Using Electronics for both Ice Fishing for PanFish and Summertime Bass Fishing

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Outdoors, Clark Wendlandt, will show you a thing
or two on how to use groundbreaking technology,
Garmin Panoptix, in summertime bass fishing. But first, let’s show you
how Garmin Panoptix works in a very different condition. Steve Pennaz, host of a trendy
TV show, Lake Commandos, invites his good
friend, Wade Middleton, to northern Minnesota to
step out of his comfort zone. – I’ve always said
Wade didn’t wade fish. Wade didn’t ice fish much. But Wade does wade fish
and Wade’s getting ready to go ice fishing now. So this is a pretty
epic adventure for
me, in all honesty. I’m up in Minnesota with
my good friend Steve Pennaz but the main thing that’s got
me the most excited about this is an opportunity to play
more with Garmin’s Panoptix. I first fell in love with
Panoptix when it came out and I had a demo model and
I’m fishing up on a boat ramp and I make a cast and I see
everything happening live. So we’re getting ready to
go out on this body of water and have a brand new
experience while also learning a little bit more about all
this live action fishing you can do with Panoptix. – We’re in one of the
most popular fishing areas in the state of Minnesota. There’s literally hundreds
and hundreds of lakes within easy driving
distance of where we are. We’re on about a 250,
maybe 270 acre lake that’s sort of a bog stained. It’s not a real deep lake. It’s sort of a classic older
eutrophic lake where it goes gradually into a
main lake basin, softer bottoms, darker water
and today we’re looking for bluegills and pan fish and really what I want
to do today is introduce Wade Middleton to ice fishing
and see if we can get him on some fish. I’ve been ice fishing my
entire life and I’ve been there when we were using hockey
sticks and broken rod tips to make ice rods and I
remember the first time using electronics through the ice
to actually see your bait to see the fish. But I really wasn’t prepared
to see what Panoptix could do with live view forward
and even live view down. – Wade and Steve are
chasing basin fish today. They’re open water fish that
are not relating to structure, rock or tree. They’re just roaming
around in search of bait or temperature change. – And the advantage of having
electronics, the advantage of having good auger is
that you can stay mobile and chase these
fish and find them. It’s basically a
needle in a haystack. We’re on a 270, 280 acre lake
and these fish could virtually be anywhere in the middle
of the body of water. – Good God. Is this a hook? – Yeah, baby. You want something bigger? I’ll give you something bigger. Here, you want this? I can guarantee you– – My eyes aren’t good enough
to even tie a knot on this. – There you go.
– No, I’m good. – I’m just gonna tie this on and we’ve got four-pound mono on here. Mono performs well in
this shallow water. If we’re gonna fish deeper
water, we’ll go to a braid or a super line just for
no stretch and sensitivity in that deep water. – This is by far and
away the smallest bait I’ve ever tied on in my life. – Is it? – Yeah. (laughing) – In the old days, we’d
drill 50, 60, 70, 100 holes and then walk from hole to
hole with traditional sonar looking for schools of fish
directly underneath us. With Panoptix live view forward
now, what we do is we drill a hole, we drop our PS22
transducer down it and we scan sideways and we can go out
to 100 feet and we’ll go, “There’s a school of
crappie here at 60 feet “right between here
and that Birch tree.” or “Here’s another one
over here at 40 feet.” And it’ll just send Wade
over with the auger and say, “Wade, pace off about
40 feet, drill a hole “and we should be right
on top of the fish.” It’s really changed ice
fishing for the better in terms of making it a little
easier to find the fish and just to have
a little more fun. I mean, we can go to
a traditional flasher
here real quick and show the same thing
that we’re looking at and you can see
what’s happening now. Here’s the bottom. You’ve got some
perch down bottom. You’ve got a couple
crappie right there. The difference is there’s
my jig going up and down, right there but it’s a
completely different experience. Now you can watch. – You don’t know what’s left
and right of you like you do on–
– No, not at all. – You lose a lot of that
ability but if we go back to Panoptix again, it’s much more spacious. You still have the
separation between– – But you can see so much wider. You can see your bait
actually moving up and down and you know exactly
the depth better. You can see how many
fish are to the side– – Look at all that crappie
come screaming up there. See how that fish is
screaming up to the bait? Now he just rejected it–
– He just turned it – and went the other way.
– He just rejected it. – He just went that
way to the right. – Yep. Now, see how it’s
all become one? – Yeah. – Now just sort of slowly lift. There you go. (yelling)
There you go! First one. (laughing) – Pull this out. – Sunfish. (laughing) – First one through the ice. How cool is that. – Good sized fish, too. – That’s so cool.
– Look at that. – That’s so cool. – Decent size. – Yeah, about the
size of your hand. So what are you just
throwing him right back through the hole, huh? – Sure, let him go. – I could do this all day. – You are gonna do it all day. – This is already gonna
be another addiction. – You can find out more about
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Americana Outdoors. Well today, Wade
Middleton is very far away from his home in Texas. He’s ice fishing in
northern Minnesota. – You know, and
I ask Steve a lot because Steve’s
an expert on this. He paid his way through college fishing ice fishing
tournaments years ago. Very well respected writer,
lives up in this country, great host of several TV shows. Now he’s the main host
of Lake Commandos. I mean, this is his circle. And then you’ve got
Danny Thompson here
with me from Garmin. He’s the sales
rep for this area. He’s a guy that
lives up here, too. This is their world so I’m
picking the brains of guys that I know really
understand this. – So the key when you go through is to keep your momentum going. – Oh, okay.
