Fishing

Mercurys New Outboard Engine

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Mercury introduces all-new 3.4L 175 / 200 / 225hp V-6 outboards At 10:15 a.m. EST on Thursday, February 15th at the Miami International Boat Show, Mercury unveiled its new 3.4L V-6 outboard platform .
Building on the success of Mercury’s 75 – 150hp FourStroke outboards, the new V-6 extends Mercury’s FourStroke offering to 175, 200 and 225hp.
The new Mercury FourStrokes are precision engineered from skeg to cowl.
Packed with advanced technology to improve all aspects of performance and reliability, the robust 3.4-liter V-6 engines – designed to minimize weight and maximize fuel economy – deliver Mercury’s best-ever FourStroke hole shot, top speed and fuel efficiency.
The new FourStrokes also provide unsurpassed dampening of sound and vibration for a superior boating experience, and Idle Charge battery-management prevents boaters from draining their batteries while operating multiple electronic devices.
The new V-6 FourStroke engines, available with mechanical or Digital Throttle and Shift controls for enhanced versatility and repower compatibility, look like nothing else on the water.
Bold, contemporary styling is inspired by speed and power, and multiple color options make it easy to personalize.
The new 175 / 200 / 225hp FourStroke will be available in spring, so be sure to visit your authorized Mercury dealer for more information today!

The 28 Gauge and Square Loads

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The 28 gauge patterns efficiently because its ¾-ounce payload is “square” (inasmuch as anything packed in a cylinder can be square), according to conventional shotgunning wisdom.
The 28 has a bore diameter of .55 inches and a shot column that’s about an inch in height, and “volume of black powder” isn’t a useful metric anymore.
And, given improvements in shot that resist deformation and wads that cushion shot and protect it from scrubbing by the gun barrel, the idea of a square load may not matter as much as it used to.
Squareness aside, a lot of people are convinced the 28 gauge is magic anyway.
To way over-simplify their findings: The bigger the bore, the better it patterned, and we could discern no magic .55 inch, ¾ ounce payload relationship.
Shot strings weren’t any shorter, either.
Years ago, I was invited to shoot with a bunch of top DNR officials and the governor at a preserve near Des Moines.
For some reason, the big shots went home shortly after I arrived, leaving me alone and all dressed up in the new brush pants I had splurged on for the occasion.
Loading the 28 up to an ounce offends 28-gauge purists.
It’s even less square and therefore not as efficient as a ¾-ounce load, but it still will put more pellets on target than a ¾-ounce load will.

How to Fish Bucktails Jigs to Catch More Fish

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Bucktail Voodoo Of course I have a few bucktails in my tackle box — most anglers probably do — so I find one not too ancient and rusted, tie it on the end of my line, thread a plastic twister onto the hook to give it some added appeal and start casting.
It can be dressed with an eye-catching tail that also provides color contrast.
“Depending on where I’m fishing and what I’m fishing for, bucktails are not usually my go-to bait,” says Capt.
Reflecting their individual levels of modernity, Darwin prefers adding pork rind and Nonn favors tipping his ’tails with plastics.
“I almost always add a plastic tail to a bucktail,” he says.
Ed Darwin and Capt.
The two factors go hand in hand sometimes, but you might need to vary one without changing the other.
•Remember that a bucktail in and of itself has very little action.
•Bucktails aren’t the most realistic-looking lures in the world, so don’t give fish a ton of time to look at them.
If you’re being followed but not hit, speeding up usually works better than slowing down.

Tiny Gyroscopes Improve 3D Fish Finding

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Now, that miniature motion sensor can be found in the newest 3D sonar transducers, enabling stabilized, more realistic bottom returns.
“The challenge we have for measuring anything with 3D — whether sound energy or radar — is having a steady reference point to measure from.” By Definition For Raymarine’s new RealVision 3D and Furuno’s DFF-3D sonar units, both introduced in 2017, and for Garmin’s Panoptix all-seeing sonar, which debuted in 2016, that has meant adding a tiny gyro to the transducer.
Furuno calls it an MEMS motion sensor; MEMS stands for micro-electromechanical system.
But the sensor is also capable of stabilizing a traditional 2D sonar return as well.
“This is a chip that can sense motion,” says Eric Kunz, Furuno senior product manager.
Heave-Ho Furuno has offered what it calls heave compensation as an option for recreational sonars since it first introduced NavNet 3D display systems in 2007.
Heave is caused when a boat vertically rises and falls, which also produces sawtooth bottom returns.
Once properly aligned, the system returns an accurate image of the ocean bottom — stable enough to see even the slightest structure or trough in any kind of seas.
Furuno’s DFF-3D multibeam sonar system employs MEMS in its transducer.
We do that with the gyro sensor.”

