Something Followed Me Home......
I sold my Phoenix last fall and fished out of my kayak until ice up. My plan was to only use the kayak this season, but plans sometimes change. I'm excited to have a 920 Elite in my garage, waiting to get rigged and be ready for open water this spring!
Cage Match Series
2 Baits. 1 vs 1. We pit these swim jigs against each other and determine a winner. We are not sponsored by any of the jigs in this series. youtu.be/CfUdI6_jR7c
Do You Map?
Recording your scanning sessions can pay huge dividends when you upload that data into Reefmaster and create large scale mosaics of your favorite spots. Once you export the images and load them into Google Earth, you can draw paths which can be imported into your graphs so you can see them on the water. This is a huge time saver on the water as you can visually see the sweet spots you marked.
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I didn't get out near enough, or so it seemed, but the quality was enough to make up for it. Ended up with 4 largemouth bass over 6lbs which is a huge accomplishment in Minnesota. The key, like most other years, was focusing on areas that were holding panfish and crappies.
Seadek is DONE!
Absolute dream rig is completed!!! The Seadek turned out exactly how I was hoping it would. Dark grey with a black bottom layer. Laser etched wood grain. Custom trim for the sides of the lids. This boat is ready for the elements and a dream come true!!! My Phoenix 20phx is now a one of a kind!
Triple Threat Install
Trying to mount 3 large graphs, correctly, is a tough task. Last year I used an over/under mount along with a ram mount to the side. This option worked, but left a lot to be desired. When I saw Precision Sonar come out with the "Triple Threat" option, I knew this was the answer to my questions. The pictures show a test install of everything. I didn't tighten it all down yet, just needed to know it all fit correctly and was going to work. I installed the new graphs just to see how it would all hold but still have some wiring and odds and ends to clean up before the final install.
First Trip of 2021
With an early ice out, it was the perfect time to get the boat out and dial some things in. We took Lyal's Phoenix to South Dakota for the day. We were both anxious to try out the new Minn Kota Raptors. They held great, look great and were very quiet. By having the Ultrex with spot lock, it allowed us to move to the 8' Raptors and not miss the 12' Talons as much. They look fantastic and are going to be a welcome addition to our boats this season.
The water was in the low to mid 40's and dirty. Recent rain and snow melt had a lot of runoff causing these issues. After the first stop we decided to try a lake we had only been to a couple times before. We ran around scanning some small contour changes off the main shore, and once we found the scattered rock and gravel with a little grass mixed in we knew there would be some fish around. We had to mix up the presentations until we found what they wanted. Small little 1/8 swimbaits, slowly reeled along the bottom in 8-10' of water put some nice bass in the boat.
When your lids don't have carpet, there is nothing to keep the lids down and tight. On my cooler and other surrounding lids, I needed an easy way to hold them down and still look good. I ordered a black strap and a button kit. I made the short straps and installed the buttons to give my lids a custom look and hold them tight.
Making the Template
After I had the template material finished, I took some pictures of the boat and labeled the lids to match the template I sent in. This will make it super easy for the designer to match up and get a feel for the boat. This was super easy to do by loading the pics into an editing program and drawing the correct number on each area.