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The Hawg Forum / Friday
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:24:23 AM »
So we have the tropical storm heading this way, which wont amount to much for us but will hit this Saturday. Am I alone in thinking this Friday should be pure fire? Full on fall feed bag paired with a weather system moving in the following day. I am thinking of taking the day out of work. What do you all think?

The Hawg Forum / Punch Shotting
« on: August 07, 2018, 12:09:05 PM »
So a couple of years ago Iaconelli came back from Japan ranting and raving on Bass U about a technique he learned while he was in Japan. Now it wasn't "new" but it really had not caught on here in the states and since then it has really been developed. The leader-less punch shot is often known as a "Jika" rig while the leadered punch shot is really starting to come around with VMC releasing the "Tokyo Rig" at Icast. At first I saw it and thought "too much hardware, Im out". The more I see it and the more I hear about it, I am now thinking it would be a solid option. What really sold me was a video at Icast by Seth Feider who talked about this being such a game changer for the anglers who flip thick vegetation. He says the guys back in Minnesota who flip milfoil for smallies will have this in their hands instead of a standard Texas rig by end of year.

As a guy who flips milfoil for smallies and thick vegetation this really peaked my interest. The thoughts on this is that:
-The bait will look more natural as it wont be stuck to the bottom.
-In mucky bottoms, Texas rigs will bury themselves while this will be off the bottom.
-Hook up ratio goes up since the fish will be inhaling the bait alone and not the weight.
-Will get through thick vegetation without the need of super heavy weights.

I bought the components and made a bunch of these and will likely test it out at Slatersville before using it on Candlewood. It wont replace the Texas rig because in open water its too much hardware. However, The more I look at this, I feel in heavy vegetation, soft bottoms, etc it could be a real player.

What are your thoughts?

The Hawg Forum / Dragging Swimbaits for GIANT Smallmouth
« on: July 23, 2018, 11:48:19 AM »
So I have touched on this before, but wanted to share because this is becoming such a great way to catch larger smallmouth. Growing up I would always lean on the Carolina rig for smallmouth fishing especially mid summer when they went a little deeper. I felt that the feel for the bottom was great and I had several 50+ fish day on the Carolina rig. However, the Carolina rig was meant to catch every fish in the school. What if you just want the best fish in the school? That is where I feel this technique is really shining. The idea is super simple. Swimbait jighead with a 3.25" to a 5" swimbait. The size of the jighead should depend on the depth you are fishing and the size of the swimbait, but remember that you want to maintain bottom contact. With smallies I know that an erratic retrieve is always the preferred method, but in this instance the super slow and steady retrieve I find works best. The idea is to go super slow and maintain the bottom contact and go slow enough that you are getting a good layout of what the bottom is like. Now heres the catch. Smallies dont always smash this thing on the first try. They love to swipe at it, mouth it, and mess with it before eating it. So often they will tear your swimbait in half. DO NOT SET THE HOOK! Just keep that steady slow retrieve. The other great thing about this is they wont swallow it so the risk of gut hooking a fish is not like that of a carolina rig. As long as you dont yank the bait away from them they will keep messing with it until they get hooked. If the line goes slack, go ahead and reel up the slack quickly and get ready to lean into them. However, more often than not they will play with this thing and if you yank it from them thats game over. When they got it reel into it a bit and then lean into them with a side sweep once you know for sure they got it. Most of these swimbait jig heads have super sharp and often light wire hooks. You dont need to jack them like on a flipping jig.

For rod I like a 7'Medium spinning rod and I will use 15lb braid with a 10lb fluoro leader tied with an FG knot. This is still a search bait so that light braid will not only let you cast it a mile, but you will feel every rock, and blade of grass down there. My preferred size is a 4" on a 1/4 oz jig head. Below is an example. This fish weighed in at 4lb 8oz. Oddly enough my partner and I weighed in 2 more that weighed exactly 4-8 and another at 4-4. I took a photo of this one because it was the text book tick, then a thump, and then he smashed it. At some point it tore the tail off and still came back to for his finishing move.

