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Drove from MN to FLA Dec 29-31st. First week of Jan ended up with a clogged widowmaker and a stent. I feel great, but it delayed my kayak project. 
 

First phase was to get the kayak out of a marina that got hit by Hurricane Ian. Those Autopilot hulls are a beast - no damage. However, had to replace a compartment hatch, battery box, drain plug, rod holders and lost 4 rods. All cleaned up, replaced the parts - ready to go… then the ambulance ride. 

Phase 2 was a better tackle management system.  I added a 16x16 inch BlackPak Pro with 6 rod holders. Inside holds 8 tackle trays and a big Plano Edge plastics box. What an upgrade, I had stuff sliding all over the tankwell last year. 

 

Phase 3 was putting on a Garmin 93sv and Livescope Plus, attached with a Fishing Specialties bowducer.  It works really well, we stay on a 500 acre inland freshwater lake - and this time of year bass are moving - from the deeps into the shallows to get ready to spawn.  Hard to believe that early, but they are and LS picks up on the movement patterns.
 

Missed the first tournament due to the hospital stay, but second one is on Feb 4 and I’ll be ready this time. 

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Geez Fryer. Quite the health scare.

 

Its been quite “balmy” up here the entire month. Not a single night below zero!

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5 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

Drove from MN to FLA Dec 29-31st. First week of Jan ended up with a clogged widowmaker and a stent. I feel great, but it delayed my kayak project. 
 

First phase was to get the kayak out of a marina that got hit by Hurricane Ian. Those Autopilot hulls are a beast - no damage. However, had to replace a compartment hatch, battery box, drain plug, rod holders and lost 4 rods. All cleaned up, replaced the parts - ready to go… then the ambulance ride. 

Phase 2 was a better tackle management system.  I added a 16x16 inch BlackPak Pro with 6 rod holders. Inside holds 8 tackle trays and a big Plano Edge plastics box. What an upgrade, I had stuff sliding all over the tankwell last year. 

 

Phase 3 was putting on a Garmin 93sv and Livescope Plus, attached with a Fishing Specialties bowducer.  It works really well, we stay on a 500 acre inland freshwater lake - and this time of year bass are moving - from the deeps into the shallows to get ready to spawn.  Hard to believe that early, but they are and LS picks up on the movement patterns.
 

Missed the first tournament due to the hospital stay, but second one is on Feb 4 and I’ll be ready this time. 

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 Just saw your post on FB. Sounds kinda like my heart deal; shovel snow, don’t feel well, see doctor next day, sent to the hospital for stents, stents won’t work so following day quadruple bypass!

Yeah, fun. It comes as a surprise doesn’t it?!!

 

Thankfully you’re doing well and got the yak sorted. Really like the new additions.
Have fun, be safe

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7 hours ago, Motoboss said:

 Just saw your post on FB. Sounds kinda like my heart deal; shovel snow, don’t feel well, see doctor next day, sent to the hospital for stents, stents won’t work so following day quadruple bypass!

Yeah, fun. It comes as a surprise doesn’t it?!!

 

Thankfully you’re doing well and got the yak sorted. Really like the new additions.
Have fun, be safe

Yes, when they give you the nuclear stress test - sit you down afterwards and say you got an issue, and we’re 50-50 whether we can stent this or have to crack the sternum and do bypass - it gets your attention in a hurry.  
 

You went thru it and got the system overhaul and are hopefully good with another 50 year warranty! 

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Yeah, it has taken a while but all systems are go and waiting for Spring,,,,,,,,

 

 

 

with a little more appreciation!

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5 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

Yes, when they give you the nuclear stress test - sit you down afterwards and say you got an issue, and we’re 50-50 whether we can stent this or have to crack the sternum and do bypass - it gets your attention in a hurry.  
 

You went thru it and got the system overhaul and are hopefully good with another 50 year warranty! 

you just living on salad and water now?  dang.  that is scary stuff.  

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2 hours ago, Darth-Baiter said:

you just living on salad and water now?  dang.  that is scary stuff.  

Lol, yes eating rabbit food while running a marathon each day… 

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