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Troll Perfect Available at Radioworld

troll perfect decal- rayjus 2Now available at Radioworld

Whether fishing in wind, waves, current, or just whenever you need the high speed settings, Troll Perfect will allow you to stop fighting the kick back, and side to side torque steer of your trolling motor. Now you can concentrate on fishing.

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The patented device clamps over the motor shaft swivel bearing and allows you to easily adjust the tension on your cable steering. By allowing this precision control of your trolling motor, you can instantly adapt to any condition on the water. Troll Perfect means less effort, less fatigue, and better fishing. Installation can be done with basic tools in a matter of minutes.

Adjusting Troll Perfect is fast and easy. A small 1/4 turn adjustment of the lower stainless steel clamp is enough to fine tune your trolling motor just the way you like it.

Available for both Minn Kota and Motorguide cable steer trolling motors

-Lawren

Humminbird 360 First Hand Experience

radioworld shirtI was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get a day on the water with our Humminbird rep John Noel this past week to learn about their 360 Imaging sonar.  My initial impression of the 360 (before I got on the water with one) was it is pricey and too large for most people to even consider.  A $2000+ transducer that is almost the size of a 6’ Talon was just too much for me to get over.  My opinion completely changed after seeing it in use and how practical a tool it truly is and it WILL help you catch more fish.

Humminbird and Minn Kota have done an awesome job at designing their new Talon/360 brackets.  John’s boat had a dual 8’ Talon setup and on the starboard side the 360 adapter bracket was mounted there.  With all this mounted to the transom there is no question it is busy looking.  However, with all the benefits of this technology that outweighs the downside in my mind.

S00004John had the Lakemaster Chart loaded in his 998c SI unit and we navigated to our first fishing spot a mile or so offshore.  Once we arrived we deployed the 360 through the menu in the 998 and began to see exactly how the rock piles on the shoal laid out.  The boat was equipped with a Minn Kota Terrova with iPilot Link which makes navigating while fishing extremely easy.  Through the remote control we had full access to the list of waypoints in the 1198c SI mounted on the bow.  At a low trolling speed we used the iPilot Link to take us from waypoint to waypoint (which were rock piles on the shoal).

I caught a couple of small fish dragging a tube behind the boat and one that I marked on the sonar.  John was fishing for bigger bites with a jigging spoon but didn’t have any luck.  My eyes were opened to the effectiveness of the 360 when I noticed something off to the side of the boat as we were slowly moving to our next waypoint.  I picked up a drop shot with a Jackall Cross Tail tied on and cast in the direction of a rock pile we didn’t have a waypoint on.  After my weight hit the bottom I felt rocks and after dragging it a few feet I got a solid hit.  The fish ended up being a 3 1/2 pounder that I never would have caught without the 360 revealing that structure in perfect detail to me.  I was able to repeat that a few more times throughout the day.

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On the 360 there are range rings that show you the distance away from the center (the boats location) so it’s easy to gauge how far you need to cast to reach a target.  When you purchase the 360, Humminbird includes a GPS antenna that has a built in compass heading sensor.  This is what lines up your 360 imaging with the direction of your boat.  When something shows up on the screen to your left it’s actually to the left of the boat so you know right where to cast.

One other thing I noticed about the 360 is that when the boat was stationary the image was much more defined.  This is because the transducer rotates which creates the movement you need for high detail images.  Just like with side imaging your boat needs movement for the best detail.

If you ever get a chance to see a 360 in action it won’t take long before you too are convinced of the value of having this on your boat.  All it took for me was one fish.

-Lawren

RMC Boat Works

Competitive anglers are always looking for the latest and greatest products to add to their boats to make them more effective anglers.  RMC Boat Works is one of those companies that is offering some very unique products than make your life around the boat a little easier.

From mounts for your electronics to battery trays to trolling motor stabilizers RMC has some very innovative products.  Let’s take a look…

The E~Lok Electronics Mount is made from anodized aircraft aluminum and stainless steel for strength and durability.  The E~Lok incorporates two 180 degree pivot points to allow for maximum location adjustment. The Swivel head design allows the user to adjust the electronics from side to side as well as 180 degrees vertical/horizontally to allow installation on almost any surface. The E~Lok when mounted allows easy on/off by simply unscrewing & pulling the spring loaded release mechanism. This feature allows for easy re-mounting of the electronics in the exact original position, no more fussing with setting the screen where you need it in dark or adverse conditions.

