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Re: What trolling motor should I get??
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I'm on year 3 with my Xi5 from Motorguide, and I still love it. I haven't put an anchor in the water since I bought the trolling motor. I also have the gateway kit and NMEA2000 network, so both of my Lowrance graphs talk to my Xi5. You tap a waypoint on the Lowrance screen, hit navigate, and your Xi5 will take you to the spot and lock you right on top of it.

I fished for 4 hours on a spot last year in 20+ mph gusty wind and it held me solid. Even with people bobber fishing right behind the boat, we never ran over a line.

Posted on: 5/23 16:12:48
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Re: Opener results
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I took my 9 year old son and my sister out from 4:30 - 8:30 am and 7:30 - 10:30 pm on Saturday. We only bobber fished (sand in the morning and rocks at night) and although we didn't count, I am sure had 60+ walleye in the boat and many many more missed bites. Fish were anywhere from 12" to 24" and all of them were very healthy. We had a blast and it was by far my best opener ever on Mille Lacs.

There were even crowds at the landings, so it was good to see the lake busy. I hope the resorts were as busy and can make some money this year.

Posted on: 5/14 16:55:00
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Re: Ion Auger Problem
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I would think it got dropped or something to cause the bottom ring to bend. Drilling holes shouldn't do that.

My ion hasn't had anything like that happen, but maybe it is because I lost the charger and couldn't use it this winter.

Posted on: 3/15 16:42:26
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Re: Boat Weight Issues
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Mine is from the Adventure Series catalog.

http://www.lundboats.com/wp-content/uploads/catalogs/1993-adventure.pdf

I really like the Etec motors, but fear stepping down to a 3 cylinder 90hp. They make the 4 cylinder 90HO but it weighs 390lbs.

Your old Johnson is probably the same as my 90 Evinrude, just with different carb parts.

I hope I am just over thinking all of this, but I can tell how much lower the boat rides after adding the extra batteries and trolling motor a few years ago.

Posted on: 3/7 22:37:57
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Re: Boat Weight Issues
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Thoughts or ideas anyone?

Posted on: 3/7 9:24:01
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Boat Weight Issues
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I would love to re-power my 1993 Lund 1700 ProSport, but I am concerned about weight. The coast guard rating is as follows:

1340lbs with people, motor & gear
90hp motor
6 persons or 790 lbs

Doing a little math:

Batteries (2 group 29, 1 group 27) = 170lbs
Trolling Motor = 50lbs
Tackle = 50lbs
Misc Gear = 25lbs
Random Stuff = 25lbs
Gas = 100lbs
Current Motor = 305lbs

This means I have 615lbs left for people if I work off of the 1340lb number.

My family of 4 weighs in around 600lbs so my current setup should be OK. If I assume 4 adults with a 225lb average, that comes out to 900lbs or 285lbs overweight. If I put any water in the livewell, that just makes it worse.

Now I want a new motor that will be between 320lbs - 390lbs. Lets assume worse case of 390lbs. That means my family of 4 would now be 75lbs overweight. 4 adults would be 370lbs overweight.

So, what do I do? Keep using my 24 year old motor and trade the whole thing in in a few years? Repower and hope for the best?

Any thoughts? I have no idea how any 17 foot boat (even a new one), can handle the same setup I have with 4 adults and not be overweight. I also have no idea where the "6 persons or 790 lbs" part of the rating comes from on my coast guard rating tag.

Posted on: 3/4 15:52:30
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Re: Sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago in WI: GOT ONE!!!
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Awesome fish. Congrats!

Posted on: 2/14 14:40:57
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Re: Anyone switch from a flip over to a hub?
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I have been using an Otter Cabin flip-over for 5 years or so. I love it, except it is too small when my whole family of 4 wants to join me. So this year I bought an Eskimo Quickfish 5i. I love having the space inside the larger hub, but I really miss having everything conveniently located inside the sled of the flip-over. I guess I am going to have to buy another sled.

Posted on: 1/25 9:55:15
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Re: cordless augers
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You don't want to use it in hammer mode, just normal drill mode. The reason hammerdrills are recommended is because they are usually high torque (you will want 500 in-lb or more), and usually brushless. From what I have read online, brushless is very important. They can stand up to the abuse that you are going to put on the drill. You are also going to want a minimum of 3Ah batteries. The bigger the battery = the more holes you can drill.

I just bought a Clam plate and auger and paired it with a Ridgid brushless hammerdrill and 4Ah batteries from Home Depot. Using a 6" auger with the Clam plate, it eats through ice. I used it for the first time this weekend and I love it. Probably more than I love my Ion (possibly because I can't find my Ion charger at the moment). I will probably upgrade to a 7" or 8" auger at some point, as the 6" is just a bit too small for my taste. I got a 17" walleye up that 6" hole this weekend with room to spare, but getting his head to turn up the hole was less fun than I cared for.

Posted on: 1/16 12:04:25
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Re: 8th Annual Archery Contest (2016)
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Count me in

Posted on: 2016/8/16 10:12
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