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Outdoor Equipment and Other Stuff I Use

Please excuse these pages – I I will post reviews of these items as soon as I get them and try them out.

Costa Galveston Sunglasses

Pickup Truck Crane

Camo Netting

Extension cord

Electric Leaf Blower

Sump Pump

This muffler for my Ford 1710 was more than $300 at the local Ford Tractor dealer!

I keep one in the fridge for frying fish filets!

i keep forgetting to turn the water hose off at the farm!

API Outdoors 16 Grandstand Skypod Tripod Stand

Self-Fusing Silicone Rescue Tape

Dog No-Bark Shocking Collar

Log Jack – Log Buck

I wish I had gotten one of these years ago! I cut wood and heat most of my house with a fireplace insert, and I am by myself when cutting wood. This log jack is amazing, making lifting a log off the ground to cut easy even if alone I have used it a few times and will never be without one again. I may get a second one so I can pick up the whole log, not just one end.

Electric Fence Charger


Electric Fence Wire

Electric Fence Insulators for Chain Link Fence

Electric Fence Corner Insulators


Campfire Reel roasters

These look cute and the reviews on the first one say kids love it. The second one only had one review and it showed a danger. I will order them and review them in detail. If you have kids, or kid-like adults, these would be fum!

Electronic Dog Training Collar

D-Con Rat and Mouse Poison
I have some rental houses so I buy in large quantities.

Flea Traps
I have had a major flea problem so I ordered these traps and refills – they work great, catching many fleas every day

CD Label Maker

CD Sleeves

Screwdriver Set

Ear Plugs

The Hook Depthfinders from Lowrance

Mew depthfinders

Mew depthfinders

Lowrance is announcing a new family of fish finders/chart plotters 式 the HOOKT series, featuring 9 , 7 , 5 , 4 and 3 inch models, and the End of Life for all models of the Elite CHIRP series.

The HOOK series features HOOK 9, HOOK 7, HOOK 5 and HOOK 4 standalone displays that combine CHIRP Sonar with DownScan ImagingT technology, a super bright, LED backlit display, built in GPS antenna and a wide range of high definition mapping opt ions. The HOOK family also includes the HOOK 3 series, featuring bright color displays with Broadband SounderT or DownScan ImagingT. CHIRP Sonar Advantage Easier to identify and distinguish bait and game fish targets • Better target identification at greater depths Mark fish clearly at faster boat speeds Exclusive HOOK CHIRP Advantages No other standalone fish finder has integrated CHIRP sonar No other standalone fish finder offers fish revealing DownScan Overlay Multiple CHIRP frequency options from a single transducer CHIRP sonar performance with the Lowrance HDI SkimmerY TrackBackT sonar history Simple to Use Intuitive page selection Simple menu selections On screen sonar adjustments Quick release, tilt swivel bracket with optional RAMY mount integration Best Mapping Insight GenesisT Insight PRO Navionics C MAP Elite CHIRP End of Life With the announcement of the new HOOK series all Elite CHIRP series models are being discontinued

Elite CHIRP inventory is available while supplies last, on a first come, first served basis, and must be delivered in 2015. If the Elite CHIRP model you want to order is not available, you can place an order for a new HOOK series unit with shipments beginning in December 2015

Lowrance is announcing a new family of fish finders/chart plotters 式 The Elite Ti series, featuring 7 and 5 inch touchscreen displays. The Elite Ti series combines high end features with powerful performance at an affordable price.

Hook depthfinders

Hook depthfinders


The Elite Ti series features 7 and 5 inch standalone displays that include a touchscreen, easy to use interface, CHIRP Sonar, StructureScanY HD SideScan and DownScan ImagingT, built in GPS antenna and a wide range of high definition mapping options. Elite Ti models support Low/Mid/High CHIRP and 50/83/200/455/800kHz frequencies.

