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  2. Most manufacturers recommend not exceeding 70% of the rated towing capacity. That will help with your math equation..
  3. For me the BPT missed a huge opportunity by keeping the catch and release format but taking the biggest 5 fish. It's definitely a dink fest on most waters. They came to Table Rock twice and the average fish catch for the winner was around 1.3-1.4 lbs. Those are 12"-14" fish, not keepers on any tournament I've ever entered. Why would I want to watch that? I can catch fish like that all day as well, no interest to me.
  4. Ditto, also long runs make a hotfoot kind of a pain. For me, it also depends on the boat. If you're driving a Triton, Phoenix, etc which requires a little more driver input, both hands on the wheel is a huge plus. My buddies previous Nitro Z20 only had a hand throttle and I never felt unsafe driving it. I have a hot foot on my Phoenix and wouldn't have it any other way.
  5. "Casting arm." Is that what they're calling it these days?😋
  6. Maybe - but my wallet would call it the 'roll over, scream and die' effect.
  7. I really like FC for the low stretch and better sensitivity, this is where it excels for me over mono. I don't really use mono much anymore, except as leader material on some of my topwater (braid) setups.
  8. Hm. I guess where I'm at the force of the river is way stronger at washing out a ramp than any outboard .
  9. Anything will taste better if kept in a $400 cooler. It’s called the placebo effect 😏.
  10. I kinda figured is there anything I need to look out for like sticking i heard that happens if you ain't careful
  11. Anything silver or white is good. Most of them want to chase it so you probably can’t fish to fast
  12. I've used fc line for years and have never had it fail. Yes I've broken line from time to time just like I did with mono. Everyone has their opinions but I feel fc is much more sensitive and I use it on everything except one rod with mono for topwaters and one with braid for frogs and buzz baits. If you were using good quality line I don't see this incident being the lines fault. I certainly don't agree that it has more memory than mono either. In my experience it's been just the opposite. I say use whatever line u have confidence in and don't try to convince everyone else to do what u do. If FC hasn't served u well by all means use what has. It has been excellent for me and everyone I fish with so we keep trucking with it
  13. The only way I've found fluorocarbon to even come close to me wanting use it is when you first spooled it...all down hill after that for me. I used Maxima Chameleon & Maxima Ultragreen for about tens yrs. The only reason I went back to Big Game was I couldn't get Maxima easily, that was before the internet.
  14. Its all personal preference. I've owned both and honestly could care less. If it has one that's fine and if it doesnt that's fine as well.
  15. Personally being light to moderate cover at best I would seriously go for the 893c but If it’s moderate to heavy cover then stepping up to the 894c is probably best. I fish an 853c in light cover, close quarters and I love sticking fish on that rod but wish I had the extra length. But my 894c really has what I need for pulling the big guys out an away from cover or out of heavy mats
  16. Once you get into the Tournament MB/MP and up you get the clicking tension knob. I have an LFS for my cranking rod without the clicking tension knob, and I never had it loosen up.
  17. Tr46..there is a good reason power loading is illegal at some ramps up here in the north. It blows out the lake bottom behind the cement slab, and if you back down too far, your axle falls into the abyss, making it Very difficult to pop that trailer back on the ramp. Probabally impossible with a tandem axle trailer...
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  19. I was like WRB with the love hate relationship. Loved the sensitivity vs. mono when cranking, up brake offs on the hookset reduced its use to cranking only. Once I started paying attention to how I tied my palomar, I returned to using it for my swim jigs and Keitechs. Midway into the season, the break offs returned. I store my reels in a case and the ones that stay on my everyday combos come inside upon my return home. I’m glad to hear that many of you are pleased with it and my rant wasn’t intended to convince anyone to abandon its use.
  20. Texas rig worm , lizard , creature , craw... fish it in cover and you will start getting bites . Th fish will do its part . Its up to you to detect it , set the hook and land it . It might take awhile to get the hang of it . I can remember my first Texas rig bass . I became a much better bass angler that day .
  21. No offense taken. I do not own one - just remember seeing it on TW and forwarded the info. Thanks for the heads-up!
  22. I would say just follow the guide boats. They will show you where the fish are. About a month ago they were hitting topwaters at dawn and dusk. We had some luck near Eisenhower bridge but that’s a bit away from buncombe. You should have some luck near washita point and patter flats as well. Hope this helps.
  23. I felt your pain until I didn't, for me I just had to keep at it. Things changed for me when I stopped trying to feel the bite and instead began watching my line. I fish these baits almost always weightless and from the bank. I now have to opposite problem, cant get bit on anything but a worm.
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