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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.
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    What Nobby said - I use jerk baits year 'round, not just in cold wx.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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    Switching Brands of Oil

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



      That’s how Texas responds to school shootings 

    3. 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


      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.

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  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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    Pegged weights?

    +1 - grass and any other heavy cover
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    Damiki Technique

    These look like the Megabass product - the underweight is supposed to be a huge help to keeping the rig horizontal. Very nice. Red eyes???
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    Jig pouring

    I make my own skirts but not the jigheads. I buy those from someone who does it as a hobby. It's a lil more involved than some may think - melting/pouring lead requires some degree of ventilation, there are humidity and static electricity issues that require mitigation, getting the right lead is often not as cost-effective as it once was, and using recycled lead doesn't yield a quality product unless it's been reprocessed/refined. That said . . . There's nothing like catching a fish on something you've researched, designed, and made. It's about as cool a thing as there is in fishing.
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    Float and fly

    1/16 - 1/4 oz. The tube in the float is plenty wide enuff to allow easy passage of line. The lighter jigs take a bit of time to sink but they have no trouble passing thru.
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    Float and fly

    I use a standard spinning rig (7-6) and a slip float set-up. 15# braid as a base line w/ an 8# fluoro or co-poly leader. Knot is small enuff to make it thru the guides w/o issue. Knot is large enuff to hold the bead that stops the float. Solves the casting and hook set issues some folks have. Also a lot easier to store on board.
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    Metal blade vibe lures

    +1 - snap, swivel, or split ring. You have to have something between the blade and the line. If you're fishing in striper waters (all of TN) you want at least a 20# snaplink. Doesn't take much to break off one of the weaker ones.
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    Fishing Jersey

    nice! let's giddy-up geaux on this.
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    Bomber Fat Free Shad

    I love them. TN shad, citrus shad, and all white have been the most productive colors. The medium runner (6 series) is about the best all-round crankin' bait I've used. Great in rocks or brush. Doesn't dive quite to the max depth right out of the box but a few simple adjustments will get you there (and then some). The older Bomber bait style has the pointy bill. It's a little more erratic on the retrieve. Has a little bit longer body. Don't buy any of the fire tiger baits in this style. They don't work at all in stained water.
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    Fishing Jersey

    Real men wear pink. Just sayin' . . . If it's not Vol orange what shade is it? Walmart hunting orange? inquiring minds wanna know. Lil purple and gold would dress it up nicely.
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    Fishing Jersey

    Looks great, Andy. I'm in.