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Boating Forum / My New Toy
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:36:29 PM »
She just came in yesterday. Brand new Tracker 195TXW with a Mercury 150HP. Fully loaded with 2 12 foot talons, Helix 7 on the console, and a helix 12 on the bow along with a Hydrowave.

Here is a sneak peak:

The Hawg Forum / Fall Feed
« on: October 30, 2017, 07:03:36 PM »
This fall I have mainly been smally fishing but on Saturday figured I would hit a local spot for a couple hours. Got this big girl. She weighed 7lb 2 oz. I got her in a lay down on a green pumpkin vile craw.

Here is the video of me letting her go:

Lure Making / Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:12:04 AM »
So this winter I was thinking about setting up shop and start pouring some of my own soft plastics. Just figured I would see if anyone else has gone down this path and has given this a try and if they have any pointers or lessons learned to see if there is anything to share.

Fishing Photos Forum / 5lb 12oz on a Frog
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:11:24 AM »
Just as the sun was going down. Got her on a frog.

The Hawg Forum / Do You Snell?
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:51:41 PM »
Just out of curiosity. Some people swear by it, some people say it doesn't matter. I still do it for any Texas rigged bait, but has anyone seen a noticeable difference when they do it vs when they don't?

The Hawg Forum / Candlewood Trip July 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:23:44 AM »
Last year I fished with Paul Mueller who showed me a thing or two about this lake. This was my first time out this way by myself and I probably could not have picked 2 worst days to fish. Both days were 95 degrees with clear blue skies and pretty much no wind. The water was coming off of what looked like an algae bloom and was stained green. Overall really tough fishing conditions. However, took the time out of work and booked the 2 day trip out there so had to make the best of it. Day 1 was rough. Overall scrounging bites all day. However, when I did get a bite I made it count. I was dragging swim baits and pitching milfoil for most of the day. Pitching the milfoil was the more productive route as I could see juvenile bluegill in the milfoil. I was pitching a Reins crawtube texas rigged with a 1/2 tungsten weight. It was green pumpkin/ blue laminate. The other bait was a green pumpkin craw (rage craw or biospawn vile craw) with a black/blue punch skirt and tips of the claws hit with a touch of chartreuse. Overall that green pumpkin with a flash of black and blue with a touch of chartreuse really looks like a baby blue gill. On both baits the weight was pegged with a bobber stop as I wanted the bait to get through the milfoil. The bites were few and far between, but when they did bite it was around 3 pounds. So quality was there. Best was this largemouth at 4 lbs 5 ounces.

On day 2 we were on the water by 6am and lucky for us got about 30 minutes of cloud cover. That's really all I needed as I was burning a Whopper Plopper 110 (blue blood) off the edges of the milfoil when this happened...

This fish absolutely crushed the WP and immediately jumped twice clear out of the water which immediately made my heart stop. The fish then ran right for the milfoil and got in there deep. I was throwing this on 12lb mono so not a whole lot I could do but keep tension and dig her out. She weighed in at 5lb 0 oz even, 21 inches. I will be submitting this one to the DEEP.

After picture time it took me a few minutes to get the 10 pounds of milfoil off my boat, off my lure, and off of me. Finally I was back to fishing and back to burning the WP off the edge of the milfoil and get slammed again. This time again, back into the milfoil. We dig this girl out and weigh her in at 4lb 2 oz.

As you can see in the photo, the skies started to clear up. No more clouds and we were back to grinding it out. Still getting a bite here and there, but all in the 2-3 lb range. Meanwhile every pleasure boater (and pilot as there were 3 planes!) began cruising around the lake. The day ended at about 12 as we knew we would hit traffic on the way home, but overall a successful trip.

The Hawg Forum / Glass/Composite Rods
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:59:52 PM »
I know these have become more and more popular for specific applications (topwater, cranking, jerkbaits, etc) and I just wanted to see how many people have made the switch. I got my first about a year ago for cranking and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed. Casting distance is phenomenal, the sensitivity is awesome and when cranking I have found that fish are hooked really well. I went back at video of me cranking and saw with a graphite rod that so many of my fish were barely hooked. Since making the switch pretty much every fish I've caught absolutely choked the crankbait. Has anyone else had any experience with this?

The Hawg Forum / Bed Fishing
« on: May 17, 2017, 11:34:02 AM »
What is your go to bait for fishing beds? For largemouth and smallmouth.

The Hawg Forum / The Cape
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:38:08 PM »
So I'm sure we have all heard that there are "no fish out on the cape". I wouldn't be surprised if this thread got deleted LOL I just wanted to see what some of your experiences have been. I took a right out there to one of the many small kettle ponds and just took a shot. I know alewives are a main forage out there so I was throwing a Megabass Vision 110 and on the very first cast.. 3lb7oz smally followed by a 3lb3oz a few casts later. All in all on the day got a bunch and put together what would have been ~14lb bag if it were a tournament mostly on jerkbaits and a wiggle wort on a day that I would not classify as a good day to be fishing. Overall I was thoroughly impressed.

Anyone else have any experience out there?

