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Cool New Electronics at ICAST 2015

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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Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and 13-4 on day two for a 32-13 total and the win in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

Manson Nets Third Win

Manson Nets Third Win

Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046. READ MORE »

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Elrod pocketed $3,766. READ MORE »

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Burroughs Dials Blueback Spawn

Jason Burroughs of Hodges, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds even win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell. For his efforts, Burroughs was awarded $3,572. READ MORE »

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Wagner Makes it a Dozen

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division tournament on Tims Ford Lake. Wagner took home $4,013 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

With just one keeper from his three primary pockets, leader Jake Morris might have left the door open on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament at Table Rock Lake. His frog pattern might be fizzling out due to clear water and changing conditions. READ MORE »

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Missouri pro Eric Olliverson came back from fourth place on the final day to unseat Jake Morris and company and win the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Power-Pole on Table Rock Lake. Olliverson’s 16-pound, 8-ounce bag on the final day gave him 46-3 for the tournament and the win by just 5 ounces over Dakota Ebare. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

A few spawning bass are making their way to the scale in the top pros' bags, but most of the consistent action has come flipping or fishing topwater for largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass at Table Rock. READ MORE »

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Jake Morris of McKee, Ky., continues to lead the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake. Morris, who won the season opener at Kentucky Lake, has a two-day total of 32 pounds, 7 ounces. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Catching fish is hardly the problem right now at stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division at Table Rock Lake. It seemed like every pro our on-the-water crew pulled up on today, be it on the lower end or up the rivers, was setting the hook with reckless abandon. Unfortunately, the quality has been extremely lacking. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 1

The vast majority of the field was able to scrounge up limits between 10 and 13 pounds, but getting over the 13-pound mark has been a challenge at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson. READ MORE »

Morris Starts Fast on Table Rock

Morris Starts Fast on Table Rock

Coming off a win in the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener on Kentucky Lake, Jake Morris started great in the second stop of the season as well. Weighing 17 pounds, 4 ounces on day one, Morris leads a tightly packed field in the Table Rock event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Brandon. READ MORE »