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The Hawg Forum / Finally Getting Out Monday!
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:08:26 PM »
I will finally be getting out Monday to wet the lines! Should be around 75 - 80 that day from what I understand so I can not wait to get out there! Will be in ye ol'canoe... any thoughts on where I should hit? Want to find something similar to a Wordens pond in cover/clarity, but not so big that my canoe is non-usable.

What do you all think?

The Hawg Forum / Bait monkey!!!
« on: July 01, 2011, 03:05:11 PM »
The bait monkey was on my shoulder yesterday (with my recent skunk in mind) I went out and purchased a couple of new buzzbaits (seeing I had NONE) and a new spinner bait as well.

Plus, to my complete surprise, my VP just gave me a recognition reward ($$$) for something I had been working on! Needless to say, the baitcaster rod and reel I was going to ask for my bday, might just be in my hands by my next fishing tourney should it make it here in time from tackle warehouse.  ;D ;D ;D ;D

The Hawg Forum / First decent fish of the season
« on: May 27, 2011, 09:08:40 AM »
I went out to Quidnick Reservoir with my buddy just to try out some new lures and techniques. It was a great day with 12 fish total. On my first two casts I made I hooked up with two 2+ lb fish using a new crankbait in Chartreuse. I then switched over to my shakey head and did quite well with that too.

Here is a pic of a 4+ lb fish I had snagged that day with the crank I mentioned earlier. If you look close you can see it floating behind me to the right...  ;D

If you want to see some absolute pigs being weighed in check out the BassCam or gallery of pics from

Jason Williamson had a 10-3 and Alton Jones brought in a couple of huge fish as well...

Great sight fishing tourney!

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Soft Plastics Storage
« on: February 25, 2011, 08:52:08 AM »
Just wondering what everyone does to store their soft plastics? Do you keep them in the original bags that they come in? Do you put them into plano boxes and organize them based on technique or color? Do you place them into zip lock bags using technique or color?

I have a number of soft plastics and so far I have always kept them int he bags, but this is starting to become quite cumbersome. I want a means to be able to have my plastics ready for use without drying them out.

The Hawg Forum / Transporting a Crawdad
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:15:31 AM »

I have a VW Jetta... any ideas on size of hitch/ trailer I may need for this thing? Curious as to how others may transport their crawdads if they do not have a truck. I hate having the ability to use this boat, but no transport!



The Hawg Forum / Fishing on Sunday
« on: July 16, 2010, 10:30:40 AM »
Planning on a start of around 3:45am...

I want  to hit someplace new and I am in Coventry. Been fishing mostly out of John Curran, Carbunkle, Quidnick Reservoir and have yet to hit Tiogue.

Any suggestions on where to try next? Looking to branch out more and try different lakes and ponds. I will be fishing in the ol'trusty canoe.

I took my boys out for the first time this past weekend to John Curran from 8am to 10:45am. They are pretty young so we got out a little later at 8 am and the heat was already starting to build up. The boys were very excited because I just bought them brand new PFD's and also wanted "fake worms" and my oldest son (6) insisted that he needed a "fake fish" for his tackle box. So the men went out armed with YUM Dingers (Watermellon with Red Flake and Green Pumpkin Neon) and for a "fake fish" my oldest son was excited to have his first crank bait. With 3 of us in the canoe and my oldest son learning how to cast effectively still, it was decided to stick with the worms and we will wait for the crank bait. (did not want my 4 yr olds first fishing trip to consist of having a tremble hook in the eye)

The morning was hot and I knew the fish were going to be heading for the most shaded areas. So we stuck to the back side of the pond where the trees were providing some shade and there was some nice structure. Long story short... The boys ended up with 5 LMB's total all were under 1lb, but the way they were reeling them in you would have thought there was a ten pound beast on the line. Here are a couple of shots of my guys getting their first bass ever!

My 4 yr old with his first bass....

My 6 yr old with his first bass....

The largest fish of the day was a little over a pound and I did not manage to get a pic of that one as the fish somehow managed to shake free of my 6 yr old lipping him. Which now has taught my son, hold that fish over the boat not over the water.  ;) Overall, the kids got tired quick, but can not wait to get back out there with me. They were so excited to catch their first bass and now they want to upgrade on size and try to get some monsters in the boat. Look out fellas, I think I have a couple of tourney fishermen coming down the road...  8)

The Hawg Forum / Dawn or Dusk????
« on: June 30, 2010, 07:53:00 AM »
Hey all!

