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  1. The boat will pivot with only one Talon and the front of the boat will point in the direction the wind is blowing. Good boat positioning can account for this which really isn't that much extra effort. I actually use the ability to pivot to my advantage quite a bit as I use my trolling motor to swing the front of my boat to the left or right to attack a particular piece of structure from multiple angles without having to move the boat from the spot I'm on if that makes sense. Regardless, one is way better than none.
  2. I don't find it to be in the way but I'm usually in the bow quite a bit. When I am in the back, sometimes I have to change the angle of my cast and I usually just work around it which is no big deal, but overall the benefits outweigh the negatives by a long shot. I have the flip down plate that it's mounted to so I can put it down when I'm putting my boat in the garage or when I come across a low hanging bridge while on the water.
  3. I have a 12' Talon on an Alumacraft Competitor 185, very similar to your boat. I use it all the time and I think it is one of the best additions I've made to my boat. I've only had it for one season, but used it a lot and so far it seems reliable. It does pretty well in the wind. Once and awhile if its deployed into a hard bottom and it's really windy, it'll drag you along until it gets a good hold. I fish Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota a couple times a year and sometimes it has a tough time pinning on rocky points in the wind, but if it's that windy I'll use the spot lock. Fishing
  4. Bone, I was up there with you on Saturday. Pretty sad to see dead fish all over the lake and not just a few here and there, entire weed flats littered with them. I struck up a conversation with the DNR invasive guy about a week ago at White Bear Lake and told him about the dead fish and the decline in fishing at many of these lakes since they started spraying these lakes over the years. He admitted that one of the sprays they use is pretty much the same as Weed-B-Gone, the same stuff you use in your yard. He said if we the fisherman get enough people together and go to the legislature and
  5. A couple of years ago, I had a few spots that I could consistently catch them every time I went out. Last year they weren't in those same spots and there was no consistency at all. I caught a few here and there throughout the year, although they were good quality smallies. The lake is up a few feet, so maybe that's making a difference in where they're located.
  6. I don't eat steak very often, but I'll cook those medium rare to rare. Most of the time I'm eating ground beef and I'll cook that anywhere from medium to well done. Once and a awhile I'll when I make hamburger patties, I'll eat those medium/medium rare. I'm not too much into the raw thing.
  7. I don't supplement any vitamins at all. I eat mainly the fattiest beef available, whether it's hamburger or steak (mainly hamburger because it's cheap), eggs, lots of grass fed butter, some cheese and cream, and every so often, pork, chicken and fish. There is starting to be some speculation and evidence that once you remove many of the foods/aspects that are associated with the modern western/American diet, that the need for some vitamins are either greatly reduced or no longer needed. In my own experience and the health benefits I've gotten over the last nine months since eating like this
  8. I can also vouch for this article and can share my experience. I'm a 37 year old male and pretty much ate the standard American diet (garbage) for the first 35 years of my life along with a lot of veggies, fruit and my fair share of low fat stuff too. I'll probably catch a lot of flak for divulging this, but since last July, I've been on a true zero carb diet where everyday I make sure to get 70-80% of my calories from animal fat and the other 20-30% from protein (mainly beef). I shoot for 2000-3000 calories a day. The only carbs I get are the trace carbs from eggs, cheese, and heavy cream
  9. Not sure about the cotton or the ice, but I bought a St. Croix legend extreme with micro guides a couple of years ago and wound up returning it due to my leader knots getting hung up. I think for a crankbait rod they could be beneficial because I run either straight mono or fluorocarbon.
  10. Hey guys, is a 3/4 oz tungsten weight enough for getting through most Minnesota vegetation (milfoil, pads, heavy slop) when it comes to punching or is a 1 oz or more weight preferred? These weights aren't cheap so no need to overkill if I don't have to. Thanks.
  11. This may or may not matter to you, but they are made in China. I've heard some very good things about them, but for what they cost, I would rather give my money to a company that builds their rods in the USA.
  12. Danielson snap lock have worked well for me.
  13. Hope you're all having a good winter, Bass season can't come soon enough!!! I'd like to add two 12' Talons to the back of my boat this spring. The boat is a 2015 Alumacraft Competitor 185 with Yamaha F150 hanging on the back. I'm trying to decide whether to mount directly to the transom or have the sandwich brackets put on. If I keep the boat for many years to come, with the talons mounted directly to the transom, do you guys think its possible the transom could wear out over time or prematurely due to the strain put on it from the talons doing their job. The sandwich brackets are a m
  14. I went to the Boat show with my mind set on the Ranger vs1780. After seeing three adults sitting in the cockpit of that boat, I realized it won't be big enough for my family and I and needed to jump up to an 18' foot boat. I looked hard at the Lund Impact, Crestliner Fishhawk, and Alumacraft Competitor, all in the 18' range with 150 four strokes on back. I liked them all alot, each having their own pro's and con's. The Crestliner Fishhawk had the best bow (for my style of fishing), the Lund Impact had excellent storage, layout was nice and had a few nice touches that I liked. The Alumacra
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