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maachuu
08-18-2010, 12:27 PM
that I really like them, easy to adjust and easy to get the rod out of when you have a fish on. Didnt set the world on fire this morning, only managed 5 crappie but all were keepers but then it started to sprinkle and I kept on fishing for a while longer. I should have took off when it started to sprinkle :o because I rounded the end of the island I was fishing and looked south, OMG I had to kick it and go and I still got soaked :( but hey, got a bath before saturday :D



maachuu

carter
08-18-2010, 12:52 PM
that I really like them, easy to adjust and easy to get the rod out of when you have a fish on. Didnt set the world on fire this morning, only managed 5 crappie but all were keepers but then it started to sprinkle and I kept on fishing for a while longer. I should have took off when it started to sprinkle :o because I rounded the end of the island I was fishing and looked south, OMG I had to kick it and go and I still got soaked :( but hey, got a bath before saturday :D



maachuu

5 fish and bath is not to bad. A little rain may make the temps better. It has been so hot in SC i have not done much fishing.

Carter

zwalls
08-18-2010, 01:10 PM
WHAT? no pics of the new rig?:(




:D

maachuu
08-18-2010, 01:30 PM
5 fish and bath is not to bad. A little rain may make the temps better. It has been so hot in SC i have not done much fishing.

Carter

yep, it was nice before the rain broke out :( would have fished a lot longer


maachuu

maachuu
08-18-2010, 01:31 PM
WHAT? no pics of the new rig?:(




:D

sorry, but was trying to get the boat put in the shop while it was flooding and hasnt quit raining yet, just a big old thunderstorm blowing through right now


maachuu

Corker
08-18-2010, 01:41 PM
Very little improvement will be possible, but I like to swing the t-bar from side to side as the boat swings around in the wind. In order to make rotation smooth and easy, I added a 3/8" nylon washer between the riser post and t-bar.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii299/corker_/NylonWashers.jpg

maachuu
08-18-2010, 01:43 PM
Very little improvement will be possible, but I like to swing the t-bar from side to side as the boat swings around in the wind. In order to make rotation smooth and easy, I added a 3/8" nylon washer between the riser post and t-bar.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii299/corker_/NylonWashers.jpg

Thanks Corker for the heads up on that, will have to pick me up some of those washers


thanks

maachuu

"G"
08-18-2010, 02:24 PM
Great idea Corker!

PBUG2009
08-18-2010, 03:14 PM
scott makes a good product for sure...

zwalls
08-18-2010, 04:38 PM
sorry, but was trying to get the boat put in the shop while it was flooding and hasnt quit raining yet, just a big old thunderstorm blowing through right now


maachuuI hear ya!!just kiddin;)


Very little improvement will be possible, but I like to swing the t-bar from side to side as the boat swings around in the wind. In order to make rotation smooth and easy, I added a 3/8" nylon washer between the riser post and t-bar.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii299/corker_/NylonWashers.jpg

now that's a great idea!!!

SlowRideStu
08-18-2010, 08:41 PM
I cant say enough as to how much I love my HiTeks.

Even got a bit fancy with them with some plastic coating, paint, and a black garden hose. (I lean my poles across the T-bars when we pack up to move, so the split garden hose was just the ticket in protecting my poles from bounching on the T-bars.)

Stayed with black and red as with the colors on my tracker.

Looks fairly sharp and we get a TON of them "where did you get them" questions.

Love'em....................

