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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
    You would lose it in a hurry working where I do lol.
  27. 2 points
    I refuse to fish with something called a turd. Lol.
  28. 2 points
    Welcome to the site. Wait until you get one of our smallmouth on topwater.
  29. 2 points
    LOL on the bright side just think it saves everybody 8 hrs misery on the dead sea. And i do mean dead sea.
  30. 2 points
    You just had to go there. I add one to my shopping cart every week...... then log off before I spend 2700.
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    Team X-Files will be there if I can get back in town
  33. 2 points
    I only got to watch your promo and the only thing I can add is wear your PFD . I have 2 small children and want them to see me put mine on when the big motor is on and be safe on the water . Dont get me wrong , when I was younger mine had mold growing on them and never seen the lite of day but if you can get one person to at least think about putting it on the next time they are on a boat you have done a great job .
  34. 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.
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    Looks kind of unique type of top water bait. Kind of a combo Zara Spook with an action style tail. Will probably catch a few fish but not really something I would put a lot of faith in. Like Paul Elias told many years ago. You can take a purple bait with yellow, red and pink pokadots on it and it will catch a fish on any given day but what your looking for is baits that catch fish regularly and not just once in a while.....................
  37. 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.
  38. 2 points
    I was told around 11 won it Which sounds like about as much fun as waking up to find a scorpion in your house shoe
  39. 2 points
    Did it look like this? Nope, never heard of one either.
  40. 2 points
    Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again....
  41. 2 points
    hopefully canceled due to the next winter storm
  42. 2 points
    That's not how it reads.....you can't hit the same lake in back to back years. And we have had a classic on the big 3.....Boone 2011, Cherokee 2012 & Douglas 2013. Those are the 3 lakes the Classic rotates between. But aside from that, if you can guarantee that 1) there will be access to Boone and 2) that there will be enough parking for all of us plus whomever else is using the ramp that day, I'd be glad to keep it on Boone. Since both of those factors are questionable at best & highly unlikely at worst, its in the best interest of all of us to move to Cherokee this year.
  43. 2 points
    I maybe wrong or just hardheaded...lol...but, I want the stretch of mono on shadrap. Alot of times, the hookups aren't great and mono stretch seems to help?
  44. 2 points
    Next to camo, orange is the greatest color in the world
  45. 2 points
    motor noise is due to imbalance of the armature or prop. some new motors of both brands are quieter than others. if the motor shaft gets bent it will raise noise level due to imbalance. mk motor components are much larger and heavier and also easier to work on. i'm not a fan of the plastic housings where the pointer is. watson's changed 100s that were cracked because they bumped a boat dock. mg housings are metal. i don't like the bulky elephant foot mk plastic foot pedal but the cable tension screw is easier to adjust than mg. most cable problems on mg are caused by not keeping cables tight or the old plastic rollers they have since replaced with steel. the fortrex bracket is better but it has weak points. the aluminum pieces at the swivel joint break too easy. if these were steel, they would have a good bracket. mg brackets get noisy with age. on the 5 speed motors when you lose 1 to 3 speeds, the failure is usually caused by failure of the speed windings, not the selector switch. these windings are in the motor and will cost over $100 to replace. i prefer digital because of battery life and wider speed control. mg digitizer is in motor, mk is in foot pedal. there is good and bad in both brands and i'm glad i won't have to choose because i've got enough omcs to last me. none better.
  46. 2 points
    your a yankee, ain't ya?
  47. 2 points
    Luke, typically I do not respond to comments such as this. But seeing how you want to complain, I will. The old saying "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all comes to mind". I mean really???? Feel free to purchase a set of scales & run one on Cherokee. Learn to fish a different lake for a change & get off our arses about trying to do something. We can't make everybody happy all the time-we are not happy pill suppliers.
  48. 2 points
    The moss growing on the carpet next to the wheels is a really nice touch. Gives it that......natural effect.
  49. 2 points
    91 alumacraft 48 hp evinrude (with 200 shot of nitro) long shaft 17 1/2 inch prop 19 inch prop tore all to crap on rock
  50. 2 points
    When I fish Patrick Henry there are several f's in it too


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