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lunkerhunter1982 last won the day on February 5 2015

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About lunkerhunter1982

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  • Birthday 11/08/1982

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    Murphy, NC
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    Fishing, my 3 year old, fishing, my wife, and fishing. Oh, I like to hunt bears and coons with hounds occasionally and am not above burning a rabbits behind up with some beagles. And fishing.

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  1. A Bullet and a Legend are the best looking boats out there, and the Legends do have a massive amount of storage. If I had the money for an additional boat, it would either be a Legend or a 21XRS just based on looks alone.
  2. I used to be a die hard Abu Garcia fan. I still have, and use basically every trip, one of the original Revos (I won it in a Federation tournament right before they were released to market). It was, and still is, a great reel. With that said, I will never buy another Abu Garcia. The last 3 Revos I bought all had major problems with the anti-reverse, one on the second cast. Another won't throw off the front of the deck unless you are throwing at least a half ounce bait. I also bought two of their higher end spinning reels. Both were broken within a year. I don't know what has changed in their manufacturing process, but I have learned my lesson. I have personally had durability issues with Lews, but some of their cheaper reels are great for the money. I recently bough a couple of their mid to higher end spinning reels and have been exceptionally impressed with their drags and their handling of fluorocarbon (but I always buy a size bigger for that reason). I bought a couple of the new T-Wing Tatulas to use with light crankbaits, and I have to say they are the real deal. They will sling one about out of sight. However, I have also had durability issues with Daiwas in the past, mainly being the thumb bar not engaging after a year or two. In all honesty, every time I buy a reel I wonder why I didn't get another Shimano instead. Nothing beats them in the long run, and few things equal them in the short term.
  3. The processor on my Elites is more than adequate for vertical fishing deep spotted bass. However, the processor is a bit slow when it comes to mapping. I don't go fast enough for it to matter, but it is a consideration.
  4. I put mine on standby, but my cousin that I fish with all of the time has two HDS units, and he has them linked. Both graphs will show what one is reading that way, instead of just putting one on standby. I was hoping you could do the same with the HDI's.
  5. Anyone know if it is possible to link an Elite 7 to an Elite 5? I would like to link them instead of having to disable the sonar on the 7 every time I put the trolling motor in the water. The reason I am asking is the 7 has an HDMI port in the rear of the unit, but the 5 doesn't. Other than that, they are running the same transducers, and I think they are the basically the same exact graph with different sized screens.
  6. Honest answer? If it is anything like everything else Berkley makes (other than a few crankbaits the idiots discontinued), I feel like they are way overpriced for the performance you get. Text me if you want to know some better, cheaper options.
  7. I was one of the A-rig naysayers for a long time, but then I decided that it is a tool that is here to stay and I better get on board and learn the thing inside and out, especially since I am guiding now. It didn't take me long to figure out that it isn't a magic bullet. You have to find the fish first, and even when you find them it often isn't the best tool in the box. With that said, when they truly want the rig, that is all they really want. The same could be said about a lot of other baits in a lot of other situations. It is the deadliest rig ever invented for suspended, cold water bass that are relating to bait, but if you don't know how to find that bait and those fish in that cold water then you could cast it 10,000 miles and still never get a bump. Do I have a rig tied on every time I go fishing? No...in fact, I will go months without tying it on, and if you throw it at the wrong times you will get your ears beat off by other folks doing different things. I think the one thing that has so many folks hot and bothered about the rig is that, in a tournament setting, it has allowed a few folks who have literally never won a penny on anything else stumble into some big bags and win a little money. That is hard for some folks to swallow, especially folks that have traditionally dominated on other, admittedly more difficult techniques to master. The only remedy for that is to tie one on, figure it out, and beat them throwing the same thing. The rig isn't going to ruin fishing as we know it, but it is going to allow us to catch fish in situations that we otherwise never would. For that reason alone I like it. If you haven't tried the Eco Pro Tungsten Roll Tide Rig, give it a shot. I haven't found anything near as good for the money.
  8. I was browsing the Internet the other night and Academy had the Elite 7s with GPS, Downscan, transducer, and everything else for $450. I was going to buy an 8 or 9 inch HDS next month but went ahead and bought that 7 because it was so cheap. My other one has worked well so far.
  9. lunkerhunter1982


