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    Scott Bonnema Answers Your Questions About the New Minn Kota Ultrex
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    Scott Bonnema Answers Your Questions About the New Minn Kota Ultrex

    September 11, 2019


    Hi, Minn Kota pro Scott Bonnema here. Wanna talk to you today a little bit about
    the brand new Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor – recently released in the marketplace. A few of the Bassmaster Elites have had the
    opportunity to use them lately. I’ve had the opportunity now to use it for
    a few weeks, in tournaments as well. I found that, doing a lot of the on the water demonstrations
    and discussions with anglers, there’s a lot of questions and I want to just try to point
    out a few things real quick for you. First off, the Ultrex is an independent unit. It is operational regardless of which ultra
    sonic SONAR unit you’re using. The GPS technology is built into the head
    of the trolling motor and it has accuracy to within a 3-foot circle. So when we hit Spot-Lock, we have the ability
    to stay in that exact position. The other thing that you’ll find is that you
    operate it exactly the same was as you utilize your standard units today – the Fortrex for
    example. The difference is it has a cable steer as
    well as electronic control in the head of the unit which allows us to have power steering,
    so it’s really easy to use. There’s no fighting the trolling motor and
    it’s exceptionally fast. We’re gonna dump it in the water in a few
    minutes and show you how that works. But having said that, the other function or
    feature that we have, is a handheld remote. So all the operations of the trolling motor
    from the foot can also be done now remotely from anywhere within the boat. So if you have your family with you, or if
    it’s really rough and you just wanna stand in the back and fish, you can Spot-Lock it,
    you can adjust the speed, move forward, reverse, etc. from the handheld remote. It also tells you the GPS signal strength
    you have, it tells you how much power you have within your batteries, as well as the
    speed and position. So that’s just a handheld remote that you’ll
    start to see bass anglers start to use in the future. The unit’s available with a 45-inch shaft,
    a 52-inch shaft, or a 60-inch shaft. As a bass angler, I’ve always liked to stay
    with the shorter shaft, but as an example I’m planning to go with a 52-inch model now
    with a 112-lb. system for next year, because when you are in the big waves, and you really
    want to use that S pot-Lock technology if it’s real windy as an example, that allows you
    to stay in the water. A thing I want to point out though that’s
    a huge benefit of this – because we have an electric motor, and cable steering, when we’re
    in real rough water now, we can hit Spot-Lock we don’t have to stand in the front we can
    kind of step back a little bit if we want and have a little more comfort in our fishing
    but because that cable motor is there, when we set its location, it stays locked in that
    position. So if it comes up and down out of the water,
    the trolling motor does not fight back and forth – it just stays in one locked position
    and goes up and down. It automatically will move left or right to
    keep us on that position. A huge feature when you’re actually in the
    water fishing with it. So again – handheld technology, high speed
    movements, precision locking, GPS technology, built into the unit, available in 80- or 112-lb
    thrust technology – I think you’re gonna find it to be an awesome tool. One of the other quesitons I get is guys saying,
    “hey – I’ve got a Fortrex. You know, what do I do? Do I keep that Fortrex, do I buy a new Ultrex?” My recommendation to guys – because this is
    such a game changer, and truly will change the way we fish, I’d recommend, guys, keep
    your Fortrex…keep it as a back up unit – just in case something were to happen on the water
    and you break something. We have the ability to take the allen wrench
    out, and with this new bracket design we can slide the Ultrex out and/or we can put the
    Fortrex onto it, and lock it in place. So we can utilize the same bracket for the
    Fortrex if we needed to have it. So again – keep it as a spare unit. Put it on only in the case of an emergency,
    and you’re good to go. So let’s dump in the water and we’ll go show
    you how simple it is to use. Ok so we’re on the water. I wanted to show you quickly some of the simple
    features of this new Ultrex. It comes standard with stainless steel, plastic-coated
    cables for control. It has the same heavy-duty bracket that Minn
    Kota’s had for a long time with lift-assist, one-handed operation, locking feature, for
