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General Non-Fishing Chatter / Projects or Goals for 2023?
« on: December 27, 2022, 10:37:15 AM »
Does anyone have any projects or goals planned for the 2-23 season?

I typically have projects to complete on my boat each winter, but this winter is a bit different for me, since my boat literally only got used once for the entirety of 2022  :facepalm:

Before I left RI in mid December of 2021, I had bought two things that I wanted to install.

1 - Step Plates for each side of my new trailer. The new trailer doesn't have any steps, so getting up into the boat is a challenge.

2 - Tilt brackets for my two Talons. This makes it easier to maintain them, allowing me to simply tilt them so I can clean and lubricate the spikes and aluminum parts.

Now that we have finally finished all of our house projects here in NC, I can finally get back to my boat projects.

Additionally, I bought a new Zero Line mapping card for my Helix, which allows me to map new lakes as I fish them. So I want to spend some time using that and getting some maps laid down on the Helix for a couple of lakes here.

I also bought some small LED lights that I wanted to install on my trailer frame, to aid loading the boat onto the trailer after dark. I never got those installed before leaving RI, either, so I want to get that done as well.

And, more obviously, I want to get the boat out more in the coming months, instead of just fishing small ponds from shore  :nod:

How about you guys? Any boat projects or goals for the new season that's ahead?

General Non-Fishing Chatter / A Little Dusting This Morning?
« on: December 01, 2022, 10:04:38 AM »
I saw that there was a little dusting of snow in southern RI this morning?

My guess is that skim ice on the ponds will be starting soon during the overnight chilly times.

General Non-Fishing Chatter / No Snow This Year in November!
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:11:08 AM »
I was going back through some old photos and saw that in 2009 we had a major snow storm on November 19. Looks like maybe 12-14 inches!

So far, so good for November!

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Fall Weather!
« on: November 14, 2022, 10:15:51 AM »
Looks like the fall weather is finally coming!

Summer lasted a lot longer than usual, so this weather is overdue  :yes:

The Hawg Forum / Monster 10 lb. Smallmouth!!
« on: November 06, 2022, 10:51:51 AM »
Ohio angler catches 10-pound Lake Erie smallmouth, sets Great Lakes Record

A monster 10.15 lb. smallmouth was caught on Thursday, November 3 in Lake Erie.

The fish broke a 68 year old record.

You can read the full article here!

The Hawg Forum / Got The Kayaks Out Today
« on: November 04, 2022, 02:25:48 PM »
My wife and I took our kayaks out this morning for a couple hours on the ICW (Intra-Coastal Waterway).

We wanted some fresh air and exercise, and I wanted to take a stab at catching some red drum (Redfish).

We found one area that was loaded with fish, but they weren't interested in any topwater today. Because this trip was spur of the moment, I only brought one rod with one lure  ::)

Before I head back out there, I'm gonna be putting a little tackle bag together so I can bring a few different baits. I can't want to hook into my first red!

The Hawg Forum / Can't Believe it's Been Almost a Year!!
« on: October 31, 2022, 03:08:28 PM »
It's late October. And it's been just over a year since we put a deposit on our new home in NC and began planning for our move away from RI.

Since arriving here in late December, I have literally only had my boat out once  :o

But, the small ponds in our neighborhood have been the thing that has kept me fishing, even when we were too busy to take the boat out.

I haven't landed any giants yet. But my wife and I have both landed bass in the 3 lb. class, which isn't too shabby for small ponds being fished from shore.

Here are a few pics from the last few weeks.

This is my wife, goofing off after catching a really nice fish right before dark.

Here are a couple that I caught yesterday afternoon. There are a couple humps in this particular pond. During the summer when the water got really low, both humps grew grass on top of them. Then, when the water came back up when we had rain, the humps got covered back up with water, and the water made its way into the grass. The baitfish in the pond love this because they can hang in the grass to take refuge. Of course, the bass love this too, because they can corral the baitfish in the edge of the grass and chow down.

I caught both of these fish by fishing patiently around the grass on one of the humps.

Caught this nice one from shore back in February, on a spinnerbait on a windblown shoreline.


Looking forward to catching more, especially from the boat.

The Hawg Forum / Some New Species to Fish For?
« on: September 15, 2022, 10:08:08 AM »
Where I live now there is a monstrous body of water called the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW). There is a public launch located less than 2 miles from my house!

The ICW is saltwater, so there are no LMB or SMB in it. But there is a massive population of Red Drum (Redfish).

