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The Hawg Forum / Shoes
« on: March 05, 2008, 05:44:18 PM »
We talk a lot on these forums about tackle, boats, techniques, weather, lakes, and so on. I am very curious about what you all wear on your feet during long days on the water. I'm a big guy, and foot comfort is very important to me. I'm trying to get a read on this by watching the pros, and they wear everything from sneakers to flip-flops. Let's see what the replies look like...

Hey everyone! If you live or travel in the Harrisburg PA area this weekend, I have some news for you. I will be working Friday afternoon/evening on behalf of Save Phace at the Harrisburg Bass Pro Shops where I will be showing the benefits of this great Sport Utility Mask. If you buy a mask while I'm there, be sure to see me and I will give you a card that can be mailed in to receive a free replacement lens, a $19.95 value! Hope to see you there!

The Hawg Forum / TBF NY Chapter
« on: February 10, 2008, 08:17:04 PM »
I am involved with the creation of The Bass Federation (TBF) in New York. I have been in communication with the gentleman heading up the efforts, so if you have a club interested in becoming a member, please go to or contact me and I will see that you get the help and information you need.

thank you

The Hawg Forum / 08 Classic/ Tru-Tungsten News
« on: January 15, 2008, 06:27:44 AM »

2008 Meet & Greet the pros

In conjunction with the 2008 Bassmaster Classic, Fish Harder Companies will sponsor the following public appearances by members of our pro staff on February 16th. They will be available for interviews and photographs.

Atlanta, Ga.    Bass Pro Shops

                   Boyd Duckett         1:00 p.m. -  5:00 p.m.

                   Mike Iaconelli         1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                   Ish Monroe            1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Calhoun, Ga.    Timber Ghost

Jared Lintner         1:00 p.m. - 5:00 pm.


Commerce, Ga.    Shulers Great Outdoors

Mike Iaconelli         11: a.m. - 12 noon

Ish Monroe             11: a.m. - 12 noon


Concord, N.C.    Bass Pro Shops

          Peter "T" Thliveros         1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.

           Mary Hencken               1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Mooresville, N.C.    Gander Mountain

  Tommy Biffle         1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  Mike Wurm           1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  Jason Quinn          1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Boating Forum / Re:livewell divider
« on: September 01, 2007, 01:53:14 PM »
I learned something today looking at a set similar to mine, and the recommendation is to clip it to the upper jaw. I've been clipping to the lower lip so maybe that will be the answer.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Waneta/Lamoka rd 2
« on: August 30, 2007, 08:37:00 PM »
Saturday August 25th was the second stop at these lakes for Tioga County Bass Anglers. After the rotten showing I had on Waneta last time, and with the top bags coming from Lamoka, I made my decision early on to go out on that water despite being somewhat less familiar with it.

At the 7am takeoff, everyone left the area except me as I had made a determined effort to fish deeper than I usually do. I was alternating between working the outside edge of the weedline in 12 ft of water with a silver and black Shad Rap, pitching into the pads with a Maniac Salt Stick, and throwing a Scum Frog across the pads. The Shad Rap was the first to pay off with a nice 2lb. fish not 10 minutes into the tournament. It was a solid bite and it left me very hopeful for the rest of the day. I stayed around the island in that area combing with the crankbait and also jigging off the southwest point.  No other takers, so after another tournament boat left the south side of the island I worked my way shallow around to the west side. I had a couple of huge blowups on a green pumpkin Yum Wooly Hawgtail that I was flipping into the pads but I couldn't get a hook into one.

I headed south east to try the shady docks that I'd had luck with in the past but that was worthless. Lots of wind out of the south made navigation quite a shore. I moved up the east shore toward a point and as I got into about 8ft the fish finder lit up like the night sky druing the Gulf War!  I quickly got a drop shot with a pearl/silver fluke and before I could close the bail a 3lb. largemouth nearly ripped the rod from my hands! I thought I'd be there the rest of the day as I was sure I'd hit the mother lode on this point. When it was all said and done I don't know if I could have gotten another fish from that point if I had M-80's. I tried in vain to work the pattern in other areas, staying deep with the drop shot along what few points that Lamoka offers, as well as working deeper weed edges.

As it turned out, the winning weights came from Waneta, flipping docks of all things (my specialty). It's amazing that two lakes so similar and connected by a canal (if you wanna call it that) could perform so differently. If the State DEC ever gets their head out of the sand and builds the bridge that will allow boats to pass under the road, the possibilities on this water will really open up. Apparently the money is all set aside and no one seems to know what the hold up is.

