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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!

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.

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.

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

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!

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.


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

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.

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!

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.

The Hawg Forum / How many rods do you keep on your boat?
« on: May 09, 2019, 04:23:17 PM »
So I have of recent been bringing a lot more rods with me out on the boat this year. Whether it be spinning or baitcasting setups. I often times only end up using one, or 2 or at most 3 rods during an outing, and the rest go into the cockpit taking up room. Often times, If I think I should tie on another bait, I dont because that would involve me breaking out my tackle boxes, stopping fishing, losing my spot, and I continue to grind it out on whatever I already have tied on. Then, if I DO change out something, say a beaver style creature bait to a jig, I doubt myself that it will catch fish. Being when I rig everything up at home I have the most confidence in what I have pre rigged. I normally just end up throwing what is on the rod, and constantly wondered if I changed color, baits or presentation what would happen.


The Hawg Forum / Checked out some CT fishing yesterday
« on: May 05, 2019, 02:34:53 PM »
I met a guy at a local pond that I frequent every once in a while from the bank when I dont want to take my boat out, or after work in the afternoon last year. He ONLY throws monster swimbaits. The smallest bait in his arsenal is a 4" Wakebait called the shellcracker. Anyways, we got to be buddies and I took him out on the boat after he asked me if I had ever fished a couple certain really good lakes in Ct. I have never really had luck during the day at one, and the 2nd ive had a bit of luck in the evening, into the night and I had never fished these 2 bodies of water this early in the year. Both lakes are in the same general area, but one is crazy deep, and the other is not as deep, but has some 9ish foot water. Anyways, they where both right around 60 deg water temp. We got off the first body of water, and went to the 2nd, and right around 9:30 my buddy nailed what we thought was an easy 6 1/2 pounds. But it had a pretty skinny belly on it. Also he said the fish had no fight in it, just pretty much set the hook and reeled it in. It was really only 5 pounds! It was shorter, but had a head of a bigger class of fish. Do you guys think that this fish had already spawned prior to all this rain, clouds and cool weather we have been having? I know I have a buddy that fished a local body of water to me in RI before this stretch of bad weather and the water was 61deg, but the whole pond now is pretty much all pre spawn. It seems odd that this fish would have spawned this early. I thought we where just leading into it.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Quantum Escalade brake tension knob
« on: March 31, 2019, 05:49:49 PM »
Hey all. Got a new Quantum escalade baitcaster back on a black friday deal. Somehow, I lost the tension knob. I cant find the specific model number that is on the reel on the quantum website!!  :facepalm: ??? >:( Do any of you guys know if the kit on Quantums website is a universal thing? It really stinks being a brand new reel and I cant use it!! I will give them a call in the morning, but just figured I'd post this to ask if any of you guys knew, and maybe get some frustration out!

The Hawg Forum / Moto Chug
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:10:28 PM »
I came across a video the other day on Youtube where 1rod1reelFishing was using a Moto Chug. Its like one of those cat toys where you would pull the string and the mouse vibrates.

Seemed pretty odd but I think it would work well. Especially at night. I think it would annoy a bass so bad it would just have to come up and attack it. Too bad it doesnt seem to be produced anymore.

But it does seem that you can pick them up still on ebay

Maybe I could pick up a cat toy and put some treble hooks on it and get the same action, just a rat style bait  ;D

If anyone copies this, just remember you got the idea from me here on NEB!

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Finally! Echo Lake Boat Ramp
« on: October 24, 2018, 06:16:08 PM »
A buddy of mine works for the company that is putting in the ramp at Echo Lake or Pascoag Reservoir. They just started today. Here is a couple pictures!

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