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The Hawg Forum / Combatting tough fisheries
« on: July 01, 2020, 06:03:02 PM »
I think all of us as bass anglers have lakes that are our kryptonite. I fished a lake the other night that I have done O.K at, and did, O.K there the other night, but have never put together bags in the high teens, like it should produce. I have another lake in mind I used to frequent a lot to try and figure out, and just cant put the pieces of the puzzle together. But on the places defense I haven't been there recently enough to say I cant produce any bass there.

This spring though I did gain a lot of confidence in a lake that is right down the road from me I was convinced I couldn't catch a bass in to save my soul. But I figured out a couple of things about it that did help me gain confidence.

Does anyone have any advice on trying to put pieces of the puzzle to a fishery that you just cant seem to figure out? Kind of an oddball question, but figured I'd throw it up here for you guys to dwell on a bit!

I have a feeling time on the water and fishing my strength is going to be apart of a lot of answers I get from this thread as well!

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The Hawg Forum / Pre frontal fishing
« on: May 29, 2020, 06:14:50 PM »
So you hear everyone talking about getting out on the water before a storm rolls in, and how its great, the fish are feeding like crazy and you throw anything into the water you are going to get bit. I never seem to do well before a front moves in. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Yesterday I decided to take the boat out to one of my favorite places in CT to see if I could put anything together before the rain storm moved in. Well I got there with all the confidence in the world, it started to fade the longer I fished. I did manage a couple fish, and one on the hollow body frog which really makes me happy. (Only my 2nd frog bass, and I am slowly starting to get the hang of learning it. Its also quickly coming to be a favorite method of mine too.) But, I didn't really slam them hard. Talked with one guy at the ramp before the rain set in, and he caught the crap out of them so he said. One 6, and one 3lber and 8 other "Keepers". The body of water I was at certainly can produce those fish, but I definitely can see how someone can stretch the truth. Especially the type of guy he seemed to be with the glitter boat and cutting me off at the ramp to load his boat before me.

Anyways, to make a long post a bit longer, Do you guys like fishing pre frontal conditions? Are you in the same boat as me that dont produce as well as others say? Its always been weird for me. I just seem to do better in a stable weather pattern for some reason.

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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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Lure Making / SpinGill
« on: April 04, 2020, 01:49:14 PM »
Just finished up this guy yesterday to enter into Tackle Undergrounds tackle making contest. Its a hard bodied Spinnerbait Bluegill. I carved it from a chunk of Black Birch and air brushed it with the stuff @Brazzy so Kindly hooked me up with. Definitely the hardest bait I have ever made and painted. I don't even know if I want to fish with it.

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The Hawg Forum / Jimmy Houston March 21 Thayers Marine
« on: March 10, 2020, 04:29:45 PM »
Hey all. My buddy just got a boat from Thayers marine a few weeks back. When I went to initially check it out with him I saw that Jimmy Houston will be there on the 21st! I may go with my buddy, to see if we can find any deals on some tackle they have. Decent little selection of rods, reels, line baits and tackle there. Not just boat stuff if you havent gone.

Figured it would be pretty cool to meet one of the pioneers of the bass fishing sport!

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Lure Making / 3pc wakebait
« on: February 19, 2020, 11:39:18 AM »
So my buddy painted one one my wakebaits that I made. I'm really excited about how it looks! He did that paint job with only rattle cans too. The final dimension is 5 3/4 Inches long and it weighs  1 1/2 oz. This one is for a buddy of mine.

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Lure Making / Wood Turned Jittersticks
« on: January 31, 2020, 04:19:51 PM »
So as some of you guys may know, I am a woodworker/Boatbuilder by trade. After a busy Christmas season of making Cutting Boards, Coasters, turning Pens and screwdrivers to sell, I told myself that after the new year hit I would try my hand at making some swimbaits/glidebaits/wakebaits. I turned up this jitterstick on my small Benchtop Lathe. I used Eastern White Cedar, and burned to get the darker brown, and Clear Coated with Total Boat Marine Epoxy. Making baits is really fun. I have a buddy that is going to paint baits for me, since I am no Painter. Ive done a few Rats, and some 2 and 3 piece wakebaits that he is going to paint up for me. Ill post some pictures of those when I get them back.