– Okay. (laughing) – First hole! First hole, right here. (laughing) – The general rule on ice is you need about three to
four inches to walk out. You need about eight inches
to take a light vehicle and you need about 12 inches
to bring a truck out here. We’ve got probably 12 to 14
inches of good, solid ice. We’ve got plenty of ice to be
out here safely but if you see cracks, if you see water
seeping up through the ice, avoid those areas. If there’s any question,
stay off the ice. – Oh, he’s a little bitty guy. (laughing) – Took him out, a little perch. That’s so cool. Catch all the different
species while you’re out here. – This year we came out
with the Panoptix ice bundle and what the bundle’s got is
it’s got our echoMAP 73cv unit in it and that’s one of
our best summer units that we are now using for the
ice season and what’s great about it is you’ve
got all the maps for the whole United States and the border waters and all
the lakes we like to ice fish already pre-loaded into it. And then of course we’ve
paired it with a brand new GT10 ice fishing
transducer this year. It’s a 500-watt ice fishing
transducer with great target separation, really being able
to dial in on those crappies but of course the part
we love to talk about and is fun to use
is the Panoptix and now with the
live view down mode, you’ve got 100
degree cone angle. You can see fish depending
on the depth of water out 10, 15 feet away from
your hole and see the fish coming in and reacting versus just seeing
that line on a flasher. And then it’s also got
live view forward in it. So that’s where we’re looking
100 feet from that hole. So a lot of cool technology
all packed into one bundle and the great part, we call
it the Panoptix ice bundle but it really should be called
the Panoptix all season kit. This thing with the quick
release bracket, you can pop the echoMAP out of there,
go put it in your boat. I’ve got one mounted
on my four wheeler. Just such a useful
unit all season long. It’s really been fun
putting the package together and using it. – So here’s what
we’re looking for. As I’m scanning bottom, you
can see there’s a fish there and as I keep coming over,
there’s another scattered fish but there’s the
crappies, right there. They’re 20 feet. Right there is a big
school of crappies. Right there, that’s exactly
what we’re looking for on live view forward. – There’s no hole. – And there’s no hole. (laughing) We’ll fix that. (rock music) Okay, he’s coming screaming
over to my lure, watch. Here he comes. Got him. – Alright, now you got
some crappie going. – There we go. Smaller fish but these fish
are starting to get active. – Here, he’s gonna
be right on it. Here he comes. He’s coming up already. Got him. – Wow, you got them fired up. – There, that’s a
nice bluegill here. Wade, look at that one. – Yeah, that’s a good one there. It’s got a messed up nose. Look at this. He’s kind of messed up. (laughs) There’s a pod of
them right there. So there’s 30 feet, 20
feet, 30 feet that way. Right there, see the fish? Wade, do we have
any holes this way? – Which way? – This way. – Just that one
right there, I think. Right now, we’re
actually shooting down with the live view down
so we can get a full view. And it looks like I might
have a dry hole here so I’m gonna move mine to
live view forward and actually all I’ve gotta do is
hit a couple of buttons and I’m in live view
forward and I can scan to see where these
fish have moved to. And when I drop it down in
there, into the hole in the ice and you can see the fish
suspended over there. Right there, see? There’s no fish. Now we got fish all right there. – Americana Outdoors
will be right back with more ice fishing
action after these messages. – You’re still young. Midday naps aren’t as important
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we keep you outdoors. And by Yamaha ATV, real world tough. – You know, for
on-ice transportation I really like the Yamaha Viking. It’s got room for three,
you can carry all your gear, you could tow up to 1500
pounds and I like the fact that it goes through
some pretty heavy snow, so it’s really an
ultimate machine for
this type of fishing. – Letting that Sunline peel off. Now we’re right
down there about 14. And you can see it. And look, you see the fish
coming up to it, right there? He’s gonna become one. He just turned and went away. He didn’t like it. So I’m gonna drop it
right back down on him and just shake it a little bit. There comes one up
at it, right there. Little bitty guy
and I should get … And he swam off
to the side there. Lookit, there’s a bunch
of them underneath. See the ground swell up? There’s one right there. That’s him. You can see the fish
coming right up. Wild perch right there. It just shows you how great a
separation and what we’ve got going on here. I mean, that’s a small
fish that you actually saw. Can you imagine when you
start seeing big fish like the crappie or wildeye bass when you’re drop shot and how
well they’re gonna show up and that just tells you
how good these units are at picking up target separation
and targets at that depth. – Here he comes. He’s coming now. I’m gonna go down below you. – I’m in the middle of that
big group of three or four. Oh, here comes another
one that came up. Two of them came up. (yelling) – Those are acting like sunfish. – Are they? – Yeah. See that? Now you’ll know. Whoo! Can you grab that
out of that hole? Bring it right out. – Yeah!
