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  1. 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.
  2. +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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. First time I've seen this and it is great. Going to be great when needing a few minutes away from work.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Lungdeflator, it was not. Our guides had GM pickup trucks and Donovan drives around a Toyota Tundra with a Blackwater Cat graphics. Also, good luck fishing! Hopefully the weather stays decent. We had rain one of the days, but it didn't really change the fish bite.
  15. Just got done with 2 days with Blackwater Cat's guides Ryan and Brad. First awesome guides, everybody we spoke too we outfished. These guys know this lake and how to find fish. Between 6 of us, everyone caught at least one fish over 28" and the biggest was a 31.5" greenback. Had a great experience, I highly recommend the drive to Lake Winnipeg and I'd also recommend calling Donovan from Blackwater to setup a successful trip - both will be well worth it. Here are pics of my dad's 31.5" and the 28" I caught. Some great fun was had on the ice!