    stowing, and deploying the trolling motor. The transducer is built into each and every
    unit – it’s got a built-in Universal Sonar into the unit. The difference you’re gonna see right away
    is that the whole head will move. Because it’s an electric, power-steering style
    unit – we have a power switch here to turn the power on or off – simply turn the power
    on, and now we have sensor controls in the head and so we can simply, with one finger,
    operation, the harder you push, the quicker it responds. Very very fast. And very quiet. Operate it exactly the same way you would
    operate your standard Fortrex units – you got the power control built into the foot
    pedal, directional controls – very simple. In addition, we have the speed setting on
    the side. So you operate it just as you always would
    have. The difference is Spot-Lock technology. Now that I have found a spot – let’s say I’m
    fishing – all I do, literally, is tap this button. You notice on the control that the Spot-Lock
    function is now enabled. This trolling motor will now stay within a
    3-foot circle as to its location, and will automatically make that adjustment. You see it operating on its own right now. So depending upon the wind – whether it’s
    wind or current – if you find that location, it will automatically stay at that spot. It automatically ramps up or decreases the
    speed for the trolling motor to stay at that location. One of the questions we’ve been getting is,
    “well does that really chew up the battery?” The reality is no – it uses less battery because
    it’s slowly ramping up and slowly backing off instead of high speed movements – so it’s
    very, very smooth in its operation. It’ll use less battery in the long run. To get out of Spot-Lock – so now I’m fishing,
    I can literally walk around in the boat, I can go retie, maybe, as an example, I just
    fished a tournament, caught a fish, it was very windy, I hit Spot-Lock, literally walked
    away, went back, did the fish management in the live wells, walked right back up, made
    another cast, caught another fish – I did that three consecutive times. No other technology would allow me to do that. So it’s that simple. Now let’s say I wanna move over. All I do to get out of Spot-Lock is just touch
    the pedal. Once I’ve done that, Spot-Lock is now disengaged,
    and I’m moving. I can go anywhere I want to go. Once I get to another spot, all I do is tap
    the button. Now those are the simple ways of operation
    that we would do as a normal bass angler. The same functions can be done from this handheld
    remote. So if I wanna stand in the back of the boat,
    let my buddies up front, or my kids, or if I just want to operate the boat from the back,
    I can do all of those same functions from the handheld remote. I’ve got high speed bypass, I’ve got jogging
    capabilities – and that’s what the handheld will allow you to do. It shows you the speed, the trolling motor,
    if it’s running, it’s location, it’ll show you within a foot-and-a-half of where you’re
    at from the spot that you put into it. The other thing that the remote allows you
    to do, is you can put in sixteen separate spots. So if you have sixteen different areas, you
    can hit GoTo spot number 1, as long as you’re within a quarter mile of that spot, this trolling
    motor will automatically go to that spot and stay within a three-foot circle of where you
    had entered it. It also has the ability within the remote
    to put in sixteen tracks – and you can put sixteen tracks, each up to two-miles long,
    in here. So you would record it, and then end it, and
    then you can recall those standard in the control. One of the additional features that we have
    on these models is called i-Pilot Link. And that’s the function where you would need
    the Humminbird electronics. The trolling motor will link directly to the
    Humminbird units, and in that case, what’s cool about it is that if you have hundreds
    of waypoints, you can simply say “I wanna go to waypoint 422,” and you can point it
    out and it’ll just go to it. And so you’ll be able to operate the same
    functions from your Humminbird unit and link all of your data points to the trolling motor. And that’s a separate feature of the i-Pilot
    Link system that is available in these Ultrex units. So, again, they’re available in 80-pound thrust,
    112-pound thrust technologies, various shaft lengths are available. They also have the ability to upgrade from
    i-Pilot to i-Pilot Link, which will tie you into Humminbird units. Short of that, the trolling motor is completely
    independent and can be operated accordingly. That’s really all there is to it. Simple operation, extremely fast and quiet. It is truly a game changer for the bass fisherman.

