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merc1997 last won the day on December 9 2019

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    fishing, fishing, and fishing, hahaha. used to play every sport, but too many tear ups and getting toooooo old!!!!

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  1. i fished today also. we were not far from you, but were fishing in the mud. stayed busy catching fish. they were a bit more shallow in the mud. ended up with 8 kepers, but 6 keeps came on the on big wobbler and two on a doodle. the doodle did catch more numbers. they liked the big wobbler, and i did have to go down to a 3/4 head to be able to tun it as slow as they were wanting it. move over wart, you just might be getting replaced. i used the western craw skirt which has red in it. bo
  2. you never see anything like that going on up here on the upper end. did get out a bit today and doodled fished. almost every bite was 30 to 35 ft. did get 4 keeps (lmgs), but just keepers. they were right on creek points on both creek side and main lake side. just not enough of them like there should be. there is not doubt in my mind that there are better numbers of better size bass downstream. it was nice to get out of the house today. bo
  3. i can tell that if i were skipping boat docks, i would have to try to get along with floro. braid just comes up off the spool so easy, it is hard to skip with unless using a spinning reel. hey, i am getting old and decrepit and need all the help i can get. been looking into those reels i have seen that shoot your lure😂. and on top of that, my wife says she will kill me if i ever put any floro or mono on any of her reels. and, there you have the rest of the story. bo
  4. learn the rules of braid and you will get along with it fine. don't learns those rules and you will cuss it. breaking on a cast means two things. one is reel adjustment. two is what you use for backing before you put your braid on the spool. the smoother the backing surface is the better casting performance, and the less digging. i set the hook as hard or harder than most folks on the planet, and i have very little issues with digging anymore. as you say ford/chevy, but most folks issues are self inflicted a lot of times. bo
  5. i use the hi-vis yellow in the creek also. i even tried it out at the trout park just to see if it prevented me from catching trout. it did not. so, i am with you. just don't see that it is diminishing the bites. and, i started out fishing with the old dacron braid way back before mono became the "line to use". bo
  6. actually, i am using some braid that i bought off ali-express. it is called spectra extreme braid. and 1000M spool is 15.50. i get their hi-vis yellow because is will illuminate in a black light. the spider wire stealth braid also works well, but of course is a lot higher in price when 1500 yds. costs $120.00. bo
  7. jeff, i thought about calling you since we have been catching a lot of bass on the doodle. why am i the only one that does not seem to have a big issue with fraying with braid??? i am fishing through the same rock and brush. yes, you do have to retie once in a while, but you also have to do so with floro or mono. i watch the "pros" catch a fish on floro and very often they have a knick or fray and are retying. just trying to figure out why everyone says they have a fraying issue. bo
  8. so, are you saying that fish have the ability to reason? reason that line is a danger? the hook is what does the damage right? and, the hook or hooks are as, if not more, visible than fishing line. then why would a fish not reason to never bite anything with a hook or hook? bo
  9. well mitch, i have had many sit in the boat using that combo to prove to me that they would outcatch me. hasn't happened. back when all we had was mono, many tried to prove to me that green line would catch more fish in the daytime than me using my clear blue stren. it did not happen. when fishing with taylor the other day, he blackened about 3 ft. of his line (which i had put hi-vis yellow on his reel). he really did not really begin to catch them until the yellow began to show through. i told him "see, when they can see your line, they can follow it right to the lure"! line types and diameters affect your sink rate, or depth a billed bait will go, and the action of a lure. braid does have some float factor, but it is also thinner per pound test. some adjustments must be made one way or the other to get desired sink rate, or running depth. next question for me would be, if fluoro is so good, why use braid at all?? just asking. bo
  10. i have not posted anything for a while. it has not been because i have not been or have not been catching any bass. catching lots of bass, but not a great amount of keepers. today, we caught 49 bass and had 6 keepers. one of those was a 3 lb. lmg. i am using some 10 lb. test braid that is smaller than a 2 lb. test diameter, and am using a NuTech 1/8 crappie jig for a head. we are catching these bass 25 to 35 ft. deep. the bites are next to nothing. this is where the super thin braid comes into play because of the depth and nothing bites. i took taylor sanders with me last week, and i was catching all day and he was not. why? because he was using 6lb. test floro and was not feeling the nothing bites. he finally took my rod right before we quit and promptly caught 6 bass. he could not believe the difference in feel. so, he went with me today and showed up with a reel that needed line, and put on some of the 10 lb. braid for him. he caught fish all day this time. wonder where all the better bass are up this way when you are catching the youngsters as deep as we are. have spent a lot of time fishing a jerk and crank, but no love on either. guess catching something is better than catching nothing. bo
  11. well, a 3/4 GrassJig with a 4" swimmer falls about 3' per second. i hate waiting😀. bo
  12. well, what about a consulting fee?? just saying that sometimes instruction has to be paid for. bo
  13. i guess that at this point in life, i'm not that mad at the fish, and will depend on my brain a bit. and fighting the wind will give me something to cuss about all the time while fishing. God knows us, and He does have a sense of humor with many of us. so, He torments me with fighting the wind out in the middle of the ocean to see if i really love fishing enough to keep putting up with all the wind. and, on the flip side, where is the wind when you want to go crankbaiting??? on a more serious note about trolling motors is noise. shallow bass are easily spooked by a noisy trolling motor. one of the reasons that i went from a motor guide to minn kota several decades ago. so, i would have to go with someone that has the spot locks to see how much noise there is while steering. i am assuming the actual motors would still have their each individual amount of noise. fishing shallow, i want full control of the motor, and i rarely ever take my foot off the switch. a trolling motor kicking on and off is a no-no. very shallow big bass at night are very spookiy critters. i often even shut off the electronics when the bass seem to be super shallow. so, noisy steering systems just might rule out spot locks for me, even though they are nice out in the middle of the lake. bo
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