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  1. 20 points
    EASY EASY! cool the jets. I have no problem with you liking the Ally better, that is fine, great boat. I was just making a comment about your statement "stole the show". That was not a correct comment. Everyone likes different rigs and for different reasons. If you would have just said I like the Ally better then fine but "stole the show was not a factual statement". .
  2. 7 points
  3. 6 points
    People study history. Bass don't. Rather than focusing on where you got bit I recommend spending some over your electronix trying to understand why you got bit. Understanding 'why' will go a long way in helping you decide how to go about catching. Fish essentially do three things - they eat, they reproduce, and they rest (from the first two items). Bass tend to hang out where the food is. You've prob heard folks say "find the bait, find bass" - this is about as gospel as it gets in bass fishing. After you've found the food start looking at the structure and cover in the area. Use your electronix to see how the bass are relating to both. If they're tight to the bottom in 20' of water you're gonna be hard pressed to get them on a crankbait. Yeah, some baits go that deep but they don't stay in the strike zone (where the bass are) very long. A slower, bottom-oriented presentation might be a better choice (jig, c-rig, t-rig, shakyhead). If fish are holding on top of brush or rock piles in 8-10' then you're prob gonna snag a few on moving baits (cranks, spinners, swimbaits). Fish suspending over cover or structure will be a bit more challenging to catch. Suspending jerkbaits and weightless stick baits can be effective. The next time you go out I encourage you to spend some time over your electronix before deciding on what to throw. As you make your decisions spend some time looking at those spots where you get bit so you can understand how the bass are relating to structure, cover, and food. This is the pattern.
  4. 6 points
    The issue with Mr. Coontracker selling items on here has been addressed, Joe. Let it rest. All members are free to post in this forum regarding things they make and pics are always welcome. As far as anything that has taken place on the other site, TNBF would appreciate it if youd leave the drama over there.
  5. 5 points
    "the idiot rig" as i call it, embodies much of whats wrong with our instant gratification society. take the easy way!!!! i want to catch fish now, not LEARN how to FISH, just CATCH them NOW!!!! like shannon said, when people who couldn't catch a 4lber with a dipnet, are bringing 20+lb. bags in, SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!! tx fising should be a test of skill, not a game of chance!!! when i started bass fishing i sucked, bad, real bad! but, i stuck with it, and LEARNED to get better. i'll never be a pro, never fish the bassmaster classic, but i'm a decent fisherman. how did i get that way?......thru EFFORT!!!!! i wanted to get better, i learned to get better, i'm still learning, and most of you guy's did it the same way as i did. thru your own EFFORT!!! now, with this frigging rig, somebody who just leaned how to cast last night can show up and beat us. it's turning tx fishing into bingo. and pro's throwing it.... REALLY, you call yourself a "professional angler" and your throw'n this thing where kids can see you do it??? what kind of message is that sending...."sell out for success, kids!!!" watching a "pro" throw the idiot rig, is like watching jesse james ride a big wheel! no wonder this country has went to heII in a handbasket........no integrity.
  6. 4 points
    Wish I'd taken my boat to my own wedding so I could leave before the wedding......
  7. 4 points
    it's like the mexicans coming across the border, shoot the first two or three, and the rest will quit that chit on their own!
  8. 4 points
    I personally don't like it. When you see people who have never weighed in a limit bring in 20lbs it seems to me it is more about the rig and less about the fisherman. I hate throwing it but if you don't you are at a great disadvantage against people who do use it. I am waiting on warmer temps where the rig is useless and you have to go back to fishing and not just chucking and winding a rig.
  9. 4 points
    Make sure you wear your life jacket and hook up your kill switch............... :poke:
  10. 3 points
    Hard part about Douglas, is it’s hard to access that river junction in winter. It’s usually too low to go past Leadvale, unless there’s been serious rain. As far as grass- go to Beech Creek (John Sevier dam). That place has more grass than Bob Marley
  11. 3 points
    If your partner is having to push the boat off the bank with the net then you are almost close enough .
