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Homemade Fish Bat

Homemade Fish Bat

After seeing how well the chiseling mallets turned out, I thought I’d make something a little larger, like a Fish Bat.  If you fish for larger fish then you’d keep you know what this is.  If not, this is a method of quickly dispatching large fish, a quick thunk on the head and the fish dies instantly.  This method makes it safe to bring large fish on board that have a tendency to thrash about and injure or kill fishermen….

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A Tip about MinnKota Trolling Motors

A Tip about MinnKota Trolling Motors

Last weekend I had little girl out on the lake for a fun day of fishing with our Minnkota Trolling Motor.  While I was working with my rod, the boat turned with the wind and pulled her line into the prop.  We pulled the motor up, removed the prop to find the line wrapped tight around the shaft and into the prop seal.  It took a few minutes to get all the line out.  After that I was worried about…

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Tuning a MinnKota Trolling Motor

Tuning a MinnKota Trolling Motor

Tuning your trolling motor after you’ve had it apart to replace brushes is the best thing to do.  When you put the shroud back over the stator  and line up those screws, you may think you have them just right, but in reality just being off by a little bit can cause a significant increase in the amount of current your motor draws and by extension a significant decrease in the amount of time you can use it. I had…

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Trout Magnet

Trout Magnet

After reading a lot of good things about the Trout Magnet product, I ordered the Boat Box kit from Amazon.  I must say, I’m a little disappointed in it’s performance so far.  With it, I’ve caught a cartons of crappie, baskets of bluegills, sacks of sunnies, piles of perch, and the occasional oddball large mouth bass, but not a single trout yet.  I can only attribute it’s failure to catch trout is that these things are so attractive that other…

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Good Deal on a Humminbird 596c HD

Good Deal on a Humminbird 596c HD

Another most excellent Craigslist score,  Humminbird 596c HD for $75.  When I saw this one listed, I knew it was time to upgrade from the gray scale Garmin Echo 150 I have been using.  It’s in good shape, and it was only missing the actual transom bracket.  I was able to order the complete transducer mounting assembly for under $20.  I like that it disables the transducer when it’s not in water.  Something that the Garmin did not do. It…

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Using an Android Device as a Fishing Helper

Using an Android Device as a Fishing Helper

Most people have a “smart” phone these days, even though I resisted having one for the longest time, I eventually broke down and got an Android device.  Personally, I don’t care for many of the features that much of the populace uses, but I have found it useful in some other ways.  I found this app, BackCountry Navigator, that is great if you spend time in the outdoors.  The main feature that I like it for is that you can…

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Exhaust Gasket Replacement Evinrude Outboard

Exhaust Gasket Replacement Evinrude Outboard

This Evinrude Outboard was remarkably clean for being made in 1987 when we first brought it home, but it didn’t stop me from wiping it down of oil and gunk as I worked on it.  After a few times running it, I kept seeing more oil where I had previously cleaned.  Looking closely at the exhaust manifold it was clear that someone had taken it off at one point.  I figured the gasket was shot and letting exhaust spray into…

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Boat Re-design – Final Touches

Boat Re-design – Final Touches

A few final touches in the redesign of the boat.  The compartment opposite the tackle hatch holds the spare prop, some rope, the first aid kit and our hats.  I installed the fire extinguisher in a smarter place than the last time, away from the flammable fuel in the back of the boat. On the back of the rear bench is a bracket to hold my rechargeable air horn and my Fraybill collapsible net.  The bright green pouch is for…

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Boat Re-design – Middle Bench

Boat Re-design – Middle Bench

The last major part of the redesign was to build the middle bench with a battery box, to finish my plan for balancing the boat better than the last design.  The middle bench was also the place where all the wiring would run to and where the control panel would be mounted. The most difficult part of this getting the two pieces of plywood cut that closely matched the contour of the bottom of the boat.  I first cut the…

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Boat Re-design – Control Panel

Boat Re-design – Control Panel

With the redesign, also came the idea for a new control panel.  I happened to have two 4×8 sheets of 1/4″ black acrylic that someone gave me.  This stuff is great for building all kinds of things.  I’m sure if you read more posts you’ll be seeing this black acrylic showing up in more places. The control panel as designed was going to hold fuses for the smaller circuits, a pair of circuit breakers for the trolling motor and anchor…

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