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  1. jbird68

    Flasher Lunch Bag

    Gettin er done. I have to take the "T" that the transducer pipe goes through to work so I can open the ID so the pipe can slide freely.
  2. jbird68

    Garmin Echomap Color Schemes.

    I have a couple Garmin units for my boat. I'm going to also use one for ice fishing. Got it powered up and started playing with the colors schemes I'd like to use. The only one I like so far is with a blue background. But what I found that I like better is the black background the humminbird uses. Maybe Garmin could do an update to add a black mode. Lol.
  3. jbird68

    Flasher Lunch Bag

    So I picked up a Garmin EchoMap 73dv for the bow of my boat. Since my boat is in storage I am going to build a flasher bag using a cooler, plywood and PVC for my build. I may add some other things that I could not think of right now. The transducer pipe will be pinned so you can set it at different heights.
  4. I have the showdown and love it. I also bought the ice kit for my lowrance elite-5. But it has been finicky at time. I just picked up a Garmin EchoMap 73dv on hsolist for the bow of my boat but want to try it out on the ice. So now I need a ice transducer.
  5. jbird68

    2nd Smitty Sled Build

    haven't had a chance to really try it out yet. But we just got 9 inches of snow today.
  6. jbird68

    2nd Smitty Sled Build

    I know nothing about the types of skis. I got the K2 skis for free from a guy on facebook. I got the front skis at a church sale for $3. They are kids skis. Also got a pair of cross country skis. My sons wants to make a smaller shed for the accessory sled he pulls.
  7. jbird68

    2nd Smitty Sled Build

    slapped some paint on the sled last night.
  8. jbird68

    2nd Smitty Sled Build

    Did you have any problem with the cutoff end of the skis? Unprotected wood getting wet?
  9. jbird68

    2nd Smitty Sled Build

    Brackets mounted to the skis are countersunk for a 1/4-20 flat head cap screw. The turning assembly is just a 5/8" bolt. I found some PVC flanges at the local hardwae store that had a nice slip fit over the bolt. I have one in the cross board and one in the plywood with a washer in between. I can take more photos to show the detail.
  10. The one thing I liked on my Elite-5 was that when a fish was about to bite the return would turn very red. I don' tget that with the Showdown. Bit it does get a darker black.
  11. jbird68

    2nd Smitty Sled Build

    I built a Smitty Sled years ago and it worked great. But I had issues with it dragging on the snow and ice when trying to change directions. So I went and built a new sled that uses 2 sets of skis where the front skis would turn and help steer the sled. It is a rough build and I still plan on paining it. But I gave it a trial run and it seems to work pretty well. The only thing I think I will had is a stiffener board across the front of the plywood so the weight of my sled doesn't cause it to flex and rub on my cross member and a couple bungees connecting teh front ski supports to the rear ski supports so it doesn't over steer and tracks a little straighter. I made a video and posted it to youtube. Smitty Sled #2 Smitty Sled2.mp4
  12. If I get a Showdown soon and a newer Garmin for the bow of my boat then I would sell the Elite-5 with icepack and softwater transducer.
  13. jbird68

    5 Lb Propane Tanks

    I have refilled the 1 pounders in the past. I just don't like to do it. Always feel like they are not completely full. And yes I have watched videos on how ot do it.
  14. jbird68

    5 Lb Propane Tanks

    Why are the 5 lb. propane tanks so expensive and hard to find. I've looked online for them and they are usually about $60. 20# tanks are about $40 full. Wanting to possibly stop using the 1lb. tanks for my buddy heater and go with a 5lb. tank that will last longer. Oh, and I'm on foot 100% of the time.
  15. I was using a Marcum Showdown 5.6 and loved it. Then my teenage son started fishing with me and he has taken over the Showdown. So, I bought the ice pack for my Lowrance Elite-5 from my boat. It's OK but I much prefer the Showdown. The Elite-5 will act up at times and it really ticks me off. Now I'm looking for a Showdown for myself again.