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I was first made aware of this through a Facebook post by Terry McWilliams concerning an interesting stocking program using bass anglers and tournaments as a mechanism for distributing fingerling bass into more areas of a lake than what most DNR programs could do on their own. This is happening down on Toledo Bend where Brent Chapman recently filmed the following video.
Then today I received the following piece out of Arkansas that is doing a very similar stocking program. Does this have any merit or possibilities here in Indiana?
100,000 Bass Go in the Drink
Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza participants partner with Game & Fish, Department of Corrections to rebuild fabled bass fishery.
– With a $50,000 check and tens of thousands of dollars in other winnings up for grabs during the state’s largest amateur fishing tournament, it’s no secret that the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza is all about numbers. And while anglers are fishing for a shot at life-changing sums of money June 24-26, thousands of other lives will be changing in the process— the lives of some 100,000 black bass fingerlings.
“20,000 fingerlings go to each weigh-in location,” said Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) biologist Joe Gladden, of the five weigh-in locations spread along the Arkansas River from Fort Smith to Desha County. “As some anglers come in to weigh their fish hourly, we give them bags of fingerlings to stock on their return trip.”
The result, Game & Fish biologists say, is part of the solution to the decline of spawning grounds along the Arkansas River’s backwaters. “The river has seen a dramatic decline in backwater spawning and nursery habitat,” explains Colton Dennis, the Black Bass Program coordinator for the AGFC. “That, coupled with years when the river experiences high flows and flooding during the spring when bass are trying to spawn, make programs such as this very important.”
This particular program consists of a joint partnership between the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza, Arkansas Game & Fish, and the state’s Department of Corrections, which houses and collects the fingerlings that are released during the tournament.
Fishery experts have been actively attempting to maintain the black bass population on the Arkansas River since at least 2001, when AGFC biologists began working with the Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock on long-term solutions to population decline that included habitat restoration, the notching of dikes and—crucially—increased stocking efforts.
Now, thanks to tournament participants, black bass are returning to backwaters like the creeks and bayous that feed not only the main river itself, but popular fisheries like Mud Lake near Pendleton, Lake Longhofer near Pine Bluff and Ozark Lake near Fort Smith.
From a stocking standpoint, biologists say the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza presents a perfect solution for distributing fingerlings, as the “baby bass” are carried by anglers from weigh-in locations to all corners of the river’s ecosystem. “They’re spreading out and placing fingerlings in the backwaters and areas they fish,” Dennis says. “It’s going to be a more favorable habitat than if we backed up a truck at a ramp and released thousands into an area with a less complex habitat.”
In the past four years, biologists say that over 373,000 fingerlings have been distributed by anglers at the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza, giving the Arkansas River ecosystem a shot in the arm. Dennis says that research from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff shows that stocked fingerlings contributed between 10 and 15 percent of the wild population of largemouth bass in the river.
It’s a wildlife impact that parallels the human aspect of the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza. Since 2001, tournament participants have collected well over $1 million by fishing the river’s waters. But— perhaps more importantly—biologists say they’ve released over 1 million lively fingerings back into the great waterway that breathes so much life into The Natural State, turning Arkansas’ largest fishing tournament into a win-win for both humans and fish.
The Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza runs from June 24-26. Weigh-in locations are located at Fort Smith, Russellville, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Dumas. For more information, previous results and registration forms, visit ArkansasBigBass.com.
Behind the TTBC Win: Matt Herren Talks Money Bass Patterns
Humminbird®/Minn Kota® pro Matt Herren stays flexible, wins first big tournament in nine years
Racine, WI (May 25, 2016): In the past 14 years Alabama-based BASS Elite pro Matt Herren has qualified for five Bassmaster Classics and six FLW Cups, but hasn’t taken first since the 2007 Wal-Mart FLW Series BP Eastern on Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle.
“It’s been a grind. I’ve had a string of seconds and thirds. Just wasn’t my time until now,” says the battle-weary Herren.
