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The Hawg Forum / Re: Senkos/Stickbaits/Worms
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:54:50 PM »
I tried the O-ring for about 4 lost fish in a row. Haven?t used one since.  The X-zone stick bait is pretty good, but has limited colors, which I don?t mind, I really only use watermelon, green pumpkin or blue/black.  It has a pretty good salt content, much like the Yamamoto. Some people like the healer ones because they last longer and don?t break off the hook as easy. That is because of the salt content in the worm.  That is what makes it fall right and give the right action.  The X-zone stock baits are reasonably priced, especially when compared to the GY senko.

Fishing/Marine Electronics / Re: Fish Finders
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:17:28 PM »
@Brazzy I fell victim in to this.  Fished my whole life and felt like I knew what I was doing.  Got a boat with electronics and completely forgot how to fish.  This was along the same time that I started tournament fishing.  Spent my first three tournaments, staring at a screen and caught two fish, in the three tournaments combined. 😂😂.  Finally snapped to my senses, started fishing and everything was fine.  Was so busy trying to re learn how to fish, that I forgot that I already knew how to fish.

Fishing/Marine Electronics / Re: Fish Finders
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:54:26 AM »
I have a buddy that used to work the electronics counter at BPS.  He is pretty up to date on electronics.  I will ask him what he knows about this unit. 

One thing to look out for, when buying a unit with GPS, is wether or not it comes with or even needs an addition chip.  When I bought my lowrance, it came with the navionics chip.  I almost bought it at a different store, because they had a way better price, but then realized that it did not come with the chip.  So if I had bought it there, I would of had to spend an additional amount for the map chip.  Which would have then put me over the cost of the one that came with the chip.  Just something to watch out for.  Also, keep an eye out for BPS to have their spring classic sale.  Theynusually have some really great deals on electronics.

Fishing/Marine Electronics / Re: Fish Finders
« on: January 20, 2018, 09:49:44 PM »
I know you've had to listen to me for countless hours, when I have you trapped in the boat with me, but I'm going to chime in here anyhow.  I'm just going to list a few factors that you should consider.

1. Though you prefer fishing the shore line, where you really don't need electronics, the fish don't always prefer it.  When you are in a tournament, striking out on the shoreline and see the other boats reeling them in out deep, you will need electronics to fish the offshore efficiently.

2. Try to get a fish finder with a chart and bathymetry.  This will help you no matter where you are.  Obviously offshore, but also on the bank.  If you are finding fish along the bank and wear a spot out, you will want to find similar areas.  Are you doing good because you are near a flat, near a drop off, near underwater points and channels? you will be able to look at your chart and find similar shorelines to what you are hooking up on.  For this, the navionics app on your iphone, for $9.99 will suffice.

3. Structure, structure, structure!!!  being able to see under water structure.  Even when trolling the shoreline, we all take casts off the front, back and offshore side of the boat.  Sometimes, those casts work and you catch.  Why did that cast work?? is the a small dip or hump, is there a stump field, is there a log, or maybe an underwater road bed?  You will never know why that cast worked, you will never know what depth the cast hooked up at and then you will not be able to duplicate it and get on a pattern. 

As fun as flipping, pitching and rip rap are, electronics will flat out make you more competitive.   I think that the lowrance you are looking at would work just fine for you, and then couple it with the navionics app on your phone, for your charting.  Tournament fishing is tough enough on its own.  I personally feel that fishing without electronics will cut your efficiency down and cause you to waste a lot of time on the water, fishing areas that are not fitting for the pattern that you develop.

Just my opinion.  I know that electronics are expensive.  But I feel that you do need something to be competitive at tournament fishing. 

The Hawg Forum / Re: On the brink
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:46:30 PM »
I know I'm a little late on this post, but as someone mentioned, head north for a bit and then hang a right.  I've been having a blast out at mashpee/wakeby.  Having a blast casting that is, because we all know that there's no fish there.......  Blade bite is on fire out there right now, as well as the jerkbait bite.   

I've never fished Amos, are we going to be electric motors only?

The Hawg Forum / Full moon night fishing??
« on: August 04, 2017, 11:11:28 AM »
I'm fairly new to night fishing for bass. I've been seeing a bunch of opinions on it, but what do all of you think about night fishing around the full moon?  Some say they don't feed well around it.  Some say they do, but only at night.  Some say to treat it like sun and fish the shade pockets.  Some say it doesn't effect them at all in smaller lakes and ponds.  Just wondering if anyone has any input on this.

If there is still room, I'd like to lock in for one of the spots.  I'll worry about a partner later. 

The Hawg Forum / Re: Live Well cleaning??
« on: July 10, 2017, 03:13:04 PM »
Thanks guys.  In the two years I've owned it, I've never washed it. Just let the next trip out, flush t out.  Today the whole driveway stinks, looked in to find three crayfish.  Actually, truth be told, there was one crawfish, one crayfish and one crawdad! 😂😂.  Figured I'd ask what you guys do. Thanks again!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Live Well cleaning??
« on: July 10, 2017, 03:10:32 PM »
If dawn dish soap is good enough for baby ducks its good enough for swamp bass.   (giggle)


Hmmmm. Baby ducks...... maybe I need a few of them for the next Thursday night tourney..

The Hawg Forum / Live Well cleaning??
« on: July 10, 2017, 08:58:16 AM »
My live well stinks!!!!   Now and then a stray bait fish of a few crawfish will end up in the bottom, after I drain it.  I won't notice, or will forget they are there, until the next time I go out.   So now I've had three dead, half digested crawfish rotting away in there.   You can smell it if you get any where near the boat. 

My question is if anyone uses any type of soap to clean their live well?  I'm concerned of using something like dish soap and leaving a residue or something that will harm or effect the next fish that need to spend the morning in the livewell. 

Any suggestions?  Does anyone else have this stinky problem? You must, right?

Thank for the infor Ray and Curt.  I wasn't paying attention to the date. I have a minor surgery next week and it's going to have me sidelined for the weekend, so I'll have to miss this one. Will most likely go a whole week without fishing.....  I'm more worried about that, than the actual surgery. Lol

The Hawg Forum / Re: Back to Spring Again?
« on: June 16, 2017, 09:47:05 PM »
I don't mind fishing in some rain.  Don't mind fishing in some wind either (actually prefer some wind). But mix the rain and wind together and I don't care for it much at all.

Thanks for posting. I'm going to see if I can't get the 1st off, so I can fish this.  Is this a 5 or 10 fish tournament.  I know most are 5, but I was just reading the tournament rules on your site and saw "five fish per Angler".  Assuming that applies to your club's individual tournaments, and the team is a five fish limit also, but just wanted to ask.


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