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  2. I switched 3 years ago, it was refreshing buying a product from someone who understood fishing. Plus he talked me through a replacement value policy, which makes me feel better. My prior policy and my policy through Bob were both with the same company but he was able to get more coverage for a little less money. It is worth the phone call for sure. Paul C.
  3. Thanks for sharing, great family fun for sure!
  4. Thanks for the report salmonslammer! We have not been on Lake Michigan yet, but headed over to Erie in the morning. Glad you found some. How was the ice? Thanks. Paul C.
  5. Hi Paul, Dr. Jason Halfin does a lot of training stuff and here is a little snippet of some of it: http://www.thetechnologicalangler.com/Catching-early-spring-walleyes-rivers-part-1.html I do have side imaging and find myself using 2 D sonar more then the side imaging. Not necessarily walleye related, this last summer, I was using the side imaging to mark schools of bluegills suspended in the deep water in my favorite bluegill lakes and putting way points on the schools and then going back and fishing them. The fish were suspended over 30 feet of water and around 15 foot down, roughly at the thermocline. I'd suspect if I'd use side imaging it would certainly show suspended walleye. I realize he is more of the Humminbird slant but it would certainly relate. Also, I'm still learning every trip, and I expect it to get more useful. Here is a little video with the actual structure scan unit: I've seen some info from Lance Valentine, www.walleye101.com, regarding structure scan also, but couldn't find it. Lance is certainly the smartest Lowrance guy I know. He could probably give you some sound advise. Guess all I'm trying to say is I'd prefer not to limit myself by not having it. My thoughts anyway. Thinks spring! Paul C.
  6. Thanks for the report Brad. We're headed to Simcoe this morning to try and catch some perch. The lake was hard on us this year. Good job!! Paul C.
  7. Hope you find them. Just checked the buoy and it says 6 inch waves! Paul C.
  8. Hi Moldman, I have a pretty good selection of DHJ12's and agree with you, depth is often an issue. I watched the following video from Mark Romanack: I rigged the Tadpoles like he shows in the video, and with that info, you can get a lot more depth options. I have used them walleye fishing on Lake Erie and they work fine. Actually caught some fish. Also tried them on Lake Michigan. I'm convinced I'm jinxed. We've had a tough year out of St. Joe and South Haven. Anyway, if you go with the smaller DHJ's the Tadpoles give some great options and they have a good depth chart. I felt it was easier to control depth with them then inline weights. Just a thought. Paul C.
  9. Thanks for the report. There is hope!!!!!!!! We've had a tough year so far. Thank you. Paul C.
  10. Tried South Haven again today after the big blow. Had a great time, the lake was a little bumpy but it sure was pretty out. HOWEVER, 0 for 1. Yup, that's what we had. Tried: Five color, 10 color, 150 copper, 300 copper, downriggers, dipsy's, Thin Fins, Jointed Rapalas, magnum spoons, regular spoons, flashers and flies, spin doctors and flies, different colors enough to create a color wheel. All up and down the water column. Generally below 60 feet the water was in the 40's, although some pockets were warmer in places. The one hit was on the 150 copper with a jointed Rapala. On for a very short time. Started out in 90, marked some bait balls, trolled out to last weeks marks in the 160's. Pretty sterile out deep, picked up and moved back to the 90's, started marking bait balls again but very few arches. Finally said uncle. Not many perch boats out either. Hopefully the lake will settle down after the blow. Good luck all. Paul C.
  11. Hopefully their going away. Couldn't even reel in the braid dipsies with out pulling some of them off in South Haven last Thursday. Good deal on the fish too! Paul C.
  12. Thanks Mike. Glad you found some. So the sea fleas weren't bad today? Paul C.
  13. Thanks for the report. The 80 to 90 feet of water sounds so much better the the 150 to 160's too. Hopefully the next few days weather doesn't get things mixed up again. Paul C.
  14. Thanks for the report, it really helps. Gets kind of expensive to run over if the fish are not biting and a general area to start makes a huge difference. Thank you. Paul C.
  15. Hi Dave, good job on the having the hits anyway. We have started sharpening hooks more frequently, but on the last trip, 6 for 11, so as was stated earlier, sometimes it just doesn't work. Sure is a beautiful lake thought isn't it! Keep at it. Paul C.
  16. Thanks for sharing the picture. Great memories for those guys! Paul C.
  17. HI Mike, Hope you find some. We went out to the 160's, the lake was sooooo nice, we were able to run. At South Haven, it was only around 7 miles, I'm thinking its farther at St. Joe to get to that much water. Deepest fish for us was the 300 copper. We tried running deeper but the water was 40 ish on the Fish Hawk nearer the bottom. Cold, Cold, Cold! Dipsies did nothing either. Hope the winds cooperate for you. Paul C.
  18. Tried South Haven today, ending up 6 for 11. Two steelhead, one king, two coho and one lake trout. Two came on a five color with a red thin fin, one on a three hundred copper, (the laker), on a Moonshine with a good bit of orange on it, I think just one on the downrigger and one on the 150 copper with a jointed Rapala with a bunch of orange on it. Best water was out in the 150's and 160's, and the north troll seemed best, although it was kind of a wash. Must say it was nice having a fish cleaning station, no mess at home! Also noticed the perch flotilla down toward Deerlick on the way out, but were gone when we came it so not sure how much catching was going on. The lake was beautiful as was the day. We really didn't get any lines set before 10:30 AM or so. (no biting flies!) Paul C.
  19. Good call Mike, Mr. Owings here stayed a bit long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC1NSg0meBk Happy Tuesday! Paul C.
  20. Hi Mike, Just bought one and put it on my boat this year. Makes me feel pretty good about the company. Thank you for letting us know. Hope you find some fish next trip too! Paul C.
  21. On my boat, and on others I've been on, the bags are positioned just a little to the rear of the midway point, or around 2/3 rds down from the front. On my boat, I attach them to the cleats positioned about a third of the way from the front of the boat. Once you get them adjusted for your boat you'll love the stability they provide. Paul C.
  22. Glad you found some Mike. A little far for me to go but at least I know there are some out there. Definitely a looooong ride! Thanks for the report. Paul C.
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