The Hawg Forum / Hydrowave
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:48:01 AM »
I want to wait until I have used ti a full year before I do a full blown review of it, but I wanted to share my experience so far with this thing. Its not this magical tool that calls fish from all over the lake to come to you and bite your lure. Most of the time I dont think it makes a difference at all. The sounds it makes sounds like KVD munching on a bag of potato chips while he is counting the money he made off this thing. However, I will share a couple of observations. First time out this year I pulled up to a lay down that historically I have had a ton of success on. With the hydrowave off I start picking it apart with a jig. I then take a suspending jerkbait and run it over the top of the submerged portion of the lay down 3 or 4 times. Nothing.. I realize "hey I got my new toy, I should turn it on". I turn on the power pattern and I flip my jig into the laydown.. I get a tick tick (not the usual thump) and it being the first trip of the year I load up and WHHHHAAAMMM send my jig back at me 90MPH. I flip back in. Suddenly something breaks the surface. I put the jig down and throw the jerkbait over the top again. Jerkbait gets hammered by a decent size crappie. I then catch 5 more crappie on the next 5 casts doing exactly what I was doing a moment ago.

The next day I bring a friend and go back to the same laydown to show him. The exact same thing happens again. I know its crappie, but the point of the hydrowave really is targeted at schooling fish and to make the sound of a school getting fired up to trigger the competitive nature of schooling fish. So enough about crappie...

On to Winnipesaukee. I did a very similar experiment with smallmouth in a large laydown. The difference was when I pulled up I pulled 3 fish off the laydown. After a couple of casts with nothing, I flipped on the hydrowave and got 3 more fish.  So overall I think this would be an effective tool with more aggressive schooling fish. Northern largemouth are some of the laziest fish out there so I dont think it would spark their interest the way it would smallmouth. I keep thinking over the years of times where I was able to track down smallmouth, but struggled to put them in the boat consistently. Last year I was on a school of smallies and we threw everything including the kitchen sink at them and were barely able to scrap a full bag. I wonder if this would have made a difference.

Anyone else have any experience with this thing? Seems funny that every pro is running it now.

Fishing Photos Forum / Got a Good One
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:17:44 AM »
Recent tournament. Got the lunker and the win. Got this one flipping my tube. Weighed in at 6lbs 8oz, which was disappointing because of how skinny she was. The mouth, eyes, head had the makings to be in the 8 range, but she was all spawned out. Hopefully we will meet again.

Boating Forum / My New Toy
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:36:29 PM »
She just came in yesterday. Brand new Tracker 195TXW with a Mercury 150HP. Fully loaded with 2 12 foot talons, Helix 7 on the console, and a helix 12 on the bow along with a Hydrowave.

Here is a sneak peak:

The Hawg Forum / Fall Feed
« on: October 30, 2017, 07:03:36 PM »
This fall I have mainly been smally fishing but on Saturday figured I would hit a local spot for a couple hours. Got this big girl. She weighed 7lb 2 oz. I got her in a lay down on a green pumpkin vile craw.

Here is the video of me letting her go:

Lure Making / Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:12:04 AM »
So this winter I was thinking about setting up shop and start pouring some of my own soft plastics. Just figured I would see if anyone else has gone down this path and has given this a try and if they have any pointers or lessons learned to see if there is anything to share.

Fishing Photos Forum / 5lb 12oz on a Frog
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:11:24 AM »
Just as the sun was going down. Got her on a frog.

The Hawg Forum / Do You Snell?
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:51:41 PM »
Just out of curiosity. Some people swear by it, some people say it doesn't matter. I still do it for any Texas rigged bait, but has anyone seen a noticeable difference when they do it vs when they don't?

