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Boating Forum / Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« on: March 13, 2021, 11:07:45 AM »
Will do!  :thumbup:  I can't wait to get it on the water! Just finished calibrating the auto level stow feature. Now when you bring it up to the deck it turns and lays flat.  ;D


Boating Forum / Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« on: March 13, 2021, 09:04:30 AM »
I was able to check off 2 big items from my list.
TM installed and New Seats installed.

TM install went well except for one of the nylon centered nuts on the old TM stripped and started spinning in place. We got in an epic battle for about an hour.  :yes: Sometimes getting into these projects is a good thing! Last year I was tripping fuses with my TM but wasn't sure why. Well it ended up the wire harness put on by who will remain an "unnamed" local marine dealer used cheap connectors and a bad crimp job so the wires were wiggling in the connector. Not great for a 36V TM  :facepalm:

Seats I had to get a little creative because the old seat started as a bench seat. The bottom of the bench seat is what gave the sheet metal bench stability. So if I just mounted the seats directly in place it would have caved in. I pealed off the old seats removed 1000 staples and saved the base. Then recarpeted that and mounted the seats to it. I was then able to reuse the existing hinges.

Over all about 4-5 hours worth of work but well worth it!-Mitz

Boating Forum / Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« on: March 10, 2021, 10:41:05 AM »
I have been taking a bunch of photos. Friday I'm taking a day off from work just to knock out the list.
I'll be sure to update by this weekend.  :yes:
Nice weather makes working in the garage so much easier!


The Hawg Forum / Re: Not a God Day to Go Fishing
« on: March 02, 2021, 10:52:51 AM »
Come on head out there and give them a try! If they can hold you in place today you should be good to go for whatever mother nature throws at you during the season.  (giggle)


Lure Making / Re: Breakfast and Baits
« on: February 18, 2021, 04:23:41 PM »
Hate to be that guy
Don't worry you are not "that guy". I 100% agree the quality of parts make the bait! I just cry a lot less when one of the ones I make snaps off mid cast and sails across the lake!! :crying: :facepalm: (giggle)


Lure Making / Re: New patterns for the Spring
« on: February 14, 2021, 09:34:08 AM »
Color patterns look spot on for spring!  :thumbup:  I definitely gravitate to the Colorado blade too. When I can feel the thump I have so much more confidence!

Do you always use the snap swivels on the blades? I fight with split-rings only because I felt like snap rings have a little extra catch points for weeds.

If you don't notice that while fishing, I might convert to save some aggravation when I'm making spinnerbaits.  :yes:


The Hawg Forum / Re: Big Spinnerbait Bass
« on: February 11, 2021, 11:07:37 AM »
Haven't been able to crack into the 7lber club yet but definitely have at least 1 in the 6s on spinnerbait. Going to try an improve on that this year. I lost the feel for Spinnerbait and last year just started to get back into the groove.  :thumbup:
I would like to see how many Replies are from RI or CT.

Mine was caught in CT.

Lure Making / Re: Breakfast and Baits
« on: February 07, 2021, 08:13:21 AM »
HA! You are right! I'm just going to trash these and go pick up some $20 Z-Man Jackhammer baits at Dicks.  :facepalm:


Lure Making / Breakfast and Baits
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:33:05 AM »
Cup of coffee and a handful of bladed jigs. ;D  This was the 2nd batch now all the Plano boxes are full!

Boating Forum / Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalacnche
« on: February 06, 2021, 08:36:41 AM »
What a difference $45 can make.

  • Heat Gun to remove the old
  • Goo-gone to clean up the mess
  • 2000 grit wet-sand
  • Rubbing compound Polish
  • New decals
  • Fresh coat of wax
Total time 3-4 hrs

Boating Forum / Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« on: February 06, 2021, 08:22:55 AM »
To be honest I'm somewhat ashamed. I had no idea how bad it was! LOL  :puking:
By the end of last year when I was getting the boat ready for it's winter nap I did a walk around. The poor boat looked like it just came back from a week long bender at the Roxbery. I lost most of the decals on my 04 115hp Mercury. The decals were replaced by dirt. Seats have tears and patched with flex seal tape. Side rails faded from sun and pitted. This was just the start of my list.

Since I had shoulder surgery this winter I needed a project and my plan was to pay a little respect to the old girl. She needed a facelift of Joan Rivers proportion!
I'll be posting more as soon as I get the boat into the garage.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Biggest fish so far on one of the baits I made!
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:32:24 AM »
Nice Fish Matt! Better get to work those orders are going to start piling up! :thumbup:

Fishing Photos Forum / Re: Got a Good One Yesterday!
« on: June 12, 2020, 12:06:33 PM »
Nice fish!  :thumbup: looks like spawned out..?? could have been a 6+ a few weeks ago!

Still looking for my first 5+ of the year.  :yes:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Battery Stuff
« on: May 11, 2020, 09:43:04 AM »
Luckily I turned in a junk battery I had in the garage. I think it was from my lawn mower.  (giggle)

The Hawg Forum / Battery Stuff
« on: May 10, 2020, 05:31:20 PM »
So I know everyone has an option when it comes to batteries but we can all agree it is expensive to replace them! I have 4, a 36V trolling motor and a cranking battery. I'm using all Optima batteries, one yellow top and 3  bluetop D34M. The back drop to the story is I was working on the boat over the winter and noticed one of the charger lights was acting funny. It would show bad battery and then flash and go back to bad battery.
SO looking at the label I noticed it was from 06! Figured heck that was a good life and ordered a new one. Then a week later something else was odd one of the batteries what flashing charging but would not complete. Well this one was from 09 again not a bad life so I spent another $250 and now my boat has 4 batteries less than 3 yrs old.

Not wanting to give up I did some research and found out that AGM batteries like Optimas can trickle charge down to nothing and cause chargers to not register properly.  One of them was reading less then 2 volts and my charger didn't know what to do with it.

The end of the story... Both the 06 and the 09 are working like new again because of 2 tricks.

1st battery that was under 2 volts. Hooked jumper cables to it + to + and - to - then, using a Noco Genius G3500 charger for 18+ hours it was fully charged and ready to go!!  :yes:
2nd battery was the 09 that showed charging but never got 100%. Using the same Noco Genius G3500 charger in maintenance mode the next day the battery was at 100%!!  :yes:
So while I'm not about to put them back in the boat I have some pretty kick butt spare batteries in my garage! LOL
Final thoughts for $500+ I gained some knowledge, 2 new batteries that will keep me fishing for another 7+ years and 2 deep cell batteries to use when the world goes to nuts and I forced to live off the grid.  :facepalm: (giggle) :nod:

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