Smart Troll

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    Maryland
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    Chesapeake Bay
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    Smart Troll

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  1. Gill-T That seems pretty likely correct for bait fish...they would be moving slower if swimming against the current. They sometimes probably swim slower than the current so they would be carried "down-stream" even though to the bait it might seem like they were swimming up stream. I would think their instinct would be to turn and dart downstream the moment they sense danger. In any case, bait fish would be going slower swimming upstream but your lure wouldn't be going slower upstream relative to the fish. It is going boat speed relative to the fish weather you are dragging it up stream or down stream. If something was going 2 MPH away from me I would rather run down hill with the wind at my back to catch it. Having said that...if you get close enough to the big guy he will chase it either way I think.
  2. Like skipper19 said...I also think that dragging your lure in the same direction the current is flowing is best (if possible). For one thing, if the fish are below the current (resting and waiting) then any food in the current will likely be coming from that direction. In addition to that, fish cannot think like us but they do have instincts. If I have to run up hill against the wind (against the current to the fish) to get something I want (food) then it better be pretty close to me to begin with or it will just take too much energy and effort to chase the food and there is higher risk that I won't catch it. If I can run downhill with the wind at my back (with the current to the fish) then maybe it can be a little further away and I still might go for it.
  3. pap, For $599 you get one Smart Troll Probe that has Depth/Temp/Speed. The Depth/Temp/Speed Probes are small enough so you can attach it directly to your line or you can use an Offshore OR16 clip (or equivalent) and tether it to a Downrigger cable a foot or so above the ball. Unfortunately, it will not work with iPad or iPhone but you can buy an android tablet with a 7" screen at this link for $49 https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-7-Inch-Tablet-8GB/dp/B00TSUGXKE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475578066&sr=8-1&keywords=kindle+HD+49 You can add up to 5 more Depth/Temp Probes for $250 each. You can get them at the time of the original purchase or you can get additional Probes next spring...or anytime in the future. The Depth/Temp Probes are literally the size of your index finger and they too can be attached directly to any of your lines or tethered to your Downrigger cable a foot or so above the ball. You can change the font size of the data in the settings menu of the Smart Troll app...so the larger the screen the larger you can make the font so you can see it from the back of the boat. You can also "hide" Probes that you do not have...so if you have only Smart Troll Probe you can go to the Smart Troll app's Settings Menu" and remove the Probes you do NOT have from the screen...that way the data for the one probe you do have can be set large enough to fill most of the screen. Please let me know if you have more questions...I am happy to answer them. Darrell
  4. Silver Fox, The Website is connected to PayPal. When you checkout from a purchase on the Website the transaction is handled by PayPal which will give you the option to use your PayPal account or PayPal will handle the transaction for any major Credit Card.
  5. pap, Thank you for your question. The Depth/Temp Probes are $250 each...and all Smart Troll kits are capable of running up to 6 different Probes on 6 different lines at the same time. You can also attach them to a Down Rigger cable if you prefer. Since you can use multiple Probes you can attach them to multiple down-riggers or a combination of some Probes on DR cables and some attached directly to your lines. The Smart Troll Depth/Temp/Speed Basic kit is currently on sale for the $599 price (its normal price is $799). Plus I am extending the Warranty Start Date to July, 2017 so with this deal you get a great price plus a long Warranty period. I need some cash flow to get plenty of stock ready for next season so if you buy early you get the savings. You can add Probes anytime and they cost $250 each; use the link below or click Depth/Temp Probes in the top left corner of the www.smarttroll.com Home Page . http://smarttroll.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7&zenid=9ee3b1f2d1a3b7abd1a5e1719ca9bf0b You can add Probes to the cart at the same time you purchase the Smart Troll Depth/Temp/Speed basic kit that is on SPECIAL or you can add more Smart Troll Probes anytime in the future. The kits are already capable of working with up to six different Probes so the only thing you need for that is to get more Probes. So for example, The normal price for the Smart Troll Depth/Temp/Speed Basic Plus kit (1 Depth/Temp/Speed Probe plus 1 Depth/Temp probe) is $1035. If you buy The Smart Troll Depth/Temp/Speed Basic Kit for $599 and add one Depth/Temp Probe for $250 then your final cost is $599+$250 = $849. You can add as many Depth/Temp Probes, to the kit that is on SPECIAL, as you want (up to 6 total) and you still get a great deal. Just add as many items as you want to the Cart before you check out and in effect that makes every Depth/Temp/Speed kit on SPECIAL. If you have more questions just let me know...I am happy to answer them. Darrell
  6. I need some cash flow to get ramp'd up for next season so I am having a Great End of Season Sale on Smart Troll Basic Depth/Temp/Speed systems through October 31, 2016 (while supplies last). Details on the website... http://smarttroll.com/
