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About JohnMickish

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    Sr HSO Family
  • Birthday 06/10/1964

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    White Bear Lake
  1. I've got a bunch of Humminbird Snapshots of my DI and SI stuff. Many people pay for the technology and don't know what they are looking for. Study these shots and tell me what you think you see.
  2. Rock or fish? Look at this one real hard.
  3. You tube. There are some fantastic tutorials out there for all the sonar brands out there.
  4. Totally my bad, I was thinking it was a 5 ". Let me rephrase, you can get a brand NEW with warranty 9 or 10" screen with sonar and GPS for $1000 or less. Something that old is going to have trouble using any new mapping chips (processor speed will be the issue) so I would put TOP dollar at under $250 if it came with a chip. Sorry to be the guy that puts a price tag on it, but old sonars are not worth much with all of the advancements going on nowadays. You can get a 9" touch Lowrance (Elite 9TI) with side imaging for $1000 now, and it has the ability to make a map on the fly!
  5. You can buy a NEW 5 inch graph with GPS for $300, that should give you an indication of what it is worth.
  6. I have one and it is absolutely the best addition I have ever put on a boat. I use it every time I go out. When I fish by myself I launch the boat, drop the talon and the boat stays at the dock. Play the wind right and zero dock rash. It hooks to the starting battery and doesn't draw power unless its being deployed or retracted. If it's windy it will float to keep you in place put it draws way less power than a graph. I have mine on a tilt bracket so I can drop it to get under bridges and low garage doors. There is a manual way to retract if something goes wrong. Other than being a little spendy, they are an awesome tool.
  7. If in doubt, change it out. Seriously though, to me, it all depends on the fish your fishing for. If your catching loads of fish in Canada, wait till it breaks, if your fishing for trophy's is it worth risking a personal best on a rig you are not 100 percent sure of?
  8. I used to tie most of my spinner harnesses, but now I purchase them and only build them when needed. I have found that with the right shopping you can find quality hooks and line already built for about the same price as doing it yourself. I go thru 200 or so harnesses a year so the time I save is priceless. As mentioned above, beads and blades are where the money is at. On the subject of beads, glass beads can be found at stores like Hobby Lobby, Joanne's and such. Glass beads sink, plastic beads float, glass beads retain their color, plastic beads tend to wear off their color or just fade from the water. The reason I go thru so many harnesses is after every catch I check for nicks, if there is one that harness is done. I also shorten them up when fishing in rocks or in Zebra infested waters, and those harnesses usually don't make it thru the day. It's easier to throw away a 30 cent harness than to lose 2 bucks worth of beads and blades.
  9. Thinking about it, if I where going to put my boat on the rocks at a fairly constant rate, I'd definitely go with a tin boat, something cheap and not new.
  10. I guess I don't beach my boat so it's not a problem for me. If I had to, I guess I'd install a Talon or a Power Pole and keep it off the rocks.
  11. There are an awful lot of glass boats that run on those shield lakes. I don't have a problem running mine in those rocky lakes, I just don't run into rocks. Like any piece of equipment, use it like it is supposed to me used and it will be just fine.
  12. I use the cheap stuff too. 5' of sink rate for every 30 feet out makes pretty easy math for me. Size 47 reel will hold ten colors.
  13. The summers of 2013 and 2014 I had a different boat/motor combo (Verado with SmartCraft gauges) I put 115 hours on the main motor. That's a pretty decent amount for a northern state.
  14. In 2012 I went thru 11 gallons of 2 stroke oil. I'm not sure of the hours, but either the big motor or the kicker was running pretty much all day. There was 5 weeks of fishing and about 6000 miles on the trailer. That was a fun year.