Fishing Equipment

We will be fishing out of the 2017 2075 Lund Pro V pictured below. It's powered by a 250hp Mercury Pro XS Motor. Other equipment includes a Mercury 9.9 Pro Kicker, 36 Volt Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor and 3 Lowrance HDS 9 depth finders. We will be using a mixture of St. Croix and Limit Creek rods and Pflueger reels.

You will not be disappointed in equipment as I use only quality gear from hooks to outboards!

You will need to bring sunscreen, raingear, cooler for fish, fishing license, food and drinks. Everything else will be provided.

Product Reviews

www.lundboats.com I have been running a Lund Pro V for the past 24 years, this being my third one. The things that come to mind when describing Lund boats are dependability, durability and resale value. As a person that entertains people in my boat day in and day out it becomes evident quickly that these rigs are worth their weight in gold. Having folks in and out daily really puts things to the test from floors to carpet to seats to the integrity of the hull itself. It's hard to describe what equipment goes through without actually seeing it first hand. River sand, rain and snow ground into everything daily along with heavily dressed people(a lot of weight)being carried on long rides through waves and tight turns will expose any weaknesses quickly. Bottom line is, a shot with the vaccuum, a trip to the car wash and a once a week hull wipe off and these things look like new. I have now been in this rig for the past 18 months and haven't had to fix anything, notta. If you're in the market for a new boat and need a ride/drive, I'm always willing.

www.mercurymarine.com Mercury outboards have been a part of my world since I was 15 years old. I have owned many different models over the years from 15hp all the way up to the 225hp Pro XS I run as my main engine today. Dependability is the driving factor for me these days. There is always a lot of prep work for guided trips so the less variables I have the better. Having a Merc on the back end has eliminated one possible variable. It is just one thing I don't have to worry about at the start of every day.

www.pfluegerreels.com I introduced 12 new Pflueger 8230 Supreme MG spinning reels to my arsenal last February. My biggest concern when trying something new is the durability. It seems that every reel you pick up is pretty darn smooth out of the box but can loosen up pretty quickly if used every day.

I can honestly say that after 1 year of pretty hard use, the only mantainence I need to do on these 12 reels is 2 new bail springs. A pretty good testimonial considering I use these reels for everything I do with spinning equipment, from casting, to trolling heavier than recommended rigs and baits. They have also withstood the test of many cold winter outings on the Mississippi River. These Pfluegers get high marks from me after 12 months of hard use.

 

www.stcroixrods.com For the past 9 years I have been a guide for hire on the Upper Mississippi River. From day 1 St. Croix rods have been my bread and butter so to speak. I personally have used a sampling of everything from Premiers to Legend Extremes and found all to be very quality products but my go to rods are without a doubt the Avid series spinning rods. The Avid 6'6" spinning rod (AVS66MF) gets more use in my boat than any other by a wide margin. Not just the quality but it's price point and the fact that it is just built for what I do on the river.

Customer service is also something to consider. I have broken a few rods over the years and have never had an issue with replacement. They have great warranty and the process for replacement is pain free.