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The Hawg Forum / Re: Combatting tough fisheries
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:56:43 PM »
Thanks a bunch guys. I did get out on a tough body of water for me this past weekend. Quinebaug River. I was on the search for some smallies. Went with a friend that knows the river very well. Him and his partner put together a really, impressive 17+lb bag where I went home with 3 small largemouth, and one 2lber. Tried a lot of my normal things, and tried some new stuff to me. I caught all my fish on a wacky rig stick worm, which I never throw. I plan on going back this weekend to see if I Can get a hold of some more fish. Maybe learn something new.

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The Hawg Forum / Combatting tough fisheries
« on: July 01, 2020, 06:03:02 PM »
I think all of us as bass anglers have lakes that are our kryptonite. I fished a lake the other night that I have done O.K at, and did, O.K there the other night, but have never put together bags in the high teens, like it should produce. I have another lake in mind I used to frequent a lot to try and figure out, and just cant put the pieces of the puzzle together. But on the places defense I haven't been there recently enough to say I cant produce any bass there.

This spring though I did gain a lot of confidence in a lake that is right down the road from me I was convinced I couldn't catch a bass in to save my soul. But I figured out a couple of things about it that did help me gain confidence.

Does anyone have any advice on trying to put pieces of the puzzle to a fishery that you just cant seem to figure out? Kind of an oddball question, but figured I'd throw it up here for you guys to dwell on a bit!

I have a feeling time on the water and fishing my strength is going to be apart of a lot of answers I get from this thread as well!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't trust the weather man
« on: June 06, 2020, 12:40:39 PM »
I was at beach Pond yeasterday and it rained the whole time i was there.  Must have been a location thing?

Must be. I live in Charlestown, and it hardly rained here. Maybe because Beach pond just has a storm cloud on it all the time? LOL

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't trust the weather man
« on: June 06, 2020, 11:49:20 AM »
I wish I didnt trust the weather yesterday. I was going to go to one of my secret spots with my buddy who has access to a private pond, and I chickened out because I really didnt want to get the boat, gear and myself wet. And potentially get caught in a thunder/lighting storm. Ive had it happen to me and its not fun. By the time they changed the weather and I realized it would have been fine to go it was pretty much too late and I was knee deep in my work in the shop. It worked out though because I had to get a customers order for some fishing lures out this morning before the post office closed!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Pre frontal fishing
« on: May 30, 2020, 07:29:10 AM »
@metz12 , I totally agree with Curt, three days is absolutely the magic number. As far as your "tough" day, it seems we might be i different stages of the spawn. I went to a pond the other day with overcast, fog and mist, thought I was gonna crush them but it was slow, it seemed like post spawn. When I went to a lake down the road it was on.

This one lake I was at the temps where averaging around 75 deg. This lake tends to run a bit warmer then a lot in the area from my experience. I couldnt find any fish on beds, but I figure it was right in the middle of the spawn. Caught one really, really chunky 12" fish that looked like he was going to explode. The 2nd was a larger one that was on the frog, and he looked like he was just in the beginning stages of the spawn. He was pretty beat up, and active. I could see the sparse pads around moving before I caught him.

Thanks @Curt - RI That seems to put those missing pieces of the puzzle together. Totally makes sense.


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The Hawg Forum / Pre frontal fishing
« on: May 29, 2020, 06:14:50 PM »
So you hear everyone talking about getting out on the water before a storm rolls in, and how its great, the fish are feeding like crazy and you throw anything into the water you are going to get bit. I never seem to do well before a front moves in. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Yesterday I decided to take the boat out to one of my favorite places in CT to see if I could put anything together before the rain storm moved in. Well I got there with all the confidence in the world, it started to fade the longer I fished. I did manage a couple fish, and one on the hollow body frog which really makes me happy. (Only my 2nd frog bass, and I am slowly starting to get the hang of learning it. Its also quickly coming to be a favorite method of mine too.) But, I didn't really slam them hard. Talked with one guy at the ramp before the rain set in, and he caught the crap out of them so he said. One 6, and one 3lber and 8 other "Keepers". The body of water I was at certainly can produce those fish, but I definitely can see how someone can stretch the truth. Especially the type of guy he seemed to be with the glitter boat and cutting me off at the ramp to load his boat before me.

Anyways, to make a long post a bit longer, Do you guys like fishing pre frontal conditions? Are you in the same boat as me that dont produce as well as others say? Its always been weird for me. I just seem to do better in a stable weather pattern for some reason.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Finally warming up??
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:01:12 AM »
Ya, we're finally there!

I have yet to see any beds, although I'm sure they are happening right now. I just haven't been in the right places at the right time.

