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

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.

Islamorada Tarpon

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We kept throwing in their direction, and soon Pam hooked and landed a nice 25 pound tarpon!
I was using a variety of cut bait, but once the bull sharks arrived, it was all over I lost a ton of fish and multiple rigs, but just great action every drop kind of day, with some very quality table fare.
Lower Keys Tarpon Fishing Florida Sportsman member: kayakerinkeywest I had been smacking the tarpon pretty good before this wind started today.
Keys Backcountry Fishing Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo Senior forum member piner_wahoo and some friends have had two consecutive successful days out in the Florida Keys backcountry.
It was a good day to be on the water!
August in Islamorada Florida Sportsman member: syxx Though my best days this week we landed 9 out of 12 tarpon in two trips, most in the 30 to 60 pound range.
Tarpon Time in the Keys Florida Sportsman member: syxx I’ve been fishing tarpon since the first week of February and we’ve had pretty good early season fishing but now the real big schools are showing up.
[…] Key West Flats Fishing Florida Sportsman member: Capt.
The snook bite has tapered down some but we had some days catching 50 plus fish to 20 pounds.
I’m sure that this fish would have been bigger than her’s […] Islamorada Backcountry Report Florida Sportsman member: action88 Well guys, spring is officially here, the weather has calmed down some and the fishing is EXCELLENT, most of my trips have been in the Triton Bay boat (new 24′ coming soon), with everyone from beginners to experienced anglers, the redfishing has been HOT, we are catching 40-100 per trip in the 22-33″ range all on pinfish, the snook have bit good when the tide and the water color have been matched perfectly, with most fish being slot sized and some little guys mixed in […] Flamingo Snook and Redfish…and Permit!

Ice Fishing Safety

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New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers would like to remind outdoor enthusiasts to exercise caution when enjoying winter activities on or near the ice.
“It is imperative that you personally check the ice thickness on a waterbody as you venture out on foot or before riding out on a snowmobile or Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle,” said Captain Dave Walsh, who coordinates OHRV Enforcement and Safety Education for Fish and Game.
Those on foot should carefully assess ice safety before venturing out by using an ice chisel or auger to determine ice thickness and condition.
Keep in mind that thick ice does not always mean safe ice.
Weak ice is formed when warming trends break down ice, then the slushy surface re-freezes.
Be especially careful of areas with current, such as inlets, outlets, and spring holes, where the ice can be dangerously thin.
Don’t go on the ice during thaws.
Don’t assume a snowmobile trail is safe just because it exists; check out trail conditions at nhstateparks.org/activities/snowmobiling/trail-information.aspx before you go.
Remember that small bodies of water tend to freeze thicker.
Once out of the water, roll away from the hole until you reach solid ice.