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    How to Interpret Sonar and MEGA Imaging on Your Fish Finder

    September 10, 2019


    [music] Have you ever looked at your fish finder and wondered, “What the heck is that down there?” Well today through a mix of technologies we’re going to take you on a little tour and show you some really cool things from above the water using a drone, from below the water using Scuba Pro equipment and on your fish finder. We’re going to tie it all together. There’s a real mental thing that needs to happen. When you understand your graph, you become a better angler instantly. And when you walk away, you’re going to get what your fish finder is telling you. You you know for years as anglers we had 2D Sonar and basically it shoots a sonar beam straight down below of the boat. The tough part about that is you really only get a small amount of bottom coverage – about a third of your depth. So if I’m in 30 feet of water, I can only see a 10-foot diameter circle. But some really smart person at Humminbird said, “I’m going to pioneer something different. I’m going to take that down imaging beam and I’m going to point it out to the side – to the left and to the right. So with Side Imaging, it allows you to cover water and find the structure in the fish at a much faster rate than you could conventionally just looking down. For instance, you can look out to the left-hand side 240 feet and to the right 240 feet for a total coverage of like 480 feet. The first thing I want to look at are rocks. Fish tend to hang around rocks there’s lots of food and we’re going to go over a boulder field. Now there’s a mix of pumpkin-sized boulders, orange-sized boulders and some great big things and I’m telling you what – when you get around a rock that big fish really love to hang around there. So we’re going to take the drone up we’re going to take a look from overhead but also show you what it looks like from under water. I’m coming up from big flat and you can see there’s really nothing there. Well fish liked to hang out by something. I got a ton of like basketball-sized boulders over here and there’s a really good sharp when you can see the edge on that one and look behind that rock there’s a shadow so when the sonar beam hits the face of that rock and bounces back we get a great return but on the backside there’s really no sonar so your unit actually paints in a shadow behind there. Sometimes when you’re looking at wood or even a rock you can see that something is there by the shadow and not even by the reflection. Take a look here there’s a big boulder field some really nice mixed-sized boulders in through here and then some really big ones. So fish love to find an ambush point and look at this one over here – you got a hard face, it’s really bright you get a really great return off the sonar there and again that shadow is back behind that big boulder showing you it’s really big and the sonar is not getting past there. Alright so I got a marker buoy on that big rock and I want to show you what it looks like on Side Imaging. We’ll show you what it looks like from the air. [music] You know when I look even – this is a fantastic place – mix of boulder sizes and there’s a tree off to the left-hand side. On the side imaging I get the detail – even the limbs off of that tree that’s been down. Fantastic place for fish to hang out. You got a hard bottom you have a tree and then you have a transition line right into a soft bottom. That is a place that is money. You know in lakes where they have smallmouth bass when you get on a rock that means their primary forage is crayfish. You’re gonna find smallmouth always around rocks when you find timber mixed in, it’s just the best of both worlds. It’s a fantastic fish holding piece of structure. So right here you can see there’s just kind of dark area it’s really just a look at the basin of the lake so it’s a real soft bottom but here is a perfect transition zone. That soft mud basin turns into rock right here So here’s what I want to do – I want to give you an up-close, personal look at this. I’m going to drop a waypoint on this transition right here. Mark that one – in fact there’s a nice isolated boulder right at the edge of that. And it marks so I got that waypoint. My friend Kyle right here – he’s got the scuba gear – he’s all Scuba Pro’d up. He’s going to take a dive down, I’m going to put this with this marker buoy right on that waypoint, and Kyle’s going to follow the string down and give you an up-close personal look of what a transition zone really looks like. Okay, so I’m just coming around I’m going to get right on top you can see my zoom level is at 20 feet I’m actually right on over that right now so I’m going to drop this buoy, give