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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:08:15 AM »
I like singletary as a fishery. Smallmouth population isnt great, but they are in there and I did win a tournament there in March on smallies simply because I was able to weigh in 5. I have not broken the 3lb mark on a smally there. This was my first year fshing there so there is plenty more to learn but this was the 4th largemouth over 5lb I was able to pull from there this year in the 10 or so times I've been there. So overall I cannot complain about it. One thing I did notice is it colder there. Its not as deep as some other smally fisheries. I went to singletary last week and it was 48 degrees and the next day went to mashpee and it was 55. When it comes to patterns that is quite a difference. Yesterday it was 46 degrees and once it gets to the 45 degree area I start thinking more winter pattern. Still got a few on drop offs with a deep jerkbait and a lipless, but massive balls of bait were out deep and thats where we did most of our damage. Most of the fish we caught we got video game fishing. I dont think its too cold for drop shot yet, but it was not getting bit yesterday. When I can see them and they dont bite the drop shot I immediately go to the blade bait then the damiki rig. The blade bait got it done, so the damiki rig didnt even see playing time.

As for the blade bait I dont know if I truly notice a difference in getting bites. I have used the  binsky blade, silver buddy, damiki vault, the XPS blade and a couple home made ones and they all get bit. When water temps drop to around 45 and below its about that time to go to the winter holes and these things get bit. The only real difference I have noticed is that when you do hook a fish the baits with the hook secured directly to the hanger tend to lose more fish. While the baits with split rings tend to land for more. They all get swiped at and you feel the thump and miss a few but with the split rings once you hook em your landing percentage is way higher. Seth Feider does a great video about using braid to secured the hooks to the hangers to improve land ratio because the braid allows the hook to rotate and doesnt give them leverage to come off. I havent gotten there yet, but I see what he means about the ability for the hook to spin gived them less leverage to get off. I was getting frustrated by the silver buddy because I would get bit plenty, but would lose quite a few on the way up.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:59:11 PM »
That is singletary. As for blade bait I've been using a damiki vault but a local smallmouth guy has been swearing by the gold xps blade from bass pro. I was skeptical but trust his word. Gave it a shot and it produced big time today.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« on: November 12, 2018, 03:39:44 PM »
Got this one on a blade bait in 35 feet of water. Hanging out deep with the smallies. Weighed in at 5lb 6oz.

The Hawg Forum / Re: NE Fishing Expo
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:46:31 AM »
They have not updated the schedule. That is last years schedule. I think you will see a lot of the same names (Paul Mueller being from CT will likely be back), but I dont know if Jacob Wheeler and John Crews are coming back this year. Crews may be there to promote Missile Baits, but I dont know if Wheeler will be there. I reached out the the coordinator and he confirmed there will be tank demos and classroom session with Seth and said that the final schedule will be posted a week or 2 before the event.

The Hawg Forum / NE Fishing Expo
« on: November 08, 2018, 08:27:57 AM »
I really like it when they have Bass U coming to this but this year they will have Seth Feider in attendance. My knock on most informational bass fishing stuff is how much it really applies to us in the northeast. This guy being from Minnesota is a great smallmouth angler, and a great cold water angler. So much of his game works well up here and anyone who has seen a seminar with him knows how good he really is. When it comes to seminars this guy lays it all out there for you. He really does not hold much back. His seminars on Bass U are some of the best out there.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:50:48 AM »
Jerkbait is basically a year round bait where the cadence, pauses and snaps change. So yeah, I got you but Im just saying those bites have been on for quite some time. Also, if you are fishing exclusively for largemouth and fishing shallow ponds it will stay a player. I mean you can go to a place like sawdy and beat them to death with a jerkbait until it freezes. THat bait will be there in the shallow ponds until the bitter end. The catch is that even a deep diving jerkbait doesnt get very deep. And if the fish have access to deeper water they will often take it. The part I'm looking forward to is the 30+ fish day video game fishing in 40-60 feet of water. Its a week or 2 away.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:47:22 PM »
Crankbait and jerkbait bites are already on. In a couple weeks it will be all blade bait and damiki rig. Cant wait.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« on: November 04, 2018, 06:20:22 PM »
@Brazzy I'm trying to sort out a problem that is preventing photos from displaying properly when linked from a third party website.

I've been trying to use bb code to embed like we've always done. I just edited the post and uploaded photos directly. Hope it works.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« on: November 03, 2018, 08:06:05 PM »
You would think the smally bite would be fire. I went to Singletary and the smallies were not at all active. Went after the green fish and got that giant. Next day went out to the cape and the water temp was 55. The only thing biting consistently were the perch. Out there it's nice because once they get into their winter pattern they pile up on the same 2 or 3 spots every year. At 55 degrees they arent in that wanted pattern and were on the move all day which made it tough to nail down a pattern. The big time smally guys have been traveling up north and have been killing it up there. So probably another week or 2 until that smally bite heats up. Usually sub 50 degrees is the trigger for them.

