Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


softwateronly last won the day on March 26 2022

softwateronly had the most liked content!


Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    chicago, ill
  • My PB
    Between 6-7 lbs
  • Favorite Bass
    Largemouth & Smallmouth
  • Favorite Lake or River
    Small inland lakes in SW Michigan, shore fish Lake Michigan harbors, and any other body of water I can get on.

Profile Fields

  • About Me
    I shore fish the big lake when the smallies are in the harbors, but do best on an inland lake in SW Michigan.

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

softwateronly's Achievements

  1. Keeping the "a bass every month" going at least one more and the last challenging month for awhile. These 2 clones were pushed up in 5-6' of a windblown shore, but the bites were few and far between. scott
  2. He's showed this before on his youtube channel, but I can't find it. I think he's past keeping it a secret. My memory says it was to reduce leverage while fighting fish and the lead was for depth control and posture just like @Team9nine alluded. scott
  3. I find solid white the easiest to see in the water. They’re not eating so it shouldn’t affect their behavior. scott
  4. All great stuff above. My little add is that I use the feel of bottom cover to induce a strike. Many times I believe fish are right on top of the jig or worm and when you can successfully pop your bait free at speed but without much distance, the bass attack the fleeing prey. scott
  5. I have a Fury 795swmbt that doesn't get much use anymore, would like to hear opinions about throwing dd cranks on a Phenix x-13 with the 300 size curado that I would repurpose. I'm mad at myself for not spending at least a day or two trying those large cranks on the Fury before the spring sales. Would like the rod to be under $200, lean more toward graphite than glass, 7'6-7'9, handle from 10XD, Z-Boss 25, down to dd70 little john and R2S TB DD. Bonus if it can be a 5-7" spoon rod. scott
  6. Gambler has the super stinger and lake fork has the hyper freak that I know of. scott
  7. I throw big swimjigs and have had great success with a bit off gambler 6.5” GZ. That hunk of plastic can body roll any heavy jighead. Deadly at night. scott these are pretty good if you want heavy but regular big. https://www.northstarbaits.com/flip_and_swimjig.html
  8. Totally agree. I’ve had good luck with my nieces with a 1/8oz jig head and 3” swimmer on a light spinning rod. The cast and reel hook set all happens naturally. The challenge is putting them on fish without heavy cover. scott
  9. Hag's Tornado - 5-8" various colors, but the 8" storm chaser is my current fave Netbait T-mac - junebug, black/grape, ky special Xcite Maximus - okeechobee craw, candy bug, red bug Gambler Burner worm - backatchya, gold rush Zoom Ol Monster - GP, 420, red shad Those are my current first choice worms. TW had various missle baits quiver worms marked down to $2, and I like that tail style as a finesse jig trailer/goby imitator, but I'm also going to see if there's a place for me as a finesse shakeyhead/free rig option. scott
  10. I fish heavier jerk baits, nishine darter, 130mm rerange, etc on the PA 6'11M+ and I love it. I'm interested in people's opinions on the PA 6'10M too. scott
  11. Basically 2 extra times through the loop on the way out, but it looks like I have the wrong name. Helped me when tying in steel leader because cinching properly is more challenging. This video is what I remember. You're probably doing it right already. scott
  12. My lake is closer to what @gimruis is dealing with, clear water, heavy vegetation down to 20-25', but no rock or wood and the structure bowls out significantly at any depth below 25 fow. We do have a decent smallmouth population, but the lake is chuck full of LM so they are easier to fish for by far because of their preference for shallower cover. I never target SM on this water, but usually catch a few from the same spot when I run into them. Ran into a fellow fisherman on the water over the weekend and he's been fishing the lake 35yrs compared to my 15, and we spent some time chatting about the changes the last few years. The gizzard shad population has exploded over the last 5-7 years and that has radically changed the bass behavior. I suspected this, but between my learning curve and lack of sophisticated electronics, it was nice to get confirmation from others. I'm gearing up to spend a much larger portion of my daylight fishing in open water and hope to run into more SM as a result. scott
  13. Don't want to derail, but looking for opinions on small, like 2-3", deep diving cranks, somewhere between 16-20'. I have my eye on damiki dc-400, nomad d-trak 65, nomad d-trak 80, and duel hardcore bullet 5+. Megabass deep x 300, deep six, and river to sea tb dd are my most successful so far. Small profile and tighter wobble seem to be the ticket for my water and hoping to add some more options. scott
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.