But everything fell into place for the Alabama-based pro at the 2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) on Lake Ray Roberts this past weekend, where Herren demonstrated flexibility despite changing water levels and weather conditions. On Day 1 Herren weighed 19-8; 15-0 on Day 2; and 17-4 on Day 3. He edged out second place finisher Bryan Thrift by a mere eight ounces and took home $100,000.
Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.
“I won’t lie, it was a tough tournament. It was difficult to stay consistent, which was the key to winning. Guys had 12 and 13 pound days mixed in with 19 pound bags.”
He continues: “Practice was cloudy and windy, and there was a lot of frontal stuff going on. Wasn’t until the afternoon of practice Day 2 that I started figuring out what the bass were doing. We finally got a little sun and that’s when the fish showed up. I had three or four bites that afternoon, and I was really focused on what’s going to happen. I knew conditions were changing rapidly and the key to winning would be staying flexible,” says Herren.
Bark at the Moon
Based on water temperature and moon phase, Herren had a good idea bass would be shallow. In his words, it was simply a matter of figuring out “where, when and how.”
“You’d think May in Texas would have bass in post-spawn and moving out. But we had a full moon, and on the first day of practice the water temperature was 68 degrees, so I knew there would be bluegills and shad spawning; tail-end of the crawfish spawn, too. So, the primary food sources were shallow, despite falling water and everything else. Bass only have two things in their lives that are a must: they’re gonna spawn and they’re gonna eat. Knowing that 90% of their food source is in 10’ or less makes it easy lock in depth zones.”
At that point, the tournament began to set up perfectly for the shallow-water ace. “Everybody thinks shallow is 2’ deep, but to me it’s 15’ to the bank. I love fishing visible patterns like wood and rock. If I can see something and duplicate it, you’re stepping right into my wheelhouse. It’s like being a fast ball hitter standing at the plate – don’t throw me a fast ball ‘cause I’m gonna hit it,” laughs Herren.
Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.
Matt on Mapping
But Herren’s visual style of fishing is more than just chunk and winding or flipping to cover.
“When I say ‘see something’ that also means being able to dial in on a particular place or contour on my Humminbird Lakemaster mapping, which could be a certain contour along a channel or whatever. So, it’s visual with my eyes above water, and it’s visual on my mapping. I’m using my mapping all the time, even shallow. I look at contours, breaks, inside turns, outside turns, and all kinds of stuff. The Lakemaster Depth Highlight feature allows me to eliminate 90% of the water on a lake from the get-go, speeding up my pre-fishing a hundred-fold.”
Case in point, how Herren locked in his plan on Lake Ray Roberts.
Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.
“One of the keys to winning the TTBC was recognizing that the lake was falling drastically. The lake started out 2’ high, but by Day 3 was only 6 inches high, so I had to go into my Humminbird ONIX and HELIX units and adjust the Water Level Offset feature, which redrew the entire map for me. I realized the fish were pulling out of the shallow brush and the willows and into what they call ‘drains’ in Texas—what we’d call creeks everywhere else. The bigger bass started to leave the willows in the 2’-4’ drains and pull out to the 7’-8’ original creekbeds on flats. Lakemaster had every single drain marked, and I could go straight to them, pinpoint the salt cedars, and that’s right where the bigger bass were.”
Developing a Pattern
In terms of developing a pattern, Herren says all he needs is a first bite and a confirmation bite. After that, he studies contours on his HELIX 10 SI GPS, asking himself questions: Is it a main creek? A pocket? Main lake? Then he sets his sights at duplicating those bites by seeking out similar structure, contours and cover.
“Let me put it to you this way: the main difference between pro and college football is the speed of the game. Same thing at the level I fish. Just look at how fast these guys can take one or two bites and turn it into a 20 pound limit. We ask ourselves the ‘why’ questions after every bite. My computer is constantly analyzing information, and I’m using my eyes, my electronics, every tool I have available, and it’s a constant equation, analyzing, calculating, spitting out information to instantly readjust,” says Herren.
Based on his Ray Roberts calculations, that meant employing two primary presentations: flipping 5/8 oz. Santone M-Series jigs and Reactions Innovations Twerk trailers (both in watermelon red) in willows and salt cedars on Day 1 and 2, and running shad-colored PH Custom Lures 2.0 cranks along rip-rap on Day 3.
Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.
Boat Control: This Ain’t Russian Roulette
But to make every cast count, he says boat control was critical, especially in the willows and cedars.
“The wind was really pushing the willows around. Add tight quarters and the fact I was I trying to pitch 20’ back into a spot the size of a coffee cup, and boat control really comes into play. All I had to do was tap the Minn Kota Talon foot switch twice and lock that boat down to make absolutely precise presentations. And that’s the difference in catching them or not. This ain’t Russian roulette. Those bass are sitting in specific places, and I’ve got to be able to put my bait right there. Without the Minn Kota Fortrex 112 to put the boat there and the Talon shallow water anchors to lock it down, none of that happens. I typically log about 200 hours on my outboard engine so there’s probably ten times that on my trolling motor at the end of the year. That’s incredible. No internal failures. No cable failures. Nothing. And I’m rough on it. You could plant acres on the fields I’ve tilled up in two feet of water this year.”
Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.
But it was Herren’s ability to adapt that ultimately won the 2016 TTBC.
“My primary cedar pattern died on Day 3. It got cloudy and the wind changed direction, which really messed with me. But I made the key decision early to go with what was happening and fish some different water. Instead of wasting the morning, I did something else. Turned out a smart decision because I caught 16 pounds by 10 am cranking bridge points.”
While Herren now assumes the TTBC mantle, everyone involved in the Fourth Annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic emerged a winner. Proceeds raised from the TTBC help underwrite Texas Parks & Wildlife Department youth fishing, Community Fishing Lakes (CFL) and other fisheries projects throughout the state. To date, the tournament has donated $2.25 million to the TPWD. To learn more, visit http://www.toyotatexasfest.com/.
By Austin Spain
You hear people say it all the time. When flipping heavy cover, use big line, crawdad baits and a super heavy rod. Well, I am going to share my experience that proves this technique wrong. Okay, maybe not wrong, but I can show that there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Recently, I was pre-fishing with a pretty good Indiana stick. We were flipping bushes and fishing heavy cover on Indiana's largest lake and the fish were spawning, or just coming off the nest and relating to cover. So he pulled out his 25lb. test, a Sweet Beaver, and his 7'6" heavy action rod - I did the opposite. I started fishing with my 6'9" MH RPM Custom spinning rod with 10lb. test and a Yamamoto Senko.
While he flipped deep into the flooded bushes, I targeted the outside edges of the bushes and open pockets between bushes. I used a very simple technique; cast, let it sink, and move on to the next pocket. I was able to cover a lot of water and quickly I had a fish in the boat, then a second, and before my friend landed a single fish, I had a limit that probably would have went 13-14lbs.
This continued throughout the day, and I would have culled up to have 18-19lbs. in my best five. So why did I use this tactic? It’s just my way of fishing. We were fishing a deep, stained lake in southern Indiana and I am used to fishing the shallow, clear lakes of northern Indiana. While most would have hunkered down and went deep into the cover, I did what I had confidence in, and that is finesse fishing. I went back to the same lake the next weekend, pulled out the same tactics and fished the same way for a small club event. I fished light and finesse while the locals went big. I won the club event with 16.10lbs., while 2nd place had 6.8lbs.
It doesn't matter what lake you’re on, which state, or the weather conditions. If you’re not fishing your strengths, then you’re not fishing to your full potential. That is not to say that you can’t learn new techniques or new ways to catch fish. But during a tournament, I would suggest always doing what you have the most confidence in, even if it goes against the grain of what everyone else might be doing.
KVD’s Comeback: In His Own Words
How Humminbird pro Kevin VanDam cracked Toledo Bend’s big bass code
Eufaula, AL (May 17, 2016) - Bass fishing is a lot like any sport. Fall into a slump and critics crawl out of the woodwork. And with today’s multitude of media, there are way too many opinions flying around – most of all the realm of social media, where everyone’s an expert.
