Humminbird 899 HD SI
Message I have had the 899 two weeks and must say it is eye opening to say the least. In the first outing on JJP I bet I added 50 new way points mostly brush piles that I never happen to go over with my HB 597. Its got me pumped to say the least. I appreciated your last DVD in which you highlighted the 899 and 1199 units.
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Ray that unit is the best unit for the money on the market and it does all you will ever need and I am so glad you liked the DVD, I am building a utube page for the website right now and will be doing product reviews and fishing tips on it and we have 10 done already so watch for it soon, thanks again. Jim
Message I’m looking at buying a SI unit but want to be sure the speed is going to be accurate when im I’m running under 2 mph my 597 ci HD jumps and I’ve been told the 899 will also. In your video the unit at the steering wheel had a steady speed, what model was that one?
Answer from Jim Duckworth
I am not sure what unit was in the DVD you saw since I get new units each year, but despite what you heard the 899 HD SI is perfect for what you want and is reasonable in price and I run one of those on my Bow and an 1199 HD SI on the console and they both read out the speed perfectly so don’t be afraid to get the 899 Humminbird plus it has great down imaging in it and lots of other top end perks, in my opinion it is the best color big screen unit on the market for the money and you will love it. Thanks for buying my DVD and by the way if you get a chance I will be working the Nashville fairgrounds boat show in February and my booth will be right at the front door and I will be doing seminars also so come on by and visit with me and we can talk electronics, thanks for the fishing post. Jim
Message Managed to get five hours of trolling in today out of Leatherwood Resort. Lake is about two feet below summer pool with a surface temp around 83 degrees. Managed a keeper mix of around 20 fish consisting of Crappie,Stripe, Yellows, and Bass. The largest of the bunch were a 4 and 6 pound LM and a 4 ponund SM. Fish were holding in 15-20 foot of water off the creek ledge leading out to the main river channel. Fish came on Rebel Crappie Cranks an Radar 10 crankbaits. Mic- Old Hickory
Priest continues to be very productive for me all summer so far. Trolling last week produced a 4.5lb largemouth as well as many in the 2lb class on 200 series Bandits in 12-14ft along main lake. Also doing well on worms in all depths. Best year in quite a while for a weekend warrior. Night bites have been great on small drops as well, doesn’t seem to take much drop for them to stack up on.
Steve in M’boro
Thank you Steve. Jim
We fished again this past weekend on Kentucky Lake trolling for Crappie. Unfortunately the bite was slow. We only managed about 7 keepers.The surface temp dropped almost 10 degrees from the previous weekend and apparetnly killed the bite. Lake is about 1/2 foot below summer pool with the surface temp was around 78 degrees. We did manage to get in to a mess of stripe Saturday evening catching around 30 in the last hour of the day. Fish were in the 1-2 pound range and were in 13-15 foot of water having pushed the shad out of the main river channel. Fish were caught on Radar-10 crankbaits. Also managed one nice Smallmouth that was close to the six pound mark.
Mic- Old Hickory
Thank you very much for this fine fishing report how about some other guys help me get this back going good again, thank you all and Mike. Jim
Trolling crankbaits still good for Crappie even with the surface temps around 86. We trolled again out of Leatherwood resort and kept 40. Lake at summer pool with fish hanging in the 13-15 foot range while trying to keep the boat in the 20 foot range. Bandit 300 an Manns 15+ crankbaits were the best producers. Mic- Old Hickory
Priest on fire! every hump/ledge in 14 to 17 feet was stacked with hungry bass. why cant I have a day like this on tournament day. I had to leave feeding fish because my hands and wrists were wore out. Ken
I hope everyone has been out on old hickory the last couple of weeks cause its on fire. Just about everything that swims is being caught, i managed 10 species yesterday. Channel temps on the lower lake have been between 74-80 with some coves in the mid 80′s.
Ive been picking up some nices whites trolling the channel ledges in 12-18 feet. The bass are almost all postspawn now with the males guarding the nest hitting anything that comes by. Over the past couple of years fishing the lower lake ive started picking up more and more smallies no giants yet but the numbers of small ones is a promising look towards the future!
Happy Fishing Everyone
Kentucky Lake Update
Message We fished again this past weekend out of Leatherwood Resort on Kentucky Lake. Due to the cool weather the surface temp ranged from 67-72 degrees depending on the time of day with the lake 1/2 foot above summer pool. We managed around 100 fish in two days of trolling. We had around 40 Bass which came primarily on Rebel Deep Wee R’s and Radar 10 Crankbaits in the 10-13 foot depth range. Top fish weighed around 5 pounds with numerous others in the 2-4 pound range. We had around 30 Crappie that came mainly deeper in 15-20 feet of water off the creek ledges on Bandit 300 crankbaits. Crappie appear to have mostly spawned with only a few fish still having eggs. We also managed 10 catfish ranging in weight from 2-7 pounds.The balance of the fish were a mix of Stripe, Yellow Bass, and Bluegill.
Mic – Old Hickory
We fished again this past Saturday out of Leatherwood Resort on Kentucky Lake. We again trolled Bandit 300 and Radar 10 crankabits. We managed to keep 33 crappie in a full day of fishing. Fish were caught in 15-18 feet of water along the drop-offs. Surface Temp had risen to 67 degrees with the lake at summer pool. All were White Crappie and females full of eggs.