a shiner, attached some trebs to it and made a "floppin like a crappie" topwater i could burn back skippin that sumbitch along...
  14. not necessarily ... studies have been done showing the bass is fully capable of expelling hooks and lures ... and go on to live ... not always but sometimes ... a good pct. ... it's all on google if you want to take the time to look it up ... good fishing ...
  15. If you're very careful you may be able reach in through the gills on a fish that size, either with fingers or pliers. I've seen Roland Martin show how to do this on his Youtube channel.
  16. The local weatherman here keeps saying that all his projections are showing our first snow going to happen October 15th 😨
  17. That's actually what I hear small flatheads called around here. Not supposed to eat anything out of the Kansas River though due to high levels of pollution. Even if it was a keeper there's no way I'd keep one. Catching that tiny sauger was about like catching a 6lb largemouth.
  18. It's a 1/4 ounce smiling fred in Molting Craw color
  19. This is will be a major decision for me when I buy a new boat in 2021 - my current build has vinyl and I love I have never to clean it out.
  20. Green Pumpkin or Watermelon with a touch of chartreuse on the tail is one of the best bluegill imitating colors IMO. Juvenile bluegills that bass most commonly feed on aren't very colorful.
  21. Hello Gangreen, If you are still looking, I think you should consider living in between Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow. Both are large lakes with several creek arms. Both have largemouth, smallmouth, spots, crappie, walleye and of course sunfish and catfish. Cumberland is also world class for landlocked striper. I believe Dale Hollow claims to hold the top 3 heaviest smallmouth on record and something like 10 of the top 25. The trade off would be living in a very rural area as there are only small towns in between the lakes. Good Luck!!
  22. I just started fishing at this small reservoir down the street from me. I’ve been there a few days in a row now and I usually catch one or two for the couple hours I’m there. The water levels are very low, like most of the major creek arms are dried up except for the creek beds. I haven’t caught enough in the same places to establish a pattern so I was wondering what spots would be the best place to look for fish. I’m assuming most of you will just say to cover as much water as possible, and if that’s the case, what baits make the best search baits?
  23. A well presented bait in the proper location is most likely to catch a fish, regardless of whether it's an artificial or live bait. I think the biggest deciding factor is the fish are aggressive or not. Aggressively feeding fish can be caught quickly on artificial baits, while a live bait fisherman will be wasting lots of time rebaiting and could potentially run out of bait even. Finicky fish that are difficult to get to bite are usually much easier to trick into biting if you hold something live right in their faces.
  24. No they don’t. Why? Think about where you throw a frog. Where you flip. Where you skip under docks. Good luck fish a shiner there
  25. I often ask question to give appropriate replies. I am surprised you can express negative replies openly on this site. Tom
  26. I've never tried the Keitech. I've grown to really liking these from Raid, they've got a circular tail action that seems to get a lot of reaction bites. I've seen the results on Google, but those that have them are very limited in colors. From what I can tell they are having problems keeping them on the shelves in Japan also. Tried to buy some off a friend in Korea today, but he's not coming off any of his as they are hard to find there too. Raid must be a small operation that's having problems keeping up with demand.
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