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  2. Some guys use Stellas to bass fish, so why not Yeti to keep beers and sandwiches cold. It's equally silly, but last I checked this is still 'Merica! So everyone is free to spend their $ on whatever they want. Now which NRX is best for...
  3. I spent about $120.00 for a pair of Brooks walking/running shoes. Based on some of the other comments I’ve read here, I wouldn’t dare say what I’ve got in some of my dress shoes😏
  4. I went out and with the help of everyone on here I did it alone with ease Thank you ! @WRB @A-Jay @MickD @TnRiver46
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  6. Anything silver or white is good. Most of them want to chase it so you probably can’t fish to fast
  7. I'm guessing most people probably don't even know how many hours they have on an outboard, in general. For most bass boaters, they run fast from here to there, then shut down and fish off the trolling motor. They probably don't generate many hours each year even if they do fish a lot. I say this because I just traded in an engine this past week. Had no idea how many hours I had on it, what was considered a lot, or even average. I asked the tech doing the work, and he said about 30 hours or so per year was what they typically saw. I Googled it and it said closer to 50 hrs per year was average. When they pulled my data, they had a second guy come over with a different computer and check again because they didn't think the first tech did it right. I had over 660 hrs in just under 4 years...but I fish a tiller boat, using the main engine like a trolling motor (backtroll) in addition to a main engine. I rarely turn it off during a trip. Over 400 hours was simply at idle (<1000 rpm), and another 200+ hrs was between 1000-2000 rpm (trolling speeds). I had nothing over 6000, and only a handful of hours over 5000 rpm. I go plenty fast enough at 3/4 throttle, so I never had a need to run wide open other than to do it every once in a while just for the engines sake. I also changed out lower unit lube, oil and filter every year, which from the sound of it, many guys don't. At least the tech was surprised when he checked mine and saw how clean it was. Previous to this engine I had a 10hp that I ran for 8 years. I'd hate to see how many thousands of hours were likely on that little guy
  8. Yes we are...born in Lebanon,Tn...go Vols!
  9. Berkley Trilene Big Game best line out there and cheap as dirt.. boat flip the big girls all day long with 20lb
  10. Now has a proper model sleeve, Destroyer and size.
  11. Have you fished Lake Purdy on 119?
  12. Your line is the most important item that is critical to catching fish, it's the only thing between you and fish, if the line breaks fighting the fish it gets away. I never lost a bass from line failure until using FC. Operator failure to keep a bass from wrapping the line around something or dragging the line over something abrasive or too tight of reel drag I have broke off bass with mono/copolymer line. I have had several DD size bass break off using FC in open water while fighting them from line failure. When the bass weigh as much or more then the line pound test it takes skill and perfect performing tackle to put big bass in boat. FC helps to detect strikes but random line/knot failures that reduce your chance at catching the bass lowers your confidence in using the line. I will not use FC line during pre spawn for big bass or at night or for finesse spinning tackle. I have lost confidence using FC line of any brand. Maxima Ultra Green is far more abrasion resistant then FC. Sunline Diefer Armilo Nylon cast better then FC and stronger dia per dia then FC with reliable knot strength. As soon as my stock in FC is gone it's gone. This isn't a knee jerk reaction it's taken 25 years of random break off's to reach this decision. Tom
  13. I have tried several different FC's over the years and so far Tatsu has been the best. The high cost has made it hard to purchase on a consistent basis. I have been using Invizx instead with zero issues. I also like Sunline Sniper and Shooter but have had a spool or two give me issues. Another I like for spinning gear is Trilene XL 100% FC.
  14. @GreenPig, I almost discounted your advice to use a black and blue stick worm considering how clear the water was and my belief that clear water meant natural colors, but now you've said you fish it often and have success. I'll try that black and blue worm now. Any theory why it works there? The herring?
  15. I don't understand why people are concerned about hours on an outboard motor. Some articles I've read say that 4 strokes are good for about 1500 before needing major work.. If that's true, than that doesn't say much for the life cycle of 4 strokes. There's 2 strokes out there that's older than me(I'm 45) that are running just fine without ever having more than just regular service and God only knows how many hours on them. I've bought several old 2 stroke outboards without even thinking about hours of use. Also, why would a 4 stroke outboard be any less reliable than a 4 stroke car engine? It just seems to me that some people use that 1500 hours as a countdown to disaster on new outboards. It just seems nobody cared about the hours on 2 strokes but seem concerned about the hours on new 4 stroke outboards. I hope someone will understand what I'm saying. Sometimes I have a hard time getting my thoughts across. I'm not playing favorites, the 4 strokes are great and the 2 strokes are as well.
  16. When I tried fly fishing I was fishing in trees plenty. Never got bit, though.
  17. Nice score! I haven't seen a super spot in that color for quite some time.
  18. Read up on ned rig/midwest finesse. I know you're not in the midwest but trust me, it'll work there. Focus on guys talking about very light jigs not the 1/10 on up stuff. Read Ned Kehde's own articles on In Fisherman's site. Don't let his attention to detail put you off. It's really very simple. I just got home from a quick one hour outing that produced 10 fish up to around two lbs. Not bigs for sure but plenty good on a too hot calm Sept. day. Devoted more time to it yesterday and caught app. 35, one that was about 4 and a couple over 3. It works.
  19. Same here, I don’t even have a memory of the last time I had an issue with flouro. I don’t use any leaders, and do use flouro,(sniper), braid(pp),and mono(this year sufix advance) straight up on all my setups. Maybe I’m lucky but I don’t have problems with any of them.
  20. Just curious what line you use for jigs? It seems like a similar technique to Texas rigs. For no reason at all, I have been trying fluorocarbon for jigs and braid for Texas rigs. Still haven’t figured out what I like the best for all techniques.
  21. I can remember what I was doing, and who I was talking to when the planes hit the buildings. Then I can remember the surreal atmosphere the rest of day.
  22. I only use flourocarbon for 2 techniques. Weightless fluke and Texas rigged worm. In my opinion the enhanced sensitivity of flouro on a semi slack line works perfectly for these 2 baits. All other applications get braid or copoly. One thing I have learned about flourocarbon line is do not use cheap line. It is sunline sniper or tatsu for me.
  23. This fits my budget better...https://www.shiticoolers.com/
  24. If your boat has roller bunks don't do this, wait until you are over the water with the boat before unhooking the chain. I'm sure the author assumed bunks, not rollers. Sorry Tom, didn't notice your post before doing my somewhat redundant one. I have a rope that is the correct length to go from the boat loop on the bow to my trailer alignment rollers, the things that help align the boat as you drive onto the trailer. I let the boat float gently off the trailer, then very slowly move the car up the ramp, essentially towing the boat toward shore. If you do it right you can catch the boat before the bow touches the concrete, and pull it over to the dock. On loading I get the boat onto the trailer, then step over the bow onto the boards I have added to the trailer to give me more and stable foot room on the trailer. I finish cranking the boat onto the trailer, then usually I can step off into the shallow water on the ramp without going over my waterproof shoes, and get to the car to drive it out. On launching one can have a rope of proper length and hook it to the winch with enough slack to float the boat. Then retrieve it. As Tom says, a wench will help, but I don't have one. I have to use my winch. :-)
  25. Round about the time he says he went to braid is when the new berkley x5 and x9 came out. He was pushing it pretty hard and still is.
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