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Old 12-24-2011, 05:25 PM
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Default Hydrowave electronic fish attractor.

Has anyone heard of one of these things? I got Bass Pro gift cards for my birthday and I seen one of these things in the Bass Pro catalog. Wondering if anyone has any experience with it?

http://www.hydrowave.com/

I fish in Lake Erie, usually in shallow water (<15') so if it works I would think it would be MORE effective in shallow water. The ad for it says it's more for bass but works with other fish.

I don't want to waste $350 on a novelty but if it really works it would be a great tool that others likely won't have.

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I like the idea of CATCHING fish, gimmicks to "cheat" just don't interest me. Takes all the fun of go'n fish'n! Heck there are times I don't use my fish finder!
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seriously? LOL. c'mon man you don't need gimmicks to catch fish!!!
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Boataholic- After last season's walleye season I'm willing to try just about anything to increase my catch rate!

Last year was the worst walleye year I have ever had. I know the weather had a lot to do with it but it just plain SUCKED!
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Boataholic- After last season's walleye season I'm willing to try just about anything to increase my catch rate!

Last year was the worst walleye year I have ever had. I know the weather had a lot to do with it but it just plain SUCKED!
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I would try honing ones skill as a fisherman...thats what fishing used to be all about...
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As usual I didn't see that one coming. How about commenting on whether or not you are familiar with this unit -vs- questioning my abilities. I care about your opinion on the unit, I DON'T care about your opinions about my abilities as a fisherman.

Hey Mike, that's a good one. I've had some days out there that I would have probably used it!

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Boataholic- After last season's walleye season I'm willing to try just about anything to increase my catch rate!

Last year was the worst walleye year I have ever had. I know the weather had a lot to do with it but it just plain SUCKED!
try TROLLING!!!!
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Anyone remember the old Sears "Ted Williams" Fish Attractor they sold in the 1970's? It was a white plastic box with a dial on it with an oblong clear plastic pod on one end of a 20' braided cord.

Had a light bulb in the pod and made clicking noises. The dial controlled the speed of the clicking.
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Anyone remember the old Sears "Ted Williams" Fish Attractor they sold in the 1970's? It was a white plastic box with a dial on it with an oblong clear plastic pod on one end of a 20' braided cord.

Had a light bulb in the pod and made clicking noises. The dial controlled the speed of the clicking.

Found this on that.

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Anyone remember the old Sears "Ted Williams" Fish Attractor they sold in the 1970's? It was a white plastic box with a dial on it with an oblong clear plastic pod on one end of a 20' braided cord.

Had a light bulb in the pod and made clicking noises. The dial controlled the speed of the clicking.
My parents bought my grandfather one of these when I was a kid. My grandfather was a bank/pier fisherman and he tried it about 5 times. His was a deluxe model where you could put bait in the clear tube part. It didn't work worth a damn. I thought about his unit when I seen this Hydrowave unit.

I wonder if it would be worth anything today as a collectable?

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My parents bought my grandfather one of these when I was a kid. My grandfather was a bank/pier fisherman and he tried it about 5 times. His was a deluxe model where you could put bait in the clear tube part. It didn't work worth a damn. I thought about his unit when I seen this Hydrowave unit.

I wonder if it would be worth anything today as a collectable?

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Dam thats it

My parents gave me one for my 10th birthday in 73? I'll never forget walking over to the local pond and thinking I was the "Man" with my new fishing gadget.

Russ, mine came with the food which looks like rabbit droppings
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You are not alone RUSS,this year on lake erie was my worst ever,all i caught was sheephead.Maybe i need the dynamite.
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You are not alone RUSS,this year on lake erie was my worst ever,all i caught was sheephead.Maybe i need the dynamite.
A charter guy let me read a report from the Ohio DNR regarding the decline in the walleye population due to the algae in the lake. The report talked about the walleye kill off we all noticed in the spring and the poor catch numbers. The algae reduces the absorbed oxygen content because it uses up the oxygen. Walleye require high oxygen levels to survive and reproduce. We have all seen the horrible algae in the lake so there is no question that it's using up a lot of the oxygen in the water.

The report talked about the total walleye population in 2009 and 2010 to be around 42 million. In 2011 the walleye population plummeted to an estimated 19 million. We could all see the algae bloom that covered the lake so there is no question that it exists. Plus the horrible fishing everyone I talked to confirmed, I truly believe that this huge decline in walleye is a fact not a myth.

This past season is the worst walleye fishing I have experienced in over 20 years. I know the lake conditions have changed and trolling is the most successful way to fish but I hate trolling. I have about 6 hot spots that I could always catch walleye on 2 or 3 of these spots. None of the 6 hot spots produced walleye for me this year. I was skunked probably 70% of the time this past season.

Hoping and praying for a better season next year. If some stupid machine like this Hydrowave actually works, I'm all over it. I don't care what anyone thinks about using it either, in my opinion it's simply a tool like a fish finder or an underwater camera.

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Russ, if it went from 42 mil to 19 mil and you already know that 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water, you know gotta find what fish are left for the machine activate them into biting.

Do you or anyone believe the fish moved, (found better water), or died off, (are none existent now)?

Here are a few articles on the 90/10 rule. It applies to all species of fish.

http://www.bigindianabass.com/big_in...0-of-fish.html

http://www.fishtheoutdoors.ca/

http://www.catfish1.com/forums/f138/...sh-169414.html



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Jeff- I have fished on Lake Erie for 40 years of my life, I know the lake better than my own backyard. You guys that saltwater fish don't understand what it's like fishing in the shallow water like Lake Erie. Unless I run east 10 miles I rarely get deeper than 30' of water. There are shoals all over the lake which you would think would be marked but they aren't.

I would stake my ability to catch fish on the lake against almost anyone. The fish population is down but the fish should still be holding in the same areas. We get a big NE blow and the lake will be unfishable sometimes for weeks. The muddy bottom gets stirred up and the lake looks like chocolate milk. Decreased population of catchable fish, unusual wet weather and a very windy spring and summer all made for a really horrible year.

Since I never believe I can't learn more I read just about everything I can find. Fishing is my passion so I want to be as educated as possible. Thanks for the links, I will for sure read them and maybe I can learn something.

As for buying a fish attractor machine, I'm about 90% sure it probably doesn't work especially on a vast body of water like the open lake. Therefor I really have no intention of buying it, UNLESS someone can tell me that it really does work. In that case I would seriously consider buying one. Of course I probably wouldn't tell anyone!

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A gimmick to catch fish........If they ever worked you'd see commercial fishermen using them. And if that were the case NOAA would ban their use! How about the lame brain idea of those who paint squid along the bottom of their boats! That's another gimmick that I can't believe people fall for.
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I fish the same depths as you do only in brackish water. Not really a saltwater angler.
I have only fished Erie 7 times for a week each trip in May for smallies. It's nothing compared to your time there. We were between Presque Isle and Northeast.

I'm 100% with you that even though there may be less fish, the productive spots should still hold catchable fish, just less of them according to the reports.

It is frustrating when your "go to spots" don't produce when all the conditions seem just right.

The links were some I ran across that I thought you may find interesting.
You seem to like to consume information the way I do.

You'll figure them out...................now where did I put that dynamite?




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