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  1. Swim jig trailer

    Like cjac said, I use a HAvoc twin tail a lot. Durable, and cheap when they do get torn up. Will also use a big 5" grub or a cut off Grass Pig too. Main thing is stiffer plastic, and Hitch Series trailer keepers help a ton too. For gear, I use a 7'2" MH X-Fast with a fairly light tip, and 40# braid. With swim jigs, you tend to miss fish if you set the hook like you would on a normal jig. Took me a while to figure it out, but basically all I do when I get a hit is reel faster and sweep set off to the side. A sharp wrist set, and it is pretty easy to pull the thing right out of their mouth. If you just let the rod load and the hook grind in, you don't miss many. Once they're hooked they stay hooked pretty well too. Light jig and no real way to get leverage on it.
  2. Deep weedline Jigs

    awww... I know all sorts of stuff. Trouble is, not much of it is useful
  3. Deep weedline Jigs

    Never liked the Grass jigs with straight hook eyes for casting. They're great for close range where you're mainly setting straight up or nearly so, but on long casts, I've had some issues hooking fish. Far and away my favorite weedline jig is the Southpaw from North Star. Great head design, great hook, great color selection. They're gradually replacing most other jigs. My other favorite has always been the Northland Jungle Jig, but they discontinued my favorite color I tend to fish jigs fairly aggressively, especially in clear water, so I use a lot of 1/2 and 5/8 oz jigs. I'll go up to 3/4 oz if I'm fishing really deep - 18-22 ft say. I really fish them like vertical reaction baits most of the time. I want something that sinks fast so fish don't get a good look at it, and tend to use colors that blend in with the background like watermelon and green pumpkin. In darker water where weedlines are shallower and I don't want the thing to move as sharply, I go lighter - 3/8 oz. Bet I could make a pretty good living on most water with a 1/2 oz though. As for jigs vs. plastics - they're just different. I think jigs are a more consistent big fish bait, and they're easier to cover water with efficiently I think. That said, swimming a 10" worm during mid summer can get you into some pretty big fish too.
  4. Bass baits for kids?

    Swim jigs are great for kids. Can easily throw them on a spinning rod with braid if necessary, and they catch bass, pike, rock bass... Plus they're pretty snag-free.
  5. Pike Repellent

    I've seen pike bite through 60 and 90# fluoro like it's 4# mono. If you can cut it with a scissors, they can bite through it.
  6. Muskie Stocking

    Just a quick update on this. An amendment to remove the muskie stocking ban language from the house Game and Fish Bill was defeated by a single vote on the house floor last night. It had the votes to pass, but the Speaker held the vote open while the speaker's Legislative Assistant and the party whips ran around getting members to toe the line - which is strange, because it wasn't an official caucus position earlier in the day. During the debate on the issue, the chief author of the stocking ban Rep Tom Hackbarth (R - District 31B) stood on the House floor, and just flat out lied. I'm hesitant to use that definitive a term, but there's no other word for it. When you stand up and say that 'every lake association on the proposed lakes is against muskie stocking, and so are the local units of government,' and that statement is demonstrably false...it's a lie. Period. I've been around this stuff a while, and seen plenty of examples of distorted facts, misinformation, and omissions, but a bald face lie is pretty rare. It was really unbelievable. Right now, the Senate is not moving on their G&F bill, and there is no comparable language in the bill if it does advance, so it'd go to a reconciliation committee. There is similar language in the Senate AIS bill, but no companion bill in the House. So it's really a mess. There is also, because of this an other issues, the possibility of a gubernatorial veto if the G&F Bill does make it through both houses.
  7. Opening Day Weather

    Deep diving crankbaits are so, so overlooked for early season bass. Inside turns, etc., with last year's weeds that funnel into spawning areas can be lights out.
  8. Opening Day Weather

    If you'd have asked me in mid-January what the forecast would be for this weekend, I'd have said "high of 40, NW winds 20-25." It never fails... If I get out to chase bass at all, I may actually look off the edges of some of the spawning flats to some inside turns to see if fish that have sucked off the flat pile up there. Might be a real good weekend for a grub on a jighead.
  9. Muskie Stocking

    The new stocking ban language was added as an amendment to an AIS bill that had fairly wide support - and rightfully so. The initial amendment as proposed by Sen Ingibrigtsen had no sunset date, but at least that was changed to a 2020 sunset. There is not comparable language in the House version of the bill, so a lot may depend on who conferees are on a reconciliation committee OTC I understand your frustration, believe me...but this has next to nothing to do with walleyes or walleye fishermen. It's 100% about lakeshore owners who want veto power over how the DNR manages "their" lake. I've said for a while that the legislature has been dancing on the edge of a very slippery slope when it comes to legislating what should be managed by fisheries professionals. It seems like this session, they've decided to stop dancing, and just dive off the cliff. And the muskie stocking issue is just the beginning. Bass tournaments will be next. Del, again, I hear you - believe me. Muskie fishermen can be their own worst enemies, especially with how they treat other anglers. But this isn't really about one group of anglers vs. another - it's about how our fisheries are going to be managed, and whether lakeshore owners should be able call the shots on how management decisions are made on what is supposedly public water. To me, that is 100x more important than whether or not one lake or another gets stocked with muskies.
  10. Micro guides/smaller guides .... clog?

    Not a St Croix guy really, but I think they're the small frame guides but not true micro guides, which are really teeny.
  11. Muskie Stocking

    Just the latest on this... The original bill to ban muskie stocking was not even going to get a hearing in the Senate. So the bill's author, Sen. Engibrigtsen (R - Alexandria) added it as an amendment to the Aquatic Invasive Species bill. Since it's not in the House version, it will go to a reconciliation committee. Just completely ridiculous.
  12. Micro guides/smaller guides .... clog?

    True microguides can be a pain sometimes, with cottonwood seeds, and especially if you fish wild rice at all. Fished spoons in the rice with a friend of mine a few years back, and his rods had tiny microguides. After a couple hours he was ready to go Bo Jackson and break the rod over his own head. There are guides that are light frame, low profile, with smaller rings than a 'standard' guide. I have several of those and don't have many problems with them at all.
  13. Plastic Lizards

    I use lizards all season. Sometimes Texas rigged for sure, but actually use them as jigworms a lot too both for largemouths and smallies. Love the Havoc Boss Dog lizard on a jigworm. Cheap, durable, and some great colors. Falls different and looks different than a ribbontail, little bigger profile... I like 'em a lot. For smallies, the ISG lizard, which they quit making for a while but is now back in production, can be a good change of pace from a grub or jigworm.
  14. Punching weights

    For me 3/4 will do the job most of the time. I carry a few 1 oz., but rarely find them necessary.
  15. How many "bass" guys, fish trout?

    I've been away from the trout thing for...longer than I care to admit, but kind of getting back into it again this year. I'll be at it all next week out in the Black Hills actually. Haven't fished Spearfish Creek in about 30 years, and I'm really looking forward to it. (Actually that's kind of an understatement. I've been useless at work all week with trout on the brain.) More of a flyfishing guy when it comes to stream trout, but I'll toss spinning gear at 'em too. I spent quite a few years fishing one species almost to the point of exclusion, but gradually realized I was really missing out on a lot of fun fishing. Now try to fish for as many species as I can. Did everything from muskies to flyrod carp last season. Hope to do the same this year, but adding stream trout to the mix besides.