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    Central Valley California
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    Between 5-6 lbs
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    New Melones, Don Pedro Reservoir, & the California Delta.

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    I am back fishing after about a 25 year hiatus.  

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  1. Shelley Duvall also passed a couple of days ago.
  2. I might even describe it as just slightly short of full. It’s definitely not over spoiled.
  3. Any balsa floaters, I use straight braid on a spinning rod to maximize casting distance. Slow float or suspending jerkbaits get thrown on braid to leader.
  4. Senko catch a lot of fish in all sizes. They are an awesome tool to catch numbers and fun fish. However, I can’t justify having a Senko tied on and on my deck with all the money I spent on other lures and their rod/reel combo specific setups. Just yesterday I placed an order with Siebert's for lures I am nearly clueless about and have no confidence in that I need to learn in the name of defying Senkos, Ned rigs, Dropshots, and FFS.
  5. I am trialing a 25 pack of EWG Gammys against a 25 pack of standard black ones. I sharpen the hooks and use them until I snag them and break them off. I have about half a dozen left. They work before the red starts wearing off. They work after the red wears off. I can’t say I notice any difference. However, I have to admit the bit of red can spruce up the look of some plastic rigs. They make for a nice accent to a white fluke for example.
  6. “Fish too much”? That’s like “eating too healthy “ if you ask me.
  7. FFS mounted on a tripod that can be set in the water!
  8. If buy it and can’t return it or don’t want to return it, you can try switch out the BNT3927 bearing that @T2DM mentioned. Since posting this question back in 2022, I found multiple sources having success with the fix. I have not tried it yet, but it is on my low priority “to do” list. I even have the part wishlisted on Amazon. The reel still works well, operationally. It’s just a little joyful to use.
  9. This post has inspired me to buy a pair of grippers.
  10. I am still a novice with jigs so have not tried very many. However, one thing is clear. There are a lot of different jig makers out there. For the time being, I have settled on the D&L Tackle Pro Series Advanced Casting Jig. It comes in lots of colors, has a Gammy hook, has a pointed head so it can double as a swim jig, and is reasonably inexpensive to learn with.
  11. I have a set of the neck fans without AC. I saw someone in my warehouse using them in the summer months and thought I would try them even though they look a little ridiculous. I will use them if it gets too hot on the water.
  12. I put my own together from parts on Amazon, but this tool has come in really handy on my boat for all kinds of things. https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/bass-pro-shops-telescoping-boat-hook?ds_e=GOOGLE&ds_c=Cabelas|Shopping|PMax|Proprietary|General|NAud|NVol|NMT&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwrcKxBhBMEiwAIVF8rLN17Ji4SM-JGpFfmqUaSBmrpnMFOj50qQs5QZ3A3VvXqG01BqhilhoClqwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  13. Getting up early enough to be on the water at dawn is a challenge for me so breakfast is usually microwaved left overs. Occasionally, when there aren’t any, I resort to a gas station breakfast sandwich. 100% of the time there is a Yeti full of coffee to wash it down.
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