But the squawk boxes are it’s a little quieter this week for Kevin VanDam as bass fishing’s icon commanded a wire-to-wire win at the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite on Louisiana’s Toledo Bend, ending a five-year drought between major wins.
With the world watching, the four-time Bassmaster Classic champion and seven-time AOY weighed a whopping 96-2 four-day total, eclipsing second place by nearly eight pounds. The $100,000 brings VanDam’s career winnings to just shy of $6 million.
For Kevin, this win was personal. It was a long and torturous road filled with late nights, early mornings, miles of travel, and weeks of being away from home. But there was one thing that didn’t change, his Iron-forged perseverance.
We sat down and talked with Kevin about how it all happened and how it feels to be back on top. Here’s a peek inside the boat and the mind of someone who could be angling’s greatest of all-time.
How did you feel going into the event?
KVD: I didn’t know what to expect going into the first day. Practice was really windy, which made it hard to fish offshore, but I got a few bites, so I knew I’d get to fish how I like. I spent a lot of time studying the new Toledo Bend LakeMaster map on my HELIX 10 and just graphing with Side Imaging, Down Imaging and 2D Sonar.
What kind of offshore structure was key?
KVD: Bass were in transition from post-spawn to summer structure, which on Toledo means deeper ledges, humps and spots close to creek channels or the main river channel itself. The water was also really high, so they were pulling some water and the current through the lake moved these bass to outside points. So I tried to find areas like these outside large spawning flats that would hold a large concentration of fish.
What role did mapping play?
KVD: It played a big role. I know the Humminbird LakeMaster guys surveyed Toledo Bend when the water was low and basically destroyed two boats and a bunch of props to get the very best detail possible. That says a lot. So I knew every Humminbird pro was going to have an advantage over the competition. The Toledo Bend map on the new LakeMaster Mid-South States card version 3 is almost overwhelming because there’s so much detail. I fished around Housen in Six Mile, two major creeks in the lower end of the lake, and it was stunning what that map revealed. But it’s the same thing with LakeMaster HD maps everywhere I go, from Kentucky Lake to Guntersville. Sam Rayburn, too. There are no more secrets. For me, it’s actually kind of bittersweet, because now everybody can see the same things that I used to have to work so hard to find. But it’s going to help a lot of anglers become better fishermen.
If you don’t have LakeMaster you’re at a huge disadvantage.
How deep were the bass?
KVD: I had some spots where fish were as shallow as 15’ or as deep as 30’. One of the biggest fish I caught was on a 28’ hump. So, the big thing for me was zooming in and out when I got to these areas. On a 500-foot scale mapping with LakeMaster, you get a great view of everything that’s in the region – how the spot you’re looking at lays out and what’s surrounding it and how fish might funnel to it. But it’s also critical to zoom into the 50-foot scale so you can get the precise line and cast off the ends of these points, especially after I graphed them. Once I had that plot trail I’d use it as a line to make my cast.
Besides mapping, what technologies helped you dial in fish?
KVD: Because there was so much timber and structure, I used a lot of 2D SONAR and Down Imaging in split-screen view. Being able to see both images side-by-side allowed me to discern the different types of fish, was the key. There are so many baitfish, white bass, and yellow bass in Toledo Bend that a critical part is being able to tell what’s what on your electronics.
When they weren’t pulling water, the bass were setting up on or just outside points and ledges and hanging close to the bottom. The white bass were a lot higher up and farther off the drops. The largemouths would be one or two feet off the bottom and I could actually see them on my Humminbird, turn around, make a cast and catch ‘em. And that’s what I found in practice and was able to expand on during the tournament.
Tell us about your winning crankbait program.
KVD: I like to fish crankbaits during post-spawn because I can be very efficient—not only can I cover a lot of water, I can tell the difference between hard and soft bottom. If I’m in 15’ to 20’, I’m going to throw a Strike King 6XD; if I’m in that 19’ to 24’, I like the 8XD; if I’m anywhere from 20’ to 30’ zone, the 10XD is the way to go, especially if you’re trying to target big fish on Toledo. The whole family of baits allows me to cover the 15’ to 30’ zone really well.
