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  2. The Destroyer is far superior to the GLX and I own a bunch of different generations of it as well as several NRX.
  3. Between the Motor Guide ix5 and the Terrova, personally, I prefer the Minn Kota. The remote on the MK has a screen so you can see what speed the motor is set to. Also, you can have 5 spot lock spots set on the MK that you can return to where the MG only has one. The wireless foot pedal on the MG is nice, but if you forget to turn it off, the batteries will die. No indicator to tell you the strength of the foot pedal batteries. Keep extra AAs on hand. I also prefer to use the left-right and momentary on buttons instead of having to keep your entire foot on the pedal. Having the electric steer on a big pontoon is a big plus because you can operate the troll from anywhere instead of being tied to the cable steer foot pedal of a fortrex.
  4. Xi5 has spot lock, right? That's a really important feature to me, and I'd like to have side imaging, auto pilot, etc. Are there any important features that I dont have access to with my current setup? The auto deploy from minn kota is nice, but I cant warrant spending that much extra for it. Fortrex doesnt have spot lock? I've also heard that motorguide motors tend to be quieter, this was one of the reasons for going the motorguide route instead of minn kota (originally planned on going the minn kota route) because I'm on a big clear lake that allegedly has very spooky fish. What didnt you like about the lowrance units?
  5. Have you fished the dx744? How does that extra length come into play? Does it do ok with 3/4oz jigs?
  6. I fish a sand pit, and I fish it from shore. Mornings and evenings, fish hit waaaaaay out in the middle. I have a 7' Avid-X spinning rod, ML/F (1/8-3/8) and throw 1/3 ounce spoons and trap-types on 6 lb. Trilene XL and Stren. Yesterday, I set the hook on 8 bass. Five jumped and threw the hook almost immediately. Of the other 3, I got 2. The third one got off about ten feet out. I don't know what to do, but here's some advice people gave me: 1) Rod is too stiff. Get a slower, more flexible rod. ( I don't have one like that anymore. I'd have to buy one.) 2) Use braid. (No, I won't. Forcing a long cast like this just gets me wind knots, sooner or later. I'm old, I'm cranky, and wind knots put me in the foulest mood you ever saw.) 3) Set the hook, but then slack waaaay off, as if you were using an ultralight. The fish won't jump. (I don't know about this one. I think a fish with a hook in its mouth is gonna jump to shake it off, no matter what. But I could be wrong.) 4) Get a more flexible and much longer rod. (The guy who told me this is a fly fisherman, so it kinda figures. But I fail to see what length does for me if I already have a soft rod. Again .... maybe I'm wrong.) What do you guys think I should do? jj
  7. I'd say you selected some fine equipment. Most people seem to prefer minn kota motors. The fortrex is an awesome motor several buddies have them. Obviously the ultrex was the deal with its spot lock feature so lotta people made the switch. The bigger graph will definitely be nicer but as you said at more cost. You have to decide if the size is worth it. I've got 9 inch garmin's and I've never wanted anything bigger. Im also not a big lowrance fan. I'm sure they're fine but I prefer birds or garmin. For 1000 bucks I'd definitely take 9 over 12 if you can take the 12 back. I personally prefer motorguide over Minn kota. I like the foot pedals better and the ones I've had seem a lot quieter. Never had the xi5 so maybe someone who has will chime in. As far as the size of the motor, I'd say 80 would be sufficient for your boat. Of course like everything else, you're probably going to get several different opinions so ultimately you're gonna have to decide for yourself. They all make pretty good quality stuff. Good luck! I bought a new Triton 18tx this spring that came with a 70 lb minn kota edge. If and when I upgrade it will be with an 80 lb ultrex or equivalent motorguide. I've heard so many horror stories of problems with the ultrex I'll wait a while til hopefully they work the bugs out. The spot lock feature is the biggest game changer to hit fishing in a while in my opinion
  8. No mention of the type of water you are fishing . Be as precise as possible . Pond lake , stream... clear , muddy , cloudy .. shallow ,deep... wood , rock ,vegetation....
