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Fishing Tackle Q & A / Quantum Escalade brake tension knob
« on: March 31, 2019, 05:49:49 PM »
Hey all. Got a new Quantum escalade baitcaster back on a black friday deal. Somehow, I lost the tension knob. I cant find the specific model number that is on the reel on the quantum website!!  :facepalm: ??? >:( Do any of you guys know if the kit on Quantums website is a universal thing? It really stinks being a brand new reel and I cant use it!! I will give them a call in the morning, but just figured I'd post this to ask if any of you guys knew, and maybe get some frustration out!

The Hawg Forum / Moto Chug
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:10:28 PM »
I came across a video the other day on Youtube where 1rod1reelFishing was using a Moto Chug. Its like one of those cat toys where you would pull the string and the mouse vibrates.

Seemed pretty odd but I think it would work well. Especially at night. I think it would annoy a bass so bad it would just have to come up and attack it. Too bad it doesnt seem to be produced anymore.

But it does seem that you can pick them up still on ebay

Maybe I could pick up a cat toy and put some treble hooks on it and get the same action, just a rat style bait  ;D

If anyone copies this, just remember you got the idea from me here on NEB!

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Finally! Echo Lake Boat Ramp
« on: October 24, 2018, 06:16:08 PM »
A buddy of mine works for the company that is putting in the ramp at Echo Lake or Pascoag Reservoir. They just started today. Here is a couple pictures!

The Hawg Forum / New Personal Best LMB!!
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:46:30 PM »
Hit one of my favorite lakes yesterday, Echo lake in Pascoag and stuck a brute! 6 pound 10 ounces on a Watermelon Red Flake Baby Brush Hog. I was covering water and pitching in some Coontail grass, in 5th on my TM wanting to get out of the area, and Boom! I think that my confidence is building fishing in this time of the year.

The Hawg Forum / Senkos/Stickbaits/Worms
« on: September 28, 2018, 03:45:40 PM »
So I am sure all of you guys know of the infamous Gary Yammamoto Senko. I am just curious what you guys use for your stick bait of choice? I have used a lot of different kinds. I just actually watched a video of a guy comparing Yum, Big bite baits, Z man, bass pro and another smaller brand of stick worm to the Yammamotos. He found out that the most action was coming from the Bass Pros and was very similar to the Yammamotos. I have narrowed my senkos down to 3. I use mostly the Strike King Shimie sticks, and the Biospawn Exo Stiks and the Bass pro Stick worms. I cant see spending like 8 bucks on a package of worms that rip when you catch one fish when you can buy other worms that last longer and are much cheaper. I didnt think there really was a difference before I watched the video, and I just caught my New PB on a Bass Pro senko, while I had fished the same area with another brand. Who knows, just figured I would ask what you guys use for a brand!

The Hawg Forum / Fall Fishing Tips
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:32:10 PM »
Hi everyone. I need some help with fall fishing. Every time the water gets cool I have such a hard time catching fish. I seem to do much better in the summertime when everyone says its slow! I know the crankbait, jerkbait and other moving baits come in to play, but I have no idea what I am doing honestly when the water gets cool. Fish offshore, shallow, throw big baits, small baits, fish like I normally do and hope for the best? I don't even know what colors work. I know the crayfish/Crawfish whatever they are tend to turn an orange color in the fall, but do I throw an orange and green jig or creature bait? I know it comes down to letting the fish tell me what they want, but I would like to know where I could find fish to see what they want! Thanks a ton guys. I have learned most of what I know about bass fishing from this forum. I appreciate any kind of info you can give me.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / First Time River Fishing!
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:51:39 PM »
Took a 4 hour fishing trip today at a local river to get my bounds before a tournament next weekend today. I have been wanting to fish this river ever since I can remember, so I was super excited to be able to get in there. I managed a bunch of fish, and a lot of quick release fish right at the boat because they where so TINY! I did manage 4 fish that where barely 12". And I have to say that they where fun to fight, being the constant current makes the fish so strong. And healthy too! All the fish I caught had fat bellies. All in all it was a good day of fishing before the rain set in. I also managed a huge pickerel on topwater! Thought I was on a good fish until I saw those teeth come up next to the boat. This thing had a gut on him and was at least 22" long.

The Hawg Forum / Night time Spinnerbait Blade sizes
« on: August 26, 2018, 03:50:26 PM »
So a spinnerbait has been one of my all time favorite lures, especially at night, but recently they haven't been working for me. I mostly fish in the evening and at night these days, and I have been throwing a spinnerbait with a brass colored Colorado blade that I believe is a size number 7 that I made. I find that I don't catch as many fish with that big blade as I used too.

I am going to downsize for my next few trips out and see if I can pick up a fish on a spinnerbait with a smaller blade.

What size blades do you guys commonly throw for night time fishing? Thanks!

The Hawg Forum / Big fish, Where to fish, and when to leave
« on: July 22, 2018, 05:22:57 PM »
Hey guys. Fished an overnight tourney yesterday and was doing a bit of thinking.

First, I pulled up to one spot, and picked up my first bass and keeper of the night. I fished there for a while with nothing else. I always hear the saying "Dont leave fish to find fish". Well, how long do you guys stay in one spot after you catch a fish? I never know if I should just stay for a few more casts, or just keep covering water.

