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by Brad in Texas
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Reverting to Straight shank worm hooks
Replies: 11
Views: 471

Reverting to Straight shank worm hooks

It took a while but I finally have largely moved away from offset and EWG hooks. There's a back story here but I won't go into details nor my motivating factors, just results. Since I have reverted to just straight shank worm hooks for, well, worms, but also Keitech shad/fluke looking baits, my hook...
by Brad in Texas
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tekel sprekel frog
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

Re: Tekel sprekel frog

I think this was one of the 2017 "over-hyped" products. It seems fine, to me, better of course for open water than it'd be tossed into pads and vegetation where its "kick" would be muted. But, each year, there are several of these really impressive marketing campaigns. Last year,...
by Brad in Texas
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Fishing Line
Topic: Best braid for spinning reels?
Replies: 30
Views: 2180

Re: Best braid for spinning reels?

I'd mention that Sufix Nanobraid should be included in any discussion of top braids for spinning reels. I began using it in 2 lbs. for ultralight fishing. I'd catch the occasional LMB or catfish deciding to nibble on my small presentations. As of last week, I am now up to a bass just shy of 6 lbs. c...
by Brad in Texas
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: More Parabolic Punch Rod
Replies: 39
Views: 4185

Re: More Parabolic Punch Rod

More good points. There is no doubt that a longer rod has its merits, strong merits. One of those is that the sweeping motion on a hook-set takes up more line and that can be a big deal. And, really, even though we have poor leverage over the fish we are battling, it is rarely a big deal because we ...
by Brad in Texas
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: More Parabolic Punch Rod
Replies: 39
Views: 4185

Re: More Parabolic Punch Rod

I'm currently using a Megabass X7 Destruction. I haven't used it much but, I'm afraid it may not have the guts. I wouldn't think that the X7 would have the guts based on the manufacturers description and lure weights down to 1/4 oz. You need to go with a more parabolic dedicated punch rod if you pu...
by Brad in Texas
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Reels
Topic: What happen to the Z hype?
Replies: 31
Views: 2777

Re: What happen to the Z hype?

On the "orange" Concept Z, I had this sudden flash from my memory cells about the first great "Z." It was the Datsun 240Z brought to America in 1970 or '71 as I recall. Oddly, it seems it was only available in a few colors and one of them was . . . an orange body with black inter...
by Brad in Texas
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Plastics
Topic: Flick Shake 9.8"
Replies: 12
Views: 1837

Re: Flick Shake 9.8"

I think the "big/long worm fear" is that a bass will somehow miss getting enough of the worm inhaled to even get to the place where the hook resides, that the hook never makes it into their mouths. But, anglers use 12" and much longer worms, meaty worms, and throw them on 4/0 hooks th...
by Brad in Texas
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Plastics
Topic: Jackall or Robo plastics for drop shot
Replies: 9
Views: 1369

Re: Jackall or Robo plastics for drop shot

Just the small Roboworms for me, too.

But, I have had great luck, at times, on small Keitech shad-like baits when fish seem to have different "supper plans."

Just a bit of "OCD processing" and you will carry out at least two plastics and feel okay about it!

Brad
by Brad in Texas
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: TT Reviews
Topic: What the Enthusiast? Keitech's Easy Shaker Worm
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: What the Enthusiast? Keitech's Easy Shaker Worm

Everything Keitech makes seems to be of the absolute tops in quality.

But, for my drop shot, I love a small roboworm and it'd be hard to change for something that might catch as many fish, with luck, but at a higher price point.

I do love Keitechs, the Easy Shiner in particular.

Brad
by Brad in Texas
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Reels
Topic: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?
Replies: 219
Views: 24879

Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Good review . . . above. I'd like to hear and see some "on the water" reviews. If one is out there, I have missed it. My guess is the ci4 material for the drag star is simply related to a desire to cut weight whenever and wherever possible. Does a star drag require more rigidity, heft? I d...
by Brad in Texas
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Fishing Line
Topic: Sunline Super braid 5
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: Sunline Super braid 5

Sunline makes great lines. Another you might want to take a look at is Sufix Nanobraid. I think it might be 4 strand construction but just looked and couldn't find the technical information. Sufix uses a wide angle braiding technique, under greater winding tension so it has very tightly formed braid...
by Brad in Texas
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Kayak Fishing
Topic: D.I.Y. No drill anchor trolley installation ...
Replies: 3
Views: 694

Re: D.I.Y. No drill anchor trolley installation ...

That's a good adjustment making yours better. Yes, track positions control whether or not the track-mounted Harkens will work. They do make some really nice 4" tracks now. Of course, they require drilling so here we go again. But, one on a flat surface at the stern could be used for a Harken Pu...
by Brad in Texas
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Kayak Fishing
Topic: D.I.Y. No drill anchor trolley installation ...
Replies: 3
Views: 694

Re: D.I.Y. No drill anchor trolley installation ...

Very good! Lots of ways to set things up and your DIY adds a few more options. I wanted to mention another truly "no drill" option and that is to simply purchase two Harken Track-mounted pulleys. Place one of them on any existing track up as far forward as you can usually around where your...
by Brad in Texas
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: TT Reviews
Topic: Living up to the Hype? The Zero Ball Bearing Concept Z from 13 Fishing
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: Living up to the Hype? The Zero Ball Bearing Concept Z from 13 Fishing

I thought it was a very good review and summary, warts and all. If nothing else, what this "zero ball bearing" reel might do is provide help for "salty" angling where maintenance becomes an even bigger issue. If these new reels can be simply sprayed off with water and not much el...
by Brad in Texas
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Favourite Nanofil leader knot
Replies: 15
Views: 758

Re: Favourite Nanofil leader knot

Adam, Most people I know and have watched don't fish Nanofil with a leader. The crappie/white bass/ panfish guys love it when they are making longer casts. One of the issues with its design is since it is not braided, but straight lines of Dyneema fused together, if you were to look under a microsco...

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