Kyle of visual, and this is going to really give you a good picture what fish are looking for when they move from one area to the other. There are times the year where fish really travel and this is exactly the kind of highway they follow. Kyle, you ready? Awesome – thumbs up. So Kyle’s going to dive the string right down there this will give you an up-close personal look of what this stuff really looks like in real life. Not just on your fish finder. Away you go. Hit it. [music] Okay so we’ve been looking at Side Imaging and seeing all the structure and the transition areas that that brings but I want to look straight down to the boat so I’m going to go to a quick button that shows me 2D conventional sonar and down imaging and looking at these side-by-side this is brilliant. On the bottom you’ve got just a little lump here and I don’t know if that’s a rock or if it’s fish tightly balled up but when I look at the down imaging, down imaging gives me great detail of what’s down there. I can see a boulder a boulder, a boulder, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven boulders that all look like that lump. And it’s just the way the beams are arranged. Sonar is just kind of a general beam and it does not give you the detail that down imaging does. Running those two screens side-by-side give you a great look and all the stuff that’s down there at the bottom. There’s some – look at that fantastic rocks sticking up and they’re going to come up on top of this rock reef but that is a fantastic look at the detail and a transition zone. Alright so we’re coming off this rock hump right where Kyle dove. Look at the hard top of rock and the great strong return there and it thins out a little bit and you can see it thins out and it darkens up here it’s a little softer bottom piece and there’s actually a fish hanging right out there in 26 feet of water. The beauty of looking at 2D sonar and down imaging at the same time: sonar will give you some really good general look at what the bottom is made of but the down imaging gives you incredible detail and it will show you every finger of a branch underneath the water but looking at those side by side will help you in your brain build a better picture of what’s going down below that’s a perfect view of hard bottom and rocks you really can’t see but I can see there’s a rock there I can see there’s rocks there and it just doesn’t quite give you the definition that’s really just because the physics of those two beams this one on a down imaging is kind of really thin as we go over this area we’ll put it back in here it gives you a really wide beam and so that everything that we pass over you’re kind of getting a pictorial history of everything we’ve the boats driven over. Right now the 2D sonar tells you the depth. It’ll give you a hint there’s a rock there but right there you can see the rock and plain detail and watch this you can see this transition zone on down imaging and 2D sonar. You can see the hard return and the hard return there kind of fade away and do the leak base and soft bottom. As an angler those are great places to follow along to drop waypoints and to find fish that are in transition. [music] So on my LakeMaster I got a series of humps here that go from hard to soft bottom and all kinds of stuff happening down there. I’m looking at the side imaging and I can actually see some weeds which I think are weeds. I see some boulders and I know what those look like no doubt. But I’m going to flip over through some technologies here to help me get a better idea what’s going on so I’m going to start with just conventional sonar. And man you can see what’s happening. It’s all right there and the hard red line is the bottom. And those look like weeds I’m not really sure this looks like bait fish but here’s a really good way to tell. If you flip over to down imaging it will give you an idea – oh, there you go – so right there you can see the individual stalks of each weed on this transition and then a whole school of bait fish right in the middle right where that little saddle is. It’s a great place for them to congregate and then it’s going to drop off here so you can see the bottom go down some more weeds some bait fish, a school of bait fish, and a school of baitfish. Now watch where my finger is I’m going to go back up to regular, conventional sonar and look where my finger was pointing. Those are one, two, three, four game fish. Man on this body of water that looks like a walleye if I ever seen one. Some lakes you know you’re going to see bass others spotted bass whatever your reservoir happens to have this one happens to have walleyes in there and I’d really like to have a bait on those fish right now but the first part to catch them is at least finding where