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The Hawg Forum / Re: Spring tournament season
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:55:42 PM »
0 for 2 This boy is getting too old and fat for back to back tournaments in the cold. Prefish hurt us on Candlewood. Would have done better had we just winged it. :hmm: hind sight is 20-20

I heard the winning weight for the Reynolds tourney was incredible and was anchored by an 8+ lb. largemouth!  :o

The Hawg Forum / Re: Early season tip
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:26:30 PM »
Nice fish! You're exactly right on the location. New pads are excellent fish holders even well before they're easily visible!  :yes:

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Keach pond
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:24:32 PM »
Not bad for a cold, windy day! Good job  :thumbup:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spring tournament season
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:37:56 PM »

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spring tournament season
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:56:27 PM »
Hard to believe that some lakes are still iced in. But when you consider the winter we've had, it's not so surprising  :nope:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spring tournament season
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:36:13 AM »
Sounds like a busy next few weeks! Better make sure you have lots of jerkbaits on hand  :yes:

Fishing/Marine Electronics / Re: Battery charge question
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:35:15 AM »
@LANSKY Sounds like you picked the right one. I hope it works well for you!

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Lew's Carbon Fire Rod Review
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:39:35 AM »
It's Wednesday!

That means we have another Tackle Test for you to check out  :yes:

This week we reviewed a Lew's Carbon Fire baitcasting rod.

Was it worth the price or was it junk?

Read the review to find out!

Boating Forum / Re: trolling motor batteries
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:50:18 AM »
@tritonmike Glad you got it all sorted out! I had a feeling Napa might be able to test them more extensively and spot any problems that way. Let us know how it goes for you the next time you get out there!  :thumbup:

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: One day Spring bite
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:08:54 PM »
@Curt - RI , total 180* today, had to grind just to get a few.

Now that's a fatty! Nice fish @toadhunter  :thumbup:

Boating Forum / Re: When a simple thing becomes a PIA!
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:54:44 AM »
Oh ya.. I feel your pain. Been there and done that many times with various things. Sometimes the OCD to make everything match perfectly can get us into real trouble.  (giggle) :nod:

Boating Forum / Re: trolling motor batteries
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:03:02 PM »
If you're running typical lead acid deep cycle batteries and you tend to run your TM at high speeds a lot, you won't get the hours out of them that you would from AGM batteries.

With that said, though, "healthy" lead acid batteries should get you through a day with no issues.

Load tests might not detect a bad cell. Have Napa text them more extensively.

As for whether to switch to AGM, I switched 20 years ago and I will never go back to lead acid again. There's a world of difference in performance and longevity. Most AGM batteries will last you 8-10 years. ANd they're 100% maintenance-free.

I bought mine from a place in Hope Valley, RI. They're called Power Troll batteries. They no longer market them but you might still be able to get them if you call Power Resources, in Hope Valley, RI. (401) 539-8646

They will probably cost you $200 each. But I promise you they're worth every penny.

If your TM has been checked and verified as problem-free, then the batteries are the only logical piece of the puzzle that has a problem.

The only other thing I can think of would be to check your charger and make sure it's actually charging the batteries to 100%. If your charger is faulty, it could be detecting the batteries as fully charged while they're actually less than that. So make sure your charger is working properly before dropping big money on new AGM batteries!

Oh, one other thing. Is the TM the only thing hooked to those deep cycle batteries? If not, it's possible that you may have something else drawing your batteries down.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: One day Spring bite
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:40:37 PM »
Good job!

I saw a few other people on Facebook today saying that they also had killer action in the cold, wind and waves. You just never know how the bass will react to frigid weather and nasty fronts.  :nope:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Jack Hammer
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:24:39 PM »
@metz12 I was also hesitant, as I said, when I was no longer able to buy the parts to make them with no split ring. But just one day on the water with a "split ring bait" made a believer out of me.

Trust me when I tell you that if you make your own with a split ring, you'll never buy another ZMan bait again.  :nope:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Jack Hammer
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:25:45 AM »
Well the draw overall of the chatterbait vs home made is the blade connecting directly to the jig vs using a split ring on the home made versions.

Right. The patent that ZMan holds on the chatterbait is all about the direct connection of the blade to the jig. But I've gotta tell you that using a split ring is actually better in many ways.

When the bait is made with a split ring, it gives the jig more freedom of movement. This actually allows the blade and head to make contact during the retrieve, creating more noise than it could ever possibly make without the split ring.

Check out these two pics showing how much contact is made and the resulting missing paint on the head of the lure!

When I first started making them it was still possible to buy the heads that allowed the blade to connect directly. When those heads went away, I was frustrated. But as I spent time fishing with the new ones I had made, with the split ring, I found out how much better they are with the split ring!

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