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Lure Making / Re: New patterns for the Spring
« on: February 14, 2021, 09:34:08 AM »
Color patterns look spot on for spring!  :thumbup:  I definitely gravitate to the Colorado blade too. When I can feel the thump I have so much more confidence!

Do you always use the snap swivels on the blades? I fight with split-rings only because I felt like snap rings have a little extra catch points for weeds.

If you don't notice that while fishing, I might convert to save some aggravation when I'm making spinnerbaits.  :yes:


The Hawg Forum / Re: Big Spinnerbait Bass
« on: February 11, 2021, 11:07:37 AM »
Haven't been able to crack into the 7lber club yet but definitely have at least 1 in the 6s on spinnerbait. Going to try an improve on that this year. I lost the feel for Spinnerbait and last year just started to get back into the groove.  :thumbup:
I would like to see how many Replies are from RI or CT.

Mine was caught in CT.

Lure Making / Re: Breakfast and Baits
« on: February 07, 2021, 08:13:21 AM »
HA! You are right! I'm just going to trash these and go pick up some $20 Z-Man Jackhammer baits at Dicks.  :facepalm:


Lure Making / Breakfast and Baits
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:33:05 AM »
Cup of coffee and a handful of bladed jigs. ;D  This was the 2nd batch now all the Plano boxes are full!

Boating Forum / Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalacnche
« on: February 06, 2021, 08:36:41 AM »
What a difference $45 can make.

  • Heat Gun to remove the old
  • Goo-gone to clean up the mess
  • 2000 grit wet-sand
  • Rubbing compound Polish
  • New decals
  • Fresh coat of wax
Total time 3-4 hrs

Boating Forum / Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« on: February 06, 2021, 08:22:55 AM »
To be honest I'm somewhat ashamed. I had no idea how bad it was! LOL  :puking:
By the end of last year when I was getting the boat ready for it's winter nap I did a walk around. The poor boat looked like it just came back from a week long bender at the Roxbery. I lost most of the decals on my 04 115hp Mercury. The decals were replaced by dirt. Seats have tears and patched with flex seal tape. Side rails faded from sun and pitted. This was just the start of my list.

Since I had shoulder surgery this winter I needed a project and my plan was to pay a little respect to the old girl. She needed a facelift of Joan Rivers proportion!
I'll be posting more as soon as I get the boat into the garage.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Biggest fish so far on one of the baits I made!
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:32:24 AM »
Nice Fish Matt! Better get to work those orders are going to start piling up! :thumbup:

Fishing Photos Forum / Re: Got a Good One Yesterday!
« on: June 12, 2020, 12:06:33 PM »
Nice fish!  :thumbup: looks like spawned out..?? could have been a 6+ a few weeks ago!

Still looking for my first 5+ of the year.  :yes:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Battery Stuff
« on: May 11, 2020, 09:43:04 AM »
Luckily I turned in a junk battery I had in the garage. I think it was from my lawn mower.  (giggle)

The Hawg Forum / Battery Stuff
« on: May 10, 2020, 05:31:20 PM »
So I know everyone has an option when it comes to batteries but we can all agree it is expensive to replace them! I have 4, a 36V trolling motor and a cranking battery. I'm using all Optima batteries, one yellow top and 3  bluetop D34M. The back drop to the story is I was working on the boat over the winter and noticed one of the charger lights was acting funny. It would show bad battery and then flash and go back to bad battery.
SO looking at the label I noticed it was from 06! Figured heck that was a good life and ordered a new one. Then a week later something else was odd one of the batteries what flashing charging but would not complete. Well this one was from 09 again not a bad life so I spent another $250 and now my boat has 4 batteries less than 3 yrs old.

Not wanting to give up I did some research and found out that AGM batteries like Optimas can trickle charge down to nothing and cause chargers to not register properly.  One of them was reading less then 2 volts and my charger didn't know what to do with it.

The end of the story... Both the 06 and the 09 are working like new again because of 2 tricks.

1st battery that was under 2 volts. Hooked jumper cables to it + to + and - to - then, using a Noco Genius G3500 charger for 18+ hours it was fully charged and ready to go!!  :yes:
2nd battery was the 09 that showed charging but never got 100%. Using the same Noco Genius G3500 charger in maintenance mode the next day the battery was at 100%!!  :yes:
So while I'm not about to put them back in the boat I have some pretty kick butt spare batteries in my garage! LOL
Final thoughts for $500+ I gained some knowledge, 2 new batteries that will keep me fishing for another 7+ years and 2 deep cell batteries to use when the world goes to nuts and I forced to live off the grid.  :facepalm: (giggle) :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Re: 12+ volts but nobody is home
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:37:45 AM »
Picked up a new battery and traded in the another old one so I could test further. Found out that the battery might not be bad...  :hmm:

After hooking up the new battery and testing everything to make sure it wasn't something in the boat. I started trying a few things with the old battery. What I could figure out is that the negative post has dead spots on it. Since the volt meter comes to a point only hits a narrow pin point spot so it reads fine. Anything like a terminal collar that takes up a larger surface area doesn't show voltage. I could use the front post of the Optima but think I'll play it safe and just keep the new one... Guess this is the year to bleed money.  :facepalm:

The Hawg Forum / 12+ volts but nobody is home
« on: July 10, 2019, 03:14:41 PM »
I have had an interesting year with my boat and last tournament was no exception!

Long story short over the weekend I had a night tournament. I launched my boat and started getting my stuff ready. The typical setup, power up electronics, pull out my rods and fire up the motor. Well that is when it all went south. I sat down to start the motor turned the key EVERY thing BLACK! No lights, No Electronics. nothing...

Tied off to the dock and started looking for a blown fuse, couldn't find anything in the dark. I ended running the livewell wires to the TM batteries and said screw it thats all I need to fish.
Got home and tested the battery. Reads fully charged on a volt meter as soon as I touch anything to it the volts drop to almost nothing. I had to laugh because I was like what the heck no warning and it just goes... Then I looked at the date sticker on the Optima battery and it was 7 years old. Guess that was a good life!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Moon Phases
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:06:32 PM »
In the fisherman's book of excuses it says on page 93 if you are having a bad night of fishing and it is a full moon blame it on the moon!   (giggle)
To be honest when it is darker than dark the big ones seem to be more active and chasing bait. When the moon is high and bright I just think it is easier to spook the fish and they are roaming less.

I've fished over 100 night tournaments and some of my best night have been with a full moon. Its just a much slower plan of attack. Having said that I still prefer a cloud cover or a really dark night.


The Hawg Forum / Echo Lake first!
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:04:38 PM »
Fishing in a tournament last night I had a first for me on Echo Lake!
10+ years fishing there and never caught a trout before!


Fishing Videos Forum / Re: Sad but true!
« on: May 16, 2019, 01:08:31 PM »
Absolutely laughed my butt off every time I see that clip, for so many reasons!

A while back I had a dodge ram and could park my boat in a shoebox if needed. Replaced that truck with a Chevy and it had a bed cover and was lower to the ground.  I couldn't see the trailer at all when backing up. I felt like it was my first time at a ramp for the entire season. Fixed the problem by selling that truck and going back to Dodge  :yes: !

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