When I went to the swamp of Westerly the other day, I unhooked my buddies frog from a tree, and I saw what looked like the makings of 2 beds. Another friend I know that fishes a lot from his kayak is seeing some spawning/post spawn fish in the small ponds around. Which doesn't surprise me. Bigger bodies of water are still hanging around in the low to mid 60s though from what I hear.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Jon boat trailer?
« on: May 22, 2020, 03:14:12 PM »
I have seen a few people now that convert a Harbor Freight trailer into a boat trailer. Not really sure what it entails, but I know its been done. How many boat yards have you called? They normally have a ton of trailers lying around. Especially ones that work on small boats. Mcgrews boats in charlestown down the road from me comes to mind. There is also a boat storage place/yard on Old post rd in charlestown. Countless boat yards you can check out down this end of the state!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Battery Stuff
« on: May 11, 2020, 11:34:25 AM »
You got lucky that a regular, non deep cycle battery was able to be turned in as a core! Last year when I got a new Deka from my uncles parts store (its nice because he can order straight from Deka in PA and get a battery that was made like, last month) they needed a Deep Cycle Core. Me being me, scrapped my old battery, got a quick $16 bucks cash and headed on my way. I had to pay an extra $20 for a core  :facepalm: because I thought I could turn in a junk car battery as a core. And a deep cycle will be more valuable at the scrap yard then a car battery. Anyways I didnt lose my shirt. Just a lesson! Scrapped that car battery on my next trip and got $10 for that anyways.

Those Optima batteries are awesome. And that maintenance charger I have heard good things about. One of my next purchases for sure, now that I actually know someone that has used it successfully.

 There is another trick where you can clean the Lead plates with Vinegar and Baking soda. There is a few guys that go to the scrap yards and look for somewhat newer batteries, clean the plates and re sell them after they take a charge again.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: A slllloooowwww April
« on: April 30, 2020, 10:48:43 PM »
Welcome to the forum! Glad you are here! I am a former Bank angler junkie as well until I got my boat. And I still frequent a few of my honey holes when I just want to get out and fish for a while without taking the boat out.

Anyways, I don't fish much up your way, but what I can tell you is your absolutely correct with the water temps remaining in the Low 50s for pretty much a month now, the bite hasn't been that great. I have yet to catch a full 5 fish limit out on the water this year. Granted I haven't put in a "Full day" of fishing, but I have been out for 3-4 hrs at a time. This time last year I was doing a bit better. But it was a lot warmer last year at this time if I remember correctly. Plus, the weird winter we had with no Definite "Ice Out" period, warmer temps and longer late winter/early spring wreaked havoc on the bite. I am finding more fish moving up shallow now, and really should be as we head into the weekend. Your bite should be picking up soon, especially in the smaller bodies of water.

I am not too much of a colder water guy, but I have learned a lot this spring about catching SOME fish pre spawn.

I have been out a few different time slots this year, and I can tell you that the afternoon bite has been much better for me. Give the water time to warm up a bit and give those active fish some time to start roaming the shallows. I am not an offshore guy either. Haven't gained a ton of confidence out there, but you fishing from the bank, you really dont need to worry about those, you are focusing on the shallow guys, cruising around wanting to feed.

So all in all, I would just say, keep on plugging! You are doing all the right things, throwing the right stuff. Wait out this dang rain every other day, and the brutal wind into somewhat of a stable weather pattern and you will be catching fish in no time!

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Finally warming up??
« on: April 30, 2020, 06:21:08 PM »
This wind can go kick rocks. Its kicked my butt every time I have been out. I was out yesterday on Watchaug and there was a couple hours where it was nice and calm, then boom, white caps. Water temps there are still 50-53.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Absolute Monster caught on Beach Pond!
« on: April 27, 2020, 05:56:55 PM »
Oh God its full of crazies for sure. The guy Matt Toker that runs it is a joke too just like the page.

This one guy posted on there multiple times "Oh man this sucks I need a car to go fishing" So I responded "Well get on it instead of posting it on facebook" Because the dude is just looking for a handout for someone to say, "oh you poor baby. Ill pick you up and take you fishing". So they muted me. I was only able to read and "like" posts and comments. Then somehow, I got deleted. No sweat off of my back. I hate people that try to make other people feel bad for them.

Some of the guys on there are cool, I actually met my buddy Keith on there. And a couple other guys.

One of the funniest things that was on there was this one guy asked like 5 times one day if Carbuncle was frozen this winter. Now anytime it gets brought up, people joke about how frozen it is right now. There is a good amount of laughs to be had on there.

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Absolute Monster caught on Beach Pond!
« on: April 27, 2020, 11:52:04 AM »
I was planning on catching a 9 this weekend but I had some stuff to do. I will probably catch one this week if I get the time. Anyone know if the guy has a facebook with some more pics of the fish?

Not sure if he has a facebook. I think he does, and hes on the 401 fishing, but I just got kicked off that page. Here is his instagram http://www.instagram.com/chriscatucciz/

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The Hawg Forum / Re: Absolute Monster caught on Beach Pond!
« on: April 21, 2020, 09:02:49 PM »
Wow that's as big around as it is long.

Right? That thing for sure has some trout in its belly!

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Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Beach Pond Monster
« on: April 21, 2020, 03:27:47 PM »
I put this in the wrong section this morning! I was out on Sullys boat when he got the phone call about it. Pure craziness!

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