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  1. I learned that no matter how much you wish it was spring, it ain't till it is!
  2. YouTube has no idea what songs I like.
  3. Licking your computer monitor isn't a good way to clean it. 
  4. The plant I work at never shuts down because of GOOD weather.
  5. My neighbors dog prefers my sidewalk to use as a bathroom.
  6. Giving 110% of my effort really just means doing the same thing I did before only not taking a nap after. 
  7. I'm unique like everyone else.
  8. Cheese is just milk trying to live forever.
  9. If a psychic has to ask your name they probably ain't that good. 
  10. Silence is golden but duct tape comes in many colors.
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I have learned to fish for bass in winter temps.  I usually wait til April to start fishing in Cincinnati.  This year I was out in Dec, Feb, March so far.  I have researched the different ways to fish in these conditions.

1. Slow Cranks

2. Tight wobble cranks.

3. Dropped Cell in the lake in 5 ft of water 45 degree water temp.  Got out of the kayak and got the phone back..... *&#$@*$ cold is all I have to say.

4. Learned to use a bladed jig..

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I've learned that a gal can NEVER have too many Tackle bags! Or matching Plano boxes!

 

And that this is the extent of my idea of "fashion"! :lady:

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A ned riig works from the bank right after ice out.

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I have learned that work sucks and I’d rather be fishing

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23 hours ago, scaleface said:

I learned that lots of people want to give bass fishing  a  try . I added three more people to the list who want me to take them bass fishing . Problem is , I prefer to fish alone .  One guy is a brand new cousin . He was adopted and through DNA testing has tracked down his family .  

Made me smile.....I have found when fishing with new people...as I'm a lot like you is I meet them at the boat ramp.  So many will only fish for a couple hours and then want to leave and so they just keep talking about what they need to do and why they have to leave.....even if catching fish.

I've learned that I'm not as young as I once was...even though the brain is trying to trick me into thinking that.  Will still fish a full day....but I sure sleep good the next one.

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I learned this month that it is too darn cold to fish in Virginia.

 

I learned this month that March weather in Virginia is all messed up.

 

I learned this month that our whole house generator works.

 

I learned this month that we are due for another big storm, with mostly rain and wind, this weekend.

 

I learned this month that it is OK to sit in my man cave surrounded by my fishing tackle and baits and watch sports and Colombo reruns on TV.

 

P.S.  Being from south Louisiana any outside temperature under 70* is cold and it could snow. :)

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23 hours ago, mattkenzer said:

Congratulations .... I hope everyone is well.

Thank you sir! Everything is going very well! Little guy is awesome! 

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I learned that March is a cruel month.  (I already knew this.  It's just being reinforced).

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I just learned that my local Cabela's has 4 Favorite rods for sale back in the bargain cave. No idea where they came from. I actually kinda liked one of them, but don't have $120 to spend on a Big Sexy right now.

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4 hours ago, Oregon Native said:

 

I've learned that I'm not as young as I once was...even though the brain is trying to trick me into thinking that.  Will still fish a full day....but I sure sleep good the next one.

I've learned to schedule my all-day trips for Fridays so I can recuperate over the weekend.  Fishing long and hard on a Monday makes for a very long Tuesday (at work).

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I learned that when bass have begun making beds and a cold front comes through, they don't always move deeper.  Some just move & hide out under docks at the same depth.

 

I also learned it only takes a small uptick in temp following the cold front for the bedmakers to return.  Not there in the morning, back by the afternoon.

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I learned to not fish weight-less near trees when a cross wind is blowing over 20.  I just spent 15 minutes recovering a hook while my buddy was catching fish.

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I've learned that the human body can perform over 368 different functions and at 68, most of them hurt, sometimes all at once.:sad-012:

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I learned that Cabela's / Bass Pro have discontinued Veteran discounts for purchases on line. 

Pretty weak.

A-Jay

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3 hours ago, A-Jay said:

I learned that Cabela's / Bass Pro have discontinued Veteran discounts for purchases on line. 

Pretty weak.

A-Jay

wow, just wow

 

THANKS JOHNNY!!!! 👎

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If it's mid 70's in the middle of February and the bass start cruising the shallows like they think they'll spawn, take advantage, but expect another 3-4 weeks of winter before March is over.

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On 3/7/2018 at 7:39 PM, LonnieP said:

I have learned that work sucks and I’d rather be fishing

I learned that when I turned 16 and start my 1st job! 

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I learned to fish a spinner bait. Not only got my first fish on it, got 4 in under 2 hours. 

 

Also that just because it's 40 degrees outside doesn't mean I can't fish. Had been waiting for warmer weather but I couldn't take it anymore and just went to get some lure wet and try some new stuff the bait monkey got me on. Ended up catching the first fish of 2018.

 

Learned fb groups are gonna feed my bait monkey harder than this forum. 

 

Found out I'll have 12 days off in a row at the end of December so I'll likely be taking a trip to FL or TX to fish during that time. 

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I learned that fishing reel makers should come up with some kind of full spool/half spool version of their reels so we don't have to pack the first half of the spool with line just to put what we want to fish with on the second half. If someone wants to troll 100 feet deep and needs that full spool to do so, then use the full spool. If you are just casting 120 feet or less, then use the half spool. It shouldn't the hard to design a spool that is the same size but a bigger diameter in the center to eliminate line packing like most all of us do. Who knows, maybe somebody already did this and I am just late to the game.

 

That said, I learned watching an Aaron Martens vid on youtube to pack the center of the spool with light braid packed as  tight as you can get it, then spool the second half with whatever line you want. So I did some looking and found the lightest braid with the thinnest line diameter I could find and packed my reels with it. I also adjusted the brake off to just one pair on and threw a 1/4 jerk bait a country mile with no backlash first time out using it. Gained all kinds of casting distance on my bigger lures too. I used to think that spinning gear was the only way to get distance with a light lure. I was totally wrong.

 

 

 

 

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I learned another lesson this month. Snook will bite a hollow belly frog just like a bass will and the fight a snook gives on a frog is much more powerful than what a bass can do. I now see myself snook fishing with frogs and it will have to be a very big bass to keep me interested in bass fishing at this moment in time. 

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I learned that fish will start bedding well before the water temp is ideal.

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I learned two of my favorite lakes have live cam feed, and no matter how long I stare at them, it doesn't make the ice out happen any sooner

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If your fishing an area that you know holds fish, you need to find a presentation that will stimulate a bite.  When the bite is really tough, I will go to my confidence baits, and usually slow down.  This didn't work this time, so I went to extreme adjustment and started ripping the bait off the bottom and letting it fuller back down.  This is a technique I seldom use, but has been productive several times over the years.  Suddenly the bite was on, and consistently.  To me location, a bait you have confidence in, and the proper presentation for that day, that hour, that moment, is the key.  Don't just keep doing the same thing over and over if it doesn't work.  I used a U-tail and the ripping set off a vibration that stimulated the bite.  This saved what was a slow day up to that point.

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I learned that I need to retire to a warmer climate. That way I can maximize the fishing time I have left.

 

I also learned there is just so much off season stuff you can do with your fishing gear to get it ready for the season that refuses to arrive.

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