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The Hawg Forum / Re: Last Night Trip??
« on: November 16, 2020, 09:06:51 AM »
I figured that warm spell was going to get you out at night! I've been on the afternoon bite recently. The fall bite is actually picking up as the water is hovering between the high 40s and mid 50s. It was slow for me the whole month of october. I went out yesterday with a buddy on his pond and we managed 5 bass between us. One non keeper he caught on a Fluke. The biggest fish of the day was 3lbs on a spinnerbait as well.

Its funny, the beaver and the spinnerbait have been my producers this fall. I dont think I have caught anything on anything else in months.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Biggest of the season
« on: September 27, 2020, 01:35:40 PM »
Id like to get on a couple more frog fish this year. That is a tank!! I found some fish pretty shallow in a local spot too me, so they are definitely feeding now. Couple of weeks back I found a good school on an isolated grass patch and stuck them good offshore. I didnt head back in the froggy areas though last night just because I wanted to fish some different stuff then I normally do. And all this year I have been dredging weeds with my trolling motor so it was nice not to have to clean it off every 20 minutes!!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Biggest fish so far on one of the baits I made!
« on: September 26, 2020, 10:22:03 AM »
Thanks Curt! That thing hit it with force too. I thought it was for sure over 5 when I was setting the hook and fighting it in. But we all do that sort of thing  ;D I only have a little while longer to have a good shot at getting a fish on one over 5 this year. I am heading to CT this afternoon to see if I can put anything together to a lake I have only been to once. The low water around here is rough to try to launch a boat and not get stuck off the shallow ramp. I had one heck of a time at watchaug a bit over a week ago. You can launch the boat fine, but that shallow flat off the ramp was so shallow my finder wouldnt read it, and the aft end of the boat was hitting sand.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Custom Crankbait Review
« on: September 24, 2020, 06:13:42 PM »
His paint jobs are amazing. I am just getting into painting blanks. They are fun and super fast!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Suprises in Maine
« on: September 21, 2020, 12:00:58 PM »
That guy is awesome. He builds some cool stuff. I think I am in for one more trip to candlewood this year to hopefully get a hold of a 4lb smallie.

Glad you where able to make it a good trip out of it with your last stop!!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Biggest fish so far on one of the baits I made!
« on: September 20, 2020, 09:03:57 PM »
Nice Fish Matt! Better get to work those orders are going to start piling up! :thumbup:

Maybe someday! I have to get guys to believe that a jitterbug style bait actually still catches fish  ;D Hoping to hit the lure making game a bit harder this winter. My friend wants to get into pouring soft plastics as well. We where talking about me carving a blank out of wood and making a mold for a couple soft swimbaits from silicone to do open pours as well.

The Hawg Forum / Biggest fish so far on one of the baits I made!
« on: September 11, 2020, 06:08:50 PM »
So one of my buddies had the biggest fish that I know of on one of my topwater baits that I make. (I call them the SkitterWake) Not sure why they are considered a wakebait, but everyone wanted to call them a wakebait, so hey cant beat em Join em. His big fish hung around for a couple of months actually at 4.49. Anyways, the other night I was paralleling a reed bed and a 4.58 slammed my shorter profile, prototype baits. Its head and upper body came out of the water and I thought it was a lot bigger but when I got it in the boat, she was short and very stocky. Despite having a bait gut hooked very deep, and 8' of mono hanging out of its mouth  ::) I didnt want to go digging so I cut the access line off and let her go.

 After a couple of pictures of course. Hopefully as the water cools a bit and the water levels go back up, I can get one in the 5 or 6lb class on one of these baits.

