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General Non-Fishing Chatter / Heat Wave Today...
« on: January 26, 2003, 09:10:44 PM »
We actually broke the 30 degree mark today. The first time in more than a week!

Just a tease, though.... supposed to drop back down again in the next 24 hours and put us back into deep freeze  :'(

Can't wait for Spring!

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Cameras
« on: January 24, 2003, 10:46:48 PM »
I have been playing around with my digital camera recently, trying to get used to taking close-up shots of lures and some lure components. It took me a while, but I think I finally got the hang of this "close-up" thing!

I am also trying to get used to the "self timer" feature, which will come in handy for getting shots of fish I catch when there is nobody else in the boat with me.

Just curious as to how many other people have digital cameras and, if you do have one, do you take it out with you whenever you go fishing?

I try to remember mine, especially during tournaments, but I want to get more in the habit of taking it with me all the time this-coming season :)

Boating Forum / Re:My Winter Project - New Photos Jan 14
« on: January 21, 2003, 06:36:05 PM »
Hey Steve, Looking Good!   :D

Thanks for posting the new photos... before you know it, you'll be able to do a "How to add a livewell to your boat" documentary on the web!

The Hawg Forum / Re:Slider Rigs
« on: January 21, 2003, 05:35:07 PM »

I used the Slider Worms quite a bit several years back. They are an awesome little bait that will sometimes get bites when nothing else will! I still use them at times when the bite gets really tough.

I fish them on a 6 ft. medium action spinning rod with 10 lb. line.

I alternate between using the slider heads and just a 1/0 Tru Turn hook with a 1/16 oz. bullet weight.

As for presentation and retrieve? I normally fish them just about like any other worm. Cast it out, let it sink on a semi-slack line, use a lift & drop retrieve.

Some people will swim them slowly, but my best bites have always come using the lift and drop.

Here is a tale of what the Slider can do:

I was fishing a 35 boat tournament on one of the local lakes that I know fairly well. In this particular tourney I was fishing from someone else's boat, from the back.

We weren't doing so well, with only a few small fish in the boat. We moved to a new spot where there was a rock jetty sticking out quite a ways into the lake. There were a couple other boats that had just finished fishing this jetty and were slowly working their way down the shore. My partner didn't want to bother fishing it because others had just been there, but I convinced him to pull up anyway. As we approached the very end of the jetty, I cast out a black Slider worm and let it sink. It never made it to the bottom. I set the hook and was met with a very large amount of resistance on the other end :)

The fish pulled like a freight train and like a dummy I neglected to back off on the drag. This cost me about a 6 lb. fish by allowing my line to pop like thread :(

About 10 seconds later the fish cleared the water and attempted to throw the slider worm and hook that were securely buried in its jaw. This happened a few times, which gave a us a good look at what I had just lost.

Another time I was fishing alone, just for relaxation. I was fishing near a small rock pile that holds some decent fish from time to time. I threw another 4 inch black out there from several different angles with no takers. I switched to a Slider and got bit almost right away. I caught another fish on the Slider and then switched to a ringworm, just for the heck of it. Nothing...

I switched back to the Slider and got bit again in the very same spot where I had just gotten no bites with a different bait.

Just a couple testimonies ;D

The Hawg Forum / Re:fishing rod eye repair kits?
« on: January 20, 2003, 07:03:14 PM »
Cliff, was it the tip that you replaced or one of the guides on the middle of the rod somewhare?

I'm sure Ray Z can give you some sound advice, since he's pretty much our Hawg Forum Rod Building Expert ;D

Regional Bass Fishing Tournament Listings / Pachaug Ice Tournament?
« on: January 19, 2003, 05:46:31 PM »
Originally posted by Sparky:

I heard that there is an Ice fishing tournament on Pachaug Pond this coming Sunday, 1/26/2003.  If anyone has more info, please post it. Thanks.


The SRIBA Fall Classic Tournament on Beach Pond will be held on October 4, 2003 from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

The application will eventually be posted here for downloading.

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Need a good laugh?
« on: January 18, 2003, 09:18:12 PM »
OK... here's a good one to get this board started!

Check out this URL and try not to laugh... I dare you!

The Hawg Forum / Re:What type of Rod do you use??
« on: January 18, 2003, 08:57:50 PM »
I use almost all Berkley Lightning Rods, but I do have one St. Croix that I bought used from RayZ/CT a few years back. That rod is a 6 1/2 foot Med. Heavy, which I use for my jig fishing. It is an awesome combination with my Shimano Corsair reel :)

As for other brands, you can spend lots of money and not always get more bang for the buck. I remember hearing Denny Brauer talking about rods at one of his seminars. He had the choice of any Daiwa rod that he wanted but chose the medium priced rods because he felt that they were actually better rods for the money (not that he actually had to pay for them, but he was making a point).

So... you can ask 10 different people and get 10 different opinions on this one  :-\

I guess, generally speaking though, up to a certain point you will get what you pay for!

The Hawg Forum / Joe... You forgot one!
« on: January 18, 2003, 03:51:54 PM »
Hey Joe, I think you forgot about your Wyassup adventure with the Chug Bug :)

The Hawg Forum / Re:Lost & Found
« on: January 18, 2003, 03:50:26 PM »
I can only recall two times that I actually had a rod & reel go over the side.

Once I was fishing a plastic worm in about 14 feet of water. I was using a pistol grip baicaster. I made a cast and when I did the whole rod and reel took off! The pistol grip was still in my hand, but the rest of the outfit was sailing through the air, headed for open water.

