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A 5' swell at 20 seconds has more energy than 5' at 10 seconds. 20 seconds is more comfortable to fish and more energy hitting the beach when you launch or land. If you wipe out on an exposed beach it might be more meaningful.

Wilderness Systems / Re: tarpon 100
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:41:18 PM »
Well maybe not.  :dontknow:

Wilderness Systems / Re: tarpon 100
« on: June 24, 2021, 01:28:55 PM »
I used to own a Tarpon 100 and a 120. I attached my FF to the track and used a arm to hang the transducer into the water. I laid the power wire along the side back to the tank well where I had my battery in a waterproof lock-n-lock. No holes to drill and easily removable. I used a 5 inch black and white Humminbird FF. I've changed over to Lowrance with my new kayak because the Humminbird doesn't work well with the pod based installation Wilderness uses now. I've still got the Humminbird setup and I've been wondering what to do with it. I'd like to pay it forward and I'll give you a deal you can't refuse if you want it. You'll have to get a battery for it though.

Ocean Kayaks / Re: Old Town Sportsman Autopilot experiences?
« on: June 03, 2021, 12:07:44 PM »
I knew someone that was interested in them a while back. I watched a video review that was not favorable but I can't find the link. I would watch a lot of review videos before I spent the money.

I just finished setting up a Wilderness Radar 115 electric kayak for my wife. I took it out on a shakedown cruise up at Lake Berryessa. My son was in my electric Radar 135. We launched at Putah Creek Campground around 8:30. It was windier than the forecast predicted so we headed over to Pope Creek to get some calmer water. We didnít have any luck toplining cast masters in so we decided to try our new Cal Kellog version of a hybrid leadcore setup. I let out the 50ft of top shot, all three colors of leadcore and another 100 ft of braid and trolled out and turned towards Putah Creek. According to Cal I was down to 30-35 feet. I hooked a fish and netted a small bass. When we trolled into Putah Creek I hooked another fish on a Kokanee lure but lost it at the net. Guessing from the spots it was a small spotted bass. I donít know how it stayed on that long though as neither piece of corn was even dented. I am really happy with both of my Wilderness Radar kayaks. I think I will limit my summertime trips to the waterski lakes. Iím just not into what passes for music these days being blasted by the kids. It was $15 for the day use fee and the gate isnít locked so you can enter as early as you want to fish. Iíll be back up there this fall.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Downrigging
« on: May 14, 2021, 11:35:46 AM »

General Fishing Tips / Re: Looking for a fish finder. What's good?
« on: May 12, 2021, 10:49:49 AM »
The biggest screens out there are probably too big to put on a kayak. Some of the newer fancier units have transducers that don't fit all kayaks without hanging out in harms way.

Click modify up near the top right. If you change the subject line on the first post it will display the new title.

AOTY / Re: My AOTY report May 2-9 beat by a girl.
« on: May 10, 2021, 11:23:51 AM »
Nice catch! 
Beat by a girl? You say that as though it is unusual or unexpected.  :smt006 :smt044

General Fishing Tips / Re: Looking for a fish finder. What's good?
« on: May 09, 2021, 11:29:07 PM »
The least expensive humminbird with GPS is $300. It looks like it comes with a $30 rebate though. Humminbird Helix 5 CHIRP GPS G2. I think Iíd rather have the ease of use of a fish finder designed for use on a boat and put $270 at risk rather than a $1000 phone. Iím sure Lowrance and others offer similar priced models. Read the specs carefully. Some have GPS but no SDI card slot so the maps canít be upgraded except by adding info from the areas you paddle over with your sonar. They have different mounts so compare those before you choose. How adjustable they are and how the wires disconnect may be different. You can also find acceptable used ones online if you donít want the warranty. Check the specs on the used ones too. Every years models have the lower end units that may be missing features you want.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Looking for a fish finder. What's good?
« on: May 09, 2021, 07:28:26 AM »
Looking for a moderately priced fish finder mostly for depth. Not too worried about anything super flashy. I've looked at the Deeper Pro that pairs with my phone. Amy good or should I be looking at something else? I am riding in a Malibu Pro 2 Tandem.
I think I would stay clear of phone fish finders. If it gets damaged I think most phones cost more than a basic fish finder. You can mount a FF so it wonít fall out of your hands and overboard. If you want a warranty buy one new. A new basic Lowrance or Humminbird is $300 to $350. Any of the name brands are likely to be useful. I suggest you donít get one without gps. Being able to track your route on a map and mark your launch or fishing spots is a must.

Look carefully at the specifications of a model before you buy. Sometimes an X indicates no GPS. Sometimes one model year has CHIRP and an earlier year with the same name doesnít. Some models have sd card slots for upgraded maps, others rely on base maps that you can improve with your sonar tracks.

That's from the fish weather app. Choose the forecast map and touch the spot you want a forecast for and the forecast for a week is produced. It has other features if you pay for the pro version.

Forecast for the 8th.

Wilderness Systems / Radar 135/115 peddle scupper plug console
« on: April 21, 2021, 06:33:45 PM »
I am looking for a replacement console/peddle scupper plug. Anyone have one laying around after installing their peddles? Thanks Ken

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