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Alamo / Re: Alamo 3-23-19
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:46 PM »
Cool thanks for the report.  I bet it is gonna really start hitting with stable weather heating up.

Spring Crappie Fest / 2019 Spring Crappie Fest at Roosevelt Lake
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:22 PM »
2019 Spring Crappie Fest at Roosevelt Lake
The AZCA Spring Crappie fest is set!  Location is Roosevelt Lake, Grapevine group site, Grebe loop.  All activities will occur in the center ramada in the Grebe loop.

Thursday, April 11th
9am: Loop is open to current AZCA members only.  Once you enter the loop, please see AZCA Vice President Dave Thompson with your completed camping form and you will receive your parking pass for the weekend.  If he is not there, ask for another AZCA club officer to get your parking pass.  Dave will collect camping forms from all attendees nightly.

Friday, April 12th
12 noon: Loop is open to all registered users of to set up camp. Once you enter the loop, please see AZCA Vice President Dave Thompson with your completed camping form and you will receive your parking pass for the weekend.  If he is not there, ask for another AZCA club officer to get your parking pass.  Dave will collect camping forms from all attendees nightly.

5:45pm: Group dinner and campfire. The AZCA will provide charcoal for the grills in the center ramada so bring whatever youd like to cook.  We may have cornhole for those interested.

7pm: Campfire.  Please bring some firewood to share.

Saturday April 13th
5:45am-6:30am: Derby director takes entry forms and checks livewells for the fishing derby. Please see the attached derby form for details.

3pm: Weigh-in for the fishing derby. Please see official rules, please do not be late but if you know you will be, please let the derby director know so we are not waiting for you.

4pm: Official AZCA meeting. For AZCA members, be sure and get your AZCA membership form and money to our Membership Director, Larry Larsen.

4:45pm: Raffle!  Bring cash so you have a chance to win some of the awesome prizes being awarded.  This is your year to win!

5pm: Fish cleaning.  This is a great opportunity for club members

5:45pm: Fish fry & pot luck dinner. The AZCA will fry the fish. Everyone please bring a side dish, desert, etc to share.

7pm: Campfire. Please bring some firewood to share.

8pm: Poker tournament hosted by Tommy FishMan.  Tunes provided by Menrats.

Sunday, April 14th
8am: Camp tear down and clean up. Everyone is expected to clean up their own camp site and help clean up the group area.

11am: SCF 2019 is over and everyone must be out of the loop.

Alamo / Re: Alamo Lake 15/16/17
« on: March 18, 2019, 04:56 PM »
Great report, thanks.  Amazing how quickly that lake level can change.  Cool you found them in a new spot.  Ages ago we'd fish by the dam but it seemed like last few trips we didn't try that area.

Roosevelt / Roosevelt 3/15-3/16
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:01 PM »
On the water 1pm Friday 3/15 and wind was howling.  We went to some habitats and found them at 45-50ft deep and then headed into coves away from the wind.  Water temp out in the open water was 50 degrees and a little warmer in the coves.  Only crappie our boat caught for both days was Friday afternoon caught by WallyG with jig and minnow not shallow.  Water very dirty and debris running down middle of lake.

Hey Fishless/Art - the water fowl closure is done and those areas are open now, right?

Roosevelt / Re: LTF starting proceedure Saturday
« on: March 14, 2019, 05:10 PM »
wow, how does it come up 3ft in 24 hours?  Wow 42,000 change in 24 hours all last week it was about 6k from runoff.  That storm must have really hit the right spot.  61% full baby! Who's going old school flotilla at Schoolhouse buoys??!

Crappie Gear / Re: New Electronics - Who has what installed
« on: March 13, 2019, 03:36 PM »
One thing I'd like to add is the remote battery sucks. At least for my setup. I've bought plenty of replacements, and cant come up with a solution. I don't get what i think i should out of mine. Which is 10 plus hours on the water
I agree as well.  I think the original battery in the remote may have performed better but MinnKota doesn't directly sell a replacement battery so you have to purchase one through other sources.  It's unknown how good that external source is for batteries (they could have those batteries sitting for years, which mean they won't perform as well).  I would hope they improved the remote battery life in newer versions of Terrova with iLink/iPilot but not sure.  I think ours are both several years old.  On a busy day mine will still only last 6-8 hours.  It wouldn't be as bad if I had a USB charger in the front of the boat.  And when the remote battery dies and you are on auto-pilot good luck.

San Carlos lake level going back to 2013.

Upcoming Events / Re: AZCA March 2019 Meeting at Roosevelt Lake
« on: March 12, 2019, 03:32 PM »
I'm working hard to get there Friday 6pm-ish and still unsure about Sat night.

Crappie Gear / Re: New Electronics - Who has what installed
« on: March 12, 2019, 03:30 PM »
I have 2 Humminbird 998C HD SI.  I got refurbished versions to help on cost.  Having touchscreen smart phones these days I hate not having touchscreen on my electronics.  The buttons on my front device sometimes stick - that's annoying.  I was annoyed I paid that much and the default transducer couldn't handle when I was on plane - annoying - so I had to buy another 2D transducer just for on plane.  Do my finders help me find structure and fish?  You bet!  But I'll admit I'm slow to learn on them and only though talking with others with similar models do I learn some tricks on them.  I like being able to enter waypoints on the computer and upload to the units on the boat (rather than entering waypoints on the units themselves).
I like the integration with my trolling motor for sure.  Telling the fish finder what waypoint to go to is pretty nice as is spot lock and just telling it to go a certain direction.  I downloaded nav maps and have used the feature to follow the contour so it always stays at a certain depth.  That was useful at Powell.  Each time I use one of these features though, it takes me some time to remember the process (I'm getting old).
Like all electronics, they become overtaken by newer technology within a few years. But I'm happy with my electronics and have no plans to upgrade unless I upgrade boat or one of the units dies.  I don't even know what's out there now. 
Lastly, I'm considering getting an underwater infared camera.  Ever see lots of things that look like fish on your electronics but never just quite sure what type of fish?  Would be nice to drop a camera down and verify your electronics by site.
I don't know if trolling motor counts as 'electronics' but I love my Terrova with ilink/ipilot.  Couldn't imagine not having that.

Roosevelt / Re: Matt: LTF entry & rules
« on: March 12, 2019, 01:42 PM »
I didn't see anything about the lake being off limits the day before the tournament......or did I miss that?  And that's $80 all in including big fish, right?
I didn't see anything regarding lake being off limits. Regarding $80 that says it's for the basic entry and then says includes $20 for big fish.  I assume that means the $80 includes the $20 allocation towards big fish and not that you'd have to pay $20 for big fish.  But don't quote me on that.  You can contact Tracy (info on registration form) to confirm.

Roosevelt / Re: Rosey 3/10
« on: March 11, 2019, 06:19 PM »
Thanks for the report. Still hoping to get out there next weekend.

Roosevelt / Re: Matt: LTF entry & rules
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:14 AM »
Art, I received another PDF from Let's Talk Fishin' and uploaded at the top of this event post:
The "Crappie Tournament Rules.pdf" on that post provides rules as well as how to register for the tournament on
I think their website is down now so perhaps try later.  Also attached on that post is "Crappie Entry Form 2019.pdf" which is the registration form in case you're not able to register online.

All Other Lakes / Re: Upper Lake Mary is flowing nicely
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:08 AM »
That's a cool video.  Looks nasty out there though. I wonder if any walleye or pike fall over the dam and get stuck down in the lower lake mary.

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