Aug 15th, 2019 by Keith Worrall
Modified Aug 15th, 2019 at 11:24 AM
Boat Management by the Buttons
Breaking down age-old examples of boat management struggles and the way anglers all over the place can overcome them.
As seen in Fishing Sort out Retailer Journal
Fishing—particularly good fishing—by no means occurs in a managed, laboratory atmosphere. We fish within the wind-blown, current-swept, boat traffic-laden, real-world. And people are simply the difficulties above water! Under the floor, it goes from difficult to downright harmful with submerged logs, boulders, dock pilings, and oyster bars, together with each different conceivable underwater peril recognized to mankind. So it takes a stage of ability to maintain one’s boat proper on the fish.
Fortuitously, some of us truly studied math whereas I used to be out fishing in school, and the rise of expertise now presents options that not solely shut the hole between anglers and the weather, however they’ve additionally narrowed the hole between professional angler and weekend warrior. A few of the high anglers across the nation have found out how one can get it finished, reliably and simply.
There’s lots to be taught from the perfect anglers. And the excellent news is that in the event you can press a button, you possibly can have the form of boat management that after took years to be taught.
Spot-Lock: Premium Boat Management In Heavy Present Ott DeFoe | Largemouth Bass | Knoxville, TN
Ott DeFoe utilizing Spot-Lock on his solution to the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Collection victory on the Mississippi River. Photograph courtesy of Bassmaster.
For generations, anglers have been content material to fish the entrance Three ft off the bow, considering nothing of the opposite 9, 11, 14 or 18 ft of the boat. In any case, the prime actual property is on the bow and there’s nothing extra enjoyable that turning the backend of the boat right into a cage to your fishing buddy, denying her or him the possibility to ever solid ahead of the midline. However the creation of Spot-Lock™ has unshackled “back-ended” anglers and allowed boats the chance to dwell as much as their design as floating, cell casting platforms.
“I’ll always remember the primary time I used Spot-Lock on my Ultrex on the spillway on the Mississippi River,” remembers 2019 Bassmaster Traditional winner Ott DeFoe.
“The bass had stacked up in an space of heavy present, and all I needed to do was press the Spot-Lock button and my boat by no means moved—even within the present. Immediately my Nitro Z-21 was remodeled into 21-foot casting deck. It was love at first sight, and the Ultrex modified my fishing without end.”
Hear from Ott DeFoe on this video following his Bassmaster Elite Collection victory.
Talon Shallow Water Anchors for Stealth Fishing
Carl Jocumsen Talon Down. Photograph Courtesy of Sam Moore.
A standard query we’re requested is, “when ought to I take advantage of my Talon Shallow Water Anchors and when ought to I take advantage of Spot-Lock.” Effectively, there are a lot of situational makes use of for every expertise and it’s usually fairly easy.
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It begins with depth. When you’ve got 8ft Talons and also you’re in 6ft of water, use your Talons as a substitute of Spot-Lock. The fast deployment of Minn Kota Talons means that you can drop them in place whereas unhooking a fish or making your subsequent solid all whereas holding your floor. Want to maneuver once more? No drawback, simply hit a button on any of the a number of management choices (distant, foot pedal, cell app, Humminbird unit, and extra) and retract these Talons inside seconds and transfer on.
Bassmaster Elite Collection professional, Carl Jocumsen breaks down the conditions he makes use of his shallow water anchors and Spot-Lock.
“There’s lots of fishing to be finished in shallow water,” avows Bassmaster Elite Collection professional Carl Jocumsen, “and the hot button is to be nonetheless and quiet. Anytime I’m in shallow water and I would like to remain completely nonetheless, I Talon down. After I need to have the boat in a particular path regardless of wind, waves, or present, I Talon down. It provides me the peace of thoughts to know that I received’t unintentionally kick-up any free sediment from comfortable backside areas.
Saltwater Boat Management: Dominating Wind, Present, and Tides
B.J. Silvia Spot-Locked in his 25-ft Parker Walkaround.
