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The Hawg Forum / Re: Who needs Mass anyway.
« on: August 07, 2020, 11:38:23 AM »
I figured you would be pushing for another trip to candyland. Feels like we got some unfinished business there.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Who needs Mass anyway.
« on: August 06, 2020, 01:49:15 PM »
... the guy who lives on the MA border LOL. Looks like you had a day.

Dont get me wrong, I have had a REALLY good year for fishing where I have fished this year and have honed in a technique I think is just killer. . However, not far from the area you described are fisheries such as Singletary and Webster. Its also nice to be be challenged to fish deep clear water and hone in some tactics that would be suitable on some of the prime fisheries we have in the northeast.

Meanwhile you look at places out on the cape, and western MA and see some high quality smally fisheries. I need that fix. Candlewood is still in play, but it being nearly a 3 hour drive for me day trips are not something I will be doing too often.

In short there are a handful of good fisheries that are within a convenient driving distance that have been completely cutoff this year. For the first half of the year its been only MA residents can launch a boat in MA, and now we cant go in at all. Yeah Im a little salty about it.

The Hawg Forum / Re: RI Removed from Low Risk COVID List
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:14:11 AM »
So it looks like CT has a caveat for "routine travel and work". The rules they laid out outline 24 hours being a guideline. So it sounds like CT may be OK.

MA doesnt have any caveat for day trips or routine travel. I only fish in CT a few times a year. MA just shutting us out is a killer for me, this after them not allowing us to launch a boat for the first half of the year.

The Hawg Forum / Re: RI Removed from Low Risk COVID List
« on: August 05, 2020, 09:55:15 AM »
Not seeing that anywhere. Would love to see something that says that. Everything out there states the contrary. The only example relatively close is if you are dropping a kid off at school and leave same day. Everything else simply mentions just entering the state, even if you are a resident. CT is $1000 fine and MA is $500. I want to be sure before I attempt to play dumb. Basically with few exemptions everyone must quarantine in designated quarters and cannot be in a public place (so I cant "quarantine" on my boat). Clearly this was written by larger states where interstate travel is rare.

The exemption list is as follows:

Lower-risk State: This includes individuals coming from a COVID-19 lower-risk state within the United States, as detailed below.
Transitory travel: This includes people who are passing through Massachusetts and permits travelers to drive through the State or to connect to their airplane, bus or train, or to stop at a highway rest stop, but this exception extends only so long as is reasonably required for the traveler to complete their transit, make any necessary airplane, bus, or train connection, or make use of travel services such as at a highway rest stop.
Persons Commuting for Work or School:
Patients Seeking or Receiving Medical Treatment
Military Personnel:
Workers Providing Critical Infrastructure Services:

The Hawg Forum / RI Removed from Low Risk COVID List
« on: August 05, 2020, 09:06:05 AM »
Boy this year has been fun hasnt it? So effective 8/7 we now cant travel to CT or MA without a negative test or 14 day quarantine. What a great year.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Anyone catching big fish in this heat?
« on: July 29, 2020, 07:28:48 AM »
Ive gotten a few good ones over the past week+.

@metz12 I got a couple more good ones locally on that bait I was using.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Combatting tough fisheries
« on: July 07, 2020, 10:40:27 AM »
So yes, time on the lake is the number 1 way to learn, along with trying new things. However, I think this topic came up because of a tournament he had to fish recently. If its a fishery you dont enjoy fishing, isnt one close to you, and you only fish it when your trail goes there (and lets say its not very often) then do you spend time on the water to learn it, or do you just grind it out when you have to?

So there are 2 options. Option 1 is to spend as much time on the water as you can trying as many new things as you can until you figure it out, and that may be the right answer... or the alternative is to have a couple of techniques that you are super confident in that you can fall back on and feel like you can grind out a limit no matter where you are. To the contrary of Toadhunter I feel like doing the wrong thing with confidence will have better results than doing the right thing with doubt. I would do my homework, work to figure it out, but if things dont go as planned then go back to the safety net. Its just a question as to when you bail on the plan and when you go to the safety net.  For me that's flipping.  Flipping docks, laydowns,  matted vegetation or visible targets may not be the best answer, but its never the "wrong" answer. Whether its preserving just a day of fun fishing, trying to bring a respectable bag to a weigh in,  or scrounging out some points for AOY, well all have rough days and just have to figure it out.

I think its more important to know your techniques than it is to know the body of water. Fisheries change, conditions change, seasons change. What works this time last year may not work (or as well) this time this year. To expect to know everything about every body of water you fish is just not realistic. I think knowing a handful of techniques inside and out, in what conditions it works best, and being able to adapt is more valuable. Knowing a couple of lakes inside and out is awesome, but we all know that each year there will be a couple of stops on the trails that we are not thrilled with.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Pre frontal fishing
« on: June 01, 2020, 02:12:38 PM »
Love this conversation because its so hard to predict when it will happen but I think we've all seen it happen. Last fall I think I posted o here that I thought we had one of these days coming but it turned out to be a very good day instead of a memorable day. The couple of times I experienced this it was after longer stretches very vanilla weather. Just days on days of nothing days that met what the season called for and there was an abrupt change.

