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> Bigger bass not biting this year?, Or do I just suck?
nbender81
Posted: Aug 15, 2020 - 04:03 pm


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I got nothin on the popmax the first 2 times out. Last 3 times, have hooked up. This helped me out I think...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02qF-3B2ZI8

I do the walk the dog retrieve, bait zigs and zags and then pause for 5-10 seconds...repeat, repeat.

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 - 04:37 pm


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QUOTE (nbender81 @ Aug 15, 2020 - 04:03 pm)
I got nothin on the popmax the first 2 times out. Last 3 times, have hooked up. This helped me out I think...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02qF-3B2ZI8

I do the walk the dog retrieve, bait zigs and zags and then pause for 5-10 seconds...repeat, repeat.

It has a great walking action, I'm not really using the best gear for it though. I have itntied on a medium heavy, fast action shimano spincaster with 50lb braid lol. I checked all my rods and every single one is fast action but oh well it still walks pretty good.

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 - 05:14 pm


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I use it on a 6' 9" MH/Fast action baitcaster...lighter braid tho...likely around 10lb??

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 - 07:50 pm


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Catching a muskie is always a great day on the water . Look for lots of rock and also bait fish. If we don't see alot of bait fish we move on . Try throwing tubes threw bait fish and drag it and hop it little don't over work it. Green pumpkin is always a good go to colour.

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 - 09:23 pm


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I like that...catching a muskie is always a great day on the water...

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Posted: Aug 22, 2020 - 12:42 pm


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38"muskie badly damaged the ole' PopMax this morning ;(

...amazing how a muskie can so silently just come up, swallow the bait and barely make a splash. I just saw his tail..He splashed plenty for the next 5 minutes. He tore the rear treble right out of the split ring and mashed the nice hair trailer...

Managed to replace the treble, but not the hair...hope the doesn't make a huge difference, but I know that is part of the drawing the fish in...better go get another one!

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Posted: Sep 26, 2020 - 07:43 pm


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This lad was fooled by the Popmax this morning. Again, thanks Attila for the input.

That said, Attila, been experimenting with the Spybaits - as you mentioned in that same post. They catch fish, that is for sure, but man they are small! And I am having a real issue with fish throwing the hook when they jump. Haven't lost anything big, but the hooks are so small I just can't seem to get a good hook set. Trying to really set it now when I get the hit.

I hate fluoro line, where I fish it is littered with zebra mussels, they nick the line once and I have to retie or lose a fish...lost a $20 spybait on a cast after I caught a fish near bottom...line/knot was nicked. Maybe my palomar knot is badly tied.

Used straight braid today seemed fine, but really think I should try a mono leader to disguise it a bit in the clear water I fish and it holds knots better. Anyone have any leader advice for spybaits?

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I tried a spybait for the first time a couple weeks ago. Nice looking lure too (I believe an 80 size). First cast lost a bass who threw it almost right away. Next cast, swallowed by a 32 inch pike. Third cast, caught an 8 inch perch. Three fish on three casts is a record for me. I used 30 lb Sufix braid, with about a five foot Sunline 10 lb floro leader. No nicks in the leader, even with the pike. Used a 7'0" medium fast Okuma rod with n Okuma Inspire reel. I tied the two lines together with a modified albright knot. I have better luck with this knot than the double uni. It seems to hold better, at least for me.

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Posted: Sep 26, 2020 - 09:28 pm


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Thanks for that input. And yeah, forget to mention, first cast with the spybait I did hook into a small bass too! I am using the 80 size as recommended by the guys at Ptbo Pro Tackle.

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QUOTE (nbender81 @ Sep 26, 2020 - 07:43 pm)
This lad was fooled by the Popmax this morning. Again, thanks Attila for the input.

That said, Attila, been experimenting with the Spybaits - as you mentioned in that same post. They catch fish, that is for sure, but man they are small! And I am having a real issue with fish throwing the hook when they jump. Haven't lost anything big, but the hooks are so small I just can't seem to get a good hook set. Trying to really set it now when I get the hit.

I hate fluoro line, where I fish it is littered with zebra mussels, they nick the line once and I have to retie or lose a fish...lost a $20 spybait on a cast after I caught a fish near bottom...line/knot was nicked. Maybe my palomar knot is badly tied.

Used straight braid today seemed fine, but really think I should try a mono leader to disguise it a bit in the clear water I fish and it holds knots better. Anyone have any leader advice for spybaits?

With palomar knots and fluoro you need to be sure the line does not cross over each other in the overhand knot, and the line must be very wet before tightening. This gets more obvious the lighter pound test you use.

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