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About Livefreeordie

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    Talapia Reproduction Facilitator


  • About Me:
    I wanna catch more bigger fish
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Lure building.
  • What I do for a living:
    Was construction, now crisis management dude at a special school.

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  1. I've never seen a bait fish that was entirely black, yellow, chartreuse, or wonder bread. Striped bass obviously feed at night whether the colors on the prey disappear at 3ft or 6ft distance in the water. It's very likely the bass' eyes are functioning primarily on rods (black/white) not cones (colors) at night, so when color isn't discernible, profile/contrast still is. There may be some effect that, when the fish gets close enough to clearly see the lure, the 'right' color helps accuracy because it's clearly visible. Last night I managed 6 fish. 3 on a pink Zoom Fluke attached to 1/2 oz jig, 3 on a brown 12" Slug Go on a 1oz jig. I don't think color had anything to do with it. I think the fish detected something close enough to take a swipe at while not detecting anything that warned it not to.
  2. "top" to my thinking is toward rod tip. If I experienced your reel issue, I'd remove the rotor and spool, and re-seat them making sure to press down firmly. I've never encountered the degree of 'low on the spool' line lay you mentioned. It's more than a shim washer could correct. So either the rotor and/or spool is seated incorrectly, or there's something else going on. I've had warped washers that (when I didn't press the spool down firmly when reassembling) caused noticeable (not drastic) changes in line lay.
  3. ^good stuff. I've made my own spacer washers, too, when needed.
  4. There's a local lake that DEEP dumps a 1000 stocked trout into. When I put my little kayak in (no sonar) I literally follow the cormorants around and troll to find the fish. When I'm atop the school, I cast spoons. It's a corny way to fish, but it's how I get my fresh water gear ready each year. The cormorants and the osprey leave the lake by mid/end of May. I assume the stocked trout are mostly wiped out by that time.
  5. Between 2 and 1 weeks ago, I experienced an unusual bite of larger fish on larger lures which I think was caused by herring staging to go up New Haven's rivers. I usually see herring up the rivers before now. They're probably there now, but I've been fishing out front and mouths (so haven't checked). If my usual fishing partners take tonight off, I might try an upriver excursion to see what I can see. "nervous water" and weird bumps on the lure gives them away before I get an actual visual confirmation.
  6. I've had similar line lay issues on different reels. Gaining or losing a shim washer will fix it. Take the spool off, reset it firmly, tighten the rotor nut to 'snug' (just more than hand tight, not wrench tight), this will give you baseline. If the line still piles to the top of the spool, add a washer. Vise versa, lose a washer. Order/find extra shim washers now, they don't go bad and will be on hand when needed.
  7. 6" would be my guess for the longest for what this forum calls a glider (somewhat football shaped side profile, flat sides, all edges tapered) with a 3/4" board. You may come up with a design longer than 6" and 3/4" thick. There are certainly designs that glide that I have not seen in this forum.
  8. Is the board in the picture 3/4" or 1" thick? I think a 9" glider that is only 3/4" thick is too thin, IMO. I'm always surprised how much lead I need to put into salt water gliders. For the fresh, you can just go with a mock-up that slow sinks in a bucket test. Add salinity and current, and I'd err on the side of sinking too fast rather than too slow.
  9. I wonder if 50 cormorant = herring? I know they're either due or in the rivers. I experienced an event that told me they were staging to go up a river last week. I haven't seen them up either of the 2 rivers I've fished this year (yet), but I usually do see at least a small run by the first 1/2 of April
  10. One of the few areas SOL could get near-consensus agreement is that anglers should bring out at least as much as they went in with. Everyplace I've lived has townie haunts that get polluted and poached beyond what I can understand
  11. Are you on the bank, wading, or in a boat/yak? Anything could happen and you might catch a different species than the one you were intending to. But, generally, bass tactics are different than panfish. What I love about bluegill (and similar species) is that I can always seem to catch them when the sun is up. Almost every overhanging branch, dock, etc., on a lake will have a couple ready to bite. My favorite style is a small jig head w/tiny soft plastic suspended below a casting egg/slip bobber (anything that gives you distance, accuracy, and reduces the weight and jig from tangling) thrown under the cover. I give it a few seconds and slowly bring it back (which keeps the jig oriented so you'll get more hook-ups/less misses). Since I'm usually in a kayak, I keep a rod dedicated for the panfish, and rods ready for bass. I have more success during the day with drop shots and ned rigs for bass, but crank baits are more fun. If I find a consistent bass bite I ignore the panfish. If bass are tough, I'll target panfish until I come across structure that I know has to have a bass on it. I tend to catch a few bass and crappie by accident when throwing the tiny jigs under branches for the bluegill.
  12. Got a fish on a glider I built which was heavily influenced by the Loki sea slider
  13. This is true. There's a public launch in the park across from the Quinnipiac Terrace housing projects and another at the end of Loyd Street.
  14. I put my salt water kayak into a small lake yesterday in order to make sure all parts are working and to chase stocked trout. I figured that would be safer than launching on a strong river current to test if my new pedal drive and old sonar are working. There were cormorants and an osprey also chasing the fish. A shore bait fisherman, who I saw catch at least 2 fish, called me over to tell me he had almost landed a trout when an osprey had decided to intervene and tried to steal his fish. He said there was a brief tug of war. He seemed amazed it happened and determined to convince me it was a true story. But, I already believed him because I've played tug of war with osprey (and have had other encounters), too.
  15. Nice fish, nice lure, nice job hiding the details.