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Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Burlingame Pond
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:08:41 AM »
Mornings tend to be ok.. Afternoons can get real nasty real quick. That's a place where I check accuweather for the day but then check the hourly forecast to see what the wind will be like as the day goes on. Its the only place Ive ever used "rough water mode" on the talons.

Boating Forum / Re: RI HP Limits
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:16:42 PM »
Agreed. It is a double standard. However, I get it. If I'm living on the lake I don't want tournaments every weekend and pleasure boaters zipping around on a constant basis. The DEM does so little in terms of conservation and oddly enough this really limits the number of boats on a lot of fisheries. Its not surprising that these are some of the better fisheries. I don't mind puttering around with my trolling motor from time to time.

I agree on the double standard though. I do appreciate the people who abide by the law and you see on a number of lakes people have created private launches. For a while it was my understanding that Stafford had a guy who had a private launch that you could pay to use.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spawn is near
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:38:36 PM »
If they are slapping at that frog and don't want to eat it switch it up to a floating jerkbait and just lightly tick it over their beds. Even if they slap at it, you should get them. That's also a great way to find smally beds since those are in deeper water. The floating jerkbait will get them to come up and show themselves.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Winni tommorrow
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:15:23 AM »
On Winni I always look to get me 5 first. This time of year if you start at spindle point (the light house) and work both sides of the point and into the pockets (the large cove in the south side of the point has been money for me. I like to throw a suspending jerkbait and the brown wigglewart with the yellow eyes. A weightless fluke is a solid choice as well if they are finicky. Then on to both sides of Sally's gut and then on the north side of sallys gut to the easy is a cove that is usually electric this time of year. Usually doesn't take long to get 5 smallies in the 2-3lb range. For the large green ones I go to the large marinas and flip those. Just be mindful of all the crossbars and cables they run in those deeper marinas. The marina in Meredith is usually my go to.

Good luck

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spring tournament season
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:22:08 AM »
I was ion the same boat on Saturday thinking they would be moving in a bit. Started shallow... nothing.. went out deep... nothing. I was able to scrounge a bag and get a win in 14-17 feet of water on jerkbaits and a wigglewart.

Regional Bass Fishing Tournament Listings / Re: Permit
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:26:55 AM »
The clubs really need to be the ones to drive this. Kayak and car topper tournaments are becoming more popular and the rule structure works pretty well since everyone has an HD video camera in their pocket. The rules are sound enough that people with bass boats could easily adopt them. I was excited to hear that the club I am in is actually not going to have a live weigh in for the tournament in late May. They are going to be using car topper/kayak rules for this tournament so fish will be released back to their bed.

Some of these kayak clubs do it right. Theres no need for stringers or laundry basket tip tied to their boats or whatever.

Regional Bass Fishing Tournament Listings / Re: Permit
« on: April 23, 2018, 05:20:14 PM »
Nothing in the rules or regs state the use of live wells is necessary. Which is insane that we have daily creel limits of 5 fish per day... so how do these guys cull? They just throw back dead fish? Not sure how that works, but the regs don't say anything about that. There is a reason that RI isn't exactly known for its freshwater fisheries and that is in part due to the lack of regulation. Its funny how people can get really upset when talking about regulations around fishing, but look at NH. They have catch and release only, and no live bait from May15- June 15. That means essentially no tournaments during the spawn (unless you do MLF or car topper rules) and people aren't pulling fish off beds and driving around with them for hours and releasing them miles away from their bed. People tend to hate the regs, but every couple of years we hear about some tournament locally that resulted in piles of fish being killed here in RI and no rules against it. Meanwhile NH has some of the best fisheries in the area. It sounds like they got it right.

Regional Bass Fishing Tournament Listings / Re: Permit
« on: April 23, 2018, 04:06:56 PM »
From the DEM website.

