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Navionics Info & How-To / Nice day
« Last post by Fish Hound on July 13, 2018, 05:51:53 AM »
Looks like it's going to be a nice day to Jig lake trout
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 05:27:45 PM »
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Its not going to make a bad angler into a good angler.

Agreed. Not happening.. ever  :nope:

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I spent hours on end staring at that thing

I remember doing that with my first one, back in the 1980s!  (giggle)

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What you are looking for is depth, contour changes, hardness of bottom, rocks, grass, etc.

Exactly  :yes:

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it wasn't this magic wand that found fish. It took getting a line in the water, looking for visual queues, feeling the bottom, and getting bites to establish the pattern. From there you then use the tools you have to replicate it.

And there you have it. The sum of finding and catching bass consistently  :nod:
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Brazzy on July 12, 2018, 03:53:19 PM »
And thats the funny part about it. I thought getting electronics would change me from good to great. Not the case. Actually the first year I had it I got a lot worse. Let me say this. It being referred to as a "fish finder" is a load of crap. It does not find fish. I spent hours on end staring at that thing thinking I was going to be like Brent Ehrler on MLF just video game fishing. Wow was I wrong.

In all honesty its a tool like any other and in the right hands it can help. In the wrong hands it cant. Its not going to make a bad angler into a good angler. I feel like it takes a great deal of skill to use these effectively. Just to explain, you are not looking for fish. I mean if you find them, great, but it is super hard to drop on them while they are under your boat and you see them on the graph. What you are looking for is depth, contour changes, hardness of bottom, rocks, grass, etc. What does that mean? Well nothing if you dont establish a pattern. You need to get bites, for these tools to help you get more bites.

Example: Yesterday out on a lake where they are doing some serious weed eradication. I start off a point (visual target) and start working off that point. As I am working dont the point I get to a place where it is about 10 feet of water and notice I am hitting clumps of grass on the bottom (purely from feel). As soon as I start hitting grass I start getting bites. I keep generating the bites in 10-12 FOW pulsing a chatterbait through the grass. Whenever I would hit grass I would violently pop it out of the grass and a lot of strikes came right then. I stack up about 5 fish and now start piecing it together for a pattern. I fish that spot until the bites die. Now I use my navionics map (I use my phone) to try and find places that might look similar to it no the body of water I am on. I start going to those places and idling over it. I dont see a single fish, but when I saw grass in about 10-12 feet of water adjacent to a primary or secondary point I would make some casts. I get on them there as well. I move further off the bank and find a hump where it goes from about 16 FoW to 11FoW and it has grass on it as well.. From there I just blister them.

The reason I mention this is it wasnt this magic wand that found fish. It took getting a line in the water, looking for visual queues, feeling the bottom, and getting bites to establish the pattern. From there you then use the tools you have to replicate it. In no way do this tools make up for and deficiency in skills. I think the name of the game here is efficiency. I could have found grass by dragging a jig or a Carolina rig, but this was far more efficient.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 02:06:42 PM »
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it sure is fun taking 1st place money from a guy in a fully rigged boat as I drive away with my crawdad in my truck

Been there, done that. Know the feeling. But it's also fun having a boat that will hold two anglers and all of our tackle very comfortably. To each his own, and within the budget  ;)
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Best Baitcasting Reel Under $100?
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 02:03:38 PM »
Cool. Looking forward to hearing about the new reel!
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Best Baitcasting Reel Under $100?
« Last post by Brazzy on July 12, 2018, 01:19:29 PM »
Good Stuff. and that makes sense. The Revo S has centrifugal brakes, the SX has magnetic, and the STX is the first model with both.  in the older models. Now the STX and above has the IVCB-6L braking system. I do have an SX, but  put that in my 8' flipping stick as I would not do more than punch with that thing. I wouldn't dare make a cast with the SX. I have owned everything from the S to the Premier. Bang for the buck the STX is probably the best choice. In your assessment the STX would have been in the same price range as the Curado, but the STX would have dominated in specs and performance. The SX and that nonsense infini magnetic brake system is a nightmare.

On a side note, I have the new Revo Ike series reel coming in today or tomorrow. It is supposed to be released on 8/1, but I pulled some strings and should have it in my hands by this weekend. Really looking forward to this one. It essentially took the power from the STX and the weight of a premier and added a new handle and a pimped out paint job. I will likely do a video on it in the coming week.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by toadhunter on July 12, 2018, 11:48:22 AM »
My point was the craft and skill of the fisherman has been put on the back seat, it's just like cell phones, people can do crap without them like reading a map for instance. As I said it was just my rant, but it sure is fun taking 1st place money from a guy in a fully rigged boat as I drive away with my crawdad in my truck.  (giggle)
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Best Baitcasting Reel Under $100?
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 11:47:50 AM »
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However, the SX was one where I felt was a backlash nightmare waiting to happen

Yes, that was the one. What a piece of junk it was. The reel itself was nice, but the braking system was horrible.

I wrote a three part blog series here: http://blog.northeastbass.com/?s=revo+sx

These 3 posts are old, and are missing some photos, but the info is still good.
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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Best Baitcasting Reel Under $100?
« Last post by Brazzy on July 12, 2018, 11:20:12 AM »
The older revos definitely had their issues with backlashes. Most really needed some TLC to get them dialed in. However, the SX was one where I felt was a backlash nightmare waiting to happen (might be the one you are talking about). It was frequent and it was nasty. They have made improvements to the braking systems and now they are pretty good across the board but the higher end models braking system is awesome. 

I was afraid the revo X would be a cash grab.. Glad to hear its good quality.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Curt - RI on July 12, 2018, 11:18:15 AM »
This thread is great! These kinds of discussions are what makes forums so special for sharing and learning.  :yes:

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The idea that electronics are pointless because you cant afford it really doesn't work.

Agree 100%

The same goes for all fishing equipment. Doesn't matter whether it's Talons, Power Poles, high end rods and reels or electronics. Everyone has a budget they have to work within. Saying that something more expensive than you can afford is a waste of money doesn't make that a true statement.

And, as always, everyone is entitled to their opinion  :nod:

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