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The Hawg Forum / My first tackle show!
« on: September 28, 2021, 05:29:56 PM »
Hi all, Its a bit last minute, but last weekend I was invited to the 1st annual Keeping Kids Fishing event at Camp Westwood, Coventry RI Saturday, October 2nd. I will have a table with a lot of the fishing lures I make, and probably will be making some right there. There was some talk about me actually bringing my lathe and doing some live turning too. I will also have a donation box at my table, and the money that is earned will go towards parts for lures that I will donate to the Keeping Kids Fishing program. Anyways if any of you guys wanted to take a ride, or are in the area, I would love for you to come by. And maybe even buy something  ;D ;D ;D  (giggle)

I will add an attachment for the flyer. Its put on by a local guy named John Graichen, who donates Rods, Reels and gear to kids and does teach a kid to fish events on the weekend throughout the spring summer and fall. Its a non Profit organization Primarily in the Coventry area. Awesome stuff he is doing.

Lure Making / Happy 4th of July Weekend!
« on: July 03, 2021, 01:30:23 PM »
A few of my bait making buddies on Instagram where making some Red, White and Blue soft plastic baits, so I joined in on the fun!! Happy 4th of July everyone!

The Hawg Forum / Full weekend of tourney fishing!
« on: June 28, 2021, 11:50:26 AM »
Well, after a weekend of fishing I came out learning a lot, and having some fun!

Friday into Saturday, I fished my first overnight tourney of the year at Amos Lake with the SRIBA Crew. Managed 3rd and Lunker on a Slooooow night off fishing. 2 chatterbait fish, and one Wakebait fish. Missed a good amount of bites. Amos is tough on me in a tourney, and I was happy to produce a few good bites.

Then, Sunday Bryan Mayo and the Coventry Bass Anglers asked me to fish with them at Watchaug as a guest, on Bryans boat. Another grinder tourney, I finished with 2 fish for 5 and change for 4th place. One more bite and I would have been in the money. Both caught offshore with a spinnerbait I made! Bryan had one fish, but a really nice 3 1/4lb smallie on a jerkbait.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Breaking in a Buzzbait
« on: June 01, 2021, 09:41:32 PM »
So, over the past few years I have been playing around with the buzzbait more and more. Last fall and this spring especially. I make my own, but I have a question for you guys. Do you guys do the whole clamp to the antenna of your vehicle, or hold out the window of the truck to "break in" your buzzbait? I have been told from a couple of guys I have learned a lot about the sport from that you are wasting your time if you don't break it in for a couple of miles.

Honestly I haven't seen a difference. I honestly don't get bit much on the buzzbait anymore either for some reason whether I do the whole break in process or not. They are usually a starter bait for me to run it around 10-20 times to see if there are any active fish in the general area I am starting in, then it gets put down.

And for those of you wondering, yes I always crimp the aluminum rivet down so it doesn't spin along with the buzz blade.

So, here is my review on the Kastking Royale Legend 200 series casting reel found here :

I throw some bigger baits. Not a TON, but a decent amount. The biggest bait I throw is a 3 1/2oz rat that I made. I got this reel to pair with my Tsunami inshore casting rod. 7' heavy action. Anyways, I got this reel because I wanted the bigger spool for really sending out long casts on those bigger baits. I figured I would give this a try since its reasonably priced and I have had good luck with KastKing reels in the past.

First I have to say, this thing is tight. No play in the handle, spool, and side plate. Very impressed when I took it out of the box. I spooled it up with some 20lb Stren high impact Mono and went to town. It has some very very smooth casting. Super quiet as well. Handles a few of the bigger wakebaits I throw with ease and would really handle a lot heavier baits as well I feel. My rod takes up to 4oz baits so I dont have any that go over that rating. I have landed a good amount of fish on it now, nothing of true size, but has handled some extra sporty 2 1/2-3lbers with ease. Plus with 22lb of drag you can really crank down on it and winch those fish right in the boat.

I have even thrown 3/8oz buzzbaits on this reel when I was a co angler on another boat, to cut down on rods I brought on another boat. I switched the rod of course, but that doesn't concern things.

The only negative thing I have to say is the 6:4:1 gear ratio is actually a little fast for my liking with that big spool of line, so I have to slow myself down a bit but doesn't bother me too much.

If anyone is looking for a budget "big" bait casting reel I really would recommend this one. I would like to see how well it holds up over time. It should last me a long time since its not used as much as say my spinnerbait reel.

Boating Forum / 1988 Mercury Classic 50 Trim LIVES AGAIN
« on: April 14, 2021, 09:59:09 AM »
Well that was quite a job. My trim motor is complete, and is working as it should now. There is no information about the job my dad and I did on this trim motor on the internet. So hopefully I can help someone out here in the future.

