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  1. +1. Bought my last boat there. Have referred several who've also bought boats there for this very reason. Mike, Joey, and the crew in the shop are also superb. Aaron and Brandi run a terrific business.
  2. the sidescan will revolutionize your fishing. no more guessing whether fish are holding on a certain piece of structure or cover. you'll be able to see it without trolling up on top of it. for me, the biggest advantage of sidescan has been efficiency during practice. I no longer have to make 100s of casts to find fish. now I look at the screen, mark, and move on. I'm able to cover 10 times more water and gather more detailed info. congrats on the new toy.
  3. Is there anyone out there besides me absolutely astounded that it's already the 17th of AUG???  Woof, where is time going?

    1. SteveHTN


      Flying by faster than one of Wes' Nibiru assault ships 

    2. trackertxw175


      Moving faster than a CNN's newscaster with the dirt on the Donald

  4. +2. Mtnman nailed it.
  5. Our good friend Toobjig signed on as a rep for this small SC outfit. I took a peak at their website and decided to give one a try. I bought their Crank model - it's a 7-4 MED/MOD crankin' stick designed for shallow and medium runners. Here are a few observations right out of the box: 1) The attention to detail in the finish and craftsmanship is immaculate. It is every bit as fine as my top end Loomises. Maybe better. 2) The components are first rate - micro guides, love their split-grip handle, and the blank is lite but sturdy. 3) This thing is balanced to a tee. Very little effort to manage the rig once the reel was mounted. 4) Nothing flashy or gaudy in the finish. As advertised, it's a quality rod built for fishing, not showing. 5) I ordered my rod on a TUES. It arrived on THUR. That's service. If you're in the market for a rod check'em out. Give Toobie a shout if you have questions. I'm headed out this weekend - will follow up w/ a performance report. B
  6. Something is draining power. Have you traced the wiring from the pump back to the battery? You may have knick in the insulation (double ground) or maybe a connector has become corroded.
  7. Gotcha, Toober. Was talking w/ Spinny (Gordon) over the weekend. He and I are talking about a road trip to his AO. Haven't spoken w/ any of the other doods. I'll holler at ya tonite. B
  8. Web site says they make their blanks ("proprietary blanks"). No names listed on their pro staff tab, only an application process. Must be fairly new? I have several JB Custom rods (also out of NC). FoM price is ~30% cheaper. Might wanna check them out, Tooby.
  9. The guys at Watson's had a dood they referred folks to for glas work. Recommend giving Rex a call - he'll know, steer you to the best option.
  10. I have used the Livingston Lures crankbaits some. Not enuff to offer an informed opinion but I've thrown them a bit. Frankly, I catch more fish on my silent and traditional (rattling) crankbaits than I do w/ LLs. I'm not too keen on the LL color schemes. Lots of glitter in all shapes and colors. Some of their paint jobs are ~realistic but not across the board. The Bomber FF Shad crankbait colors are way more realistic and half the price. My thoughts on gizmos above apply here.
  11. My partner has one on his sled. He swears by it, claims it def helps w/ catching. After reading Mountainman's reply it got me to thinking - I'm wondering if my partner's successes are more a function of covering up TM (and other) noise vc turning the fish into a feeding mode. Seems reasonable to assume if you can eliminate a stressor (unnatural background noise in this case) the fish are more likely to react naturally when a bait comes by. There's a body of evidence (mostly anecdotal) that suggests motor noise of any kind kinda shuts the fish down. They've become conditioned to the fact rude things (like violent hooksets) occur when these funky motor noises are present. If you can mask a portion of that unnatural background noise it oughta help. MM's closing point is the most powerful - no gizmo (except perhaps your electronix) will turn a fishing day into a catching day. You still have to sort thru all the variables and put together something that'll work. Personally, I'll take an hour's worth of TOW over a gizmo any day.
  12. Had to look this one up. Didn't recognize 'jika'. I've heard this referred to as the 'jig rig'. Never used it but after watching a few videos I can see I've missed something. It kinda has the look and action of the jig head Tommy Biffle uses. The jika could deadly in a swim jig type retrieve. A buoyant bait on a lighter wire hook could be something special. I wanna get a job coming up w/ names of new rigs. I can do better than jika or ned.
  13. I'm sitting in on a phone conference with a bunch of engineers (I should stop here but won't).  They're talking about gun barrel wear (for bigger guns like artillery, tank main gun, naval gun).  They want to know how they might measure, collect data on barrel wear.  One of them suggested building a 'water trap' to catch rounds while in flight (before they get deformed by impact) so they can analyze them.  This guy wants to catch artillery projectiles.  And people call me stupid for jumping out of airplanes???

    Airborne swims only on the deep end of the gene pool.  No engineers allowed.

    1. Mountainman


      +1 on engineers, ol buddy. They aren't all bad, but it's hard to find a good one.

      Side note, we use radiographic testing similar to sonar, to check thicknesses of vessels & piping. I can give you the specifics via phone if you're interested.

    2. Peck


      This engineer has came up with some crazy designs, but I think I'd stay away from anyone trying to catch an artillery round in flight. It's only a bad idea if it doesn't work tho.

      I've used some ultrasonic equipment similar to what Mountainman mentioned to check thickness of water and gas lines. Basically to determine when/if they needed to be replaced. We also checked the thickness of some refractory of the furnace to see how much life it had left. Pretty neat technology out there for that sort of stuff. 

    3. SteveHTN


      Why not just put a whole team of engineers in front of the round to catch it?

  14. Great price. Agree w/ brwnbass - it's a solid, all-around line.
  15. I googled Stratos news and didn't see anything that looked like an announcement like y'all are referring to. Whud I miss? Got link?