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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Custom Crankbait Review
« on: September 18, 2020, 01:32:12 PM »
I finished a new tackle review today.

Lure Me In Crankbaits Review.

These baits are made by a friend that I met through Facebook several years ago  :nod:

Check it out here:

Boating Forum / Added This To The Talon
« on: September 02, 2020, 04:07:10 PM »
I added this to the top of the Talon last week!

I wanted to try to eliminate my rear pole light, if possible, since it gets in the way when someone is fishing from my rear deck at night. And, it's just one more piece of hardware I need to have in my boat.

Now I won't have to worry about that.

Oh, and this thing is super bright. It makes the original pole light look like a kid's toy flashlight operating on old AAA batteries  (giggle)

And in case anyone is wondering, yes, it does stick up above the outboard, so it can be seen from any angle.

Boating Forum / How to Fix a Squeaky or Squealy Minn Kota Talon
« on: August 16, 2020, 01:38:20 PM »
I bought a new Minn Kota Talon for my boat two weeks ago.

It arrived and I installed it myself last a day later. I was super excited to finally have one and couldn't wait to try it out.

I hit the water Monday evening and moved out away from the shoreline and hit the button on the remote to deploy it.

Down it went, but then I heard a squeaking noise that I wasn't expecting.  :facepalm:

It worked perfectly, but for a half second or so, it squeaked.

During the next few days I did tons of research to see what might be causing it. Ultimately, Minn Kota told me to take it to a local service center to have it looked at.

I was unwilling to do that unless I absolutely had to, since I had just bought it and was counting on having it to use for an upcoming tourney.

So, I decided to fix it myself. And now it works flawlessly

And here's what I did to fix my squeaky Talon.

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Water Temperatures
« on: July 29, 2020, 11:56:43 AM »
Can't believe the water temperatures lately!!

Mid to high 80s every day, with no end in sight. And I'm talking about the water, not the air.

This has definitely slowed things down a little for me, even after dark.  :yes:

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Lake Water Levels
« on: June 25, 2020, 03:45:20 PM »
With the lack of rain these last few weeks, local lake and river water levels are dropping like rocks!

Most of the lakes I have been to in the last two weeks are already down almost a foot below normal levels!

If we don't start getting some rain on a regular basis, some lakes will become tough to launch in very soon.

Fishing Photos Forum / Got a Good One Yesterday!
« on: June 11, 2020, 07:56:28 PM »
I landed this nice one yesterday evening, before it got dark.

This fish fought like a beast all the way into the net!

Weighed in at 5.35 lbs.   :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Had a Blast Yesterday!
« on: May 17, 2020, 06:24:48 PM »
I got to meet up with @toadhunter yesterday and do some fishing!

We've been trying to get together to fish for two or three years now, but it never seemed to work out until yesterday.

We had a blast fishing from his boat.

The highlight of the day was this beautiful pre-spawn female, caught in a foot of water on one of my own spinnerbaits.

Thanks, @toadhunter We'll have to get together again sometime  :thumbup:

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Beach Pond Monster
« on: April 21, 2020, 10:24:46 AM »
This fish was caught at Beach Pond on Sunday.

22.5 inches

9 lbs.

Caught on a jig.

The Hawg Forum / Crazy Weather!
« on: April 13, 2020, 12:32:35 PM »
Another crazy day of weather here in southern RI!

Heavy rains and winds up to 70 MPH for the afternoon. I think it's safe to say that I won't be going fishing today  (giggle)    :nope:

Well, after a few fishing trips, I am starting to get used to the new Helix 8 on my bow!

I have to say that this thing is leaps and bounds above the old 788 that I was using, as well as leaps and bounds above the 798 still on my console.

The 8 inch screen isn't monstrous, but it is big enough to make things much easier to see and with much more detail, due to the higher screen resolution.

The added detail in the standard sonar view is incredible. Having the Side Imaging from my 798 SI transducer, which is mounted on the transom, is an added bonus that helps me see so much more is an added bonus, thanks to the networking of the two units.

I am just starting to play with the Auto Chart feature, to give me more detailed maps of the lakes that I fish the most often. There is a myriad of adjustments available with this feature that I am still learning.

I am also still learning about all of the new features and adjustments available when it comes to the standard sonar, the down imaging and the many different screens and views available. I will probably never learn them all  (nope)

So, here are a few screenshots that I have gotten this week. Please note that viewing them on your computer screen actually causes them to look pixelated and a bit blocky, but they don't look like that on the Helix. On the Helix, they are super crisp and sharp!

Here is the first screenshot that I grabbed, showing the standard sonar and the GPS view.

This show shows the Auto Chart feature being used, immediately after I had first turned it on.

This one shows the standard sonar view, along with the SI view, showing many of the rocks in this lake.

This one shows the standard sonar, Down Imaging and Side Imaging all on the same screen.

This one shows how much area I covered using the Auto Chart, as well as the Side Imaging, showing one large boulder and its shadow.

I thought this shot was cool because it shows a boulder that is broken in two pieces.

Here's a good one showing an old stone wall that was submerged when they filled the lake. The detail isn't as good as it could be because I need to adjust the scroll speed to coincide with the speed I was moving at. Still learning all of these little details.

Awesome Side Imaging shot, showing the shadows for the larger boulders. Again, it looked much better on the Helix screen, and the scroll speed settings need to be adjusted. But still a pretty cool image.

More to come!

The Hawg Forum / Stay at Home Order
« on: March 28, 2020, 07:29:06 PM »
As of this afternoon, RI is now under a mandatory stay at home order, until April 13.

The order mentions that going outside for exercise is acceptable. So, I'm assuming that being on a lake, away from people is also acceptable. I guess we will find out  (giggle)

The Hawg Forum / CT Opening Day Launched Early
« on: March 24, 2020, 09:48:50 PM »
CT announced today that they have opened all lakes, including trout lakes, as of this evening.

Opening day has been skipped so as to avoid large crowds that are usually experienced.

The Hawg Forum / Here Comes The Rollercoaster Again!
« on: March 16, 2020, 10:36:58 AM »
The weather for the next 10 days looks like another rollercoaster ride!
in the 40s today and then up and down, with rain, wind, snow and just about everything else thrown in there during the next 10 days.  :facepalm:

The Hawg Forum / Please Do This Right Away!
« on: March 11, 2020, 10:45:17 AM »
If you live in RI and you value your right to carry a firearm, please, please, please go to this page and submit the info immediately!

This literally takes only about 30 seconds to do and will go a long way toward helping to maintain our freedom to defend ourselves when the need arises.

Boating Forum / Another Boat Mod This Evening!
« on: March 10, 2020, 08:42:53 PM »
Tonight was cup holder installation night!

This was a bit of a hairy installation, since it required me to cut a large hole in my deck  :o

Step 1 - Mark the outline and drill a pilot hole.

Step 2 - drill a larger hole.

Step 3 was to cut the hole, and then file it to get it just right. Then I slid the cup holder down in, where it fit nice and snug.

And here's the view from a bit further back.

Glad this is done! I still might install one more back at the console, next to the other one that's already there. We'll see.  :hmm:

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