Kmarcheschi
Although I would like to say I prefished and had a stellar plan to conquer Saturday and Sunday, the truth is I did not.

I fished on Friday for a bit, and caught a few 2-4 lbers and a giant. I knew there was an OK lipless bite. and a spotty frog bite. I spent some time walking around every shore area I could to look for bed fish as well but it was not easy with the wind. I found a couple of nice beds in the keys by the wood bridge near tower mart and decided to start in the keys prior to going to the main lake.

Saturday:

     I started out launching at the ramp right behind Limit Out tackle. within the first 5 casts I landed a 6+ on the frog, and within 5 more cast I caught a 2 pounder on the frog. I worked my way past a couple of other kickboaters, the younger guys who I cant remember right now and headed toward the bridge. I fished the bridge for about 30 mins and it was too hard to see so I figured I would come back later when the sun was higher. I headed out to the opening under the keys bridge that leads out to the cove where the public launch is. I knew there were some fish out from along the swim area, and wanted to hit that.
When I got there I seen that Deren was there and was landing a fish as soon as I seen him. I believe he had 4 or 5 fish at that point. after fishing the cove a bit I oared straight up to the firemens wall north of the public ramp and hit the docks along the way. about the 3rd or 4th dock down (the one with the house boat tied up) I was yo-yo'ing the LV and I hooked my big fish and thankfully landed her. I fished that dock and the others more with no fish. I got up to the wall and fish the cove and immediately caught a solid fish, and followed up with another a short time after that was about 3.5 pounds. I hooked 2 other fish in the 5 pound range the shook off the LV. After a bit of time with no more fish I decided to head back as I couldn't look for bed fish with the wind and clouds. I oared/ let the wind carry me back to the public launch cove where I ran into Mike Bogges, Deren was no longer there so I fished the swim beach area, and within 10 cast I stuck my 2nd big fish of 7.5 right next to Bogges. I culled out the 2 pounder and that was the last fish I caught. I worked my way back to M&M and got it about 130 PM. I just hung out around M&M and waited until 3pm and weighed 29 something.

Sunday:

   Feeling a bit of the pressure from day one, and thinking I was going to have a shitty day Sunday I decided to drive up and put in just north of the wall. Getting the kickboat down was not as easy as I thought it would be. I finally made it in and started throwing the LV along the wall. The lack of wind was great. As I rounded the first Corner of the wall, I stuck a 5 on the LV and got it in the well. Made me feel much better having at least one fish. and I made it around the corner into the cove area I caught another 5 and got it in the well. Marc Harrison showed up shortly after and he was Oaring up to Glenhaven. I fished until about 9/10 without a fish and was decided to look for some bed fish. I found about 5 bed fish and was able to land 3 of them one being 7.5, I worked another and couldn't get it to go. Marc had Shown back up by then and I told him to go and try her, apparently he did not get her. I then fished my way back to M&M and weighed in 25 for day 2.

Jeff Smith, also came up to the cove area and was able to get his day 2 Big fish of 9+ in the same area.
There are a ton of huge fish cruising, and suspended under the docks I had noticed. and I was really lucky to kind of stumble upon an area that had some big fish that cooperated with me.

It was actually nice to have a win with that kind of bag, as Me and Jay have weighed in so many 30+ sacks there and never got better than 3rd place in the boat Tourneys. That lake has really turned into a crazy place since I first fished it in 98'.

Kevin Marcheschi
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Kevin.Marcheschi@Icloud.com

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BassSteez
I'm thinking about getting a new crank-bait rod and I just wanted to see what brand and model people typically like. I think I'd mostly be throwing shallow-medium depth baits. I've been looking at the St.Croix Mojo or Powell Inferno, but any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
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scc72
i use the powell max glass crankbait rod, its great for larger cranks like i like, has good action and keeps the fish pinned real well. not sure if they still sell it, looks like its maybe the max 3d crankbait rod now. wasnt to happy with the inferno rods that i have but a friend of mine just got one and it looks like they have improved alot, its a nice rod for the price
KVD sexy shad crankbait
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billythekidd44
g-loomis cbr 845 [thumb]
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BassSteez
Looking more in the $200 and below range, not trying to break the band.
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BucketMouth
Well even though they aren't the "best" I use the Mojo series rods & like them for the most part,haven't had any prob's with them for years now & they are descent for the price!
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BassSteez
Anything else you would recommend that's less than $200?
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fishon

I prefer the G-LOOMIS crankbait series rods. i use the 7' and their under 200 bucks. check em out they have various models to choose from. i found that anything less than 7' didnt have enough back bone for shallow water fights  around structure to really drive the hooks home! ALSO check out DOBYNS lower priced rods i hear great things about em. if you want... i have a dobyns 40% off certificate that  expires in june so it needs to get used. you can have it if you wish... it could save you a few bucks ! p.m me if you want it. i will have it at the open at clearlake if you plan on attending. or... i will be at springlake this sunday if thats any better for you.

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billythekidd44
BassSteez wrote: Looking more in the $200 and below range, not trying to break the band.

Lol, I never pay retail. I always look in the fishing forum want ads for the rich fisherman to unload there primo gear for the "latest" gear cheap.

here`s something from the western bass want ads.

http://www.westernbass.com/forum/loomis-and-powell-rods-blow-out-update-t94701.html

they had an gloomis 845 for $125 but it was sold but they do have an 843 which might serve your purpose for the smaller crankbaits for $125 also. Personally I`d rather get high quality gear used then pay for new mid range at the same price. Keep your eye open on westerbass classifieds and bbc classifieds and you`ll find what you need. 

http://www.bbcboards.net/rods-4-sale/


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BassBasset
Dobyns 705CB.
   It appears that Mahoney has one for 150 bucks. Snag it up soon or i will
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BassSteez
How does TFO compare to G Loomis?

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BassSteez
Bought the Dobyns 705 C
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fishon
i could have saved you 40% off that rod with the certificate i have...  i guess i will use it my self for a new drop shot rod.
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billythekidd44
BassSteez wrote: Bought the Dobyns 705 C

If you mean the 705 cb thats a very good crankbait rod. Good choice.
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Benboy
The Loomis CBR845 is perfect, and I mean perfect, for anything from a Normans crappie crank to a DD 15. But once you go to a DD 22 or a Pointer 128 ( for a rip bait)), it won't be enough. The rod takes a little getting used to but it is perfect in that bait range. And that means Pop R's and Spooks, small spinnerbaits, and a ton of other baits in that size range (which is large), this is the ideal rod. Do not, under any circumstances, buy any other Loomis Crankbait rod. This is the one. The CBR 845 has been the single most versatile and amazing stick I have ever owned. It seems like the rod changes according to the line you use. I have used it all day on 8lb floro ripping a Staysee 90, or 10lb throwing a Speed Trap, or an Excalibur crank on 15 and thought; there could not be a better rod for this. If you want that finesse to medium beefy range with any moving bait, this is the perfect rod, and it is worth the extra $40.00 bucks. If you to go heavier then there may be other options. But for most moving baits in the 1/8oz to 3/4oz range this the stick.
This is just my opinion, but that stick is amazing. And it just puts big fish in the boat, day in day out. I hope this helps.

Good luck,
Benno












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ScottTownsend
Check out iRod Fishing rods, for shallow to medium crankbaits take a look at the Genisious II 703CC. iRods are great rods and I have had no problems with them at all and been using them for the better part of 3 years
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