they’re at and I think we’re really on the right tracks. Watch this – I’m going to come back over these reefs and we’ve kind of gone off and look at that I got to take a screenshot of that because that is delicious. Look at you get all of the individual weed stalks bait fish and they’re the game fish sitting right there in ambush pushing right up that hump. So you can see I’m right on the top of the top and look how much taller the weeds are. The light levels get down a lot easier to the shallow top of that and then it kind of gets a little shorter the weed growth is a little more just reserved as you go down the break there and what I’m really looking for are these clumps. Here is to come down there’s a little saddle there and then you got this just tight part of weeds that’s a fantastic place for fish to lie in ambush and that’s what it looks on your 2D sonar. And look at that – on side imaging too. So interesting piece – we’re shooting the beams out to the side and you can see just those light patches it almost looks like clouds on my screen. Those are all weed clumps and I know it’s weed clumps because I can see them standing up off the bottom we’re actually driving right over those weeds and look at that that was a school of fish right near that transition a rocks. This kind of place has everything a fish needs. It’s got cover, it’s got the right temperature, it’s got the right light levels, and most importantly, what fish want is food, and it’s got that in abundance. Check that out. Back to regular sonar. That is a fish marking there. That fish is chewing on that school of bait watch this on DI there’s that same fish and there’s that same school of bait. Just a big ball of bait and that one is just chasing them. This is a fantastic spot I cut this little saddle area and the walleye is on this lake really like to hard pack to the bottom in between the weeds so I’m going to put the boat back in gear that is a glorious piece of structure. And here’s how this shapes up. I’m going to go back and forth and you can just see a big blob of weeds there a little blob there but I’m going to come back here and get… See on on the down imaging I can see each individual stalk of weeds and then I can see individual dots – now those are fish. Watch this – see there’s a nice arch there a really nice return of a fish. So I keep my finger right there and that is the fish on down imaging. And that gives me a really good idea of what’s happening. As I flips from screen to screen, from 2D sonar to down imaging – there’s another fish there – but what I like about looking at those side-by-side is I can see small specks like lots of them in a cluster it looks like pan fish or bait fish but when you get those strong marks set apart that’s a game fish in there looking for food. You know Depth Highlight is critical when you’re looking for boat control and trying to figure out where the fish are – so I can adjust whatever depth I want to highlight here on the LakeMaster map and right now you can see it’s about 22-, 23-feet and I’ve got a couple feet highlighted either way but that is exactly where the fish are gathering. That gives me just an ability to weed out water and to know where the fish are and you can see every time we go over that green highlighted area there are weeds, there’s bait fish there’s game fish and kind of dialed up pretty good. I’m coming into another kind of part of this reef complex. It’s a little bit deeper than what I’ve got highlighted you can see that there but I think there’s some really good hard bottom that will top out your…watch I’ve come off of that reef I’m kind of in the saddle area it looks like it’s down to 30 feet – LakeMaster’s spot on – it says 29 right there – and I’m going to come back up now it’s coming up to 26 feet and already I see some action on the bottom that looks like fish. Man – two nice arches sitting there. Beautiful. Just looking to chew on that school of bait fish. I’m going to look at that in down imaging just a small school of bait fish and individual hard dots but when you flip back and forth the screens the the nature of the sonar beams paint what’s down there a little differently but if you look at them side by side down imaging always gives you the detail 2D sonar the coverage and will help you really understand what’s happening underneath the boat. Well I hope you enjoyed today’s combo show – the above and below water. We put that together so you get a better idea of what’s happening on your fish finder. You know finding the areas of transition finding areas there are different structure and flipping screens on your sonar really give you a better understanding what’s happening down below the boat will make you a better angler the next time you want to go find fish.

