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The Hawg Forum / Re: Friday
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:25:35 AM »
It was. Rained hard early in the morning so I had a nice breakfast and took my time getting out there. Didnt get anything worthy talking about size wise, but numbers wise it was non stop.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Friday
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:29:36 PM »
80 and sunny today, 74 with a chance of rain tomorrow, mid 60s on Friday. The cold front really isnt hitting until Saturday... From there it will be mid 50's throughout all of next week to which I'm willing to bet it will be a tough bite next week.

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 / Re: Punch Shotting
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:38:01 PM »
Also... right after the video...

The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:33:21 PM »
Good luck! My only thing is dont force it. The Texas rig still has a place (and always will). So if you have a soft, slimey, weedy, or mucky bottom give it a try.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Senkos/Stickbaits/Worms
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:29:20 PM »
I never throw it weightless. I know a lot of people do but never heard of people not liking the o rings. The only time I throw them is drop shotting for smallies in less than 15 feet (falls too slow for any deeper). I make them because they are the easiest plastic to pour and people buy them faster than I can make them.

As for the exo stick they used to have an exo stick and an exo stick pro. The pro was just softer (which means not as durable).

The Hawg Forum / Re: Senkos/Stickbaits/Worms
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:42:51 AM »
I make my own, but the idea is that I want it to mirror yamamoto senkos as much as possible. I pack it with as much salt and softener as I possibly can. The idea is that I want it to be as dense as I can get it with as much action as possible. The downside is that you trade action for durability. Basically the softer you make them the more action they have, but the more easily they tear. Thats typically the feedback on the yamamoto senko is that they dont last long. My thing is, I dont care how long they last. I want the action, and not to mention there are so many tricks using O-rings to help with the longevity.

As for throwing them, the most common way I use them is I like a 4" wacky rigged on a drop shot. I use 2 O-rings criss-crossed and that will last me quite a while.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:34:57 AM »
Another group asked me to do a video on it so I did. Nothing special, but just a quick run through of the set up and how to use it.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Non-Piercing Cull Tags
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:25:58 AM »
My only feedback on this would be that you give an awful lot of reviews 5 stars.

The Hawg Forum / Re: New Personal Best LMB!!
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:00:36 AM »
Congrats on a new PB. Tis the season.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« on: September 21, 2018, 08:48:29 AM »
I love the D bombs. I actually pour my own D bombs and baby d bombs. Fantastic flipping bait and it is my go to for punching. Right now the water temps aren't too cold so I prefer the vile craw because of its size and action. The D Bombs don't have as much action as the vile craw.  As it gets colder I will migrate to a D bomb because it is slightly smaller and more subtle, and when it gets colder to a baby d Bomb and eventually a small jig with a chunk.

As for the windblown banks, don't assume the bait is there. Use what electronics you have to try and narrow it down.

On a side note dont be afraid to hit up the smallies. Last year was my first year going into late December. I usually winterize and wrap my boat around Thanksgiving but last year the smally bite went well into December. I feel like the largemouth grind will start in early November. You could go out each day and work your tail off in the cold to grind out a bite. Meanwhile the smally bite is still hot.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:56:04 AM »
This is my favorite time of year to fish. Most of my biggest fish have come this time of year but you are not alone in your question. The answer depends greatly on where you are fishing, what species is in it and what the forage is. This isnt like the spring where you can go to every point and catch fish. As temps start to drop fish tend to congregate and leave large percentages of the lakes/ponds lifeless. On larger/deeper lakes with large populations of bait fish basically it becomes a game of find the bait,  find the fish. A rule of thumb that is becoming a bigger and bigger staple in my game is go with the wind. Whatever bank the wind is beating on start there. If you have electronics spend some time idling. I always knew that wind was a big deal, but this year the lake I have primarily been fishing there is a pocket with a steep drop and a hump. If the wind is blowing into that pocket that place is fire. If the wind is going any other direction it is a ghost town. I have never seen anything like it but it reaffirmed my feeling about the wind being a major factor. With that you can take your pick as to what you want to throw to mimic shad, alewife, whatever forage is there. Crankbait, jerkbait, spinner bait, topwater, swimbait, drop shot, etc. I always say "match the hatch" when it comes to color. However, this is one time where that rule may be broken. When you are fishing around large schools of bait and your bait looks exactly like one of the thousands of bait fish then sometimes its better to stand out a bit from the bunch. A retired pro was a huge advocate of a bubble gum colored fluke in that situation. He speculated the pink was seen as a "hot white" but the fish and it just felt it stood out from the group.

When is comes to the shallower/weedier places you will start to see the vegetation start to die off as the water gets colder. Even as it starts to thin out the fish with always relate to the best cover they can find. So visible targets become key as docks, laydowns, brush piles, etc.. those dont go anywhere and as the weeds get scarce those become bigger go-to spots. These are places prime for flipping and as the water gets super cold downsize the presentation a bit, but for now as the temps are starting to drop and they are looking to feed up for winter dont be afraid to flip larger profile baits. I really like a tube or a Biospawn vilecraw this time of year because it still has action, but also has a really wide profile and is pretty beefy. Throw a punch skirt on there and you really have a large profile. They are looking for big meals right now. They want maximum calories with minimum effort. Once it starts getting super cold start to downsize for a less aggressive presentation.

As the water starts to get super cold (50-55 and below) I really look toward fishing for smallies exclusively. Largemouth here in the north are just so lazy and lethargic that it makes for long cold days on the water and yes you can get bites, but its a grind. Meanwhile even into December you can go out to deep humps and blister smallies with blade baits, ice jigs, damiki rig, etc as they are still pretty active until we start to get ice.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Felt like Fall
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:38:27 PM »
People mock you for buying nice rain gear.. like how often do you fish when it rains.. The answer is "a lot"... but we dont talk about the times it totally saves us because we under estimated how cold it was outside. Stuff is worth its weight in gold.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« on: September 11, 2018, 11:26:27 AM »
Hi Metz.  Yeah the set up is my typical light flipping set up. So Med-Hvy 7'6" throwing 20lb AbrazX fluoro. I haven't had to punch mats with it yet, but am looking forward to it. In that case I would use my 8' Hvy with 65lb braid. So far I have just been flipping with it on my normal set up.

and that Ike video is pretty good. I saw it when he posted it and. He did an hour long seminar on it for Bass U and thats what really turned me on to it. He's been a huge advocate for it since his trip to Japan a couple years ago. Now with VMC coming out with the rig at Icast a lot of guys are coming out of the wood work saying its something they have been using for a couple years and now the cat is out of the bag. What really got me going was at Icast Feider had mentioned that the guys back in Minnesota that within a year this will completely replace the Texas rig for flipping milfoil. Being a HUGE fan of flipping milfoil for smallies I wanted to make sure I had this technique down before I head out to Candlewood at the end of this month. I cannot wait to throw this in that milfoil.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:08:04 PM »
How to you secure the drop shot weight to the wire?

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