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The Hawg Forum / Re: Finally warming up??
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:01:12 AM »
Ya, we're finally there!

I have yet to see any beds, although I'm sure they are happening right now. I just haven't been in the right places at the right time.

When I went to the swamp of Westerly the other day, I unhooked my buddies frog from a tree, and I saw what looked like the makings of 2 beds. Another friend I know that fishes a lot from his kayak is seeing some spawning/post spawn fish in the small ponds around. Which doesn't surprise me. Bigger bodies of water are still hanging around in the low to mid 60s though from what I hear.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Jon boat trailer?
« on: May 22, 2020, 03:14:12 PM »
I have seen a few people now that convert a Harbor Freight trailer into a boat trailer. Not really sure what it entails, but I know its been done. How many boat yards have you called? They normally have a ton of trailers lying around. Especially ones that work on small boats. Mcgrews boats in charlestown down the road from me comes to mind. There is also a boat storage place/yard on Old post rd in charlestown. Countless boat yards you can check out down this end of the state!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Battery Stuff
« on: May 11, 2020, 11:34:25 AM »
You got lucky that a regular, non deep cycle battery was able to be turned in as a core! Last year when I got a new Deka from my uncles parts store (its nice because he can order straight from Deka in PA and get a battery that was made like, last month) they needed a Deep Cycle Core. Me being me, scrapped my old battery, got a quick $16 bucks cash and headed on my way. I had to pay an extra $20 for a core  :facepalm: because I thought I could turn in a junk car battery as a core. And a deep cycle will be more valuable at the scrap yard then a car battery. Anyways I didnt lose my shirt. Just a lesson! Scrapped that car battery on my next trip and got $10 for that anyways.

Those Optima batteries are awesome. And that maintenance charger I have heard good things about. One of my next purchases for sure, now that I actually know someone that has used it successfully.

 There is another trick where you can clean the Lead plates with Vinegar and Baking soda. There is a few guys that go to the scrap yards and look for somewhat newer batteries, clean the plates and re sell them after they take a charge again.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: A slllloooowwww April
« on: April 30, 2020, 10:48:43 PM »
Welcome to the forum! Glad you are here! I am a former Bank angler junkie as well until I got my boat. And I still frequent a few of my honey holes when I just want to get out and fish for a while without taking the boat out.

Anyways, I don't fish much up your way, but what I can tell you is your absolutely correct with the water temps remaining in the Low 50s for pretty much a month now, the bite hasn't been that great. I have yet to catch a full 5 fish limit out on the water this year. Granted I haven't put in a "Full day" of fishing, but I have been out for 3-4 hrs at a time. This time last year I was doing a bit better. But it was a lot warmer last year at this time if I remember correctly. Plus, the weird winter we had with no Definite "Ice Out" period, warmer temps and longer late winter/early spring wreaked havoc on the bite. I am finding more fish moving up shallow now, and really should be as we head into the weekend. Your bite should be picking up soon, especially in the smaller bodies of water.

I am not too much of a colder water guy, but I have learned a lot this spring about catching SOME fish pre spawn.

I have been out a few different time slots this year, and I can tell you that the afternoon bite has been much better for me. Give the water time to warm up a bit and give those active fish some time to start roaming the shallows. I am not an offshore guy either. Haven't gained a ton of confidence out there, but you fishing from the bank, you really dont need to worry about those, you are focusing on the shallow guys, cruising around wanting to feed.

So all in all, I would just say, keep on plugging! You are doing all the right things, throwing the right stuff. Wait out this dang rain every other day, and the brutal wind into somewhat of a stable weather pattern and you will be catching fish in no time!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Finally warming up??
« on: April 30, 2020, 06:21:08 PM »
This wind can go kick rocks. Its kicked my butt every time I have been out. I was out yesterday on Watchaug and there was a couple hours where it was nice and calm, then boom, white caps. Water temps there are still 50-53.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Absolute Monster caught on Beach Pond!
« on: April 27, 2020, 05:56:55 PM »
Oh God its full of crazies for sure. The guy Matt Toker that runs it is a joke too just like the page.

This one guy posted on there multiple times "Oh man this sucks I need a car to go fishing" So I responded "Well get on it instead of posting it on facebook" Because the dude is just looking for a handout for someone to say, "oh you poor baby. Ill pick you up and take you fishing". So they muted me. I was only able to read and "like" posts and comments. Then somehow, I got deleted. No sweat off of my back. I hate people that try to make other people feel bad for them.

Some of the guys on there are cool, I actually met my buddy Keith on there. And a couple other guys.

One of the funniest things that was on there was this one guy asked like 5 times one day if Carbuncle was frozen this winter. Now anytime it gets brought up, people joke about how frozen it is right now. There is a good amount of laughs to be had on there.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Absolute Monster caught on Beach Pond!
« on: April 27, 2020, 11:52:04 AM »
I was planning on catching a 9 this weekend but I had some stuff to do. I will probably catch one this week if I get the time. Anyone know if the guy has a facebook with some more pics of the fish?

Not sure if he has a facebook. I think he does, and hes on the 401 fishing, but I just got kicked off that page. Here is his instagram http://www.instagram.com/chriscatucciz/

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Absolute Monster caught on Beach Pond!
« on: April 21, 2020, 09:02:49 PM »
Wow that's as big around as it is long.

Right? That thing for sure has some trout in its belly!

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Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Beach Pond Monster
« on: April 21, 2020, 03:27:47 PM »
I put this in the wrong section this morning! I was out on Sullys boat when he got the phone call about it. Pure craziness!

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The Hawg Forum / Absolute Monster caught on Beach Pond!
« on: April 21, 2020, 11:25:17 AM »
I was out with my friend Sully on Tuckers pond getting pounded by the wind and not doing anything like normal at tuckers, and he got a call from his buddy, he watched this guy on a kayak catch this 9 pounder out of Beach Pond! So crazy how there is just a ton of small fish and then another class of absolute Brutes in beach. This thing for sure had a trout or 2 in its belly!

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Lure Making / Perch Wakebait
« on: April 11, 2020, 01:08:32 PM »
Finished up another bait yesterday. Its a Perch Wakebait. I am really having fun making these. I have to make one for myself now!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Quick outing, good catch
« on: April 09, 2020, 11:19:59 AM »
Awesome! A great spinnerbait bite is one of the best things in bass fishing! Its right up there with a topwater bite in my eyes.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Close but no cigar
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:53:01 PM »
I wish I would have went out today instead of yesterday, but I thought the weather was going to be worse then it was. Yesterday wasnt terrible. Managed a 3lber and a toothy critter. Also earned some good JuJu and made 2 tows to the ramp  ;D

Very nice fish @toadhunter as always and very jealous! Too bad about the big guy  :'(

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Lure Making / Re: SpinGill
« on: April 05, 2020, 07:23:02 PM »
Thanks Guys! I actually got the idea from a video on Youtube. Yeah no pike for this guy. I think I am going to make another one of these though and keep this one. I had a buddy that passed a little while back and would have loved this thing. I am making a shadow box with some of his baits that he threw around and I think I want to put this one in with them. I do want to test it out though a bit to see how the action is.

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Lure Making / Re: SpinGill
« on: April 04, 2020, 05:39:21 PM »
@metz12 , Picture?

Weird I attached it. Just didn't go through. Lets try that again!

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