May 2009





New Tip of the Week


Boat control article added last newsletter.



2009 Lowrance Schools and Mapping Classes

No more scheduled classes for 2009, I will add the 2010 schedule later.

Go to for updates, details and registration forms on the future classes.



Free Seminars


No additional 2009 seminars due to fishing season. My last seminars at Cabela’s and R&R Marine will well attended and the seminars were more interactive than the usual seminar. I really enjoyed the interaction. I am just as eager to learn as they are!



Go to for updates and details on future seminars.


HDS 4th Review

I finally got to test the Lowrance HDS 8 and 10 on the water and they performed better than expected. I had problems picking up the prop wash last year with the Broadband LBS-1 and that problem is resolved for me. I can troll with the kick wide open and read the graph easily.

The menus are easy to use. At first it was difficult to use the menus since my brain has too many memories for the LCX menus, but by the 2nd day I felt comfortable and I was helping other Lowrance HDS users transfer waypoints, use their map cards, and other minor problems they had.


New this year is an improved addition to the share waypoint feature. When you network 2 units with the LowranceNet NMEA 2000, you can not only share a newly created waypoint but delete shared waypoints on more than one GPS.

The LCG 4000 worked well with one hitch. You must select the LCG instead of have the units automatically select between the internal and the LCG 4000. The accuracy improved after I did this and I don’t know why, yet!



This photo is the boat sitting at the landing zoomed in to the maximum. Note the cursor doesn’t move!!







DrDepth BT (bottom hardness) Edition (2nd review)


I didn’t collect any data to practice the BT bottom hardness with but Per from DrDepth is working on retrieving the data from low quality chart recordings (log charts) so I can use all my library of recording to test on bottom hardness. Now that my tournament is done I will collect more data for bottom hardness maps.


Fun Stuff

Doc’s Tournament schedule


AIM Pro Walleye Series Akaska and Winnibigoshish

FLW Walleye Tour Winnebago and Red Wing


Red Wing FLW

I did poorly and will share why I am often at the bottom and rarely at the top though I have won many major tournaments. I fish without a team for information and I look for big fish all week relentlessly. If I don’t find big fish my small fish pattern is often weak so I do poorly. But sometimes I just can’t find the right fish and I fail, for that reason. I do have a nice journey with my plans for winning even if I fail. It is more fun to thin k you will win on the way to a loss than to think you will not win on the way to a loss. It also helps the ego strength with serious losses when you have won a tournament before.


I can even smile when I lose! It was nice to be on the water fishing and competing again.



Doc’s Tournament Crankbait Contest


The 1st tournament winning crankbait was the #5 Shadrap and 2nd was the Salmo #5 Hornet. Any red or orange color was important.


New Product Review


Minn Kota Terrova


I used the Terrova all week because I needed to troll and this motor gives me the option of a good foot pedal for precision control and the Autopilot feature is valuable for trolling with the kicker for thrust. I tested the Re-Action System on the Terrova and this add-on improved my boat control and throttle control. Read the boat control article in the Tip of the Week for details.


Newsletter Discounts


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