Permits are required for organized fishing tournaments for state fishing and boating access areas and for the following private access areas; Johnson?s Pond (Flat River Reservoir), Coventry, and Waterman Reservoir, Glocester. Permits are required for six (6) or more persons and / or three (3) or more boats.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spring tournament season
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:55:48 AM »
Yeah when I first saw that there were multiple tournaments in addition to the one I was in at candlewood and there were going to be 80 boats plus pleasure boats, plus whatever else out there I was very concerned. I think its really just the number of places that produce fish there. With there being largemouth and smallmouth that helps too. Warmer weather milfoil is everywhere, you could flip docks all day and there is plenty of off shore structure to fish. You would think 80 boats would be bumper boats, but for the most part I was minimally annoyed by the other boats.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Jack Hammer
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:17:12 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. The blade clacking and making that "chatter" sound is the biggest difference. So I completely understand buying it vs making it. However, he regular one is $4.. the jackhammer is $16.. and really the differences are very minor. Really the jackhammer is made with higher quality components, but does that warrant the hiked up price. Either way.. I bought a bunch.. so we shall see. Swindle was funny during the classic talking about not being sponsored and having to pay $17 like all y'all.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Jack Hammer
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:31:05 AM »
Yep.. I have a bunch of them.. I have to be honest though, the regular chatterbait is $4 at walmart.. I do like the Jackhammers but are they $12-$15 better? I dont know.

The Hawg Forum / Re: SA Face Shields on Sale!
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:19:13 AM »
I got these a couple of years ago and used them a lot. For the money they are good. However I do feel like there are higher quality options out there. For cold weather the Under Armour cold gear mask is awesome. I use it shoveling snow, so being on the water in early spring is no big deal with it. In hot weather I prefer something more breathable. The Huk face shields are great because one side is a very light mesh while the other is a moisture wicking fabric. So the part covering your face is very light. On super hot days I will also have the enduracool multicool. Thats that supposedly magical material that gets super cold.. and oddly enough it does!... for a couple minutes. However you wet it, and shake it out and it gets super cold and to even just press it against your face for a few seconds is magical.

Boating Forum / Re: My New Toy
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:36:28 PM »
Thanks.. I was honestly looking at going fiberglass, but was ok with going aluminum because of a lot of the places I fish being shallow and rocky. I had a 175, and was looking to upgrade. Everything I read told me to stay aluminum and bang for your buck a tracker 195 will get you more than going fiberglass. I went to BPS and they agreed that for the money the tracker was the way to go and I would probably have to spend $20k+ more to get a comparable nitro. So I went for it and so far Im happy with the decision.

First thoughts. Well aside from me pimping this thing out pretty good the boat itself comes with a lot of bells and whistles my 175 didnt have. Trolling motor is slightly beefier but really not enough for a boat this size and will likely get swapped out (maybe sooner than later). The front deck is massive! It also allows my to completely remove the pedestal where my 175 had the lower portion fixed and could not be removed. I feel like I could do a cartwheel on this deck. Plenty of storage which is crazy because I crammed the 175 with about as much as it could hold and had to make seasonal changes. With this, I transferred everything from the old boat to the new boat with plenty of room to spare and plenty of room for safety and boating equipment. Built in cooler is a nice touch as well with 2 dry boxes. The rod locker is moved to the center (vs on the left side on my old boat which could not fit any rod over 7'). So it left me cramming all my rods 7' and under into it and still had to store rods in my truck. This now holds up to  a 8 and a half foot rod, and plenty of them.

The trailer has brakes on it which is new to me as my previous trailer did not. This also meant I had to switch out the wiring on my truck, but no big deal. Overall I feel like the 195 is the best way to go. I felt cheated to have gone with the 175 given that for not much more money you are getting a lot more boat with the 195. If you are looking at th 190 I dont know if thats a good deal. Its a smaller boat, less storage and a 115HP engine on it and the price difference is pretty small (like ~$4k if I remember correctly).  Me dabbling with going with a Nitro made me feel like I was spending a lot more money for not as much boat and not that the money as a whole was the issue, but I feel like if I did spend the money on the boat then I would probably be a little more limited in the accessories I could add to it. I definitely would not have added the talons and a helix 12. I probably would have chickened out and gone cheaper.

I will post more about it once I get to use it a few times and break it in. Also, I am dying to try out the hydrowave and see if it is legit or hype.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Pre Spawn Cold Water Fishing Issues
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:36:26 AM »
Thanks a bunch guys. the jerkbait wont fair too well at Chapmans most likely, with all the weeds I faced today. I did spend most of the time I was out flipping shallow. If I get the chance tomorrow to get out on the boat I will try to find some offshore weed beds. I would really like to catch some fish. Its been too long since I had a tight line. Again, thank you so much!

Dont be afraid of a soft plastic jerkbait in that situation. A fluke will find its way through.

Boating Forum / Re: My New Toy
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:41:59 AM »

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