The Trol~Lok is designed to securely hold the trolling motor in place to prevent damage to the trolling motor and boat. No more worries about inadequate hold down devices, the Trol~Lok has been designed and tested in the nastiest conditions by top touring pros. The Trol~Lok is machined from 300 Series Stainless Steel and assembled to endure even the roughest conditions.  You can release it with your hand or foot very quickly to deploy your trolling motor.  This is available in several sizes for bass or walleye style boats.

Check out Radioworld.ca for more products from RMC Boat Works.

-Lawren

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

Mid December Quinte Walleye Report

Here is a breif report from Captain Michael Weaver on how the Bay of Quinte is fishing right now…

“The water temperature is finally creeping down to the 40°F mark and the walleye are responding well.  The areas around the ferry and Picton Harbor are producing great catches of trophy fish.  The speed for us seems to be 1.7 on the Humminbird GPS.   Renosky baits have been getting them to commit. One day alone we had 12 fish in the boat by 11:30 am.”  -Captain Michael Weaver  (Landshark)

More reports are on there way from Michael.  Nice Fish!

-Lawren

Bay of Quinte Area Fishing Report

Gene Frederick is an avid fisherman from Belleville, ON and has spent the last 45 years of his life targetting Walleye, Salmon, Musky, Pike, Steelhead, and the occasional trip for bass.  Gene is the Vice President of the Quinte Walleye League and is frequently asked to speak at various fishing clubs to share his tips and techniques.

Keeping with our theme of Bay or Quinte area fishing reports, Gene share’s his recent experience from fishing around Scotch Bonnet.  Here are the details regarding his recent trip last Saturday.

We found the bite slow to start first thing in the morning, it really started around 9:30am and continued steady till we quit around 2:30pm. We were fishing 25-40 feet of water, with the morning temps at 48°F warming up to 58°F when we finally called it quits, Surface temp was 66°F when we finished.

We were running several different setups, mono out 120′, 2 – 3 colour core setups and 1 braid setup out around 150′, the hot lure(s) were Rapala TD11’s, others were tried but all hits were on the TD’s. Colours started out with Black/Silver, turning to a firetiger  and then to green and a couple brought in on Pink lemonade. The mono and braid setups were running out on in line planners and the core units down the chute. Reef Runners and Storm lures had some time in the water, but the TD’s were the ticket!

Speed was varied  slowest speed tried was 1.7 up to 2.5 , majority of fish were caught in the 2.2 range.

All in All a great day, we went 12 for 14, losing two fish.  We kept two because of fish being hurt and they wouldn’t have survived. The smallest fish boated was 6.2lbs and the largest 9.11lbs most in the 6-7 pound range.

-Lawren

Bay Of Quinte Fishing Report – Mid September

For the past 5 years Sheldon Hatch has chosen the Kingston area on Lake Ontario for the August and September walleye run, “I feel (this area) produces the best trophy walleye opportunities in North America. Lake Erie has a great fishery, but Lake Ontario walleye are just straight-up big!”, said Sheldon.

Tournament Angler and Guide Sheldon Hatch with a Bay or Qunite Walleye

The weather has continued to be fairly stable with only one bad day wind wise.  Winds blowing from the SSW in the 30 knot range kept Sheldon off the Bay of Quinte where it opens up to Lake Ontario, “The fish and bait did not move far with the extreme weather and the bite continued to be consistent with a few walleye in the 12 pound range landed last week. The nights are getting colder and the walleye will start to migrate into the Bay of Quinte from the big lake while following the bait fish migration.”

“The past week has continued to produce a solid walleye bite which is a bit slower than August because the water temperatures are starting to drop. As we move into fall you need to find the warm pockets of water where the walleye like to hunt down bait and actively feed. The walleye are mostly attracted right now to large spinners, spoons and crank-baits with white and some flash. A few fish have been taken casting crank-baits but the majority of roaming walleye are being caught while trolling.”

Sheldon’s boat is equipped with Lowrance HDS8s powered by Navionics Charts and equipped with Broadband Radar and SonicHub, “Using my Navionics Platinum+ chart in my Lowrance HDS-8 makes it easy to visually discover the steep breaks and large adjacent flats that presently hold walleye.”  Sheldon also captures the action in his boat with a GoPro Camera.

Ezelo Angling Adventures – Your Source for Trophy Walleye

Your guide, Sheldon Hatch specializes in making your walleye guided trip into an on the water educational experience. You will learn some of the hottest trophy fishing techniques he has perfected over the years competing at professional walleye tournaments.  Be sure to look up Sheldon on Facebook and Twitter as well.

-Lawren