  7. I have it all ready to go...just finalizing some patent stuff
  8. Silver Fox, I am not sure that it is appropriate to post pricing here so I sent you a PM.
  9. I was on the boat with Rick Hajacki (Yankee Troller) last Saturday and we put the Moor Subtroll Probe and the Smart Troll Depth/Temp/Speed Probe a few inches apart attached to the Down-rigger cable. Then we put them about a foot underwater and compared the readings to Rick's Humminbird surface speed. The Subtroll was 0.8 to 1.0 MPH slower than the Humminbird. Here is a link to Rick's facebook post. https://www.facebook.com/SmartTroll/notifications/?section=activity_feed&subsection=mention&ref=notif&target_story=S%3A_I76184471193%3A10153689442231194
  10. Great Job! Rick...you guys are awesome...really looking forward to fishing on your boat in a few weeks.
  11. Todd, I should have some available by the end of next week.
  12. Todd, Yes the STR Probe is rechargeable.
  13. AnglingAddict, The data is sampled every 20 seconds. Below are some screen shots that represent what the recording will look like. Please note that it is military time to distinguish am from pm and the simulation was recorded at mid-night so it went from 23:50 to 00:00 The first attachment is the "Home Screen" and it shows changes of depth in the top section and corresponding changes in temperature in the bottom section. The second attachment shows labels that pop up if you touch anywhere on the screen. The third attachment shows that labels appear at every data point when you zoom in. You can zoom either by touching the screen for a second or by finger gestures. The fourth attachment is just zoomed in further. Looks like the attachments ordered themselves from right to left so...start with the one on the one on the far right.
  14. Pap, Just thought i would let you know the reason I don't make a dedicated "Smart Troll" display. The main reason is because I can't make a display that allows you to easily download any updates to the app and install any other app you want to use on it (such as fish finder display, GPS, navionics, etc) for $49 USD...such as the one at the link below. Smart Troll uses Bluetooth to transmit the depth/temp data so you do not need phone service at all. In fact, you could use an old android phone that has been disconnected from phone service and it will still work fine with Smart Troll. http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Display-Wi-Fi-GB-Special/dp/B00TSUGXKE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1453094815&sr=8-2&keywords=fire+bluetooth In summary, you get to choose the size and cost of your display. One guy might want phone size so he can keep it in his pocket...the next guy might want TV size for his boats console....Smart Troll doesn't lock you in to a one size fits all display. Plus, anytime I upgrade the app you can download the latest for free. That way you don't get stuck with an earlier version of the app just because you bought before the other guy.
  15. Todd, Just thought I would chime to let you know that I put that information about two transducers because I could see the possibility when Smart Troll was first launched. However, to date there has NOT been any user or boat that has needed two transducers so it appears that in practical use it is not an issue. Just mount the transducer outboard (away from the motor) as much as possible and you still have line of sight to the Probes that are on the opposite side of the boat because they are down and behind the boat a hundred feet or so. Since the Probes can be attached directly to the line you are getting signals basically straight from the lure. You will be surprised how much small changes in down-speed affects the depth of the lure. o.5 MPH can change the depth by 20 feet or more. Even if you don't have a Probe with Speed...you can tell the speed changed because the depth of the lure will change. Of course, other things can make the depth change also such as a small fish that doesn't trip the release, if you pick up a weed or trash, if your diver release pops even if there is no fish on, etc... And the depth will also change during turns and in waves (because of the pulling back and forth on the rod tips). The point is if you have it set at 50 feet (or whatever) and the depth changes even though you didn't change anything it is up to you to figure out why but at least that change doesn't just go unnoticed for a couple of hours. If everything seems OK...then you can take whatever is action necessary to get back to your target depth or temperature. Or if you catch a fish during a turn with Smart Troll you can see how deep your gear was when the bite happened so you would then have a new "target depth".