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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

• Here and There #2

Heavy Action Rods:
Two things I've been meaning to add to my arsenal include a heavy action rod and braided line. Heavy action rods seem to be hard to find unless you're willing to pay more than $80. Why don't you see inexpensive heavy rods? I went to Academy yesterday for something else and glanced at the fishing stuff while I was there. One of these days I'm going to pick up a Shimano Crucial rod, but not until I can afford one. Towards the end of the aisle, I came across a heavy action rod made by Castaway (If I recall correctly), and it only cost around $50. I'll keep that one in mind for a future purchase.

While at Academy:
While walking through the fishing section, I noticed clearance tags sticking out in various places. I got to looking and ended up at spinnerbaits. I've been meaning to try out a Terminator spinnerbait, but those things cost around $7 a piece. I have heard good things about them though. I always have a voice in the back of my mind telling me to get one. They had a few of the Terminator T1's on clearance for $4.88, so I picked up one in firetiger with a tandem willow blade config weighing 1/2oz. I'll use it to slow roll out there in the deeper water. They had some Wave Industries frogs for 88 cents and I probably should have bought some, but I regained my sanity and stopped with the one spinnerbait.

That never happens to me:
You cast towards an overhanging limb and instead of going under, it goes over. The lure falls and rests just beneath the surface of the water. You fiddle with your reel because there is a little backlash and while you're doing that, you feel a pull. You set the hook and come up with a bass. That has NEVER happened to me. I cast into trees all the time. I've even tried doing this on purpose with spinnerbaits, plastics of all kinds, and crankbaits. Nothing. Not even motion under the water.