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I finally got my hands on one of the new slx mgl hg reels, I wanted to compare them to the older ones that were great reels. I spooled it up with fresh 12lb sniper. I was going to try the new r-18 line but I couldn’t justify the price of it.

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On 5/10/2024 at 3:39 PM, NorthernBasser said:

I like the Ark Tharp series so much, I decided to give the new Invoker Tour a look. I still love my Expride's, Orochi's etc, but there are some real gems to be had nowadays in the less expensive group. The Tharp is definitely one of them, and I'm willing to bet the Invoker Tour won't disappoint, either.

 

It's a 7' MH/XF. It comes in at a very impressive 4.05 oz. That's lighter than my 7'1 MH Kistler Helium (NFC blank) which weighs 4.10 oz. Another thing I love about these rods is the hook keeper. Probably my favorite style. 

 

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That thing looks pretty dang nice.  Weight is right up there with sensitivity for me.  TW has $1k Evergreen Synergy rods I wouldn't even sniff at the JDM price because of high weight (7'M 1/4-1oz = 6oz!)

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Academy Rapala BOGO sale DT16/Tiny 4/ Tiny 7

 

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Maverick 110's

 

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Ali-X order: Tatula LT 2500S XH + '24 Tatula 100XHL (sold).  

 

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2 KKR Tat 100 spools, 2 AMO tat 100 spools.  (34mm)

 

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4 carbon handles w/ EVA knobs (2-85mm 2-95mm)

 

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1/4oz hybrid Marabou/silicone jigs...

 

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SLP knobs

 

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pradco order fire lurenet came today.  6 inch walter melon pearl laminate 6 inch dinger, ultimate craw( summer craw)  tubes. fat boy evo, olive blue deep little N, holly speed N olive blue speed N. 

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6 hours ago, KP Duty said:

Weight is right up there with sensitivity for me.  TW has $1k Evergreen Synergy rods I wouldn't even sniff at the JDM price because of high weight (7'M 1/4-1oz = 6oz!)

Agree. If I'm paying $300+/rod, it better be light. So to see these lesser expensive rods weighing so little, that's impressive. 

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On 5/10/2024 at 4:39 PM, NorthernBasser said:

I like the Ark Tharp series so much, I decided to give the new Invoker Tour a look. I still love my Expride's, Orochi's etc, but there are some real gems to be had nowadays in the less expensive group. The Tharp is definitely one of them, and I'm willing to bet the Invoker Tour won't disappoint, either.

 

It's a 7' MH/XF. It comes in at a very impressive 4.05 oz. That's lighter than my 7'1 MH Kistler Helium (NFC blank) which weighs 4.10 oz. Another thing I love about these rods is the hook keeper. Probably my favorite style. 

 

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Are those new reel seats on the Invoker tour's the same as the Tharp series? They look the same to me on the website. I was disappointed to see them changed from the Invoker pro series. I found those seats VERY comfortable.

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6 hours ago, T-Billy said:

Are those new reel seats on the Invoker tour's the same as the Tharp series? They look the same to me on the website. I was disappointed to see them changed from the Invoker pro series. I found those seats VERY comfortable.

I believe so. Same as the new Tharps. Have you held these new ones yet? I also loved the old reel seat on the previous model, so I was worried when I saw they changed them. But I find these just as, if not more,  comfortable. They're also lighter. 

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I haven't had a chance to check out the new models yet @NorthernBasser. I'm really liking the old model Invoker 7'11" XH Flippin stick though. I got two during the BOGO sale. It's the Invoker version of the Okeechobee Special.

 

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3 hours ago, T-Billy said:

I haven't had a chance to check out the new models yet @NorthernBasser. I'm really liking the old model Invoker 7'11" XH Flippin stick though. I got two during the BOGO sale. It's the Invoker version of the Okeechobee Special.

 

Nice! Yeah, if you liked the old Tharps/Invokers, I think you'll be quite pleased with the new as well. 

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Love the Aftco reel bag, And also lets see if spooling station is good, I heard a lot about the redline hooks and got them for first time for Neko rigging.

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So much for telling myself to never order big swimbaits.

Ordered 3 3:16 8” mission fish swimbaits

- Hitch

- Dark Hitch

- Clear Lake Ghost 

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5 packs d bombs 

toxic grape 

candy bomb

pink belly

black neon 

super craw

1 pack jackall chunk craw

green pumpkin orange 

1 pack clear pegs for my tungsten weights 

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This thread is named "victim support thread" but I think we're all just enabling and encouraging each other's addiction. 

I approve. You all make some mighty fine purchases. 

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On 5/15/2024 at 5:26 PM, LrgmouthShad said:

So much for telling myself to never order big swimbaits.

Ordered 3 3:16 8” mission fish swimbaits

- Hitch

- Dark Hitch

- Clear Lake Ghost 

 

 

You'll be glad you did when you stick a 10.5 during the Shad Disco pt 2 🤫🎣😎👍🏼

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I have been on a creature bait, beaver kick lately lol.

 

6 packs d bombs

green pumpkin blue

green pumpkin flash

candy grass

pb&j

ballistic bruiser

bruiser flash

 

3 packs sweet beaver 4.2

bad shad

white trash 

oxblood

 

I don’t think that I need more plastics but the monkey says buy more or a new rod, reel.

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Well I was at my old local Walmart and saw the micro square bill and figured that it would be good for my bfs setup chasing smallies or a pike will bite me off or get it hung up. But I am going to try lol, not a fan of the brand but it was only $4. I also got a pack of shim-e-sticks in Smokey shad. I found the spoon on a rock while fishing and didn’t want a squirrel or some other rodent or bird to get tangled in it. 

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Hello there 

They are here

Only complaint is the packaging. Tails are bent out of the bags. Nothing I can’t fix with some boiling water. They did send some complementary bait glue which is much appreciated. 

Once again, these are 8” 3:16 mission fish swimbaits in the following colors: Hitch, Dark Hitch, Clear Lake Ghost. I will say that Hitch and Dark Hitch are so close in color when I see them in person that I consider having both redundant.

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Made a large Tacklewarehouse order this week. I wanted to find some better swimbaits for swim jigs. 
 

Variety of sizes and colors but basically a $160 order of…

 

Xzone Swammers

Gambler EZ Vibez

Gambler EZ Swimmer

Zoom Fluke

Zman Paddlerz

 

A bunch of mini max in 1/4 ounce. Needed to restock this winner. Flukes are perfect trailer for these. 
 

I got a couple packs of the Zman ZWG swimbait hooks and I’ve been very impressed thus far. Really holds the bait in place. 
 

A few other soft plastics but those are the bunch. 
 

I caught a 5+ lber today a @Siebert Outdoors swim jig paired with the white swammer 4”
 

 

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A little restock on some soft plastics, the vegetation at a couple of lakes that I fish are thicker than usual. So I've been pitching these baits with 1/2oz-1oz weights to punch through the thick stuff.

 

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An Academy is opening up near me and today they had a 20% soft opening sale. I decided to go check it out and promised the wife I wouldn’t spend too much.  
 

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I resupplied my Senkos and Trick Worms, as well as some UV Speed Worms, and more natural colored Rage Swimmers which I’m itching to try out this week.   I’m new to cranking this year and the most recommended here at BR was the KVD 1.5, they have performed as advertised.  The chartreuse black/blue have been especially good to me.  
 

Also I got a chance to handle a Shimano SLX casting rod in person.  It’s one of the several rods I’m considering buying soon to replace my old 7’ MH/F multi purpose BC and I’ll tell you what after today it may have moved up to #1 on my list just based on the looks and feel.

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