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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.

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 / 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 / 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 / depth finder problem
« on: July 22, 2007, 09:23:10 AM »
What would cause my Lowrance LCX-15 MT to flash the depth at 0? The boat and unit are new to me. I believe it has a thru-hull transducer because the only thing I find at the transom is a temp sensor. If it is the transducer, how do I go about replacing it?

Now I know the meaning of "bittersweet"
July 21, 2007 on Conesus Lake, NY and my best day fishing this year. My third cast of the morning yielded a 3.75 largemouth. Two casts after that I lost one nearly the same size. Both on a white-and-black Islander Lures twin willow spinnerbait. I am thinking that the spinnerbait bite is on! A welcome change from the slow presentations that it seems we all have to make week in and week out. As it went though, there was only one other moving-bait bite for me this day--another 3-4 that grabbed a Berkley Frenzy rattle bait in sunfish pattern that I lost at the boat.

I barely ran the outboard this tournament day as I returned to the area of my success last year, just across the lake from the launch. I sat right on the deep side of the weed edge over 6-8 feet of mildly stained water throwing the trusty Maniac 4" Salt Stick out off the weed edge. Early on I used purple/blue flake and as the sun got up I switched to pumpin/red flake, which I tinted the tail with Spike It chartreuse. With this combination I put 3 nice fish in the livewell before 7:30, and I went the rest of the day until the 1pm weigh-in trying to put another fish in the livewell. I felt one more bass would win me the tournament based on what I'd heard around the lake from other fishermen in a different club tournament. All were saying the bite was tough.

I mainly focused on docks, specifically getting my bait into the shadows as the sun was very bright and the wind picked up as the morning went on. Oh, did I mention I had no depth finders? The transducer cable that broke last week had not yet been replaced by the boat dealer, and the console unit depth keeps flashing the depth at 0.0. I don't know what's causing this but I suppose I will find out. A depthfinder might have allowed me to fish deeper in the late morning.

Now we move to the weigh-in, and this is where the "bitter" part mixes with my "sweet" catch. I get the boat trailered and fill my bag with fish and head to the scales. I weigh-in a bag of 9.8 lbs. along with the 3.75 lb. lunker, good for the lunker check and 2nd place--EXCEPT I am then informed by the tournament director that I didn't call him in time the night before to sign up for the tournament so my catch didn't count. At first I thought he was joking. I called him before 7pm and left a message. Apparently there is a club rule that you have to sign in before 6:30 the night before.

Needless to say, my drive home was not a happy one.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Waneta/Lamoka 7/14/07
« on: July 14, 2007, 10:30:21 PM »
...and the frustration continues. 7/14/07--Yesterday's bad fortune continues. Friday the 13th and we learned that our 2yr old lab mix, Hobie, likely has leukemia. Talk about a bummer. He's the first dog I've ever had that was truly MINE. Now I have to face the likelihood that he won't be with us long. To say the least, I needed something to distract me, and that would be fishing.

My club, Tioga County Bass Anglers, set out on Waneta/Lamoka lakes in Schuyler county, NY this morning. These two lakes are connected by a canal but it is not possible to move from one to the other without re-trailering your boat and launching on the other side of the road. I chose to go out on Waneta as I am a bit more familiar with that lake and the trip up the very shallow canal is much shorter.

As it turned out, it was not the right decision. I couldn't scare up a bite if a gun was held to my head. This lake is primarily mud bottom with basically one type of weed growth--eurasian milfoil, with some sporadic lily pads. Furthermore, the milfoil doesn't even appear healthy. It is brown and looks silt covered. A couple of years ago the state treated this lake, but mother Nature prevailed and it is back.

Being that there hasn't been much rain of note in this region in at least a couple of months save July 4th, water levels are quite low. I spent the entire day trying to get a bite. I threw spinnerbaits, lipless cranks, salt sticks, tubes, worms, jigs, topwater--nothing, except for when my jig got slammed while I was flipping a dock about 20 minutes before the tournament ended. I set the hook on nothing. I couldn't believe I didn't stick that fish! It might have saved the day! Oh, and did I mention that both transducer cables on my brand-new-to-me 02 ProCraft Super Pro 210 were broken? Kinda hard to find a deeper bite in the muck with no eyes beneath the surface.

