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Dennis and I went fishing for 2 hours yesterday evening ( 6:30 - 8:30 )
Its the first time Dennis and I have fished together in a long time. With his new job and coaching 2 different age divisions in baseball he stays pretty busy.

We arrive at the pond by his house at about 6:20, and notice the water is way way way down. I bet the water where we launch the boat at is back 30 - 40 feet from where it was last time we was out there. We are in a major drout around this area.

My lures of choice for our outing was a Z-Nail in junebug and a Gambler blade dancer in black & blue ( chatterbait ) . Dennis' choices was a baby torpedo and a GYCB Senko in Junebug

I draw first blood off the Z-Nail and land probably a 1 1/2 lb bass. That would be the only one we would land on the first trip around the pond. Dennis had missed 2 on the baby torpedo.

The second trip around found us both landing a couple of bass each. But nothing of any real size.( all off the Senko & Z-nail )

The 3rd trip around was the most productive . I was useing the chatterbait and I thought I landed in some hydrilla , But Mr. Bass hit that bad-boy on the fall so I failed to get a hook-set and when I realized I had a bass, it was to late. He went airborne and my chatterbait was kindly returned to the water . :mad: .

I have found out I need a slower reel for the 3/8 oz chatterbait though. my 6:2.1 curados are entirely to fast for it.

I also used what I call a ' Gary Yamamoto ' hookset when I was useing the Z-Nail ( after watching his Video again on fishing the Senko ) I basicaly let the fish hook themselves. I kept pressure on the line and when they turned to run with it, it turned the hook and got them in the side of the mouth. ( The best way I can describe this process is pretend its a circle hook ) . I didnt lose a single fish doing this method.

When everything was said and done we had landed 11 bass. The biggest was the one I missed on the chatterbait. Other then that, 2 pounds was probably the biggest of the ones we landed.

The pond is a great place for me to ' practice ' different things and try to get the hang of different lures. Im not to sure I could do a ' Gary ' hookset in a tournament, but at the pond I dont mind doing it at all ;D
 

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Thats great having a pond close by to practice in isnt it? I love my lil 5 acre pond. Its down a lot too lately. Kind of makes it a pain in the rump for getting my boat in it though. But sounds like you had a lot better time than I did last night. I was on my pond last night and caught a couple fish... but... broke my favorite soft jerkbait rod. :cry01:

Biggest bass on the chatterbait? Sweet! :cheers: I just recieved confirmation that mine were shipped. I should have them any day now. I cant wait!
 
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Man, that's a good day on the water. I am looking forward to getting out and fishing soon.

What reel do you plan on using with the "chatterbait"? If the 6.2:1 is too fast, would a 5.2:1 work?
 

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Im gonna have to experiment with reels, John. I have an older reel I will try out on it ( baitcaster ) I dont recall what the ratio is on it off hand, BUT I know it isnt near as fast as my Curados. I will even try with a spinning reel if need be . ( again the ratio for this escapes me also ... I got the paper work on them SOMEWHERE, if I can find them to know what the ratios are )

I looked like I belonged to the ' BLACK FEET ' Indian tribe yesterday lol rofl, walking through the mud to launch and retreave the boat. I bogged down so bad I broke my fishing flip-flops lol.

And I forgot to mention, man them skeeters where out in full force after the sun went down.
 

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from what I have seen and from my experiences with the chatter bait... i think you may not want to worry about the retrieve rate of the reel. You may want to use the rod to move the lure rather than the reel, using the reel only to take up the slack.
 
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Come on now, them skeeters ain't that bad. I made friends with a couple today, and they left red marks on me to show me how much they care. No, they didn't bite me, thankfully. They got plastered! They were ready to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
 

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Jared, I will try your suggestion next time and USE more of the rod ( I was pretty much useing it like a spinnerbait.. still experimenting with it )

John, im sure them skeeters arent the only ones getting plastered ! lol
 
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