I've been working on my 'new to me' Shoalwater boat these last several months and it's come time to install a sound system. The issue I've run into is that I don't have very much console space to 1) cut a hole and install a receiver or 2) place the receiver on the top of the console. So I searched the net and found this really cool stereo system - Prospecs Milennia MA-100PKG. For roughly $100 I can get an amp, speakers and the 'Aux-In' cable that will run to my Android phone. This is similar to plugging in your phone to the Auxiliary jack in a car.
I mounted the amplifier under the console and ran the Aux-In wire to a small hole that was already in my center console. Now I just plug my phone in and jam to my tunes.
The other nice thing about this is that the amp draws the same power as a normal receiver. So I don't have to hook up a long heavy gauge wire to my battery. I just hook the power through the control box on my console. Easy, easy, easy!
Keep or scrap: The reel dilemma
I get a lot of questions about when it’s time to service a reel or just replace it altogether. I typically go with the approach of replacement cost vs. maintenance cost. However I’ve had many people tell me they like a particular reel because they are comfortable with it or the reel might have sentimental value. So cost alone isn’t the only answer to this question.
I’m going to talk to the cost side of this as I don’t know whether that reel of yours caught your first 10lb bass or if it was a present from Uncle Bob. My experience is that the average cost of having a single reel maintained is about $30-$40. That is across the board and includes any necessary replacement parts. The most likely parts to have replaced are the spool bearings, then the drag washers followed closely by the anti-reverse or clutch bearing. If you have a very worn or corroded reel the cost will go up from there and could peak at over $100.
For your average reel $60 is the point where I typically begin asking customers what they want to do with the reel. I’m here to fix reels but I also like to advise people on making good choices with their angling gear.
If you want other hints on how to keep your reel lasting longer take a look at my blog from 4/16/2012 on reel maintenance tips.
We took a trip out to the Galveston West Bay and were on the fish yesterday. This was a 40th birthday present from my family! Thank you all as I had an awesome time out there!
Here's a pic of our catches. I got the largest Redfish while my sister caught the largest Speckled Trout.
I don't normally write blogs about much besides reels but I felt the need in this case to give a heads up to my readers. I went to a local tackle company here in Houston and found these Shimano Cocoon wraps and thought, "It's Shimano so I'll give them a try". Well, to my surprise I think these little lure wraps are awesome. No more do I get lures snagging everything in my vehicle or the boat. Just tie one of these on and no more snags, tangles, tears or cursing to go along with it. They are made of neoprene and have no trouble fitting over spinner baits, jigs, top-water baits, etc. I'd recommend to anyone who is particular about their rod storage.
We had a great time at the 4th Annual Slam tournament in Galveston this weekend. I appreciate all of you who participated! It was a great tournament even though our team only caught 2 flounder and the
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