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  2. No way to be definitive, but a more robust hookset may have helped. Of course it's possible the fish was skin hooked lightly, and the head shaking surface breaking thing will often bite you. The last thing I see as bad form which may or may not have contributed to the fish getting away is the fact that as you reeled the fish to straight up and down, you then pulled it out of the water with a high stick (after hesitating on what to do) instead of leading it sideways. But hey some fish are always going to get away, and others are never going to get away. Oh and not related to loosing the fish, but the casting grip changing opposite hand bail closing thing is not efficient. Sorry, I coach tennis and cycling, and tell it Jack Webb style. Hope that helps.
  3. No one comes out of the womb with a college degree, there is grade school, middle school, high school, and finally college. Pay your dues, practice a variety of casting techniques both on and off the water. It won't take long and you will have a degree.
  4. So when I asked on here about this suit nobody really knew about it. I went ahead and got it anyway and omg ! It’s amazing. I went out today knowing it was going to be some light to medium heavy rains to test it out. We had about 15 good minutes of solid hard downpour and it kept me completely dry. It didn’t soak in at all and jsut bounced right off. I like how’s the zipper comes up diagonally at the top so your mouth isn’t stuck in the zipper. It has some nice deep pockets for phone or keys or some soft plastics if needed. Everything either Velcro’s or is pull corded to kee wster out. It’s more of a lightweight jacket and you have to layer underneath to stay warmer but it’s made with plenty of room to layer. I would recommend these to anyone. Plenty of good ventilation to when wanting to use in summer rains.
  5. What do you need to do if your thumb is a non educated like mine????
  6. An educated thumb is more beneficial than relying on mechanical braking in my opinion.
  7. I own cork, Winn, and EVA. On my Lews rod's I love the EVA. It's hard with just a bit of give, never gets slippery, and feels the warmest on my hand without making my hand sweat, and has held up great. The other thing is the fatter profile of the grip. I had a flat round EVA grip once and hated it. The one rod I have with a Winn grip is too thin and tacky and feels like it might peel over time, hope not because I do like it otherwise, I just don't trust it yet. I am not a fan of cork, I don't have a reason but I have put shrink tubing over cork on a couple of rods that had chipping and I liked the feel of the shrink tubing better than the original cork. The shape and thickness of the handle is more important than the material to me. The handle material isn't the most important part of a rod but it does make a difference. It just needs to feel good in your hand.
  8. Finally pulled the rig down to my house garage from it’s hibernation at my shop. And just checked this afternoon and the entire sound here is about 90% open water, so I guess I’ll be rigging up stuff this week and FINALLY splashing next weekend! No bass here for a while yet ( seasons closed), but lots of big trout and pike season opens in 11 days ( not that I’m counting or anything 😏).
  9. Mixed lot of poppers - $16 TYD (unknown brands)
  10. It looks like the bass strike was close to the boat and jumped off quickly before you had a chance to get a good sweep set. The bass may have grabbed a decoy swimmer instead of a jig hook? Tom
  11. Most fluoro lines do stretch, but they do not go back when pressure is released. It's why I don't use fluoro at all.
  12. I recently got my hands on my first baitcaster, a daiwa fuego ct. I did my research on how to cast and setup a baitcaster without getting birdsnests and to my surprise I'm doing surprisingly well. I set it up as suggested: spool has a slight left to right play and with the magnetic brakes on 10. I was using 1/2oz tube, casting North with 20mph wind coming from the North-east. The only time I got a backlash was when I switched to a spinnerbait with my brakes on 8 and did a overhead cast ( I'm pretty sure the spinnerbait caught in the wind and that's what caused it) The problem is mainly when it comes to fine tuning. For example, if I set the brakes to 8 I still manage to cast without a birdnest but I do sometimes feel the spool giving me too much line mid cast and need to use my thumb to slow it down. I guess my question is does slowing down the spool with my thumb hurt my casting distance more than having my brakes set up higher would? Am I simply "playing with fire" by trying to minimize the brakes?
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  14. Keep winding them in and boat flip it. Letting a fish wallow on the surface is frequently fatal. I'd keep my hand on the reel too and keep the handle turning unless the fish is pulling hard away from you.
