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Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Pachaug Pond - CT
« on: June 02, 2016, 06:13:10 PM »
We caught about 12 keeper with only one over 2lbs. the rest all were 12-13". We should have stayed in lathrop's cove that's where the the tourney was won.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Rookie co angler
« on: March 09, 2016, 09:23:10 PM »
Just Thought of this, The ABA "American Bass Anglers" has Draw trails for co-anglers. There aren't any trails in RI but MA has 3 divisions and CT has 2.  They have tournaments throughout the whole country and as a member you can fish any of them anywhere. There is a yearly membership of maybe $30.00 but all you have to do is show up at tourney and you will get paired with a boater. You will compete against the whole field not just the non boaters. It is not a team event. Look into it.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Rookie co angler
« on: March 09, 2016, 09:11:52 PM »
There are local evening trails like the Wednesday night and Friday night  trail posted here, I would think that is the best way to start off. Not a lot of money or pressure on the line and a boater might be more inclined to accept your offer. As a tournament fisherman, I would be reluctant to have a newbie and someone I didn't know on the back of my boat unless I was desperate for a non boater in a bigger money tourney.  When they post the schedules post your name and your interest to get involved. I'll keep you guys in mind if my partner can't make it some night.

 My new partner came from the Friday night trail. He was fishing alone out of a crawdad every tournament, he wasn't winning anything but was a diehard and had drive to want to win. I invited him out one tournament and we hit it off. He wasn't catching much in the beginning but was very willing to learn and now we have a good team and winning record.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Kayak fishing
« on: February 09, 2016, 04:08:46 PM »
There is a newer trail in  Eastern CT and one starting up in MA this year for kayaks. From what I understand the CT trail started last year and had a good turnout.

I don't know your experience with tournaments or know you at all. You do know you have to apply for a permit with DEM for any tournament with more than 6 anglers or 3 boats. Just don't want you running into trouble if you didn't know that already. If you do need info on the permitting process, it's easy and we can walk you through it.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: crankbait rod
« on: February 08, 2016, 01:33:22 PM »
In RI or south eastern New England for that fact, we'd be hard pressed to be able find water to run a dd22 or 6xd.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: crankbait rod
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:50:37 AM »
A lot of cranking rods are fiberglass or a fiberglass composite, The reason it is a softer rod like a medium to medium soft action. It is more forgiving so the fish can't pull the hook as easy. You don't need a sensitive rod like you would for worm or jig fishing to feel the bite. Another reason for the softer rod it when you cast, the bend in the rod loads up and you get longer casts and with crank baits you are covering more water searching for fish. 

In not much of a crank bait fisherman here in RI so I don't have any real recommendations for a rod. For some reason cranks don't catch a lot of fish here. They work really well down south and up north, I'm not the only one who will tell you that, ask a few tournament fishermen how often they throw crank baits and how often they catch fish on them around here.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Foul Weather Gear Review Posted!
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:27:32 AM »
Mine only lasted 4 years before they started to leak. They got a LOT of use throughout seasons, especially during cold weather fishing even if it wasn't raining.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Huge hit or fail?
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:19:32 AM »
My question is the availability of enough space to hold a tournament. Giving that most of the property surrounding lakes are private property and or overgrown with trees. how do you find enough lakes and space to support more than a couple tournaments?

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Foul Weather Gear Review Posted!
« on: January 30, 2016, 09:59:18 PM »
If you wear them regularly, you'll get 4 seasons max with bass pro before they leak, Cabela's  Guidewear at least they have a lifetime replacement warranty

The Hawg Forum / Re: Driftwood
« on: January 30, 2016, 09:40:06 PM »
Johnons  pond, lake is drained. A friend goes there to collect for his taxidermy business

The Hawg Forum / Re: Pawtuxet River?
« on: October 09, 2015, 01:10:24 PM »
Does typing that make you feel old? LOL :facepalm:

Typing it doesn't  but  but my body is letting me know it was a loooong time ago.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Pawtuxet River?
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:40:12 PM »
as a kid we'd fish there all the time mostly behind what is now Lowes ( used to be Apex) and up from there by the malls. What i remember we caught mostly LM but would get a SM now and then, Lot of suckers in the spring and almost always caught hornpout we did get brook trout too.  Even remember cautching a couple monster eels This was  back in the 1970's

The Hawg Forum / Re: Heading to the Big O next week
« on: September 09, 2015, 02:36:53 PM »
 I had a client fish out of RM marina at the end of May this year, he did 3 half day charters and all three days the guide took him to the same spot every day. The guide told him if he wanted to catch fish he needed to fish with shinners and stay there.The guide also told him that "these fish have seen every lure known to man'. Well after $120.00 in shinners and 3 HALF days on the water he boated over 80 fish,  3 over 8lbs 5 over 7lbs and he said he lost count of the 5 and 6 pounders. He did try artificials for a couple hours with almost no luck.
My suggestion to you if you only have one day to fish is hire a guide there, that is a big place and these guides are on the water every day there and know where the fish are and moving to. For one hole to produce 80 fish in three days is good in my book. My client also said he never saw another boat at that hole he was fishing and also said there were over 100 cars at the ramp every day.

The Hawg Forum / Re: small mouths in rhode island ?
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:05:01 PM »
The numbers are up at Indian since the introduction of herring to the pond. I catch about a half dozen every outing there now, most are small 8-13". Used to be about 1 smallie every 5-7 trips there. About 2 weeks ago I saw a school of them beating up a school of herring fry on the surface. it was something I had never seen on RI waters before. I thought I was on Champlain from what I was seeing. Caught 12 -15 10" fish while following the  school until the bait went  deep.

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