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  1. It is a scientific fact that Tiller fisherman catch more fish. However, Console fisherman do know how to "pack up" and get off the lake faster after a tough day of fishing.
  2. Everyone seems to have an interesting perspectives on Lund boats. I think Lund is a premier boat manufacturer. The pricing of their products are primarily set by a few factors. Quality, Innovation, Service, and Market demand. All of which are hard to argue against in this case. Even though they come with what seems like a higher price tag, like stated in an earlier post, they are not that different than say a Crestliner or Alumacraft if compared with similar features. More importantly, these prices can be negotiated with the dealer. I think this is where many people fail to achieve better pricing for their purchase. I guarantee, if you do your homework and talk to a few dealers, you can come away with some significant savings. I have done this on every Lund I have purchased. Last year when I bought my 1800 ProV tiller. I ended up saving around $3900 from the initial quoted price and the actual sell price. This of course included the motor and all accessories. These guys will deal, but you need to be the one aggressively going after it. They are sales people and will try to make the most margin possible to increase their commissions. And as the old saying goes..."The law of supply and demand", the best time to negotiate is when the supply is great and the demand is low. Off peak times like November - February are the best. These guys will listen to almost anything during the winter months.
  3. I have been using Loomis IMX and St. Croix Avids for the past 5 years. These rods have been great! My rigging IMX rod, coupled with 8# PowerPro has tremendous sensitivity. However, just last week at Cabelas, I started looking at the different rods available on the market. The rod that really impressed me is the (like mentioned before) the Fenwick HMX series. Wow, is this a nice rod for the money! I like its feel better than the Avid and it seems an even comparison to the IMX. I even like it better than Fenwicks top-of-the-line HMG series. This will be my next rod(s) I purchase ($70 to $80 range).
  4. Depends on the time of the year and water temps. I like larger profile baits at night with lighter color bottoms (Blue/white, Black/silver and rainbow trout). Rainbow Trout works especially well on Mille Lacs at night. I will also consider rattled baits often, but not all the time. I will also doctor floating raps and H-jerks with glow paint or tape, near the nose and tail ends of the lure. This works very well. In the summer months (water temps 70+) I like Hot-n-tots or any lure with a large wobble action. I run these at speeds of 2 to 4mph typically. Speed is often essential here because you are looking for more a reactionary strike, than at other times of the year. Cranking for walleys izzzzzzz fun!
  5. Hello all, Interested in knowing if any of you all are participating in the MTT circuit this year? I took last year off because of an increased workload at my job. But this year I am back on track to fish in a few of the scheduled tourneys. I know Scott Steil and Adam have fished some of the Red Wing events, but is there anyone else out there? Scott, my new partner and I are coming after you guys!! (Ha Ha)Actually I am looking forward to seeing some of the guys I met while in the circuit in 2002. See you on the water! Todd "Fathead" Bintz
  6. Hello all, I have been looking at this very same subject the past week. I am thinking of adding a 2nd battery to my 12volt minnkota system. Here is what I found out about trolling motor performance/battery life. To run a 12v motor using two batteries, you must connect the batteries in parallel. This means (which many of you have already pointed out earlier) + to + and - to - connections. As far as increased performance between a 24v and a 12v comparison. I think you might be surprised that it is much closer than you think. Example: Minnkota Maxxum 74lb motor (24v) draws 45amps max Minnkota Maxxum 55lb motor (12v) draws 45amps max If you have two dedictated batteries for each of these two systems. Here is what your performance comparison equates to (using in this example a Resolution AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery from Fleet Farm). The AGM battery is rated for 92 Amp hours. If you use two batteries for a 24volt system you series wire these units together. This give you 24volts, but the same 92 Amp hour total. If you use these two batteries in a parallel fashion, you have 12 volts but your Amp hours double to 184. The way you calculate run time for a motor is as follows... Ahours/amp draw from motor = runtime 74lb (24v)-- 92Ah/45 amp max draw = 2.04hrs runtime @ 100% or 74lb thrust. or at 75% power (55.5 lb thrust) 92Ah/33.75 amps = 2.72hrs runtime @ 75% If you compare this to a 12v system rated for 55lbs. that draws 45 amps at max draw but your battery(s) setup now gives you 184 Ah rating... 184 Ahours/45 amps = 4.08hrs runtime @ 100% or 55 lb thrust. Your comparison shows that performance (motor run @ 55lbs thrust) are equal but runtime comparisons are in favor of the 12volt setup, when comparing a 74lb unit @ 75% to a 55lb unit @ 100%. Obviously, The big advantage of a 74 lb unit is that it gives you an additional 29lbs thrust over the 55lb unit. But if you are using a 74lb motor on you bow, How often do you actually run your motor over 50% or 75%? I am not sure it is that often. If you are running at higher than 75% often, then it is an advantage using the 74lb unit. If you calculate run time using the above formula (for a deep cycle battery) I think you will find the two minnkota motors that have the best overall performance are a 55lb 12volt and a 101lb 36volt setup. Something to think about...
