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  2. I keep topwaters simple in regards to color: bone/white bottom, anything shiny or chrome (my favorites), and maybe a dark color. I see the clear or translucent topwaters and wonder why. When would anyone throw those and does anyone throw them and have success? I always thought it was for people that paint their own but apparently some anglers like throwing these. Just curious as it seems you are trying to fool fish into thinking it is a bait fish. I've never seen a clear fish.
  3. i chalk up my modest success fishing at night in the summer to water temperature.. during the day it theyre sweating it out like us so i figure at night theyre physically more comfortable to hunt.
  4. Now this is my kind of fishing report! It offers great info on the water, fishing, and how you approach things. Wish more fishers would put together reports like this. Kudos. The thin fish might be due to water temps, as well as competition.
  5. I wear half finger gloves, but there's a catch. I use my left hand for holding and lipping bass and I found that my Columbia sun protection gloves were always snagging on the teeth of the bass. And because my hands are not calloused the teeth would start sinking into and ripping my skin as well. My solution is that I wear a bike glove on my left hand. it offers more padding, especially in the thumb area. But it gets really stinky with sweat and fish smell and needs to be washed once a week. I wish someone would make sun gloved with a padded thumb. One of these days I'll probably get around to sewing a leather thumb pad to my sun gloves, but as of yet I have not found the time.
  6. Left hand retrieve on spinning gear and right hand retrieve on baitcasters. My son learned how to use a baitcaster with my RH retrieve gear but when it was time for his own reel he thought he'd be smart and get a LH retrieve baitcaster. He hates it. I tried it for a few casts and didn't like it, but I suppose if I used it for an hour it would be OK. I will say that when I first started using a baitcaster not only did I find it awkward to crank with the right hand, but when I hooked into a decent sized bass I felt like the bass would rip the rod out of my left hand. But after an hour it was no big deal.
  7. I also reel with my right hand on spinning gear and casting gear. Reeling with my left hand is weird. I also cast with my right hand and then switch the rod into my left so I can reel.
  8. 13 Inception, great caster at only $120 retail. The Ergonomics are fantastic as well.
  9. Cast with my left, reel with my right...no matter if it's a BC or Spinner.
  10. Gay rig.... I mean A rig, never have never will And any tackle that has Ike's name on it
  11. If you are confident that you are keeping tension on the fish when they jump then the ultimate reason they are getting off on a consistent basis is the rod. If it doesn't have enough bend to stay loaded during headshakes you're land ratio will go down. I like braid, but I hear you on the wind knots, they drive me insane. I also don't think switching to braid buys you anything after the hook is set so if you're getting good hookups I don't see any reason to switch. If you feel fish are getting off because you aren't getting solid hooksets then braid will help but so will upsizing your line a bit and just swinging harder or tightening the drag a bit.
  12. Why were they throwing plastic baits away
  13. We've had threads on this topic before, but I thought it might spark some debate, or have you questioning yourself. Which way do you crank your baitcaster and spinning reels? Both left handed, both right handed, or (like me) different hands for each. I was reminded of this quirk, if you will, I have of reeling a spinning reel with my left hand, but looking like an uncoordinated ballerina when I try a left handed baitcaster. I need surgery on my left hand and can no longer hold my casting gear for any length of time. I switched to spinning gear (aarrrrggg!) and will likely finish out the season with it and get the surgery done in November. For s#!+s and giggles, I switched the handle over to right handed retrieve and the result resembled an uncoordinated ballerina with Parkinson Disease. I can pat my head and rub circles on my stomach (you know you're gonna try this), but for the life of me I can't use a LH baitcaster or a RH spinning reel. I think the man up stairs has a weird sense of humor and needs a good laugh now and then so he wires some of us this way.
  14. Aldi's ROCKS! I love them! And yes, they charge less because of less services. I don't mind bagging my own groceries. I always figured that there were two business models involved in the food industry; more attentive service (for which you pay more) or less attentive service (for which you save some dough). I think both are perfectly valid. After all, who doesn't want a choice? jj
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  16. With the way the tag points on a well tied FG, I dont hear the "tick" whatsoever on the cast. When winding in, yes. I start with about 8' on, mainly just to add a little bit of a buffer for tieing new lures I've settled in to 40lb braid & Either Ande or Big Game mono Leader material in 15-20lb. Same reason as you, I can use a spool of braid for a few years. My finding w/leaders are regular mainline works ok, but there is a difference in actual leader material (it would be awful as a mainline) and I suggest going that route wherever you land. I'm currently using some Yozuri Topknot flouro in 17lb, as I'm throwing alot of keel weighted caffeine shads in current. I like that flouro helps get it down vs the heavily bouyant, thick, mono, but frankly thats the only reason I use it. I dont like how that if I get semi-snagged & have to pull on the line a bit, the whole leader is now deformed and weakened (with flouro). With 20lb mono it's not as big of a deal.
  17. @OCdockskipper I understand what you're asking but it's impossible to answer. Bass feed day & night not inclusively one or the other. How does one know for sure if your early morning bite is left over from night feeding? The eyes of a bass go through a night adaptation cycle beginning at twilight and are usually adapted for black, white, and all shades of gray within an hour after darkness. I'm quite sure the process is the same going from darkness to daylight. As for temperatures, when a bass has digested it's last prey it starts looking to feed regardless of what the temperatures are. Now this doesn't take into account predatory feeding.
  18. I tried to answer that question when creating my Cosmic Clock and Bass Calendar back in 1974. What I came up with was daily activity levels based on water temperature because that is what controls a cold blooded animals. Each lake has a different rythym of activity the predators develope based on their eccosystem. Suggest you take a look, read what I wrote 45 years ago. Tom
  19. Been stuck past the barb three times. Once by my grandfather who ripped a broken back Jitterbug out of some lily pads and got me just below the eye. Hospital trip on that one. Dad got me in the upper arm with the same bait, same situation. Yes, I still throw a Jitterbug.... Got myself in the chin trying to set the hook on a bluegill with a popper using a fly rod when I was about 14. Nobody was home at the time, so I got a piece of ice and numbed it and pulled it out with some needle nosed pliers while sitting in front of a mirror. That was fun!
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