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  1. 31Airborne

    Top Water, then what?...

    The short answer is baitfish. It's about tome for that fall feed so the predator fish are keying on bait. Recommend using your electronix to learn where the baitfish are holding. If they're deeper spoons, drop shots, or a heavy swimbait head may be the best way to get something in front of feeding fish. If the fish are suspending you might consider a damiki rig or a-rig. A weightless fluke would be a great way to target fish working the shallows or holding on wood. I was on Cherokee 2 weeks ago and the topwater bite was killer. My next presentation was a squarebill - they wore that out, too. As the sun came up I switched to the jig and c-rig. This set of patterns held up for the entire week I was there. Everything I did, every place I stopped was based on the presence of baitfish. If I didn't see baitfish I didn't fish it. The transition from dead of summer to fall feeding can often be a fickle time for fish. Recent heavy rains can have an effect, good and bad. A little bit of time spent over your electronix can help break the code as to where the fish are holding.
  2. 31Airborne

    My Soft Baits

    good luck with the move, doug. hope it goes smoothly.
  3. 31Airborne

    Google earth

    You'd have to have a link to a search capability that would enable you to retrieve then display archived data. The microprocessor on your Lowrance units is certainly robust enuff to do this. I just don't know if there is code embedded in the unit to allow you to do this. Maybe a call to the Lowrance customer service people will help you??? As for pinning and registering WPs, there is a manual entry mode for these. You can also add/transfer them using an SD card. May require you to store them in an intermediate medium (like iCloud). Not hard. You'll find how-to info on the Lowrance site. There are prob 100s of You-toobs on how to do this if you're a visual learner.
  4. 31Airborne

    New Hot Rod

    Congrats on the new sled! I love my Triton.
  5. 31Airborne

    Best deep diveing cranking rod

    Check out the ALX Zolo Grind. I have 4 ALX rods in my sled - 2 of them are cranking sticks. I have Revo Winches (5.4:1) paired to these.
  6. 31Airborne

    Skeeter FX21 for sale

    I haven't fished out of Toobie's Skeeter but I did fish out of my FoM partner's for 3 years. Same set-up - SHO 250, ultrexx, electronix. This is a superb ride and fishing platform. Holeshot w/ the SHO is crazy fast. The FX hull handles exceptionally well in choppy water. Very smart storage layout.
  7. 31Airborne

    New to fishing in the area

    welcome aboard! yep, summer is a tuff time for fishing, kind alike the dead of winter. it's slow and sometimes painful. there are fish to be caught tho'. if you give us an idea of where you've been fishing and how it'll help us give you some ideas on adjustments.
  8. 31Airborne

    Humminbird 1198

    Yep, you can do that, Steve. I had my 1198 networked w/ a 2nd GEN Helix on my old sled. Worked fine. Once you see the images on the Helix you'll get the 2nd one. Just sayin' . . .
  9. 31Airborne

    New Floater

    Took a little more detailed look at the pics, Steve. First thing to stand out is the deck layout - it hasn't changed much from Stratos to Triton. Same-same w/ the lines and features on the ass-end. Just no mistaking an Earl Bentz boat. That motor has reputation of being a solid performer, very reliable. It likes gas and oil but if it starts and runs without issue that wouldn't bother me.
  10. 31Airborne

    New Floater

    Nice, Steve - congrats! One of the best hulls ever built right there.
  11. 31Airborne

    Rain gear recommendation??

    +1 on BPS 100mph gear for colder wx. I've also used Guidewear but I like the pocket layout on the BPS gear better. In warmer temps I use a North Face 3/4 rain jacket. It's made of breathable material so it's quite as stuffy as the rubber-coated nylon Funky warned you about. This jacket is washable .
  12. 31Airborne

    Strike king bull worm

    I like the 7/0 J-hooks for big worms. Owner and Trokar both make heavy wire versions.
  13. 31Airborne

    Co-poylomer line?

    Steve - try the Seaguar Abras-X (I like 12#). Casts very smoothly, pretty tuff line. Holds up well in brush, rock, other chunky stuff.
  14. 31Airborne

    Co-poylomer line?

    Toobie - I use it for jerkbait applications. I like the fact it's buoyant. The floating line allows me to detect those subtle bites I often missed w/ fluoro. Yes, it has more stretch but that works to my advantage in jerkbait presentations. Gives the fish a little more time to get the bait good, prevents me from pulling it away from the fish. I'm experimenting w/ it as leader material for c-rigs. Not enuff data points yet to offer an opinion. I use P-Line fluorclear. Have had no issues w/ it. Very durable, supple.
  15. 31Airborne

    Berkley max scent

    Steve - it's brwnbass' fault. He started it w/ "wolf vomit".