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Cool New Electronics at ICAST 2015

Night-fishing has its challenges, but the new UV SR-Q2 from Rigid Industries solves at least one. Its UV black light system lights up a shoreline but also illuminates fishing line. A suction-cup mounting bracket and 15-foot power cable with dual plugs make installation easy. RigidIndustries.com

These days, anglers rely on cutting edge electronic devices not only to find and catch fish, but also to share their fishing experiences with the world. The following new products, as seen on day one at ICAST 2015, will help you do all of the above.

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Weego Jump Starter Battery+

Get peace of mind on the water with the Weego Jump Starter Battery+, a handy rechargeable device that can start your outboard or truck in a pinch, and can also charge a smartphone or power a laptop or tablet. Three sizes are available. The smallest model, which is about the size of a smartphone, can jump a 350-hp outboard and recharges in 90 minutes. The largest model takes about five hours to charge. Prices range from $99 to $189. Weego says its Jump Starter Battery+ can take 1,000 charges. MyWeego.com

 

SP Gadgets

Here’s a company that can outfit anglers with all the POV camera accessories needed to capture cool fishing footage. The new Section Series is a modular system that can combine a floating camera buoy with an extendable camera stick and several other accessories that are perfect for capturing fish-landing shots in the water. SP-Gadgets.com

 

YOLOtek NavLight AquaStick Pro

YOLOtek figured out how to solve two common problems encountered when rigging POV cameras in bass boats: keeping the camera powered and positioning it in a spot that can capture all the action. The new AquaStick Pro is a telescopic mounting pole that screws into the rear navigation light jack for power and has a built-in camera mount and USB charging jacks. It costs $169.99. A similar $59.99 model is extendable but doesn’t lock nor charge the camera. Also, YOLOtek has a cool PowerStick that holds and charges a phone. It costs $49.99. YOLOtek.com

 

Lithium Pros

Lithium Pros batteries recharge five times faster than lead acid batteries, have five times longer life and weigh half as much, give or take. For anglers, that means less bulk to haul around in a boat and more reliable power. Of course, that performance comes with a high up-front cost. A 36-volt Lithium Pro costs more than $2,000. LithiumPros.com

 

Rigid UV SR-Q2

Night-fishing has its challenges, but the new UV SR-Q2 from Rigid Industries solves at least one. Its UV black light system lights up a shoreline but also illuminates fishing line. A suction-cup mounting bracket and 15-foot power cable with dual plugs make installation easy. RigidIndustries.com

 

MotorGuide X5

The X5 is MotorGuide’s new tournament-level cable-steer trolling motor. An oversized foot pedal makes control easy, and control is what’s most unique about this motor. An ovular cam system inside the head of the motor provides enhanced control when the motor is steering more or less straight ahead. It allows for precise movements at high speeds when motor torque is high. When turning, however, the head can swivel more quickly. It might be hard to visualize, but it’s a difference you’ll definitely feel when fishing. The X5 comes in a range of powers up to 105 pounds of thrust. MotorGuide.com 

 

Lowrance StructureScan 3D

In addition to providing anglers with even better HD imagery with its StructureScan system this year, Lowrance also released a new StructureScan 3D system, which was unveiled at a press conference this morning. As its name suggests, the 3D paints a highly detailed image of the bottom to show contours, cover and fish. Settings allow the user to change the color of fish and bait so they show up more easily. Also, with touchscreen units, you can tilt, pan and scroll through sonar imagery. The StructureScan 3D kit includes a new module and transducer that works with HDS Gen3 systems. Cost is $999. Lowrance.com

 

iON Snap Cam

The next wave in social media is what iON calls “social broadcasting,” and it’s more easily accomplished with the new iON Snap Cam. This tiny square camera either clips to a belt or attaches to a shirt with a strong magnetic holding system. One tap of the camera face takes a photo – it holds up to 5,000 shots – and two taps starts it filming video. The camera is always “on,” just waiting for you to tap it, and iON says the camera’s start-up time is the fastest in the industry. To live stream, simply send a link to friends via Twitter when you’re ready to broadcast, and it’ll go straight from the camera to the web for up to one hour. For non-streaming video, the camera can capture two hours of action. Cost is $149. A Lite version that doesn’t stream and has slightly less memory capacity sells for $79.99. USA.iONCamera.com

 

Minn Kota EO

You won’t see any of these motors on the Walmart FLW Tour, but for thousands of anglers who live near small rivers, lakes and reservoirs, the Minn Kota EO series of electric outboards opens up access to much more water. The 1/2-hp model runs on a 12-volt system; the 1-hp model on 24 volts. Both are tiller motors with adjustable brackets. They’re perfect for small johnboats or other watercrafts on fisheries that can’t be accessed with a big boat or where regulations limit anglers to electric power only. $800 for the 1/2 hp; $900 for the 1 hp MinnKotaMotors.com

 

