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We all have feelings about what to use when we don't know what to use..

We all have opinions of what would be better to use in a given situation..

We all have confidence in one bait or one presentation over some others..

But how many of us have certain,  no doubt about it,  Absolute's? ..I mean the "don't try to talk me out if it", "I don't want to hear it", "no matter what you say" Absolute's!

For me it's...

*Will not use mono for anything, ever 

*65# minimum braid for punching matt's

*Tie a snell knot on punch rig

*A frog is always first

*High quality flouro for all bottom contact baits

*Have a professional clean and lube all reels

*Retie everything before I leave the house and after 3 fish hooked, landed or not

*Put the hat I was wearing when I caught my personal best either in my lunch bag or on my head

Whats your's?

 

Mike

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Lol hmmm Bill Murphy said in his book there are no rules to bass fishing and therefore no absolutes! Bass fishing is freedom. Freedom to choose what lines, lures and colors to use. To catch big bass I have to have no absolutes. I absolutely must fish 3 days minimum a week. I must use the best gear I can afford and learn to maintain it. I never cheap out on line and hooks! 

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1. I absolutely refuse to make fishing complicated. 

2. All braid, all the time

3. I wont use flouro or mono leaders. (See rule 1 above)

4. No tournament fishing.

5. If it ain't fun, pack up and go home.

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I always use mono . Thats about  it .

 

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Before I take any reel apart to clean it, the following conditions MUST exist (no exceptions):

1) The room MUST have wall to wall shag carpeting.

2) The ceiling fan and several box fans MUST remain on full blast.

3) The floor and desk MUST each slope no less than 15 degrees (combined to acheive a 30 degree slope-minimum)

4) I MUST first have had a really bad day at work and in traffic

5) The reel MUST have been engineered by a close relative to the Marquis de Sade

6) Most of my tools and screwdrivers have been borrowed by a friend and I MUST be reduced to a pair of oversized channel locks and a bent screwdriver.

7) The cat, who USUALLY prefers to keep to herself MUST feel a sudden and persistent urge to climb in my lap.

8) All but one of the light bulbs in the room must be burned out

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must take a good dump before leaving the house

must have plenty of bullets, hooks, and worms, 2 rods minimum

water to drink 

check the plug

know the weather

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Well.....I don't throw crankbaits into algae...at least not on purpose!  other than that, I don't throw a frog on anything less than 30 lb braid and I will NOT catch a fish unless I'm wearing my raggedy old hat that looks like ***** and drips brown when it rains.  When it finally falls apart it will have a proper burial at sea.

 

 

Oh yeah...and the dump thing like lo n slo.

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Well I think I have to fill the live well as the one time I didn't I had a horrible fishing day. 

Don't eat to much before leaving out. See lo n slo 1st comment above. 

Always and I do mean always measure everything before you put in live well. Don't hurry and enjoy the bite while it's on and think you can go back and cull . 

Always have ice and water on board. 

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Only absolute in fishing is that there are no absolutes !

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If its that time of the month LEAVE the wife at home!

Never forget the plug.  . . (again)

If you see a beer in my hand at the lake don't ask how's the fishing.

 

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Always stop for donuts on tournament day

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Always be ready and prepared for the next big bite. 

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Absolutes....not any I can think of except if I ain't catching anything change it up. Move to another spot, throw a different lure (some days my canoe looks like a bait & tackle shop threw up in it), try a different technique. 

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Absolute's

*Texas Rig weighted or unweighed tied on 24/7/365

*Jig-n-Craw tied on 24/7/365

*Start the day on deep water structure

*I'm ain't here just to fish...I'm here for your fish

*You will only underestimate me one time!

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Enjoy fishing.

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@lo n slo's first rule is about my only absolute!

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Absolutes imply a willful disregard to learn and grow as an angler. I have no absolutes. Every trip, every cast, every moment, is a learning experience. Now, I am not a seasoned angler so my unintended provocation is not meant to deter nor offend. In time, as I grow as an angler, perhaps I will develop absolutes - but for now, I'm a sponge. Get me wet!

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25 minutes ago, SemperBass said:

Absolutes imply a willful disregard to learn and grow as an angler. I have no absolutes. Every trip, every cast, every moment, is a learning experience. Now, I am not a seasoned angler so my unintended provocation is not meant to deter nor offend. In time, as I grow as an angler, perhaps I will develop absolutes - but for now, I'm a sponge. Get me wet!

Respectfully and completely disagree with your first sentence. The purpose of my thread wasn't intended to imply that anyone who hasn't developed any over the years is any less a student of the sport than those who have. "Learning experiences" never end, nor should they

Good Luck 

 

Mike 

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3 hours ago, Ratherbfishing said:

Before I take any reel apart to clean it, the following conditions MUST exist (no exceptions):

1) The room MUST have wall to wall shag carpeting.

2) The ceiling fan and several box fans MUST remain on full blast.

3) The floor and desk MUST each slope no less than 15 degrees (combined to acheive a 30 degree slope-minimum)

4) I MUST first have had a really bad day at work and in traffic

5) The reel MUST have been engineered by a close relative to the Marquis de Sade

6) Most of my tools and screwdrivers have been borrowed by a friend and I MUST be reduced to a pair of oversized channel locks and a bent screwdriver.

7) The cat, who USUALLY prefers to keep to herself MUST feel a sudden and persistent urge to climb in my lap.

8) All but one of the light bulbs in the room must be burned out

That was one of the best things I've read recently. :)

I tried to think of some but couldn't at the moment. I will fish pretty much regardless of anything. If any small thing with my gear is not quite right (such as last week when I broke a guide off my rod- it still worked perfectly fine) it bugs me to death but I'll still fish.

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For you married guys; Never, Ever put your girlfriend's number on your favorites list.

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Unless I am in heavy vegetation, I will NEVER throw braid without a leader. EVER.

 

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2 hours ago, SemperBass said:

Absolutes imply a willful disregard to learn and grow as an angler. I have no absolutes. 

Absolute: free from limitations, restrictions, or exceptions; unqualified: an absolute choice.

I absolutely will have a Texas Rig & Jig-n-Craw on the deck of my boat 24/7/365!

I absolutely will start my day/night out on deep water structure!

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I will absolutely buy more reels than I need.

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I will Absolutely Hate to put the boat up this & every Winter.  :(

And will Absolutely Love getting it out in the Spring.   :)

A-Jay 

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Absolute:  Thank the good Lord for each and every day on the water.  Sometimes I have taken them for granted and when I didn't get to fish for several months and it was awful.  Have fun relax..don't get caught up in all the BS....tourneys or not.

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