Integrated wireless connectivity allows boaters to not only download software updates directly to the unit, but also gives them the capability to download Insight Genesis custom maps Directly to the chartplotter 式 for immediate use. The Elite Ti series is scheduled to start shipping in February 2016. Elite Ti Feature Summary: High resolution touch display LED backlit color display with touchscreen interface provides fast, fingertip access to all Elite Ti features CHIRP Sonar, StructureScanY HD and DownScan ImagingT CHIRP Sonar offers improved fish target separation and screen clarity, while the StructureScanY HD sonar imaging system with exclusive Lowrance DownScan ImagingT delivers photo like images of fish holding structure on both sides and directly beneath your boat. StructureScan HD requires optional TotalScanT transducer. TrackBackT Rewind your CHIRP sonar, SideScan or DownScan Imaging history to review structure or fish targets and mark the location with a waypoint. Internal GPS antenna Highly accurate, built in GPS antenna plus a detailed U.S. map Optional chart upgrades Optional Americas chart upgrades include Lake InsightT and Nautic InsightT PRO and HD, Navionics HotMapsY Premium and Fishing HotspotsY PRO. Global chart upgrade options include Navionics + and Jeppesen C MAP MAX N and MAX N+. Built in wireless connectivity Provides access to the GoFree Cloud where you can shop, purchase, download and immediately use Insight maps, and third party maps from GoFree partners MicroSD card slot Quick Release bracket

Electronic Fishing Equipment I Use and Like

The following electronic fishing equipment, from depthfinders to cameras, are things I use and like:
You can never have enough charging cables!


Audio System for GoPro Camera



SD Cards

GoPro Hero 3 Silver

GoPro Skeleton Case



Batteries and Charger for GoPro Camera

Mic Adapter for GoPro

Underwater Camera

Underwater Camera
Aqua-Vu AV710 Underwater Camera

Boat, Motor and Trolling Motor Equipment I Use

I like and use the following boat, motor, trolling motor and other related equipment

Steel Cable Trolling Motor Pull Cord

T-H Marine G-Force Trolling Motor Replacement Handle and Cable

T-H Marine G-Force Trolling Motor Replacement Handle and Cable

Endorsed by B.A.S.S. Elite Pro Gerald "G-Man" SwindleRugged nylon jacketed stainless steel cableLarge comfortable cushioned grip handleThe G-Force Trolling Motor Replacement Handle and Cable from T-H Marine is a giant step forward in trolling motor replacement release and lift systems. Endorsed by B.A.S.S. Elite Pro Gerald "G-Man" Swindle, the G-Force Handle is a rugged, nylon jacketed stainless steel cable with a large comfortable cushioned grip handle. The last thing a tournament angler or any angler needs is a broken rope and handle. And as trolling motors become more powerful, complex and heavy, this is a real concern. The G-Force handle eliminates this potential problem. Fits most trolling motor models and makes. Comes with a hook-n-loop strap to secure to the motor shaft while underway.







yamaha Water/Gas filter separator

Crankbaits and Jerkbaits I Like and Use

These crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for me:

Rapala DT Series Crankbaits

Rapala DT Dives-To Series Crankbaits

Bomber Deep Fat Free Shad Crankbaits

Bomber Deep Fat Free Shad Crankbaits

Dives up to 19Tourney-proven actionSlim baitfish profileRsonant rattleBrilliant, fish-attracting finishesA 19 dive on one cast? That’s right. The Deep Fat Free Shad gets down to where the biggest bass lurk, and its tourney-proven action and slim baitfish profile draws the strike every time! And with a resonant rattle and brilliant, fish-attracting finishes, your cranking success is assured. Length: 3. Weight: 3/4 oz.







Strike King KVD 1.5 Flat Side

SPRO McStick 110 Jerkbaits

Fishing Line I Use and Like

I use the following lines when fishing. Sometimes Bass Pro is cheaper, sometimes Amazon is – check both!

Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting Line - Filler Spools

Sunline Reaction FC Fluorocarbon Fishing Line - 200 Yards

Sunline Reaction FC Fluorocarbon Fishing Line – 200 Yards

100% Fluorocarbon developed specifically for reaction lures10% More stretch than FC Sniper Utilizes an FC material formulated for easy handling and reel performanceDouble resin processing for a slicker surface Dyed stealth gray colorHigh specific gravity allows crankbaits to reach max. depthsSunlines Reaction FC Fluorocarbon Fishing Line is designed specifically for reaction baits, such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, rattle baits, and vibrating jigs. Made from a softer, high-strength fluorocarbon material, Reaction FC Fluorocarbon line is very flexible and stress free. Therefore, it handles better on a reel and casts farther than traditional fluorocarbon lines. Formulated to have more stretch than other Sunline fluorocarbons, Reaction FC is double-resin processed for outstanding slickness that delivers improved castability. Its stealth gray color increases its invisibility in water of any color. A high specific gravity allows crankbaits to reach maximum depths.







Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Line

Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Line

Proven reputation from whipping-up on big bass Thin, strong and highly sensitive Outstanding durability High specific gravity is ideal for fishing deep waters 200 yardsLow water absorption for minimal weakening underwaterSunline Super FC Sniper FC Fluorocarbon Line was born in Japan, but earned its reputation as an outstanding line by whipping-up on big bass stateside. Formulated with the stealthyness of a sniper, Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Line is nearly invisible and offers a high specific gravity which makes it ideal for picking off bass in deep water. Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Line offers outstanding durability, high strength to diameter ratio and low water absorption which minimizes line weakening underwater.







What Are Some Last Minute Fishing Christmas Gifts?

Last Minute Gifting Ideas for Fishing
from The Fishing Wire

Some great ideas for the fisherman, fisherwoman or fisher-kid on your gift list.

We’ve all been there. The final days of shopping before the Christmas mêlée have arrived, and here we sit with no gifts purchased. It is time to act. Is it possible that the angler in your life could live without a new rod or accessory, perhaps. Doesn’t your fishing buddy deserve something nice? After all the fish he’s boated and the stories he’s heard you tell over and over again, I think he has earned it, and that angler needs some new gear.

Here are a few selections to take the guesswork out of your next purchase.

Fishing Buddy Gift Idea

Spooling line can be an arduous task, but it doesn’t have to be. The new, compact design, the Berkley® Portable Line Spooling Station takes the pain out of spooling fishing reels. This is one of those gifts that can benefit you in the end. When your buddy gets really good at using the Portable Spooling Station slide over a few of your reels for a quick spool.

Holding up to a 300-yard spool, the spring-loaded spool arm provides spool tension for ease of use. The spinning reel spool attachment eliminates annoying line twist experienced while spooling using conventional methods.

Anglers can manually spool spinning reels or speed up the process using the integrated hex shaft with a drill. The compact design with hang tab makes storage easy for later use. MSRP for the Berkley Portable Line Spooling Station is $29.99.

Ladies Gift Idea

For those of us that have forgotten our female anglers this Christmas, rush out and grab one of the Shakespeare® Ladyfish combos. Purchasing one of these also benefits the American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF.) So really, you’ve purchased a great gift and donated a portion of your money to a great cause.

Each rod in the refreshed lineup features tapered, more comfortable grips with ladies’ smaller hands in mind. The expanded assortment also includes a variety of lengths and actions with EVA, Cork, and Hybrid-Tech Grips (HTG™). The Ladyfish lineup offers solutions for female anglers with varying skill levels and is available in a variety of price points starting at $19.99 to $39.99.

Youth Gift Idea

This is perhaps the most difficult purchase. Youth want to be indoors playing on a video game or rummaging through the mountain of toys in their closet. This Christmas ignite the outdoor adventure with one of the Shakespeare® Wild Series rods or combos.
The Shakespeare® Wild Series includes 16 specifically tailored combos for walleye, trout, panfish, salmon/steelhead, catfish and flyfishing.

Adding to the adventure-packed Wild Series’ lightweight, functional features, the reel has a durable aluminum spool and handle with soft-touch knob that performs under the most rigorous conditions.

