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  1. Hi, I am planning a September or early October trip to fish the Everglades and other locations for largemouth and maybe peacocks. Will be staying in Hollywood. I know it will be hot in September, but how is the fishing? My other option is to go in early June, but not sure if I can take the trip then. any advice is appreciated.
  2. When my kids were that age the simple Zoom soft plastic 6 inch worm worked the best and they caught plenty of bass. White, green pumpkin, june bug and black worked the best. good luck!
  3. home waters are ponds, lakes and rivers in Massachusetts for LMB and SMB. looking forward to expanding my range to NH and Maine in 2021.
  4. Hi, I need some help with my Mercury 2003 5 HP 2 stroke outboard getting the external fuel tank to work. The internal fuel tank works fine and the engine runs very well. I purchased an external 3 gallon tank with the Mercury connections to the motor. I turn off the fuel line to the internal and connect the external tank. The arrows are in the correct direction to send the fuel to the motor. I also replaced fuel connector on the motor. The hose and connector to the tank seem to work as air will pass all the way thru to the carburetor. The problem is that I can't get the fuel to pump thru the line to the motor. I put more than enough fuel in the external tank. The squeeze ball works but it just doesn't suck the fuel thru to the motor. Any ideas on this? thanks!
  5. thanks Mako, I may try a Merc hose and fittings.
  6. it does have a vent fitting and I did open it.
  7. Stonesipher, thanks for the info. I do have the arrows in the correct direction and I do have a Moeller type hose and squeeze ball, not the Moeller brand but a knockoff. What type or brand of hose should I be using?
  8. Worc Boy, try the Lunkerhunt Pop Frog, it has a trailer hook and is mostly weedless. if the 1st 2 hooks don't get set, the trailer hook does, much each than the standard hollow body frog, and worth the $$.
  9. my PB in Florida, 6.25 pb, caught on live shiner, Lake Thomas in Winterhaven/Lakeland FL.
  10. 5.25 lb from Massachusetts, caught in mid June 2019 on Lunkerhunt pop frog, my PB in Massachusetts.
  11. Has anyone fished in the Belgrade Lakes area in central Maine? how was the fishing? I am planning on trips in mid May and in Mid June for largemouth and smallmouth. I hear that the Black Flies can be bad in the spring in Maine. How bad are they in mid May thru the end of June? do they swarm on the lakes? Just don't want to be in the middle of the black fly swarms. thanks!
  12. they work great in the early morning about an hour after sunrise, best results in mid June thru end of July. calm water seemed to be the best. I did catch a few after 6 pm as well in the summer in shady areas.
  13. I am planning a trip in mid May and in mid June to the Belgrade lakes area in Central Maine, China Lake and Webber Pond for largemouth fishing. How bad are the Black Flies this time of the spring? are the so bad that you don't want to be outside? Are they are problem on the lakes or just the rivers? thanks!
  14. Riddler, thanks for the detailed info on this!
  15. thanks for the tip Plugger, a late September trip could work.
  16. thanks Phil, good to know. maybe I will postpone until July. the spring trip could be to Florida, no black flies.
  17. thanks Peter. I will bring a good amount of bug spray. have you fished in Webber pond or China Lake?
  18. I had a 21 foot proline with a cuddy cabin with a 150 Johnson 2 stroke. with 4 scuba divers, 8 tanks and all the gear it was never underpowered. though the 2 stroke has a bit lighter than a 4 stroke the 150 Yammie should work well. the boat had enough juice to double as my ski boat on the lakes. always got me up on 1 ski.
  19. I am looking at a Boston Whaler with a 2001 150 HP Evinrude Etec outboard with very little use in freshwater only. I have seen quite a few bad reviews on this engine with repeated problems with the main computer control board (ECB?). I have seen a few other Etec outboards on the used market. Does anyone have any experience good or bad with the Etec that you could share? I don't want to be in the repair shop on a regular basis. thanks!
  20. thanks for info on the ETec and Ficht engines. I will expand my search to include 4 strokes.
  21. you are correct it is a Ficht.
  22. yes, it is a 2001. very little use, fresh water only. used about 5 to 8 weekends per season. they put in a rebuilt ECB in the motor a few years ago, otherwise no other major work.
  23. I haven't seen any posts lately from their trips to the Quabbin in Central Mass. Any reports on SMB catches so far this season?