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Seeing is Believing
By Norb Wallock
I looked at my Apelco Electronics
530 as I crossed the lake and noticed that there was a few humps or plateaus
out in the middle of the lake. I turned the
Targa 2000 around and headed back to the underwater cliffs. As I
slowed down I noticed on my Apelco 530 depthfinder a small cloud of baitfish
hanging off the structure on the shaded side. I settled the Targa
2000 down and started making a few figure 8 turns over the top of the structure.
The Apelco 530 showed some bigger fish a little below and behind the baitfish.
I tossed out a
#10 Husky Jerk and pulled it down so it brushed the edge of the structure
and then I let it sit for about five seconds. POW! I
felt the line go taunt and a tug was felt the minute I set the hook.
With a few bottom sounding runs I netted a chunky 6 lb. walleye and was
amazed that out here in the open these fish were chasing a school of baitfish.
I quickly released that fish and tried my presentation all over again.
The scenario was an exact duplicate of the first. Within 10 minutes
I had landed at least 5 walleyes in that same 6 lb. class.
The secret to this was in the electronic depthfinder, my Apelco
530. If I hadn’t been looking at that running across the lake I would
have never known that there was an underwater hump and I surely wouldn’t
have fished out in the open like that unless there was something there
that was holding baitfish and attracting the walleyes.
There are two rules to walleye fishing. First of all, walleyes
will always be where the food is. Secondly, the location of
the walleyes will dictate what the best presentation should be.
Before you reach the boat landing you should know the general
area where walleyes should be. Homework analysis of seasonal walleye
movements and a check with local bait shops and guides before hand will
tell you that much. But a school of walleyes could still be anywhere
within a five-mile radius once you get out onto the water. So how
do you find them?
I would highly recommend you look into a good depthfinder. (fish
locators, fishfinder, sonar are just a few names given to depthfinder)
Here again, you have to do your homework and get a good quality unit.
I prefer, as I mentioned before the Apelco 530 model. The reason
I like this unit is that it is manufactured by one of the leading marine
electronic companies, Raytheon. The Raytheon name is better known
around avionics and large ship navigation especially in the area of radar.
They have been making fishfinders for years and they know what the sportsman
is looking for.
As a fishfinder the 530 can’t be beat. All the latest Apelco
fishfinding features are included, bottom coverage digitally displaying
the diameter of the cone angle, White Line, and on-screen window,
to call up a temperature graph, digital temp, speed and trip log as well
as GPS information. Apelco’s duel-beam transducer allows you to toggle
between a 49-degree beam for superior; wide bottom coverage and narrow
beam 17 degree for superior definition. Locate structure and drop-offs
with the wide beam and really get a close, accurate look with the 17-degree
The other thing that I think I should mention is that Apelco
has the best warranty in the industry. You’ll receive a no charge
two-year parts and two-year labor on any fishfinder model purchased.
Remember you have to see them to catch them!!
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