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Syano
Jul 13, 2005


Whats the deal with fishing forecasts. I dont pay them much mind because I just fish when I can fish... but yesterday was pretty stupid. I have one app on my phone that I use to look at the major feeding times and it forecasted the day to be a 3.something. Basically a poor fishing day. Then I looked on Accuweather's site and it told me yesterday was an 8, basically a great day. What stupid pseudo-bull are they even using to generate these numbers.

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Sickening
Jul 15, 2007

Black summer was the best summer.

Syano posted:

Whats the deal with fishing forecasts. I dont pay them much mind because I just fish when I can fish... but yesterday was pretty stupid. I have one app on my phone that I use to look at the major feeding times and it forecasted the day to be a 3.something. Basically a poor fishing day. Then I looked on Accuweather's site and it told me yesterday was an 8, basically a great day. What stupid pseudo-bull are they even using to generate these numbers.

The only "bad" fishing days are when its raining or the body of water just got a lot colder AND muddier very recently. Other than that, its almost always reasonable to catch fish and enjoy yourself.

Time
Aug 1, 2011

It Was All A Dream


dumb q here: Iím riding my bike from the east coast to the west coast and would like to fish along the way. Do your states offer like 3 day fishing licenses and stuff for tourists or is it just full year? Obviously this is going to vary state to state Iím just kind of sampling the thread because I havenít locked down the exact route yet. Would love to ride until I see some good water, fish, and then move on but it might be too much of a hassle.

Sickening
Jul 15, 2007

Black summer was the best summer.

Time posted:

dumb q here: Iím riding my bike from the east coast to the west coast and would like to fish along the way. Do your states offer like 3 day fishing licenses and stuff for tourists or is it just full year? Obviously this is going to vary state to state Iím just kind of sampling the thread because I havenít locked down the exact route yet. Would love to ride until I see some good water, fish, and then move on but it might be too much of a hassle.

Every state has their own rules but most are 1-3 days. Quite a few states have very expensive 1-3 day out of state licensing which makes no sense. Good luck.

Easychair Bootson
May 7, 2004

Where's the last guy?
Ultimo hombre.
Last man standing.
Must've been one.


Bass Forecast seems to rely on temperature trends, wind, cloud cover, lunar cycles, and what the fish should be doing based on the season. The latest version will tell you what factors are used to determine the score. I take it all with a grain of salt, and the app isn't a substitute for experience or local knowledge. You can see what the fishing forecast says, go fishing, and then let your results inform you about how useful the forecast is.

Yooper
Apr 30, 2012



Grimey Drawer

Time posted:

dumb q here: Iím riding my bike from the east coast to the west coast and would like to fish along the way. Do your states offer like 3 day fishing licenses and stuff for tourists or is it just full year? Obviously this is going to vary state to state Iím just kind of sampling the thread because I havenít locked down the exact route yet. Would love to ride until I see some good water, fish, and then move on but it might be too much of a hassle.

Which states? Michigan and Wisconsin both offer $10/day for non-residents, you define how many days when you get the license. Minnesota looks a bit more convoluted but still offers it at a reasonable price.

East to west bike route sounds awesome, my dream trip is up to Alaska on a bike. Then I won't come back.

Untrustable
Mar 16, 2009







Sickening posted:

Every state has their own rules but most are 1-3 days. Quite a few states have very expensive 1-3 day out of state licensing which makes no sense. Good luck.

This is from a trout expedition in New Mexico last year. Isn't unreasonable at all for 5 days.

Sickening
Jul 15, 2007

Black summer was the best summer.

Untrustable posted:

This is from a trout expedition in New Mexico last year. Isn't unreasonable at all for 5 days.


I think I paid 60 for an out of state license for An entire year for Oklahoma. I feel like more than half of that for 5 days is pretty poo poo.

LegionAreI
Nov 14, 2006
Lurk

You can get a one day nonresident license in New York for 10 bucks. 7 day for 28, year for 50.

Resident license is 25 for a year.

Your milage may vary. Remember if you come here a lot of bodies of water have weird-rear end extra rules so take a look at the DEC site for whatever region you are at.

Migratory fish of the sea (steelhead and stripers mostly) need an extra stamp. I believe it's free for non-residents too but don't forget to add it.

NYC reservoir/other waters fishing requires a special tag from the city. It's also free but they are death on enforcement so be sure to get one. It's valid for 5 years.

Welcome to NY, land of a billion weird rules!

LegionAreI fucked around with this message at 13:28 on Apr 3, 2021

Untrustable
Mar 16, 2009







Sickening posted:

I think I paid 60 for an out of state license for An entire year for Oklahoma. I feel like more than half of that for 5 days is pretty poo poo.

Ah yeah I'm in Oklahoma and my yearly is 25. 34 seemed reasonable to me for all the great trout fishing.

gamera009
Apr 7, 2005



Looking for inshore paddletail recommendations. Finally got my hands on a penn battle II 4K combo. Looking to do some fishing off the Courtney-Campbell causeway in Florida/Tampa. Currently looking at spooling up 15# braid and a 20# leader, to a swivel and a 1/4oz jig head. Paddletail or swim tail soft body is the idea. Seems like the go-to outside of shrimp cutbait.

