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Functional

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    East Raleigh, NC
  • My PB
    Between 7-8 lbs
  • Favorite Bass
    All three
  • Favorite Lake or River
    Black Lake NY
  • Other Interests
    Long range shooting competition, Building clone rifles.

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    I fish, therefore I am poor.

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  1. @ol'crickety If you wanted to try fishing a jig but they want something flashier you could try fishing a chatterbait like a jig. That blade on the front would move some water and give a flash. Personally I prefer the excitement of spinners/chatters/swimbaits and the hits they bring but nothing says you cant fish a bladed jig like a jig.
  2. I'm still more excited about this than I really should be....
  3. This, for every food. If all I can taste is burning or seasonings and nothing resembling the "host" flavor its a fail for me. In my own cooking and when eating somewhere. I'm ordering the fish because I like the flavor of fish, enhance away but let me taste the fish. Youtube in general has to be taken just like everything else. If I'm looking for reviews or how to do something I use multiple sources. No less than 3 different videos and I'll pull info from a forum if its possible. Some of the least followed "youtubers" have been more value than the big ones.
  4. Elijah Craig has been very solid for me for Bourbon. Bourbon isnt my preferred but I'll never turn down some EC and is the only bourbon I'll keep picking up. I've had Eagle Rare, makers, buffalo trace, etc. and still think EC is better than them. Sold/gave away my Makers and Buffalo Trace and looking for someone to give my Eagle to. Just not worth it when there are so many good options out there.
  5. if I cant see the back of the boat I'm finding somewhere to take shelter, otherwise I'm fishing if I'm already out. Wont go out if its already raining. Only 2 things I really watch for is if its a cold rain that comes with wind, you can still get hypothermia in the summer under these conditions and I've had to find a spot in the woods and build a fire(small fire starting kit on the boat at all times). Also a reason I keep a towel in a dry bag (should add a spare set of clothes). The other...is lightning. Thats a big nope for me and I'm gone. Good lightning tracker app helps judge how far out it is. I set the mile notice depending on how long I anticipate it to take me to get back to the dock and on the trailer.
  6. You could look at the county plat maps. That will show the property lines and i'll be willing to bet quite a lot (my company has an entire department dedicated to doing plats) those property lines do not go into the water and will stop 1-2 ft from or right against the water edge if there is public access to the lake. Even more so if the state or utility puts money into stocking or maintaining that lake/pond/water. For me, right or wrong, thats where I start, if there is public space that allows me access to the water and there is nothing in all my searching or signage that says I cant fish it or access it then I'm going. Wont touch anyones property without permission but I wouldnt believe I was wrong in using public access to access water. Pond surrounded by farm land, hard no without permission. Bridge with side access to water that is funded by the state (my taxes) to stock I'd willingly go to court and press charges for harassment. If I lose then I'm taking it up with the state why my tax dollars are going to stock private waters that dont generate electricity or drinking water. I've also admitted I'm no expert in this permission thing, I dont often have to do any of this but the times I have I've had no issues. So take all that as you will.
  7. I'm not fancy, I dont know how to link a single post so here is a copy/paste for what I just put up in another thread. "for lower cost reels I have the below 3 for a few years. SLX MGL: Nice little reel, handles very light lures down to and including a ned rig if wanted. Fits my hand perfectly. Only downside is it seems the brakes are a hair touchy and it seems to go from not enough brake to too much very easy. Takes a bit more for me to dial in this reel so if you are swapping a wide range of bait weights it could be a chore. Tied for my favorite handle next to the Lews LFS SS. Fuego CT: Nice reel, for me it seems to shine with heavier lures like spinners, chatterbaits, etc. Id say 3/8oz and up is a nice good all around reel. For my hands its a bit big/round for me but its still manageable. Knobs are beefier on this reel than the SLX and LFS, not my favorite but thats personal taste. Lews LFS SS: Wont throw down to a ned rig but will do down to a 1/4 and 1/8oz Trig and jig and all the way up to a 2oz swimbait. Despite only having mag brakes the reel is very easy to dial in. This has become my favorite reel for everything but skipping (the SV spool reels just do better here). Can be had regularly for like $80, sometimes cheaper if you really hunt. For reference I use a Medium glove. I may try a Curado for the hype but at this point with the reels I have the LFS SS is my go to reel. "
  8. for lower cost reels I have the below 3 for a few years. SLX MGL: Nice little reel, handles very light lures down to and including a ned rig if wanted. Fits my hand perfectly. Only downside is it seems the brakes are a hair touchy and it seems to go from not enough brake to too much very easy. Takes a bit more for me to dial in this reel so if you are swapping a wide range of bait weights it could be a chore. Tied for my favorite handle next to the Lews LFS SS. Fuego CT: Nice reel, for me it seems to shine with heavier lures like spinners, chatterbaits, etc. Id say 3/8oz and up is a nice good all around reel. For my hands its a bit big/round for me but its still manageable. Knobs are beefier on this reel than the SLX and LFS, not my favorite but thats personal taste. Lews LFS SS: Wont throw down to a ned rig but will do down to a 1/4 and 1/8oz Trig and jig and all the way up to a 2oz swimbait. Despite only having mag brakes the reel is very easy to dial in. This has become my favorite reel for everything but skipping (the SV spool reels just do better here). Can be had regularly for like $80, sometimes cheaper if you really hunt. For reference I use a Medium glove. I may try a Curado for the hype but at this point with the reels I have the LFS SS is my go to reel.
  9. Do exactly this and read the # rating on the zip tie. I think I use 7 or 10lb zip ties. Saved my rear a time or 2 already.
  10. I dont fish anywhere that isnt public and crowded already so if I catch it it's getting reported. A biologist does need to examine the fish but I have enough crap from my fish keeping hobbies to give her a nice comfortable home until they can arrive. NC record hasnt been beat for 25 years, would be cool to have my kids be able to see my name in the state record books.
  11. whenever we see water on a road trip we always say "Get the poles!" ....coincidentally we used to call it seaweed when we were young. I'd say that checks out.
  12. @TOXIC If you are having Tic already at 95K I'd personally question how long it would last even once disabling AFM. If you really wanted to keep the truck I would disable AFM and get the lash taken out of the lifter so you "start new". I never liked that technology.
  13. so jealous....unless you make an actual dedicated effort we have stuff that looks green and crunches when you walk on it down here. I miss a good northern lawn.
  14. Just a word of warning to all doing this (its what I do), make sure your safety latch on the hook is there and working correctly. If not you'll be stripping down and swimming to your boat....ask me how I know....
  15. For your first few times it might not be a bad idea to have a physical check list. -rear straps -boat plug -kill switch in -keys on boat -Life jacket easily reach (if not on) -Front strap hooked (or unhooked if you have a buddy in the boat) -dock lines setup on boat cleats -"specific items" on boat I agree, I dont mind someone moving slow and learning. We all have off days or a particular wind condition that could throw many of us. What I cant stand is someone backing into the ramp, stopping and then spending 20 minutes doing stuff that should have been done in the parking lot or prep area. Other than that, practice in an empty parking lot to get a feel for it, longer trailers respond slower than shorter trailers. As far as how far to back in that will depend on the ramp angle and your boat. For me as long as the side bunks are just about to go under is far enough for me on most ramps. Steep ones I have to go deeper. Youll learn that.
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