Awesome product! HyTek is the ticket!

http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/ww297/Driritestuart/Picture146Small.jpg
http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/ww297/Driritestuart/Picture138Small.jpg
http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/ww297/Driritestuart/Picture137Small.jpg

captcall
08-18-2010, 10:29 PM
that I really like them, easy to adjust and easy to get the rod out of when you have a fish on. Didnt set the world on fire this morning, only managed 5 crappie but all were keepers but then it started to sprinkle and I kept on fishing for a while longer. I should have took off when it started to sprinkle :o because I rounded the end of the island I was fishing and looked south, OMG I had to kick it and go and I still got soaked :( but hey, got a bath before saturday :D



maachuu

Glad to hear you like your new Hitecks m. Was ya pullin cranks???
Got to get with callshy and get me a couple sets soon. Hate ya got rained out but reckon your wifey appreciates the mid week bath:D

gabowman
08-18-2010, 10:35 PM
Glad you like your new rod holders. I dont own any like those but they look like THE TRICK for crappie fishing.:) And welcome to the boards Carter.;)

Barnacle Bill
08-18-2010, 10:56 PM
My favorite part about them is the low profile. I have Scott's on the front and a set of Black Widow Ultra on the back. If I ever had the offer I would trade the Ultras for a set of Hitecks in a heatbeat.

skeetbum
08-18-2010, 11:01 PM
Machuu, glad you like em, but I knew you would.
Never mind the nylon washer. Though it's a good idea, I want the 125 yr old coin. Don't find them often.
Stu- whats the red tab sticking upright on your Hi-tek's? Good modifications. Thought those trees in the background looked familiar. 11yrs in the Orlando area, 22 more in the Deland area. Does the Clermont chain have a good Crappie(speck) population? Never fished it much but the tanic water would hide em good.

ShortStorie
08-19-2010, 12:03 AM
I did exactly the same thing (with the washers) to my Hi-teks.

maachuu
08-19-2010, 06:49 AM
Glad to hear you like your new Hitecks m. Was ya pullin cranks???
Got to get with callshy and get me a couple sets soon. Hate ya got rained out but reckon your wifey appreciates the mid week bath:D

Yes I was pullin crankbaits and the midweek bath dries my skin out :)

midnight_f150
08-19-2010, 09:20 AM
I cant say enough as to how much I love my HiTeks.

Even got a bit fancy with them with some plastic coating, paint, and a black garden hose. (I lean my poles across the T-bars when we pack up to move, so the split garden hose was just the ticket in protecting my poles from bounching on the T-bars.)

Stayed with black and red as with the colors on my tracker.

Looks fairly sharp and we get a TON of them "where did you get them" questions.

Love'em....................

Awesome product! HyTek is the ticket!

http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/ww297/Driritestuart/Picture146Small.jpg
http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/ww297/Driritestuart/Picture138Small.jpg
http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/ww297/Driritestuart/Picture137Small.jpg

Those are awesome looking you did a great job on them.

SlowRideStu
08-19-2010, 11:08 PM
skeetbum, the red tabs are just the plastic coated tips of an "L" bracket I added under the base of the rod holder. The whole L bracket is plastic coated black first.

My brother and myself are long lining crappie chasing fools :) but living down here in florida you sometimes also catch other less desireable "Greenies" on a regular basis. When they would grab a pole, sometime the pole would pop the holder, but never came out. But still enought to get you thinking about the possibility of losing a rig. In the end we relized all we needed was a little added measure to ensure them suckers werent going anywhere no matter what hit the rod. Now I believe Scott has produced a newer rod holder base that drops the poles a bit deeper into the holder and looks to pretty much elimate the rod popping up and out making these L brackets pretty much pointless now. I believe he has actually designed them with long liners in mind and they looked great. All I believe you have to do is ask for them when you make your pole holder order.

As far as if the Clermont chain has a good crappie population? NOPE nothing but gar and greenies ;) (wink wink nudge nudge)

"tanic water would hide em good" hiding them good enought in a NASTY HOT august month to make you wanna stay in bed till October :(:D

midnight_f150 Thanks!

skeetbum
08-21-2010, 09:51 AM
Thanx for the answers Stu. I would think that the cypress in all the lakes around there would be an absolute ball in the spring. Maybe I'll drag the boat down and find out on spring. Season will change soon. If you get the urge to travel consider trying the St. Johns south of Astor to Lake Woodruff. I've had a lot of good days there.....Skeet