INDUSTRY NEWS | FISHING

Sea Chaser 26 LX

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Carolina Skiff designed its Sea Chaser 26 LX to do it all, the company says, whether that’s fishing, beachcombing or watersports — any adventure a family might desire.
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Aft jump seats, with easy bilge access beneath, fold down to enhance the large casting deck, which also features a lighted oval livewell.
A 25-gallon livewell resides in the foredeck, and a third, smaller well fits beneath the forward console seat.
Notable options include a 6-inch jack plate, electric trim tabs with indicator panel and a nine-gallon freshwater tank with shower nozzle.
Top options include a canvas Bimini, a T-top with LED lights and storage or a lighted hardtop.
Rated for up to 350 hp, the stepped-hull 26 LX offers 84 gallons of fuel capacity and a 25-inch transom.
Sea Chaser 26 LX Specifications LOA: 25 ft. 11 in.
MSRP: $37,695 (base boat w/o engine)

Everglades 335CC

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On its website, Everglades touts an effective saying: “Luxury is not an option.” The company’s new 335cc was built to reflect that, from its enhanced bow seating to the lavish fold-down transom bench, the convenient side boarding door and the high-tech Fusion/JL audio system.
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The pressurized 37-gallon livewell comes with a clear acrylic lid and stainless friction hinges.
Other standard features include 30-amp under-gunwale power ports, an outrigger package with 18-foot poles, underwater lights, a fiberglass hardtop, SeaStar Optimus electronic power steering and a hydraulic windshield.
Options include a 12-volt air conditioner, an upper station, eight hull colors with hardtop-underside color matching and a variety of Garmin electronics packages.
The 32-plus-footer can carry twin outboards to 700 hp, delivering 306 gallons of fuel capacity for superior range.
The 335 is the 10th center console in the Everglades lineup and falls between the 325cc and the 355cc.
Everglades 335cc Specifications LOA: 32 ft. 4 in.
Beam: 10 ft. 8 in.

Lowrance Hook 2

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Lowrance is calling its new Hook2 fish finder/chart plotter series a trendsetter for ease of use and affordability.
The units feature auto-tuning sonar, which actively corrects sonar settings for the clearest underwater view.
Hook2 offers two-times wider sonar coverage with Lowrance’s new wide-angle broadband sounder and chirp sonar.
SideScan and DownScan imaging are available on select models.
Display sizes range from 4 to 12 inches, and most coastal models will include navigational ability and a Navionics Nav+ card.
Hook2 units range in price from $99 to $1,499.
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MLF Announces New Bass Pros

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TULSA, Okla., (Feb. 8, 2018) – Major League Fishing (MLF) announces professional bass anglers Brandon Coulter, JT Kenney, Jason Lambert, Jordan Lee and Justin Lucas have accepted the league’s prestigious invitation to participate in MLF Select events in 2018.
JT Kenney and Jason Lambert have multiple FLW wins each, Brandon Coulter has several Top 10s accumulated from FLW and B.A.S.S.
“The bass these anglers pursue have no respect for age whatsoever and that’s why competitive fishing appeals to such a broad range and why MLF’s unique format is so entertaining to watch.
This is going to be a great year to tune in.” MLF events are made-for-television bass fishing competitions featuring the country’s top professional anglers.
In 2017, MLF logged more than 600+ hours in programming among five networks: CBS, CBS Sports Network, Discovery, WFN and Outdoor Channel.
The 2018 MLF TV schedule is underway, with Summit Select action airing Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.
ET, on Outdoor Channel.
For more information about MLF pros, rules and show times, visit www.majorleaguefishing.com.
About Major League Fishing Developed through a joint effort between Outdoor Channel and two-dozen premier bass fishing anglers in 2011, Major League Fishing brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms in the form of riveting two-hour TV episodes.
24 world-class anglers are filmed over the course of a six-day event.