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Boating Forum / Livewell Lights
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:07:22 AM »
I wrapped up my LED lighting project this week with the installation of LED lights in both of my livewells.  :yes:
Here's a pic of them turned on in my garage after dark.

Here's the Port livewell.

Here's the Starboard livewell.

And here's the LED switch that I installed on the console to turn them on.

It was a lot of work, running the wires, drilling all the holes and then securing the wiring to keep it safe and out of the way, but I have no doubt that it'll be well worth it.  :thumbup:

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Local Water Temps
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:13:25 AM »
My wife and I hit two local lakes this past weekend. On Friday we fished at Glasgo Pond in CT. Water temps in the AM were around 67, but up to a tad over 70 when we left in the afternoon.

We fished Wyassup Lake, also in CT, on Saturday. Water temps there were slightly above 70 in the AM and 72-73 when we left.

Even though we have some more cooler weather moving in this week, it looks like the water temps are now safely in the summer range.

This is a common question. Here's the answer  :)

Put this video together last week.

Boating Forum / New LED Light Installation.
« on: May 22, 2018, 10:07:55 AM »
I spent a fair amount of time this past weekend installing a complete LED light kit on my boat!
I've had the lights for a long time, but never took the time to tackle the installation until now. It was a lot of work, sorting out how and where to route the wires, etc. But I'm really happy with the results  :nod:
Here are a couple pics  (giggle)

I spent a fair amount of time sorting out the logistics of it all; connections, wire routing, fishing wires through the boat, etc.

I'm really happy with the way they came out and the way the boat looks with them on in the dark.

I picked red because it doesn't attract bugs and it doesn't mess with my night vision.

The entire LED light set on my boat, including the bow lights, is from LEDHead Lighting.

I just posted a new tackle review for the Rapala Original Floating Minnow!

Boating Forum / List of RI Public Boat Ramps
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:06:16 PM »
While doing some digging regarding RI HP limits, I found this page on the DEM website that has info about all of the public access boat ramps in the entire state.

I thought it might be useful to post it here for everyone to use as a resource.

If anyone knows of or finds similar pages for other states in the Northeast, please post the link here. Thanks!

Boating Forum / RI HP Limits
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:50:47 AM »
For more than 20 years now I have adamantly stated that the HP restrictions on many RI lakes are a joke. The reason that I say this is that the law creates a double standard.

Bass anglers are being discriminated against, and here's why I say that.

You and I are watched and monitored on all of the 10 HP lakes. If we run our outboard, even at idle speed, we can be written up, fined and taken to court for it.

However, a vast majority of the lakeside property owners who own boats with outboards over the 10 HP limit do, in fact, launch their boats at the very same ramp that you and I launch from. Once they have launched, they promptly start their outboard and (illegally) drive their boat to their dock, where the boat stays for the summer months.

They run their outboard (illegally) all summer long, as they cruise up and down the lake in their pontoon boats, water ski with their ski boats and just generally enjoy boating and fishing recreationally.

Then, in the fall, they use their outboard (illegally) to drive their boat back to the very same ramp which has the HP limit very conspicuously posted, and they load their boat onto the trailer and store it for the winter months.

And this process gets repeated year after year by property owners, many of whom would report us in a heartbeat if we were to run our outboard, even only at idle speed.

I have known this for years, despite not being there to witness it happening.

This past week I was at Echo Lake twice. Once on Tuesday and again on Saturday.

On Tuesday my wife and I saw at least two large pontoon boats back down the ramp, start their oversized outboard and illegally drive to their docks.

On Saturday I witnessed it again, as my bass club was finishing up our tournament weigh-in. Two very large pontoon boats showed up on trailers and began launching them, while also blocking a sizable area of the parking lot while they shot the breeze and prepped boat #1 to launch.

I actually considered calling D.E.M. enforcement, but I didn't bother because I knew nothing would become of it.

D.E.M. is well aware of this double standard, but they continue to turn a blind eye to it.

Echo Lake is one of the rare lakes where the HP restriction can be bypassed for bass tournaments if we get a permit, which we are required to do by law anyway.

I also vaguely remember that, in the past, Echo Lake was only subject to this HP restriction from Memorial Day until Labor day, which may or may not still be in effect. I will investigate this further.

I'm not putting this out here to whine about it. I want to bring this to light (again) and get some feedback from others, and see if there may be some kind of action that can be taken to prevent lakeside property owners from using these ramps illegally every year, while we (bass boat owners) are held to a higher standard and being discriminated against.

More to come...

Fishing Photos Forum / Good Day Saturday!
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:35:19 PM »
My wife and I hit the water Saturday morning and fished from 8:30 AM until about 2:30 PM. I caught 9 bass, including this nice one.

It was caught on a bladed jig I had made just for this particular lake. I guess it worked!

I can't even count the number of times I've been asked this question. Way too many to keep track of.

So, I figured if I'm getting asked this much, there must be lots of other people wondering about it too.

Check out my latest tackle review for my own personal answer:

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Lew's Carbon Fire Rod Review
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:39:35 AM »
It's Wednesday!

That means we have another Tackle Test for you to check out  :yes:

This week we reviewed a Lew's Carbon Fire baitcasting rod.

Was it worth the price or was it junk?

Read the review to find out!

The Hawg Forum / SA Face Shields on Sale!
« on: April 05, 2018, 04:25:46 PM »
Wanted to give everyone a heads up that SA Fishing is currently running a monster sale on their awesome face shields.

Buy 1, get 4 free!

I reviewed this product a few years ago and gave them a solid 4.5 star rating!

Check them out here and keep your face protected from the cold, wind and sun. They even work great to keep the pollen out of your mouth and nose later in the spring, during pollen season.

And save a lot of cash while you're at it.

Click Here for the Discount

Boating Forum / Skeg Repair Kit Review
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:39:11 PM »
Our latest Tackle Test is live!
If you're looking for a way to protect your skeg from damage, or a way to repair a broken skeg, be sure to check out this review!

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Wait.. what??
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:00:03 PM »

OK. Now this is getting out of hand. I don't even have words to say about this  :facepalm:

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