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  1. Philf

    Dropshot shot keeper

    When using a dropshot rig it often tangles when you lay your rod down. I started wrapping the line with the sinker on it one time around the reel handle. It keeps everything straightened out. To free it up just unwind it in the opposite direction and you’re ready to go.
  2. Wrapped some black electrical tape around the reel foot and seat on the rod kinda like you do with the Tennessee handle rods keeps your hand warmer.
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    I liked Ken’s article on Chatter Baits. I need to pick up some heavier ones.
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    Diawa BG 2500

    Read the review by Allen Hawk that’s what sold me. I’ve gotten these reels pretty wet maybe a little sticking but the next day they’re fine. Never have to break them down. The one I took apart and cleaned and greased after a week in the surf. Went back together easy. The drag is very good but you might have to tighten it down more than your average reel. I’ve been going tight and then loosening it if it’s a really big fish. On the salt water fish I think I have it really tight but then that little bit of slippage has saved me on this reel. I’ve Purchased four or five of the Pflueger president reels this reel seems a lot better. The price is about the same.
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    Diawa BG 2500

    I have two of these light salt water reels. Great so far. The 2500 is about the same size as most 3000s made by other companies . Great for smallmouth or light salt water. Amazon has them for $83. Pretty easy to take apart and clean and grease and still work. Lots of good reviews on line.
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    What pound mono are guys using ?

    P-line Floroclear 10lb.Spray with KVD line treatment.
  7. Getting rid of the Ellsworth park dam will open up some great spawning/nursery water for smallmouth on the North Fork. We should get a good walleye, sauger, white bass run once the remaining damn is gone from the Big Vermilion. It will be interesting to see how long it takes or if it develops. I also heard their's a possibility of walleye being stocked again in Lake Vermilion or Lake Mingo. Those fish will end up in the river also.
  8. So they took down the damn below downtown Danville on the Vermilion River. Turns out there was another damn upstream underwater that they didn’t know about till the water went down. This sounds like one of my remodeling projects. My friend sent me some pictures.