  12. 3 points
    Here's my opinion of what's wrong with the used boat market... My current boat is worth $25 - $28,000... and has no warranty on the motor. If I sold it for $25,000 and the new owner bought it and blew it up they are screwed. A new motor is going to run you around $17,000. Now they are into it $42,000. You can get a heck of a nice boat for $42,000 with warranty. I think about how bad it's going to suck all the time when my motor blows. Trading boats before the warranty goes may be the cheapest insurance policy you can have. There's no reason a boat motor should cost as much as a small car. We are being ripped off and the sad part is we are happy about it and smiling all the way to the lake.
  13. 3 points
    Ok.....lots of info to pass along here. First, safe light will be at, or very close to 7:15. Plan to blast off at 7:15. Registration will close at 6:45, so plan accordingly. Blindhawg has graciously volunteered to be blast off boat, so at 7:15, we will mass at the mouth of Turkey Creek (almost directly across from the ramp) for blast off. Be sure that you see a silver & lime green Triton as blast off boat as well as my white & black Phoenix. If neither of these boats are present, you are not in the correct group. I will be taking up money, so look for my my Phoenix & gray tundra at the ramp. I plan to be there by 6. Be sure to bring a waiver form for both you & your partner. I will have a few on hand, but, as your ability to fish tomorrow depends on that waiver, please do not rely on me to have enough for everyone.... I only have approximately 50 on hand. Lastly, there is quite a bit of floating debris between 25e & poor valley, so drive carefully if you go that direction. Look forward to seeing everyone. Drive safely.
  14. 3 points
    This just isn't factual, Doug. Biological fact is that they will find a nest & they will spawn there. Yes, it does cause them some extra stress and there may be some hatchling and/or egg mortality, but rest assured, those fish will still spawn.
  15. 3 points
    i've yet to understand the logic of making millions off the backs of fishermen and give it to nascar instead of giving back to the people it came from.
  16. 3 points
    But Chris' all time favorite "plug" came from a different mystery place & resembles a spook with no hooks.......
  17. 3 points
    Don't bother with the whopper plopper....its useless. Ill take it off your hands for you.
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points
    I'll pass along one that a member here once shared with me.....go to Lowes & buy a roll of static cling window tinting. Cut a piece to fit your electronics screen, stick it on after dark. Not only does it dim the light, but it also cuts the glare down
  20. 3 points
    First, welcome to the site. That's a heckuva first post. Very controversial topic. I am in no way a huge fan of the A rig....mostly because I can't seem to do much good with it.......but how does an A rig, which is 100% artificial, compare to using a live deer or turkey decoy? I would think that correlation would be between live bait & live decoys...... As for it not being "sporting" to use them, I disagree there too. You still have to find the fish & get em to eat. Most.....and I stress MOST not ALL......of the folks that dislike the rig are guys like me that can't figure out how to properly use it.
  21. 3 points
    I blame Obama, holebeaters and Alabama rigs!.........now there's an "axis of evil" for ya.
  22. 3 points
    Its not possible... Math doesn't add up. LOL
  23. 3 points
    +1 wish they would ban the stupid thing.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    Congratulations to the winners!!!!!! I love fishing this trail, there is never a dull moment before, during or after a tourney. How may tournaments do you fish where during the course of a tournament you get texts and pictures from the other guys rubbing it in what they are catching? And if ya run into someone on the water while you're out there you talk and give each other crap while your fishing near each other. If any of you have thought about fishing with us, but haven't come on out, I promise you'll have a blast and meet some really good guys.
  26. 2 points
    Ive been using P-line tactical this winter & it is working out well so far, about 5 trips with it throwing small baits. One tip that will help you, take your spinning rods, cut the bait off & let about half or so of your line out as you idle or troll along. The faster you go the more tension you put on the line & the better it packs on the spool & it also takes the twist out. Do this once a day, at the beginning or end & it will help alot.
