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The Hawg Forum / 85 Degrees and Catching Bass!
« on: May 15, 2022, 05:51:13 PM »
I made my first trek to Sutton lake today, which is 30 minutes from my house. It's a 1000 acre power plant cooling lake.

I'd never been on it prior to today, so this trip was purely exploration and learning, trying to put some puzzle pieces together.

We didn't start fishing until shortly after 8 AM, so the sun was already high in the sky and it was heating up fast.

Over the course of 4 hours, I landed one bass and dropped another one that was bigger than this one. It looked like probably around 3 lbs. It came unbuttoned about 4 feet from the boat  :facepalm:

My wife also had a couple bites, but never got to see what they were.

By the time we left at 12:30 PM, it was 85 degrees  :o

All in all, not a bad start to my NC fishing adventures.

The Hawg Forum / Re: First river trip
« on: May 15, 2022, 05:38:49 PM »
River fish are fatter and pull much harder than lake or pond fish. What's not to like about that?  (giggle)

The Hawg Forum / Re: Lost another Bass Legend !
« on: May 10, 2022, 06:47:09 AM »
I saw that last night. They're all disappearing, one at a time  :crying:

The Hawg Forum / Re: ready to pop
« on: April 26, 2022, 11:30:23 AM »
 (giggle) (giggle)

The Hawg Forum / Re: Wind won't stop
« on: April 23, 2022, 08:55:02 AM »
The wind here in NC has been blowing for weeks! It can sure help with the bite, though!

The Hawg Forum / Re: big girls are hungry
« on: April 19, 2022, 01:41:17 PM »
You're on a roll! Good job!!  :thumbup:

The Hawg Forum / Re: The parade continues
« on: April 10, 2022, 10:45:12 AM »
Nice work! Keep it going  :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« on: April 07, 2022, 10:38:02 AM »
I never got checked for flares. In fact, I think I was only checked for a license twice in over 30 years  (giggle)

The Hawg Forum / Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« on: April 07, 2022, 09:09:12 AM »
Joe mentioned life jackets, which is a requirement.

By law, you will also need a throwable flotation device, such as a square floating cushion.

Also, for boating safety requirements, you will need either a working horn or a canned airhorn to keep you legal. A whistle can also be used.

The Hawg Forum / Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« on: April 05, 2022, 11:54:05 AM »
@Mitz Great list to start from!

Here are a few things that I also thought of that you might want to add. I will include links to some of them to make it easier to find them if you need them  :nod:

1 - Basic over-the-counter meds, such as Tylenol, etc. This can be invaluable for headaches, aching muscles, etc.

2 - A hook file is a necessity (at least for me).

3 - If you fish with braided line, you will need a pair of scissors.

4 - For tournaments, you will need a Golden Rule to measure your fish to make sure you're not keeping undersized bass.

5 - For your trailer, you should consider carrying a trailer lift jack to make it quick and easy to jack up your trailer in the event of a flat tire, etc.

6 - Related to trailer lights, I personally have to use an adapter to plug my lights into my truck, to convert the trailer plug to the correct number of pins. So, I carry a spare adapter, in case mine fails and causes my trailer lights to stop working. Not good at night! This is a link to the one I needed. It may not be the one you need (if you need one at all), but it should help steer you in the right direction.

7 - As part of your culling system, you will need good culling clips and a reliable, accurate scale. For culling clips, I personally like the Accu Cull clips because they are 100% safe for the fish, causing no harm to them whatsoever. They take a bit of getting used to in order to clip them on properly so that they don't fall off, but they are worth the extra effort, in my opinion, because they are gentle on the mouth of the bass.

For me, being organized is a key part of my fishing. It helps me to stay focused and calm because I know where everything is when I need something.

Lastly (at least for now), I make sure that I have spare stuff in the boat too.  Duplicates of lures that work well for me. Spare spools of line, etc.

I'm sure I'll think of other things later on. If I do, I will add them. This is just supplemental to what Mitz has added so far.  ;D

The Hawg Forum / Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« on: April 04, 2022, 03:05:38 PM »
This is a great topic! I will jump back in a bit later and ad my thoughts on this.  :yes:

The Hawg Forum / Re: They're moving up
« on: April 02, 2022, 04:46:33 PM »

The Hawg Forum / Re: Are Spark Plugs made of Gold?
« on: April 02, 2022, 02:12:38 PM »
Spark plugs have always been overpriced, in my opinion.

And with everything else going up in price, it would only make sense that spark plugs go up too  ::)

The Hawg Forum / Re: Lithium batteries
« on: March 17, 2022, 11:30:09 AM »
One option is to have the cover modified to fit the trolling motor, most guys do this when upgrading to the newer spot lock motors.

A local canvas shop should be able to do it for too much.

I agree that this is probably y9our best option.  :nod: :thumbup:

The Hawg Forum / Re: First trip!
« on: March 17, 2022, 11:28:39 AM »
I think Chapmans is on a down cycle now.  Haven't caught much for size the last two years and it's overrun with 10" Pickerel  :P

I was thinking the same thing. Overall average size has gone down over the last 3 years. Might be a few years before it comes back up.

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