Redfish behave much like LMB and can be caught on many of the same baits as LMB, including topwater baits  :yes:

My wife and I both have bought kayaks since moving here, so now that the weather is starting to cool down a tad I might spend some time pursuing these fish. They look like a blast for sure!

Here's a sample of the action!

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Rain in North Carolina
« on: September 06, 2022, 02:14:00 PM »
One of the things I've learned about living in North Carolina is that it very, very rarely rains lightly here in the south!

Rain here comes down in monster drops, a lot at a time  :o :o

Streets go from bone-dry to having little rivers running down the sides of them in just two or three minutes.

There have been times when I have been out driving in my car or truck and have had to practically come to a slow crawl because I couldn't see beyond 30 feet in front of me.

Today has been one of those days. We had tons of clouds blowing by us, and then the skies opened up and it poured for about 10-15 minutes. It ended with a few rolls of thunder, and now the sun is back out. It kind of reminds me of weather that I've experienced in Florida in the past.

I have some video of some of this. I will post it here sometime soon!

The Hawg Forum / Checking In
« on: September 04, 2022, 03:23:41 PM »
Hey gang!

It's been a while since I've posted or participated in a thread. Life here in NC has kept me oh so busy; much busier than I had anticipated.

Believe it or not, I've only had my boat out once since arriving here in December. My first couple of months were pretty intense with projects to get moved in and settled.

January and February flew by, and then March was cold and windy so I opted only to fish some small ponds from shore, catching a few good quality bass.

Then, I finally took the boat out in May, to the best local bass lake in my area. I managed to spend 4 hours out that day before the sun got too hot and we packed it in. But I did land one decent bass and lost another one that looked to be over 3 lbs.

After that, I dove back into more home projects that took up the rest of my summer. On top of that, the heat here is pretty brutal during the day, so I opted to stay off the water for that reason as well.

Because I don't know the lake well, I chose also not to fish at night for safety reasons.

Now that September is rolling in, I'm hoping to start getting out there again on a more frequent basis so I can learn the water.

The lake I plan on learning has no map available, so I bought a Zero Line SD card for my Helix, which allows me to map the lake as I fish it. I believe that will be helpful. Time will tell.

Once I start getting out there I'll begin posting again.

In the meantime, I hope everyone back in New England is doing well.  :nod: :)

The Hawg Forum / Possible NY State Record Smallmouth Caught!
« on: June 17, 2022, 03:19:54 PM »
 :o :o

What a beast of a smallmouth!

Read the article here:

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 / Since I Moved to NC
« on: February 28, 2022, 08:22:03 PM »
Since I moved to NC, I have learned that the winter here is typically only about 6 weeks or so in length, and it is obviously much milder than winter in RI.

Christmas day was 75 degrees. Then, after January started, we started having more winter-like temperatures. But we never had temperatures  under 20 degrees at night. And the only snow we had was on two different days. Once we got 1/2 inch or less. On another day we had a dusting. We also had one ice storm.

That was it for winter precipitation here.

Even when we were having colder days, we always seemed to have a day or two each week at least into the 50s, and sometimes in the 60s. Every once in a while we would have a 70 degree day.

Now that we're moving into March, the last couple of weeks has been a steady increase in temps. We had two days in the last week or so that were 80.

Today topped out in the high 50s, and now the forecast for the next 10 days in the 60s or higher.

I know it's extremely hot here in the summer, but for me it's a good trade-off to get me out of the miserable temperatures in RI.

And on top of that all, I have actually been able to catch some bass from shore in small neighborhood ponds during the last couple of weeks, even though I haven't yet had time to get the boat on the local lakes here.

I can honestly say that living here will now allow me to fish 12 months per year with no problem at all.

Fishing Photos Forum / My First NC Bass!
« on: February 18, 2022, 01:44:20 PM »
Well, I finished up work early yesterday, and it was a gorgeous 70+ degree day here, with sunshine and light breezes, so I headed out to fish a couple small neighborhood ponds, in search of my very first NC bass.

Here are the results.

Both bass were caught on a spinnerbait, but in two different ponds.

It felt good to catch a couple, especially with them being respectable sizes of 3 lbs. and 2 1/2 lbs.  ;D

The Hawg Forum / Peep Frogs
« on: February 16, 2022, 06:53:15 PM »
As my wife and I sit on the back patio, we're enjoying the fire and listening to the distant sounds of peep frogs. And it's not even March yet  (giggle)

I think I like this  :yes:

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