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Old 06-27-2009, 05:24 AM   #41
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The only reel I've ever owned. For the once a year fisherman.

Zebco. . .America's Favorite Fishing Reels.
Dawg, I always used Zebco's as a kid. I bought a nice Zebco rod/reel combo at walmart a couple of years ago,and I landed as many fish as those with the fancy gear.

Rich, Go to your local Bass Pro Shop, Cabellas, Gander Mt - I'm sure they'll help you out with gear.
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there's always Google....Bass Fishing For Beginners | The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide®
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To make the fish look bigger?
No, that bulge in his jeans.
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I think crappie and bluegill and yellow perch taste better than bass. You might consider going for them.

When you find the school, and they are feeding, you can catch a fish a minute.

Here's an interesting technique that I wouldn't use (too cruel): when you catch one bluegill, you put a small hook in his back and attach it to a balloon. That way, you can keep track of where the school is.
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As someone may have already mentioned, cat-fishing is the ultimate lazy man's fishing. Throw some stinky bait on the muddy bottom, then drink beer...
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Here's an interesting technique that I wouldn't use (too cruel): when you catch one bluegill, you put a small hook in his back and attach it to a balloon. That way, you can keep track of where the school is.
Just make sure you don't have too much helium in it...
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No, that bulge in his jeans.
Made me look!

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I usually fish in Lake Pennasoffkee when i'm down visiting the family and have good results with worms and a bobber tied about 6' up the line,using lures can be frustrating and expensive in Lake Stuart as there is so much tree debris on the bottom that you are continually getting snagged and losing lures,that problem might be eliminiated if you go out with one of the many guides that are available,Dress in a long sleeved cotton shirt and bring sun screen and a big hat as a day out on the lake can get brutal if there are no clouds.We wanna see pics of the catch.
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So Rich... did ya catch any fish?
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Just back, had a great getaway and no bass were involved. I'll post some pics if they came out OK.

July 4 weekend is not the time to learn how to fish for bass. The lake was crawling with anglers and not a fishing guide in sight. We thought about trying our luck on our own, but no rental boats available.

So we went up to the Rainbow River and canoed all afternoon - crystal clear, smooth and peaceful. Saturday we discovered Ozello trail which leads you through a beautiful marshland habitat. Stumbled on a great crab shack and ate tons.

Campground was a real old-fashioned fishing campRig held up well, air conditioner ran nonstop. Overall a good weekend.

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Ahh, shoot Rich. I'm sorry you didn't have a chance to fish.

Anglers whipping the water to froth is the worst thing I can encounter. When I fish, I don't want anyone to be within eyesight of me. I'm sure when you retire, you will have plenty of opportunities to fish.
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Ahh, shoot Rich. I'm sorry you didn't have a chance to fish.

Anglers whipping the water to froth is the worst thing I can encounter. When I fish, I don't want anyone to be within eyesight of me. I'm sure when you retire, you will have plenty of opportunities to fish.
I'll take all the advice you give me.

I'll probably go back in the fall. That should give me time to get some gear and do some homework.
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Too bad about the crowds at the lake. The Ozello trail is quite famous as one of Florida's twistiest roads and is frequented by many bikes and sportscar enthusiasts,the crabshack at the end is a great destination,there is also some good fishing to be had on the small causeway beyond the restaurant or on the boat dock beside the restaurant, A ride on the trail=

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And some pics for your reading pleasure:

Rainbow River...
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DW and the Bus...
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Rich, nice bus! Although I do see one big problem in that front shot - not enough bugs.
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Rich, nice bus! Although I do see one big problem in that front shot - not enough bugs.
Hardened Floridian that I am, I used the old cracker trick right after arrival: a towel soaked in hot water. Even love bugs come right off.

BTW, the tire pressure system worked flawlessly. It provided all the entertainment I needed on the trip up. DW couldn't understand why I found it so enthralling. Even my comments like, "WOW!!! the tires on the sunny side of the bus are always 7 degrees hotter and 2 PSI higher than the shady side." Or, "can you believe I filled that left rear inner dual 1 lb less than the others? Gotta be more careful." All I got was a series of eye-rolls. Go figure.
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Thanks for posting the pics Rich. Rainbow River is mesmerizing.
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Hardened Floridian that I am, I used the old cracker trick right after arrival: a towel soaked in hot water. Even love bugs come right off.
I thought that buying a Class A during the middle of a recession entitled you to a year's free "mobile mobile bug-washing valet" service...
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BTW, the tire pressure system worked flawlessly. It provided all the entertainment I needed on the trip up. DW couldn't understand why I found it so enthralling. Even my comments like, "WOW!!! the tires on the sunny side of the bus are always 7 degrees hotter and 2 PSI higher than the shady side." Or, "can you believe I filled that left rear inner dual 1 lb less than the others? Gotta be more careful." All I got was a series of eye-rolls. Go figure.
Who would of thunk it. RiT is a techie. Congrats on the nice mobile.
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