New Shoes!

It has been a very busy summer, usually I have the month of August for myself and family but after I fished the Forest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier then I headed to Detroit to fish the BASS Open,  from there I headed to Plattsburgh NY for the FLW Series tournament on Lake Champlian. The month of August has quickly turned into a marathon. I wanted to show everyone my latest update on my E-Team boat. In the past, I have added many things to it, including: a Koolwell Live well system, a satellite radio, a Lowrance down scan and side scan imager, as well as a Power Pole shallow water anchor. This time I have added a new set of tires and rims, and I am pretty excited about them. I have always liked to be able to personalize my trucks and boats but this is the first time I have added a new set of “shoes” to my boat trailer. I think the end result was exactly what I was looking for; I have always been a a big fan of muscle cars and the hot rod look – so why not make my Ranger Z520 look as fast on the trailer as it is on the water.
The rims are 15″ polished aluminum, just one size up from the stock 14″ rims. They are also a bit wider, so it gives it a fuller look in the wheel well. They are made by a company called Ultra, I had to try a couple of different rims before I went with these – just because I had a certain look that I was after. Most of the tire stores I went to just wanted to sell me the old wagon wheel type of rim for a trailer. The tires I chose are trailer tires, I have seen after market rims on boats before but they always had car type tires on them, they look great but when you replace something on your vechical or your boat make sure you are not sacrificing safty for style.
This is why I wanted to keep the tires a trailer tire load range C. Trailer tires offer you the safty of not having to worry if they will handle the load they carry and they are made with extreme rigid side wall construction (very important especially on a tandem axle trailer). Tires that are of this load range require 50 PSI unlike most cars which have a 32-35 PSI recommended air pressure. The tire size I went with is 15 inches of course to fit the new rims and they are 205 75 R15 Maxis ST Radial. I have used this brand of trailer tire before on my fifth wheel camper and I was pleased with their durability and look.
Like I said before, it is a busy month and I left the house and drove 600 miles to the Detroit tournament, another 700 miles to the next event and then will be driving 1100 miles back to my house. This will put me just under 3000 miles for just one month. I would not trust something that I would think was not the right tool for the job on a trip like that.
So far the new look has been very well recieved and the E-Team boat is looking good not only on the water but traveling up and down the roads as well. If you have any updates you have done on your own personal boats please upload a picture on my fan page, I would love to check them out. Once again thanks for checking me out on my web-site.
Good Luck and Good Fishing,
David

Have You Ever Noticed

Making a living tournament fishing is a job that not many people get to enjoy.  I am one of the lucky ones I guess, I have always wanted to do something like this with my life and looking back I feel like I should have quit work at the factory sooner than I did.  I have always loved the outdoors growing up in Michigan I used to do a lot of hunting and fishing.  Living up north you cant go fishing year round except for ice fishing (I tried it - didn’t like it) but even then, you must wait for safe ice or risk falling through. So hunting would start in September and go through the first of the year then you could do some stream or river fishing until April ( that time of year can be referred to as cabin fever).
I have been living in the south now for 20 years and I really enjoy being able to go fishing any time of the year. I still love to go hunting from time to time but for me fishing has always been my passion.  This being said I have spent ALOT of time on the water all over the country including trips to Canada, Mexico and Venezuela and while I am fishing it is important to pay attention to what is going on around you. This is important not only looking for signs of fish but being aware whats happening with the weather and keeping an eye on water conditions.  So in all these years I cant figure out a couple of things!  1. Where are all the baby carp?  I see carp in nearly every body of water and they are always about 5or 6 pounds all the way up to the giants around 50 pounds but a 12 incher never.  I cant explain this I am sure a 5 or 6 inch carp would make any bass a nice meal but we don’t even have carp colors on our baits.  2. Every lake I go to that has some type of aquatic grass in it always has coots swimming around you might of heard them referred to as black ducks as well.  If you ever see one you will now it buy its crazy sort of monkey noises they make and there uncanny ability to fly directly into the path of your boat while you are on plane, this is crazy because while you are fishing they always stay about 50 yards away from you.  Starting the engine and moving fast get ready to see some of the worst flying ever by any bird. Which reminds me how in the world do coots get from one lake to another I have to believe they charter a bus because I have never seen one more than 6 feet off the water. I also wonder why I have never seen any young coots as well, are they solid black too,  how many do they have, I don’t know what they look like or when they are hatched or even where they are raised?  3. Why do turtles act like the last person they saw just fired a couple of rounds off at them I mean really I watch these little guys make some neck breaking dives off limbs that are several feet in the air just to immediately then stick their head up out of the water right next to the boat and then scramble like mad for the bottom. Seriously , turtles just stay where your at I will just fish right on bye and you can continue sunning on that log you must of worked hours on getting to the top of.  It seems strange that so much of the animal life that is right around us we know so little about. Why do shad ball up on the surface some days and the very next day they are in 30ft, when do crayfish (crawdads) change color or do they?  So many questions so few answers. I have watched wildlife shows my whole life and It seems like I know more about how African lions kill zebras than how far a bass will travel.  Maybe I am just on a rant here but I was just wondering out loud Have you ever noticed………