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Transducer Shield and Saver Installation

Radioworld Pro Staff Danny Dunn had his Lowrance Structure Scan transducer mounted on the side of his jack plate with the standard mount supplied by Lowrance.  After about a month of fishing his rusted bolt and twisted bracket needed a face lift to ensure his side imaging sonar was performing properly.

Danny’s boat has a 8″ Slidemaster jack plate which makes a perfect mounting surface for the Transducer Shield and Saver mount.  The best part of all is that you don’t have to do any drilling into your boat.  These mounts will use the factory holes on most jackplates.  Let’s take a look at how he mounted his Lowrance LSS-2 10″ transducer with Transducer Shield and Saver.  Notice the before and after pictures…what a difference!

Transducer Shield and Saver has mounting solutions for transom mount and trolling motor mount transducer.  These mounts not only secure your transducer, but they also prevent it from being damaged in case of an unexpected impact.

-Lawren

Ice Fishing Seminar Recap

We had an awesome turn out last Saturday at our 3rd Annual Ice Fishing Seminar and Sale with over 100 people in attendance!  Thanks to all who came out to take in the seminars and the great deals we had on ice fishing products!

The day started off with Humminbird pro staff, Barry Graves, sharing some of his hotspots on Lake Simcoe and his approach to finding those spots.  His seminar was very detailed with locations to begin fishing through the ice on Simcoe.  Barry had maps of Simcoe on his powerpoint and pointed out the general location he starts each year and how he follows the fish as the year progresses.

Next up was Jeff Chisholm of The Quinte Ice Team who had quite a bit of insight on fishing the bay.  We had a large number of anglers in attendance who regularly fish Quinte and I am sure they took away a lot from his talk.  Jeff spent a fair amount of time covering the importance of fishing with current in mind when on the Bay of Quinte.  Jeff is a ice fishing guide on the Bay of Quinte and would be more than happy to take you out for a day of ice fishing and teach what he has learned about fishing the bay.  Jeff is an angler who understands the importance of Navionics charts in his Magellan handheld GPS unit for locating spots in the winter and teaches the ins and outs of GPS on the ice during his charters.

The infamous “Big Jim” McLaughlin made his first trip down to Radioworld for the Ice Seminar Day.  His seminar was full of tips that he has learned over the past 20 years of ice fishing.  “Big Jim” has been fortunate enough to ice fish with some of the top names in the sport and he passed on the knowledge he gained from anglers such as ice fishing legend Dave Genz.  As always with Big Jim, his seminar was full of laughs and great stories.  He made a lot of people smile by giving away a number of Shimano reels, Power Pro line, and Shimano hats as he went along.

 

After the lunch break, which was compliments of Lowrance, Wil Wegman took the stage and provided a lot of back ground info on Lake Simcoe which shed some light on the fishery and where it is today.  Wil’s Scandinavian Ice Sled was one of the highlights of his presentation.  If you ever see a guy out on Simcoe using a dog sled looking thing without the dogs…its probably Wil.  He said he can make it across Cook’s Bay in about 25 minutes and burns nothing but calories.

There were a number of special guests throughout the day including Pete Bowman and Angelo Viola from The Fish’n Canada Show were on hand to help with our raffle draws and sign autographs. Ashley Rae and Danny Dunn were also around Radioworld for much of the day along with reps from all our Ice Fishing related manufacturers.

After the day was all said and done we gave away over $1000 worth of prizes to those at the seminar and in the store that day.  Special thanks to Shimano, Power Pro, HT Enterprises, Steiner Binoculars, Frabill, etackle.ca, Set The Hook, and Humminbird/Minn Kota for providing all the FREE stuff for us to give away!!!

Thanks to all who came out and supported this event again in 2011!  Our goal at Radioworld is to not only sell you electronics, but also provide you with the best possible support and product information on those products we sell.  Informative workshops like this are a great way to learn from some of the best pro’s in the industry.  Don’t miss out on the next one!

-Lawren

A Weekend of Fishing Fun

In our last few blogs featuring Radioworld Pro-Staff Danny Dunn we heard how his electronics helped him take a win and a top 3 finish in his recent bass tournaments.  Well, even while enjoying a relaxing day on the water with is daughter Sarah, he still relies on his electronics to make his day a successful one.  The following are Danny’s words on his weekend of fishing.

“Sarah and I took advantage of the low winds and ventured out to Lake Ontario Saturday. I was especially looking for new water this trip and used Navplanner with my high def (1-foot contours) Hotmaps chip to find shallow flats with tight contours that had access to deep water, deep meaning in the 25-30 foot range.

I believed the fish would be deeper and with the warming afternoon coming the fish would head shallow to feed. The shallow water was key!  It had to have sand and chunk rock but not miles of it, sporadic was the key. Basically they were areas I thought the fish would use in the spring to spawn in.

The tight contours meant the fish would have almost immediate access to the shallow/deep water and it would be a key point to intersect fish moving up or down the break. I didn’t believe the fish would travel 100-200 yards to transition from 30 feet to 8-10 feet I believe the sharper and quicker the drop, the better!

