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Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« Last post by Brazzy on October 29, 2018, 01:00:21 PM »
Pretty sure both the Eagle Claw and Mustad are packs of 5.
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Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« Last post by Curt - RI on October 29, 2018, 10:33:37 AM »
@Brazzy Thanks for the feedback. The description on the TW page doesn't mention how many hooks come in a pack. Is it 4, 5, ??
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Stanford Baits Boom Boom Frog
« Last post by Brazzy on October 29, 2018, 09:18:56 AM »
I started using these this summer and figured I would share because it sounds like this frog is catching on like wild fire. Now I will talk about its "features" and I dont know how much I buy into all the fluff, but I figured I would give it a shot. Years ago I used the Spro Bronze Eye frog and for the most part was pretty happy with the results. However, I felt like there was nothing special about the frog to warrant the higher price tag vs a Booyah Pad Crasher. So I moved to the pad crasher and for the most part got the same results but at a lesser price. In both instances the frog got abused and did OK holding up to the abuse. Ive ripped a few, but at a lower price point it was an easier pill to swallow. Over last winter Fred Roumbanis did a seminar where he talked about all these neat features about the frog and I got a discount to buy it so I grabbed a couple.

Tackle Warehouse - Sanford Baits Boom Boom Frog



Out of the box the first thing you notice is the terminal is BEEFY. The ring on the nose and the hooks are pretty heavy gauge. I noticed this immediately trying to bend the hooks out a tad like I do on all my frogs and noticed it was not as easy to do on this frog. I also notice the body feels like it would hold up to a beating. Its soft, but seems super durable and would be difficult to tear. I trim the legs like I normally do and go to work. First cast I notice "hey it walks". Of course it does, they all do nowadays. What I did notice is that it takes a much lighter twitch to walk which I like because I can essentially walk it in place. So when it is in a place I think is high percentage I can keep moving it without really moving it. Something I could do with the pad crasher, but I found it easier with this frog.

Now on to the features...
Frog Fur- Patch of velcro on the top of the frog. I first thought really? Yeah bass have sandpaper lips, but thats not holding anything. Fred says it makes sure when you set that the frog comes out head first. So if they gulp if and it starts coming out backwards or at an angle the velcro grabs the lips and straightens the frog out. Whatever

The Weight System - (from TW) The Boom Boom Frog also features a diamond-shaped belly weight that is designed to not interfere with the razor sharp Mustad Wide Gap Frog hook. The weight system also allows the hook to extend out further on hooksets.... Sure

Hey its got an extra eye! Oh wow, cool. Who cares?

So now on to using it.
First strike! Fish absolutely chokes the frog. Hook is buried back near the crusher and I boat flip a 3-12. OK so thats one strike one fish and its absolutely pegged. Second fish is smaller, but hes got both hooks in the upper lip with the velcro stuck to his lips. Third fish again chokes the frog and has it in deep. This frog goes 6 for its first 6! 6 Blow ups 6 fish in the boat. The 7th fish hit it, missed it, and came back for it a second time and got him! This frog stayed red hot all summer. So I dont know about all that nonsense in the features but I will say the hook up ratio on this frog is fantastic. I spread the word to a few friends and they all jumped on board and their feedback has been how shocked they are on the hook up ratio on this thing. When it comes to frogs all in all I feel like they all get bit. My thing is getting them in the boat and this frog has got me sold. At $10.99 they are pricey, but the handful I have bought show very little signs of wear despite a couple of them being abused. So overall I would recommend this frog.


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Fishing Tackle Q & A / Re: Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« Last post by Brazzy on October 29, 2018, 08:24:23 AM »
I have not tried those, but they seem similar to the hooks I use regularly. I've been using these quite a while now and have hooked into several 5+ on these in heavy cover and have not had any issue with them bending. I used to use the Gamakatsu hooks pretty much exclusively. This year I found myself using these more and more because the keeper is just a nice feature to have and whenever I go back to a hook without a keeper it just frustrates me. I started using these to flip tubes because one of the biggest issues with Texas rigging a tube is it wearing out the plastic and sliding down the shaft. This solved that problem.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Mustad_KVD_Grip-Pin_2X_Fine_Wire_Hook/descpage-GPT.html?from=nebass
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Fishing Tackle Q & A / Has Anyone Tried These Hooks?
« Last post by Curt - RI on October 26, 2018, 08:23:42 PM »

I'm looking at trying some new wide gap worm hooks and these caught my eye.

Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp EWG w/Keeper

They are a medium wire hook, so I know they won't work well in heavy cover, but they should be good for 90% of the soft plastic fishing I do day to day.

I like the new style bait keeper to keep the soft plastics from sliding down on the hook shank.

Has anyone else tried them?

Also, what hooks do you prefer for soft plastics on a day to day basis for fishing open water and up to light/medium cover, where there isn't a lot of risk of your hook bending if you hook a good fish?
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Northeast US Lake Conditions / Re: Wordens Pond Dock
« Last post by Curt - RI on October 25, 2018, 02:45:47 PM »
Sweet! You catch any fish? I cant catch a bass in there to save my life!


@metz12 I didn't fish there. I just happened to be passing by there after taking my wife to an appointment in Wakefield. It was a pleasant surprise to see that hew dock there  :nod:
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Northeast US Lake Conditions / Re: Finally! Echo Lake Boat Ramp
« Last post by Curt - RI on October 25, 2018, 02:44:33 PM »
RI has definitely stepped up this year fixing the boat ramps  8)

They definitely have, and it's good to see. I just wish they had dome something much sooner. But I am not going to complain since it is at least getting done.  :yes:
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Trokar Flippin' Hook Review
« Last post by Curt - RI on October 25, 2018, 02:43:27 PM »
I like VMC hooks but i also use Eagle Claw laser hooks. They're decent for the money!

I buy the Eagle Claw Wide Gap hooks for the vast majority of my soft plastic fishing. They work really well for the money. They just don't hold up well in dense cover. In reality, though, that's not what they were designed for, so its important to keep that in mind!
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Friday
« Last post by Curt - RI on October 25, 2018, 02:41:08 PM »
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Try to put the whole seasonal pattern together. You know where they spawn, you know where they feed, Im sure you figured out where they summer. They are going to winter as close to those places as possible. So structure in deep water near the flats the feed and spawn on next to the drop offs the summer on.. you'll find them.

Many times this will mean finding areas with steep drop-offs, close to shallower summer areas.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Friday
« Last post by Brazzy on October 25, 2018, 10:39:35 AM »
To be honest... Cheat. In most of these lakes 95% of the lake will be completely lifeless in the winter. Truly its a matter of finding them. So find a nice weekend day in the late fall and just go out there and look to see if there is a community hole. Dont barge in on them, but if a couple of boats are huddled together locked on a spot all day then its likely a good spot. Go back on a day that is less busy and try it out. Meanwhile use your electronics to really figure out what it is that makes that spot special. Then just look for that elsewhere or in other bodies of water. Once you know what you are looking for it really helps narrow down the search.

Key things I am looking for.
Humps in deep water. Typically close to the main lake basin/deepest part of the lake.
Quick access to shallow water. So I like to look at places where the main lake basin is closest to the shore or to a shallow flat.

Try to put the whole seasonal pattern together. You know where they spawn, you know where they feed, Im sure you figured out where they summer. They are going to winter as close to those places as possible. So structure in deep water near the flats the feed and spawn on next to the drop offs the summer on.. you'll find them.
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