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Type Fishing Gear 4 months 2 weeks ago #70588

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Yup. People kill them rather than throw them back. Silly. It's better than casting all day and not catching anything.


This is a practice that I was taught when I was young as well but have realized how inappropriate and really ignorant it is. Bowfin may not be highly sought after game fish but they are a native species and deserve to be in the water as much as a bass or walleye. I did it once when I was young, but I'll never do it again. To any species.
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Type Fishing Gear 4 months 2 weeks ago #70590

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So far none. I threw a 3/8 oz spinner bait in the yard after I picked it up but I haven't thrown anything with any heft out on the water yet. Hoping to throw a 3/8 oz drop shot later today though.

As if I need to give you advice..... but this I can tell you... although I am sure you already know it. Until you get used to it, tune your brake for each bait or you'll be dealing with backlash hell. What I learned to do was attach the bait and adjust the break so that the bait would fall slowly if I released the thumb bar (as in casting). If you release the thumb bar and your bait plummets to the ground like a brick, you are going to visit backlash hell. Too tighjt and your cast goes 3 feet in front of you. Too loose and it's a visit to backlash hell.

And for God's sake, don't start with braid. Get used to it with a good polymer first.
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Type Fishing Gear 4 months 2 weeks ago #70591

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For sure K, I am OK giving up some distance to prevent spending the day messing with backlash.

I also agree with the braid thing, but Suffix 832 has been awesome on my bait caster. I can't go back to regular plastic line.
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Type Fishing Gear 4 months 2 weeks ago #70593

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kmuda wrote:
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So far none. I threw a 3/8 oz spinner bait in the yard after I picked it up but I haven't thrown anything with any heft out on the water yet. Hoping to throw a 3/8 oz drop shot later today though.

As if I need to give you advice..... but this I can tell you... although I am sure you already know it. Until you get used to it, tune your brake for each bait or you'll be dealing with backlash hell. What I learned to do was attach the bait and adjust the break so that the bait would fall slowly if I released the thumb bar (as in casting). If you release the thumb bar and your bait plummets to the ground like a brick, you are going to visit backlash hell. Too tighjt and your cast goes 3 feet in front of you. Too loose and it's a visit to backlash hell.

And for God's sake, don't start with braid. Get used to it with a good polymer first.


I threw a 3/8 oz jig with it yesterday. Much much easier than trying to throw a senko with a 1/32 oz nail weight, lol. Yea I just need time with it that's all. Throwing with the jig I nested her up once, but that was it. It's just a lot easier to let it zing with more weight. I'll try braid eventually but yea got to get used to this first.
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Type Fishing Gear 4 months 2 weeks ago #70594

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For sure K, I am OK giving up some distance to prevent spending the day messing with backlash.

I also agree with the braid thing, but Suffix 832 has been awesome on my bait caster. I can't go back to regular plastic line.


I've heard good things about the suffix 832. I didn't like the last type of suffix I used, though I don't recall what type it was... a braid of some sort. But I think I might pick some up.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 1 week ago #70743

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I went a whole different direction with a recent reel purchase. I've seen some good reviews online for the KastKing products. They have also made a good impression at ICAST the last few years.

I got one of these for under $32 from Amazon on Prime Day.

www.eposeidon.com/kastking-royale-legend...eed-baitcasting-reel

I am strange, I reel goofy. I got a lefty.

I haven't put line on it or tested it yet but I am going to use it for my general purpose bait casting rod. It has a nice fast retrieve so it should be interesting.

For $32, I won't be too upset if it doesn't perform.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 1 week ago #70747

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Good price. Let us know how it feels once you spool it up.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 1 week ago #70750

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I just dropped a pile of 15lb Stren Big Game and then topped it with Suffix 832. Spooled ok. The reeling in works. :) I have no idea how much of each line I put on. I have never done it this way. I figured I would try it out. Paying for 150yards of 832 and only ever using 20 yards of it seems like a waste.

I did find an issue though.

I have 4 bait casting reels and only 3 rods. This is how it happens...
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 1 week ago #70751

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AHahaaa! Better get another rod!


You really don't need that much mono or floro for backing, just enough to cover the spool up, then you can thread on all of the suffix --- that is if you are trying to prevent the slipping that can occur with braids... if you are doing it for another reason you'll have to elaborate a bit.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 1 week ago #70753

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Honestly, I did it because I wasn't sure I had enough braid to fill the spool. So I put mono down to fill up some space. Turns out I had more braid than I thought. Or I got too carried away putting on the mono.
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