I am just wondering what people are finding as the most effective fishing times this year so far. Is it Dawn or Dusk?

The reason I am posting this is because I went fishing last night at a lake I am pretty familiar with and the places where the fish usually hold in the morning are completely different at night and I had to do quite a bit of searching. This was expected to a degree, but surprising as to how different the bite really was. I finally hit "magic hour" around 9:15pm where the fish were hitting really good, but it died off as quickly as it came. I ended up with only 3 fish on the night, 2 rats and one 2 lb LMB.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Quidnick Reservoir
« on: June 07, 2010, 03:05:45 PM »
On Sunday, June 6th, I took my canoe out with a buddy of mine onto Quidnick Reservoir in Coventry.

My buddy caught 8 on the day with his largest being a 4lb Bass. I had a good day with 3 fish total, my largest being 5lbs and 2 in the 3lb range. My friend was catching them all day on a watermellon baby brush hog, while mine came on the following baits respectively:

3lb LMB on a Green Pumpkin Strike King Tube
5lb LMB on a KVD Swim Jig with a powerbait double tail grub trailer
3lb LMB on a Green Pumpkin/purple flek baby brush hog

Both LMB's that were around 3lbs were caught in shallow water from 3 to 5 ft. The 5lb fish was deeper and was in water that was close to 9 to 10 ft.

I lost 2 at the boat due to being a moron and not playing the fish properly.... >:(
So they do not count in my report.... :-\

I will have pictures for this post soon. The password to eludes me and I have Curt helping me out with that.  ;D

The Hawg Forum / John L Curran Upper
« on: May 26, 2010, 02:54:52 PM »
This is in Cranston, RI. Has anyone fished here recently? I have heard good things about it from a couple of friends and I wanted to know if anyone has any experience on these ponds.


Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Neponsit Reservoir
« on: April 13, 2010, 11:32:57 AM »
Well, this past Saturday I went out for my first day of fishing (finally) and man what a great day it was. The water temp was in the low 50's, weather conditions were slightly windy with some sun and cloud cover. Water clarity was gin clear. On the day I caught 9 LMB total, 2 Perch and a Crappie of all things. (Pickeral and Bluegill do not count :))

I was excited to test out my different lures with my new rod and reel so I switched it up quite a bit. The baits most effective were the following:

1. Spot remover jighead with a green pumpkin shakey head worm - 2 fish
-Very Slow retrieve
2. Lipless crankbait (Diamond Shad): 3 fish (lmb, perch and crappie all hit this within a matter of minutes)
-Retrieve was slow with snapping the bait and pausing
3. Green Pumpkin Tube: 1 fish
- steady slow retrieve with periodic falls
4: Most effective on the day was the StrikeKing Swim Jig (bluegill pattern) with a double tail grub in green pumpkin as the trailer.
-retrieve was slow with periodic snaps of the line and pauses

I could not seem to find the lunkers anywhere in this lake. As proof the lunker of the day between myself and my friend is shown here:

The fish were small all day, but man it was a good time getting used to my new rod and reel. I lost 4 fish on the day right on the side of the boat because I did not keep enough tension on the line with my new setup. Would rather make these mistakes now than when I have a real lunker on the line! All around great day for learning and having fun.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Vicious Flouro
« on: March 12, 2010, 06:22:00 AM »
Has anyone tried Vicious FC line? I was thinking of trying out some FC line this season and for the price you just can not beat it. I have been looking at reviews and it appears that many people are very happy with it. Wanted to see if anyone on here has had any personal experience with it though.


The Hawg Forum / Favorite Jigs???
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:45:02 PM »
Taking the lead from the Spinnerbait question... Are there any favorite jigs out there that people are using and what colors do you see working best for you.

Guess the natural follow up to this would also be, what trailers are you using in combination with your favorite jigs?

I just picked up some of the new Mop Football Jigs from Buckeye and can not wait to throw them out there. They have a big skirt on them and rattles. I have also been using some of the flipping jigs from Berkley and have some swim jigs from strike king.

For trailers I have Berkley Chigger Craws, Baby brush hogs and zoom chunks for a smaller presentation.

The Hawg Forum / Best Knots?
« on: December 30, 2009, 08:41:41 AM »
I was just wondering what knots different people use for different kind of baits and line. For instance, the palomar knot for me has been used for just about everything so far. But I know there are different knots that should be used for jerkbaits, spinners and cranks... what have people found to be the best knots for different situations offering the most knot strength?

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