    Another vote for Excel. I have used it for over 20 years and haven't found anything better, and haven't really found anything as good. It is also cheap.
  10. I strongly suggest just having it changed. In my experience, once they get tight, they are more or less gone. On my first boat I did the re-lube as a temporary fix, but had a tournament one morning when it was in the low teens. It got tight again in the cold weather that morning, and I decided to just put some muscle into it and get through the day. I broke my cable on takeoff. Not only that, I cracked the fiberglass console where the cable runs in the back torqueing so hard on the steering wheel. I got the whole steering deal replaced for about $200 for parts and labor, but that was quite a few years ago.
  11. All that $ is going to striper stocking programs haha. I never bought a Sportsman license the entire time I lived in Tennessee because I felt like it was a rip off. I can buy my fishing license, trout stamp, small game license, all my big game tags, HIP waterfowl stamp, and my fishing guide license for $55 in North Carolina, and even then I still feel like they mis-allocate my funds.
  12. Smkiller, thanks for the update. All of those lakes down there have healthy smallmouth populations, and I think they could all handle a reduction in the size limit. Either way, the folks that catch the bigger fish are still going to win the tournaments haha.
  13. I agree that some folks worry about it actually being a spot, and the catch and release deal is highly ingrained in bass fisherman. However, spots are easy to identify. A largemouth's jaw hinges behind its eye, and a spots hinges in front of it's eye. They also just look different, but I have caught so many over the years I can tell before I even lift them out of the water haha. The catch and release ethic was started back when everyone kept everything, and it served a great purpose. However, I feel like in many situations we have taken it too far. When I lived down there I kept all the spots I legally could on Cherokee and Norris, and I never kept a single smallmouth. I even ran a trail while I was there and asked for folks to donate the spots at weigh in instead of releasing them. I almost started a riot haha. As far as size limits go in a tournament setting, it doesn't make any difference whatsoever if it is a 4 inch limit or a 4 foot limit, as long as everyone is playing by the same rules. I worry a lot more about whether or not limits are set to improve a fishery than if it makes tournament folks happy, but that is just me.
  14. I know this is a little off topic, but go easy on the "meat hunter" designation for folks that keep a few fish. If you want to improve a smallmouth fishery, the absolute best thing you can do is to keep all of the spotted bass you legally can. I have seen great smallmouth fisheries absolutely decimated when spots get a foothold and then take over. I can agree that there is no place for filling up buckets full of illegal smallies, but I can also tell you from personal experience that sometimes the best way to improve the fishery is to fill the livewell with as many spots as you legally can, every time you can. They are also great eating. I won't lie and say they are as good as walleye and crappie, but they are honestly very close. Keeping the little fellers also makes the average size of the spots go up. I would put Chatuge lake up against any spot lake in the nation for both size and numbers of quality fish, and just about every boat on the lake keeps a limit of 14 and 15 inchers just about every time they are out. A few years ago, people didn't keep them, and instead of catching 20 fish a day with a best 5 weighing 16 to 20 pounds, folks were catching 60 a day with a best 5 of about 9 pounds.
  15. The 190 is just a slightly bigger, slightly faster 175 haha, so I will tell you my experience in a 175. They handle great, fish great, are relatively dry if you know how to drive, and have a good amount of storage. They are exceptionally easy to tow, and they don't burn as much fuel as a bass boat on average. They are welded instead of riveted, so less to go wrong. They have decent livewells. However, some only come with a 7 foot rod locker. In fact, that was my main complaint about mine. Another complaint is that the bottom of the boat oxidizes and turns kind of a black color (unpainted aluminum reacting to water). It doesn't hurt the structure of the boat at all, but it is a pain cosmetically, and once it starts there isn't much you can do about it. My final complaint was that they weren't the most stable thing around, but that is what you get with a light boat, and it isn't like they are so unstable they are unsafe. They also have fantastic resale. When my bass boat went down last summer, I bought a used 175 from a dealership as a sort of temporary measure. I kept it 11 months, and when I bought my new boat I sold the Tracker to a private individual. I advertised it for 2 days and made $1,000 over what I had bought it for a year before. Hope this helps.
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