The Hawg Forum / Fishing the Q
« on: June 16, 2016, 10:17:36 AM »
My buddy and I are hitting the Quabbin Reservoir next week and were wondering if anyone has any tips for us. We will be going out of Gate 43 looking for some smallies. I read in a previous thread to head to the right so I plan on doing that. I will likely be throwing Topwater, drop shot, carolina rig, jigs, tubes and jerkbait. Anyone who has any tips on where to go and what to throw to help me narrow this down will be appreciated. Also if you have any tips on what to bring that would be appreciated. I noticed some people bringing a trolling motor and mounting it to the rented boats so I will be doing that, but any tips like that will be appreciated.

Thank you

Fishing Photos Forum / Winnipesaukee 5/20/16
« on: June 05, 2016, 10:22:26 AM »
Went up for the week with the wife. At the end of the week took the boat out for an all day trip. Earlier in the week I did some dock fishing. Weather wise it was crazy cold. Water temp was 52 degrees when we got there. Luckily later in the week it warmed up and was 57 when we went out. Did most of my damage with suspending jerkbaits in the colder water and then was cranking when the water warmed. Expected them to start moving to the shallows and even start to see some beds, but the weather cooled off. Not what I expected, but overall a decent week.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Stafford Heating Up
« on: June 05, 2016, 10:13:33 AM »
I missed the spawn while I was in NH, but came back for the shad spawn which is in full effect right now. Shad are bubbling at the surface in shallower areas and are just getting hammered. Was able to get out yesterday for just over 3 hours with the wife and we pulled in 15 keepers. Most are 1.5 to 2 pounds, but we had a few over 3. Basically with the baitfish visibly active at the surface the topwater bite was superb through the late morning. My wife was actually crushing it with a sexy shad colored weightless fluke. I did my damage on a sexy dawg and then on a KVD squarebill in chrome sexy shad later in the morning. Got a couple on a carolina rigged lizard as well. I know that 15 in 3+ hours is not insane volume. However, this being a pond where you cant run your outboard there is a lot of wasted time mixed in there. Its a good half hour before you even get to a place where you would want to fish, but once you do get there they come in bunches.

The Hawg Forum / Handling Fish
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:21:40 AM »
Ive always been about getting the fish back in the water as son as possible, but every once in a while you get a big guy and you want to weigh it, get pictures, marvel at your catch, give it a kiss etc. Putting a go pro on the boat I started realizing how long fish are being kept out of the water. I've always been mindful, but when the adrenaline is pumping it doesnt seem like a long time, but in reality you can push 2, 3, 4 minutes pretty easily, which is just too much.

This year I made it a point to really drive that time down. Spend more time with a line in the water and less time with the fish out of the water. The biggest help was the Go Pro (well the knock off). I know the real Go Pro is really expensive. However, the knock offs run about $60 for the full kit and they are REALLY good. They take excellent video and from the video you can get really nice still shots. This really stopped us from fumbling around with cameras and phones. The other thing we did was to leave the scale out. On the scale I added the Fishgrip clamp which makes it super easy. I also grabbed another talon remote for the co-angler. So now when one of us hooks into a decent fish we just call it out. The other person drops the talon (if not already deployed) and gets the scale ready. The person not catching the fish would be responsible for any other pictures to be taken on the phone (or the occasional snap chat to talk trash to friends not fishing with us).

The way we have been doing it has really helped. From the 2 days this weekend the longest we handled a fish was 47 seconds, and thats only because one fish we caught we noticed a tail sticking out of its throat and were curious/trying to get pics of it. Most fish we are getting video, pictures, weighing it, talking trash to friends, kissing it, etc in under 30 seconds. We can probably get better, but overall I'm happy to see the improvement.

Anyone else have any other tips or tricks that aid in getting the needed satisfaction out of catching a fish, but getting it back in the water safely and timely?

The Hawg Forum / Sawdy
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:22:13 AM »
I was wondering if I could get some clarification on this place. I watched a healthy debate this past weekend over what the story is with this pond and for me looking for some non-trout waters to fish I would not mind giving it a try. So the pond is right on the border of MA. The debate was do I need a MA license to fish this, or are you covered under your RI license. The funny thing is that essentially neither the RI DEM nor the MA Fish and Game websites make no mention of this place.

The Hawg Forum / Night Fishing
« on: August 16, 2015, 04:34:39 PM »
So this is something I have not really done. For the most part the sun starts to go down and in I go. Last night really got me thinking because as the sun was going down we really started to heat up. Nothing more than a pound and a half, but we were heading into the boat ramp and started getting hit on topwater on almost every cast.  This got me thinking about night fishing since I feel like if we stayed we could have kept the ball rolling, but I do not feel like I am equipped to handle it.

For those who fish at night what equipment do you use/bring? Im not talking about lures, lines, rods, etc. Im talking about lights, lamps, etc. Anything to help you safely navigate a pond/lake, properly handle the fish you catch, and to safely get the boat back on the trailer.

This time of year being so hot and the fish feeding heavily at night Im thinking this is something I would want to get into. Looked into some accessories for the boat. Came across this. Any feedback on this?

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