I have a cranking system that I worked with Quantum to develop that includes 7’ 10” or 7’ 11” medium-heavy or heavy- action composite cranking rods and my signature 5.3:1 gear ratio reel for power. Depending on the crankbait, I use 12- to 17 lb. fluorocarbon.
Speaking of big fish, tell us about your 8-11 from Day 3.
KVD: I reeled my crankbait down over a hump that topped out at 28’, and I got hung up in brush. As soon as I popped it free that fish bit it. I set the hook, loaded up, and I knew it was a big one. It immediately swam into a tree top, so I just kept pressure on it, eventually getting it to swim out of the tree. Once the fish was inside the boat I was so excited that I jerked the hook out of the fish and into my hand! I had the fish in one hand and had to cull a little pound and half fish and put that big one in the live well with a Strike King 10XD 2/O Mustad treble stuck in my hand. Fortunately, I had a camera guy pretty close and walked him through the procedure for the painless hook removal and it worked like a charm.
Following your win, how do you feel about the rest of the season?
KVD: I’ve had an up and down season to this point. I had a couple good events to start off and was in good shape, but I’ve had a couple really bad days, too, the last at Wheeler. To have a great event here at Toledo Bend, unarguably the best bass lake in the country, really makes it special. I could not have done it without my Humminbird units and LakeMaster mapping. It’s a one-two punch with the Side Imaging, Down Imaging, and the LakeMaster map that is second to none. I’m proud to be with a company that understands the importance of investing in accurate mapping.
KVD shares tech tips to find and catch early-season bass
What’s your early-season gameplan? Return to the same spots and do the same things you've done year in, year out? Whether fishing with family, trying to set a new personal best, or working our way up a tournament leaderboard, reducing the time it takes to find and catch fish is paramount. Seldom is that accomplished by a "fishing a memory.” A better approach is to pay close attention to weather and water conditions, adjusting where and how you fish.
This month we discuss the topic with four-time Bassmaster Classic Champion and seven-time AOY Kevin VanDam, a man with an almost machine-like ability to cover water fast, find, and catch bass. A champion on many levels, KVD shares his thoughts on early-season bass and how to utilize electronics that will make for perfect advice for everyone behind the scenes who outfit anglers or rig their rides.
“A lot of people get hung up fishing spots where they caught fish in the past and it’s the wrong time of year, the wrong conditions,” says VanDam. “If I don’t see something positive on a spot in 10 minutes, I’m typically gone. You can’t catch fish there where they’re not. The most important factor in successfully catching fish is finding them. Location is key.”
Q. What can anglers do right now to find early-season bass?
KVD: Monitor the weather, not necessarily the water temperature. Warming or cooling patterns will give you a guideline for what areas of the lake to study ahead of time. Also look at lake topography, which will determine if bass are earlier or later in that spring process than they might be in another body of water. This can help you choose the right lake to fish. Like choosing a shallower lake vs. a deep, clear lake. Shallower, stained waters warm quicker and the fish start that spring process sooner than they do in deep, clear waters.
Q. What are your key early-season presentations?
KVD: This time of year I like techniques that are going to be really efficient for the depth, terrain, cover, and water quality where I’m fishing, so I’m using moving lures: spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, swim jigs, and crankbaits.
Q. What’s the next step after picking a lake?
KVD: I try to think about areas utilized by bigger populations of bass. Spawning areas may be in large bays, large flats, or other shallow water. Look closely at northerly banks, shores or bays. If there’s a cooling pattern I look for structural features that are close to those areas, like a deep break or a channel swing that comes close to a large spawning bay or flat. The predominant sun in the south is going to warm those areas first. And if it’s a full-on warming trend, then bass may be all the way back in those spawning areas.