Thoughts?

Elmnt80
Dec 30, 2012

OH NOOOO!





Sounds dead-on for that spot.

Woodpile
Mar 30, 2013



Got skunked from the bank at Smith Mountain Lake last week. So while mucking around the shed I put a circle hook through my skin right by my knuckle. Hurt like hell. Luckily it wasn't deep and I remembered what to do. Instead I ripped it out the way it came in.

Thinking about going barbless.

LegionAreI
Nov 14, 2006
Lurk

Anyone use braid on light-ultralight stuff? I'm getting tired of the memory on the mono and looking to try something new if it's viable.

ihop
Jul 23, 2001
King of the Mexicans

I just threw some 8lb spiderwire ultracast braid on my UL setup. I think its 2lb mono equivalent diameter, casts better than the 4lb mono I had on there before, and I can actually see it. I put a short 6lb flouro leader on it and I've been happily throwing 1/16th lures into all the local trees.

Ghostnuke
Sep 21, 2005

Throw this in a pot, add some broth, a potato? Baby you got a stew going!




LegionAreI posted:

Anyone use braid on light-ultralight stuff? I'm getting tired of the memory on the mono and looking to try something new if it's viable.

I use fluoro on my UL stuff

HenryJLittlefinger
Jan 31, 2010

stomp clap



Woodpile posted:

Got skunked from the bank at Smith Mountain Lake last week. So while mucking around the shed I put a circle hook through my skin right by my knuckle. Hurt like hell. Luckily it wasn't deep and I remembered what to do. Instead I ripped it out the way it came in.

Thinking about going barbless.

Thereís a name I havenít heard in a while. Iíve got family in Lynchburg and had a couple vacations at smith mountain lake as a kid. Last time I fished it was probably 25 years ago, and I caught a handful of sunnies from my uncleís boat.

ihop
Jul 23, 2001
King of the Mexicans

Got a half dozen bass this morning on a drop shot. I was initially using some huge nightcrawlers and kept pulling in little bluegills that weren't even as long as the worms. Switched over to a PB & J hula stik and the bass started hitting. I've been having good luck pretty much throwing anything as long as it's that color. Prior to this year I fished by trying everything in the tacklebox and catching very little. It's nice to start gaining confidence in a few techniques (Ned and DS) and see how I can make them work for mixed conditions.

I also opened up my nicest spinning reel to clean and lube. Based on what I saw inside I'm not sure it was necessary, and it was certainly stressful when the pack of drag washers scattered all over the counter. Is this something I actually need to be doing? I always had reels that were cheap enough to replace rather than maintain.

A Pack of Kobolds
Mar 23, 2007




ihop posted:

Got a half dozen bass this morning on a drop shot. I was initially using some huge nightcrawlers and kept pulling in little bluegills that weren't even as long as the worms. Switched over to a PB & J hula stik and the bass started hitting. I've been having good luck pretty much throwing anything as long as it's that color. Prior to this year I fished by trying everything in the tacklebox and catching very little. It's nice to start gaining confidence in a few techniques (Ned and DS) and see how I can make them work for mixed conditions.

I also opened up my nicest spinning reel to clean and lube. Based on what I saw inside I'm not sure it was necessary, and it was certainly stressful when the pack of drag washers scattered all over the counter. Is this something I actually need to be doing? I always had reels that were cheap enough to replace rather than maintain.

If you're fishing salt water you should rinse off your reel and line really well to prevent corrosion, but in fresh water it isn't necessary. You most definitely don't need to strip and lube your reel every time you use it; it's not like a gun that needs to be cleaned after each use. But yeah, you really shouldn't need to disassemble a reel, like, ever. You're far more likely to reassemble it wrong than to make it perform better.

Re: bass baits, have you messed around with senkos at all? Wacky rig and weightless Texas rig are popular and effective bass presentations.

ihop
Jul 23, 2001
King of the Mexicans

Yeah I was thinking the maintenance would be a yearly thing but now I'm thinking it's a never-again thing.

Texas/Carolina-rigged senkos used to be the only soft plastic I fished, but for whatever reason it never worked for me like the other two are this year. Wacky rigging I could never get to work, but I think it mostly came down to poorly matched line and rod.

Math You
Oct 27, 2010

So put your faith
in more than steel


I was gonna take a shot at spring brookies this year and Ontario just closed all parks AND crown land.

I spent about a month over the course of summer 2020 on an empty crown land lake (that ordinarily is fly in only) and it was not just a good summer "considering COVID" but genuinely one of the most enjoyable in my life. Fuckin covidiots ruin everything.

I can maybe tolerate this through bug season but holy moly please jeebus let me canoe camp come July

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tesilential
Nov 22, 2004

You're a credit to your community!

Take your reel apart when it gets noisy and you need to replace a bearing. If you dunk it remove the spool and dry everything off.

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