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  1. First, I'll say you dont need lessons for a casual trip. However, this past Sunday, I took a class through Prairie State Canoeists. They teach paddling techniques according to the ACA. Highly recommend it even for the seasoned paddler. Yes, I was the only one with a fishing kayak. That said, I learned a bit and it was definitely worthwhile. I've improved my efficiency in paddling so as to not wear myself out as much. I learned the draw stroke and other braces. Will make it much easier to position myself than worrying about the approach so much. We practiced self rescues,
  2. Thanks for the review. They've been mentioned on here before. And are waiting patiently in my shopping cart.
  3. Easy to blame Cody. But it was Cody that put up 9 of the 15 points.
  4. They have specific dropshot keepers, but I've used one of my wife's hair ties. Will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Will have to try them. Off the wall in Rochelle is pretty top notch. Would have liked to made this one, but prior engagement.
  6. I had issue with using the zman mushroom head jigs and fast current. They weren't heavy enough to hit bottom. I understand the approach of fishing the middle column, I'd just have to do a different approach. For a different method of rigging a TRD... After having my last senko shaken off by a largemouth that I landed, I was pressed for time. I nose hooked a TRD on a weedless wacky hook. Slow to descend. Much more erratic action than a fluke. Landed one on first cast with it. Then I had to leave.
  7. Not sure of your budget, but I got the Cabelas tournament 4000 inflatable. What sold me is that its type ii as well as great foam placement. The foam is nice as I had issue with the high back ones and my kayak seat. Most fishing pfds are type iii. The ii are more likely to get and keep your face out of the water. Downside is it's an inflatable. And as Eric said, they them on.
  8. While I'm not Jon, there is a lot of good stuff and advice here that I'll use and leverage with my kids.
  9. Just wanted to share that I received my welcome packet yesterday. The newsletter is nicely done! Thanks everyone!
  10. As I recently went through this, Ill share my thoughts. If you're unsure this is for you, try rentals, demo paddles or getting some seat time at the bare minimum. The kayak I got is heavy. Heavy as in 85-90lbs. I did get it through Rocktown Adventures. It was a new 2016 that I got last fall. It pays to shop. Realizing that was a challenge to car topping and pretty much everything else, I adapted. I made a diy PVC cart to help with getting to and from the water. Haven't tested it as yet as just finished the paint on it. I have some tall ceilings in my garage, so I went
  11. I am impressed with how observant people can be. My Ned rig wasn't front and center in the shot but still noticed. My brother had commented on it as well. I've been a fan of jigs and dead sticking, so ned seemed like a natural progression for me this year. I've never done the Apple River. Always wanted to. Will check and make sure I'm available that day. I've met Jude once or twice before but it's been a handful of years ago. My wife used to work with him. And Jude had almost gotten bit by my dog. Not in the habit of taking shots solo nor carrying
  12. Hi All! I'm a long time lurker, first time caller. I know its cheesy but had to do it. I just purchased my membership so may be a bit premature in this post. Ive been fishing on and off for 20 or so years in and around the Rockford area. This means I started in high school and am in mid 30s. Ive always enjoyed smallmouth the most of all the species I've caught. And usually wading for them. This past fall, I purchased a fishing kayak and planning to get some more time on the water with a wet line. I've got a young family so I've got mainly good intentions at this point.
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