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The Hawg Forum / Re: Super Shallow Night Fishing
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:30:49 PM »
Thanks Matt!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Super Shallow Night Fishing
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:12:28 AM »
Good job, @Curt - RI , nice to get a kicker in a tourney.

Thanks @toadhunter  :thumbup:

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The Hawg Forum / Super Shallow Night Fishing
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:58:34 AM »
I fished a club tourney Friday night, from 10 PM - 6 AM.

The water temp was mid to high 80s!!  :o

I found my bass in water less than 3 feet deep all night long. Most of them were in only a foot.

I caught them all pitching a beaver style bait to inside weed lines, behind thick, gnarly coontail weed. This made landing the fish very tough (I lost at least 4, including a giant that bent my wide gap worm hook  :crying: ), but all of the fish I caught were quality, including a 5.17 lb kicker.

I ended up with a 14.10 lb. bag for the win, with my kicker taking tourney lunker. Felt good to win one after bombing badly in my last two tourneys.


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Just a reminder that there will be no Northeastbass.com Amos Lake tourney. I am no longer running it due to a lack of time.


I have had a couple people ask about it, so I wanted to post it here again to make sure everyone knows.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:14:54 AM »
Hi. New to this forum. I can tell you the rig will go through milfoil better than a punch rig. I've been using it for over a year. The best thing about this rig is when it hit bottom all you have to do is put tension on your line and shake it about 4 or 5 times. You will catch as many fish shaking it as you will on the fall.

@Mjmj Welcome to the forums!

And thanks for your feedback on this setup. Not surprising at all that it gets bit while shaking it.  :nope:

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:38:02 AM »
Personally, I see it being great for punching lily pads. Lily pads are less likely to have gnarly weeds laying under them, so this would be a great option for that.

I do little or no flipping of milfoil, so I don't really have an opinion on that option.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Not so calm before the storm
« on: August 06, 2018, 01:14:19 PM »
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The lightning all around us was what cut the trip short.

Yep. Lightning all around would be a definite show stopper  :yes:

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Boating Forum / Re: Installed This On My Boat
« on: August 01, 2018, 01:46:09 PM »
Those weights would be a nice weigh in  ;D

Yes they would  ;D

I didn't even notice what they were  :nope:

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Boating Forum / Installed This On My Boat
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:45:16 AM »
I installed a new piece of equipment in my livewell this week!

This is the Accu Cull Culling System Weight Recorder. It allows me to record the weight of all of my fish by simply dialing it in on this unit.

I no longer have to worry about writing the weights down on a dry erase board and then having that writing rub off and disappear.

I'm really looking forward to using this thing  (yes)



Here are some installation photos.

First, I taped it to the inside of my livewell lid, so I could mark the spot to cut the foam insulation off of the lid.



Then I peeled the foam off.





Then I cleaned the lid off as thoroughly as possible, so the adhesive on the mounting bracket would stick well.



Then I stuck the 3M double sided tape to the bracket.



Then I pressed the bracket into place on the inside of the livewell lid.



Then, after letting it sit for 24 hours, I snapped the unit into the bracket. Installation complete!


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The Hawg Forum / Re: Big fish, Where to fish, and when to leave
« on: July 29, 2018, 04:52:29 PM »
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As for big fish, that is a different story.

@Brazzy Exactly.

Big fish tend to have different habits than smaller fish and will usually be caught in different areas or by using different techniques.

Another thing to remember is that some spots will produce big fish over and over. There is usually something unique about those kinds of spots that attracts the biggest fish in the area. Even if a big fish is removed from that spot, another big one will eventually replace it.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Great day in the canoe
« on: July 29, 2018, 04:44:18 PM »
@toadhunter Great job! Gotta love that early morning bite.  :yes:

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Big fish, Where to fish, and when to leave
« on: July 25, 2018, 08:27:13 PM »
Nothing beats time on the water and asking lots of questions  :nope:

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Dragging Swimbaits for GIANT Smallmouth
« on: July 24, 2018, 04:15:14 PM »
Great video!! Love the info you shared  :thumbup:

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Dragging Swimbaits for GIANT Smallmouth
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:21:38 PM »
Great info, @Brazzy  :thumbup:

Thanks for sharing. I personally haven't spent much time fishing with soft swimbaits, and I know I am missing out on a lot of action because of it. One of these days I will thrown one and stick with it long enough to catch fish with it.  :yes:

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Big fish, Where to fish, and when to leave
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:26:30 AM »
@Brazzy has already hit on some great points in his reply. But let me add a little bit more to it, if I can.

"Never Leave Fish to Find Fish" is a great rule of thumb. I try to live by that too. But if you're catching 12-13 inch fish and you know you need some quality to win, then it's time to change things up a bit and either change your presentation or move on to better turf.

First, a spot can be different things to different people. I look at a "spot" as a small area where there might be only a few fish. But an "area" is slightly bigger, where there may indeed be enough quality fish there to win the tourney.

Based on that definition, I will usually only fish a spot for a limited time. A good spot will hold bigger fish, whereas a not so God spot will usually hold smaller fish. Big fish will always dominate the quality spots. So if you pull up on a spot and catch two runts, move on.

But if you pull up on a spot and catch a 3 lber. pretty effortlessly, sit on it for a while longer to see if there might be another big fish there.

An area, however, is vastly different. Where a spot might represent a 20 foot stretch of shoreline or a single large dock, an area might represent a half acre or similar. Think of a large flat or a weed line offshore that stretches for 50 yards or more.

Spots can be fished out pretty quickly during a tourney. They may replenish themselves during the tourney, but the new fish moving in might be caught by competing anglers.

An area will be large enough to hold enough good fish to win the tourney, and it may also replenish itself a time or two during the course of the day (or night).

Confidence in where you're fishing and what you're doing definitely plays a large role in everything, as does the size of the water body and the number of competitors.

Hopefully this will give you something to chew on and learn from.

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