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  1. I don't know that line is the issue. Spincasting reels just don't have great casting abilities. I would highly suggest stepping up to a spinning reel and practicing to get the hang of it. Shouldn't take long and it will allow you to do so much more. Pflueger President in the 35 size would be a great all around size. It's arguably the best reel in $60 price range. https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Pflueger_President_Spinning_Reel/descpage-PPSS.html Throw some 8 lb P-Line CX Premium or 15/4 braid on it and you'll increase your casting distance greatly.
  2. Is this a push button spincasting reel? Or a spinning reel?
  3. No I sold these back in 2016/2017... Sorry man
  4. Great read as always Al! Can't wait to see the pics! What a day!
  5. I bet that was fun and a big surprise! I agree with the others though that I don’t think I would’ve released it. I guess it’s not too bad if the body of water can’t connect to a local river system. Anytime I catch/snag one of those I cut their gills and let them go for the turtles to enjoy. Never seen one that orangeish/yellow
  6. I was supposed to head to Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend but a health emergency in the family changed our plans last minute. My wife and I wanted to stay close to home just in case anything changed with my Father-in-Law. Luckily, he is doing well! Even though we both agreed staying home was the right thing to do, my wife knew I was a little bummed to not be headed to the lake as I haven't fished since early December. When HogWally (Aaron) and SmallieBigs (Scott) reached out to me on Friday to see if I could fish with them Saturday morning, my wife told me I'd be crazy not to go 😉! We met at the ramp at 6:15 am on Saturday morning to the river being 5 feet high and off-color but not too bad. Visibility was about 1 foot. Aaron was a little worried as the river had risen about a foot overnight.... But if there is anyone who knows where the fish group up during these conditions it's Aaron! We took off in the fog and headed to the first spot. Water temps were 50 when we started and rose to 52 by mid-morning. Pulled up to the first spot and we really never had to leave. We snagged a couple gar right off the bat and then the Smallies started biting! A couple 13-14” fish and then I caught a nice 17” on a crankbait... I hooked another 14” on the crankbait and while I was getting it unhooked, Aaron leaned into 19.5” giant on the Tackle HD Hi-Def Craw. A brute of a pre-spawn fish! Got a couple pics and watched her swim off hard! A couple more 13-14” fish. Then I lucked into another BIG one! I was dragging the Hi-Def Craw down a current seem and she ate it. Rod doubled over on the hookset. Lots of hugs and high fives! She measured 20” and 4.4 lbs! Only my second 20” Smallmouth ever and I can’t think of many things that feel greater than that. Got some awesome pics while keeping her well hydrated between each shot. She thanked me with a tail slap of water to the face as she swam off! What a fish!!!! But we weren’t done yet. I quickly caught another 15” on the Craw. Then Aaron caught a thick 17.5” that we all thought was a hybrid. Mostly Smallmouth but seemed to have some Spotted Bass in her… I caught another 17.5” football. This thing looked like a northern Smallmouth. Tall and thick with a big ole tail! Bite slowed down on that spot so we headed to one more. Aaron caught another 17.5” and I had a 16” but that is all we could pull off that spot. We fished about another 30 minutes without a bite and had to call it quits so we could all get back to family duties. Off the water by 9:30 am. I love spending time in the boat with these two guys… The big Smallmouth were just icing on the cake!
  7. Been watching this guys channel for a while now.... Be careful.... It causes extreme amounts of envy and jealousy!
  8. I own 3 of the 4 you ar looking at. The Finesse Jig Rod and Head Turner are my most used rods too. They are awesome!!! The Amistad is a great stick too. I mainly use it for flipping/pitching around heavy cover/docks and bigger jigs 5/8 oz and up. It would work well for the 130 plopper I think and you could probably throw an A-Rig on it as well. You won't be disappointed with Falcon.
  9. Heading to Orange Beach/Gulf Shores, AL area in Mid March. Would like to try my hand fishing the surf on the beach. I really don’t want to deal with live/fresh bait. Wanting to throw lures only. What can I expect that time of year? What lures would be effective? What kind of species should I expect/target. I’d love to get into a bull red if possible but I honestly don’t care what I catch. Just looking for some Tackle/Bait suggestions and how to approach surf fishing. I appreciate any info you guys are able to share!