  27. 2 points
    I must have gotten ahold of some bad Short Mtn Tonic. GlitterRocket just posted about finesse fishing? The 2020 weirdness continues. Marine, all joking aside, sometimes just downsizing the line you are using in deeper water will get you more bites. Do the lakes near where you are moving stay at a certain level year round or do they fluctuate 20'-40' from winter to summer pool like the ones here in East Tennessee?
  28. 2 points
    Yes, you can catch fish shallow pretty much all year round, and no you dont have to fish in 800' with nanobaits to have success. Success is a relative term tho. To some that might mean 5 or 6 bites a day, to others that would mean having a competitive tournament bag. If your just looking to get bit and you want to only power fish shallow, I think you can do that on most days. But learning about finesse fishing in deeper water will help you be a better fisherman and more competitive in tournaments. If your just "fun fishing" go do what's fun for you.
  29. 2 points
    You'll find that there will be times when one style of plastic bait is better than others. The challenge is finding the balance - of options, of time to learn how to use those options, of space in which to store it all. Same-same for techniques (like shakyhead, football jig, etc). There are no hard-n-fast rules on when, where, or how. That's what makes this sport so addictive. There's always another piece of the puzzle to solve. Based on my [limited] experience here's how I pattern soft plastics: - winter - small finesse worms (ned rig, drop shot, and shakyhead), small flukes and worms (drop shot), small beaver style baits for jig trailers - spring - creature baits (c-rig), lizards (c-rig), larger finesse worms (shakyhead, wacky rig), stick baits (weightless, t-rig, and wacky rigged), swim baits (solid and hollow body) - summer - big worms (t-rig), creature baits (c-rig), small and large finesse worms (shakyhead, wacky rig), stick worms (same as above), big beavers (punch baits) - fall - swim baits, creature baits, flukes, trick worms I keep my plastics sorted by type and store them in small tote bags. That enables me to plug-n-play for an outing based on season, info from reports, and info from my journals. All of this is kept in one of the small compartments on the back deck. Not a lot volume-wise but a good variety. I'll adjust (add, subtract, upsize, downsize) based on what I learn in practice. Other things to consider: 1) Buoyancy. Not all plastics are created equal. Infused (salt, scent) baits are denser than water and sink. Others (Softy's baits, Robo-worm) are not so they float up off of the deck. Both catch fish. There are times when the characteristics of the plastic formula make the difference. 2) Hook size and weight. Light wire hooks for small profile finesse baits. Heavy wire hooks for big profile and punch baits. You'll want an assortment of J, EWGs, drop shot, flipping, and other kinds of hooks. Easy to pack a nice assortment into a small box or bag. 3) Weights. Think about weights and shapes. Heavier weight if you're fishing deep. A bullet shaped weigh if you're working it thru cover. Then there are specialty weights for drop shotting, flipping, wacky, the list goes on. The key here is to match the hook to your desired presentation and bait profile. Others will chime in here on metals used for weights. Some swear by tungsten. Others use lead. Others use brass. As with the hook, match your weight type to your presentation. This was a great question. You're thinking about the right kind of stuff. Keep it up!
  30. 2 points
    We already knew that lol. You don't fish Boone lol
  31. 2 points
    I can remedy that situation for you Steve.
  32. 2 points
    You just had to go there. I add one to my shopping cart every week...... then log off before I spend 2700.