  15. I'd be using a Heavy Power rod for an A-Rig, heavier braid, heavier mono or fluoro, but what I notice most is that you didn't set the hook. You just kind of leaned/reeled into the fish.
  16. I probably would have kept the rod down but otherwise I don't see anything wrong with it.
  17. Hello, I'm hoping to get some insight into why I lost a bass right at the boat on an A-rig. This is likely rookie mistake(s) on my part; hopefully some insight can be gleaned by watching the clip. I don't particularly think equipment played a major role but this is it: -BPS PQ2 7' MH/F -30lb power pro to 15lb maxima ultragreen mono leader (4-5 ft) -yumbrella flash mob jr -VMC 1/8oz Boxer jigs (all three; two dummy baits). I believe these are 3/O hooks?? Fishing from a boat (this pond prowler anyway) is new to me this year, as is the a-rig. I landed a smaller Spotted bass a few casts prior. I've had trouble in the past with treble hooked fish but my landing ratio on single hooks is typically pretty high. Even though I could tell this fish was bigger when it hit I was feeling pretty confident I would land her. I definitely understand every fish can't be landed but I'd appreciate any feedback about anything you see. Hookset? Rod angle? Looking for any critique to help landing rate going forward. Thank you.
  18. 7-7’4 HF, that is my preference. It’s what I’m comfortable with as I’m a bank angler and taller at 6’4. However I don’t like rods longer than 7’6. They feel awkward to me.
  19. Thanks Tom. I don't really know what he meant by that and I guess I still don't, but good post with reason.
  20. Sorry, I think I got my companies mixed up. Sounds like you're way ahead of me.
  21. Fishwizzard and I met up for an impromptu fishing session at Widewater in the AM. He first scouted out Swains Lock, but said the water was way too low, barely a trickle. Started at the water overflow structure around 9AM and walked up the towpath. Fishwizzard got the first one with a chunky 2.6lber on a 6" stick bait. We kept walking and looking for fishy spots, as our goal was to get up and cross over to the Berma road side and fish back down to Anglers. At the towpath bridge, I saw a good one around 4lbs at the first bridge piling. Threw a chatterbait, a swimjig, a paddle tail but nothing. Went with a finesse spinnerbait to try and coax a reaction strike but I only got the small male to chase for a moment. Water felt too cold for spawning, but I think they were in spawn mode or close to it. The female was not budging much from the piling. We finally crossed over to Berma road and stopped at a couple places but nothing. Then we finally saw some nice wood laydowns and I was on with my first on a shad spinnerbait with a rage menace trailer. A small one probably just over a lb. We kept going in and out of fishy looking nooks, ones with timber laydowns and then I stuck another one. I knew it was a good one, but had stuck it in about 8 feet of water, the laydown extended way out and the water is deep on that side. The bass had wrapped once around a log so I kept it pinned until it finally decided to swim to the left and miraculously it unwrapped and I hauled in a nice 3.6lber. Fished a couple more fishy spots and then I called it because I am leaving for NJ for easter. Fishwizzard is probably going back this evening so hopefully he'll post some more pics of some monsters! Happy Easter/Passover everyone!
  22. Use the same lures as any other days . When tossing up inside a culvert I avoid hard plastic lures like crankbaits or poppers because they will inadvertently get bounced off the concrete and break . Spinnerbaits , buzzbaits , soft plastics and jigs will catch fish in there. A half ounce spinnerbait is perhaps my favorite lure for culverts because I can do a low trajectory under-hand cast way back up in there .
  23. Everyone is different but that wouldn't bother or surprise me in the least on $100 rod. If the cork handle ever gets beat up to the point you can't stand it, it is pretty easy to replace with Winn split grips. Had a shop do it on one of my rods for $30 plus cost of the grips.
  24. Helps the rod float if it falls in the water? First off, no, it don't. Sink inperceptably more slowly? Sure. I'm pretty neutral and have rods with each. Cork looks the best but Winn feels the best. IME there are crappy EVA grips, and good EVA grips. I like good EVA just as much as cork or Winn.
  25. Don’t you have to tie three knots when using a swivel? Two to the swivel and one more on the lure? Seems it would be even harder unless you are talking about a snap swivel. Many guys use the term swivel when talking about a snap swivel.
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