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Traverse City Bass Guide Service and Sport Fish Michigan's Captains Ben Wolfe, Ron Dohm, and Chad Dilts go early spring bass fishing in northern Michigan. Catch and release smallmouth bass sight fishing!
Here we go! Look at them all! That's one. Got it... oh yeah! There he is - nice bass! Got 'em. Nice smallie! Awesome! Look at that fish - nice one. Come here! How about that?! Yes sir - look at that! That's a good four pounder. Northern Michigan gold right there. For more information, or if you're looking for a Captain or Guide in the State of Michigan, please give Sport Fish Michigan a call, or check us out on the web at www.SportFishMichigan.com.
Captain Ben Wolfe of Sport Fish Michigan and Traverse City Bass Guide Service shows you how to transfer GPS waypoints from a Humminbird unit to a new Humminbird unit.
Hi, I'm Captain Ben Wolfe with Sport Fish Michigan and Traverse City Bass Guide Service. You know, it's spring here in Michigan, and I've got some new electronics on my bass boat. But I also have some really good GPS waypoints on this other boat, and it's in the Humminbird unit on this boat. So, I want to be able to take these GPS waypoints that are on this boat and take them over to my other boat, the electronics on that boat. So, I'm going to walk you through the steps that I use to get the GPS waypoints off of one Humminbird unit and put them on another Humminbird unit. It's very simple. There are a couple of steps to take, but it's actually pretty simple once you know how to do it. Right now I've got my Humminbird unit already turned on. All I'm going to do is open up the access door. That's going to allow me to insert my blank SD card into the slot here. These GPS waypoints doesn't take up much data on the SD card, but do make sure that it's blank before you start. Now that I'm there, I'm going to hit the menu button twice. I come up with a whole bunch of different menus up here. I want to use my cursors, the arrow buttons, to scroll over to the navigation page. So here, right there, is the navigation page. It's just abbreviated "NAV." Once I'm there, I'm going to use the cursor and scroll down until I find the box that says "Export All Nav Data." It's right here, and it's highlighted in yellow. So now, all I need to do is take my cursor and there's a little arrow that indicates to the right - so I'm just going to hit that "right" (>) button. Now it gives me an option - Yes or No. Confirm: Save tracks, waypoints, routes to MMC/SD, overwriting all tracks, waypoints, and routes on the MMC/SD card. That's exactly what I want to do, because I want to take these GPS waypoints off of this unit. It's going to still store them on this unit, but I want to be able to export them onto my SD card so that I can take them to my other Humminbird units. So I'm gonig to hit "Yes" (>). It has already saved this - there's a little yellow band there, and once that yellow band disappears, saying that it has successfully saved, that's all there is to it. I can now take out my SD card from this little navigation port and take the card over to my bass boat and input them into the Humminbird unit that's there. That's all there is to it. So, we're ready for step 2. Let's head over to the bass boat. OK - now that I have my SD card with the GPS waypoints from my other boat, I'm going to input them onto my Humminbird unit on my bass boat. It's very, very simple. I need to make sure that my Humminbird unit is on. Then I'm going to open this hatch door, insert my card, and it's going to give me a prompt. The prompt is going to ask, automatically, if I want to "Upload new data from SD card?" Yes or no. I'm just going to use my cursor, left (<) or right (>) to accept or reject uploading. Once I hit upload, it's as simple as that. I'm going to hit upload with the right (>) cursor arrow to say "Yes." I get this little message that says "Loading," as many tracks or waypoints or whatever. Once that goes away the input is done. I have now taken the GPS waypoints from my other boat, from the Humminbird Helix on that boat, and put them on the Helix on this boat. It's just as simple as that. Try this - whether you're using multiple boats, like we do here at Sport Fish Michigan and Traverse City Bass Guide Service - or if you're updating a unit, from an older unit to a new one. This process is just as simple as that, and that's all you have to do to get waypoints from one unit onto the next unit.
Fishing in Michigan during the spring season offers an exciting variety of species, including smallmouth bass, walleye, lake trout, steelhead, brown trout, and cisco... abundant in Michigan's beautiful rivers and lakes!
