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Everything posted by nordak76

  1. I've been consumed by fishing off and on since I learned to walk for the most part. I like bait fishing fine, but I have preferred the sport of lure fishing, specifically for largemouth bass which was an obsession of mine for many, many years. I practiced catch and release mainly, so the challenge for me was in presenting something that the fish would take on the given conditions. I've fished for largemouth bass in freezing weather just to see if I could get them to bite. Bait fishing definitely has a place for me, specifically for catfish, but I find it pretty dull by comparison to lure fishing. Gadgets was maybe the wrong term, but using rod stands and some sort of chumming system doesn't interest me. If that's what you like, great. I wasn't trying to start a bait vs. lure war. I was simply stating that I hope the new content doesn't rely on these newer modes of fishing too heavily in order to effectively catch fish on new lakes. Huh? Like Hateful said, that's a huge leap to make based on what I posted. If you and your buddies up in NY state ALL bait fish, then the rest of us fisherman who don't rely on bait fishing to catch fish must not have fished in real life? Logic?
  2. While the new areas and fish species look fantastic, I'm a little less excited about the prospect of using multiple rods or feeder systems in order to catch fish. I'm not a gadget oriented fisherman in real life and prefer the simplicity that FP has in place in terms of basic, traditional, hands-on fishing. If people want feeder fishing and multiple rods, that's fine, I just hope it isn't one of those situations where it's absolutely necessary in order to effectively catch fish. Keep up the great work and thank you for the update.
  3. My internet service went out for the duration of qualifier 1, the one I had planned to fish and felt I had the best chance at. Gave Michigan a go yesterday and fell short on lbs. I don't have another qualifier in me I don't think. It was my first try at a tourney. I'll give it a go next time I think. Good luck to everyone yet to qualify.
  4. 150 comps before his first win? I'd say he got off easy.
  5. tombomb, if it makes you feel any better, I placed 58th in Dancing with Pike today, while you placed 5th. Take the wins when they happen and move on from the losses. I have to remind myself of that constantly.
  6. This. One of the more important points you mentioned. Don't get locked into a mindset that you have to fish the same comp the same way every time. Adapt and keep an open mind. If you're getting frustrated with a certain competition, take a break and learn a different comp. You might come back to it with a new view on how to approach it differently.
  7. I've heard others suggest this and I think it's a great idea. There are some comps that just don't interest me in the least while others are often at times it's not feasible for me to play. This idea would work well on many levels.
  8. While I agree with some of your points, specifically in regard to bug fixes, I do not think this game was ever, or ever should be, a pay to win game. On that point, I believe the developers did a great job of balancing the DLC content in relation to its usefulness on the competitive level. It's quite refreshing to me to see they took a different route than most free to play games in the sense you can't buy wins.
  9. The bison spinner catches tons of trout for me. It might be my favorite of the event lures thus far.
  10. Like Hateful, I had really good luck in Neherrin using the x series 1/2 oz., 3/0 spinner for historic smallmouth at rubble of old times spot. 2 speed stop and go or 1 speed twitch. Head toward the flag when you spawn in, go past flag and to the opening where the bent tree is. Casting at both rock outcrops, during a sunny peak, I was catching lots of them.
  11. That's a seriously nice piece of gear there. Enjoy. I don't fish much anymore, but my favorite setup was a bass fishing rig. Shimano Curado baitcaster, left handed model matched with an All-Star med heavy 6.5 ft. rod. I did alot of weightless soft plastics fishing and taught myself to reel in left handed at a young age to be ready for the strike on the drop, which happens often much like it does on FP. That combo was lethal on bass. Feel foolish now having sold that reel on ebay about 2 months ago. The wife and I took our kids fishing yesterday, and I caught a nice largemouth, 2.5 lbs. or so, on a bandit shallow running crankbait. Was using an old Shimano spinning reel with a Shakespeare med action rod, one of the only rod and reel combos I have left. Wife caught a tiny bluegill and a decent largemouth on 1 cast bait fishing. The bass tried to eat the bluegill and got hooked. My 9 year old had a good day catching bluegill on a bobber with a jighead/tube combo. She had a blast and I think I enjoyed watching her fish more than fishing myself. The trip reminded me of how much actual fishing fun I've been missing out on.