  33. 2 points
    Team Mountain Zombie?!?! Lol
  34. 2 points
    My advice would be to get more fishing stuff and don't worry about the girls
  35. 2 points
    Got a new to me Triton. I should be able to put another two hundred pounds of Softy's baits in this rig.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    Donnie - recommend picking Knowing Bass: The Scientific Approach to Catching More Fish by Keith Jones. While parts of read like a college marine biology text book, it explains what bass can and cannot see. Color is a big piece of that discussion. Jones' discussion on the construct and capabilities of a bass' eye is revealing. Essentially, it throws out conventional wisdom on secret colors and focuses the choice on contrast. Think about that for a minute. Nothing in nature looks like a black/blue jig yet that color pattern out-produces just about every other jig color. According to Jones it's because bass have an easier time picking it up against background. There's also a physics lesson in this - different colors of light have different energy levels. The short story here is that after about 10' or so everything is black or shades of grey to a bass. Here's where the secret color theory starts to fall apart according to Jones. Rather than focusing on reds, blues, or greens he suggests we should focus on colors that offer the most contrast in the conditions we're fishing. So, finally, to your question - for me, reds have been most effective in ~clear water. Clear reds like cherry seed and plum have worked best for me in gin clear water. Red shad has been best in stained or murky water. I routinely use bright blue trailers and craws when fishing tidal waters because they come very close to matching the color patterns of blue crabs. Some crawfish have a brilliant blue color to them in mid summer so a straight blue works well here, too.
  38. 2 points
    Bass have a hard time distinguishing a lot of color variations, plus its hard to say what a color looks like down in 20 ft of silty lake water, so its hard to say what a bass might consider red or blue or chartreuse to resemble. Also, lets not give a bass too much credit....most of the time, they aren't thinking a lure is anything.....they lack cognitive thought process. So, basically, its just triggering a feed response. Thing is, they like it on some lakes & on others they don't. Sometimes you can't ask why, you just accept it at face value & move on. Whatever they think it is, on lakes where it works, they sure do like it.
  39. 2 points
    Fluoro for jig, t-rig, c-rig, and moving baits; co-polymer line for jerkbaits; mono for topwater (unless it's over grass then I use braid). I started using co-poly line for jerkbaits last year after my FoM partner recommended it. Fluoro lines sink so sometimes it's hard to detect those subtle strikes. The co-poly line floats so it's much easier picking up on the lighter bites. Has ~the same stretch so no issues (so far) on hook-ups.
  40. 2 points
    As far as one that glows, Stren Fluorocast is the only fluoro i have found that glows under uv light. I personally did not care for it: diameter of similar test line compared to other fluoros were larger, terrible line memory and brittle compared to others. Went back to regular fluoro.
  41. 2 points
    Got me a new bird last week. This was a life long dream finally come true. I have been truly blessed. Just wanted to share a photo or two.
  42. 2 points
    Someone needs to get ahold of Shannon, he's obviously been hacked
  43. 2 points
    Spoken as only brokebackhumpr can
  44. 2 points
    Next to camo, orange is the greatest color in the world
  45. 2 points
    Tried to upload it but can't get it to work on my phone.
  46. 2 points
    Heres an app for you Chris: How not to accidentally delete peopls posts!
  47. 2 points
    im going to beat his holes to death all week long and sore lip every fish in them. LOL
  48. 2 points
    It's not that difficult either!!!! If it was you wouldn't see so many large bags of fish weighed in. Tournaments used to be won by those who put in the time to figure out how to make a fish bite. The learning curve was a long process for each lake but now in the spring you can go to any lake with a rig and catch fish. It makes the puzzle of figuring fish out null and void. I throw one from time to time but would rather not if I can help it. I don't know of any other lure you can throw that will turn a mediocre fisherman into KVD instantly. It definitely has changed the sport but I for one don't think it is for the better. You may not catch as many without it but at least you will know you figured the fish out and not just chucked a lure at them. :2cents:
  49. 2 points
    it will catch fish ,no doubt. I believe it should be banned because it is going to do a lot a harm to the populations of bass we have. if ya cant catch a few fish without it then just go back to school and learn instead of wrecking the bass population with this no brainer rig...
  50. 2 points
    Here are some custom bluegills I did, all the pics are of the same two, a shallow and a medium diver, just included multiples to show detail.


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