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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Lew's Carbon Fire Rod
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:24:22 AM »
I picked up a new Lew's Carbon Fire rod at Dick's Sporting Goods a few weeks ago. I had never seen them before, but when I picked it up the first thing I noticed was that it felt like a feather in my hand. Super light!

It's a 6' 10" medium action that I will be playing with, to see what suits it best with regard to lures, techniques, etc. Right now I'm thinking it might make a good Senko rod, for the 5 and 6 inch baits fished weightless. Won't know for sure until I actually get on the water with it.

Once I get to spend dome time actually using it, I will post an update here to give my feedback.

The Hawg Forum / Heat Wave Coming!
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:27:42 PM »
Well, after being battered by extreme cold, a potential new record low temperature tonight, and a major Nor' Easter, it looks like we'll be catching a break next week!

Not sure if it's a January thaw, or just a general change in the weather trends. But, either way, next week is looking like 30s and 40s all week! They're even hinting at a slight possibility of breaking the 50 degree mark on Friday  :o

Not sure yet how much of it will actually happen, but at least it gives us a glimmer of hope of getting some weather that's a bit more "normal".

Personally, I'm looking forward to it.  :yes:

The Hawg Forum / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2018, 11:12:00 AM »
Happy New Year everyone!

Stay warm out there. And if you're ice fishing, be safe.

Ice Conditions / Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:29:46 PM »
I drove by Chapman Pond in Westerly today and noticed that the lake had about 60-70% ice cover  :o

I didn't think anything would be freezing up yet with the wind we've been having, especially open water. If the wind hadn't blown these last 36 hours, it would have been frozen from shore to shore.

Small areas, like swamps and other sheltered spots are 100% frozen now.

Winter is definitely here now  :yes: :crying:

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Christmas Songs
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:00:34 AM »
Here's a great video of a Christmas classic!

The Hawg Forum / First Big Snow?
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:42:47 AM »
Looks like we might be getting our first measurable snow tomorrow  ::)

They're talking 3-6 inches here in RI. We'll see...

The Hawg Forum / Snow This Morning
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:06:31 AM »
Not sure about other areas, but here in southern RI I woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning  :facepalm:

It wasn't really measurable, but it was enough to let us know that Winter is knocking on our door  :crying:

The Hawg Forum / Chilling Out
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:12:04 AM »
Looks like Fall is finally serious about getting here!

I had 26 degrees at 7 AM this morning. Brrr...  :facepalm:

The Hawg Forum / To Scent or Not to Scent?
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:37:06 PM »
I just finished writing a new blog post on the topic of fish attractants and scents.

Be sure to give it a read and leave comments!

Thanks  :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Amos Lake Tourney Update
« on: October 11, 2017, 02:32:48 PM »
Well gang, after giving it a lot of thought, I have decided that this year's NEbass Amos Lake tourney was the last one.

I have way more on my plate than I used to, and trying to run this tourney is just one more thing that takes up my time.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in it, and to those who have helped me over the years by donating stuff for prizes, etc. I truly appreciate it.  :thumbup:

Fishing Photos Forum / Still Night Fishing!
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:52:23 AM »
With all of the warm weather this fall, I am still managing to get out at night and catch some bass!
Caught this one Saturday night, in CT. Not a monster, but a respectable fish that pulled like a freight train  :nod:

Hopefully I can get one more night trip before it gets cold.

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Pachaug Pond to Be Drawn Down Soon!
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:58:39 PM »
If you plan on fishing at Pachaug Pond this fall, be sure to do it right away!

They will be drawing the dam lake down, starting on October 9, for a dam inspection and some minor repairs.

Read more about it here:

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Local Dam Demolition
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:17:36 AM »
About 1 1/2 miles from my house they are demolishing a small dam that was built well over 100 years ago on a small local river.

The dam was built as part of a textile mill that is located on the shore of the river. The mill has been closed for quite some time now and there were concerns that migratory fish can't get upstream as easily as they should be able to. So they decided to demolish the dam and give the fish easier access to areas upstream.

Watching this process has been pretty interesting.

They started out by creating a secondary channel on the right side of the river and placing a small bridge over that new channel, so heavy construction equipment could cross it to work on destroying the old dam and to allow the transportation of materials back and forth over the channel.

Once the new channel was completed, they diverted the river into that channel and stopped the flow of water over the dam, to allow for the demolition process to begin.

There is still quite a bit of work to be done, but you can see in the bottom pics that the dam is gone and they are creating several different "weirs" (rock walls) that will prevent the water from simply rushing through the area and causing the water levels upstream from dropping suddenly and drastically.

Their goal is to remove the dam, but prevent the loss of wetlands upstream that were created by having the dam there for the past century or so.

Check out the pics below.

I hope to continue to get ore pics during this process and upload them to my album at

If you want to view all of the pics as they get added, just follow this link.

The Hawg Forum / NEBass Amos Lake Tourney Results
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:34:23 PM »
Sorry for the delay in posting these results. I flew out to FL the very next morning after the tourney and didn't remember to bring the weigh sheet with me  :facepalm:

As always, Amos Lake produced some awesome bags for everyone!

Here's a little something to put it into perspective. We had 7 boats, and take a look at the stats below:

42 bass weighed in (that's a 6 fish limit for every boat).

Total weight of all bass weighed in: 129.58 lbs.

That's an average weight of 3.08 lb. per bass!

And that's an average weight of 18.52 lbs. per boat, for 6 fish.

Even our lowest finishing boat had over 16 lbs.

So, now that I've broken that all down, here are the final results, with the top 4 finishers listed, since that's the number of places we paid out.

1st - @groti & Partner - 6 fish for 20.98 lbs.
2nd - @bassking & @Airbornegary - 6 fish for 20.34 lbs.
3rd - @ink_n_metal & @metz12  - 6 fish for 18.89 lbs.
4th - @Curt - RI & @Bob W - RI  - 6 fish for 18.70 lbs.

Lunker - @groti & Partner - 5.39 lbs.

Congrats everyone!

Thanks to everyone who fished this year's tourney. And a special thanks to @Paul CT for donating an extra $40 for the payouts.

We'll do it again next year!  :yes:

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