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The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« Last post by Curt - RI on September 10, 2018, 11:14:05 AM »
I'm glad you bumped this thread with new info and feedback. I had honestly forgotten all about it until you did this.

I will definitely be gathering some hardware to give this a try!
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Curt - RI on September 10, 2018, 11:10:56 AM »
Interesting.

My guess would be the fact that you switched baits. But it's all speculation for sure.

Either way, it sounds like you had a great day!  :yes:
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Navionics Info & How-To / Re: Who's running Navionics
« Last post by Curt - RI on September 10, 2018, 11:08:31 AM »
$1500 for the transducer is a bit much  :P

 :o :o
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Felt like Fall
« Last post by Curt - RI on September 10, 2018, 11:06:36 AM »
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Felt like Fall
« Last post by toadhunter on September 10, 2018, 10:40:40 AM »
@metz12 you win, it's much harder to hook a fish with that small a mouth than a big fish that swallows the bait.  (giggle)
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Felt like Fall
« Last post by metz12 on September 10, 2018, 10:27:50 AM »
@toadhunter I got this guy on Saturday!
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Navionics Info & How-To / Re: Who's running Navionics
« Last post by Joe P on September 10, 2018, 10:00:04 AM »
As for helix units. I like them. I would like to eventually get the 360 imaging on the bow and see how that works. If I was to start all over again I might go with garmin because of how awesome panoptics are, but Im too far gone to start over again.

I like the Garmins too, but that $1500 for the transducer is a bit much  :P
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Felt like Fall
« Last post by toadhunter on September 10, 2018, 09:37:34 AM »
@metz12 Got this on on Saturday.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Hydrowave
« Last post by Brazzy on September 10, 2018, 09:29:04 AM »
Quick update.

I had some fun with this over the weekend. I was out deep chasing balls of bait and when I would find bait they were often being chased by white perch in 25-30 FoW. So I would idle around looking for bait, find the biggest ball I could find (usually with some other marks around it) and drop trolling motor and make a couple casts. I started throwing crankbaits and really didnt have much success on them and the hydrowave really wasnt getting them fired up like I had hoped. I started to get them going with a drop shot by casting it out and clicking the bail over and letting it pendulum through the school, but even that was eh. KVD insists on running the Hydrowave on low volume settings so thats where I usually keep it. However, I was on a lake with smallmouth. Seth Feider believes when you are around smallmouth crank it to the max and let it rip. So I turned up the volume on "Bait Blitz" and immediately started to see blow ups on the surface. However, I could still tell the smallies were deep beneath the bait and the perch. So I took a shot and started throwing the new James Watson World Wide flutter spoon and this thing got hammered. So I stacked up a good number of smallies and a couple of largemouth mixed in but this combination did the trick.

Later in the afternoon I had a 20 minute session where it was like fishing for blue fish. Just bait constantly breaking the surface all around me and just pulling one after another on the spoon. There were only a couple of other boats out there, and they were both out deep near me and said they were able to find schools of bait but didnt have much success in getting them to bite. They were within eye shot of me all afternoon. So I'm curious. Was it because their methods were different than mine or was it that the hydrowave actually made a difference? It will always be tough to  say for sure but my confidence in this thing continues to grow.
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The Hawg Forum / Re: Punch Shotting
« Last post by Brazzy on September 10, 2018, 09:08:05 AM »
So I have been playing with this a bit. I have to say, I am impressed. As far as the idea of this dragging up some cabbage... NOPE. I did it a bit differently and curled the wire under the sinker so it didn't act as a hook. This thing gets through vegetation really well and then meanders its way through vegetation really well. Also, it doesn't grab much with it on the way up. Hook up ratio has been really good. I've been throwing my flipping tube on it and have to say that I dont know when I will be going back to the Texas rig for punching or flipping.

Also I learned that this is a viable option in place of the swing arm jig. Basically the idea is to cast it out and drag it back. I casted it a few times and gave it a shot just to see how it feels. I haven't dedicated time to it, but I can see that working as well. The weight and the wire take the beating and its not your line dragging over rocks and such. So thats something else to look forward to trying.
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