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  1. I strongly recommend keeping the 24v system as an option. The dwell time you'll have w/ the 24v set-up is significantly more than w/ a 12v system. If it gets windy or you get into one of those power-fishing days you'll burn thru that single batt in no time. Lots of lighter weight battery options out there.
  2. The short answer is baitfish. It's about tome for that fall feed so the predator fish are keying on bait. Recommend using your electronix to learn where the baitfish are holding. If they're deeper spoons, drop shots, or a heavy swimbait head may be the best way to get something in front of feeding fish. If the fish are suspending you might consider a damiki rig or a-rig. A weightless fluke would be a great way to target fish working the shallows or holding on wood. I was on Cherokee 2 weeks ago and the topwater bite was killer. My next presentation was a squarebill - they wore that out, too. As the sun came up I switched to the jig and c-rig. This set of patterns held up for the entire week I was there. Everything I did, every place I stopped was based on the presence of baitfish. If I didn't see baitfish I didn't fish it. The transition from dead of summer to fall feeding can often be a fickle time for fish. Recent heavy rains can have an effect, good and bad. A little bit of time spent over your electronix can help break the code as to where the fish are holding.
  3. good luck with the move, doug. hope it goes smoothly.
  4. You'd have to have a link to a search capability that would enable you to retrieve then display archived data. The microprocessor on your Lowrance units is certainly robust enuff to do this. I just don't know if there is code embedded in the unit to allow you to do this. Maybe a call to the Lowrance customer service people will help you??? As for pinning and registering WPs, there is a manual entry mode for these. You can also add/transfer them using an SD card. May require you to store them in an intermediate medium (like iCloud). Not hard. You'll find how-to info on the Lowrance site. There are prob 100s of You-toobs on how to do this if you're a visual learner.
  5. 31Airborne

    New Hot Rod

    Congrats on the new sled! I love my Triton.
  6. Check out the ALX Zolo Grind. I have 4 ALX rods in my sled - 2 of them are cranking sticks. I have Revo Winches (5.4:1) paired to these.
  7. I haven't fished out of Toobie's Skeeter but I did fish out of my FoM partner's for 3 years. Same set-up - SHO 250, ultrexx, electronix. This is a superb ride and fishing platform. Holeshot w/ the SHO is crazy fast. The FX hull handles exceptionally well in choppy water. Very smart storage layout.
  8. welcome aboard! yep, summer is a tuff time for fishing, kind alike the dead of winter. it's slow and sometimes painful. there are fish to be caught tho'. if you give us an idea of where you've been fishing and how it'll help us give you some ideas on adjustments.
  9. Yep, you can do that, Steve. I had my 1198 networked w/ a 2nd GEN Helix on my old sled. Worked fine. Once you see the images on the Helix you'll get the 2nd one. Just sayin' . . .
  10. 31Airborne

    New Floater

    Took a little more detailed look at the pics, Steve. First thing to stand out is the deck layout - it hasn't changed much from Stratos to Triton. Same-same w/ the lines and features on the ass-end. Just no mistaking an Earl Bentz boat. That motor has reputation of being a solid performer, very reliable. It likes gas and oil but if it starts and runs without issue that wouldn't bother me.
  11. 31Airborne

    New Floater

    Nice, Steve - congrats! One of the best hulls ever built right there.
  12. +1 on BPS 100mph gear for colder wx. I've also used Guidewear but I like the pocket layout on the BPS gear better. In warmer temps I use a North Face 3/4 rain jacket. It's made of breathable material so it's quite as stuffy as the rubber-coated nylon Funky warned you about. This jacket is washable .
  13. I like the 7/0 J-hooks for big worms. Owner and Trokar both make heavy wire versions.
  14. Steve - try the Seaguar Abras-X (I like 12#). Casts very smoothly, pretty tuff line. Holds up well in brush, rock, other chunky stuff.
  15. Toobie - I use it for jerkbait applications. I like the fact it's buoyant. The floating line allows me to detect those subtle bites I often missed w/ fluoro. Yes, it has more stretch but that works to my advantage in jerkbait presentations. Gives the fish a little more time to get the bait good, prevents me from pulling it away from the fish. I'm experimenting w/ it as leader material for c-rigs. Not enuff data points yet to offer an opinion. I use P-Line fluorclear. Have had no issues w/ it. Very durable, supple.
  16. Steve - it's brwnbass' fault. He started it w/ "wolf vomit".
  17. So, I couldn't let this go. Like I said, I'm scarred for life. I did a google search on "wolf vomit" and got a interesting assortment of hits. For starters, there's a song out there called "wolf vomit" by Revenant. They're a metal band (2000s definition, not '80s or '90s) and released this as a single in May of 2017. I'm referring to it as a song because there are lyrics and instruments involved but I'll be damned if I can figure out what those doods are singing about. Just below the Revenant single is a collection of You-toob vids of wolves and coyotes feeding their respective young. It involves - wait for it now - sharing regurgitated food. "What's for dinner, maw?" "Your fav, dear - wolf vomit." For complete transparency it's only right that I tell you I did this via the routine google search option. I wouldn't dare put something like this in as a "do you feel lucky?" kinda search. I'll leave that to Brwnbass.
  18. "wolf vomit" - that image is now etched permanently in my mind. wow. if you're catfishing and are having trouble getting bites the Gulp! stuff will fix that. they love it.
  19. The Gulp! stuff is the real deal. Have not tried Maxscent.
  20. +1 on the Revo Winch. I have this reel on all of my crankin' rods. I use a 7-4 MH/medium rod for my deep divers (I rarely use anything bigger [deeper] than a 6XD or DT20). This rod handles both easily - casts a mile, doesn't beat me up on the retrieve, plenty of backbone for fighting fish down deep, plenty of give in the tip to keep me from pulling the bait away from the fish. If you're gonna throw the deeper diving baits (like the 8 or 10XD) a heavy rod may be better. Recommend experimenting with your options before locking yourself in. You may learn than one rod may not work for all of your deep diving bait options.
  21. +1 on HB products - not only superior in terms of capability but also much easier to use/learn. The 9" screen is plenty big enuff to give you the resolution and visibility you need to manage a day on the water. Think you'll be impressed w/ the detail of the images.
  22. Well, I just bought a new one about 4 weeks ago. There was no mention of Triton going away. There is some consolidation going on - brands, styles, manufacturing - but, like others have said, I doubt one of the top selling lines will be part of that.
  23. 31Airborne

    Rusty hooks

    try Coca-Cola - works fast, cleans up easily. speaking of Plano, those blue anti-rust thingies that come w/ some of their boxes really do work. you might wanna pick up some (you can buy the tabs separately from TW, other places). put a couple in every tray.
  24. it's all up to you. hair is the most buoyant but least durable. rubber gives you buoyancy with durability. I use silicon for most of my jig, spinner, and chatter baits because of the wider variety of colors, patterns. I use rubber for my mop jigs. I reserve hair for my float-n-fly jigs. others will chime in w/ their thoughts.
  25. I have the MK Ultrex w/ iPilot on the new sled. Kinda hard to pass up on that kind of technology. One less thing to manage.
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