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Re: Mille Lacs opener report
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Sounds like you guys had great success too. I took my dad and son out in my new boat and we had 43 in the boat in less than 4 hours of fishing Saturday morning as the sun came up. Most were 15" to 20". It took all 43 to get our 3 keepers. After that, with the wind picking up, we got lazy and didn't fish the rest of the weekend. Another fantastic opener on Mille Lacs (the lake with no fish in it).

Posted on: 5/22 9:21:26
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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Good choice. I ordered my 1875 Impact XS a couple weeks ago. I can't wait for it to get here and for the ice to melt.

Posted on: 2/16 23:04:34
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Re: Need help hooking up new 3 bank charger
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Chargers are pretty easy to install and Amazon has cheap prices on the Minn Kota chargers right now. There is also a mail-in rebate available from Minn Kota.

Hardest part is mounting it. You don't want to attach it directly to the boat hull as it may eat through the aluminum. You are supposed to mount the charger to plastic or wood and mount that to the boat.

Posted on: 2/7 12:09:04
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Re: New Boat Options - HELP
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Weeds are definitely a concern of mine. I have a hard time keeping a roller trailer clean. I don't know how anyone can put a bunk trailer in some lakes around here (Waverly comes to mind) and have it come out anything less than filthy and full of weeds. I think I will stick to my original vote and get a roller trailer.

Posted on: 2/3 22:49:33
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Re: New Boat Options - HELP
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Thanks for the feedback.

I really want to try a bunk trailer, but I will probably stick with roller because it is what I know.

Still not sure about rigging. I will likely do most of it myself to save a few $$$ and maybe have them put in the main graph and transducer.

I went with a Mercury Pro XS 150 4 Stroke for the motor. I have been enamored with Suzuki for a few years now, but I decided to stick with something recommended by Lund for the boat. I don't really want to make it a unicorn either.

Posted on: 2/2 12:07:07
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New Boat Options - HELP
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I ordered a Lund Impact XS 1875 at the boat show last weekend. Now I am driving myself crazy trying to figure out if I ordered everything that I wanted. I still have a couple days to make changes but don't know if I should. Anyone care to give me some advice?

1. Roller or Bunk Trailer? I ordered a roller trailer, but am heavily considering switching to a bunk. I haven't had a bunk trailer before, but I can't ever get a boat on straight and level on a roller. Any issues with the weedy Wright County lakes I fish the most?

2. I am a technology nerd (and it is my job to be one...). I ordered standard analog gauges, but really want to be able to connect the Merc motor to my Lowrance graphs. Is it worth the money?

2a. Should I just upgrade to Smartcraft gauges?

2b. Should I just get the new Vesselview Mobile? I am leaning this way as it is only $150 from Merc right now.

3. Should I let the dealer (Rapid) rig the electronics or do it myself? My current boat is old, so I was fine doing everything myself. I assume the new boat should be easier as it is already pre-rigged for a trolling motor.

4. What else should I have ordered from the factory? I got air rides, pro rides, 4 seats, luxury package, radio, drawers by the seats, rod tubes on the sides, ski pole, vinyl main floor, travel cover, trailer guides...

5. What color? I have a black truck that is NEVER clean...

6. Should I order a top of any sort? There have been a few times I wish I had one, but for $1000, is it just something I am going to trip over and never use?

I know I am overthinking everything, and everyone has their own opinions, but I would still like to hear yours...

Posted on: 2/1 10:54:25
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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: 2017/5/23 16:12
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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: 2017/5/14 16:55
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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: 2017/3/15 16:42
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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: 2017/3/7 22:37
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