This motor, would be an exact fit for my outboard, but it is no longer made. They use these pictures to get the sale of a new, mass produced motor that looks like this guy.

When you take your old motor off of your trim bracket, if it is anything like mine on my 88 bass tracker tx 17, you need to take the side mounting plate, and the bolts that bolt the trim bracket to the transom, unhook the steering cable, and lift the side mount plate up. All while having the actual outboard held up in the air, either by a tree, a hoist, something. I used a buddies chain hoist and then out my house I used a board I screwed to 2 trees and a big ratchet strap.

Anyways, undo the 4 phillips head screws on the top of the electric motor. Then take the mounting plate, which acts as the bottom of the motor. It has 2 allen keys, and then 3 small bolts on the inside. Why 2 are the same, and one is different I have no idea, but they are and cannot remember the sizes off hand. they are both metric and standard. It was the same as the parts outboard I have as well so it has to be factory.

Next, you need to move that piston, that that bottom plate mounts to. It sits in the trim plate with 3 O-rings. it needs to rotate  inside of that cylinder so the screw holes match to the new plate of the motor. I made a steel puller, that I will post pictures of. It came out pretty easy to my surprise.

Next, you will have a hex key that is used as a drive pin. I used the smallest one. Stick it in both holes, and bolt the motor back on.

Next, you need to change the electricals inside the outboard to power the trim plate from the solenoids to the new relays. IF YOU ARE NOT ELECTRICALLY SAVVY, I would not recommend doing this step. Luckily I had the ace in the whole of my dad to help. Him and I ran wires, and hooked everything up, and had a bit of connection issues in the beginning. The connectors on my new motor, where pretty much junk. I had to get a friends advice, and clip and re solder connect the connectors. So now my boat is all set and ready to go. If anyone has any questions, feel free to create an account and shoot me a message, or comment on this thread. I could go way more in depth on this. It was a big job, just flying by the seat of my pants pretty much the entire time learning as I went. If I where to have brought this to a repair shop, I would have had to get a whole new trim bracket, or a whole new outboard if they could not find a bracket that fit my outboard.

Lure Making / Tackle Underground Lure Making Contest Entries!
« on: March 28, 2021, 06:08:15 PM »
Last year was my first year entering the Tackle Underground forums Coolest Lure Contest. This year I added a big 8" hand carved rat, and a hand tied, and airbrushed Rainbow Trout Spinnerbait. With my boat still being down, I have been pumping out lures, while wishing I was fishing.

Boating Forum / Classic 50 trim motor replacement woes
« on: March 16, 2021, 04:41:53 PM »
Well, tried to get everything all situated at my buddies garage, tearing half of my trim bracket apart, with no evail. They sent the wrong motor that I bought online. Hopefully they can get it situated, and they are not totally extinct. I really do not want to put a used one in, but if it gets me back on the water, I will. Anyways, it sure was toast. Rusty water filled, brushes where done, and looks like it got very hot at one point in its life. Someone has been inside before, and I am not surprised being an 88, but 2 of the 3 bolts holding the bottom plate on where different sized bolts. 2 standard and one metric.

Boating Forum / Mercury Classic 50 wont trim up
« on: February 28, 2021, 07:08:58 PM »
So, I had an eventful weekend. Friday night I was going to take my boat to my buddies family property to get some much needed work on my 1988 bass tracker with a 1988 mercury classic 50 (45hp). When I put the battery in the bilge to trim the motor up for transport, there was a ominous "Click" and the electric trim would not bring the motor up. I have had some delay issues before when its cold to trim the outboard up, so I figured it just needed a few minutes. That wasn't the case.

There is 2 solenoids on the passengers side of the outboard, and that was my first thought. The upper one, with a blue wire and the lower one with a green wire controls just that. Upper controls trim up, and lower controls trim down. I tried jumping, putting power to all the leads, and took my meter too it. They all have power so I figured it was the actual 12v electric motor that runs the trim. That thing is buried in-between the plate that mounts the outboard, and the transom mount when the outboard is trimmed down.

 I tried undoing the Vent on the drivers side of the bracket, that basically plugs the bottom of the trim fluid and come to find out, its a nice old brittle piece of plastic.

  So that broke off promptly when I tried turning it with a big flat head screwdriver. I wanted to get this out, because it allows you to manually raise the outboard if for some reason you cant get it to trim up to tow the boat home. So This afternoon I tried heating a junk screwdriver up, to melt into the plastic, to create a key to get the screw to turn. That didn't work. I was able to get the motor up, very slowly because I was just able to get to the casing of the motor to tap it with a screwdriver to wake it up a bit.

