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The Hawg Forum / Re: Another cheater caught
« on: September 16, 2019, 08:31:20 AM »
In a club I belong to, prefishing a tournament water is allowed. The club isn't affiliated with any larger organization and the members are too dumb to pass a rule against the practice which a few anglers take advantage of. They pass on pre-fishing info to buddies and more often than not these guys are in the top 10 anglers by years end and in the money almost ever tournament. I stopped fishing their tournaments decades ago and still wonder why anyone would want to fish them.
 A BASS club I fished with got old fast when I was a non-bass boat owner. Tricks played on me by a few to win and ensure the back seat didn't do better would amaze you regarding the unsportsmanlike conduct.

In Curt's example the saying applies: burn me once shame on me, burn me twice shame on you.

The Hawg Forum / Re: trolling crankbaits to catch fish
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:43:22 PM »
Noted. I'll be sure font size is larger when copy/paste.

The Hawg Forum / trolling crankbaits to catch fish
« on: September 07, 2019, 07:44:37 AM »

Two friends of mine I fish with have told me they use crankbaits trolling for bass and panfish. Up until yesterday I was skeptical until when on the way back to the dock my partner caught a bass and two crappie trolling a medium dive crankbait at #2 speed on the trolling motor. His rod was held high at 45 degrees so the lure couldn't go too deep and the rod was medium action. The depth averaged 10' or so and the bottom fairly smooth with a few small humps seen on sonar while he trolled down the middle of this narrow lake one mile across three miles long.

The day was in the 60's, cloudy, windy at times (15 mph wind) and the water temperature 71 degrees and dropping due to nighttime temps dropping to 49 degrees. We are going into a fall pattern early that started over a week ago along with a drought that started in June. It's been a very weird year weatherwise!

When that rod bent back I thought he snagged something until he started fighting a fish ! I own hundreds of crankbaits with different lip sizes and never thought  to troll for fish - especially panfish ! Other than soft plastic design and testing different ones, I stopped using bass lures such as jigs/trailers, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, spoons, top water lures, etc. though I've done well on all of them at one time or other.

Guess I'll have to concentrate on this this presentation when fishing is tough because my partner insists that he catches fish in the middle of a sunny day trolling crankbaits. He also said that when a fish is caught, he throws out a buoy marker and retrolls the area in the opposite direction after turning the boat around and at times stops the trolling motor casting back to the area in hopes a school is present and active. Man I love fishing schools - one after the other !!!

Too bad his sonar is old and never shows fish - only the bottom and at depths that are inaccurate by a foot or more. I would have loved to have seen the fish the pontoon boat moved over before being caught with a 2 3/4" crankbait! I have a feeling that a gas engine would have spooked those fish and maybe prevented any strikes. Now the question remains : which crankbait to us???

The Hawg Forum / Re: Smallmouth Buzzin
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:15:38 PM »
Fished the Mohawk R. in a tournament years ago and the winning weight was on a buzzbait in an early morning fog. Too bad I wasn't fishing in the same boat... :-[   In fact the guys who won it had to cull over 15 smallies to determine which were largest seeing as how the school held the same size fish. The fish caught on the surface were over 35' of water near the lock.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Obscure Braided Line Company
« on: August 19, 2019, 12:06:06 PM »
Great review - makes me want to try it.

I own a 1986 Ranger bass boat with a 90 hp motor. The boat's been out of commision for 2yrs waiting for repairs on the steering, electronics, gas tank, carburetor and a few other minor things. The 55# thrust Minn Kota bit the dust and I needed to replace it. Problem: a bow mount, foot controlled trolling motor cost a bunch and to add one to an old boat whose engine may die next year didn't make sense. Besides, why spend over $650 when I had a hand controlled 55# thrust sitting in the garage that I used for my jon boat on the stern. 

Mounting a hand controlled bow mount presented a challenge: what kind of bracket, how strong and how not to damage the fiberglass deck. So, I bought a deck mount transom-type trolling motor bracket.

a 55# thrust motor weighs a heck of a lot so support had to be added to a bracket that was designed for a much lighter 35# thrust tm. Luckily I had steel brackets left behind from my garage repair job as well as wood :

You can see the holes left from the previous bow mount tm which have to be filled.When I get it from Amazon I'm adding a foot control and have an extension handle so I don't have to lean over (even though the motor top is at waist level).