Turn on your Humminbird and study the LakeMaster chart before you even hit the water. I like to use the Depth Highlight feature. Early-season I’m looking at 10 feet and under. I’ll highlight everything five feet and shallower in red and five to 10 feet in green. That makes the big flats and spawning areas really stick out on your map. And it’s great for highland-type reservoirs like Table Rock or Dale Hollow where the flats are much smaller. If you can find one little flat area and there’s deep water all around that area, boy, that one little stretch can be a goldmine! Depth Highlight makes those areas stand out. Eliminates a lot of searching.
KVD: I use Lake Level Offset to adjust the map. If it’s a reservoir that’s drawn down, you can dial in the true depth relationship on your map and then highlight whatever zone you want. I want my map to be as accurate to depth scale as I possibly can. LakeMaster makes it easy. Look at Grand Lake; the Grand Lake Authority has an app that gives you the current lake level right on your phone, so can easily adjust your LakeMaster offset to be current with it. Or adjust it to what you’re seeing consistently on your 2D SONAR.
There’s also the safety issue. Like Florida lakes with treacherous shallow-water areas. Using Lake Level Offset is a simple thing that you can do to make sure your map is spot-on for safe travel. Why guess? You’re crazy not to use Lake Level Offset all the time.
Q. Any other tips for using LakeMaster maps and GPS more efficiently?
KVD: I run my units Course Up; some people prefer North Up. I love the responsiveness of the map and GPS. And the accuracy is a matter of feet! I can put myself right on top of the same brush pile or I can know I’m 30 feet from it to make the perfect cast.
Use the Casting Rings feature, which I worked closely with Humminbird engineers to develop, to help you make perfect casts. Turn on Casting Rings and you now have distance and direction orientation on your LakeMaster map screen anytime you drop a waypoint on a piece of cover, a school of fish, a stump or any other target. This tells me I’m a specified distance from it to make the perfect cast. Again, it’s about efficiency. This is another reason 360 Imaging is awesome. It’s a real-time, updated casting ring that continually shows your position and relationship to the target.
Just making a cast and hitting the ledge with a crankbait is okay, but I’ve found that if I can get a precise distance, so my crankbait releases off the ledge and starts off the bottom toward the boat, bass can be triggered into biting. You have to know your precise distance from that target zone to be able to do that. That’s where the casting rings and 360 really help you.
Q. Are you using AutoChart Live?
KVD: I have and it’s a game-changer. If you go to Kentucky Lake and look at your LakeMaster chip, it’s amazing. But even there, there are places that you could improve on the map. And for anglers in regions of the country with a lot of smaller unmapped waters – like the North – you can now create your own map. For example, my parents live on a small, private lake that hadn’t been mapped. So I used AutoChart Live to make one. But on a lot of the big lakes that I fish tournaments on, you just don’t have time to re-write an entire map. But you dang sure can for certain areas that you’re fishing. So, the next level of mapping accuracy is creating your own maps for areas that haven’t been mapped. And it’s easy to use: basically turn on your Humminbird, hit a button, and fish while it’s mapping and working for you. You can get as extensive as you want, doing transects like LakeMaster surveyors do, or you can go out and just fish and slowly build the map at the pace that you fish those areas. Plus, you’re building it in real-time, right on your HELIX or ONIX. No uploading. That’s the other thing—your data is kept private.
Q. What about SmartStrike?
KVD: Humminbird’s SmartStrike is a great pre-fishing tool. Enter your various criteria like season, weather conditions, etc. and it’ll automatically highlight high-probability areas of the lake to fish. Used to be an ONIX-specific feature, but now it’s available for the HELIX 9, 10 and 12 with a free software update and card purchase, which is amazing. Then, once you get on the water, you can use SmartStrike to narrow it down even more. It’s kind of like having your own guide or local knowledge.
Q. How are you using Side Imaging on a day-to-day basis?
KVD: The depth of the water, type of cover, and structure all determines how I use my Side Imaging. Typically, I have my SI set to look 50 feet left and right in the Amber 2 color palette, which is best for my eyes and helps me read nuances in bottom composition. If I’m looking for isolated large objects, I may got out as far as a 100 feet. The closer the range, the better the detail, the better the target separation, the better you can see individual bass, cover and structural elements. As a general rule, if I’m idling along at 5 mph or less, I’ve got my Side Imaging on to mark brushpiles and other cover. Especially during early-season, I love to Side Image around docks. You can find really interesting pieces of cover: old lawn chairs and other stuff that has blown off of docks, or intentionally-place brushpiles, Christmas trees – all stuff good for holding fish. Side Imaging is probably the most significant development in my fishing career. Instead of just seeing a small area right underneath the boat, you can look off each side.