When I arrived in the morning and put the Hotmaps chip in my HDS8 I zoomed it out to 4 miles and that allowed the tight contours to jump out right in plain sight. I then placed a waypoint at each end of the contour line as a start and finish point.

My plan was to use the front graph (another HDS8 networked to the dash unit with StructureScan) and stay on the break moving along the deep break looking for fish. I ran the unit in split screen.  Chart mode on one side and sonar mode on the other, alternating back and forth between down scan so I could really see bottom composition (ex. sand/rock/gravel).  When I saw a fish on the graph I would literally drop my bait down to the fish. Sarah and I went 12 for 16 on fish we saw on the graph.

I ran 3 spots before I found fish on the break.  If I didn’t see fish on the graph I didn’t fish it. One of the keys for this day was running the Minnkota at 30% and keeping my eyes on the graph. Now as a note; speed is totally dependent on wind direction and speed.  I found that if I was moving too fast on the trolling motor I couldn’t get my bait down to the fish in time, remember we where fishing as deep as 30 feet of water. Scroll speed was also important to ensure the data I was seeing on the graph was current and right below the boat not 20-feet behind.

For baits we used a dropshot with a ½ oz Tungsten cylinder weight. Reason for this set up is the cylinder drops fast than a round weight and Tungsten is significantly smaller in size for the same weight again effecting the drop rate. Once on the bottom we just kept a tight line and waited for the fish to grab it.  No shaking it or movement at all.  As for the bait it was a Xzone Slammer all the way….as for color…sorry dude….none of your bees wax!…lol

Line was 10lb braid, again, thinner line diameter fast drop rate and a 12 lb fluorocarbon leader of about 10 feet. The reason for the longer leader is that if I’m fighting a fish at the side of the boat I want the knot on the reel and no weak points. For rod we used a 7 ½ medium heavy rod. The longer rod helps pick up the line in deep water.

One last thing, we set the hook! No sweep sets in 30 feet of water. These fish have hard mouths and we needed to drive the hook home, sometimes I would set the hook once or twice more to ensure I was driving it home.

Later in the afternoon we slowly moved in the shallows looking for cruising fish, you couldn‘t miss them. We could see down 18 feet as the water is gin clear so in the shallow 2-4 feet it was like you could just reach out and touch them!  The fish were up there to feed and not shy at all. We could have caught them on top water lures which would have been fun, but I don’t like the hook up ratio so we stuck to Tubes and Drop shot. It was a blast!

In a nut shell between the HDS units and the Navionics mapping I never would have been able to condense my efforts on specific areas. Its cut my searching time but at least 80%. Even though I was just fun fishing I ALWAYS like to catch fish and to share that with my Sarah just completed the circle.” – Danny Dunn

Thanks for sharing your story with us Danny!  There is some great insight there on how to take full advantage of your electronics! Fall is one of the best times to get out for bass and with the cooler weather here and the water temps dropping this puts the fish into feed mode.  Put the tips Danny shared to use and you too will have a successful outing.

 –Lawren

 

Danny Dunn Grabs a Top 3 Finish with Help From Side Imaging Sonar

When Humminbird came out with Side Imaging sonar several years ago it had Great Lakes smallmouth anglers drooling over the fact they could see over 200 feet to each side of their boat.  The hardcore largemouth anglers, though, who rarely fish deeper than 8 feet didn’t even bat an eye at the capabilities of side imaging sonar.  Looking 200 plus feet to either side of the boat didn’t really make heads turn for these shallow water fishermen.

Radioworld pro-staff and largemouth guru  Danny Dunn recently used his Lowrance HDS8 equipped with the StructureScan side imaging sonar module to win the CSFL tournament on Rice Lake.  This past weekend he was at it again on Rice Lake for a bass club tournament.  He was blown away at how useful side imaging sonar technology is for fishing in water less than 5 feet deep.

Danny’s kicker fish found in the shallows with side imaging sonar

“I caught this fish in less than 2 feet of water! I used my side scan to run shorelines looking for laydown wood”, Danny excitedly proclaimed.  After he marked the structure with his side imaging unit he went back and flipped the best looking laydown trees with a 5/16 oz Flippin Jig.

“It’s funny, as an ole largemouth fisherman I always thought the high end electronics were for the big water salmon/ walleye/smallmouth fisherman but that’s absolutely not the case! It’s like saying a hammer can ONLY be used to drive a nail. My electronics are a tool in my tool box.”

Danny was able to prefish the shallow waters much quicker than other anglers not taking advantage of their electronics.  He was able to quickly drive down shorelines and graph the laydowns and then target the area’s that had the best looking structure.  Danny took 2nd place in the club tournament this past weekend and all his credit went to his side imaging sonar unit.

“I wouldn’t go fishing without a reel on my rod, nor would I go fishing without my electronics loaded Navionics charts!”