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    Maryland and Florida
  • My PB
    Between 3-4 lbs
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  • Favorite Lake or River
    Guneukitschik Creek
  • Other Interests
    I have no life outside of bass fishing. Maybe trout fishing.

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    I like buzzbaits and long walks on the beach.

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  1. I wish they made underspins that were priced like the jighead+swivel+blade assembly that they really are. I’m not paying $5 for a single piece of terminal tackle. It’s a jighead with stuff on it; the price tag ought to reflect that. It’s past my bedtime, rant over.
  2. Give it a few years, and you might have a change of heart. They can outcompete largemouth in highland reservoirs, given some time. If you fish for smallmouth or other riverine species of bass, it’s not just a matter of competition, but total replacement. They hybridize with other fish and screw with genetics. Best case, you’re fishing for mutts. Worst case, the original species of bass within the system is extirpated entirely. Not too much of an issue with largemouth, but they have been repeatedly shown to degrade the size and quantity of largemouth fisheries.
  3. I can catch everything but a shad. Still trying to catch my first American shad before the spawn winds down. Hopefully the rockfish is a sign of good things to come when the season opens this week. ETA: Can someone give me an ID on the first fish? I think it’s a shorthead redhorse, although I’m bad at identifying rough fish. It was caught on the Susquehanna.
  4. Florida: Bank access and people. Bank fishing might be easy in south Florida, but in north Florida, it is a struggle to find water with bank access. Public ponds are few and far between, and most of the natural lakes have privatized shorelines with a boat ramp or two. Even on public shorelines, unless the banks are mowed or burned, it’s usually still difficult to find fishable ground. The ground gets soggier the closer you get to the water, and bushwhacking through the subtropical forest is more trouble than it’s worth. But far beyond that is the fact that Florida is way overcrowded. You can’t fish a beach past 8AM, and any river with springs nearby is bound to be clogged with pleasure boaters. Then there’s the crowd that pulls up to a spot blaring “country” music, hooting and hollering, littering, and generally being a nuisance. I’ll never understand it. On an unrelated note, limestone is the bane of my existence. Those little nooks and crannies eat hooks and heads like nothing else. I don’t bother fishing the Chipola with open hooks. Maryland: I don’t have much bad to say about Maryland. The fishing is good, and the access is good enough. Still, people can be an issue in central MD. On a summer day, you can’t fish the Patapsco without running into a whole fiesta of park-goers, complete with swimmers and obnoxiously loud music. Same goes for any lowland park; the Bay draws a lot of people.
  5. Struggled to catch bass yesterday, so I decided to smell the roses and play with some sunfish.
  6. @AlabamaSpothunter I was just passing through on a road trip, so unfortunately that’ll be the last time I end up in Alabama for a while. It’s a beautiful state though, so I’ll definitely be back sometime; I have unfinished business to take care of . I’m in TN right now. My next goal is a Kentucky spot, assuming there are any genetically pure spots left.
  7. Fished around Birmingham, AL today. Started at the Blackburn Fork Little Warrior River. It was slow and the fish were spooky, but I did manage an Alabama x warrior bass hybrid. He ate an SB77.7. My goals were to catch an Alabama bass and a warrior bass, which were both new species for me. Since hybrids don’t count, I still had work to do. I drove over to Turkey Creek and managed several warrior bass, all small. These guys were hard to pattern. They didn’t care too much for normal craws and worms. I finally got them to bite by sticking half of a finesse worm on a dropshot hook, and letting it drift. They came out of the riffles and smashed that worm about the same as a brook trout attacking a spinner. There were some football-sized warrior bass in there, but they were too smart for me. The big ones were more blue than green, which I found interesting. I drove further north, and took a stop at the Little River in hopes of catching an Alabama. It wasn’t meant to be. I only found green sunfish, which is amazing considering how pristine the water was. Since I didn’t manage to picture any fish from the Little River, please accept this rhododendron (I think) instead.
  8. Today was a slow one. I stopped at the Chipola on a road trip and managed a single shoal bass. This fish is a contender for hardest fighting 1lber I’ve ever caught. Thought it was a gulf strain rockfish at first, lol. Neither photo does this fish justice; the blue color on the tail is hard to capture on camera. Tomorrow, I’m gonna try for Choctaw bass.
  9. I’ve always eaten light when I wake up early to fish. If I’m busy walking around or wading, I don’t notice being hungry and will happily take the caloric deficit. Usually, breakfast is coffee and one of the following: - oatmeal - granola bar - Cheerios (of the honey-nut variety) - leftover pizza (if available) - more coffee I prefer to eat when I get home. If it’s a long trip, I’ll pack some jerky or a pb/nutella sandwich for a mid-expedition pick-me-up.
  10. I’m comfortable with a weighted Texas rig, and throw it when I have to. That being said, I much prefer open hooks and jigheads whenever I can get away with them. Maybe it’s a confidence thing, but I feel like a plastic on a jighead looks more natural, is easier to work, and transmits more vibration (that is, I can feel what’s on the end of my line better).
  11. What others do right? Fish more often, and catch fish. What do I do right? Managing my finances (i.e. exercising temperance while browsing Tackle Warehouse)
  12. I did pretty well targeting snook in Tampa Bay during the fall. Things slowed down in the winter, which I wasn’t fussed about given that snook are a warm water species. But now that the water has heated up, I’ve been blanking. I went out in late March to an estuary where I was catching snook in fall, but didn’t get anything. I went out again this weekend (April 13), this time on some points towards the mouth of Tampa Bay. I waded mangroves, grass flats, and backwater creeks, but only got one strike, which might’ve been a ladyfish or trout (it came off before I could tell). I tried various swimbaits and flukes. All the reports I’ve heard say that the snook are everywhere and easy to catch, but that’s been the opposite of my experience. Granted, two trips in the spring is a limited sample size, but it’s a long drive for me to get out to snook water. I don’t have the time to try a bunch of spots and fine tune through experience. Is there anything I’m doing wrong? Are snook just really fickle?
  13. Catching smallmouth is pretty easy (and not the same as targeting big ones). Anything short and stubby will do the job for numbers. I like neds, grubs, and tournament tubes, but smallmouth will eat all sorts of stuff. Pick a confidence bait and stick with it. When targeting new species, it’s more important to get a feel for how the fish behave and where they live. Good luck!
  14. “Sewage” and “brook trout” don’t go together in the same sentence. I’d bet you were misidentifying creek chubs, lol
  15. I’ve been using the Bass X for a short while, only a few months. It’s a pretty good reel. It casts well, brakes well, and does the job. It does decently with light lures. My one minor grievance with it is that I generally like to have little to no tension on the spool; if you back the tension all the way out on the Bass X, it can interfere with the drag, which I tend to keep locked down. The interference isn’t enough to stop the function of either the tension or the drag, but it does create a bit of noise, so I usually have to tighten my tension down a hair (to a degree which most fishermen would probably prefer their spool tension to be at) or lighten my drag slightly. Other than that, I like it a lot. I prefer it over my Abu Black Max, which it replaced. My opinion is that the Daiwa Bass X is a good reel for the money. Having said that, I’m more of a spinning rod/finesse person, and I’ve only had the reel for a short while. My experience with the Bass X is far from exhaustive, so take it with a serving of salt.
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