    Using Cannon Downriggers to Present Bait Where Fish Can See It
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    Using Cannon Downriggers to Present Bait Where Fish Can See It

    September 2, 2019


    Hi I’m Bill Carson, Field Marketing Manager
    for the Johnson Outdoors fishing group, and representing Humminbird, Minn Kota and Cannon,
    and we’re out here today playing with the Cannons because we want to have the controlled
    depth. The controlled depth meaning that we want
    to go down in the water column where the fish are. They’re setting up at the bottom of the thermocline. We can see the fish here at 25 to 30 or 40
    feet, some of them down to 50 feet. We got it on 2D, we have our down imaging
    over here, and then up on the top we have our chart. So we’re following our chart with our downriggers
    down and we’re doing a controlled depth so that we can try to focus on where these fish
    are and stay on that position in the water column. What we have to remember is that with Cannon,
    the fish’s eyes are on the top of their heads, so they’re looking up. Rarely do they go down to get a bait unless
    they see it go past them and they turn and they can follow it with their eyes and follow
    it down to deeper water to the bottom. But with the downriggers, I can go down to
    where they are where I’m seeing them. I can get right above them and literally have
    that bait right above where the fish’s eyes are. So we’re down at 26 feet here, we’re hooked
    into the clip on the downrigger, and we’re just waiting for a fish to bite one of these
    lines. And it’s gonna happen.

    Tracker Pro Guide V16 WT 2018 Review | Småland Sportfiske | Mojoboats
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    Tracker Pro Guide V16 WT 2018 Review | Småland Sportfiske | Mojoboats

    August 15, 2019


    Hej! Heute zeige ich Euch mein neues Boot! Ich kaufte es im Frühjahr auf der Bootmesse in Göteborg Es ist ein Tracker pro Gruide V16 WT Und jetzt habe ich es ein bischen getestet bei meinen Guidings und zeige es Euch jetzt und erzähle ein bischen darüber. Zuerst möchte ich etwas zum Trailer sagen Es ist ein Respo 1350 multiroller Der ist echt super! Es gibt keine Kielrollen mehr Und damit lädt sich das Boot selbst immer im richtigen Winkel. Dann hat er ausklappbare LED Scheinwerfer Dann sind sie auch noch etwas angewinkelt so das sie ni ins Wasser kommen. Sie sind Wasserdicht aber berühren es trotzdem nie. Das ist angenehm, schnell und einfach! Dann habe ich noch Boatbuckles gekauft um ddie Spanngurte zu umgehen. Richtig schön sind die! Einen Transom saver habe ich auch dazu genommen. Der sitzt hier und schützt die Hydraulig. Das ist richtig gut! Und solche kleinigkeiten sind oft dafür verantwortlich das man später glücklich mit dem ist was man gekauft hat. OK! Dann gehen wir mal ins Boot! So, da wären wir im Boot. Ich hab mein Tracker pro Guide mit einem 80PS Mercury Aussenborder ausgestattet. Und mit dem fährt das Boot über 30 Knoten. Auch wenn man viel Ausrütung dabei hat und mit mehreren Personen unterwegs ist geht das Boot 30Knoten und ein klein wenig mehr. Damit bin ich sehr glücklich! Dazu kommt die elektrische Ausstattung und da habe ich einiges gemacht. Da wäre das Helix 10 als Hauptecholot und GPS Gerät. Das sitzt hier vorne. auf einer RAM halterung Es ist auch mit Autochart pro Ausgestattet womit man seine eigenen Seekarten erstellt. Das ist vor allem in nicht digitalisierten kleinreren Seen super! Und dieses Gerät ist gekoppelt mit dem Helix 7 hier vorne. Auf dem können meine Gäste das Sideimage, Downimage, Echolot oder die Seekarte sehen. Wie sie wollen! Und auf der anderen Seite ist der Minnkota Riptide Ulterrra Der sich selbst ein- und ausfährt und ich nicht immer zwischen meinen Gästen hindurch muss. Ihr könnt hier vorne sein und das Angeln von diesem tollen Boot genießen! Im Boot gibt es einige Verstaumöglichkeiten. Hier haben ich Platz für Köder und Köderboxen und so weiter. Eigentlich sollten hier die Batterien für den Elektromotor sein. Aber da haben mir die Jungs von Mojoboats hier ein Customfach eingebaut. Wo meine beiden Batterien verstaut sind. Damit bin ich sehr glücklich! Das macht die Fläche noch etwas größer! Man hat damit nicht so viel Gewicht vorne und mehr Platz für seine Köderboxen, was sehr gut ist! Ein Liveweld mit Ködereimer gibt es auch. Hab ich bisher noch nicht genutzt, aber das kommt sicher noch. Dann haben wir hier ein abschließbares Rutenfach. Ich habe aktuell 4 Ruten darin und das passt sehr gut. So habe ich auch immer meine Barschruten dabei obwohl ich meist auf Hecht fische. Oder auch die Zanderruten. So kannst Du immer alles dabei haben und das ist klasse! Und das Fach ist abschließbar. So ist alles sicher wenn es auf der Straße steht. Auf der anderen Seite hast Du Stauraum Was haben wir hier? Ein paar Fender und Lampen, das Paddel. Und dann sind da hinten noch Batterien und ein weiteres Fach. Und die Ladegeräte habe ich eingebaut. Ich muss dan zuhause nur noch den Stecker in die Steckdose stecken und am nächsten Tag ist dann alle augeladen und fertig zum Angeln! Zum Schluß möchte ich Mojoboats und seinen Mitarbeitern danken! Ein tolles Geschäft! Ich bin super glücklich mit allem was sie für mich gemacht haben. Sie verstehen wirklich wie man sich das vorstellt und passen das Boot nach Euren wünschen an. Und wenn Ihr Euch auch ein neues Boot kaufen möchtet kann ich Euch nur empfehlen: Tu es nicht ohne vorher mit Mojoboats gesprochen zu haben!

