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Zcoker

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    South Florida
  • My PB
    Between 10-11 lbs
  • Favorite Bass
    Largemouth
  • Favorite Lake or River
    Everglades
  • Other Interests
    Tagging sharks for NOAA

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  1. Picture a dark, calm night where the water is a slick as glass, and the calm serenity of the night is nothing but the faint plop plop of a retrieving surface lure....there's nothing more exhilarating when a big 7-8lb bass slams a musky jitterbug right at boat side. The explosion of sound mingled with the splashing dark water seems to split the senses wide open! Unbelievable experience.
  2. No set rule on when to set the hook. When frog guru Dean Rojas was asked this same question, he said, "as soon as I see the splash." I tend to agree and nail them as soon as I see the splash--I nail them all as soon as I see the splash regardless of lure. And my hook-up ratio remains on the high side. As stated, you're tackle is way light, imho. I'd up the rod to a dedicated frog rod or a least a heavy. Just never know when that big girl will hit....better safe, than sorry. Strait braid as well. Leaders are for laughs. Here in south Florida there's absolutely no playing around when it comes to frog fishing. "Go big or go home" is our motto down this way. Minimum 65lb strait braid on either a heavy or extra heavy rod. You can also bend out the hooks for better grab but it's not a requirement. With the right tackle exerting the right force, the stock hook position on most frogs will suffice.
  3. All this reaching around and belly grabbing into the water is all fine and dandy but I would not promote it in certain areas of the country. These big gators here in south Florida hug the bottom, waiting around for things like that, a dangling fish for dinner. I've had them take swipes at my fish when netting them. I've had them slam and bite at the kayak. I've had them follow me. They get espeically fired up when a fish is caught and jumping, often chasing the fish in. If anything, be mindful of that when trying to subdue a captured fish with your bare hands.
  4. Yep, they sure are but they can be done comfortably sittin in a kayak! If you really want to do something, there's always a way....a will, a way!
  5. I'm sure if you worked on some of those, you could bring them up substantially. You certainly have the drive, stamina, and the time to do so. Hope is a big player out there!
  6. Oh, I can think of a few things, how 'bout you? bueller bueller lol
  7. One skill that I thought would be my worst is turning out to be one of my best, and that's punching heavy cover while seated in a kayak. Most all standard techniques related to that skill are for standing only, usually from a boat. I can certainly stand in my kayak to do it but I don't like to. So I was forced to adopt my own techniques if I wanted to continue. Point is: sometimes a skill perceived as unobtainable or bad can turn into something obtainable and great. Just gotta do it!
  8. No hand is about the best way to go for a CPR submission. What I do is take a few quick snaps with hand and then a few with no hand. Those backups do come in handy!
  9. I agree with this...to an extent. Because I used to do it all the time but not anymore. Just had a nice big fish DQ'd because the angle of the fish (head down bottom of yak, tail up on rail) gave the illusion that my left pinky knuckle was slightly tucked under the tip of the gill plate. And I know for a fact that it wasn't but there was nothing I could do or say to convince the judges otherwise. Had I taken a shot with the fish strait across from rail to rail, there wouldn't have been any issues. So now I take all my shots rail to rail, camera vertically centered, net in place, hand firmly centered on fish, multiple shots...no room for error.
  10. Happy Birthday....and many more to come!
  11. Here it is. Everything wrong here.
  12. Great catch! Sorry about your deduction. I've had big fish DQ'd for optical illusions, all in the way the judges looked at it. I knew for a fact the details but I couldn't justify it with the one photo submitted. Nothing you can really do but having a few photos at different angles of the same fish has saved me a deduction or two or even a DQ. As far as the mouth goes, you need to firmly plant their face against the board using your entire hand to keep the mouth tightly shut. Looks like you were only using a couple of fingers. Also have to anticipate them flopping off the board into the water. Raising that hand to take a pic can mean bye bye. Positioning the net between them and the water has saved me with a few jumpers. Many fish cooperate but I've had some that are pure terrors to keep under control on the measuring board.
  13. Trebles are trouble. It takes almost a premonition way of thinking, a sorta prediction of events and how they might unfold. At least that's the way I always approach them. I try to visualize as many bad case scenarios as possible about the fish and lure that I'm about to unhook. In that way, I've never been stuck....knock on wood.
  14. None. I've never used one on my kayak. Then, again, I have a powered kayak that has a hand throttle like a boat. I've learned to feather the throttle in all situations to keep me where I want to be, no matter the condition. An anchor would no doubt be a major obstacle with some of the big bass that I've dealt with. They usually crisscross and circle the entire yak and an anchor line would be the end of it.
  15. I hear you on the birds. Gotta read their behavior, kinda like reading a FFS screen. That one particular bird that I posted was stationed on a tree, like a fixture, just sittin there doing nothing. So I took a closeup birdy shot, and it smiled for the camera and then took flight. I continued onward. Moments later it started circling around the same area but this time near the open water between the tree and a pile of vegetation, as if saying, "right here, buddy" lol So I turned around and headed back to the same spot and took a cast and boom! Fish on.
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