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  1. i did a mass chunk of unfollowing about 6 mo ago. i found when i was on fb, all i saw was topics and updates i could give 2 craps about. so i started just unfollowing people. once that was done, it got much better. the people i care about and the activities i care about all in one place. Topics can get rehashed, comments are sometimes awful in some of the larger national groups like Ice Junkies and what not, but they are easy to to ignore. if you pay attention, you can make fb really work for you.
  2. yeah its really gotten bad. especially on fb. if you leave any identifiable mark on a photo, guys become google earth slueths and will find it. next thing you know there are 9,000 people on it. i had a buddy that didn't believe it to be the case. i posted a pic of a smallie i caught in mn 4 years ago, and said that i caught it at the mouth of a creek off the river. on my way home, i can see this spot. hadn't seen a soul there for weeks. the next day there were at least 10 people fishing. while i believe fb is killing web forums and does make things easier, i think its introduced many problems as well. Basically most of these area specific facebook pages have 5% of the community contribute and then the other 95% is full of "spot beggars". all they want is where the fish are biting.
  3. yup. its changed the forum game for sure. i can easily find specific bodies of water/areas on facebook in a much easier to participate with format. posting pictures, replying, etc etc. i also think like you that in the interest of trying to keep everything in order, many message boards such as this one spread themselves to thin with so many subforums it because almost impossible to navigate. was a moderator of another webforum that has been 5 or 6 years defuct. their problem wasn't facebook it was that it had 150 active members but over 200 different forums. it was ridiculous. i had no say, the site got so little traffic that they shut it down. for HSO/fishing mn (annoying 2 sites now) all of the subforums for different areas are void of info, but you can find plenty of info on facebook. (faribult fishign reports on fb for example has 10 new topics and almost 60 posts in just a handful of days. never got that in this forum. the bigger ones this is for sure an issue but easily navigable. it is amazing that people under their real name will be so unhelpful and hateful.
  4. id rather fall through the ice and listen to tom yammer on and and on in his defensive videos. i've got extensive hours with the proview. no thanks. tying cone angle to the sensitivity knob is one fo the dumbest designs i've seen. it has application sure, but its limited
  5. i like the lx6 and 7 but for me the lx5 or now the M5 is the unit of choice for me. i think the flx28 is a great unit iwth the tribeam. i think the proview is the worst transducer i've ever used. i get the concept but my buddy has a the S-cable on his 28 to get it to work right. but my pick is the M5
  6. eagle claw and frabill's were by far the worse, the cgi's and the freefalls are ok but nowhere near the smoothness of spinning reels.
  7. there are times where they worked, but i've certainly lost fish for what i attribute to not very good drag systems in these inlines. back to spinning reels and its far less. user error? possible but i doubt it. i'm not the only one who's complained about this.
  8. i fished with a guy in MN who had the ion and i have a kdrill/milwaukee (tbar only no plate) set up. by the end of the trip he was using my drill more than his. it was faster and lighter. everyone talking about more ice in the hole, i don't know what they are talking about. we've used jiffy/strikemaster chipper and straight blades and i don't notice the kdrill leaves much more ice in the hole than any other product.
  9. I've used them all. last year was my first year back to spinning reels and i couldnt' be happier. i started with okuma fly reels, clam spoolers, eagle claws, black betty's, 6061's, cgi's, and last year i played with a freefall for about 2 days. the freefall was definitely the best of the bunch but at 100+ a clip it better be. that said, it wasn't THAT much better. i still have to peel off line with small tungsten in deeper water, and the drag was still a dog. all of them, the drags (the ones that had drag) were generally subpar, and most of them you had to strip line off. all i have left is a eagle claw. Its one 1 springbobber rod that is a JIC rod. an i'll only use it in shallow water if i had to. the most fun reel to use of all of them was the okuma. using your palm as a drag, 1:1 retrieve fighting big bull gills in shallow water was really really fun. the main argument for these is lure spin. however, over the past 5 years or so i'd been using inlines, my fishing partner stuck with spinning and rarely did we every outfish each other in some amazingly difficult fishing conditions. So while i'm sure lure spin is an issue on occasions, its not enough occasion for me to deal with all the other headaches of inline reels you have to deal with.
  10. no reason to stop using them. i find in the winter around here on the river that they'll still hit worms. i think though mostly, in the summer, walleye will eat whatever they can eat. in the fall, the baitfish run happens and they know where to get an easy meal and thats their target.
  11. lol at whining about them being infomercials. WE DEMAND THESE GUYS MAKE US INFORMATIVE SHOWS AT NO COST TO US OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEART FOR NO COMPENSATION!! that being said, some due it way better than others. some shows are facilitators for guides to show off a fishery, and some shows the hosts actually know what they are doing and show you how to find fish.
  12. yeah i really like it for larger baits. the small eyes make it tough to fish outside though.
  13. no. the one that i used for a few days gave me all the same headaches all the other inlines did. i only used it on sunfish so the little tungsten jigs did not activate the "free fall" function of the reel. still had to pull off by hand. and their drag isn't any better.
  14. i have 2 snitches but they are really only good if you are using heavier baits. small tungsten jigs, they are not anywhere near as sensitive as a custom noodle. I've used quicktips and the 13fishing and they are a bit better but still not as sensitive. they are just as good as my HT ice blue and Shakespear noodle rods quite frankly so i sold them. i use 2 custom noodles because they are just a smidge better but the snitches are definitely in my arsenal.
  15. find a reputable captain. there are tons of boats that will take you out for a 100 bucks and just troll around catching you all the king macks and bonito's you can handle. throw in a mahimahi and a cuda possibly. they generally us squid baits tied 50' back from a diver. which means that you fight the fish until its 50' away and then they bring it in by hand the rest of the way. its a tourist trap. around ft meyers i would stick to inshore fishing guides. tarpon/snook/redfish is where its at.
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