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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 / Re: Last few weeks
« on: September 06, 2022, 10:25:28 AM »
Those are all nice fish! You can never complain when you're catching bass like that  :thumbup: :thumbup:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Checking In
« on: September 06, 2022, 10:23:32 AM »
click on the sonar charts tab bottom left, round button!

Cool. Thanks! I didn't know that button was even there  :facepalm:

Looks like some other Navionics must have uploaded their mapping. That's a big help until I get to know the lake better  :nod: :thumbup:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Checking In
« on: September 05, 2022, 02:49:32 PM »
This is the lake ?   Some contours are marked.

Yes, that's the lake. But when I view the map, I don't see any contours. Am I missing something that you're doing to be able to see them?

The Hawg Forum / Re: Checking In
« on: September 05, 2022, 11:07:44 AM »
Fall and early winter should be good for you!

I was thinking the same thing  :nod:

As for keeping busy, we've had no trouble at all doing that!

Being here has allowed us to spend a lot more time riding our bikes, since there are lots of small neighborhood roads to ride on where we're not at risk of being run over, like we were in RI  :o We do an average of 12-13 miles each day! I've biked over 1000 miles since starting to ride back in May.

The lake that's nearest to me is a quality fishery. I just have to learn it now  ;)

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 / Re: More frog freaks
« on: August 08, 2022, 12:33:02 PM »
Tough to beat the Kermit bite when it's on!

The Hawg Forum / Re: frog bite kicking in
« on: July 20, 2022, 09:14:03 PM »
@Boxofrain65 It's interesting that you fish a river after dark. While I was living in New England, I spent literally thousands of hours over the years fishing at night, but only tried river fishing in low light conditions a couple of times and had ZERO success. Granted, I didn't put much time at all into it due to the dangers of navigating a small river after dark, and the incredible onslaught of mosquitoes while it was dark.

I did have one successful foray fishing from shore one night, though, tossing a jitterbug around in an area where there was only a little current.  :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Re: frog bite kicking in
« on: July 20, 2022, 09:11:01 PM »
It may be the best example of how fish seem to add a ton of weight in the night hours, and shed it in the light ;D

 (giggle) (giggle)

The Hawg Forum / Re: frog bite kicking in
« on: July 19, 2022, 10:58:28 PM »
Sounds like a blast! What river are you fishing?

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spin all year for giants
« on: July 08, 2022, 08:38:48 AM »
Some of my biggest bass have been caught on spinnerbaits during times other than Spring!

The Hawg Forum / Re: frog bite kicking in
« on: June 29, 2022, 09:40:19 AM »
Awesome frog fish!!

The Hawg Forum / Re: They were chewing
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:14:40 AM »
It's amazing how a change in the weather can make such a difference in the bite!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Dead Bass
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:13:41 AM »
This is more common than it should be. There are still plenty of wingnuts that hold tournaments with no permits and no livewells. They just plain don't care.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Possible NY State Record Smallmouth Caught!
« on: June 18, 2022, 02:07:56 PM »
That fish is amazing!  Look how thick the tail is :o

Absolute monster!

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