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Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« on: October 30, 2018, 07:50:50 PM »
Keeper collects weeds more than I like. 

The Hawg Forum / Re: Felt like Fall
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:26:13 PM »
Got up before 4am, Sunday, for day 2 of our Nation State Fish off. Went out thought this not too bad.....shorts and sandals. By blast off I was shaking in my "not boots". Luckily had my rain gear which I wore until it was time to weigh in. Hate the thought of wearing socks and long pants again. Next weekends tournament looks to be summer can keep on keeping on.

The Hawg Forum / Re: I'm ready for fall!
« on: August 30, 2018, 08:49:52 PM »
Fall would be great if it was followed by spring! Going to Champlain and the St Lawrence in October but no hurry.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Dragging Swimbaits for GIANT Smallmouth
« on: July 24, 2018, 07:05:09 PM »
Good stuff. Used the 3.8 s a lot on Erie in the spring on a football head. Love the 3.3 and 2.8,  new sizes for me that I slow roll or drop on fish I see on the graph using a 3 /32 ned head
(midwest finess....I make my own).

The Hawg Forum / Re: Addicted to rivers
« on: June 25, 2018, 06:14:34 PM »
You would have loved Winyah Bay. Lots of rivers creeks and tide for making low water. Me, I struggled.

Fished the Reynolds Ct. River. Big fish were elusive, bass anyways. We caught big pickerel, big pike, big bowfin along with small bass. We scraped together a small, very small 6 fish limit for a bit less than 10lbs. Fish came shallow on wood rock and beside docks with square bill cranks. Fished weed lines a lot with slower presentations along with the square bill and chatterbaits.....nothing.
We weighed in for the points and hung around for the BBQ and maybe scrounge a raffle prize. No luck there. So Tom Reynolds is announcing the winners, top Reynolds customer, Ranger Cup......yep me! Top Ranger. Total surprise. Glad we stuck around. Lol
 Left Maine at 2 am, fished tournament getting home at 9:30pm with a 6 am wake up call for a youth day on the water with rod and gun club.
 I will sleep good tonight. Great trail. Looking forward to Champlain next month.
Winyay Bay, Georgetown SC for Eastern BASS Nation Regional next

The Hawg Forum / Re: Cold front tips
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:49:58 PM »
Fished the Ct. River yesterday. I was blaming the cold front, take that away from me and all I've got is that I s#$%!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Winni tommorrow
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:41:52 PM »
Haddam Meadows

Fishing Videos Forum / Ariel video of special olympics
« on: May 29, 2018, 06:52:59 PM »

The Hawg Forum / Re: Winni tommorrow
« on: May 29, 2018, 05:48:04 PM »
On to the Ct. River June 9th.
14th in the Reynolds standings so have room to move up. 

The Hawg Forum / Re: 2018 Maine trip
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:36:19 AM »
Nice catching.

The Hawg Forum / Winni tommorrow
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:19:41 PM »
Need to find some big green fish for Saturday.  0 for 4 so far. Sucked it up on Cob. Last chance for me until June. :hmm:

Epic afternoon on GP yesterday afternoon. Smallies were on fire. 3 of us fishing, easy 100 plus in 4 hours of fishing. No clue how many. Tripled and doubled up many many times. Best 7 fish close to 28 pounds. Most coming on slow rolled swimbaits. Pike, Crappie, white perch all bonus fish.
Went back today, we decided to count. It was much slower. Fished 8 hours fishing deep early and going back to shallow swim baits later. 106 smallies.
Just 5 days earlier, tournament day, where were these fish. Lol Like night and day......I told my partner they would come. They did.
Great Pond is awesome.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Spring tournament season
« on: April 29, 2018, 06:12:26 PM »
0 for 3
Unbelievable to me that my jerk bait would produce exactly 0 bass Saturday on Great Pond. Spent most of the day shallow, thinking my big smallies would come in. Apparently they missed the appointment on my calender.  Had to start deep due to an hour fog induced headway speed only. Caught a 3 plus smallie in 35 ' and a few "shorts" Prior to start my partner and I decided that 2 pounds 12 oz would be minimum size to put in the livewell. After the hour and we were free to blast we ran to our first spot. Immediately caught a 3 1/2 largemouth on a chatterbait. Good but wrong color. Need brown fish there too. Lost a Lucky Craft to a pike but fished and fished with no reward. Late morning we ran out deep for a few. Graphed them right to the bottom but had trouble getting them to bite. Finally caught another that met  our minimum. We went back to plan A and fished and fished and fished .....can you say stuck on stupid? Lol. At 2 PM with 2 hours to go with 3 in the boat we went back to deep (25-35). Pulled up on a waypoint and caught a 3 pound 12 oz. Apparantly that fired up the school  and we caught and caught. Nearly every cast for 30 minutes. We lowered our standards a bit and did put some between 2 and 3 in the well. (Beggers can't be choosers) Ended up with a bit over 20 pounds for 7. About 8 pounds off my goal but less than 4 pounds off the win. Could of, should of,would of. Going fun fishing there next week. " My" fish will be on  :facepalm:

I have never been one to utilize the braking and anti backlash features of the modern baitcaster. Free spool and an educated thumb so might not be the best judge...
In Florida I fish left handed flipping and pitching so not wanting to buy shimano for a few weeks of fishing down south I bought Lews American Hero edition. Love it. Have 4 now.  Make a long cast; strip a few yards off and cover spool in tape so backlashes will be limited and educate your thumb. You don't need to spend $200 plus on a bsitcaster.

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