  12. Not to go too off topic here, but I still think the whole storage for sale issue could be remedied if they sold me storage I could actively use versus storage for shells and boots. Give me some backpack space for sale and I'll relinquish some hard earned baitcoins. Best of luck on the tourney competitors.
  13. I'm going to start a souvenir stand in Michigan, over by the Fairytale dock. I figure with the shells I'm catching, get some glue, some googly eyes, and make caricatures of famous figures. My Alexander "Clam" Bell will make a killing. I figure it will help offset some of the monetary loss from all these snags.
  14. I agree with some of what you're saying, but there are some comps that you can prepare for and use information gathered from regular rounds of fishing. I'm far from an expert and don't fish all the comps, but Cats 'n Nightcatchers, Moonlight Gars, Salmon Galore and Catfish Trials are ones that I've done well in using techniques and spots I learned outside of competition settings. You do have to tweak that knowledge a bit to optimize how well you place, but it's very possible to at least compete with the big guys. If this was the model for comps, the scenario you laid out would be equally, if not more, frustrating as you'd basically have zero control over how well you did. This is like calling the lottery a competition.
  15. From what I've gathered, 99% of the comps boil down to knowing the spot or spots to fish. A little luck never hurts either. Sometimes these spots correlate directly to regular fishing and often they don't. Things like bait or lure used, retrieval, hook size, leader depth, etc. vary depending on who you speak to. I was going it alone for a long time trying to figure this stuff out along with my wife and managed to do well in a couple of comps. Lately, I've branched out and made more friends which has helped my knowledge base tremendously. We share knowledge with each other and are happy when any of us finish top ten. To me it's rewarding to see someone do well if any info I gave them helped at all.
  16. I haven't been keeping anything I've snagged because I just don't have the space. This is further aggravated by the fact items don't stack. I don't know how missions will work, but if it's based on quantity of items acquired, no way I'm willing to pay for the amount of storage that will be required.
  17. I'm fairly certain I catch more fish on x-series gear too. I guess that's good enough proof.
  18. I know this has been discussed to death, but I was digging around the forum and found this thread: In the thread, the x-series advantage question pops up, to which Killer Whale states x-series offers a slight advantage in the form of attack speed? Anyone have any ideas what that means exactly?
  19. I'm curious, how does this affect the lobby you're in? Serious question as I've experienced what I think are lobby discrepancies in the past, so I'm interested in your feedback.
  20. This happens to me all the time in comps. I can pretty much count on a poor finish when it does too. Bite rate seems similar to a private room which has always been bad for me.
  21. I have caught several that have surprised me, but the last was an 11+ pound "Trophy" walleye fishing the tiger muskie area around Sandy Cape. I've never caught anything but uni once they surpassed the 11 lb. threshold on walleye.
  22. From what I've gathered from feedback left on various FP social platforms, as well as through general conversation in game, the home storage for purchase idea is very unpopular. I get that in order to keep things running, especially given that it's a free to play game, you've got to generate revenue from somewhere. If storage is going to work toward that goal, why not make backpack storage slots available or even purchased bag upgrades? That's something I would pay for and would be of greater benefit than having gear collect dust in home storage.
  23. Believe it or not, and I was told this when I signed up on the forums, you'll grow tired of catching pike and darn near all the fish in all the waterways eventually. I'm at the point now I'm trying to beat my own uni records as I've caught them all. Comps are really the only thing at this point that keep me interested in the game because I haven't figured them out yet. Well, I should add the people I've met too as a reason to keep playing. I do pretty decent in a few, but the majority are still a mystery to me. Comps are a puzzle I've yet to solve, a very frustrating puzzle at times, but interesting enough to keep trying.
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