  7. walleyewizard, I have run into a slight change in plans. I am going to have to decline. I apologize for making you go through the extra work of sending the photo.
  8. I might be interested. Do you live in the TC area? Does the motor have a 12v plug attached to it? Do you happen to have a digital photo? Thanks
  9. Fathead


    Just use "Son-of-a-gun" spray. It removes water spots, shines up your boat, and prevents waterspots from forming (for awhile). It is cheap, fast and easy to use, and isn't harmfull to your paint or wackers. It works like a champ!
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    Hello swingtongers, I hear you on the garage sizes/boat sizes! I am moving into a new house this weekend that has a 25' deep garage. Bring on the bigger boat! The only downside, is that I am moving this weekend and will not be able to fish much! Good luck this weekend everyone
  11. Fathead


    Some basic information you should know is... 1) The depth your chosen lure will run This can be determined by the lure manufacturer posting this on the package. But I think a good source of information to look into is a booklet called "Precision Trolling" guide. This manual includes depth curves for specific cranks (including wallydivers) at various speeds and length of line let out. 2) As far as speed goes... My standard rule of thumb for walleyes is...Water temps 65 degrees and below I will run at speeds 1.8mph or slower (the colder the water the slower the presentation). When water temps are greater than 65 (especially mid 70's), I will run 2 to 3.5mph. The reason for increased speed with warmer temps is that you are looking for more of a reactionary bite. Give the fish little time to think whether they want it or not. You force them to react. This speed info should only be used as a starting point, and modified each time you go out on the water. 3) Size matters... I like larger sized cranks early in the year to match the size of the forage in the lake early on. (Ex. #11 rapalas, #9 taildancers, etc.) By mid to late June I switch to #7 rapalas. By mid July I move to larger #9's and by first or second week in September I step back up to #11's, 13's and even 18's in late fall. 4) Match color patterns to forage base... This is a loose rule of thumb with many exceptions. For example, if there are perch in the lake, try using perch, minnow colors. However I really like certain odd colored lures like red/silver or vampire raps for warm weather reaction bites. These color choices can change daily if not hourly sometimes. Hope this helps, it seems to work well for me. Good luck cranking it is alot of fun and very effective (especially in the tougher fishing months of August).
  12. My favorite (for Mille Lacs) is a #4 hammered gold or silver hatchet blade. Silver on bright sunny days and gold most other times. They simply have one of the nicest thumping actions for low speed trolling. This year, I will be trying out some of the Smiley blades that are so popular out on the Columbia river. They may not have the thumping action like a hatchet, but they are made of plastic and look to have superior rotation at slow speeds.
  13. Hello Wallywoman, In my opinion...Clearwater in Annandale stands head and shoulders above all other local walleye haunts. I primarily fish Mille Lacs, but when I am not there I am at Clearwater. Work the weedlines of sunken mid-lake humps in 11 to 15'. One thing about this lake, there is tremendous structure, and you should be somewhat careful running your boat the first few times you are out. You can easily ding your prop if you are not careful.
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