Boating Forum / Re:livewell divider
« on: August 30, 2007, 08:17:24 PM »
Curt, I'm just not crazy about putting the hole in their skin. Call me crazy but I guess I've gotten gun shy from having to deal with what I feel is more than a fair share of dead fish penalties. The reason I got the kit was to just be able to clip to their lip and easily remove the fish from the livewell at weigh-in. I'm frustrated because it isn't working the way I envisioned. I'll figure something out, I usually do.

Boating Forum / Re:livewell divider
« on: August 29, 2007, 07:25:28 PM »
Mine are brand new. I thought maybe I shouldn't be clipping them to the lip of the fish. What do you thinkl?

Boating Forum / Re:livewell divider
« on: August 29, 2007, 05:30:01 PM »
Mine are brand new. I thought maybe I shouldn't be clipping them to the lip of the fish. What do you thinkl?

Boating Forum / Re:livewell divider
« on: August 29, 2007, 05:13:54 PM »
I bought some plexiglass to build a divider.  I have a culling kit with the clips but they keep coming off the fish. Any tips on where and how to clip them to keep them secure?

Boating Forum / livewell divider
« on: August 28, 2007, 05:06:11 PM »
Anyone know where I can get a livewell divider that will fit my 02 Procraft 210 superpro?

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re:Cookin on Cayuga
« on: August 27, 2007, 08:04:32 PM »
There was mention of staying out of certain marinas as posted but none were named specifically. It is difficult to stay out as I have never not caught bass in Hibiscus. I usually just fish the wall and a couple of the first few docks. I don't normally go back near the restaurant. Thanks for the info though on the land grants. Good to know also that the lake is on the rebound.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Cookin on Cayuga
« on: August 24, 2007, 01:01:38 PM »
Cookin’ on Cayuga
Category: Sports

I fished the Bassmaster Weekend Series New York Central Division event on Cayuga Lake, NY 8/12/07. Boy do I remember what this lake used to be! Time was that you could go out on this lake at the north end and pretty much pick how you wanted to catch largemouth and go do it. Not any more. I don't know what happened to this place, but ever since they had a big die-off about 5, 6 years ago the water just doesn't fish the same. My partner for the day, Roy Tucker, and I had to work really hard for our fish after I caught a keeper early. I think the trick here is to get into the marinas early, be quiet, and catch fish before the marina witches chase you out. We went into Hibiscus Harbor and both hooked up at the same time along the wall at the entrance. We made our way back, swung and missed at a couple more until we got back to where the pads and matted weeds were. We both missed big fish back there using topwater baits. Nobody was awake back in there except us and the fish. By the time 9am rolled around the Madam of the Marina told us we couldn't fish back in there. In the interest of goodwill and the fact that we'd covered what we wanted, we left peacefully. Marina operators have this notion that they own the water. We didn't argue.

We went virtually fishless for an hour or so working our way in the shade of boat docks up the east side. We found a rocky point a ways up and the action heated up as fast as the mercury in the barometer was climbing. Again we doubled up, both of us with keepers this time. I boated a 3lb. fish on a Maniac Lures Salt Stick in changeable craw color, while Roy got a 2lb-er on a purple Senko. We made several passes on this shoreline and missed a couple more each. We decided to give it a rest and headed up near the railroad bridge and worked around that marina. Roy got a surprise fish on a jig and pig as he was reeling in the bait, but nothing else happened there despite finding some thick vegetation with pockets adjacent to deep water that we both thought surely would have fish. The area had probably been pounded hard though. We went back to the rocky shoreline and both missed a couple of more fish there. As the tourney day wound down we went over to the west side to find gin clear water, a big difference from the cloudy water on the windward eastside, and no more fish. I finished the day with 3 fish for 5.40 lbs. with a 1/4 lb penalty for a dead bass that had the hook in its gullet. I finished 32nd of 45 boaters in my first Bassmaster event. I was surprised to see only this many boaters compared to the 160 boat field in the BFL on the same lake last year. of course, I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that ESPN basically washed its hands of the Weekend Series and farmed it out to ABA?  Nothing against ABA as they ran a fine tournament. It's just maybe lost some of its luster now that it isn't tied to BASS anymore.

Boating Forum / Re:depth finder problem
« on: July 30, 2007, 06:03:07 PM »
Jeff, not quite understanding what you're saying. Please clarify.

Boating Forum / Re:depth finder problem
« on: July 30, 2007, 05:51:10 PM »
What is your personal opinion of thru-hull transducers?

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