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  1. Interesting topic. Something I’ve been thinking about for years and one of the reasons I enjoy fishing. Ya never know what surprises you may come across and the pursuit of breaking the code if one exists. I caught my pb many years ago on a small pond in nj from shore. 7.5lb on 6” rubber worm in early April. That pond had a decent amount of pickerel and some big ones too. So I don’t buy into the theory of less pickerel equals more and larger bass. Haven’t these fish coexisted for thousands of years? I live across the street from a small reservoir that opened to public fishing from shore only 12years ago. It’s catch and release only. Before that fishing was not allowed. I haven’t caught anything over 3lbs in there. Are there bigger bass in this place? Looking at the freshwater forum people are catching nice size bass on 7 to 12” swim bait lures. Big bait usually means less fish but more likely to catch large. I dont fish large baites so that may decrease chance at convincing a large bass. Put in your time, fish during more productive times,and explore. Beyond that I can’t provide any scientific facts as to what variables will likely support large bass. I’ve seen big bass in small weedy ponds and large reservoirs.
  2. Hogy has eel type soft baits. I believe they go up to 13" long. I fish mostly sluggo's in various sizes. Sluggo goes up to 12" long. I haven't tried the 12".
  3. I put my feeders out when I see one flying around my house, which should be pretty soon. I don't keep track of the exact date.
  4. JimKu

    Tins

    That’s what I use as well in various sizes and usually with the barrel attached. I think my most common size is size 7 that I use. as far as tins go they all catch. Deadly dick,crippled herring,Hopkins,krokodile,graves,cast master,hogy, the list goes on. Get a variety and fish them. Size , weight,and profile to match the conditions and where in the column you want to fish and how fast you want to retrieve. Try some different retrieves. Fast,slow,pause,jig. I catch many fish just by casting it out and reeling in.
  5. Are we talking about freshwater bass or saltwater stripers?
  6. I'm looking to replace my very old Penn Spinfisher 5500SS. It's on an airwave elite 8 1/2' rod. It's my all around rod that I use very often. Fish from shore casting 1/4 to 2oz mostly. The reel is actually still working fine and has handled a lot of fish and some good sized ones too. I was thinking about going to the 4500 size. Will I loose some casting distance from the 5500? I'm using 15lb braid. I checked out the 4500 slammer, spinfisher, and comparible size saltist, and saragossa at a store. Also checked out some higher end reels but those are overkill for what I use it for. Just hand held and not on rod. I was leaning toward staying with penn. All reels felt great. I liked the spinfisher the best since it seemed a little more compact and lighter than the other reels. I've read all the differences between the slammer and spinfisher. The one spec that I'm not sure about is the drag. The slammer 4500 has a 30lb max drag and the spinnfisher has I believe 25lb. I'm not sure if that is an issue.
  7. Looking for tips or tricks to reduce jig neck diameter for using on sluggos and other narrow plastic baits. I’ve tried a variety of techniques but feel a file works the best. The only thing that concerns me is lead dust getting all over and on the file. I usually do this outside if possible.
  8. Years ago I fed birds but saw a huge uptick in mice rats chipmunks and squirrels. last year my sons car had the wires eaten. I think it was over 2000 to get fixed
  9. I still listen to Johnny Winter quit often. One of my favorites. Saw him a few times years ago when I lived in NJ. He used to play every year at the narrows center for the arts in fall river. Kind of kicking myself for not going to see him there. It's only 15 minutes from my house and the place is tiny.
  10. That lure is referred to as a Ranger. (Rodgers Ranger). There are other companies that make a similar product. I'm a shorebound angler and usually always have one in my bag. Like others said it casts great and far even when the wind is in your face. I have really only caught bluefish on it. But I usually fish it fairly quick on top of the water. Maybe if I slowed it down I would get bass? Never tried it for albies. Doesn't get mentioned as an albie lure but I guess they'll hit anything at certain times. Maybe the smaller ones are more effective on albies.
  11. I caught a 12" bass on Saturday 12-2 mid afternoon in a south east MA pond on a 4" plastic floating swimmer similar to a repala. Didnt' get anything else. I only fish from shore. I may push the season further this year depending on the weather. I don't enjoy it when it's too cold. Supposed to be about 50 on Saturday may give it another shot. What the heck the small Res is 1 minute from my house. Any tips for the shorebound angler? Deep, Shallow, lure size, speed, time of day. I also don't mind catching pickerel. I would think the same stuff will catch both.
  12. The big crowd is an early morning thing. Go later in morning,afternoon,evening,or at night and there’s plenty of room. The big crowds are also in a few areas of the canal. You can find space if you move to other locations.
  13. Pretty good night in my back water spot in the early time slot. Started about 7:30pm and was immediately into a couple of fish. Caught a few more as the evening progressed. After 9 or 9:30 didn't get anything. Gave up at 11. 9",7.5" sluggo jig for most. One on 4" storm shad. Tried some other stuff but no joy. I believe I caught 6. I'd say 24 to 29" variety. What's interesting is there were no signs of bait. Even the crabs disappeared. Must be something keeping them interested. Maybe eels since they were liking sluggo's.
  14. Are they just dredging around the bulkheads or are they going to dredge more area's of the canal?
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