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12-31-20. Big Cedar area report


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4 minutes ago, Jerry Rapp said:

unbelievable.  It's just the second day of the year and I learned something already.

 

California BS of course

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All those pictures of big bass from Bull Shoals got me fired up.   Launched at old 86 at 0900 and went looking for some deep fish. Air temp at a balmy 30 degree and surface temp at 48.9 Had been

Braid is very light and the spool has less momentum to keep spilling line out. fluro has more weight and backlashes worse than mono.  it doesn’t have to be a Big Deal. Set your spool tension an

I totally disagree that you can throw the braid further in cold weather. As far as i'm concerned it is more than a total pain.  10 to 12 pound Sunline or Seagar in 30 to 35 degree weather will ca

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Bill, you are all over it. I'm definitely more of a blader than a cranker, but since that just won't get ya bit this time of year, I do crank a fair amount from December-March. 

I would offer one tip: There's no other time when you need VERY GOOD equipment more than when trying to throw as far as possible. Buy the smoothest reel you can possibly afford and you'll be glad you did every time you make a cast. And change the line. I'm a mono guy for moving baits. I use P-Line CXX in 10 lb for cranking. That stuff is as tough as line comes. Just be aware that the diameter is a smidge larger than some other lines, so don't go up to 12 pound. And since it doesn't cost a fortune like quality fluorocarbon, you can change it every few trips to keep that distance-robbing line coil at bay. 

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32 minutes ago, Smithvillesteve said:

Great thread. Thanks for the info boys!! I'm 68 years old and I love cranking that RK but my old shoulders can only take so much. After about an hour i have to "sit down to slow down" as i call it. Throw a jig, ned, dropshot, shakeyhead etc. 

I’m 58 and definitely limited in how long I can throw and actively work a jerk bait. 
cranks are no problem yet, but I’m not ever gonna throw the giant ones. 

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2 hours ago, Champ188 said:

And since it doesn't cost a fortune like quality fluorocarbon, you can change it every few trips to keep that distance-robbing line coil at bay. 

What about braid to Fluoro leader? No line coil there.

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1 hour ago, Mitch f said:

What about braid to Fluoro leader? No line coil there.

I have a Cara Cranker and Lew's reel loaded with 20 pound suffix and with 10 pound flouro leader I can fire those things a mile...  Braid cuts through water better and gets them deeper too.  IMHO.

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18 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

I have a Cara Cranker and Lew's reel loaded with 20 pound suffix and with 10 pound flouro leader I can fire those things a mile...  Braid cuts through water better and gets them deeper too.  IMHO.

Can’t stand braid on my treble hook baits . I want something with some stretch usually helps with hook up ratio and fish not pulling loose . A lot of the fish I catch on the wart and crawler are barely hooked , too much of a pull and they are gone . Plus braided line and freezing temps are no fun . Soaks my hands and freezes in the reel . 

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