Do you need a new Vexus with T-H Marine doo-dads, a MotorGuide trolling motor, Jewel DockStix and some Sea Foam Marine PRO in the tank? Either it’s “heck yeah!” or I’m just talkin’ ’bout myself…but here’s why I dig it all.
If you don’t have coin for a glass boat or like tin better anyhow, the AVX glass-tin hybrid boats are absolute money. Once again I run the AVX 1980 with a 150 and it rocks. Period — check the YT video. I drove one before I bought it, and drivin’ it sealed the deal so…don’t drive one unless you’re ready lol!
If you DO have the coin or are wantin’ to buy the most amazing bass boat you can own, the VX is that boat. It’s sick — YT vid here:
Get in one, drive it, check out how it’s built — and how the trailers are built (Vexus build their own) — and make up your own dang mind! Note: the vids linked up there ^ are just regular bass-heads talkin’ No hype. No hype needed man….
2. Gitcha rig Sea Foamed!
Whatever boat you run, recommend you do not use any gas — even without ethanol — without running Sea Foam Marine PRO in your tank at least a couple times a year, and before storing your boat. Bottom line is it helps clean out all the bad stuff that happens from burning gas in your outboard — AND it does it without detergents that can harm seals and stuff cuz it’s made out of petroleum products.
Learn ya about that in this YT vid, and here’s how to get your rig running better with it:
3. MotorGuide Tour and Tour Pro motors
Here’s why I’m running a MotorGuide: I wanted to. Lemme explain that because I had to make that decision for a new boat right around the time we went from 2 trolling motor companies to 4. And yep, MotorGuide sponsors the BB which was one factor but for sure wasn’t everything. So:
1. The folks at MotorGuide — let’s call ’em “Sam” and “Nate” — chased me down at the 2019 ICAST to show me the new Tours. They were so proud of ’em. I was skeptical based on the previous MotorGuides but okay: I tested ’em a little (out of the water), asked a lot of questions, filed it away. They were confident, which I liked, and — no offense to Lowrance or Garmin — I figured MotorGuide and Minn Kota had to know the most about trollers.
2. MotorGuide pros who I know and whose opinions I respect REALLY liked the new motors and had no issues I’m aware of with them. Don’t believe me, talk to this guy:
3. I knew that all electronics companies wanted us to have everything on our boats just be one brand. But I wasn’t ready to make that decision…I didn’t know enough about each of them from personal experience. And I wasn’t sure about signing up for a completely new, untested (sorta) motor, meaning Garmin or Lowrance.
Yep I knew I could run a Minn Kota with non-Humminbird electronics if I wanted, but the MotorGuide was newer (I think the Minn Kota hadn’t changed much), the MG supposedly could play nice with all electronics brands (universal sonar), and it had Spot-Lock too (GPS anchoring).
4. Two more things sealed the deal. One was cable steer. The other was the fact that I have a bad lower back (athletics >> surgery >> never the same) and MotorGuide’s Zero-G Lift Assist was friggin’ amazing. That actually meant a lot to me.
Sooo…I have the Pro — no GPS anchoring tho :(. The Tour Pro wasn’t available when I needed a motor, but I’m a-gettin’ it as soon as it’s out. I can tell you the regular Pro works great, so far plays great with Humminbird and Garmin units, and is a breeze to pick up and put down.
Just my story. More info on the Tours here on the MotorGuide site.
Is it fun to look at all the stuff T-H Marine sells for boats? Yep! Does it kinda stink too…cuz I can’t afford it all at once? Yep!
But here’s the deal — I love customizing stuff. Guitars, guns, trucks, boats — come to think of it I don’t do it much with baits?? Anyhow, here’s the T-H stuff I most want on my boat right now — and I had to cut this list way down lol:
– Hot Foot Pro
– KVD HydroWave — Heck yeah I want his version! Quick story:
– G-Force Elinimnator Prop Nut (red!)
– Tackle Titan Lure Hanger Kit
– Tackle Titan Mini Lure and Tool Holder
– Steer Stop Hydraulic Steering Locks
You might not know the folks at Jewel are geniuses at coming up with stuff that solve or enhance fishing sitches. They’re so good at what they do they actually make a bunch o’ stuff for other folks, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. This is about the DockStix, which in my opinion are friggin’ genius man. I have no idea how anyone even thinks something like them up.
Basically they’re hollow metal “sticks” with industrial-grade bungees that let you a) securely attach your boat to docks using cleats and other things while b) making sure your boat is just far enough away that it doesn’t rub on the dock even when a wake hits (my experience).
Reading that took longer than actually figurin’ out how to use ’em — here’s Earl from Jewel with a quick indoor deal on it, all you need to know: