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About Joe

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  • Birthday 11/12/1989

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    Walker, MN
  1. New Boat!

    I did like the way the 1910 tracked. Very nice boat. Get a hold of Dean at SBC tremendous service from these guys!
  2. New Boat!

    Anyone have any experience with a Lund 208 with a 300 verado pro? I am starting to consider them.
  3. New Boat!

    ​I have done a little looking at the rangers but they bring Blood money for a used one and out of my range on new. How do you like the 300 pro? I have some talk about hearing a constant whine from the supercharger? I did ride in a 1910 with Dean from skeeter boat center a few weeks ago. I cannot say enough good about that boat or SBC. Fit and finish is good and a ton of storage up front. That boat tracks better then any boat I have drove. I like the how deep the boat is, makes you feel very secure in it. Dean brought up a 1910 for me to drive and was very easy to deal with. The 1910 I drove had a 200 Yamaha on the back. I was a bit disappointed with the holeshot on it. took a bit of time to get up. But WOT with 3 people and gear had it at 49 mph. Which is fast for a 19 foot boat.
  4. Auto Armor (ECP)

    We sell it here so I am a bit biased but it does make a difference. Not sure if he is selling the whole package or just the interior treatment. If you are keeping your car for 6+ years id say go for it. If you are trading more often the benefits might not out weigh the cost. I really like the undercoating and the rust proofing. The undercoating gives you a quitter ride and does prevent rust on the frame. The rust proofing is sprayed into the doors to stop the rust.
  5. New Boat!

    Switched gears yesterday and skipped the visit to SBC. Will be rescheduling in the next few weeks. Went and looked at the Lund Pro-v 186. Wow was that a nice boat, very sharp. The front deck was the deepest I have seen a glass boat. The air ride seats that Lund puts in them feel a little weak. I should clarify, I did not ride in the Lund. I have decided against the Lund just because the 186 was a bit small in the cockpit and the bigger glass Lunds are getting out of my price range. Went out in the Larson 2020 with the Verado. Same top end speed as the Suzuki (53 mph) Hole shot was about half a second faster. I was thinking the Merc would have higher top end speed. Conditions were about the same. Needless to say the boat handled the same and rode nice. The verado had power steering which made turning the boat (at any speed) easier. A nice touch in my book. Figured this thread was lacking a bit without this...
  6. New Boat!

    I will say this about Larson, they are making one heck of an attempt to build the best boat for the money. The changes they make from year to year is very impressive. It's still in the list of contenders.
  7. New Boat!

    Last year's 2014 2020 TL Larson: The new hull for Larson is a big improvement over last years design. Handles big water great. However, the boat did tend to porpoise a bit. I have heard that is more due to the prop then the boat but none the less was a bit of an issue for me. max speed with a 200 I4 Verado was 49. did touch 50 a time or two with two guys in the boat. I cannot say enough good about the smart craft gauges and the RPM troll down. I could get any speed I wanted out of it as low as 1.3 MPH going forward. Worked wonderful for trolling cranks and back trolling bottom bouncers. The space in the boat was incredible. very large casting deck upfront and a nice cock-pit. I had the upgraded snap-in mesh. Very nice compared to the carpet. A few things I wasn't impressed with were the stickers on the outside of the boat. lower attention to detail on the gel lines were a disappointment. The drain ports in the cock-pit are a bit small. when cleaning the boat water would pool up a bit. The storage is not dry storage in the least. The fit and finish of the compartments was lower then expected. For the money an O.K. boat. But it was sold due to the fact I learned I wanted a windshield. I will make another post tonight on my review of a water test on a 2015 Larson 2020 with a windshield.
  8. New Boat!

    This year I am buying a new boat. I will be writing about my experiences with each boat and my opinion on each. Here is what I will be looking at a 18-20 foot fiberglass boat with a full windshield, going to be new or slightly used. As far as motors I am not too picky. Would prefer a 4 stroke though. A little back ground. I am mainly fish walleyes on big water (leech). Last year I bought a Larson 2020 tiller and wasn't happy so I sold it after having it 8 months...
  9. 2014 Larson FX 2020 Tiller Gen 2 Hull with 200 HP Super Charged Verado. The 200 HP is the max allowed on this boat. Why under power a boat? It will do 50+ on calm days no problem. With the big tiller hydraulic handle this boat handles with ease weather you're trolled down to 2 mph or screaming at 50. Comes with upgraded snap in mats, captains? chair, 2 fishing chairs one butt seat, 80lbs Minn-kota Vantage, and Humminbird 1158c. Has quick release plate on bow for a bow mount electric trolling motor. Slide track system w/ 4 bases and rod holders. This boat is water ready. Motor has less than 100 hrs on it. Email or text for questions or more pics. MSRP $52,534 w/o Minnkota and h-bird $36,500 OBO!! Private Party so no sales tax Call or text Joe 507-456-6140
  10. Depending on what you are looking for NOW is the time to buy a Silverado. as much as $9500 off MSRP. The selection is great but they will be drying up soon. Also agree about the new ford. Nice truck with good MPG claims but what is insurance going to run? I think they also lack something in the ride department too.
  11. Downscans and Snapshots

    Great thread guys! I just got a new H-bird with SI and DI. How do you save screenshots? I am guessing it is saved to an SD card. I also installed the transducer myself and am a pretty new to the SI/DI any tips on getting the best picture? Thanks!
  12. Dates: May 4-5, 2012 Location: 600 Clydesdale Trail, Medina, MN 55340 Hours: May 4, 10 - 6 PM & May 5, 8 -12 PM Clam is inviting all of you, family and friends to the Clam, “Back the Truck Up,” Spring Garage Sale on May 4 – May 5, 2012 at our Medina, MN location. Items for sale will consist of samples, returns, Clam shelters, Clam ice fishing accessories, IceArmor clothing products, Polar Trailer products and Clam logo wear. Items will be sold “As Is” and there is no warranty. Clam will accept cash, credit card and check for payment. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to purchase Clam products! Items will be priced extremely low and you won’t find a better deal anywhere. There is no pre-selling of any items.Items are marked to sell, sold "as is" and there is no price negotiation. Meet "Mr. Ice Fishing", Dave Genz as he will be on hand to swap ice fishing stories! HUGE savings! Don't Miss Out! Largest Garage Sale Ever!
  13. What happened to the hats?

    The hats are out of stock. I will make an announcement when we get another order.
  14. I went out today out of the new access on River road. Caught one 12 inch crappie and one small on. Marked a lot of fish. I think this weather has them a little messed up. I will be heading out tomorrow again and will give another report.