July 2009





New Tip of the Week





2009 Lowrance Schools and Mapping Classes

No 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.



Go to for updates and details on future seminars.


HDS 5th Review


I am satisfied with the broadband sonar in the HDS. I have noticed the bottom hardness on transitions is a little easier to see. I don’t fish deep so I won’t see the benefits as much as a deep water angler. I capture screen shots and I like the option of transferring multiple picture files with one button to push. I prefer the menus to the LCX even though I get confused as I have a HDS 8 and a LCX 38 so it is like speaking 2 languages the same day. I haven’t been fishing much as I will move to Albert Lea, MN because my wife got a new job.

I learned a new advantage of the Broadband Sonar in the HDS at the Winnebago tournament. I can see fish at 35 mph. I previously had trouble seeing fish over 25 mph with the LCX models. I use the blue background so the blue noise blends into the background and I adjust the Colorline up to get a clear picture. The 2nd screen capture is white background while I trolled over the fish.




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


DrDepth BT Edition has a new update that creates bottom hardness with Lowrance low quality recordings and now works with the HDS models. For the HDS you must select over 800 bytes per sounding in the log chart feature choices. For the LCX/LMS use the slider bar at the mid range. I recommend recording charts at high quality (default setting) because the memory cards are much larger today and the video playback is clearer when you replay the charts.


Fun Stuff

Doc’s Tournament schedule


AIM Pro Walleye Series Akaska and Winnibigoshish


Winnebago FLW


Fishing was tough with walleyes found in weeds, rocks and trolling the mud basin. I didn’t trust any of the patterns and the tournament went badly.


Doc’s Tournament Crankbait Contest


I caught a few walleyes on crankbaits but no clear winner with all my selections. However the Salmo Sting won the bass contest catching all the bass of course it doesn’t count in a walleye tournament.. A shadrap tangled with a 6 foot sturgeon that jumped and threw the hook. I probably snagged it.


Educational Guide Trips

We spent most of the time teaching boat control, sonar and presentations for walleye but stopped for a few fish. I lost the buck on the first fish notice the happy customer!

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Photo Contest


Check this out if you take outdoor photos, I have donated some DVDs as prizes. I will be a ”Big Shot” judge once in awhile.


“On behalf of the hardworking crew at Outdoor Passions, LLC, we would like to respectfully introduce the launching of a project we are all very excited about called “”.   The site will focus on hunting and fishing photo, video and competitive contests.  It’s free to enter and participate in and will be simple to use. 


We have received overwhelming support from everyone we have discussed this with.  We have awesome sponsors who are excited to be a part of it.  Sponsors are donating sweet product (in a tough economy nonetheless) to be given away in the contests.  Photo and video contests will be vote based, so even if you don’t enter, please check out the site and vote periodically for your favorite entries!  We have big-named celebrity judges who will pick winners from the top 10 vote-getters.  We will also offer a variety of other resources beneficial to sportspeople in the near future. 


We donate to conservation organizations.  We encourage youth participation.  We promote the outdoors.  We graciously thank you for any interest and participation in advance!  If you’re motivated, make your homepage and use the Google search engine on our site for your daily searchings…that way you can be a part of a good cause as proceeds help conservation efforts!  We hope to see YOU on the web and better yet, hope to mail you some prizes in the near futureJ"




New Product Review



Newsletter Discounts

This where Doc gets his products and supplies, I have secured some discounts for my newsletter subscribers.


Aqua-Vu MAV Exclusive Deal

Get the same underwater camera that Doc uses—at a special price! The Motorized Aqua-Vu (MAV) and new MAV 7 are available exclusively to High Tech Fishing members at $1499.99 (MAV) and $999.99 (MAV 7).  That’s $500 below retail pricing!


To take advantage of this special offer, visit this link and place either the MAV or MAV7 into your shopping cart, then enter code DOC


KassWinns 15% all products

Go to and use this promotion code DOC2009


BIGWATER GUIDE SERVICE for trophy walleyes on Lake Erie

Captain Ross Robertson 419-283-7069

Mention Doc and get $50 off.


Joes Guide Service

320-260-6143 South Dakota hunting and fishing trips

Mention Doc for 10% off


Down River Tackle

Doc gets his custom painted lures here. Doc paints the old lures that he doesn’t use into lures he will use. Use the code hightech to receive the below discounts.

15% off for all orders plus free shipping on orders over $100.



Northern Waters Services

Free Re-Action System upgrade for your trolling motor with any boat purchase

Mike Sorensen 612-558-2902 Ramsey, MN


Professional Reel Service

I get my reel cleaning and repair here. 10% off labor on one reel or 15% off labor on 3 reels or more if you mention Doc

Kevin Rush
2103 N Teal Brook Ct
Wichita KS 67235  316-250-3071




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