Q. When are you running 360?
KVD: It really depends on the depth, cover and terrain on the lake where I’m fishing. That determines how much or how little I’ll use 360. If I’m flipping grass mats, I’m probably not going to use it. But if I’m trying to follow an underwater grass line, it’s absolutely critical. Or if I’m in the back of a pocket on a highland reservoir, it can be key for finding brush piles and other cover you might not find otherwise. 360 is another great tool. One HELIX 10 on my bow is dedicated solely to 360, which I’m running a lot of the time.
KVD: I have four units on my boat: a HELIX 10 and ONIX 10 at the console and two HELIX 12 CHIRP units on the bow, all networked together, so if I drop a waypoint on a brush top on my console unit I can see it on any of my units. That’s a really great feature. You definitely want to have your bow and console unit(s) networked together.
At the console, I have a HELIX 10 dedicated to mapping, which I run in full-screen LakeMaster map or split screen to view a large area and a very focused-in area. The ONIX 10 is used for Side Imaging, Down Imaging and SONAR.
On the bow, one of my HELIX 12 units is used solely for 360 Imaging when I’m on the trolling motor. The other one typically runs SONAR and my LakeMaster map in split screen.
The ONIX 10 SI and DI units have the absolute finest imaging I’ve ever seen. But I fell in love with HELIX for two primary reasons: the flush, flat screen and the improvement in brightness of the actual screen itself. I’m super impressed. I started using them last fall and have to say that in real-world applications the imaging is pretty darn close to ONIX.
The thing that I’m really proud of is the tremendous value that Humminbird has put into the HELIX Series. It is an incredible, detailed and quality picture at an amazing price. It’s an amazing value across the line! It’s incredible. For the features you get, the quality and size of the screen – and the price – it’s amazing.
The other thing is ease of use. There are a lot of anglers who have experience with an 898, 999 or 1199, and the great thing about the HELIX is the menu system is very similar to what we already know.
And just the improvement in the screen as far as visibility and brightness goes. It’s stunning! What I love about the new HELIX is it has the best screen brightness for any light condition – and a simple operating system with all the features that I need with uncompromised reliability. They’re just bullet-proof.
I want to again thank everyone on for their support this year.
Time: Open at 8:00am for registration, begin drawing at 8:30am
Location: Waveland Town Hall – Next to the Fire Station 108 W. Howard Waveland, Indiana 47989
Mission Statement: Our Mission is to increase the safety and enjoyment for all of the various users of the lake and protect and preserve our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.
We would like to invite an authorized member of your organization to attend the tournament date drawing on Saturday November 21st 2015 at 8:00am in the Waveland Town Hall.
Lake Waveland Park will accept applications to schedule tournament fishing events for the 2015 season beginning Saturday November 21st 2015 at 8:00am. There will be an “in person” drawing event at the Waveland Town Hall. Applications may also be made by mail. In person applications have preference over mailed in applications. Mailed in applications will be processed based on the order received and the availability of the date/dates requested. The in person applications (complete application form) will begin with a drawing to determine the selection order of each participant. During each round of the drawing participants may select one (1) tournament date. After round one participants interested in only one tournament date will have their dates confirmed and may see the cashier to make the appropriate payment. Additional rounds will be conducted until all participants have selected all the tournament dates they need. Completed applications and appropriate fees are required for each date requested. Photocopies of application forms are acceptable. Cash, check or money order for $50 must accompany all approved applications for each tournament date.
You may mail in a completed tournament permit application and a $50 check or money order to: Fishing Tournament Permit Applications, PO Box 186, Waveland, IN 47989.
Please direct any questions regarding tournament activity at Lake Waveland to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org