The Hawg Forum / Candlewood Trip July 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:23:44 AM »
Last year I fished with Paul Mueller who showed me a thing or two about this lake. This was my first time out this way by myself and I probably could not have picked 2 worst days to fish. Both days were 95 degrees with clear blue skies and pretty much no wind. The water was coming off of what looked like an algae bloom and was stained green. Overall really tough fishing conditions. However, took the time out of work and booked the 2 day trip out there so had to make the best of it. Day 1 was rough. Overall scrounging bites all day. However, when I did get a bite I made it count. I was dragging swim baits and pitching milfoil for most of the day. Pitching the milfoil was the more productive route as I could see juvenile bluegill in the milfoil. I was pitching a Reins crawtube texas rigged with a 1/2 tungsten weight. It was green pumpkin/ blue laminate. The other bait was a green pumpkin craw (rage craw or biospawn vile craw) with a black/blue punch skirt and tips of the claws hit with a touch of chartreuse. Overall that green pumpkin with a flash of black and blue with a touch of chartreuse really looks like a baby blue gill. On both baits the weight was pegged with a bobber stop as I wanted the bait to get through the milfoil. The bites were few and far between, but when they did bite it was around 3 pounds. So quality was there. Best was this largemouth at 4 lbs 5 ounces.

On day 2 we were on the water by 6am and lucky for us got about 30 minutes of cloud cover. That's really all I needed as I was burning a Whopper Plopper 110 (blue blood) off the edges of the milfoil when this happened...

This fish absolutely crushed the WP and immediately jumped twice clear out of the water which immediately made my heart stop. The fish then ran right for the milfoil and got in there deep. I was throwing this on 12lb mono so not a whole lot I could do but keep tension and dig her out. She weighed in at 5lb 0 oz even, 21 inches. I will be submitting this one to the DEEP.

After picture time it took me a few minutes to get the 10 pounds of milfoil off my boat, off my lure, and off of me. Finally I was back to fishing and back to burning the WP off the edge of the milfoil and get slammed again. This time again, back into the milfoil. We dig this girl out and weigh her in at 4lb 2 oz.

As you can see in the photo, the skies started to clear up. No more clouds and we were back to grinding it out. Still getting a bite here and there, but all in the 2-3 lb range. Meanwhile every pleasure boater (and pilot as there were 3 planes!) began cruising around the lake. The day ended at about 12 as we knew we would hit traffic on the way home, but overall a successful trip.

The Hawg Forum / Glass/Composite Rods
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:59:52 PM »
I know these have become more and more popular for specific applications (topwater, cranking, jerkbaits, etc) and I just wanted to see how many people have made the switch. I got my first about a year ago for cranking and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed. Casting distance is phenomenal, the sensitivity is awesome and when cranking I have found that fish are hooked really well. I went back at video of me cranking and saw with a graphite rod that so many of my fish were barely hooked. Since making the switch pretty much every fish I've caught absolutely choked the crankbait. Has anyone else had any experience with this?

The Hawg Forum / Bed Fishing
« on: May 17, 2017, 11:34:02 AM »
What is your go to bait for fishing beds? For largemouth and smallmouth.

The Hawg Forum / The Cape
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:38:08 PM »
So I'm sure we have all heard that there are "no fish out on the cape". I wouldn't be surprised if this thread got deleted LOL I just wanted to see what some of your experiences have been. I took a right out there to one of the many small kettle ponds and just took a shot. I know alewives are a main forage out there so I was throwing a Megabass Vision 110 and on the very first cast.. 3lb7oz smally followed by a 3lb3oz a few casts later. All in all on the day got a bunch and put together what would have been ~14lb bag if it were a tournament mostly on jerkbaits and a wiggle wort on a day that I would not classify as a good day to be fishing. Overall I was thoroughly impressed.

Anyone else have any experience out there?

The Hawg Forum / Fishing the Q
« on: June 16, 2016, 10:17:36 AM »
My buddy and I are hitting the Quabbin Reservoir next week and were wondering if anyone has any tips for us. We will be going out of Gate 43 looking for some smallies. I read in a previous thread to head to the right so I plan on doing that. I will likely be throwing Topwater, drop shot, carolina rig, jigs, tubes and jerkbait. Anyone who has any tips on where to go and what to throw to help me narrow this down will be appreciated. Also if you have any tips on what to bring that would be appreciated. I noticed some people bringing a trolling motor and mounting it to the rented boats so I will be doing that, but any tips like that will be appreciated.

Thank you

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