“I run a 25-foot Parker,” says striped bass guru B.J. Silvia, “and when I’ve to cope with tides and winds, it may get difficult. You’ve bought two very robust, completely opposing forces, and for years this has been a ache for captains to fish. The boat place was on the mercy of whichever drive was the strongest, and it by no means appeared to final lengthy. Typically the tide is robust, and the wind is gentle and vice versa.
“For years I’d fish blackfish and must anchor and re-anchor over a wreck with the altering circumstances. Now, I put on a distant on a lanyard round my neck, and I merely press the Spot-Lock button. Sport-Over! The boat stays proper over the wreck I’m fishing, and I by no means fear concerning the circumstances anymore I simply fish and deal with my purchasers.”
“Even higher, I can press the arrows in any path—left or proper, ahead or backward—and the boat strikes in 5-foot increments in that path. I can choose a wreck aside in minutes and by no means even contact an anchor rope.”
Boat Ramp Effectivity
Johnnie Candle | Walleye | Satan’s Lake, North Dakota
Professional walleye angler, Johnnie Candle shares certainly one of his favourite Talon functions. “Everybody makes use of Talons for shallow water anchoring, however most of my fishing is effectively exterior the depth that even the longest (15-foot) Talon can attain. Although I don’t fish shallow that always, I take advantage of my Talons each time I put in and take out on the boat ramp. I fish lots of walleye tournaments and which means some boat launches are good and a few are…effectively, let’s simply say extra primitive.”
Candle makes use of his Talons to carry his boat in place till he can again the trailer into the water. Even with out tying off to the dock or placing out boat bumpers, he retains his boat scratch-free and looking out nice.
“I can use the distant from my truck to deploy the Talons and use the App on my cellphone as a backup. It really works simply the identical because the distant, and I’ve all the time bought my cellphone with me.”
Fishing Spots to Lock Onto
Kevin VanDam | Smallmouth Bass | Kalamazoo, MI
“If I’m fishing shallow—like something beneath about eight ft—I’ll Talon down,” says the GOAT, Kevin VanDam. “I like to fish a crankbait for offshore fish, so Spot-Lock is a should for me. I’ve finished fairly effectively on lakes like Toledo Bend, however the hot button is that I’ve to line up my solid proper down the break, or proper on the construction, so I get the correct angle and distance each time.”
“I’ll set two waypoints one on the spot that I would like the boat to remain and the opposite waypoint is on the spot I need to fish. Setting each waypoints is important, so I do know which solution to solid. That method, irrespective of which path the wind blows, I can all the time have the correct presentation. As soon as on the spot, I hit the Spot-Lock button, and I don’t transfer. I can land fish, cull, and even retie and know that my boat is in the correct spot.”
Boat Route for Exact Casting
Capt. Kevin Broussard | Redfish and Sea Trout | Lake Charles, LA
Captain Kevin Broussard has received greater than his share of prize cash on the skilled redfish circuits. Today, Kevin makes a residing guiding on Louisiana’s Lake Calcasieu.
“Right here within the marsh, I’m continuously utilizing my Talons. My job a information is to place my purchasers on fish, and generally which means 2-Three individuals want to have the ability to solid to the fish on one facet of the boat or the opposite. I run two Talons which might be linked by way of Bluetooth, so I press the button on the distant they usually each deploy on the similar time, so I’m lined up completely for my purchasers to begin casting.
“We cope with lots of mud right here chasing redfish and trout, so I run each of my Talons within the ‘Delicate-Backside’ mode. The setting holds me in comfortable backside with out driving the spikes deeper than they should be. When the chew fades, I hit the button, the Talons stow, and we’re off to the subsequent spot.”
New-age Boat management
Today complete boat management options are inside attain for nearly any boater. So long as the buttons of your Minn Kota trolling motor and Talons are inside arms-length, even a novice can management a ship like a seasoned captain.
And the excellent news is that in the event you can press a button, you possibly can have the form of boat management that after took years to be taught.
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