The most recent was summer of 2018 we planned on heading out on a Saturday and were going to cancel it. The weather forecast called for heavy rains, heavy winds. We looked at the hourly forecast and saw it shouldn't hit until late morning. So we figured lets get out there early and we'll be off the water before it gets bad. As we idled to our spot we felt the pressure drop and it suddenly get like 10 degrees cooler. Like a sudden noticeable difference. We absolutely started to pile up quality fish. It was like we could do no wrong. Then our phones started buzzing. TORNADO WARNING IN YOUR AREA. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Umm.. we are killing it.. We kind of chuckled but we were still catching quality fish on almost every other cast. Second warning FLASH FLOOD WARNING. We joked "hey no better place to be during a flood than in a boat".. BAHAHAHA.. Keep catching them. 10 minutes later another alert TORNADO WARNING IN YOUR AREA. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Thats when we saw lightning in the distance and decided to call it quits. Got to the ramp. Pulled up the boat up. Packed it up and as we pulled out of the parking lot it just started pouring rain and lightning. It was the start of a couple of days of cooler, wetter weather.

So I feel like the points above are right on point. It is long stretches of nothingness but the front needs to be something significant. I feel like the faster and more violent the change in weather the more likely it is to trigger this phenomena. However, once it does hit I do find fishing can be very challenging.

Figured I would bump this up as frog season is upon us and I have already boated a solid frog fish that absolutely choked this frog. The real reason is that Fred Roumbanis recently posted a photo of this frog (its his frog) on Instagram and he let out a small nugget on info I figured I would share.

Question from bucketmouthbromley: "Whats the bowl between its eyes for?"

Fred replied: "If you fish heavy matted vegetation you can add BBs for weight then gorilla glue the hole on the bottom. You'll poke a hole in that spot between the eyes for pressure release. Kind of a secret deal. But since you asked."

Boating Forum / Re: Made the move to Ultrex
« on: April 29, 2020, 04:14:10 PM »
Thanks Curt. I made the decision last fall when I was smally fishing on the cape that I needed to do something. Cold windy day and I was blasting them in deep water except I didnt have the juice to stay on them, and it was super hard to be landing a fish and stay on the trolling motor as the heavy winds pushed me off the spot. I knew I had to go with a beefier trolling motor with some type of spot lock type feature. I just didnt know if I should go with Garmin, Lowrance, or MK. I think in the long run those other options may turn out to be better but timing wise it made sense for me to make the move now since I am working so much now that I havent been able to take the boat out too much, so I went with the established product.

Boating Forum / Re: Made the move to Ultrex
« on: April 29, 2020, 01:25:02 PM »
Not really. Where the trolling motor is it wont reach to under the edge of the boat. So it still works but it's not longer a solid 3 season travel cover.

Boating Forum / Made the move to Ultrex
« on: April 28, 2020, 10:49:24 AM »
Finally made the move. Installed it myself. Fairly difficult due to Tracker boats really not making it easy to get under the bow. My arms were just long enough to reach from the foot pedal tray. Kind of surprised that Tracker used 4 bolts and 2 screws in the from for the existing trolling motor. Overall a clean install.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Tournament Suggestions
« on: April 14, 2020, 08:35:30 AM »
If you are looking to get your feet wet in tournament fishing without having to put in a full commitment to a club, check out Down to Fish FC on facebook. Its pretty laid back group that has a small core that goes to every tournament, but they keep it open for whoever to jump in. They put out a set tournament schedule and they keep it open so essentially you can sign up for whatever ones you want with no expectation to make every tournament. I sometimes jump in to one of them if I am free and they are fishing a fishery I like.

Good deal. I do love the helix. The one thing I really like was getting a mount so its not on the floor. I started doing it when I had a 7" and it made a world of a difference. I did the same on the helix 12 and its just nice to have it up off the floor. Easier to see, dont have to bend as far.. Overall it makes life easier.

Speaking on making life easy... YES on the talon. Even if it is just 1. 2 is awesome, but even just having 1 makes life so much easier. Whether its loading or unloading the boat, fighting a fish, taking pictures, culling, trying to stop you from drifting or slowing down your drift, or waiting for blast off. Its the equivalent of a rear parking camera on a car. When you first see it you're like.. thats cool, but I dont need it... Then you start using it and get used to it and you get in a car without it and you wonder how you ever parked without it.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Seaguar Tatsu
« on: March 11, 2020, 10:01:45 AM »
Yeah it is. Shopping around and buying bulk helps a little bit. For the 8lb I paid $106 for 1000 yards. Paid $166 for the 20lb. So you can find it cheaper. I only spool 1 rod with mono nowadays for small cold water crankbaits and some topwater. My set ups are pretty reliant on fluoro at this point with a handful of glass rods in the mix. SO far so good. We will see as I beat this stuff up over the coming months.

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