As for the largemouth my success has been in just off the drop offs. 8 to 12 feet of water mostly just off of the shallow flats. Yoyoing a lipless crankbait was the deal.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« on: October 31, 2018, 03:45:11 PM »
I'm not sure how that's possible unless you are using skinnier plastics to which I wouldn't use an EWG. I use wide gap on bulkier baits in which that keeper is snug up against the plastic. Never had an issue with weeds.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« on: October 31, 2018, 03:38:56 PM »
Cant beat the fall. Weighed this one in at 6lb 10oz.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Abu Garcia Ike Series Revo Review
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:36:18 PM »
So I am a follower of Mike Iaconelli as a subscriber to Bass U and find him entertaining. Unrelated to that I am a big fan of the Abu Ike series casting rods. I bought one for cranking and since have bought about 7 more because for the price I really like what you get and I find when they build a rod that is technique specific I find that I really like what they put together. So at Icast they announced the release of the Abu Garcia Ike series Revo casting reel. When I saw it it was sharp and figured it would pair nicely with the rods I have. When reading about it essentially it was going to be a blend of the Revo STX and the Revo Premier. Not quite as light as the premier but a tougher reel like the STX. That really appealed to me as I predominately use the STX and the Premier. My go to reel truly is the STX so if essentially they shaved a couple of ounces off of it, hey why not? So I ordered 2 and paid a bit extra to get one in early. Now having used both of them for a few months I'm ready to do a review:

Abu Garcia REVO IKE Casting Reel

I got a 8.0:1 for a light flipping set up and a 6.6:1 for a light cranking set up. Out of the box this reel is sexy. Matches the rods and that chameleon paint is hot. The over sized handle and different knobs immediately stand out and in your hand I liked the way it looked and felt. It is slightly lighter than the STX, but for the most part not super noticeable. I start throwing them and immediately I hear that on the retrieve something is rubbing on both of them. I don't feel resistance but overall I can hear it rubbing so I strip them both, clean them, oil them. Put the back together and I can still hear it. Performance wise its not affecting them, but its just bugging me for a $250 reel I should hear anything. Casting distance is everything you'd expect from the Revo STX. The retrieve (minus the sound) is everything you'd expect from the STX. Braking systems and function.. Yep right on par with the STX. So its a tad lighter than the STX, has a bigger handle, and has a better paint job? Thats it? Is that worth its price tag? I dont think so. The STX runs at $199 MSRP and you can find them for much cheaper. If anything it feeling a tad lighter almost makes it feel like its cheaply made. Now I havent broken it by any means and its been very serviceable. However, for the price it just doesnt make sense. The STX will remain my go to.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« on: October 29, 2018, 01:00:21 PM »
Pretty sure both the Eagle Claw and Mustad are packs of 5.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Stanford Baits Boom Boom Frog
« on: October 29, 2018, 09:18:56 AM »
I started using these this summer and figured I would share because it sounds like this frog is catching on like wild fire. Now I will talk about its "features" and I dont know how much I buy into all the fluff, but I figured I would give it a shot. Years ago I used the Spro Bronze Eye frog and for the most part was pretty happy with the results. However, I felt like there was nothing special about the frog to warrant the higher price tag vs a Booyah Pad Crasher. So I moved to the pad crasher and for the most part got the same results but at a lesser price. In both instances the frog got abused and did OK holding up to the abuse. Ive ripped a few, but at a lower price point it was an easier pill to swallow. Over last winter Fred Roumbanis did a seminar where he talked about all these neat features about the frog and I got a discount to buy it so I grabbed a couple.

Tackle Warehouse - Sanford Baits Boom Boom Frog

Out of the box the first thing you notice is the terminal is BEEFY. The ring on the nose and the hooks are pretty heavy gauge. I noticed this immediately trying to bend the hooks out a tad like I do on all my frogs and noticed it was not as easy to do on this frog. I also notice the body feels like it would hold up to a beating. Its soft, but seems super durable and would be difficult to tear. I trim the legs like I normally do and go to work. First cast I notice "hey it walks". Of course it does, they all do nowadays. What I did notice is that it takes a much lighter twitch to walk which I like because I can essentially walk it in place. So when it is in a place I think is high percentage I can keep moving it without really moving it. Something I could do with the pad crasher, but I found it easier with this frog.

Now on to the features...
Frog Fur- Patch of velcro on the top of the frog. I first thought really? Yeah bass have sandpaper lips, but thats not holding anything. Fred says it makes sure when you set that the frog comes out head first. So if they gulp if and it starts coming out backwards or at an angle the velcro grabs the lips and straightens the frog out. Whatever

The Weight System - (from TW) The Boom Boom Frog also features a diamond-shaped belly weight that is designed to not interfere with the razor sharp Mustad Wide Gap Frog hook. The weight system also allows the hook to extend out further on hooksets.... Sure

Hey its got an extra eye! Oh wow, cool. Who cares?

So now on to using it.
First strike! Fish absolutely chokes the frog. Hook is buried back near the crusher and I boat flip a 3-12. OK so thats one strike one fish and its absolutely pegged. Second fish is smaller, but hes got both hooks in the upper lip with the velcro stuck to his lips. Third fish again chokes the frog and has it in deep. This frog goes 6 for its first 6! 6 Blow ups 6 fish in the boat. The 7th fish hit it, missed it, and came back for it a second time and got him! This frog stayed red hot all summer. So I dont know about all that nonsense in the features but I will say the hook up ratio on this frog is fantastic. I spread the word to a few friends and they all jumped on board and their feedback has been how shocked they are on the hook up ratio on this thing. When it comes to frogs all in all I feel like they all get bit. My thing is getting them in the boat and this frog has got me sold. At $10.99 they are pricey, but the handful I have bought show very little signs of wear despite a couple of them being abused. So overall I would recommend this frog.

Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:24:23 AM »
I have not tried those, but they seem similar to the hooks I use regularly. I've been using these quite a while now and have hooked into several 5+ on these in heavy cover and have not had any issue with them bending. I used to use the Gamakatsu hooks pretty much exclusively. This year I found myself using these more and more because the keeper is just a nice feature to have and whenever I go back to a hook without a keeper it just frustrates me. I started using these to flip tubes because one of the biggest issues with Texas rigging a tube is it wearing out the plastic and sliding down the shaft. This solved that problem.

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