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  1. fishbytes

    Trolling Motor Feedback

    Good to know... Thanks again! I have an old Lowrance now (at least 10 yrs old), guess I will see if it is able to connect. Age may be a factor
  2. fishbytes

    Trolling Motor Feedback

    I can't tell you how much this input has helped... I greatly appreciate it and have already started shopping for the Xi5. Just got the wife's blessing too! I feel like a kid at Christmas...
  3. fishbytes

    Trolling Motor Feedback

    Mark / Southshore, is it a must to have a Lowrance or other GPS device for the trolling motor to connect to in order for the spot lock and route retrace to work?.... or is it an added feature, if you so choose?
  4. fishbytes

    Trolling Motor Feedback

    Mark, appreciate your input too... I would likely get the exact model you have if I go that route. Only thing I wish they had something between 55 and 80 thrust. If the 80 does that with a 22 ft Pathfinder, it may be a bit overkill for my 18 footer. Guess I would rather have a bit more thrust than not enough... Thanks again!
  5. fishbytes

    Trolling Motor Feedback

    Really appreciate the feedback guys... I am definitely leaning more towards the advanced models now with more input. Thank you so much again!
  6. My 10 + year old Motorguide Great White finally died on me. I need to replace it and have been looking at the new Motorguide Xi5 and Minn Kota Ipilot options. I have an 18 ft flats boat and use my trolling motor heavily, as I fish a lot of docks & mangrove shorelines. I am looking for real world feedback from fisherman who have and use the wireless versions. Do you feel they are worth the extra $? Do you find it more or less difficult to fish while trying to position the boat? Do the spot lock/ hold features work well and do you use them regularly? The little feedback I have received from friends are totally opposite. One claims its easier with a manual handle because you can move it with your leg/ body and still keep both hands on the rod and don't have a remote in one hand the whole time. The other guy swears it's much better than having to move the motor manually... So, I present this to the forum and truly appreciate and welcome any personal feedback you may have. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this (sorry it's a bit long). Tight lines to all!
  7. fishbytes

    Want To See Snook Blow Ups Like This?

    DANG!!! Wish I had a dock...
  8. fishbytes

    Rod Repair At Tarpon Fishing Outfitters

    I have not personally had any issues with TFO (tampa). That said, I have taken my rods to Southeastern (Florida avenue) several times with broken tips and they fixed them on the spot. Maybe took 15 minutes.
  9. fishbytes

    Why Hire A Guide?

    Well said Capt! Thank you
  10. fishbytes

    The ultraskiff 360

    Appreciate the feedback,Thump...
  11. fishbytes

    A Slobtastic Saturday On The Beast Coast

    All I can say is WOW! Nice work
  12. fishbytes

    Equipment Help: Loosing My Casting Distance

    Another possibility is that you may not have enough line on the spool. Typically when I start to notice a drop in distance it is due to the that. A lack of line also causes more friction on the "lip" thus dropping distance. just my .02
  13. fishbytes

    A First

    Love those fish!!! Good job
  14. fishbytes

    Kayak Milk Crates?

    Saw someone selling some pretty cheap on Craig's list a while back...