Other Notables

  • Fishidy released a new Fishing Forecast mobile app that compiles fishing information with current conditions and angler location, runs it through a series of algorithms and spits out suggestions on where and how to catch fish up to the minute. Fishidy.com
  • HydroWave has added to its unique lineup of sound-emitting devices with models specifically for crappie, walleye and catfish anglers. The technology is available in the Mini and H2 models. HydroWave.com
  • Lowrance also has a new app, called Go Free Hooked. It allows anglers to record and share catch information, overlay data onto maps via Insight Genesis, as well as to host “virtual tournaments” with buddies elsewhere on the lake. Lowrance.com

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Q&A with Costa TD Mark McWha

Q&A with Costa TD Mark McWha

The Costa FLW Series is clipping along through its 2019 schedule, with the first Western Division event set to begin in about a week at Lake Mead. New FLW Series Tournament Director Mark McWha is preparing to trek across the country to run that event, but before he’s scheduled to go we caught up with McWha for a Q&A session that gives readers and anglers a more formal introduction to the new leadership for one of FLW’s top tournament circuits. READ MORE »

Duarte Covers Ground for Second W

Duarte Covers Ground for Second W

John Duarte of Middle River, Maryland, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division season opener on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics. For his win, Duarte earned $4,396. READ MORE »

Stevens Drops 32-10 on Big O

Stevens Drops 32-10 on Big O

Kail Stevens of Boynton Beach, Florida, caught a massive five-bass limit Saturday weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Stevens took home $4,766 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Aaron Plays Current for G-Ville Win

Aaron Plays Current for G-Ville Win

Chad Aaron of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division season opener on Lake Guntersville presented by Navionics. For his win, Aaron earned $4,363. READ MORE »

How to Fish Power Plant Lakes in Winter

How to Fish Power Plant Lakes in Winter

Some of the power-plant lakes throughout the Midwest are borderline legendary. If you live near one or are willing to travel to keep your open-water season alive, Colby Schrumpf’s system could work on just about any of them that have grass. READ MORE »

Montevallo Wins on Seminole

Montevallo Wins on Seminole

The University of Montevallo duo of Justin Barnes of Monroeville, Alabama, and Adam Carroll of Carrollton, Georgia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Falcon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Mount Paran Christian School wins on Seminole

Mount Paran Christian School wins on Seminole

The Mount Paran Christian School duo of Lee Rose Koza and Carter Koza, both of Marietta, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Seminole Open. READ MORE »

Anders Chases Shad for Keowee W

Anders Chases Shad for Keowee W

Boater Joe Anders of Easley, South Carolina, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River division event on Lake Keowee presented by Navionics. Anders earned $4,164 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Toho

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Toho

While the Lake Toho FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats fell basically right on top of a wave of spawning bass piling into the shallows, many of the top finishers targeted bass that were staging out or transitioning to or from their beds. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Toho

Top 10 Baits from Toho

The second stop of the 2019 FLW Tour landed right on the spawn on Lake Toho and the other lakes on the Kissimmee Chain. Top finishers caught bass in all phases of the spawn. Collectively, they used just about every bait you’ll ever need if you want to catch a bass this time of year in the Sunshine State. READ MORE »

Toho Day 4 Coverage

Toho Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

Gross Wins Second Tour Title

Gross Wins Second Tour Title

Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Ga., won the 2019 FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats at Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla., with a four-day total of 20 bass that weighed 85 pounds, 12 ounces. READ MORE »

Gross Grabs Toho Lead

Gross Grabs Toho Lead

Day three of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was tough on the leaders, but Buddy Gross stayed steady, rising to first from fifth with 19 pounds, 12 ounces. In total, Gross has amassed 62 pounds even through three days, which is just about a pound ahead of Darrell Davis, who caught 25-12 for a 60-15 total and rocketed up to second from 13th. Going into the final day, everyone in the top six is within 5 pounds of the lead, and the way the Kissimmee Chain is pumping out big ones, that counts as the slimmest of margins. READ MORE »

Toho Day 3 Coverage

Toho Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

Cox Stays Ahead on Toho

Cox Stays Ahead on Toho

Day two of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger on Lake Toho featured not one, but TWO 10-pounders, one caught by Casey Scanlon and the other by Jamie Horton. READ MORE »

Toho Day 2 Coverage

Toho Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

Cox Leads Toho Slugfest

Cox Leads Toho Slugfest

Day one of the FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho was the slugfest many expected. Leading the way is sight-fishing extraordinaire John Cox, who caught 31 pounds, 9 ounces and the day one big bass – a giant that went 10-9.  In second, John Voyles wrangled up 24-15, and Scott Martin is close behind him with 24-12. READ MORE »

Toho Day 1 Coverage

Toho Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

FLW Live Schedule for Lake Toho

FLW Live Schedule for Lake Toho

Weigh-ins at the FLW Tour Lake Toho event will be broadcast daily at 3 p.m. ET days one and two and 4 p.m ET days three and four. The studio broadcast, with live in-the-boat streaming, airs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. with hosts Travis Moran and Peter T. READ MORE »

Thliveros Brings it Home

Thliveros Brings it Home

Nick Thliveros led after day two on Okeechobee and after weighing his lowest weight of the week, he was able to seal the deal for his first Costa FLW Series win as a pro. READ MORE »