I watched the whole thing splash down and quickly put the trolling motor into high gear. As I got to where the rod had landed, all I could see was a very small section of my line suspended just under the surface.

I grabbed another rod and stuck the tip way down into the water. I managed to get the tip of the rod under the small section of line and lift it up. The tough part is that the spool release had been pressed on the rod before it went flying, so I had to gently pull in every inch of line that was on it before I could actually feel the rod and reel coming toward me. I was hopeful that the knot on the spool would hold and allow me to lift the whole thing off the bottom of the lake... and it did!

I took the rig home and opened it up. There was only a small amount of moisture inside the reel, which I cleaned up easily.

I replaced the rod and I am still using that same reel to this day!

My other adventure of this type was totally different.

I was throwing spinnerbaits and landing quite a few fish. This was on a small local lake that is only about 4 feet deep from one side to the other. But the water is stained a really dark brown color, so once something goes underwater, you literally never see it again  :o

I brought my arm back to cast and when I tried to bring it forward, the bait apparently got caught on something and then freed up almost instantaneously. When it did, though, it caused the rod to launch out of my hand and fly into the water right beside the boat. I instinctively threw myself on my chest on the front deck and plunged my arm into the water in time to grab onto the rod before it completely sunk out of sight. I shook it dry, tied on another spinnerbait and kept on fishing!

The Hawg Forum / Help.... I've fallen and I can't get up!
« on: January 15, 2003, 07:16:44 PM »
OK... let's get real for a few minutes here :)

How many of us have ever fallen in the water... either out of our boats or off of our trailers while launching or loading our boats??

Couple of my own tales:

I was fishing in the middle of the night quite a few years back. My buddy and I were hard into a decent school of quality smallies and were literally hooking into a fish evry 3rd or 4th cast! It seemed like every fish was around 2 lbs. or so. After landing and releasing another fish, I went to make a cast and somehow lost my balance. I managed to stay standing and in my boat, but the racket that I made while trying to stay that way was enough to scare all of the smallies away. We had to move to another area of the lake in order to get any more bites  :-[

On another note, I was with my brother-in-law. We were getting ready to pre-fish for a tournament. It was mid-to-late April. The water temps were in the mid-to-high 40s. He backed the trailer down the ramp and I walked out onto the trailer in an effort to push the boat from the trailer. This was necessary because the water at the ramp wasn't real deep and the boat wouldn't float off the trailer freely.

So anyway, he backed down and as I walked out onto the trailer, I slipped and fell, managing to bang the heck out of my shins on the way down, landed in the water and immediately jumped back onto the trailer  :o

Remember... it is pretty cold out, less than 50 degrees! The water is cold. I finish launching and we decide to head out and try anyway.

After about 45 minutes of trying my hardest to concentrate on fishing and forget about the fact that I am cold, wet and in pain, we finally gave up and went home  :(

OK.. now it's your turn to fess up!

The Hawg Forum / Re:Some Sonar Questions
« on: January 15, 2003, 05:59:04 PM »
Charles, my Bottom Line fish finder has Fish ID, but I don't use it. (At least I don't think it's turned on!)

I pay little attention to fish symbols or otherwise on the screen and focus mostly on the depth and bottom contours. To me, little fish symbols are just a distraction.

I remember the very first fish finder I ever bought many years ago. The first few trips out I spent more time gawking at the screen than I did fishing  :o

So, as for me? The Fish ID stays off!

The Hawg Forum / Re:To scent or not to Scent, that is the Question!
« on: January 14, 2003, 05:55:54 PM »
Frank, there was day when I wouldn't leave home without a bottle of scent in my tackle box or my boat. I really had a lot of confidence in this stuff.

Then, suddenly, for whatever reason, I stopped using it. My catches didn't decrease that I could see and now I didn't have to worry about all of this messy, stinky stuff to contend with.

Now I don't have a single bottle or jar of scent in my boat and really don't give it a second thought any more.

As for the bass intelligence thing, I believe this:

Bass are an animal, with very little real intelligence. I know that some people will disagree vehemently with that statement, but it is what I believe!

Bass were created with an instinct for survival. That instinct tells them to eat! It also helps them to sense danger. But bass do not posess the capability to think and reason the way humans do... period.

Can they be agitated or aggravated into striking a bait?? Obviously, yes. But does that mean that they get aggravated in the human sense of the word? Hardly.

Too many people have a Walt Disney philosophy when it comes to wildlife. Bambi and other flicks have perverted our thinking and made tree huggers out of too many people, instead of just using the common sense that were were born with.

Seeing animals in love and acting out human emotions has caused too many people to lose sight of the fact that humans are humans and animals are animals and fish are fish, etc., etc.

Fish are not smart... end of story. They eat what they have an opportunity to eat, whether it is a crawdad, other fish, baby duck, snake, jig & pig, plastic worm or whatever.

I could go on about this one for a long time, but I know that each of us has our own opinion about it.

In the meantime, we will all continue to go fishing and do our best to fool another bass into biting our offering to them at that given time  ;)

Northeastbass.Com Classified Ads / Wanted: Boat Windshield
« on: January 05, 2003, 04:00:16 PM »
I have a 1996 Tracker Pro Team 18 that is missing the windshield. It was broken by an errant cast on a night fishing trip last year.  :-\
I would like to replace it, but a new one is pretty expensive.
Does anyone happen to have or know where I can get a used one in decent shape for a resonable price?   ???

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