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Scott O.

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  • Birthday 07/05/1981

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    Rapid City
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  1. When is your favorite time to fish?

    Not even a contest that winter is my favorite time of the fishing year. Nothing beats getting out on the ice and pursuing fish. Fall would be second as the air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing color, and the fish are moving back to the shallows. As far as favorite fish to catch, I enjoy chasing rainbow and lake trout, as well as perch and bluegills.
  2. How often do you change fishing line?

    Mono and fluoro--once a season. Braid--as long as there's enough of it on the spool, won't change it for 5+ years.
  3. Jigging rod for walleye

    For vertical jigging, I'm a fan of Cabela's Fish Eagle 50 and XML rods. For the money, they are extremely excellent and sensitive rods. I use either 6'6" or 7' medium light action rods with fast tips.
  4. What's your favorite line for your crappie rod's?

    I'm a fan of Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon line for my panfish/trout lines. Don't think many fill a spool with fluoro line, but I do and it works out quite well.
  5. How much rod for how much reel?

    For a $100 budget, there's plenty of good ways to get a great combo. Personally, I'd go with Shimano for the reel. Even a cheap Shimano for less than $50 is better than many higher reels. But I believe the rod is more important than the reel. I'd shoot for a $40 reel, like the Shimano Solstace. I've got a couple and love them. Great reels, smooth operation, low cost, and hard as nails. In regards to rods, I'm partial to Cabela's brand rods as they are good quality, low price, and, if anything happens, I can bring them back and get a replacement easily. Look at their Tourney Trail series. They're $70 so it'd be just over your $100 limit, but you could also go to a Shimano Sienna for $30 (which is also a good reel) to make up for the extra $10 on the rod. These are great rods for the price. High graphite content, fast tips, and love the quality. There's others out there, but this is my 2 cents.
  6. Vexilar Sonarphone T-Pod

    I used the Humminbird Smartcast when it came out. While it was useful when used, it also had a tendency to not work as it should have. Many times, I would get the temp., but no sonar reading. It was slightly frustrating, but it was new then. I hope that Vexilar has upped the tech a bit and it is reliable. Plus the color screen would be a huge improvement over the Smartcast.
  7. Fishing line

    I've been using 8# and 10# Fireline for years and my guides are still looking pretty good. I really like the line. I do, however, also use Power Pro and I like it too. Plus if you're worried about guide wear, the roundness of PP should negate any worry you have about guide wear and tear.
  8. Crank caddy

    I have seen these crank caddys in action and used them and they are probably the best boxes for keeping your cranks tangle free. They may limit the number of cranks you can carry in each one compared to just throwing them in a normal box, but it's worth a few less cranks to avoid the headache of tangled hooks and getting stabbed by them trying to untangle them.