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About Blackhawkxp

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  • Birthday 04/18/1978

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    Granite Falls, MN
  1. Lyme Disease, aka Borrelia burgdorferi

    It is definitely frustrating dealing with a Lyme's diagnosis. Hopefully they will get it figured out for you Cheetah. I tested positive for Lyme's about 10 years ago. Went to a few different specialist and the final prognosis was that they were both false positive tests and i didn't have it as i would have been the first case of Lyme's in my county which is located in SW MN. Of course at the time Lyme's was only located in the northern region of the state. I don't believe i was bitten by a tick but i think i contracted it by field dressing deer. I am not 100% sure that is possible? Good luck. Unfortunately i haven't been the same since.
  2. Transporting ice rods and storage

    Although a bit heavy I have had good luck with the Frabil heavy duty case. It protects the rods nicely and then i also use it to lay on the skirt of my otter when there isn't enough snow to bank.
  3. Ice Rod Rack for Wheel House

    Here is the one i have been looking at but not sure if there are better options.
  4. I set up in a 30 foot basin west of the landing and stayed put. There were a lot of houses setup on the break line Friday night when i arrived and most were gone by Saturday night. Either they slammed them and had their fish or they struck out which i believe was the more likely scenario. I had buddies hopping around the lake without much luck. We probably caught 10 walleyes and kept 5 which sounded like it was better than most i talked to. It was still fun to get out there. One buddy said there was a pressure ridge out away's but didn't say exactly where. I agree it sounded like fishing was tough on most of the lakes in the area that i have heard.
  5. Ice Rod Rack for Wheel House

    What do you guys use for rod racks in the wheel house? Looking for something that I can put on wall or roof without worrying about rods bouncing out while driving. Looking online i have seen a couple different options but I am not sure which ones are better. They offer ones with foam pads that grip the rod and others that have slots and holes to lay rods in.
  6. Spent the weekend on the lake. It was a rough ride on the ice. Fishing was slow to say the least. There were a lot of houses on the lake. We measured about 19" of ice. You could drive pretty much anywhere but not sure what the wind and snow the last couple of days have done to lake travel.
  7. Are they driving full size pickups and houses on Bitter? Would like to head that way this weekend but not sure on the ice and snow. Any updates would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  8. Humminbird Helix 7

    I run a Marcum LX7 currently with no complaints but am looking for the added benefit of the GPS in winter and summer. I do have a handheld GPS unit but my old fish finder on my boat doesn't have GPS so I was thinking it would be nice to be able to use for both seasons. It looks like the SI version is compatible with the ducer posted by Rundrave. Now i just need to convince Santa to bring one for Christmas!
  9. Humminbird Helix 7

    It will be mainly used in the boat but i figured i could use it as a spare in the winter when friends or family tag along that don't have their own. I was able to look through the owners manual and it looks like they are pretty similar. I am not sure which units for the summer are compatible with the ice transducer? Maybe they all are? Never used the side imaging personally but it would probably be a nice feature to have if it is only a bit more money over the standard. Do they have interference rejection on them?
  10. Humminbird Helix 7

    Anyone have experience with this unit. I am in need of a new fish finder for the boat and i was wondering if the Ice version was the same as the standard with the addition of a ice pack and different transducer. Basically can i buy a summer version and use it for winter with mods or am i better with the winter version and use for summer? Trying to kill two birds with one stone! Their page is pretty vague on the features of each. I am not sure if side imaging is as great as the advertise so mainly looking for down imaging. Thanks in advance.
  11. Defective Rapalas

    I don't typically fish the SSR style rapalas much so i don't have a lot of experience with that style of lip design and their longevity but they definitely seemed to be much more fragile than the standard shad rap. It looks like they glue the lip to the lure and the eye is in the body. The standard shad has the eye in the lip so they must reinforce the bill? I am guessing this is why the lips are more prone to breaking off on the SSR styles? We did have good luck with them and i am sure i will buy new replacements but i was just wondering if i was the only one with this kind of failure rate.
  12. Defective Rapalas

    Is any one else having trouble with Rapala Lures? I bought 6- SSR-7's in various colors and i have 2 left after one day of fishing. The front lip breaks off or the tail treble rips through the balsa when fighting a fish. Just curious if any one else has been seeing this or if i got a bad batch?
  13. Marcum Question

    I find that if i am in shallow water the returns are larger than in deep water. I have found that going to a 40 foot scale seems to help in some situations. Also as others have mentioned is your gain and target adjust.