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fiddlefarter
02-20-2005, 01:30 PM
I've been waiting for a good day with bad weather (so there won't many theives watching) to put out some cover. Now that its here, all I want to do is stay in and watch the race. Cold and rain plus wind ain't fun. :)

ShilohRed
02-20-2005, 01:35 PM
Make sure you mark them with a GPS and let us in on where you put them..
Today would be a good day to do it.
The boat ramps here are empty.
Pete

fiddlefarter
02-20-2005, 01:47 PM
I know, its nasty outside.
I don't have a gps thats good enough to put you right on stuff. I have an old garmin gps 12 without WAAS and I haven't used it in a while. But when I do sink some stuff I'll save the cords. Hoping to get a new unit for my birthday but in some ways I want a new depthfinder.

ShilohRed
02-20-2005, 01:52 PM
I know, its nasty outside.
I don't have a gps thats good enough to put you right on stuff. I have an old garmin gps 12 without WAAS and I haven't used it in a while. But when I do sink some stuff I'll save the cords. Hoping to get a new unit for my birthday but in some ways I want a new depthfinder.

2 bad I don't live closer to you. I would offer to help out and we could use my Garmin GPSMAP 76C. :D It will get within 6 ft most of the time.
Good luck getting them out, And best of luck keeping them hid from everyone.
Pete

DENNIS BOWERS
02-20-2005, 04:54 PM
Fiddlefarter-same Here,i Waited For A Bad Day Also And Today Was Sure It!like You I Chose To Stay In And Watch The Race--maybe Tomorrow! The Weather Is Going To Be About The Same They Say.the Last One I Put Out I Did On A Decent Day--twice Now I"ve Went To Check It And Had Other Boats On It!sure Makes Ya Bite Your Tongue!!!i"m Gonna Have To Get G.p.s.,dont Have One Yet~good Fishin To Ya!!!dennis Go---dj!!

fiddlefarter
02-20-2005, 06:25 PM
If I had a good gps I'd do it at night. Mark the places I wanted them in the light and go back after dark. Still might end up doing that.

Jerry Blake
02-20-2005, 06:42 PM
You can get a Garmin Geko 201 for about $130 including tax and shipping from Walmart.com - http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2129164 and a power supply cord for about $10 on eBay - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4668&item=5751521165&rd=1&tc=photo. The 201 is WAAS enabled and will bring you right back to your honey holes every time.

You can even fish around a brushpile using the GPS to keep you on it without throwing out a buoy marker - less chance folks will realize you are fishing over a brushpile. Putting condos out at night is a great idea but be sure and take a friend so you're not out there by yourself.

I'm fortunate here that we don't have that many people crappie fishing and we have so many lakes and I have so many condos out it's never been a problem. Very rarely do I ever see anyone fishing one of my condos and if there is a boat even close to one that I want to fish I'll go on to another one and come back later.

fiddlefarter
02-20-2005, 11:30 PM
I fish 2 really pressured. Old Hickory and Percy Priest. I once read that they were both in the top ten busiest in the nation. So the best plan is to put out a bunch of brush and hope there arent people sitting on all them. We used to have several brush piles that not too many people knew about. Over time they were discovered. My uncles put most of them out but now they aren't in shape to be putting them out so I guess its up to me.

FalconSmitty
02-21-2005, 03:57 AM
I try to drop mine at night to keep the others and the property owners around the lake from seeing me.I loaded the boat to fish tonight and put 3 condos in boat and drove to the ramp in the rain. I sat there watching it get harder with lightning. This was about midnight. It never let up. I should've dropped them but I was alone(dang kid got a job) so I figured I'd slip in the wet boat wrestling one of the condos out of the boat and it would grab me and pull me out with it, down to the bottom and there I'd be, so here I sit after watching it rain on the river for 3 hrs. I'll go at daylight hope those t storms are not bad but I want these in the water. I use the gps to mark them but never use it to return. Once I drop it I know where it is. We have so many docks that it is easy to mark it by eye.
Jerry the ones I am taking now I cut 5 slots down 6 inches in the bucket to let 5 pieces stick out to the sides. 2 of them are maybe 30' wide and 15' tall.
They are gianormous(huge). I had to rope them to bend them to about 12 wide. My boat looks like an overdone duck blind or a small Floating island..
Guess what. It has stopped raining now.. aw sheet

Jerry Blake
02-21-2005, 07:17 AM
Hey Smitty:

That's a good idea for making them shorter and wider. I've been pondering how to do that - thought about drilling some holes in the sides. The buckets Darryl brought me are drywall mud buckets and they are a bit shorter than a regular 5-gallon bucket so we can set some of the bamboo at a lower angle in them.

DENNIS BOWERS
02-21-2005, 07:23 AM
Jerry-thanks For The Info,it Sure Sounds Like The Best Route For Me!!like Fiddlefarter I Live On A Lake With Alot Of Preasure[dale Hollow]-and My Memory Lets Me Down On Ocassion!!good Fishin To Ya!!dennis

FalconSmitty
02-21-2005, 11:36 PM
would it make you mad if a bassboat followed you around to watch you drop your cover? this is how my boat looked loaded this morning I have one up front also.

ShilohRed
02-22-2005, 09:14 AM
Now that should hold a whole school of crappie. Good luck and hope all the hard work pays off.
Pete