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Couple Of General Questions

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How do you guys fish grassy areas when you throw out a bait and it comes back looking like a mop? I've tried spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, lipless cranks, jerkbaits and more, and all seem to have the same results. I've tried swimming a jig through also, though it was not a swim jig with a conical head, which I doubt would be much different in the grass I was in. Is a weightless plastic rigged weedless the only way?

Second, can a baitcast reel that has too much line on it contribute to backlashes? I took one out today that I respooled, and it was probably filled to 1/16 or less from the top edge of the spool. It was windy, no doubt, but I feel I was getting more backlash than normal even for this. I finally got a knot in the line that would have left a kink, so I ended up cutting behind the knot and that now leaves line filled on the spool to about 1/8 from the top. After this, casting seemed to get much easier. I've noticed this in the past also, but never thought to ask until now.

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texas rigged swimbait with a pegged tungsten bullet weight completely weedless will come through just about everything 

 

  tight lines 

 

    Andrew 

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Rooster, your brakes will have a little less effect when the spool is completely full. This would be due to the spool spining just a bit slower. The effect is more pronounced with centrifugal brakes, but mag brakes also exhibit the same behavior.

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A full spool also has a little more mass, requiring more braking effort to slow it down.

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Just read the article in the latest Bassmaster about the "Carolina Light".  Really no different than the Mojo rig that Glenn shows you how to use.  In the article, they were using a 1/16 oz lead bullet sinker in front of a flouro swivel 10-13 inches from the hook.  Standard carolina rigging, just lighter weight and swivel, and no bead.

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everything they said and all the baits u mentioned that u havent fished are all good too really can go wrong just try it all till u find what works best for your body of water i like bladded jigs (chatter baits) i like C&C custom baits wobble head i think its called they are on facebook but yeah spinner bait or ripping a rattle trap works good. thats what all the pros where doing in the classic so yeah let us know what worked for you man? interested for sure

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Gene, I should have known you'd know something I could try. Your videos are always so awesome. Thanks for the answer.

One question, why a lizard for colder water? That's more action. I always thought you wanted less action in colder water. I also saw where you said you were just going off of current conditions to know what bait to use. How do you learn this? There's so many choices, it's overwhelming to know what to use and when.

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About the baitcaster issue. Overfilling the spool will result in more backlashes. I've had that happen in the past as well and once you take a little line off it casts just fine. 

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