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  1. Daiwa Rebellion 2 piece, I believe Daiwa discontinued them this year. Don’t know if you’ll be able to find one. Phenix also makes the Feather in 2 piece that’s nice.
  2. I have the older Fantasista Premier 7’ MH Fast (really a heavy), I also have the new Fantasiata X 7’ MH Extra Fast. The premier is a great general purpose heavy rod, I primarily use it for skipping jigs. The X, is my bottom contact rod up to 1/2 football jig and trailer. I think I only paid around $200 for it, if you can find it on sale it’s worth it.
  3. I've been out 5 or 6 times since my last report. Once in the kayak and the rest from shore. Kayak trip was ok nothing to write home about. Seems like most of the bigger fish have pulled back from shallow waters around here, and gone tight lipped . Shore fishing for Smallmouth in the local river has been great though. Multiple days with pretty much no stop bites in the all the areas you'd think in moving water. Lots of topwater fish as well. Friday I had 4 fish over 2.5lbs, which for the river I was fishing is good. Biggest was 2.8 and came from a little eddy below a dam right above some rapids, fun fight trying to get it through the short section of class 2 rapids. Everything has been on a 4' tube and a Choppo 90.
  4. Got out twice last week. First trip was to a smaller lake, earlier in the week for a couple of hours. Got on decent jig bite 4 Bass, 3 Pickerel. Biggest bass was 3.6lb all were healthy and fat. Second trip was after the cold front came through on a river that had finally come down to a fishable range after a month of high water because of all the rain. River completely changed from the last time I was there on the 17th of March. Water temp was actually cooler by a couple of degrees from a month ago, fish weren't pushed up on the banks, barely any grass growth in the shallows. Only managed 5 bass with the biggest at 2.6lbs, and a few big pickerel.
  5. Got out the last two days after work. Monday was a bust, dead calm, eclipse, no fish. Yesterday at a different lake; windy, water warmed more. Managed to get a boat load of fish, I think it was between 14-17 fish lost count at one point. All over 2 pounds, biggest two were 3.3lbs same exact weigh but two very different fish. Fished the wind blown shore, they were shallow anywhere from 2'-5' hanging out on any blow down or rocky piece of shore. Missed a bunch of fish as well when the wind was really blowing, they would hit the jig and swim towards the kayak while I was getting blown towards them and couldn't manage a good hookset . Everything was on a 1/2oz Black and Blue jig with a Green Pumpkin Berkley Pit Boss trailer. Weather ahead is looking pretty good and hopefully the cold weather is behind us.
  6. Went out for a couple hours this afternoon, it was tough. Only one fish but it went 6.1 lbs, flipping a jig to a down tree in 6ft of water.
  7. I got out for a couple of hours after work today. Just like @DogBone_384 I got my April bass. 4 in total, biggest was right around 2.5lbs. The only thing they wanted was a Keitech 3.8” smallmouth magic on a 1/4oz jig head dragged down drop offs from 6’-15’. Water temps were 48 degrees.
  8. Can spring come back please? I’m sitting here looking outside and it’s 38 degrees and pouring rain. Last couple of weeks spoiled me with getting out. River near me finally came back down to a fishable level, got out a handful of times. Did really well, biggest was a hair over 4lbs flipping into submerged trees in 6’-8’ feet of water. Also managing to find them in 12’-15’ on the outside bends that had rock bottom. Water temps were in the high 40’s. With all this rain today and the forecast for the end of the week, the river will be off the table for a while.
  9. Already happened in RI back in February, kayaker went out in Narragansett Bay on a windy day and never came back.
  10. Skipped work on Thursday and went looking for smallmouth at a big lake. I didn’t know there was a tournament there Saturday and everyone was out prefishing. Was a little busy and hectic being in a kayak with bass boats running flat out. Then the two idiots on jet skis showed up. No luck actually hooking up with the smallmouths, but did get one 4lb largemouth with a grub off a shallow hump surround by 20+ foot water. Finally found schools of smallmouth before I left and could get them to follow but never commit. That’s when the jet skis showed up and started doing donuts; that was my cue to leave. Water temp started off at 41 when I got there and was 46 when I left.
  11. Picasso Fantasy Football Jigs. I buy the jig heads and skirts separate. Buying them sperate they comes out a couple dollars cheaper per jig, then buying them complete. Really good jig, paint stays on, good hook, recessed line tie. Comes in a standard and a HD version.
  12. Spro McStick, Ima Flit, 6th Sense Provoke, Lucky Craft Ponter
  13. I didn’t get to get out and enjoy the nice weather yesterday, but I was able to sneak out for an hour before sunset this afternoon. Found fish on the transition from 10’-15’ to 5’ with a jerkbait, which worked well as I was wading. Managed 3 pickerel, 1 slab crappie, and 4 bass that ranged from 2.4 to 4.6lbs. They were definitely energized by the warmer temps. The 4.6 jumped out of the water when I hooked it, better then the frozen no fight fish from earlier this month. Of course winter is coming back this week so who knows how the rest of the month will go.
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