The Hawg Forum / Wednesday night pickup tourney
« on: August 13, 2020, 06:46:45 PM »
Well, I fished a small tourney I help my buddy run last night. Pretty new water for me. Only been there a handfull of times. Less as a matter of fact. Anyways I also fished it with a guy that I have never fished with before and only met once. But he needed a boat to fish on, and I am always up for a challenge. But this guy Kyle has done VERY well this year at this pond (did I mention he primarily throws Monster swimbaits?  :o) Anyways, we started off a big main lake point that was actually an Island. Lots of chop on the water so I figured I would chuck a Spinnerbait, and a Bladed Jig around out deep, working the big point offshore. No takers. Went up the bank, where there was some pads, so I chucked the frog around. I got a good swipe at it but totally missed it. Continued on the shaded bank with the frog and nothing. But magically Kyle in the back of the boat was throwing around a deeper diving crankbait and hooked up with our first keeper. Couldn't find anything else in that area for a long time. Well, couldnt find anything in the entire body of water for a long time! I did however see a small cove, with a bunch of pads with a ton of bait in there. Worked down that shoreline, and hooked up with a good probably 2 1/2-3 on the frog. 3 or 4 cranks of the reel and poof she was gone. But that clued me in on where there was some fish. We tried another few hotspots kyle liked, and he kept picking up dink, after dink on the crankbait. I made the decision to go back to where I found bait, and lost that good fish on the frog. Meanwhile I had no fish in the boat. Only kyles 1.6 not so much of a kicker. What do you do as the sun is going down, and you cant catch a fish?  Cover water with a senko and flip the pad edges!! Hooked up with 2 dinks in the same area, worked 30' down the bank and BOOM 6lber on the nose bit the tride and true green pumpkin red flake bass pro senko like it was going out of style. What a fight trying to keep that girl from digging me in the weeds and on a spinning rod!! Had to play it with the trolling motor too. Told my Co to get the net like 5 times while he was standing there next to me with it on the front deck  ;D ;D

That was about 8:30 and weigh in was at 9. We worked down the pads, I had Kyle chuck around one of his swimbaits to see if we could get another big one, but just couldnt make it happen. But, didn't matter because we got the W and Lunker! My first win, and 6lber this year. Very, very happy to report. Onto one of my favorite lakes for an overnighter on Friday!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Who needs Mass anyway.
« on: August 07, 2020, 12:58:51 PM »
I figured you would be pushing for another trip to candyland. Feels like we got some unfinished business there.

Well, maybe not pushing but a subtle nudge is in order! Id love to take another trip there. Fish some new water and hopefully break my PB Smalljaw!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Who needs Mass anyway.
« on: August 06, 2020, 06:25:27 PM »
I would be mad too if I couldn't fish in CT. I live about 15 minutes away from the border. So I can understand where @Brazzy is coming from. Have you Played anywhere else in CT besides Candlewood? Not sure of many fisheries in northeastern CT, besides quaddick res. But I just checked the website and the ramp is actually closed because of the Hurricane that blew through. I do know the Quinebaug river holds some Decent Brown fish, and you can launch farther up the river then where I do, and most low landers from the southern end of the state. Not sure how well that end of the river does, but it has to be good because its the same system. Only thing splitting it is there is a bunch of rocks in the middle of the section of the river that basically splits it for us Bass Boat guys.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Slump is over
« on: August 01, 2020, 06:11:22 PM »
Nice fish right there! And on the frog even better. I am still very deep in my slump. Had a tough, tough couple nights of fishing the past 2 tourneys I have been in in the club, and a small pickup last Wednesday. Hopefully I can see the light at the end of this tunnel soon, and glad you did!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Buzzbait Trailers
« on: July 28, 2020, 12:31:53 PM »
I have seen the Horny toad without a skirt too. I guess its a more weedless option. The tactical bassin guys on Youtube talk about skipping docks with the thing too. I'm not sure about that, I can barely skip a skipping jig under a dock with a casting reel.

I just need to experiment a bit more I guess to see what I like. I do lean a bit towards just throwing the bait with no trailer. Some days I like it some days I don't.

The Hawg Forum / Buzzbait Trailers
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:35:05 PM »
So I have been experimenting with buzzbaits a bit more this year. I like the style of bait, and it really compliments my style of fishing. I make my own buzzbaits, and my question is, Do you guys throw a soft plastic trailer on your buzzbaits? I have come to always having a plastic trailer on a spinnerbait, but I am undecided in what I like on the Buzz. I have been using a straight twin tail grub and a regular twin curly tail grub, and also a single curly tail. What do you guys use? Im not much of a fan of trailer hooks these days. I tend to catch more grass with the trailer hook then fish I feel. Thanks!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Anyone catching big fish in this heat?
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:30:56 PM »
I missed a fish the other night that was all of 5lbs just after dark on a Rat swimbait I made. That sucker bent over my 7' heavy swimbait rod like it was a trout rod. It didnt hit it like he wanted to eat it really. It was kind of a come up to the back and slurp.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Combatting tough fisheries
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:56:43 PM »
Thanks a bunch guys. I did get out on a tough body of water for me this past weekend. Quinebaug River. I was on the search for some smallies. Went with a friend that knows the river very well. Him and his partner put together a really, impressive 17+lb bag where I went home with 3 small largemouth, and one 2lber. Tried a lot of my normal things, and tried some new stuff to me. I caught all my fish on a wacky rig stick worm, which I never throw. I plan on going back this weekend to see if I Can get a hold of some more fish. Maybe learn something new.

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