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    Flutter spoon set up

    When out with Bill Beck, he would always have a relatively stout split ring and pretty big crane swivel directly on the spoon. I mirror that on mine, and I actually think it helps offset the weight of the hook and create a slower fall rate. (spoon stays more horizontal) I'm along the same lines as most folks with rod selection: 7' MH with a moderate fast to fast action, and 12 or 15lb Maxima. You want some give so that they don't throw the treble. Also, I believe the Dixie Jet comes standard with an EWG Treble hook. If they are eating it well, I will stick with it, as it pins the fish better. If I'm getting hit but not hooking up(they're swatting it), I'll switch to a #2 round bend (Gammie or Owner) so that I have a better shot of sticking those fish that don't want to inhale it.
  2. I like seeing fish too, at times. That's why I trout fish.
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    Spinnerbait Question

    No, you wrap the leader section around the spinnerbait hook and pass the trailer hook through the loop that is created, kind of like a "handshake loop". Once you cinch it tight, it doesn't move.
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    Spinnerbait Question

    http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gamakatsu_G-Stinger_Hook_4pk/descpage-GSH.html I don't always use them, but I've become a fan of these. I believe with the soft "leader" it doesn't interfere with the primary hook, and the circle type hook doesn't seem to be snag prone. I do wish they made it in a 3/0 or 4/0 though. the 2/0 is perfect for a 1/4 oz. spinnerbait. Short spots are almost always on the trailer when I have one of these on.
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    Getting the green algae stain off my boat?

    Mixed opinions on whether it "damages", but putting the Works toilet bowl cleaner on and spraying off quickly works wonders. Awesome for scale on lower unit and stainless props too. https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/618234-hull-cleaner-vs-toilet-bowl-cleaner.html
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    Smallmouth or Mean Mouth?

    Quill, I think you need to talk to EGO about some compensation for all of those pretty fish in their net.
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    Looking for advice

    Should be a lot of nice bass in Long Creek after the Big Bass tournament.
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    Battery question

    I had replaced some trolling batteries a few years ago with Interstate 29DC's, and after a few months one of the post actually broke off, exposing one of the cells. Interstate claimed it was due to corrosion, of which there was none on the batteries (I had bought these at an Interstate company store). Installed with lock nuts, they were well secured, etc. I ended up buying an Everstart to replace the failed battery, and if you put the two side by side, I noticed that the shell of the battery was identical in every way. Not claiming internals are identical, but they definitely came out of the same facility.
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    I just sold my 18.5 Nitro with a 150, and I had a hydrofoil on mine. I strongly suggested to the buyer that he leave it on there. I got on plane quicker, had less porpoising, and could cruise slower without coming off of plane. If your motor height is set correctly, the plate should be out of the water when you're trimmed out, and not affect your top end. The only negative I noticed, is that if you were up on plane and somewhat trimmed out, then turned hard, you would feel the hydrofoil catch at times, or it air might get under the cavitation plate and throw an alarm. That was not a deal breaker in my mind though. Here is the one I had. It doesn't require drilling, so for less than $100, well worth the experiment. Mine was on for a year before it slipped back about 1/2 an inch. I pushed it back forward and re-tightened the bolts, and it still in place after two years, so it was incredibly secure. https://www.amazon.com/Sport-Marine-SE400-Hydro-Black/dp/B0757LYJSD
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    Mid-Lake/James - 3/24

    Fished from Pt. 5 to 14 today. Clearer water at 4 and starts to clear at Pt 14. I have heard about crankbaits for the last few weeks, and predominantly threw RkCrawler, Wart, and Zoner Hunter on banks that typically produce. Not sure if it shut off, but I ended the day with three keepers and no shorts. Needless to say for 9 hours of fishing today, I struggled. I'm sure the 25 degree temperature drop tonight will help....
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    Aunts Creek 3/22 trifecta

    Struggled today in Kimberling City area on the RkCrawler and Wart. Conditions were perfect for the crank, but marking most fish out at 13-18 feet. could not buy a bite on a jig with those fish.
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    Pete Wimmers

    Site is still up. http://www.hookedonbass.com
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    Size Line On Baitcaster?

    I am not sure if it is still the case, but I know Excel used to actually be made by Sufix, who makes a pretty good mono. A guide told me he bought service spools of Excel to spool the spinning gear he had for clients.
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    Size Line On Baitcaster?

    I've started throwing 8lb Maxima with my cranks and jerkbaits, and I'm pleased with the results. I like 10 or 12lb Maxi for swimbaits and finesse jigs, then 50lb braid for topwater, heavy jigs, etc. I've sized up in the last few years on braid, simply because the larger diameters don't seem to dig as much. I have some 20 and 30lb braid on a few rods, but they haven't gotten much love recently.
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    dink fest in the mud

    Has anyone else thrown the 6th Sense Curve 55 yet? I tried it a bit this winter, but never when there was a strong crankbait bite. From what Bo is describing, it might be a similar bait. Didn't seem to have the wide, pronounced wobble of the wart, and didn't seem to get quite as deep. It certainly looks similar..... Not enough time to order the Iovino's for the weekend, so I'll report back.

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