Nice smallmouth!! Topwaters at night are a ****load of fun!
Nice bass indeed. We caught about 30 of these last weekend. I was using the fly rod, the boys surface lures. They were unbelievably acrobatic (4' out of the water!) and parasite free, so we kept 6.
We're going back for more "triple headers" this weekend.
I was fishing for pinks over the weekend. They were not really interested in food any more, I literally bounced a fly off a surfacing male's nose without eliciting a reaction
We then switched to "Fire tiger" Rapalas with pretty good success. I assume we were appealing to their territorial nature. At one point I set the hook on a nice male, only to have most of his face come off. That one was definitely past his prime (puke_smiley.gif) We called it the salmon of the zombie apocalypse.
^ I saw it's grand-daddy today while shore fishing in the Nipigon River. Bricks were shat
We were targeting Pinks and landed a few as the schools cruised by. Then we noticed some MUCH larger shadows in the school: Brook Trout! Bigger than any I've ever seen, cruising past in pairs or threes, a mere 10' in front of us. One or two of those fish were definitely over 24" ...perhaps pushing 30. Just as my sons and I pick our chins off the ground something comes along which DWARFS the brookies. It's a monstrous chinook with a huge kipe! My ten year old son yells "It's as big as ME" ... and he wasn't far off.
We chucked the tacklebox at the fish. The recommended "Fire Tiger Rapala" didn't produce, but various spoons with silver did. When the brookies came through we pulled out our lines, as the season is closed. When a big chinook came by we all took a cast at in turn ...no dice
I apologize for breaking rule #1 ...camera was left in the car
i told my youngest son that my father used to take me fishing before i went to school in the morning. his reply, "i wish he was my dad."
we did a small charter out of colonial beach this past summer & caught a grip of perch. i wasn't the ideal fishing exp but we didn't come empty handed which was the objective.
i sat thru a brief bass fishing workshop this past weekend only to jump start that need to get out there again.
i gre up doing mostly bottom fishing for spot & blues out of solomon's island. i may get a chance to do some fishing neat assategue next week for blues & stripers.
my latest passion is doing freshwater kayak when I can. needless to say, i hope to post pics soon.
2.0pt slow i hope to run into you one of these days.
Two days & no new posts? Caught the fishing bug lately, so I have a few questions.
Recently got a new Shakespeare baitcaster entry level reel & paired it up with a 6' lightweight Shimano rod.
I also bought a topwater popr lure that i was told works well for some LMB at a nearby lake. I took it for a spin in my backyard & it's not heavy enough to cast. I was also told to not a use any weight with this rig.
I've got 6lb flouro line on the reel, & loaded per instruction (thread through hole, tie line around spool with a common knot & load until 90% capacity.)
When I cast it, just kinda swing there like it was never released. Any advice for a noob? Thanks.
With baitcasters you can set amount of tension on the, usually a dial next to the reel handle. Once you do that you use your thumb as kind of a brake on the spool so it doesn't birdsnest on you. Hopefully this helps
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On the same side as the drag, there should be another smaller knob, this is your tension knob. you want to turn this towards you (loosen) until the lure pulls line off the reel with it's own weight (Make sure you have freespool engaged).. Once that is set it should be pretty simple to cast without giving you too many backlashes..
One thing about baitcasters is that you've gotta practice.
Also, as a rule you want to spend more $$$ on the reel then the rod. Shimano Citica or the previous gen Curado (green) are great reels for beginners...
It's a Shakespeare Agility from Dick's
I think I may have tried that, but I'll try it again. Just wasn't sure if I had it setup right w/the common know & the 6lb test.
Oh yeah, what's birdnesting?
Just noticed I can source a few of your recommended Shimano reels for about the same price as the reel from Dick's.
Last edited by Mars Noble; 10-03-2012 at 10:25 AM.
I released the tension knob & the line slowly drops. I practiced a few casts in my yard, but still getting the backlash. I may just switch out to a weighted rig to get better results.
i did hear a few birds chuckling at my attempt to make a "birdsnest" with my reel & line.
i may just return it & get the shimano you recommended.
Another helpful tip for a beginner at using a baitcaster is to peel off as much line as a full cast length or a little further then wrap some black electrical tape around the spool before winding te line back up over it. Now when you cast you are limited to exactly that length for a max cast but the rest of the line won't explode on you causing as nasty of a backlash (birds nest).
I casted my conventional baitcaster today for the first time. Not bad. This Avet is gunna sail pounder bulldawgs next Saturday!
Almost ready for my guided trip with my buddy this coming Saturday! Rods are ready and now I am just packing a tackle box to bring with me. The guide is a friend and has many years experience on the water guiding and still does guided trips with customers, I won the trip on a friendly forum contest a few years ago. He has a ton of gear for us to use but said more never hurts also I am a lefty so will need to bring my own rods.
Steelhead season on the north shore of Lake O is upon us. I'll be heading out to some local spots to kill some time. We didnt get rain so i'm not sure how good it's gonna be.
Just picked up an islander steelheader center pin. I'm sure getting used to it will keep me occupied. Wish me luck.