-- Last Updated: Jun-23-11 12:26 AM EST --
...... what's it feel like the moment you know your boat is taking flight ?? What's it sound like ??
Canoe or kayak ??
Man oh man D , I'd be thanking the dear Lord .
About a year ago I started using two straps up at the bar on the cab . It was just bugging me to no end that if the one and only strap failed for some reason , any reason , things could go sour in the blink of an eye .
Prior to using straps I had always used ropes , plus bow tie downs ... but one day I got some straps (man enters 21st century and all that jazz) . Wasn't long after that I started having too much faith in the strap on the cab bar and began to stop using front tie downs . Ah , life in the 21st century is good , modernization , simplification ... da da da .
But something just kept bugging me , refer to above , two straps up front now :-)
One strap (the main one) holds the canoe to the bar in the standard way , over the canoe , under the bar and back over . The 2nd strap goes up under the canoe , around a seat , and both ends come in through the doors to fasten inside the cab ... this strap doesn't touch the bar . I figure it's a reasonable replacement for the front tie downs , plus has the added benefit of holding both the canoe and the bar down should one or the other get loose ... so far so good , and I feel much better about it all now too , which needless to say is worth it's weight in gold :-)
Have you ever thought about trying a 7" purple plastic worm (I like the semi long curly tail type myself) tossed into the cover and slowly pulled along the bottom (by raising rod tip) and over submerged logs , branches , etc. ?? ... they make these neat plastic worm hooks now that have the weight right on the shank of the hook ... no need for a nose bullet weight or split shot anymore , really makes it crawl through submerged stuff much better w/o minor snags like the nose weights used to do !!!
I like the strike , it's usually just two consecutive real light bumps , then I immediately lower the rod tip to slack the line , open the bail and watch those Largemouth peel out on the run ... give them a half dozen seconds or more into the run and click , when they reach the end of their rope ... set the hook !!
All but two of my over patch size Largemouth have been caught this way ... plus a slew of the smaller ones .