Bass fishing?

WEDGE

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anyone into fishing? I know a couple guys that are but curious about the rank and file. Fished as a kid and got back into it a year or so ago when I had time off from work and am again all in. Bought a bass boat, Ranger RT188, and get out as often as I can. Runs to Cabelas and Bass Pro Shop for gear and tackle are far too often. It is a sickness no less than GAS.

At this point I ma a freshwater guy only. CT has some decent lakes and the CT river to fish, and when I go up to my NH place I am lucky enough to have both lakes Winnaupausakee and Wentworth in town. Both host bass tournaments and are excellent for bass and other fresh water fishing including salmon in Winnie.

Do you fish? Where do you fish and tell me about your local spots. Any gear likes or dislikes, bait tips? I for one am obsessed with the Whopper Plopper; nothing beats a huge top water blowup when a largemouth comes out of the water to hit one. I don’t go anywhere without one tied to one of my poles.
 
Not much freshwater, but I am really into spearfishing in the ocean. Mostly going after grouper, hogfish, snappers and of course lobsters. I do most of this while freediving (no air tanks) in the Bahamas or south Florida. I get to catch some tasty fish and its tons of fun! but yes, it is gear intensive! Boat (Boston Whaler Outrage 20), wet suit, Hawaiian sling/speargun, mask, fins, snorkel, weight belt... the list goes on!
 
Did somebody say fishing? (Oh dayum, don't get me started:oops:)
The only bass I come across are stripers cause I'm a saltwater guy here in SF, but fishing rods are second only to PRSi in my world.


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I tend to target larger fish that are really tasty but have big nasty teeth.

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(Lingcod)

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(Halibut)
 
Great looking fish guys. Those red ones are cool, and hate to get bit by that toothy one!

I like to learn as many bass techniques as I can so the lure and tackle acquisition to support it is daunting. Believe it or not there is a cool bass forum that has a classified section so I score a lot of stuff new in box or lightly used for much less.

Steve I am learning to love the art of fishing finesse stuff and throwing a plastic worm or jig with a trailer is so relaxing to slowly work. Bad part is the unending choice of worms and creature baits.....I have way too many packs on hand.

Salt fishing looks awesome but is another not so insignificant step up the cost equation above bass fishing both in boat/motor and tackle. I am jealous of the size of the fish you all get though, your ‘babies’ would be a huge bass.
 
Not much freshwater, but I am really into spearfishing in the ocean. Mostly going after grouper, hogfish, snappers and of course lobsters. I do most of this while freediving (no air tanks) in the Bahamas or south Florida. I get to catch some tasty fish and its tons of fun! but yes, it is gear intensive! Boat (Boston Whaler Outrage 20), wet suit, Hawaiian sling/speargun, mask, fins, snorkel, weight belt... the list goes on!

Respect for free diving, that’s gutsy. Even as a young guy was never a good enough swimmer to do that. Can only imagine the sights you get to see first hand.
 
Ha, Steve, you sound like me. I used to fish ponds with a couple buddies who insisted that in the dead heat of summer you could only catch them on worms. I'd take a Baby 1 minus and usually match them bass for bass, including my biggest one ever. 6lb, 8oz on a silver 1 Minus.
 
Ha, Steve, you sound like me. I used to fish ponds with a couple buddies who insisted that in the dead heat of summer you could only catch them on worms. I'd take a Baby 1 minus and usually match them bass for bass, including my biggest one ever. 6lb, 8oz on a silver 1 Minus.

Love throwing crankbaits especially square bills but somehow I felt like I became a real fisherman when I could catch a fish with a jig or worm. Steady retrieving a crankbait is fun but finesse stuff makes me feel like I outwitted the fish as opposed to just cranking. Enjoy both styles.
 
Love throwing crankbaits especially square bills but somehow I felt like I became a real fisherman when I could catch a fish with a jig or worm. Steady retrieving a crankbait is fun but finesse stuff makes me feel like I outwitted the fish as opposed to just cranking. Enjoy both styles.

But I also like top water poppers. Twitching those baits makes me feel like I’ve “outwitted the fish,” too.
 
Great looking fish guys. Those red ones are cool, and hate to get bit by that toothy one!
Salt fishing looks awesome but is another not so insignificant step up the cost equation above bass fishing both in boat/motor and tackle. I am jealous of the size of the fish you all get though, your ‘babies’ would be a huge bass.

Outside of my surf rig and my boat rig, most of what I do in salt is done with bass type gear. If you notice the Halibut has a Savage Gear glide bait in it's jaw, that's a bass lure and I caught it on a St Croix rod with a Lew's bass reel. Just have to rinse & lube the effects of saltwater every usage.

Look into glide baits by Savage Gear & River2Sea, they work well and are a lot of fun to use.

PS- That Toothy critter (Lingcod) is one of the best tasting seafood around, worth the risk of a finger bleed.
 
My dad has been into it since he was a kid. I never really took to it for whatever reason. I go fishing with him once every couple of years. He's a great fisherman and always kicks my butt.

He was into tournaments maybe around 10 years ago. He really enjoyed schooling the younger guys, lol.

Like father, like son, he's as into fishing gear as I am into guitar gear. Just last week he was telling me about how he installed new networked depth finders on his boat. He always has a stack of different rods/baits ready to go.
 
Love throwing crankbaits especially square bills but somehow I felt like I became a real fisherman when I could catch a fish with a jig or worm. Steady retrieving a crankbait is fun but finesse stuff makes me feel like I outwitted the fish as opposed to just cranking. Enjoy both styles.
My favorite is spinnerbaits. I like crankbaits, topwaters, Texas right worms, etc. I catch a lot on grassfrogs so it has become a favorite.
 
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