Bassdozer

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    Inveigling largemouth, smallmouth, spotted and striped bass
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    Share my knowledge, enthusiasm and confidence in bass fishing with my fellow bass anglers worldwide

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  1. May God bless her and take care of your mom, you and her family always.
  2. The late Cotton Cordell once told me that back when a skinny minnow like a RedFin was a brand new lure concept and the hottest sensation in fishing sixty years ago, Cotton posted a billboard on a major highway where speederbys could read: "TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR A REDFIN" I modified Cotton's slogan for saltwater striped bass fishing to say: "TONIGHT IS A GOOD NIGHT FOR A WHITE OR A BLACK LURE"
  3. I moved back to NY 3 months ago - but FB friends in California posted they tried to go fishing this past weekend and were turned away
  4. Many of the lakes in California were just closed - too many people turning out for fishing, picnics and to enjoy the weekend weather. We can expect most any place that could draw a crowd will be off limits soon.
  5. Danny named the Conrad after Conrad Malicoat of Cape Cod who was an artist and craftsman. Conrad originally made his own out of hickory hammer handles because he wanted something heavier to cast with powerful conventional tackle to get serious distance to fish the Second Rip at P-Town. A legend of the high surf is someone somehow got one or found one washed up on the beach, and it furtively made its way to Danny. However, truth is seldom as fabulous as legend, and more like Conrad simply asked Danny if Danny could make them. That had to be in the late fifties or early sixties. Over time, Danny made at least three sizes of Conrads. First, the Senior hammer handle rendition. Second, the Junior which because of its wider utility in more ordinary conditions was the most popular size. Third, Danny was "popularizing" the Peanut size circa the late mid-eighties as peanut bunker increased as a percentage of coastal baitfish biomass then. Getting back to the original, Danny Senior Conrad size is the largest and heaviest of the three sizes. It accounted for a lot of large-sized bass in its day. The Conrad was the deepest swimming of all Danny's plugs on a cast and retrieve (as opposed to trolling). A very slow action was required to get them deep and to keep them down. If you retrieved too fast, it would upset the balance of action. Super slow would cause a wide, rolling sweep from side to side that accounted for some very large bass.
  6. You know the best think about that large troller is the large bass! Donny Musso made a 2X large troller which caught 2X large bass.
  7. Something that helps to better understand these two plugs is that Pichney's Conrad and Troller are at opposite ends of the stability and fair to say, speed spectrum. The troller design results in it being able to be tuned to be very stable and to tone down destabilizing or spin-out whereas the Conrad design results in it being able to be tuned to roll very widely similar to a bunker flipping on its side - almost borderline unstable. Pichney's Slopehead, an offshoot of the Conrad modified the design of the Conrad further to roll even more widely like a bunker flipping action. It's not wrong to fine-tune a Troller for fast water situations and/or fast rate of retrieve or boat trolling whereas a Conrad can be fine-tuned for slower combined water and angling speed - this does not imply a Conrad can't be used in fast water or rips - it can be strummed in a fierce rip or current - and with conventional reel, once the Conrad's driven down to its operating level, very easy to feed line out with finger pressure on the line or spool to "back-swim" the Conrad downtide, effectively swimming it away from you with finger pressure to modulate line speed to create desired level of metal lip pressure to keep the lure down and to activate the lure back-swimming at a rate slower than the current speed, and envision it as the plug tail being the head of the baitfish swinging round and swimming down with the tide, and you can get a hit at any time, which is usually manifested as your line suddenly peeling out madly - but get ready when it swings over to the seam and when it pops into an eddy - and you engage the reel so it does a 180 degree direction reversal and starts swimming the opposite direction (toward you now) with the plug head being the baitfish head now - is a high percentage strike moment. BTW, a great troller color always was Pichney's rainbow - and it's a great Conrad color too.
  8. There's always something that just doesn't add up with the "tales of the glory days" being so great (which they were for those that were driven and able to make them great). When I do the math, the "glory days" in many fantabulous stories, they are often the last unregulated years leading up to and during when NY, RI, MA and other government agencies began shutting down the striper fishing because the stocks were so severely depleted and toxic back then. So, were the glory days the worst of times or best of times? Best for some, worst for others? Perception - or what others want you to think - is more important than reality. Fast forward to today, my perception of recreational fishing is more big bass being caught by more people than ever (operative word) before - but on boats. So, the best of times for trophy bass is now from that perspective, if trophy bass seminar speakers want to keep up with the biomass changing times.
  9. I would not risk doing anything to the folk art ones, not even the Masterlure. Also, aged Cooper's are notorious for cracking as soon as they soak up water. The others, I would start with a hot tap water and plenty of Woolite soak in a tub, with lost of swishing ever so often for about an hour - or until the water reaches room temperature. Woolite is mainly a surfactant that lifts dirt off the surface and onto the Woolite surface instead. From there, without washing, into a bath of natural orange cleaner in tepid water bath for another hour - which is an acid that will eat into the dirt lifted by the Woolite. Then a good rinse under a hot water faucet. Dry rub with a cotton towel. Let air dry. Again, some risk plugs will crack during this process - but they would split when you went to fish them anyway. Nevertheless, you shouldn't be damaging the original finish "as much" as harsher cleaners could.
  10. What Stevie said. Also, as others wrote above, probably was tight wire when it left the maker, but subsequent wear and tear from snags and fish will exert pressure on the tail end, bending the tail wire and pulling the front eye deeper into the lip slot, thereby squeezing the front eye wrap tighter or closer together than original. So, it means it probably was a productive plug (not all plugs are) - and I would start at the front loop - pull that forward out of the lip slot as much as possible and use an ice pick or thin screwdriver to ream the two sides of the front eye wire open again, also trying to widen and round out the very line tie loop section to a "reasonable" wider width. Once the front eye is reamed and widened - I would use size D rod wrapping thread to fill the void on the tail end - wrap in between the body grommet if any and the end wrap of the wire till it's solidly filled - and super glue. With that being said, as with any injury I've ever gotten in life, my doctor once told me, "It's never going to be as good as it was before, but it will be better than it is now [meaning busted]." That applies to any through-wired plug I've done the above procedure to as well...rarely as good as one was before the damage, and will often suffer repeat damage in the same way in the same place by strong fish even after such a repair. Often I'd anticipate having to retire and admire such a plug after that, and move on to break in a new plug to take its place. Hope it helps.
  11. Appreciate the fish-catching info, I will buy and try those color and size recommendations in 2020 as I plan to fish lots of half-light before and after going to work - welcome!
  12. Citadel, do all the Mirrodine colors have luminescent inserts as in glow-in-the-dark?
  13. Did ya tell a joke? First post you're supposed to tell a funny joke. For instance, What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta! Please see the forum rulez.
  14. These were just the people ahead of me - and I got there 7:00...