Next up, was to drill the valve out and use an Easy Out broken bolt remover. That Kind of worked, but I seem to think someone was in there before me, and used some sort of Loctite or similar product. I have a picture attached of what the plug looks like. So its got 3 O-rings and a bit of threads on the end.

The hole got so large, it was almost to the edges of the case where the aluminum threads are. So I grabbed a tap, to get that plastic out of the threads. 1/2" 13tpi tap does the trick. I tried the easy out again, and got the 2nd section out. Then the small section was left, all the way in the case. I read online a guy used a screw and a hammer to pull the end out, and after a long time of trying other methods, I tried it. I had a shot getting a lot of threads of the wood screw in there. So I grabbed my Automotive Body work/sheet metal Slide hammer (That I proudly bought at a yardsale for $3, My grandparents where smiling down on me when I got to use that baby) and boom. Got it out. 4hrs of trips into the basement, hammering, twisting, drilling grabbing all the tools.

So, if I where to do this again. Here is what I would do. I would drill the first set of threads until they stop. (If anyone is reading this that is doing this job on their boat, the threads extend 3/8" into the case. Use at least a 3/8 bit, if not a a 32nd bigger. You want to get very close to the aluminum on the case. So drill out a good half inch, then STOP.)

Heat the plastic around the hole and literally peel that plastic out, somehow. If that doesnt work you will need to use the tap to cut the plastic out of the aluminum.

After that is done, everything is just pressed in and held in basically with O rings. I would drill out a hole, and thread in a stout 3 1/2" deck screw and borrow, rent, buy, a slide hammer. That tool would have saved me hours of work if I used it in the beginning.

These little buggers are expensive, and I luckily have a donor parts engine, with one of these plugs in it I was able to remove with ease luckily. I do see they have new stainless ones now, that you can put some Copper Anti seize on that you would be able to keep free.

All in all, if you are reading this, and dont have the same problem as me, CHECK YOURS!! Make sure that vent plug is freed up incase your trim decides to take a dump at the ramp.

Now, its onto figuring out my actual trim motor issues. Sadly, its so jammed in there I think I will need to unbolt the whole outboard and trim bracket off the transom of the boat. Luckily, my buddies grandfathers shop comes with a vehicle lift!!!!

Lure Making / Spinnerbaits, and Bladed Jigs!
« on: February 21, 2021, 09:35:49 PM »
With all the talk with spinnerbaits, and Bladed Jigs, I figured I would throw my hat in the ring, and show you guys some of mine I just recently finished up. A buddy of mine had me make him a Spinnerbait like these pictured, last year, and he did very well on them, so another friend of mine asked for 6  (giggle) 3, 1/2oz, and 3, 3/8oz. I do really like the copper blades myself. I have caught a lot of fish with spinnerbaits pretty similar to those. One being my 2nd biggest of last year, being 5.4.

Then the picture of the bladed jigs, I am making those for a new tackle shop I am going to be selling baits in, in Warwick, called The Tackle Box. He actually reached out to me wanting more freshwater gear, which is really cool! I've been getting Buzzbaits, Spinnerbaits and Bladed jigs ready for him. Also some hand turned Jitterbug style baits. Little bigger then a 5/8 oz bug, but not as big as the musky bug. And I always end up throwing a couple to the side for myself. Sometimes, I do that too much!

Lure Making / Obnoxiously priced baits!
« on: January 09, 2021, 02:45:49 PM »
So, I follow a guy on Youtube, and instagram, and his name is Nate Marling. Or Marling baits. He makes some awesome swimbaits, and some wacky stuff for his youtube channel. I actually have a mutual friend of his that lives in RI, that has bought some spinnerbaits and a big Jitterbug style bait I make called the Skitterwake from me, and fish with on occasion. Anyways, he drove out to Iowa where Marling lives, and gave him a few pieces of cool wood I have stashed being a woodworker and all. Marling started making baits again for sale, and he is charging some insane prices for these, and people are buying them!! He recently sold a few baits he made from a piece of Butternut, and spanish cedar that sold for $400  :o

Him and I talk a little over instagram, and he sent me a link to his new listing on his website.

2 baits at $550 and one at $900!! Absolutely nuts. And one sold as he just put them on the site this morning.

Thought it would be pretty interesting to you guys to check out. Here is a video where he actually shouts me out, and says I am going to get a bait that he made for me!

He does make some crazy nice stuff. Maybe someday I will get that good!