Captain Ben Wolfe discusses and demonstrates sight casting for pre-spawn smallmouth bass, including casting to isolated structure. Michigan's beautiful, clear waters create remarkable bass sight fishing opportunities. Learn more about the Jika Rigs used in this video:
One of the things I love about northern Michigan is that we don't always have to have fish on beds to be able to sight fish. By that, I kind of alter the definition of sight fishing just a little bit. Because we have such clear water up here, we can go and sight cast at various targets - whether it's a laid-down log, a rock, weed line, really what-have-you. And a lot of times, cruising fish, as well. We're looking for the structure and making casts to that structure even before we necessarily know that there's a fish there. A lot of times, we can watch a follow, or watch the take, depending on the type of bait we're using. Sight fishing up here can be a really special thing to do, but it doesn't always have to be on beds - and that's kind of the great thing about fishing in clear water. Jika rig tube in there. See if we can get one to come out. There we go! Good one! Good one! That is what we came in here for. You know, I just cast at a likely looking boulder there. I cast on the side. You always want to make sure you go past it, that way the bait is working true when it comes in there. And good things like this. Let's get this one back. One really critical thing when we're structure fishing on these northern Michigan waters is if you find a smallmouth relating to, say, a rock, and it's on one side of the rock - really try to pay attention. A lot of times, throughout the day, what we'll notice is that those fish will orient on that same side of the rock, whether its the northeast side or the south side. That can really help pinpoint when you see structure and you know then which side of that structure to cast to. That way, we can make a good, accurate cast at that fish the first time, and not have to necessarily hunt out or spook them, alerting them to our presence. There we go! One cast! This is so much fun! There is just no quit in these northern Michigan smallmouth. They're so awesome. Beautiful northern Michigan smallmouth. Let's get him back in the water. That was a fun afternoon. We worked our way around a shallow flat, looking for isolated structure, made some casts with a Jika rig tube, and used a drop-shot rig as a follow-up. Got some really nice fish, and that's really what it's all about. This pattern holds true whether it's pre-spawn like we're in now, or the spawn, or post-spawn, and throughout the summer and fall. Clear water - and these fish are going to orient to any kind of structure. Just cast past it, bring your bait close to it, and probably - more than likely good things will happen for you. For more information, or if you're looking for a Captain and Guide in the State of Michigan, please give Sport Fish Michigan a call, or check us out on the web at www.SportFishMichigan.com.
Whether you're casting, jigging, or trolling, spring lake trout fishing in northern Michigan is always exciting and fun! Lake trout can be targeted on the Grand Traverse Bays, Lake Michigan, and select inland lakes.
Michigan's rivers offer fantastic spring steelhead fishing opportunities for anglers. Let Sport Fish Michigan's Captains and Guides provide you with a great day of fishing on northern Michigan's beautiful rivers!
Bass fishing in northern Michigan during the spring is an experience every avid bass fisherman should have! Enjoy fishing in our gin-clear waters with an active smallmouth bass bite throughout the day.
Capt. Ben Wolfe fishing \ jigging for Michigan walleye in late February.
Hi, I'm Captain Ben Wolfe with Sport Fish Michigan. It's the third week in February here and we've got a beautiful, sunny day. It's open water so we thought we'd pop down here to the Saginaw River and jig up some walleyes. We've got a lot of walleye in the system, a lot in that 8-12 inch range, but if you keep grinding through them, you can catch these nicer ones. We haven't had the main push of big walleye yet, but if you keep fishing hard you can still find some perfect eaters just like this. Fill up a cooler and get a limit, just like we've got today.
Fishing for Cisco in northern Michigan with Sport Fish Michigan's Captains and Guides. Book your hands-on, light tackle, vertical jigging trip with Sport Fish Michigan to experience the best Michigan fishing.
Doubles and triples! This is about the average size cisco here that we're catching on Grand Traverse Bay. Loads and loads of fun!
Platte Bay, Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers incredible fishing opportunities for anglers. Clear water, beautiful scenery, and big fish abound. Join Sport Fish Michigan for a fishing trip on Platte Bay. Their experienced Captains and Guides are sure to put you on fish and ensure you have a great day on the water.
To experience the thrill of sight fishing for coho salmon, give Sport Fish Michigan a call today.
Kim Stricker from The Outdoor Channel's Hook n' Look television show talks about fishing with Sport Fish Michigan's Guides and Captains.