    Small Boats Can Fish Big Too
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    Small Boats Can Fish Big Too

    August 12, 2019


    One of the neat things about having a boat
    is when it’s your boat. I live in Illinois where there are horsepower restrictions, but
    I don’t want to be restricted by my boat. I’m able to take a smaller boat and have everything
    that I would have on a big 520c and I can do it in this small boat. We’re going to take
    a walk through this boat and I’m going to show you exactly how I set it up, why I set
    it up it up the way I did, and some of the neat features that we’ve got on this boat.
    Let’s start at the transom. One of the things about a little boat is you’ve got to be able
    to get it going. One of the things I’ve done is I’ve got a nice Mercury Outboard. I’ve
    also got a Power Pole. Skinny water is an advantage with a little boat. You can get in real skinny
    water, put the Power Pole down, and be able to stop and fish a fish a little bit longer
    than you could otherwise. Also on this boat I have a jack plate, which gives me 1 or 2mph
    better which is really neat. Let’s step down and take a look at the console. One of the
    things that is very important is you’ve got to have electronics at the console level.
    I happen to like the fact that you’ve got the capability to network my unit from front to back. That allows me
    to set a waypoint here as I side image and then be able to have that same waypoint in
    the front. When I go up to the front you can see I’ve got a larger unit up in the front
    and that’s because I spend a lot of my time up here in the front of the boat. The other
    thing I really believe in is the Hydrowave. The Hydrowave whether you catch fish with it or not it’s
    one of those things where it’s a competence thing for me. The other thing that is very
    important is you’ve got to have enough power to get you around in shallow water or deep
    water. That’s why I like the Fortrex Trolling Motor. When you look at a boat like this you’ve
    got to have all of your controls right here in the front with you. You’ve got controls
    at the console, so you’ve got to have the same controls up front. One of the very important things
    about that is you want the capability to be able to use a small boat just like you would
    in a big boat. Except you don’t have the affordability issue you have with a big boat. I can take
    this small boat and I can fish anywhere in the country and be able to fish comfortably and with the
    right skills, abilities, and techniques. All of the things that are important in a big boat,
    except it doesn’t cost as much.