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Boating Forum / Re: Trailer Woes
« on: May 05, 2021, 06:52:20 PM »
aluminum is the best! that trailer will last forever. I know i cant wait to pull mine.

Boating Forum / Re: Trailer Woes
« on: May 05, 2021, 06:40:30 PM »
trailers are a tough thing to deal with. I just got my new tandem axle trailer for my stratos. I ordered it march 1st and was told six weeks but it turned out to be 9 weeks. it's being set up for my boat now and i am picking her up tomorrow. they are hard to find and not cheap!! i found mine at marine masters trailers in tennessee. I ordered it through thayers marine. it should ride good now i hope. it costs a bundle!!

Boating Forum / Re: garmin force/ dakota lithium batteries
« on: March 24, 2021, 04:58:09 PM »
yeah it's pretty sweet. I bought another dakota lithium battery just to run my garmin units and live scope. I found if you run livescope too long it will draw down the starting battery.

Boating Forum / garmin force/ dakota lithium batteries
« on: March 21, 2021, 06:45:51 PM »
hey all, it's been a long winter!  I just waanted to give an update on my trolling motor / batteries. I bought the garmin force trolling motor last march and I used it all year, it is awesome! I love the power this thing has and it's so quiet! you don't hear the robotic servo noise like the ultrex has and the brushless motor is super quiet. it pulls my stratos 295 at a whopping 4.8 mph (gps) the anchor lock is spot on and the wireless foot pedal is really nice. I love everything about the garmin, the only thing i am not crazy about is the plastis skeg. it is mounted with 4 screws and replacable. I replaced it twice last year because i hit a rock and some wood. they only cost 19 bucks so its not too bad, i guess it was designed that way to protect the motor. if anyone wants a motor that has big balls this is the one for you!  Also at the same time i bought three 100ah lithium batteries from dakota lithium,they are very light (26lbs) so i got rid of about 150lbs off the back of my boat. I like to troll fast and move all day long. I ran the boat four 8hr tournies before i charged them up and they were charged in less than four hours. i would gladly recommend these batteries! so we will see how they do this year.

Boating Forum / Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
« on: May 20, 2020, 02:21:05 PM »

I love the trolling motor so far. and yes the foot pedal is wireless it runs on 2 AA batteries that are supposed to last all season. it also comes with a cord and plug so you can wire to your boat power if you want.

Boating Forum / Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
« on: May 15, 2020, 09:09:18 PM »

well, I have gotten to use my garmin trolling motor about a dozen times now and I am happy to report that it works awesome! I love the anchor lock feature it keeps my boat spot on! the only thing I don't like is the skeg, it's made out of plastic. they say it protects the motor from taking a hit?! it bolts on with four screws and the replacement skegs cost 19 dollars. I just scraped the bottom in a cove and it took the skeg right off. so needless to say I bought two more spares for future accidents. other than that its great I love the way all the wiring is hidden and with the remote pedal there's no big loop of cables to get caught up on. also the Dakota lithium batteries are sick! I fished four days with out charging them. then it only took 3 hours to charge them back up. it's full power all the time.

Boating Forum / Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
« on: April 11, 2020, 07:03:34 PM »

yes I will continue to keep all informed on these products. the one feature on the garmin force trolling motor that I'm not crazy about is the skeg, it's plastic and removable with 4 screws. I know I'm gonna whack something and rip it off lol. so the replacement skegs are 19 dollars and I bought a couple spares just in case. their thinking on this is that it would do less damage to the motor itself if you hit something hard?!? time will tell on that.

Boating Forum / Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
« on: April 10, 2020, 10:05:09 PM »
Well, I got the garmin force trolling motor and I'm happy to report that I love the thing! It's very responsive with the wireless foot pedal and the anchor loc is spot on. I tried it in the river with crazy current and it held it right there. The motor pulls my stratos 295 at 4.8 mph crazy!! And it's totally silent!! You cannot hear the servo's when steering the boat and you can't hear the motor running at all! even at top speed all you hear is the water running off the boat. I also have the lithium ino batteries by Dakota lithium. I used the trolling motor three days for a total of about 22 hours fishing and the batteries still had 98 percent charge!! and I ran it hard and in current and wind,plus used the anchor loc a bunch. then I charged the batteries back up to 100 percent in about two hours! Can't beat that! I'm very happy with it so far and for someone like me that likes to fish fast it sweet! Also the panoptics livescan is unbelievable! I'm still learning how to tune it in but I could see fish swimming around submerged weeds and you can even see you lure! Well I hope you all stay safe and get out for some fresh air and fishing!

Boating Forum / Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
« on: March 11, 2020, 03:05:20 PM »

thanks, I do have the black box for the livescope. just gotta rig it all up. the chargers they give you for the Dakota batteries are small and not really made to install in boat. I went on this site: they sell the Ionics batteries and I bought a 4bank charger for my boat for 319 bucks. it charges the 3 lithiums and my AGM battery for my motor.

Boating Forum / Re: Tow vehicle going down at the ramp
« on: March 10, 2020, 06:18:06 PM »

I lost my brakes on my old truck and I drove home holding the emergency brake release and using the e brake to stop me. a little hairy but it got me home!

Boating Forum / Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
« on: March 10, 2020, 06:11:06 PM »

Well, I have decided to go with the garmin force trolling motor I ordered it and will have it by Friday! I also did a lot of research on the lithium batteries and I ordered the Dakota lithium 36 volt package which is 3 12volt batteries and a charger for each one. they are warranteed for 11 years (3000 cycles). they don't charge tax and it's only 10 bucks for shipping. it came to 2409. they have been supplying some of the pro's for a few years now and they have an awesome rep. Can't wait to get this stuff all rigged and ready to go. I also have 2 garmin 93svultra's and the panoptics/livescope to install.  getting excited!!

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Lithium Batteries
« on: March 10, 2020, 05:55:48 PM »

I just checked the site 2, 12volt 100Ah batteries with chargers are 1699! no tax that's a sweet deal!! they're awesome with their customer service also!

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: Lithium Batteries
« on: March 10, 2020, 05:51:11 PM »

You should check out Dakota lithium batteries. I have been researching them for a few months and finally I ordered the Dakota lithium 36 volt 100Ah kit. it includes 3 - 12volt 100ah batteries and a charger for each battery. the package is 2399 with 10 dollar shipping charge. they do not charge tax ! the 24 volt kit is much cheaper. they also have a 11 year warranty! they have been supplying batteries to the pro's for a coupole years now. they even had a booth set up at the classic. It's well worth you checking them out. I should be getting mine in a couple days. I also bought the garmin force trolling motor and that will be in on Friday! getting excited!

Regional Bass Fishing Tournament Listings / wednesday night trail
« on: February 07, 2020, 01:22:46 PM »
well,it's that time of year again. getting things ready for the upcoming season. I have put together my wed night schedule which I've posted here. I hope some of you guys get a chance to fish a few. we have a lot of fun and it seems to make the dreaded work week go by just a little faster lol!

Boating Forum / Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
« on: February 07, 2020, 01:15:38 PM »
well, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the garmin force, just gonna wait till the tackle/boat shows coming up to see if there's a deal to be had. I'm also going to be getting three lithium ion batteries for it. I'm on the fence between Dakota lithiums and ionic's. I like the ionics Bluetooth capabilities but Dakota gives an 11 year warranty so just shopping for more reviews on them also.

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