– Crappie, baby! (laughing) – How about them apples? – Look at that!
– Nice! (laughs) – Snagged him on the
corner of the mouth. (laughing) – That is awesome. – Good job! Look at them down
there, right now. It’s a Christmas tree. Got him?
– Yeah, I just got him. There you go. – Got him. – I don’t think my– (yelling and laughing) – You got him alright. – Yeah, I got him. (laughing) – Look at that screen– – Well, that’s awesome. (light music) – Need to pull your … Yep. – Big sunfish. – Oh, that is a big one. – Big sunfish. (light music) – I finally caught a crappie. (laughing) – Oh, that’s cool. (laughing) – There you go. Oh, big crappie. – Look at that one.
– Yeah! (laughing) – Nice! Wow, I got hot at
the end! (laughs) Got hot at the end. – That’s a good quality crappie. That’s what you’ve been
looking for all day. – You know, I look back. There’s a lot of firsts in life and I look back to the first
bluegill I ever caught. Threw the bobber out, a
little red and white bobber on a rock and the bobber went
down eating a nightcrawler and I reeled it in. I was a little kid and ran
home to my mom and dad and “Wow, check this out!” And really here I
am 50 years later and I’m like, “Wow,
check this out!” This is my first fish in ice
and they’re about the same size ironically enough and I drop
it down there and everybody’s excited about it and
I’m setting the hook and this is a social event
and that’s what’s really cool about this ice fishing. And a lot of times, fishing
up in this part of the world it’s very social. These guys get out and
create these little towns, little communities. They’re grilling,
they’re hanging out
and just really having a great time as they
catch all kinds of fish. I will be back. I’m already planning
my next adventure. Sounds like we’re gonna go
to Mille Lacs or Leeks Lake or one of those places and
target big walleye next year. So A plus, I’m
gonna do it again. – Sir, that was about as
good as it’s gonna get, right there. – That was fun. You got my first and
my biggest ice fish. (laughing) – Some crappie, bluegill,
you did well today. – That was awesome. We started the day
with the sun going up. We ended it with it going down. – And look at this. The fish are still down here– – Still down there? – If you’d like to learn more about Garmin Panoptix ice
bundle, please go to Coming up, Americana
Outdoors, Clark Wendlandt, will show you how
Garmin Panoptix can also help you find
fish in summertime. Americana Outdoors
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Americana Outdoors. Now we’re back in Texas
with Clark Wendlandt. He has a tip or two on
how to fish in deep water during summertime especially
using Garmin electronics to pinpoint the fish location. – Now when you’re talking
about deep water fishing, ledge fishing is what
you hear a lot about from tournament guys where
you’re actually getting out. The fish usually move the very
deepest in the early summer, June and July and so
what you’re trying to do is get out there and figure
out how to catch those fish and how do you set up? Well, usually I’ll have say
six or seven baits rigged up. I’m gonna have a football jig. I’m gonna have a Carolina rig. I’m gonna throw a
deep-diving crankbait or maybe a couple
different ones. I want a flutter spoon,
one that I can jerk up off the bottom and it’ll
flutter down slowly. Usually, a Carolina
rig is a total must. Coming up, that’s a good one. Not quite as big as I thought. All of those baits can catch
a ton of bass in the summer and when you’re rigging those
baits up, you gotta know how deep you’re trying to get. Well, typically in Texas, I’m
talking about 15 to 25 feet is the depth range
I’m looking at. As far as lines go, I
usually use fluorocarbon. I like Sunline fluorocarbon,
usually Sniper for deep water and the reason is because
a fluorocarbon line when you’re trying
to get in deep water, fluorocarbon line
is a dense line. It’s something that cuts
through the water well and gets the bait down
in that strike zone. And so I’m almost always
using fluorocarbon. – The bait gets down
there really, really fast. It’s down there going along
the bottom the whole time and can catch you one
just about the whole cast. – When you’re fishing
deep structure, have a lot of rods rigged. There’s no reason to sit down
and have to totally retie. You want the different
classes of baits that I just mentioned
rigged up and then it’s just get out there, look
at your electronics. I’m gonna turn my
electronics on. I’m gonna have it set up
with all four screens, side view, down view,
traditional sonar and mapping and then get out there and just
hunt and if you find an area that’s somewhat got either some
fish where you can see them or the different structure,
you just get out there and start fishing. – And it’s really
cool, this Panoptix. What really is helping
me the most with it is I can see that school of
fish when I get in range of it. And you’ll see, there’s
one right there. There’s one, I got one. I could see a good fish right
before I hooked this one. I don’t know if it was these
same fish but when I get close to that school, I can tell
where they’re at real easily. That’s funny how lethargically
those fish come in. They get up here, they go nuts. That water’s high. Panoptix right there. Deep water fishing, it’s a
way to catch a lot of fish. – You can find out
more about Panoptix and all Garmin marine
products at Hey, thank you for watching
and we’ll see you next time on Americana Outdoors. Americana Outdoors is
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