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The Hawg Forum / Re: Independent Bass Anglers and Dead Bass
« Last post by Curt - RI on Today at 02:56:48 PM »
Morons >:(

What kind of boats are they using?

Anything from bass boats to canoes and jon boats.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Independent Bass Anglers and Dead Bass
« Last post by Joe P on Today at 01:37:08 PM »
Morons >:(

What kind of boats are they using?
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The Hawg Forum / Independent Bass Anglers and Dead Bass
« Last post by Curt - RI on Today at 01:00:07 PM »
Back in 2016 I was conducting a guide trip on Indian Lake. While I was preparing to launch my boat, a bass club was there preparing for the start of a tourney.

I spoke with one of the guys and learned that the club was called Independent Bass Anglers.

During my trip, I witnessed people in that tourney using stringers to hold their bass. I also witnessed an angler putting bass into a cooler or some other type of storage box with no aeration system. I knew this by the fact that I saw him repeatedly empty water out and put new water in.

Long story short, when I completed my trip, I found many, many dead bass at the launch area. Some of them were big bass, too, with one or two between 4 and 5 lbs. and others over 3 lbs. I was disgusted with what I saw.

I reported them to DEM for their lack of proper care for the bass they caught and weighed in. DEM reprimanded them for this, but apparently continued to give them permits.

Well, I was contacted by another forum member this morning who told me that he fished at Indian Lake yesterday and saw Independent Bass Anglers there again, completing the weigh-in for a tourney. And once again there were dead bass floating at the ramp. One of the club members told a fellow member to pick up the dead bass because they had gotten in trouble in the past for leaving dead fish at the ramp.

So, apparently they have made a habit of making sure they clean up their carnage before they leave in order to cover their tracks and keep from getting scolded by DEM again.

Well, if I can do so, I will work my butt off to make sure they never get another permit to run a tourney in RI. I'm tired of seeing and hearing about their careless handling of bass during tournaments and the large numbers of dead fish they leave behind when they're finished.

They allow the use of stringers and they allow the use of containers with no pumps, to hold bass for the duration of the tourney. They seem to have a track record of killing high numbers of bass during the summer months, and they have been doing this for at least the last 3 years that I am aware of.

It's time for this stupidity to stop once and for all.

I will be contacting DEM on Monday to let them know about this and I will be requesting that they revoke any existing permits for this club (and the people who run it) and they they never issue them another permit in RI.

I would like to ask that everyone else do this also. Please call DEM at 401-789-0281. Ask to speak to Alan Libby. He's the person in charge of issuing permits for tourneys.

I realize that a person is allowed to keep up to 5 bass per day, so technically an entire club could kill up to 5 bass per participant. But this is not acceptable behavior, and clubs who operate this way need to be held accountable.

A bass in RI takes roughly 5 years to reach adulthood. And these guys are waltzing into area lakes and killing many of them off in a matter of hours, at every lake they go to. There is no respect shown for the fisheries and for other anglers who go to great lengths to keep bass alive during tournaments, by spending money on livewell pumps and other accessories to take proper care of the bass.

Please help end this by calling DEM and requesting that they put a stop to it now.

401-789-0281
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Joe P on July 14, 2018, 09:05:07 AM »
I use my electronics to find structure more than i do fish.  It also comes in handy when looking for cooler or warmer water!
On large body of water it's a safety device if you get caught in a heavy fog you can find your way back.

I wouldn't be with out one on my boat  :)  On my kayak it's not needed as i'm on small bodies of water!
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Navionics Info & How-To / Using depth to save time
« Last post by Fish Hound on July 13, 2018, 05:53:53 AM »
Today I'm fishing for lake trout and by using the depth range tool I can highlight a certain depth on the map today I'm looking for water between 75 and 100 ft so if you look on the picture below anything and white is that depth range this is a handy way to save some time when searching for fish at a certain depth in the water column
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Navionics Info & How-To / Nice day
« Last post by Fish Hound on July 13, 2018, 05:51:53 AM »
Looks like it's going to be a nice day to Jig lake trout
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 05:27:45 PM »
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Its not going to make a bad angler into a good angler.

Agreed. Not happening.. ever  :nope:

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I spent hours on end staring at that thing

I remember doing that with my first one, back in the 1980s!  (giggle)

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What you are looking for is depth, contour changes, hardness of bottom, rocks, grass, etc.

Exactly  :yes:

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it wasn't this magic wand that found fish. It took getting a line in the water, looking for visual queues, feeling the bottom, and getting bites to establish the pattern. From there you then use the tools you have to replicate it.

And there you have it. The sum of finding and catching bass consistently  :nod:
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Brazzy on July 12, 2018, 03:53:19 PM »
And thats the funny part about it. I thought getting electronics would change me from good to great. Not the case. Actually the first year I had it I got a lot worse. Let me say this. It being referred to as a "fish finder" is a load of crap. It does not find fish. I spent hours on end staring at that thing thinking I was going to be like Brent Ehrler on MLF just video game fishing. Wow was I wrong.

In all honesty its a tool like any other and in the right hands it can help. In the wrong hands it cant. Its not going to make a bad angler into a good angler. I feel like it takes a great deal of skill to use these effectively. Just to explain, you are not looking for fish. I mean if you find them, great, but it is super hard to drop on them while they are under your boat and you see them on the graph. What you are looking for is depth, contour changes, hardness of bottom, rocks, grass, etc. What does that mean? Well nothing if you dont establish a pattern. You need to get bites, for these tools to help you get more bites.

Example: Yesterday out on a lake where they are doing some serious weed eradication. I start off a point (visual target) and start working off that point. As I am working dont the point I get to a place where it is about 10 feet of water and notice I am hitting clumps of grass on the bottom (purely from feel). As soon as I start hitting grass I start getting bites. I keep generating the bites in 10-12 FOW pulsing a chatterbait through the grass. Whenever I would hit grass I would violently pop it out of the grass and a lot of strikes came right then. I stack up about 5 fish and now start piecing it together for a pattern. I fish that spot until the bites die. Now I use my navionics map (I use my phone) to try and find places that might look similar to it no the body of water I am on. I start going to those places and idling over it. I dont see a single fish, but when I saw grass in about 10-12 feet of water adjacent to a primary or secondary point I would make some casts. I get on them there as well. I move further off the bank and find a hump where it goes from about 16 FoW to 11FoW and it has grass on it as well.. From there I just blister them.

The reason I mention this is it wasnt this magic wand that found fish. It took getting a line in the water, looking for visual queues, feeling the bottom, and getting bites to establish the pattern. From there you then use the tools you have to replicate it. In no way do this tools make up for and deficiency in skills. I think the name of the game here is efficiency. I could have found grass by dragging a jig or a Carolina rig, but this was far more efficient.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 02:06:42 PM »
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it sure is fun taking 1st place money from a guy in a fully rigged boat as I drive away with my crawdad in my truck

Been there, done that. Know the feeling. But it's also fun having a boat that will hold two anglers and all of our tackle very comfortably. To each his own, and within the budget  ;)
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Best Baitcasting Reel Under $100?
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 02:03:38 PM »
Cool. Looking forward to hearing about the new reel!
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