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Swift Silent Secure and Now Available

The new Power-Pole Micro anchor, winner of 2013 Best of Show at ICAST, is proving to be a huge hit. Kayak anglers, Duck boat owners, small aluminum bass boat and small fiberglass skiff owners are all singing the praises of the new shallow water anchor made especially for them.

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The Power-Pole Micro is available for immediately for purchases online, in store or by calling 416-667-1000.

-Lawren

Power-Pole Now Available At Radioworld!

power-pole-logoRadioworld always strives to bring fishermen in Canada the latest and greatest electronic tools to make them more efficient anglers.  We are pleased to announce yet another product that will now be available at Radioworld… Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors!

power-pole-blade-black-image4This has been months in the making and we are finally ready to take orders and provide support when selecting a Power-Pole for your boat.  Power-Pole has an extensive line up for serious anglers of all levels.  The budget friendly Sportsman Series to the top of the line tournament proven Blade will all be available through Radioworld.

As a special bonus we are offering a HUGE savings to anyone ordering a Power-Pole in the month of March.  You’ll save 10% OFF our already low prices!  This includes the Power-Poles themselves, and any other accessory you may need such as brackets, foot switches, etc.

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Drop by the store, or call 416-667-1000 to take advantage of this special offer in March!

-Lawren

 

 

What a Weekend!

That was by far the nicest stretch of weather I can ever remember in October and to fall on Thanksgiving weekend what more could you ask for?  We hope you had a great weekend spending time with family and friends…and of course enjoying the great outdoors with your electronic gadgets!

I was fortunate enough to get a day of fishing in Sunday on Lake Couchiching.  We were planning this to be a pike trip as they usually turn on big time in the fall on Lake Couchiching, but with the weather we had leading up to the weekend it was hard not to bring our bass gear.  We knew the smallmouth would be all over the shallows soaking in the warm sun.

When We arrived the lake was gin clear, flat calm and the sun was high in the sky.  The smallmouths were all over the shallow rock and sand flats the lake is famous for.  If I made a conservative estimate, we saw over 100 bass by noon.  They were grouped up in schools of about 10-15 fish.  We’d find some fish, catch as many as we could in the school then move on to the next one.

While we didn’t get any big fish we caught some good numbers and they put up a great fight on the light tackle we were using.  We tried Rapala DT crankbaits, and Xrap jerkbaits (which usually produce on Couch), but all of our fish came on 5″ tubes Set The Hook tubes in Dark Melon Purple.  Dead sticking the tube was the key.  The fish would spook as the lure was falling, but once it hit the bottom they would come right back and go for it!

Finding the fish were made easy with our electronics.   Locating the right depth and bottom composition on the flats we were fishing was made easy with our sonar unit.  Looking for a double echo on our sonar revealed the hard bottom areas where the fish were grouped up.  Using a Magellan handheld GPS loaded with Navionics charts makes finding these flats easy.  Looking for areas where the shallow contour lines were further apart and the deeper ones close together was where we found the fish.  In other words a shallow flat that dropped off quickly to deep water.

Near the end of the day the wind picked up and we decided to try for some pike like we originally planned.  We fished a little known weedline and I had a monster follow out.  With the water as clear as it was, we saw this fish follow up from about 30 feet out.  I tried speeding up and slowing down the retrieve but this fish just wanted to follow I guess.  It was an exciting way to end the day even though I didn’t catch that fish!

– 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!”