  9. I have the FMJ and there are far better rods for the $$$$. Not as sensitive as the GLX and heavy in hand. For the weight you mentioned, look elsewhere. I use mine for deep jigs/crawls and will likely sell soon.
  10. I use Hard as Nails all the time for minor repairs. It’ll be fine. Another coat of epoxy over that may look worse than it does now. Just seal it up as Mick suggests.
  11. The Destroyer FMJ if you can swing it. It's equal to the NRX in sensitivity and it's build quality is head and shoulders above the Loomis.
  12. Good stuff! The 2019 freestone is the one I just got. It's the one between the tactical and backpack versions for $139. Little more than I thought I'd pay but the tax man was great to me this year. I love it so far.
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  14. Check your local boating regulations before permanently mounting a spotlight to your boat.
  15. I have a small Simms Headwaters Sling Pack. I bought it 4 years ago. Unfortunately, they don’t make it anymore. I haven’t seen the new model which is called the Freestone. Orvis makes a similar pack called the Safe Passage. I bought the Simms over the Orvis pack because I liked that the water bottle holder was inside. Other than that my Simms model and Orvis one are very similar. Since I bought my Simms pack sling packs have become more popular and there are some good cheaper options. Two other good options I’ve seen at Dick’s are an Ugly Stick pack for $30 and a Spiderwire pack for $40. I carry a couple packs of plastics, 1 small 5 compartment Plano box with lures, 1 small open fly box with hooks in their packages, bug spray, sunscreen, first aid kit, Dr Slicks forceps with scissors, side cutter, and a towel with grommet hooked to the pack. I also keep fish grips in a sheath on my belt with a coiled lanyard. The fish grips are great when I use trebles or if i catch a fish with teeth. Which model do you have?
  16. Got a buddy that wants to kayak fish Douthat next weekend. I have not been there since i was a child. Can some of you recommend the best lures for Bass? Thanks in advance.
  17. dx 784 hp hands down. i own jig rods in destroyer, orochii xx, Nrx, edge, 784 is my favorite rod
  18. Hey, so I bought a xi5 80lb thrust with a lowrance ti2 12 inch recently. I have a 24' pontoon boat on a lake that has a maximum depth of 50', and I plan on mostly targeting striped bass, walleye, trout and catfish. This is the first trolling motor and depth finder that I've ever owned. I'm a fishing fanatic, so the large price tag ($3800) is worth it to me. However, I may downgrade to the 9 inch after seeing how huge this screen is since I can save $1000. So, I have a list of questions to see if I should change my mind while it's still possible to return these things. For reference, the motor was about $1800 and the depth finder was $2000. This exceeded how much I planned on spending originally, but if for a little more money there is some feature that is absolutely worth it, I'd consider it. • how does the xi5 compare to minn kotas offerings? I was looking mostly at the terrova and fortrex (?) motors. Am I missing out on anything significant by choosing motorguide over minn kota? Is there anything thr xi5 does better than thr two motors mentioned? • I got the 80lb thrust. Should I have taken the 112lb thrust since I have a huge boat? • did I pick a good depth finder? Should I maybe have selected a smaller, more feature rich depth finder than this one? • if i downgrade to the 9 inch, will it make anything harder/more annoying to read? I feel like I had other questions, but they're escaping me right now. I'd appreciate any input about my selection. Thanks guys, tight lines.
  19. Had been fishing since about 6:00PM, glaring sun and mosquitos everywhere. Took me two hours to catch this guy after missed hooksets and getting stuck in the brush.
  20. Why do we say “heads up” when we actually duck? 🤔
  21. Carch and release. Its a pond at the local school where ive seen a bunch of younger kids fish. I put everything back there so it gives them the chance to catch what I do.
  22. For largemouths I've found no color , including bluegill, that works as well as black. Spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, clear water and not so clear. Not the same for smallies.
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