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!
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.
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.
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.
I've always hated my boat carpet. Boat after boat, it was always dirty and stinky. Once you cleaned it, you had to let it dry for a week before the carpet wasn't holding water. The knock on SeaDek for a bass boat is the gaps it will leave between the lids. I have a couple ideas to counter that thought. I'm also willing to put up with gaps if it means no water logged carpet that takes forever to dry out. Stay tuned as I update this project.
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My favorite lure to throw in 2020 was hands down the Megabass Uoze 3/4 jig with a 5" Spark Shad on the back. You can find both at Omnia Fishing!
I love to bass fish, plain and simple. But if I see a submerged tree branch on my Humminbird Mega 360, and it's loaded with fish marks, I'm grabbing my spinning rod with a 3" Megabass Hazedong Shad and finding what's up! I caught a half dozen crappies and they were all over 14", with the biggest being a hair over 14.5" and 2.1lbs on my digital scale. Wow is that fun!!!! Fishing for multiple species improves your skills. It makes you think, work your mind, try new things and be ready to take advantage of something at a moments notice. Right before this I had just stuck a 5lb 2oz bass and was totally in the mindset to keep hammering down for more. I'll gladly take 15 minutes out of my trip to mix it up and boat a bunch of trophy caliber fish! Always have a spinning rod on the deck, rigged with a small swimbait like the Hazedong Shad, and you''ll be ready for all species of fish.
Daiwa Tatula Reel
Sunline 8lb Fluorocarbon
Megabass Hazedong Shad
The 5" Megabass Spark Shad was hands down the bait that caught fish day after day. Shallow or deep, it didn't matter. Up shallow you can run it on a belly weighted hook and keep it weedless. Out deep I put it on a 3/4 jig and cover water. The fish destroy it, so you need some super glue and soft plastic glue to keep things in place!
Click here to see my favorite spark shad
We're approaching the 4 year anniversary of the state record fish we were fortunate to catch. It was time to dig through the saved footage and give an inside look at the entire day. There was a lot of cool stuff captured on the drive to the lake. There's some map breakdown that really details the catch and the spot we fished.