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31Airborne

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About 31Airborne

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    US Army Retired
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    Blacksburg, VA (for now)
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  1. 31Airborne

    Mercury Motors

    Ummmm, I got a slightly different story from the folks at Watson's. Yes, Merc is trying to recapture 4-stroke market share but there was a reason they didn't go higher than the 225 on their new model. Their engineers believe the aggregate emissions rating for Merc marine motors will drop low enough w/ the HP ratings they'll offer on the new line to continue making the more powerful 2-strokes w/o EPA penalty. The Pro XS may be replaced at some time but it won't be soon, according to the Watson's staff. Now, if California invades the rest of the country and attempts to overlay its obsessive-compulsive environmental laws on us marine motors will be a thing of the past . . . period.
  2. 31Airborne

    Megabass

    What Nobby said - I use jerk baits year 'round, not just in cold wx.
  3. 31Airborne

    Megabass

    I use them routinely throughout the year, not just in cold temps. Yep, they're proud of them but they out-catch all the other brands hands down. I pushed back from paying their price for a couple years. Finally got tired of my partner out-catching my LCs and Rapalas 5 to 1 (no kidding). Bought my first couple then and haven't looked back.
  4. 31Airborne

    Cranking

    Not a dummy bait and don't feel bad. Have had many outing where I threw a crank bait 1000s of times and never got a bite. Here are a couple things to consider that may help: 1) The bait has to hit something. If it's not banging off of bottom, rocks, or submerged wood you're not deep enough. 2) Match the hatch. This means color, size, and shape. 3) Don't be afraid to throw weird colors (chartreuse, bite orange or yellow) in stained water. 4) Bigger doesn't always catch big fish. My best crank bait fish have all come on smaller profile baits. See #2 above. 5) Use the right gear. I use a MED power, medium action rod for squarebills and medium depth runners. Anything stiffer will pull the bait away from the fish when you load it up. I use a MH/moderate rod for deep divers. I usually spool w/ #12 fluoro. If the water is gin clear I'll go down to #10. 6) Change out the factory hooks. They're not always the best quality. I like Mustad triple grips.
  5. 31Airborne

    Mapping cards

    The hi-liting function is built into the software in your unit's hard drive. It's neither tied to nor dependent on the map card.
  6. 31Airborne

    Mapping cards

    they are superb. amazing detail. if those are the only lakes you'll fish that's the card for you. if you're going to go anywhere else consider Navionics Platinum. it has the best coverage (most lakes, rivers).
  7. 31Airborne

    New boat

    nice, steve. tons of things you can do w/ that sled.
  8. 31Airborne

    Football jigs

    very nice. the brown-n-orange pattern is my fav. I wouldn't throw that in SM water.
  9. 31Airborne

    Linking units?

    +1 - gives you storage redundancy. Should you ever replace or upgrade one unit you'll still have the data from the other unit.
  10. 31Airborne

    Switching Brands of Oil

    +1 on Quicksilver. As long as you're using a rated oil for your big motor you'll be fine.
  11. 31Airborne

    Almost!

    Wow. What a great fish. Congrats, dood.
  12. 31Airborne

    This is me in a nutshell

    LOL! Love me some small water fishing. Welcome aboard!
  13. 31Airborne

    Softbaitmaker's Hand Poured Baits

    +1 - Doug's baits do not have an effect on other baits or skirts. About as benign a formulation one could ask for.
  14. Just read an interesting comment from a woman in Florida who asks why the 2nd Amendment hasn't been repealed in light of recent mass killings.  Guns, in her mind, are causing all of these tragedies.  Eliminate the guns and you eliminate the problem.  She didn't mention anything about knives, explosive booby traps, landmines, or poisons . . .

    I wonder if she'll do the natural follow-up and demand cars be declared illegal.  After all, drunk and inattentive drivers kill more people than shooters do.  We should hold car manufacturers accountable for their blatant disregard for human life.  And what about alcohol?  It was outlawed once, you know.  Why isn't alcohol being declared illegal again in light of so many people dying of addiction related conditions?  Damn booze makers - we should jail them all.  It's their fault.

    And then there are the drug makers.  Drugs are already illegal (for the most part) yet we don't go after drug makers like the public is going after gun manufacturers right now.  It is, after all, their fault people are becoming addicted.  The doctors who prescribe them are complicit, too.  So are the nurses, PAs, and rehab staff.  Jail all of them while we're at it.

    Franklin Graham - Billy's son - had an interesting comment on this horrific event.  His observation was nowhere in the discussion is the role of evil thought or impetus.  While we charge off into the sunset looking to blame someone or something for all of this needless suffering we run right past the cause of it all - Satan.  And while we scurry about dodging and attributing blame Satan just smiles. 

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    2. SteveHTN

      SteveHTN

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      That’s how Texas responds to school shootings 

    3. Whopper

      Whopper

      Awesome. We have a local Sheriff here the next county (Hamilton) down that has offered CCW classes to any teacher that wants them. He also wants the schools to be able to let armed retired military roam the halls to help with keeping the kids safe

    4. brwnbass

      brwnbass

      You can't reason with the snowflake liberals on anything. Im beginning to believe that some (alot) of them really do have dangerous mental disorders. And the day may be soon coming when the rest of us have had enough & things will get really ugly.

  15. 31Airborne

    Softbaitmaker's Hand Poured Baits

    You won't be disappointed. Doug is a real artist. He makes a quality product.
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