11 Sponsors Forum / sponsorship
« on: January 12, 2007, 08:31:07 AM »
January 12, 2007 and I am happy to say that I made another agreement with Fission Lures to represent their products as a pro staffer. This journey into competitive fishing has been a lot of fun, even on the business side. Seeking out sponsorships is an arduous task, but perseverance is one of my best attributes and thus far I am at least getting opportunities. It would be great to be able to make a career in the fishing industry. I don't know if it can happen, but I will continue to proceed forward in that direction

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Silver Lake, NY 8/12/06
« on: November 13, 2006, 04:09:57 PM »
I gotta stop having these frustrating days on the lake. I don't know if I can take the emotional rollercoaster associated with tournament fishing!!
This tourney probably presented the most enjoyable weather of any tournament I fished in '06. Beautiful day and decent fishing.

This was my first ever visit to Silver Lake, located in Livingston County, NY just off route 390 in western NY, just west of Letchworth State Park. The morning started out kind of slow as I was doing a lot of searching. Thick weeds and 10ft.+ water produced zilch. Finally around 9am I made my way to the north end of this small lake where I found some weed pockets and a channel line. There is an inlet and a separate outlet up here that looked quite good, but produced nothing for me. I worked my way over to the eastern side in the shade where I caught a small keeper on a Maniac Salt Stick. I then came upon a little cutout bank, and this is where the story begins...there were a couple of laydowns in the shade next to a bank covered with red moss. I flipped the purple Salt Stick up in there only to hang it in the bushes!! It was here where I impressed myself. I set that rod down and grabbed another rigged with a Texas-rigged Berkley cherryseed tube. I dropped the tube in where I WANTED to put the salt stick, and it no sooner started to sink and off it went! I set the hook and landed the 3.70lb. beauty!!  Obviously not the biggest bass in the world, but a great tournament fish and the fact that I did the smart thing and saved the area and was able to pull a fish out of there was particularly satisfying for me. It was the only fish of the day caught on that tube. The rest of the fish I caught that day were caught on either that purple Salt Stick or a Bass Pro yellow and black stick-o. Both lures were rigged weightless and with the exception of one keeper caught in a weed pocket, all were caught under boat docks and around red moss banks. I put four keepers in the boat that day, losing my fifth keeper three times in the last two hours of the tournament. I finished 5th that day, less than a pound and a half from the top spot. That elusive fifth fish would have given me my first tournament win I am confident of that. There's always next year!!

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Conesus Lake, NY 7/22/06
« on: October 24, 2006, 06:16:31 PM »
Nothing more satisfying than catching a limit of tournament bass in a driving rainstorm! Only two good times to fish...when it's rainin' and when it isn't! This day started out like gangbusters. My boat cover shredded on the hour drive to the lake. When I launched I realized that my plug wasn't in, and even better, it was gone! So off comes my raingear as I wade in waist deep to put in a back up plug. By then, my raingear was wet on the inside, so I just stowed it and went on with the day like Santiago, ready to catch fish despite all the efforts to dampen my butt AND my enthusiasm.
My partner for the day and I motored only a short distance from the launch because I couldn't see due to the rain and fog, and I had never been on Conesus Lake before. I had done some map review the night before, and I found what looked like a decent spot across the lake from the launch. We worked around a point into a cove that was a little sheilded from the southeastern breeze, and into some thick weeds. It was here that the action started. Using a Texas-rigged Maniac Lures 4" salt stick in crawfish color, I was casting over the weeds and letting the bait settle into pockets. Lots of action here but little fish. We moved on down the weedline to a row of boat docks and I started pitching the salt stick along and in front of the docks. I busted 5 keeper fish in this area. My biggest fish was close to 4 lbs. I alternated between the crawfish and grape colors, but the bass didn't seem to mind. I had my limit by 11am. Unfortunately my bad breaks from earlier in the morning continued as my livewell wasn't working properly and 4 of my fish died. When I caught a kicker fish with about a half hour left in the tournament, the only fish still alive was the big one so I couldn't cull any. I lost a pound to dead fish penalties and finished in 8th place. Still beats a day of work though!
I have OCD--Obsessive Casting Disorder--Terry Condon

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