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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Quantum Escalade Spinning Rod Review
« Last post by Curt - RI on November 14, 2018, 10:07:19 AM »
I picked up a lews carbon fire on sale in August. Decent rods!

The Carbon Fire rods have become my favorite rod! I really like them  :yes:
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Quantum Escalade Spinning Rod Review
« Last post by Joe P on November 14, 2018, 09:54:05 AM »
I picked up a lews carbon fire on sale in August. Decent rods!
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Quantum Escalade Spinning Rod Review
« Last post by Curt - RI on November 13, 2018, 12:48:09 PM »
I posted another new review over at Tackle Test recently.

This one's for a new spinning rod I bought back in late May or early June.

You can check it out here: http://www.tackletest.com/quantum-escalade-spinning-rod-review/
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« Last post by Brazzy 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.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« Last post by Curt - RI on November 12, 2018, 07:02:19 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.

Thanks. I've heard about Singletary, but never fished it, since it's in MA.

Good for you on trying that bait! Glad it worked out for you  :thumbup:
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« Last post by Brazzy 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.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« Last post by Curt - RI on November 12, 2018, 06:18:14 PM »
@Brazzy What blade bait do you prefer fishing with?
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« Last post by Curt - RI on November 12, 2018, 06:17:30 PM »
Nice fish!

What lake was that on, if you don't mind me asking?
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Don't put your boat away
« Last post by Brazzy 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.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: NE Fishing Expo
« Last post by Curt - RI on November 08, 2018, 10:36:50 AM »
Seth has the best mullet and Stash in Bass fishing ;D

 (giggle) I was noticing his hair last night in a photo I saw somewhere!
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