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About ZacAttack0201

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  1. Strikemaster 40V Auger - Now w/Reverse

    Yes, you get 2 batteries. It looks like the charger and batteries are setup like a traditional drill battery charger. The faulty switch was no big deal. I never had any issues with it and the claim was that the switch wouldn't shut off if you let go - I get it's inconvenient and I'm not saying it is safe, but don't be an one-who-thinks-I-am-silly - unplug the battery to power down the unit. Also, for free Strikemaster either swapped the switch out or offered to buy back the unit for full MSRP (in Rapala gift card). I'm a little biased due to the superb customer service I've gotten out of strikemaster in the past. I lost the charger for my first gen lithium and they sent me a brand new one for no cost and no questions asked. All in all, I'd recommend at least checking the new units out before bashing them. The true test will come this winter when people starting putting the unit through the ringer.
  2. Strikemaster 40V Auger - Now w/Reverse

    Was at Cabela's in Rogers, MN this morning and they were starting to bring out all their ice fishing gear. That got me pretty excited in general, but when I saw the new Strikemaster Lithium 40V auger with reverse I was even more excited. I've got the original 40V lithium and it has been great - for anyone looking at a new auger this season I'd highly recommend this new version of the auger based off my experience with the old version. First ice will be here soon and it's going to be great!
  3. Learning About Electronics

    On my trip out I actually saw not only structure, but also fish. these were the 2 you tube videos I found the most helpful: 1. This one is fairly specific to the Lowrance HDS Gen 3 2. If you can get through a lot of the rambling, there is some good info on the basics of sonar and how all this technology actually works. Not sure if these will help others, but they did help me out.
  4. Learning About Electronics

    +2 for youtube. I'm in the same boat, I've had a Lowrance HDS Gen 3 for 2 years and it's been pretty worthless for me. I figure it's me and not the equipment so this winter I watched as many videos as possible on youtube. I think I've got a decent grasp now. Testing my learnings out in the morning for my first time out on open water this year.
  5. Saturday MorningFishing Shows

    Forgot to mention in previous post - best hunting and sometimes fishing show on TV right now - Gun It With Benny Spies. It's a good ol' boy from SD hunting and fishing. He's got the success rate of us normal hunters without all the fancy TV show "I shoot & catch only trophies" that you see on other programs. Benny looks like a blast to be outdoors with. He gets what us normal outdoors-people see in our hobbies and appeals to that.
  6. How many licenses do you have?

    MN - Bought my lifetime sportsman's license before I moved IA and most likely SD. Heading to Big Creek in the morning. IA DNR just posted a photo of a 12 lb pig-eye they caught surveying this week. Gives me some hope for a lake I've never caught a fish on trying some new techniques this year.
  7. Saturday MorningFishing Shows

    In Depth Outdoors and Keyes Outdoors are my two favorite fishing shows. Although they do promote products, it's nearly as obnoxious as Gillespie or Ice Team or others. I also like how up to date IDO is since the show is usually aired a week after filming. Just my 2 cents.
  8. Big Walleyes moving up

    First time I've seen this and it is great. Going to be great when needing a few minutes away from work.
  9. Brushy Creek Muskie

    I'm looking to give Brushy Creek a shot this year for some muskie fishing and have never fished it before. Not looking for anyone's hotspots (unless your willing to share), but I was wondering if there are any general tips for fishing this lake? I've never been to it before and have heard there's a lot of timber to look out for.
  10. Trolling for Walleyes (Equipment and Technique)

    Great info @Borch Any recommendation as to what brand/ lb. test to use for Leadcore. Granted it is all opinion, but I have yet to find a leadcore line that gets above average reviews online.
  11. 2018 Yetti Re-design

    I've been looking at 16 foot Yeti for a while and I like most of the changes. The one I'm not so sure on is the "molded wheel wells." They look like plastic and something that would chip/crack easily. It should be noted I'm basing this thought off of the page photos - I have yet to see a 2018 in person. I really like the new two tone - sharp looking shack.
  12. Trolling for Walleyes (Equipment and Technique)

    The last few weeks of bad weather has given me some more time to research and here's where I'm leaning for equipment: Daiwa Accudepth reel, and the Abu Garcia Vendetta (medium power) rod (Fleet Farm has a pretty sweet deal on these right now $55 and $10 off coupons in their 2017 fishing catalog) and most likely leadcore line (unsure what lb test though - also is there a need for using a fluorocarbon or braided leaders? I've read some articles saying a leader tied to a swivel will ruin the action of the lure). Does anyone have any experience with any of this equipment? Depending on the body of water I'll most likely be trying all techniques mentioned, bottom bouncing, crawler harnesses, crankbaits, etc. I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but everyone keeps providing good opinions
  13. Trolling for Walleyes (Equipment and Technique)

    A lot of good info. Thank you everyone. I've been looking at using the Daiwa Accudepth reels, but am undecided on rods. I know I'm opening myself up to a lot of opinions, but any suggestions on rods? I don't need high end, but don't want some cheap thing that needs to get replaced every year.
  14. With the lack of good ice right now and all open water where I'm living, my brain is getting ready to get the boat rigs setup. I've always been a jig & live bait guy for walleye fishing, but I'd like to learn to catch fish by trolling. I'm down in Iowa where the walleyes are harder to come by (at least in the central part of the state) and it seems like that's how most fisher-people are catching walleyes here. I'm curious what would be considered good, reasonably priced rod/reel rigs to use, are planers necessary, and any general tips on being as successful as one can when trolling. I'll most likely use leadcore line, but don't know what lb test to use. I'd most likely only have 2-3 lines max when trolling, as we're allowed up to 3 lines for open water in Iowa. I'd also most likely troll Walker Bay this summer on Leech as well. Again, any best practices would be appreciated as i don't really know where to start on this technique.
  15. Minnkota Talon Is it worth it?

    That was my thought too, but I guess if the wind is really bad one could use their normal anchor or trolling motor to keep them pointed in the right direction. It kind of defeats the purpose, but for some would make sense monetarily.