Category: Fishing

Upper Wiley Spanking

After the beatdown I took Saturday at the CNCBA Tourney, I was ready to send some fish to the hot oil but HA HA not so…  Hit the water Tuesday with my buddy Patrick and took another ass whuppin’ from the spots.  This time of year it’s hard to find a pattern and the little bastards just weren’t in the mood for foolery.  For the record the water was around 60 degrees, about average clarity for Bobby’s and the spiggot wasn’t on all day.

Patrick managed to land a couple of white perch and fouled one in a most unusual way.  Evidently the perch was super happy to see him and left compadre with a boatload of love gravy.  For my part, I toted the skunk all day save a couple of wussy taps on weightless plastics.  Grrr.

After a good 6 or 7 hours of pure frustration, Patrick took me up to HoJo and CC’s for “Al’s Heart Attack on a Bun” and a couple of beers…  I cleaned the basket which is appearently a rarity but DAMN it was good haha!  I had a blast dispite the lack of fish so thanks to Patrick for a helluva day on the water!

Belews Produces Again

So I’ve been dying to give my new weightless plastics outfit a good workover and at 70+ outside, I just couldn’t have lived with myself had I worked this afternoon.  The packed lots at Piney Bluff and Pine Hall said I was certainly not alone in my thinking.

Put in around 1300 at Pine Hall…  Water temp was a nice 58-60, south wind was pretty steady around 10mph so I headed to a south bank with some staple laydowns that always show some love – I was not dissapointed.  Three casts in, homeboy here took me for a spin…

Kept at and found one of his amigos hiding under a log…

Boated 5 in about 1.5 hours and called it quits.  All the fish were in <7 FOW, hit very deliberately and held on tight – No mamby-pamby action.

Big shoutout to Brett Hinson at Carolina Custom Rods for my new all-time favorite plastics wand!

I Want Your Old Sonar

I collect old sonar and marine electronics equipment and I’m always looking for an interesting addition.  Just in case anybody happens to see this and wants to unload something, here’s the items I’m currently looking to buy:

  1. Humminbird LCR-4000 (or 1000 or 2000 or 3000) (Circa 1984)
  2. Humminbird Super-Sixty Flasher (Circa 1980)
  3. Lowrance X-4 LCR (Circa 1984)

If you have any of these units complete and in good condition, or something else of a historic nature, contact me!

7 of the 10 Voices Agree…

…that kayak fishing in the winter isn’t crazy.

Sonar: 2D vs. DI vs. SI

Today on one of the fishing forums someone was asking whether DI is really worth the money.  It’s an excellent question and I discovered the very expensive way that you cannot tell without seeing it in action – Even the latest imaging technology can be very deceptive unless you can interpret the images.  Here’s some example screen shots to give some perspective (or show the lack thereof):

These are crappie at Oak Hollow.  I originally was watching the DI screen and thought the returns were suspended leaves – They were EVERYWHERE.  Switching to 2D showed the returns were too strong to be anything other than fish.  I dropped some lines and boated a dozen.

Here I’m moving directly over an aeration line at Oak Hollow.  There are fish suspended within the bubbles in the water column between 20 and 22 FOW.  Again, evident in 2D but not DI.  The SI view shows the fish as white marks within the water column, but not how deep they are.  There is only one bubble pipe, directly under the boat – not two parallel pipes like the SI view would indicate.

Here I’m passing across a creek channel and an aeration line.  The line is obviously running diagonally from left to right but the DI view would have me thinking otherwise.  Also you can’t really differentiate between fish and bubbles on the DI view.  On the 2D view you can’t really make out what the “structure” is but you can certainly see the fish returns within it.  Again the SI view shows the fish as white marks, but you can’t see how deep they are.

This is a Humviewer shot of fish attractors at MIL.  Here there’s a baitball ~8′ to the right, fish attractors ~20′ to the left, and fish on the right opposite the attractors.  Both 2D and DI show the baitball but you can’t tell where it is left to right since it’s in the water column.  On the DI screen, the fish attractors appear to be on the right, not the left.   The 2D shows the attractors and the fish, but you can’t tell that the fish are nearly 40′ away from the attractors.

All three views working together really paint a good picture but the individual views can be misleading at times.  So to the original question, yes I think the DI is worth the money but only if you have the SI view to give perspective.  Also DI is really only good for viewing structure, not fish so without 2D to show the strength of the return (Lowrance DSI’s for example) you’ll always be guessing what your looking at.