But two things I'm glad I remembered at the last minute:
1. the handle on a stern mount faces in the opposite direction of the propeller but on a bow mount they point in the same direction. It was easy enough to turn the top around 180 degrees.
2. the direction of the prop turns opposite when the handle is turned toward the rear when bow mounted. It was just a matter of changing wire polarities - positive wire to battery negative and negative wire to battery positive. Now the prop turns in the right direction whether forward or reverse.

Took us all morning and a few runs to the store for hardware, but once the holes were drilled it was just a matter of lying on my back in the hot sun, reaching under the bow deck and hold the nuts and large washers while my partner tightened them. Now all that remains is attaching the sonar transducer to the tm and filling the holes from the previous deck mount frame. My buddy gave me a cover he had laying around:

It pays to have someone help with such a project to offer suggestions on the run when problems crop up needing solutions. Just because a boat is old doesn't mean it should be dumped, especially after years of good memories and hundreds of fish caught from it most months of the year. With the 90 hp motor fixed, it runs like new charging down the lake at 40 mph. I'll test the boat this week.

(BTW, I got the idea of the bow mount hand controlled tm from a Roland Martin fishing show where he was using one on his guest's bass boat.)

Boating Forum / Re: 91 non-ethanol octane ok for 90hp 2 stroke
« on: August 12, 2019, 02:01:53 AM »
I started using Startron or another additive a few years ago but too late. I never installed the water separator near the gas tank while the boat was in the shop, but now don't need it as long as I use the additive and non-ethanol gas.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Hot bite
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:31:25 AM »
Excellent Brazzy !

The Hawg Forum / Re: Hot bite
« on: July 19, 2019, 06:23:32 AM »
What brand frogs ? I've always been partial to Lake Fork Frogs.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Hot bite
« on: July 14, 2019, 10:14:25 PM »

Wife won't let me clean or cook them in the house.  :crying:

To continue:
I catch at least one catfish per outing. What's with that?!!!

Even caught fish on this creation - grub body with mini-tails attached to the sides - great action !:

The Crappie Magnet Grub caught fish but not as well as my creations:

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Awesome day - unreal in fact!
« on: July 02, 2019, 07:29:37 AM »
Never have I done so well on a local lake in July considering the recent post spawn status of all species. Plus I've never caught as many fish in open water relating to flats that extend far from shore and humps in the middle of nowhere. Most satisfying was catching 5 species on soft plastic creations I made a few days before and wanted to test. In fact most of the fish were in one area 30 yds long 30 yds wide. I launched the boat at 9am and caught fish from that time until 3pm under a bright sunny sky, 84 degree water temperature and algae green water.

I made a promise that I would only fish areas regardless of depth where fish were seen on sonar and to drift past those fish and cast into the school - something I've never done.

Last week the bite was tough so I had to resort to using white spike tail grubs on a light jig head. Yesterday just about any shape and action worked in a variety of colors. Here are a few:
the usual hand injected thin tail grub:

Claw hybrid worked great! :

Stubby clear-tail grub:

Beetle Spin:

I noticed that there were almost no fish on the opposite shoreline where the suspended green algae was too concentrated made so by the wind.

I only caught one bluegill, went back to my spot and caught 10 more fish before the heat got to me and the wind ceased.

Lure Making / Re: Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« on: July 01, 2019, 04:48:16 PM »
Will always prefer soft plastics over any hard lure. Today I caught 50 fish/ 5 species in different designs I made up rigged on a 1/16 oz ball head jig.
Having confirmed which did great, it's just a matter of copying them.

Lure Making / Catch fish on the strangest shapes!
« on: June 30, 2019, 10:02:06 PM »
I was screwing around with parts of different lures to see what might go together to create a unique action. Craw soft plastics have collected dust for years but for some reason one claw design caught my attention:

So I fused it to a grub body using a candle flame but had another idea: sprinkle some glitter on a surface, brush on some Mend-It glue for soft plastics and press both sides of the claw on the glitter.

That sucka caught bass and crappie!

A few weeks ago used this claw design which didn't have much action yet caught fish.

The flatter design flaps, quivers & flashes which in the algae green water I fished yesterday was probably what made fish take notice in water over 8' deep.

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