  10. That stringer pic is awesome! Nice job!
  11. PRICE DROP!!! Megabass Crankbait Lot for Sale... (1) Megabass X-Dad (Uchida Craw) - New Out of Box (1) Megabass Bait-X Concept (Ito Shrimp) - New Out of Box w/ Upgraded Hooks/Split Rings $20 TYD - PayPal Ready - PM me
  12. PRICE DROP!!! Topwater Lot For Sale!!! (1) 1/2 oz Picasso Tungsten Din R Bell Buzzbait (White Pearl/Silver Blade) - NIB (1) 1/2 oz Picasso Tungsten Din R Bell Buzzbait (Black/Gold Blade) - NIB (1) 3.5" LIVETARGET Hollow Body Sunfish (Natural Olive Bluegill) - NIB (1) 3.5" Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug (Black) - New Out of box w/ Upgraded Hooks/Split Rings (1) RARE/Discontinued Deps Buzzjet Jr. Wakebait Bone Series (Bone Bass) - New Out of Box w/o Hooks (1) RARE/Discontinued AR Lures Pencil 90 (Baby Bass) - Used only once w/ Upgraded Hooks/Split Rings $50 TYD - PayPal Ready - PM me
  13. PRICE DROP!!! Jerkbait Lot For Sale! (1) RARE Megabass Ito Vision 110 - GG Cruising Blue - NIB (1) Lucky Craft Pointer 95 - Ghost Threadfin Shad - NIB (1) Jenko Perseus 110 - Addiction - NIB $35 TYD - PayPal Ready - PM me
  14. Absolutely awesome! I couldn't imagine! Congrats Jim!
  15. I use abkeenan's 2nd option...Mustad KVD #4 on the belly #6 on the tail https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Mustad_KVD_1x_Strong_2x_Short_Triple_Grip_Treble_Hook/descpage-MKVDEST.html And #3 Owner Hyperwire Split Rings to attach them... https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Owner_Hyper_Wire_Split_Rings_Black/descpage-OHWSB.html
  16. I just found this on the Lew's Sportsman's Factory Outlet Facebook page regarding seminar schedules...
  17. Our owners (Aaron, Mitch, and Ben) won't be there because of the East Tennessee Fishing Show in Knoxville... But our good friend Mike Fey Sr. will be there representing us. Definitely make sure to introduce yourself. He's a great guy!
  18. Just wanted to let everyone in the Springfield area know about the Meet the Pros event at Sportsman’s Factory Outlet on Jan 25th and 26th. The Tackle HD guys are honored to be part of the event this year as SFO is now carrying our products. Table Rock BFL Champion, Mike Fey Sr, will be there representing us and answering any questions about our baits that folks may have. Stop by and say hello if you are free! Mike is a great guy and a hell of a fisherman! Tons of great local companies will be featured at this event as well as seminars from National and Regional Pros. We hope to see you guys there!
  19. Call Jack Uxa... The guy can catch anything that swims on LOZ and will guide for Catfish... Great guy to spend a day in the boat with! 573-434-2570 http://www.fishinglakeoftheozarks.com/
  20. Let's Go Fishing Show at Gateway Center in Collinsville on January 4-5-6, 2019 - RODS & REELS- TACKLE & BAIT - GEAR & GADGETS - FISHING BOATS - GUIDES & RESORTS - FREE SEMINARS - PRIZES - LIVE DEMOS - EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS - KIDS ACTIVITIES - FREE FISH POND SHOW DATES & HOURS: Friday, January 4 from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM Saturday, January 5 from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM Sunday, January 6 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM ADMISSION FEES: ADULTS - $7.00 AGES 60+ Friday Only - $5.00 Ages 6-15 - $3.50 each day Ages 5 & under FREE Parking is FREE each day!
  21. Absolutely awesome! You guys are some dam good fisherman! Merry Christmas!
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