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Boating Forum / Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:43:43 PM »
Hey guys. Quick question. I tow my boat with a 99 cherokee, with nearing 190k on it. It has its problems, but it does the job well for me. The other night I was getting off the water, and my buddy was pulling my boat out while I was still on it, after getting it hooked on the trailer, and one of my Brake lines went. Luckily my friend had a buddy that was still awake, and willing to come tow my boat to my house for 30 bucks because, when I called AAA, they would not tow my boat home, along with my jeep. Just the vehicle. What do you guys do if you run into this sort of thing? If I couldn't get a friend to tow my boat home, I would have had to leave my boat at the ramp, or tow it to a family members that was about 4 miles away in low gear. Is there any sort of insurance you guys carry that will help with towing a trailer and a tow vehicle home if you need it? Thanks

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Fishing Tackle Q & A / Jitterbug Hooks
« on: July 21, 2019, 08:04:25 PM »
Hey all. I have to replace my hooks on my classic jitterbug that I throw all the time. Its an older one where they had decent hooks on them, but the new ones I am not a fan of. What do you guys use for replacement hooks on your jitterbugs? I know they are a bit longer then a conventional hook that comes on a crankbait. Thanks!

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The Hawg Forum / Echo Lake and Candlewood fished on youtube
« on: June 21, 2019, 10:50:44 AM »


Matt from SB Fishing is doing a 50 state fishing tour on youtube. My buddy sent me this the other day because he knows I have fished Echo. Pretty cool to see him fish there since is one of my favorite places to fish. (he also talks about that water clarity in this video that I had mentioned in a previous post in the Lake conditions section) I figured the RI guys here would think its cool as well. He is one of the only fishing youtubers I watch really. I actually called it that he was going to catch a pickerel on that lipless crankbait!



As for Candlewood, I have been really wanting to go and fish there for a while now, but that is quite a big body of water for my small Tracker, and being a 2hr ride I really dont want to waste all that time and fuel running there and back if I get skunked which is happening to me quite a bit this year. It was cool to see if from another perspective then the big bass boat guys that fish offshore smallies and the grass mats.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2019/06/13/Largemouth-bass-fishing-Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania/stories/201906130067

Saw this on facebook today and thought you guys would like to take a look. Pretty interesting article and a good means for conversation!!

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A few weeks back I went to one of my favorite lakes, Echo lake for a quick friday night evening tourney. When I got there I noticed the water was DARK. Very stained compared to what is normally a very clear lake. A place so clear I normally dont throw a spinnerbait unless its true spinnerbait conditions. Normally a good soft plastics in the natural color lake for me, being clear. But when I went, it was like a different lake. Does anyone know why this could be? I have been there only once in the spring, and the water was very clear. Not sure once the grass comes up a bit more if the water will get clear again.

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The Hawg Forum / Frog Practice
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:46:59 AM »
So after a few trips out I strung up my 7'6" dobyns rod and fastest gear ratio reel with some 50lb braid and have been practicing throwing the frog. I can see how it gets really addicting. I have only managed a few swipes and one Slime Dart on it so far. I am looking for good spots to start throwing a frog more to actually land a bass or 2 on one. Most lakes around me have pads and thick vegetation so should I just go out there and see what happens? Anything good to look for when chucking the frog around?

Thanks for the advice!

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The Hawg Forum / FINALLY had a good outing!
« on: May 25, 2019, 05:34:55 PM »
I went to a favorite lake of mine in RI last night. I boated a total of 11 bass. One fish just under 3 pounds. My buddy had a couple 3.5s on his swimbaits. I only managed 2 fish under 12". The key for me was a spinnerbait, but put a couple in the boat with a chatterbait, and one on a jig I made myself which is always a bonus.

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