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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 / Re: Full weekend of tourney fishing!
« on: June 28, 2021, 09:11:57 PM »
Nice to see a smallie caught!  Been a few years since i got one in there.

Don't feel bad about Amos...that place always humbled me at night :P

Amos is a tough one on me. I am not fantastic there during the day either. I haven't put as much time in there as at night, but in the past I have gone and done well after dark fun fishing, I fish a club tourney and I finish last, or close to it. That is why my plan for Friday was no plan! Just go fish. No practice for me either.

I usually only manage one smallie there a year!  :facepalm: A couple of years back I caught my pb smallie in there which was 3 1/2lb  on the back of @Mitz boat, again in another night tourney. But this was at first light. I went all night without any bites, and Mitz had 2 small keepers right off the rip.

I wish there was something us as anglers could do to make the smallie population better there. You dont catch many at all, but when you do its usually in that 2-3lb range.

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.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Chapmans wash station
« on: June 25, 2021, 06:12:57 PM »
The reason for it is to get the weeds off your boat so you don't transport them to a different Lake. Maine has wash stations at some lakes.

The problem is no one is going to use it.  Don't be surprised if you see someone washing their car with it  ;D

Yeah they just want to stop transport instead of trying to fix the problem. But shoot You see a blue chevy with an aluminum tracker behind it there you bet I will be washing my truck along with my boat!  ;D

The Hawg Forum / Re: Chapmans wash station
« on: June 24, 2021, 11:12:42 AM »
I wondered why there was a thing all covered up this spring!! That has to be the states idea to help combat the invasive species of aquatic vegetation that lives in there.  :facepalm:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Poll Regarding Your Personal Best Bass
« on: June 22, 2021, 08:43:29 PM »
My PB was caught late morning, early afternoon. Cant exactly remember what time. But same thing. We hadn't done much all day, and I was moving out of the cove I was in, and was just randomly flipping coon tail grass and thought I was snagged until she surged on me and I stuck her. On a baby brush hog! Watermelon Red flake to be exact. And I don't even throw the things anymore!  :facepalm:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Poll Regarding Your Personal Best Bass
« on: June 12, 2021, 08:38:50 PM »
7.14 a few years back.  It was a bit after midnight, and I cast a spinner onto the bank next to a bridge and dragged it in.  I thought it was a Pike based on the strike and location (Sudbury River) but big bass will hit hard at night.

3/4 oz spinner, black with red (maybe blue), and a Colorado blade.  I primarily fish in the dark as I will take 2 to 3 fish north of 3lbs over a bunch of 1-2lb fish any day, which is the norm in the rivers I like to fish in Metrowest.

Hey Hey! Welcome to the forum! There is a lot of us here who fish at night. 7.14 is a big fish!!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Pickerel, or lack thereof
« on: June 04, 2021, 05:55:57 PM »
I get about 10 of those snot rockets a trip, my buddy caught a 3 lb 10 oz in Mass last week.

Us spinnerbait guys tend to attract them! I found they like the frog a lot though too

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Breaking in a Buzzbait
« on: June 03, 2021, 03:47:59 PM »
I never did the window deal, didn't think it was necessary!   All i do is crimp the rivet like you mentioned and let it naturally break in!

I haven't found a need to really break them in either from what I can tell with the lack of bites I have had. Not much luck if any on one this year yet. Its a great way of covering water though to see if there is any active fish in the area.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Pickerel, or lack thereof
« on: June 03, 2021, 03:43:59 PM »
Earlier this year I didn't catch many. I haven't been catching a ton at different bodies of water. Indian lake this year, I was there once this year, and normally you don't find many there and I caught 15 in one 6hr tourney. A lake in CT I fished for a tourney I stopped counting after 15 pickerel. I must have caught over 20. Its been weird though for sure. Its like different lakes for me are firing on all cylinders for pickerel and some of the other ones they aren't awake.

The Hawg Forum / Re: CT Trout season.
« on: June 02, 2021, 07:00:01 PM »
No way! That is crazy! I hope RI doesn't do that. Leave opening day alone. It helps out so many local shops. And there is so many people that don't fish for trout besides opening day. So the state would actually hurt themselves by opening it year round with some lack of license sales.

Where do you get these reels serviced if something breaks or are they disposable?

It doesn't seem they have a service department where you can send your reel back to them to get it fixed. They do offer parts though to be repaired. There is a few guys in New England that do a lot of repair and service on reels. 

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.

I have the Smaller Royal Legend II that performs well also.  Just noticed the 200 is double the price of the regular model. Seems like a big increase for a bigger spool..still a good deal  :thumbup:

I have a couple royal legend IIs that I had to retire last season and they served me well. Its honestly a totally different reel, and I like the quality of this one better then the other normal size royal legend IMO. Like I said the only downside being I wish the gear ratio was a little slower with that big spool of line full.

This one is my only kastking casting reel in my lineup now, but my spinning rod sports a Centron 3000. Best spinning reel for the money in my opinion. I have a buddy that is a wicked shimano head. He has like 3 or 4 curados DC casting reels, and he sports a centron on his spinning combo. You cannot beat it.

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.

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