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John and I put in at Anderson Bend Friday morning and we decided to see what we could do with the spooning techniques reported by Ranger_R77. We located shad in 35 feet and dropped spoons with 2" grubs a foot or so up. We immediately got into them. First a crappie, then LMB, whites and a 4 lb. channel cat. That worked pretty well so we tried some points with deep cranks and CR centipedes. We picked up a few more blacks and lost one that would have gone 4 - 5. Fished some stickups and caught a spotted bass, a guadalupe and several perch including one Rio Grande. Then back to the spoon in 45' of water and we caught a bunch of whites, another 4 lb. channel and several blacks.

It was a great morning except for what happened on my last CR cast. I have 2 H2O Mettle reels and I really like them. As I made my cast with one of them, the left cover and the spool sailed into the water and my braided line broke. I sat there dumbfounded with a rod and half of a reel in my hand. I can't imagine how it happened because you have to push a button on the left cover, rotate the cover and then pry it off. Has any one had anything like this happen to one of these?

It was still a beautiful morning on Travis: probably 10+ blacks, 2 channel cats, 25+ whites, 1 crappie and 10+ perch.

Ray
 

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i just bought one of the h20 mettle's. iwas scared because of how cheap they were but the rest of there products seem to hold up. hopefully i will have no problems. but academy most definetly will take back anything.
 

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You guys were 100% right. Academy replaced my reel even though I returned only half of the reel. I also picked up a couple of those 7' Abu Garcia rods that are on sale for $9.99. Decent CR rig rod.

Ray
 
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