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Old 06-06-2019, 10:35 PM   #1
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First day actually doing much fishing on the new boat and and weatherman was wrong. Those 2 to 3s did not stop building at 3 to 5s but went on up to 6 to 8s. Was a south wind so not terrible on the way back. Original plan was start trolling at nipple and head south ish. Water remained dirty with no deadlines or tips. Trolled for maybe an hour or two with only a couple small bumps. Then high speed trolled to a spot for deep dropping only to find out the bottom machine wasn't picking up the bottom. But sent down some baits over the numbers we had and came up empty. By then the seas had built so we pointed it back south. Luckily I had the strike lines chart and we dropped in 350 to 400 ft over some ledges and fished that for about an hour or two with decent success for basically fishing blind. All while the seas continued to grow. Boat handled great given the conditions. Seahunt 30ft6/6 rough day-20190606_180206_1559871313941-jpgClick image for larger version

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Old 06-06-2019, 11:48 PM   #2
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Dang nice haul.
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Nice recovery..... When looking at the forecast always add 2!!! Especially when it involves NOAA
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:59 PM   #4
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* no weedlines or rips* and the transducer is transom mount and just got pushed up and angled forward so did not pick up bottom until we got back under 200ft. So confused why it worked again once we got shallower but realized it as soon as we put it on the trailer. Tighten two screws and should be good to go for next time
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* no weedlines or rips* and the transducer is transom mount and just got pushed up and angled forward so did not pick up bottom until we got back under 200ft. So confused why it worked again once we got shallower but realized it as soon as we put it on the trailer. Tighten two screws and should be good to go for next time
At least it was a easy fix and you still caught some fidh
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If you lose the bottom again when in deeper water and the issue wasn't the transducer being pushed up, check the frequency on your depth finder. If it is at 200 kHz, change it to 50 kHz. Lower frequency will pick up bottom easier in deeper water, but shows less detail.
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Yeah that's what I tried first since it was the first time I used the boat in deeper water. Then thought maybe it was just an incredibly cheap or defective transducer. Also found the incredibly endangered trigger fish in 400ft water on the bottom. Never seen them that deep
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* no weedlines or rips* and the transducer is transom mount and just got pushed up and angled forward so did not pick up bottom until we got back under 200ft. So confused why it worked again once we got shallower but realized it as soon as we put it on the trailer. Tighten two screws and should be good to go for next time
Very good day, specially in bad weather and without fishfinder, I had the same problem couple times, so last time I put couple drops of super glue on the screw/bolts that hold the transducer in angle, haven’t had any issues since then
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