The Hawg Forum / Biggest fish so far on one of the baits I made!
« on: September 11, 2020, 06:08:50 PM »
So one of my buddies had the biggest fish that I know of on one of my topwater baits that I make. (I call them the SkitterWake) Not sure why they are considered a wakebait, but everyone wanted to call them a wakebait, so hey cant beat em Join em. His big fish hung around for a couple of months actually at 4.49. Anyways, the other night I was paralleling a reed bed and a 4.58 slammed my shorter profile, prototype baits. Its head and upper body came out of the water and I thought it was a lot bigger but when I got it in the boat, she was short and very stocky. Despite having a bait gut hooked very deep, and 8' of mono hanging out of its mouth  ::) I didnt want to go digging so I cut the access line off and let her go.

 After a couple of pictures of course. Hopefully as the water cools a bit and the water levels go back up, I can get one in the 5 or 6lb class on one of these baits.

The Hawg Forum / Wednesday night pickup tourney
« on: August 13, 2020, 06:46:45 PM »
Well, I fished a small tourney I help my buddy run last night. Pretty new water for me. Only been there a handfull of times. Less as a matter of fact. Anyways I also fished it with a guy that I have never fished with before and only met once. But he needed a boat to fish on, and I am always up for a challenge. But this guy Kyle has done VERY well this year at this pond (did I mention he primarily throws Monster swimbaits?  :o) Anyways, we started off a big main lake point that was actually an Island. Lots of chop on the water so I figured I would chuck a Spinnerbait, and a Bladed Jig around out deep, working the big point offshore. No takers. Went up the bank, where there was some pads, so I chucked the frog around. I got a good swipe at it but totally missed it. Continued on the shaded bank with the frog and nothing. But magically Kyle in the back of the boat was throwing around a deeper diving crankbait and hooked up with our first keeper. Couldn't find anything else in that area for a long time. Well, couldnt find anything in the entire body of water for a long time! I did however see a small cove, with a bunch of pads with a ton of bait in there. Worked down that shoreline, and hooked up with a good probably 2 1/2-3 on the frog. 3 or 4 cranks of the reel and poof she was gone. But that clued me in on where there was some fish. We tried another few hotspots kyle liked, and he kept picking up dink, after dink on the crankbait. I made the decision to go back to where I found bait, and lost that good fish on the frog. Meanwhile I had no fish in the boat. Only kyles 1.6 not so much of a kicker. What do you do as the sun is going down, and you cant catch a fish?  Cover water with a senko and flip the pad edges!! Hooked up with 2 dinks in the same area, worked 30' down the bank and BOOM 6lber on the nose bit the tride and true green pumpkin red flake bass pro senko like it was going out of style. What a fight trying to keep that girl from digging me in the weeds and on a spinning rod!! Had to play it with the trolling motor too. Told my Co to get the net like 5 times while he was standing there next to me with it on the front deck  ;D ;D

That was about 8:30 and weigh in was at 9. We worked down the pads, I had Kyle chuck around one of his swimbaits to see if we could get another big one, but just couldnt make it happen. But, didn't matter because we got the W and Lunker! My first win, and 6lber this year. Very, very happy to report. Onto one of my favorite lakes for an overnighter on Friday!

The Hawg Forum / Buzzbait Trailers
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:35:05 PM »
So I have been experimenting with buzzbaits a bit more this year. I like the style of bait, and it really compliments my style of fishing. I make my own buzzbaits, and my question is, Do you guys throw a soft plastic trailer on your buzzbaits? I have come to always having a plastic trailer on a spinnerbait, but I am undecided in what I like on the Buzz. I have been using a straight twin tail grub and a regular twin curly tail grub, and also a single curly tail. What do you guys use? Im not much of a fan of trailer hooks these days. I tend to catch more grass with the trailer hook then fish I feel. Thanks!

The Hawg Forum / Combatting tough fisheries
« on: July 01, 2020, 06:03:02 PM »
I think all of us as bass anglers have lakes that are our kryptonite. I fished a lake the other night that I have done O.K at, and did, O.K there the other night, but have never put together bags in the high teens, like it should produce. I have another lake in mind I used to frequent a lot to try and figure out, and just cant put the pieces of the puzzle together. But on the places defense I haven't been there recently enough to say I cant produce any bass there.

This spring though I did gain a lot of confidence in a lake that is right down the road from me I was convinced I couldn't catch a bass in to save my soul. But I figured out a couple of things about it that did help me gain confidence.

Does anyone have any advice on trying to put pieces of the puzzle to a fishery that you just cant seem to figure out? Kind of an oddball question, but figured I'd throw it up here for you guys to dwell on a bit!

I have a feeling time on the water and fishing my strength is going to be apart of a lot of answers I get from this thread as well!

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