Also, I have been lucky a couple times now for getting a good fish in my well during a tourney. The bigger fish seem to elude me a lot though. Ive come in to the weigh in in most of the tourneys I have fished alone, or with a partner on my boat with fish that seem to just be over 12". If I get on a few fish, and say catch those 3 and they are the same size, should I assume the big fish are not there? If I have a bag of 13" bass and I get on a spot stacked with them, should I move on and try to find a bigger bite? Im not always sure how to find that bigger bite, but would it be worth a shot?

My confidence has grown greatly throughout the season, and I usually can put a bag together, but I just need to up my game just a bit.

Thanks guys!

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Lunkerhunt "Bait Blade" review
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:55:53 PM »
Here is a review of lunkerhunts take on the bladed jig.

I bought these because they were $4 a piece instead of the $5 I was paying for a traditional Z-man Chatterbait. Plus, it looks really cool.

Well, you know the old saying "Sometimes fishing lures are meant to catch fisherman, and not the fish"? Well, I got hooked in the top of the mouth and thrown into the livewell. These are not worth the time or the money.

First off, they do cast well, but so does a rock if you tie it on well enough. Also, sinks very quickly, but again, so does a rock. And a rock, is 10 times more weedless then this thing. (You may actually catch more fish on these if you used a rock instead!)

Once you get it too the bottom and try to get it to vibrate, you have to pretty much rear back and set the hook like you just got a hit from a 5 pounder to get that blade to thump.

Once you get the blade going, you have to reel pretty quickly to keep it thumping. But the catch is, if you reel it too fast, It works its way to the surface and turns into a wanna be topwater bait. Which is no good!

I bought 2 of these before I started making my own bladed jigs which you can slow roll and get that blade thumping with ease. (Thanks @Curt - RI) Here is a great instructional video by Curt for you if you are interested.

I will hopefully be able to salvage a few parts off of these things to use, so they are not a total loss. But do not buy these things. Make some of your own, or pay the extra money for a traditional bladed jig.

The Hawg Forum / Spinnerbait and Buzzbait Trailer Hooks
« on: June 30, 2018, 08:56:24 PM »
Hey everyone. I had an incident last night with a bass getting hooked in the gut with a trailer hook on my spinnerbait. I have always been told that you always should run a trailer hook on a spinnerbait. I learned today that @Curt - RI  never runs one due to potentially hooking a fish in the gut. Just would like to get an opinion from you guys. Thanks!

Also, on a bit of a sidenote, if you dont run a trialer hook, do you run a soft plastic trailer like a paddletail or something else?

The Hawg Forum / Pre Spawn Cold Water Fishing Issues
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:31:32 PM »
Hi guys, HELP ME PLEASE Ive gotten my boat out the past couple weekends, and I cant even get a sniff from a bass. I don't really know what I am doing wrong, slow rolling bladed jigs and spinnerbaits when its windy, throwing senkos, creature baits and jigs near the rocks when the day heats up but I cannot put a fish in the boat to save my life! I went and pre fished today for a club tourney at Chapmans pond in westerly, and I feel like if I cant catch any fish in a pre fish, then I wont be able to catch any fish during the tourney. Any advice you are willing to give be would help a TON! Thanks!!

The Hawg Forum / Trolling motor issues
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:03:30 PM »
Finally got my tracker saturday. I had to replace the trolling motor on it with the extra one the guy had. After messing around with it, it is only a 36 pound thrust. I am pretty nervous that a 36lb thrust won?t push my 17? tracker too well especially in the wind. I really would like a bigger one, but buying a new one is not really in the cards right now. Would any of you guys or know of anyone interested in selling a foot control trolling motor? Thanks!

Fishing/Marine Electronics / Fish Finders
« on: January 20, 2018, 03:13:20 PM »
Hey guys. Have to pick your brain a bit. I am buying a Bass Tracker in the near future, and I think I need a fish finder. The reason why I say I think I need a finder is that everyone has one, so I should! No that is only part of the reason. Fishing with @ink_n_metal a ton last year and using his finder in the back of the boat I have come to rely on it. Fishing offshore without a finder I can imagine is a crapshoot.

I dont know if I really NEED one though. I honestly dont care to fish offshore. I like to flip, fish points, and rip rap, where you may not need the finder.

The finder I have been looking at is this one because it is more reasoonably priced then alot of the others. Still, 120 bucks is a bit hard to swallow, so I am just trying to figure out what you guys think I should do. What would you guys reccomend?


The Hawg Forum / Turned Wooden/Plastic Lures
« on: December 26, 2017, 09:41:43 AM »
Hi guys, Hope you all had a great Christmas yesterday, and hoping for you all to have a great end and start of your year.

With all of my handmade Christmas presents soon coming to an end, I would like to start turning some lures on my lathe, and in the future offering them for sale. I have made a few topwater spooks, poppers, and one version of the MS Slammer that seem to work pretty well, but I would like to get into some more designs and shapes. Just figured I would post this here to see if any of you guys had any Ideas on shapes, sizes, blades, rattle Vs. no rattle etc. I havent really ventured into the topwater and big swimbait game as of yet, so I am a rookie when it comes to this sort of thing.

I will turn these out of Southern yellow pine, which is a harder softwood then say white or sugar pine. Also is very buoyant but can be weighted down with solder. I also have access to some HDPE (the same plastic that milk jugs and buckets are made out of) which I can easily turn with regular turning tools.

Thank you guys!

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