I recently purchased a new Humminbird 998 fishfinder upon the good advice of friend Chris Vandemeer and also to compliment the 787 Humminbird I already had and enjoyed. The beauty of these units are the detail of bottom structure and fish marking capabilities, thanks to the side and down imaging technology. The GPS accuracy is superior ,and no more worrying about other competitive units with failing satelite signals and screens flicking off. You can pinnpoint your structures and waypoints and not have to worry about getting kicked off the satellite signal. Today was what I can honestly say was the day that the Humminbird was a " Game Changer " . Here's
how it went down , It was mid
afternoon ,bluebird day and a very slight north wind. Scugog being a shallow lake
,means go to the weeds , your talkin six feet average depth. My game plan is always
start on shallow weed lines then proceed from there , " NOT TODAY " .Old marble
eyes , Walters , eyewalls, were no where to be found.
Where did they go, the weather had been stable for days , so I opted on a wim to go
deep and with the aid of the electronics "humminbird" I started graphing deeper
weedlines and hardpan bottom (gravel,sand,)
"Bingo" the bottom came alive, the walleyes had moved from the shallows due to the
sensitivity of their eyes on these bluebird days ,and the obvious ,the bait had moved
also to deeper water. So within minutes the humminbird 998 saved the day ,with a
change up of a heavier jig 1/4 oz and a larger grub I was on the board or I should say
had slot size fish I'n the livewell I'n no time. I also opted for a bottom bouncer with a
worm harness , this tecnique is irresistable for deeper walleye that are eager to
bite.This is a normal occurance on a lot of the northern rocky structured lakes , so it just goes to show you if your on a lake with skinny water walleyes and your day is not lookin good give this a try . I'm certain you will be more successful, trust your electronics and get to know how to use them and Learn the difference between hard and soft bottom. I'n the photos you will see the change I'n transitions and weed clumping as you go deeper , and I'n the one photo you will see no weeds just
hardpan bottom with a big walleye suspended above bottom over a small bait school.
Luck have it I dropped a jig on top of this fish and chomp saw and felt the tick I'n the
line , set the hook and boated a 4-5 lb walleye, well over the slot and back she went.
Best of luck on your next outing.
Thanks " HUMMINBIRD "