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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:

The Hawg Forum / Re: 12+ volts but nobody is home
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:37:45 AM »
Picked up a new battery and traded in the another old one so I could test further. Found out that the battery might not be bad...  :hmm:

After hooking up the new battery and testing everything to make sure it wasn't something in the boat. I started trying a few things with the old battery. What I could figure out is that the negative post has dead spots on it. Since the volt meter comes to a point only hits a narrow pin point spot so it reads fine. Anything like a terminal collar that takes up a larger surface area doesn't show voltage. I could use the front post of the Optima but think I'll play it safe and just keep the new one... Guess this is the year to bleed money.  :facepalm:

The Hawg Forum / 12+ volts but nobody is home
« on: July 10, 2019, 03:14:41 PM »
I have had an interesting year with my boat and last tournament was no exception!

Long story short over the weekend I had a night tournament. I launched my boat and started getting my stuff ready. The typical setup, power up electronics, pull out my rods and fire up the motor. Well that is when it all went south. I sat down to start the motor turned the key EVERY thing BLACK! No lights, No Electronics. nothing...

Tied off to the dock and started looking for a blown fuse, couldn't find anything in the dark. I ended running the livewell wires to the TM batteries and said screw it thats all I need to fish.
Got home and tested the battery. Reads fully charged on a volt meter as soon as I touch anything to it the volts drop to almost nothing. I had to laugh because I was like what the heck no warning and it just goes... Then I looked at the date sticker on the Optima battery and it was 7 years old. Guess that was a good life!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Moon Phases
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:06:32 PM »
In the fisherman's book of excuses it says on page 93 if you are having a bad night of fishing and it is a full moon blame it on the moon!   (giggle)
To be honest when it is darker than dark the big ones seem to be more active and chasing bait. When the moon is high and bright I just think it is easier to spook the fish and they are roaming less.

I've fished over 100 night tournaments and some of my best night have been with a full moon. Its just a much slower plan of attack. Having said that I still prefer a cloud cover or a really dark night.


The Hawg Forum / Echo Lake first!
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:04:38 PM »
Fishing in a tournament last night I had a first for me on Echo Lake!
10+ years fishing there and never caught a trout before!


Fishing Videos Forum / Re: Sad but true!
« on: May 16, 2019, 01:08:31 PM »
Absolutely laughed my butt off every time I see that clip, for so many reasons!

A while back I had a dodge ram and could park my boat in a shoebox if needed. Replaced that truck with a Chevy and it had a bed cover and was lower to the ground.  I couldn't see the trailer at all when backing up. I felt like it was my first time at a ramp for the entire season. Fixed the problem by selling that truck and going back to Dodge  :yes: !

The Hawg Forum / Re: What makes a good fisherman GREAT?
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:42:04 AM »
Its purely time and mental capacity.
You hit the nail on the head and the core reason for my post. Most of us know how to cast just as good as the guy in the boat next to us. However, other than casting, what else do you have in your tool-belt to set yourself apart. It isn't the 5+ lber that makes you a better fisherman it is everything leading up to that hook set! Well and landing the fish.  (giggle)
On and off for years I have talked about keeping a log for each tournament of what worked and what didn't. I just never seem to keep up on them and after a few weeks less and less gets entered. I have since changed that up a bit and now I'm simply keeping track of what "I wish I did." There is always room for improvement!!!


The Hawg Forum / What makes a good fisherman GREAT?
« on: May 14, 2019, 01:51:41 PM »
So I have been at this for a LONG time and to be honest I'm nowhere near as good as I should be. I continuously ask myself. WHY...
WHY are you not catching fish when everyone else is...WHY do I continue to beat myself up in these tournaments...WHY can't I find a fish on a spinner bait or a jig I know they should be on right now...WHY WHY WHY....
Well this weekend I had one of those days. In one of our SRIBA tournaments this weekend I had the WHY's and it cost me a good bag! I knew what to do from the start, I had the right baits tied on from the beginning and we were at the right place to make it happen. I spent more time picking rods, cutting and re-tying baits and dealing with a frustration level that just kept building than I did fishing. IT SUCKED!!!
THEN I had my moment... WTF are you doing! You caught fish they told you where they are WHY are you not listening. It was then I put down everything and tied on one single bait and began to fish. For the first time in the tournament since the first cast I was fishing again. Unfortunately it was the last hour of the tournament...
Like usual I finished with a few fish and in the middle of the pack. The difference this week is I think I actually walked away with something. I love fishing way to much to not enjoy every cast! If I'm a middle of the pack fisherman in tournaments I'm gonna be the best dam middle of the pack fisherman I can be...  :facepalm: (giggle) :nod:
Tight lines to all and remember... Enjoy it because it is only fishing!!!

The Hawg Forum / 2019 Skunk is out of the boat!
« on: April 07, 2019, 05:40:02 PM »
Got out today to de-winterize the boat and take a few casts. Picked up my first bass of the year so the SKUNK is officially out of the boat. LOL
Wish I could have spent more time on the water but yard work was the theme of the weekend.  :crying: Felt great to take some casts!  :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Lew's Carbon Fire Rods 40% Off!!
« on: March 02, 2019, 06:58:00 PM »
I already have a couple ready to go for this year!  :yes: Caught the same deal around new years.
Thanks for the heads up. You can save a ton when you catch these deals.


Navionics Info & How-To / Re: Wow
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:35:12 AM »
Thanks for the heads up! Had too take advantage too.  :thumbup: :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Re: Well, That Was a Bust!
« on: January 21, 2019, 02:21:06 PM »
Thankfully, I put on my gore-tex and shoveled during the afternoon yesterday. Anything that wasn't touched yesterday is a ROCK today.

Day off from work gave me a chance to head up to BPS and check out some stuff.  :yes:

Stay warm!


The Hawg Forum / Re: Lews carbon fire rod deals
« on: January 19, 2019, 02:19:31 PM »
I jumped on this deal needed to replace some spinning rods. Thanks for posting.

Also with Piscifun if you go right to the site you can sign up and 15% off your order. I found a deal and snatched that up too.  :yes:

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