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  2. I'm curious about the landmarks (lake marks) people use up there too. The "W's", the cribs, Camel Humps? Huh? Nothing on the charts look like that to me and there are cribs everywhere. This will be my first year going Erie as I finally have a boat that I think is suitable. Any help for a new guy would be greatly appreciated. I plan to try the Cleveland area too, I live about equal distances between Erie and Cleveland.
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  4. Cast, let it sit for longer than you think, give it a rip and hold on. If no taker slow retrieve to the boat.
  5. Good time sir. Btw you don’t look old at all . . . . . still look as old as last year lol
  6. I'm going to be honest here and I feel foolish and like I've been completely out of the loop: I had no idea about this cork sealer. I'm definitely buying that.
  7. What is exactly is the issue with naming certain brands or sites with this site?
  8. I've done some forging along the way, which required some hardening and tempering. While I don't know the exact steel used for hooks, I do know that tool steel tempers start in the 350 degree range. The good news is that the hooks are really thin compared to bar steel, so heat shouldn't transfer very far. What you are likely left with is a softer (less brittle, easier to bend) part of the hook shank. May be that on a normal pour the lead cools enough in the mold that not much heat makes it into the hook. But putting the lead back in the hot lead... if it's tool steel it is reducing hardness.
  9. Congrats, NorCal! That's a whopper!
  10. That's an awesome beast, Norcal! Congratulations. Don't forget to change your PB designation on your profile!
  11. The dye boxes available were nice, but they didn't work for my situation so I made my own. It is a fairly small container, so it doesn't take up much room. The front two slots are for Scent appliers (Fish Sticks), I like to keep them upright so that if they get too warm, they don't melt all over the place. The middle spot is for a paint container while the back two spots are for dye. I made the holes for the dye a little too large, so I wrapped some duct tape arounds them so they fit snug. I made a small channel on one side for dye markers. I keep a couple of paper towels inside to clean baits after dyeing and am able to do all of the dyeing in the container to avoid spills on the carpet.
  12. I offered background on ALX to point out they got thier start as a custom rod builder that makes high quality rods, excellent personal customer service and warranty, not as well known as Shimano or Kistler. Sensitivity is a subjective measure of performance depending on skill level. I said that my ALX rods are equal to NRX because I have fished with both many times and so have my partners who own NRX rods. My suggestion was to call the owner Alex and talk to him to answer any question the OP may have. Who is POC at Shimano? Kistler may be a small enough company to contact. Tom
  13. Check out Flukemaster's video on JJ's magic. He used a plastic container with foam inside it. Looks like it worked pretty well for him as it tipped once and didn't leak on him. It's pink on the inside now because of that:
  14. Seems like full moons have always been a curse to our fishing, but the temps and season were lining up too perfectly not to take a chance today. Thank goodness we gave it a shot. Caught over 30, including my PB largemouth. I had been throwing swimbaits most of the morning and skipped to a stick bait after no luck on some prime looking areas. First cast with the stick bait and boom goes the dynamite out to deep water stripping line like a catfish followed by a couple circles around the boat like a shark. I about had a heart attack the first time she came up to jump and I saw it was a bass and a beast of one at that. We thought she was a 10 pounder for sure, but she was a 25" fatty that weighed in at 9.1 on my scale. Busted my 110 Special rod in half about an hour later but had such a rush I didn't even care. Good times. One last pic after getting her back in the water for a breather
  15. This was not asked to me but I will also update. I was frogging with a Quantum Team KVD 6'10" HF rod last season so I expect a nice upgrade !
  16. Hey y'all, I just went to a local purveyor of kayaks with my heart set on a Native Slayer 12 Pro. It's marked down to $1100 from around $1370. Pretty sweet kayak. Seating and other features seem great. Materials are fine. Not really any dry storage - bow storage isn't exactly water-tight (not a deal breaker). Asked, on a whim, to see a Bonafide RS117 because it had comparable features at first glance... Actually, materials are better. Metal in place of plastic and the design seems a bit more stable. I primarily fish medium-sized lakes and prairie potholes and smaller rivers and streams (The Milwaukee River is the largest I fish). I want to be able to stand and fish for prolonged periods of time and still be able to handle some moderate river fishing. The Bonafide is $100 cheaper and seems like more boat, honestly. I'll be test-paddling both in two weeks. But before I do, I thought I'd ask y'all. What do you think? ~Juice
  17. I think you may be talking about the height. Yes, it does bulge the lid a bit, but not to where I can't latch it. I thought about just getting one of the deep trays like the Flambeau 9000 series and cutting my own foam. For that matter you could use one of the small plastic totes from Walmart...
  18. Anyone got some screen shots of dv or sv showing fish on this fish finder? I just purchased the Garmin EchoMAP chirp 93sv I am having trouble seeing fish.
  19. My Papa Jake was the person who influenced my love of fishing. We would go to a pond and he would tell me where to throw and why. If there were sticks sticking up he would tell me to throw there. If it was mossy and there was a break in the moss he would tell me to work it there. He used maybe 4 - 8 different lures and probably caught more fish in his life than I ever will.
  20. Manged to get two pictures resized correctly. I will try to lower it before the next time the boats out. I'm out with a pretty serious injury right now so it will be a while before Im running her
  21. It's tight, but fits. I wish they all fit as tight so I don't have to grab the jar while opening.
  22. Good, comfortable, warm clothing and quality rain gear! I worked in the woods for years and fished in cheap clothing but now only have to wear a few layers to stay warm and dry when it is below freezing or pours down rain all day long. Comfort has its price but well worth the investment.
  23. My father got me started when I was really young but the only bait we knew how to use was a weightless senko. I taught myself everything else I now know, bassresource and tactical Bassin deserve a lot of credit there.
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