Matt7082

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  1. I fished it a few years ago with a guide. It was an epic trip. I recall taking 4-wheelers up the river because of limited access. Big brooktrout and lots of nice sized smallies.
  2. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve trolled a tube from my kayak. I am limited to using on artificials. I’m curious what color artificial pork rind curly tails you use. Also, utilizing the speed reading on my GPS, what is a good starting point for speed? I know I should let the fish tel me what speed is good, but where should I start?
  3. Gamakatsu SL12S 3/0-6/0.
  4. G-Eye Jigs are great. Lots of different sizes and colors, and good hooks. I’ve been using them for quite a few years now.
  5. I have a new Corado. It’s a nice reel, but I prefer my Lews reels. I don’t know what it is about Lews, but they feel better in my hand, and I can get them to cast and flip better than Shimanos. If I were in the market, I’d just keep adding Custom Pro Speed Spools to my arsenal. Such a great reel!
  6. I hear they’re great baits. Just as great as the original baits that they’ve copied and rebranded.
  7. Frankly, I really only use my sonar in 15 feet or less for looking at the bottom. Once I get to about 20’, that’s when I begin to trust returns if I think I’m marking fish. In shallow water, the cone is so small and your boat is so close to whatever it is you’re marking. If you are marking fish, you’re probably also spooking them. Chirp is nice, but if I’m shallow fish and simply reading the bottom, I prefer down imaging.
  8. Let me be clear, I bought my Simms boots back in 2011 or 2012...? I’d hope that their quality and warranty have only improved over time. I didn’t try to make a warranty claim until the boots were too far gone. Their reply was that I was overusing them in an environment in which they were not designed for. I bought another pair later that year hoping the first pair were lemons, but the result was much the same. However, I will say that the Simms boots were a little more comfortable than the Korkers. I don’t know how Simms warranty is today. Frankly I have never really heard of bad warranty issues with Simms ever. After a long Simms boycott, I actually bought a pair of their waders this year. We’ll see how they hold up.
  9. I had two pairs of G3 or G4 boots back in the day. The soles started detaching from the boot after only about two months. I bought another pair that fall and they didn’t make it to the following spring. At that time I was fishing about 5 nights a week, and about 1-2 days a week throughout the winter. I bought a pair of Korkers back in 2014 and still have that same pair of boots. They do need to be replaced now, but with my limited time for fishing this year, I think I’ll wait till next year.
  10. My bad, gents. I should have been more explicit. I am looking for rod suggestions.
  11. Looking for a ONE-PIECE 9’6” rod comparable to The Weapon. Trying to throw some jigs, plastics, and occasionally and eel or light wood. Trying to stay under $500. Anything out there that suits the bill?
  12. Alan Battista has one or two books, and a bunch of YouTube content regarding the topic. He fishes from a kayak, but his rigging, lures, etc can be adapted to use on a boat. He fishes the northern bay around the DC area.
  13. Fished in the naval station today and wore out the tog. Nothing big. Cookie cutter 16 inchers. We threw them all back. The bite started slow like usual. Once they got going it was hot for about 40 minutes. Made a couple drops with some squid and some metal jigs for porgies and seabass but no luck. Water is cold. Still bouncing between 58-60 degrees.
  14. There’s gotta be somewhere close by on the beach for you to launch instead of the inlet. If not, man I’d look for another spot. As previously said, inlets are busy, many boaters can hardly make it in and out of inlets safely, and you can’t control wind, tide, etc. There are just too many things you can’t control, and there’s nowhere to run if things are going bad. If you’re gonna do it, pick your day and do it on a slack tide. Honestly, boat wakes are probably the least of my worries while navigating an inlet.
  15. Where are these blues? I am limited to the naval station right now. I have a kayak.