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I am trying to figure out Az lakes. I've been fishing here for over 25 yrs and cannot get past throwing cranks and top water with moderate success.

Fished Roosevelt yesterday threw spinner baits and jigs and got blanked...forced myself to leave the cranks in the box.......my back seat(son) picked up a few dinks on cranks....we fished from 7am to 1:30

Has anyone gained from spending the dough on a guide? If so recommendations will be appreciated.
 

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depends on what guide you go with. Your best bet would be to call the hook up . They have the best guides in the state that can teach you.

John Murray, Bret Hite, Ben Koller, Dale Merry, Scooter and Josh Bertrand.
 

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I've heard the HookUp boys will definately get you on fish.

JGUN that posts on here will help you out.

Guides are well worth the money. I would definately take the time and spend it learning to read a graph. A good graph will help eliminate a lot of bad water and pinpoint fish at depths were you need to be.

I hope this helps.
 

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Are you trying to say that you have never tried a worm or a senko or a car.rig ? thats where you need to start IMO. Tie on a worm and throw it in the sticks and see what you come up with. good luck and DON'T give up
 

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I am trying to figure out Az lakes. I've been fishing here for over 25 yrs and cannot get past throwing cranks and top water with moderate success.

Fished Roosevelt yesterday threw spinner baits and jigs and got blanked...forced myself to leave the cranks in the box.......my back seat(son) picked up a few dinks on cranks....we fished from 7am to 1:30

Has anyone gained from spending the dough on a guide? If so recommendations will be appreciated.
Hey dude, a guide is nice, but since Rosy is awesome right now, I'd give it another shot.......you'll learn alot more, even though it will take longer, if you figure it out yourself....



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I've used several from this site. It's always been well worth it, especially if I fish a lake where I've never been.
 

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Are you trying to say that you have never tried a worm or a senko or a car.rig ? thats where you need to start IMO. Tie on a worm and throw it in the sticks and see what you come up with. good luck and DON'T give up

+1.....Can't go wrong with a simple T-rigged 6" worm for basics.
 

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You are correct, force yourself to gain that confidence in other baits. Fishing is a sport that the time you invest into it will pay greater dividens each time you go out. Hiring a guide is great, and the HookUp is the best bet out there.

Another direction you can take is to go to Sportsmans WareHouse. Go to their DVD rack in the fishing department and pick up a few of the DVD's by In-Fisherman. The elements of what they are going to present can be applied almost any lake. They have a DVD on Bass Patterns. If you want to improve your fishing understand how a Bass relates to the lake, to structure and the season of the year. Then know the presentation, this is as important as the structure and season.

There are times when it is perfect for throwing a spinnerbait or crankbait and other times the bite will not be there and you have to go to another bait. The all-around lures that have been the money makes for almost any tournament angler is the Jig and the Worm. When it is hot you are dragging a worm or jig, when it is cold you are dragging a jig or worm.

If your fishing with electronics invest in some good DVD's for understanding how to optimize your electronics and improve your fishing. Sportsmans Warehouse has some DVD by Doc Sampson. But I like this guy a lot better Wilson Fraizer.

http://www.itainttv.com/endorsements.php

This is a good website with a lot of great information.

http://www.bassfishin.com/

Also look at YouTube and type in Jigs, Worms etc. There are a thousand video clips on these baits. From how to rig a 1 ounce yamamoto jig to drop shot presentations.
 

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Used the Hook-Up twice. Scooter and Love both really good guys. I learned a lot each time I was out on the water and I gained confidence and a better understanding of certain baits and techniques.

Call the hook-up and book a day trip. You'll learn a lot!
 

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Talking to my dad today, it sounds like he's giving up fishing all together. We've shared a boat and great times for the last 40 years on Az waters.

His heart and back can't take it anymore. I will be asking for backseaters in the near future. Just shoot me a PM, I'll take you out in my ride. It's a beat up Skeeter, but the sticks in the boat land the fish.

No charge or fees, I'm not a guide, I'm going anyways and having company is always welcomed.

This is the saddest day of my life to date. I'm leaving my dad on the bank where he wants to be.

The sun rises tomorrow and my old TMX buddy (Wayne) will be with me on Rosey, he'll be in the back seat. Lets see if Nastybasser can still fish.
 

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Talking to my dad today, it sounds like he's giving up fishing all together. We've shared a boat and great times for the last 40 years on Az waters.

His heart and back can't take it anymore. I will be asking for backseaters in the near future. Just shoot me a PM, I'll take you out in my ride. It's a beat up Skeeter, but the sticks in the boat land the fish.

No charge or fees, I'm not a guide, I'm going anyways and having company is always welcomed.

This is the saddest day of my life to date. I'm leaving my dad on the bank where he wants to be.

The sun rises tomorrow and my old TMX buddy (Wayne) will be with me on Rosey, he'll be in the back seat. Lets see if Nastybasser can still fish.
That has to be tough. Hey if he likes to fish for catfish like my dad does they should get together.

Mine is 89 and he has been in the hospital since July 3rd. he survived pneumonia 3 times, the second time the doctors told me he was not going to make it and did. The 3rd time they caught it before it got him down again totally. Now he is in a nursing home to recover. He says he wants to go out on the boat when he recovers. We are looking at 2 months till his strength comes back and the dialysis is pulled.
 

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Thank you everyone; for all the great advise!!

Rookieboy....Thank you for the gracious offer....I am very sorry to hear of your situation.

I will definitely look into the Hook-up.
 

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Whoa!! That one hits home. So sorry, but the memories and the hobby that he started you on are the best thing a Dad can give to his son and he knows it. Thanks for sharing that.
Talking to my dad today, it sounds like he's giving up fishing all together. We've shared a boat and great times for the last 40 years on Az waters.

His heart and back can't take it anymore. I will be asking for backseaters in the near future. Just shoot me a PM, I'll take you out in my ride. It's a beat up Skeeter, but the sticks in the boat land the fish.

No charge or fees, I'm not a guide, I'm going anyways and having company is always welcomed.

This is the saddest day of my life to date. I'm leaving my dad on the bank where he wants to be.

The sun rises tomorrow and my old TMX buddy (Wayne) will be with me on Rosey, he'll be in the back seat. Lets see if Nastybasser can still fish.
 

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Whoa!! That one hits home. So sorry, but the memories and the hobby that he started you on are the best thing a Dad can give to his son and he knows it. Thanks for sharing that.
Amen to that Doc...

Thanks again Dad, I miss ya.
 

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Used Art Chamberlain about 10 years ago at Rosy. We went on a night trip and he showed us all the basics. I have been using soft plastics ever since and love to fish at night for bass in the summer. So, yeah it was worth every penny.
 

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Not too sure if Frank Powell is still around, but if he is, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND him, I had been fishing for bass in AZ waters for years and, it was a great learning experience!! He was also very competitively priced.
 
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