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About BassThumb.

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  • Birthday 08/17/1982

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    St. Cloud, MN
  1. Favorite mono

    Yo-Zuri Hybrid. It's technically a co-polymer line, but it's a terrific, tough, low-stretch substitute for monofilament. It's also very affordable. The thing you want to consider with Hybrid is that its actually breaking strength is about 1.5x the listed strength. For example, the 12# breaks at about 20 pounds of pull. The most useful line for a spinning rig would be 4-6#, with 6# being very useful. For baitcasting setups, try the 10-12# lines. 12# is on most of my rods with moving baits. Give this stuff a shot. It may very well become your new favorite line.
  2. Thanks. I got some good answers over at IDO as well.
  3. Is it better to charge lithium batteries while cold or at room-temperature? For instance, when I get home from ice fishing, I let the batteries for the flashers and the electric auger warm up to room temperature inside the house before connecting them to the charger. Is this necessary, or could I just plug them in while they're still ice cold from the lake? Thanks, Joe
  4. Minnkota Talon Is it worth it?

    They are pretty speedy, that's for sure. I'm debating on whether to do the 8' or the 12' Talon. What do you guys use?
  5. Minnkota Talon Is it worth it?

    I'm really tempted to try one this year. I've always wanted one of these anchor systems. I've just heard that having just one will make your boat spin with the wind, and that it's better to have two or none at all. Is that true?
  6. Trolling motor size

    80lbs is way more than enough. I have an 80lb thrust Maxxum Pro on a 2,500lb bassboat and I troll cranks for walleyes at about 30-50% of full speed. When I pull spinners, it's like at 15-35% speed.
  7. Saturday MorningFishing Shows

    In Depth Outdoors is an excellent show.
  8. Fish house mattresses

    I had one of those cheapy memory foam mattresses from Amazon for a few years. They're actually a pretty solid product for the money. They lose their 'memory' quicker than a high-quality memory foam, turning then into a saggy, too-soft piece of foam, but that's to be expected given the discount cost. I got a few years out of one, sleeping on it every night. I could imagine they'd last far, far, far longer in a wheelhouse in a climate where it's in the 60's in November and in the 50's in February.
  9. Marcum repair help?

    That's how I did it. It took about 9 business days for my repairs to be made.
  10. How close???

    Sounds like he was using your house for a wind break.
  11. Ht Ice Blue rod vs Ht Ice Blue Pro rod.

    The HT Blue Pro is a slick little rod and an excellent value. I picked up the 26" UL noodle rod for $10 online. The top guide is misaligned, but it doesn't affect fishing. The Blue and Blue Pro are known for having misaligned guides, so it's probably best to buy them in person. You can't feel a thing with these rods, but they show every little bite. I bought it for my girlfriend's young kid. It's a perfect fit for them.
  12. Jig/plastic combos for panfish

    Unpainted (silver) tungsten jigs with a black Powerbait Mayfly or chartreuse Powerbait Wishbone has worked well lately for bluegills.
  13. How close???

    There's such a wide variety of opinions from wheelhouses anglers, it seems. I had a guy on Garrison Reef mouthing off to me a couple weeks ago as I was setting up my portable in a spot at least 100' from him. Meanwhile, there was about wheelhouse about 30' away from him.
  14. Led light strips

    Are people wiring these up to the same flasher they're fishing with, or using a separate battery mounted in the sled? I have a little Kenai one-man flip-over, and I like to bounce around. I can't see myself alligator clipping this up every time.
  15. Our fragile panfish population

    It's so true. Some of the biggest blabbermouths are people who don't even fish. They'll tell every actual angler they know about a good, credible tip.