Salmon/steelhead and catfish models offer a carbon-fiber drag system while other models have the reliable multi-disc drag system. Fly reels are prespooled with backing and weight-forward line.

If anglers aren’t in need of a combo, Shakespeare is offering 16 Wild Series rods that match what is offered with the combos. These one- and two-piece rods give anglers a wide range of sizes and actions. The Wild Series’ MSRP is $39.99 to $69.99.

Don’t get left behind this Christmas season. Give the gift of angling and the outdoors to those around you. It’s crunch time so get out there and finish the year strong.

Are the St Croix Triumph X Rod Cool Rods?

Just Call it the “Cool Tool”

Triumph X backs its sporty, confident looks with the performance you expect from St. Croix
from Traditions Media

St. Croix’s new Triumph X rod series

St. Croix’s new Triumph X rod series


Park Falls, WI (November 24, 2014) – Even in fishing, style sells. In a sport where product performance should be the ultimate measure – even the deciding factor in sealing the deal at the cash register – looks do matter. Regrettably, some rod makers prey on this premise by putting “lipstick on the pig.”

Fortunately, there are proud, legacy manufacturers like St. Croix Rod who embrace the coolness factor while never succumbing to cheapness.

While visually alluring, even radical in appearance, St. Croix’s new Triumph X rod series owns its price-range in quality and performance. But long before the vibrant, airbrushed colors visually distinguish Triumph X from surrounding rods on the rack, technology and decades of advanced St. Croix engineering underpin its stature.

Beneath the striking burnt-orange and purplish-black façade is an SCII graphite blank that begs to accompany a more expensive rod. But at a hundred bucks, Triumph X is a triumph in blank construction at a reasonable price.

Component wise, the Triumph X features an EVA split-grip handle – again, a feat for the dollars. Split-grip practitioners embrace the progressive design’s balanced casting, comfort and lessened overall weight. Triumph X users will appreciate said benefits, which were once reserved for more expensive rods.

Fuji® DPS or ECS reel seat with black hood(s) complement the blank cosmetics while providing all-day casting comfort. Hard aluminum-oxide guides set in distinctive black frames support casting distance while holding up to the rigors of the sport. And this while precision-wound thread-wraps are safely situated beneath two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.

All 12 spinning and casting rods in the Triumph X series are cultured for outstanding strength, sensitivity and hook-setting power. And amongst those dozen members are select rods for targeting bass, walleyes, pike, panfish and whatever else swims across your path.

Backed by a 5-year warranty and St. Croix’s celebrated Superstar Service, your affordably priced Triumph X rod doubles as a capital investment.

The Triumph X series is designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin, and handcrafted in St. Croix’s advanced facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. They retail for $90 to $100.
Catch Fish with St Croix Rods
About St. Croix Rod

St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 65-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.

Internet Routers and Other Computer and Phone Hardware and Software

I have had a Linksis 2.4 GH router for many years. Recently I got a Windows 8 computer and everything worked fine with my old computer on Windows Vista. WHen my wife got a new computer, a Dell like mine with Windows 9, every time she turned it on it crashed our router. We are ordering the router below to see if that solves the problem – Dell says it can’t be the computer! We will see.

Update – I ordered the router below and received it in two days. It works! I have two Dell Windows 8 computers, an old Dell with Windows Vistas, a Dell laptop with Windows Vistas, a Samsung netbook computer with Wiondows XP and a Lexmark printer all running through it and it is handling them all fine. And it seems faster!

Lexmark printer ink I use.

I dropped my IPhone 4s and broke it so I upgraded to an IPhone 5. Of course the power cords from the 4s don’t work so I had to order new cords. I had plenty of the USB plugs for outlets and cigarette lighters so all I needed were the cords and they are not too expensive.

I also put my new phone in an Otter waterproof case. It costs $90 at the Verizon store – should have waited to get it from Amazon! I am on the water a lot so waterproof is important. Of course, if I drop it in 30 feet of water the phone wills still work but I could not get it back but if I fall in with it in my pocket, or get soaked in a downpour, the case should protect the phone.