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Corey Bechtold

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  1. I've been noticing a few patterns starting to shape up my last few outings. First is the water temps have been slowly falling and the water is starting to clear up. With weeds being a key factor searching for good weeds has proven to be a key in recent success. I have been finding both Bluegills and Crappies roaming the edges of these weedbeds and feeding. I have been throwing mainly Berkley Gulp! Alive! 1" minnows on a 1/32oz jighead. At times fishing under a float has produced better. I run with the Thill center sliders just like I do in Spring. Today I had a slamfest fan casting Berkley 2" Ripple Shads and retrieving them quickly over scattered weed flats. Some of the bites were ferocious! Fall is a special time of year. Less recreational traffic and less boats all around. One quick note to anyone that has a smart phone and uses the Navionics App. You seriously owe it to yourself to take a look at the Sonarphone from Vexilar! I have done some mapping on some of he lakes I fish and the results are awesome!!! A lot of lakes aren't very detailed and this tool really helps find those "spot on the spots". Hope everyone is finding some fish and having fun. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  2. Holy cow. Not fishing in 3 weeks is not good! I felt like I had to relearn how to fish. There have been a lot of changes since the last time I was out. Water temps were down almost 10 degrees and weeds were much different as well. The first lake I fished only yielded Bluegills hugging the bottom in 8-10'. I wanted to target Crappies so moved to a different lake. There the water was clear and there was a drastic thermocline at 22'. It didn't matter where we were on the lake the Bluegills would not leave us alone! We caught very few Crappies and most of them were smaller. Fan casting Gulp! 1" Minnows worked but with all the pecking from Bluegills it was a better bet to use Powerbaits as they are more durable. The next day I went back to search harder. I reversed the lake order and had similar results. One thing was much different on the second lake though. The bigger Bluegills had moved and were very fussy. I noticed the water got much dirtier overnight and there was a lot of floating shells in the water. I guessed that the Bluegills were rummaging along the bottom and my guess was right. We switched up a bit and used smaller jigs tipped with Gulp! Minnow heads. The key was to have most of the hook covers and really focus on keeping the bait close to the bottom. We did pretty well in 10-12' and ended up keeping just enough 8" Gills for a meal. I hope to get out this weekend and see what this warmer weather will do to the Crappies. Hope everyone is doing well and finding some fish! Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  3. Unfortunately the wind has kept me off the water lately. This needs to change ASAP! I'm going berserk!!! Hope everyone else is getting out at least. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  4. Sorry it's been a while since I posted last.our family has been busy with camping, outdoor camps, family reunion, birthday parties, etc... I plan on fishing on Friday but am nervous because the cooler weather and rainfall may have the fish scattered. I hope to find something so I'll let you know how it goes. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  5. Fishing is so interesting! There are so many different ways to catch them and threads like this really open my eyes. Of course I have my favorites but there are so many times when changing things up can put more fish in the boat. This year is constantly changing. One week is Gulp! And the next is all tube baits. Lately the tubes have been best. I have also experimented with some other creature baits like Nymphs and had some success. The keys are still hanging around weeds. Slow falling baits have been best as it gives me a better opportunity to detect the bites. One absolute must for me has been hi-vis lines. My favorite is Berkley Sensation 4lb Solar. This line absolutely rocks! I have tried a few other options but still come back to the Sensation. One thing I want to touch on is the where, when and why of Mono vs. Superlines. A lot of people like the "feel" of Fireline but there are bites when you'll do much better with Monofiliment. Superlines have a smaller diameter and cut the water easier than Mono. Mono can help slow the fall rate of your baits allowing you to see the "bounce" or hesitations as it drops through the water column. I also prefer some stretch in the line as it is more forgiving. If you want to use Superlines than maybe using a longer rod with a softer tip will help keep fish hooked up. Hope everyone is enjoying the heat and finding some fish! Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  6. This past weekend was an interesting one for me. A lot of the usual weedy areas had disappeared and so did the fish. They seemed to gravitate to the docks that offered the most shade/cover along with some deep water nearby. Once I found the good areas it was game on!!! It amazes me how many fish will pack in these high percentage spots! Baits didn't really seem to matter as long as they wee brighter colored. I used some of the new Johnson tubes along with the Gulp! Stuff. The tubes worked a bit better as I was able to catch more fish per bait with them. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  7. Very nicely done Matty B!!! My recent activity for Crappies has been fishing shallow weedlines adjacent to docks and lifts. No big surprise there but we don't have a lot of deep cabbage down here. Every time I get up north I have to re learn how to target fish in the weeds. That wish might come true later this summer when we bring my daughter back up to College. This weekend is shaping up to be a good one and I hope to have a good report soon! Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  8. It's been a while since I've been active in fishing forums. Social media had taken over but I feel that there is more opportunity to help people and share valuable information. Hopefully I will be able to do that. That being said it's time to get down to business! I went out fishing yesterday with Brooke and Cole in search of anything that would bite. I was hoping for Crappies and to be honest we had to work at it. The first lake we hit was a bust. Bluegills were crazy everywhere we looked and they would constantly attack our baits. We decided to move lakes rather than wait 5 hours for the evening bite to hopefully take place. We hit the water on Lake #2 and noticed that there was a lack of good weeds so we searched for anything we could find. Surprisingly we found the fish in 2-4' of water in and around any weeds we could find. We started popping Crappies pretty well on Gulp! Alive! 1" Minnows and the Berkley Atomic Pulse tubes (which are being discontinued ). At times we had 3 fish on at once! We used floats with some success as well. It seems a bit strange for me to use them this time of year but it got us a few more bites. Hopefully everyone is having a good start to the Summer and finding some fish as well. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  9. I played with it this Winter and it was pretty cool. Having the ability to have multiple people share the view was a great feature. Being able to record with my phone or take pictures was easy. I ordered another T-Box for "MY"boat so I'm excited to actually run it hardcore for opener. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  10. So I picked up a T-Box and borrowed it to my buddy to use till I got my boat done. He is in love with it and now I have to go get another one because I won't be able to tip it off his boat! We fished together last Saturday and I was blown away with how clear and crisp the display is. It's also extremely fast! Zero lag time!!! The best part is it's so easy to use! No owners manual needed. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  11. Fenwick Walleye Elite Tech 7'2" ML... Done! Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  12. Some people use strap or bungee strap as extra protection. If you feel something isn't right give Clam's customer service a call. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  13. Your best bet would be to contact Clam Customer Service directly. PM me if you need some help. Good fishing, Corey Bechtold
  14. A simple call to Vexilar would have worked... As far as guessing. My friend found that hidden feature and told me about it. Good luck, Corey Bechtold
  15. Turn your gain to 9 and when you power your unit on hold down the gain knob.
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