A PRO’S VIEW: TROPHY GRAPH SYSTEMS COMPLEMENT HIS TOURNAMENT GAMEPLAN
In the fiercely competitive world of professional angling, mastering high-tech electronics has become indispensable for success. These systems have always been vital to a skilled angler’s toolkit. Still, the advent of forward-facing sonar has elevated its significance in the realm of versatile bass fishing. Side imaging and advanced mapping techniques also play a crucial role in propelling anglers to the pinnacle of the leaderboard. The challenge lies in securely mounting the number of large display screens onto the sophisticated rigs employed by these top-level competitors.
Pro angler Trey McKinney uses Trophy Graph Systems excellent line of mounts on his tournament boat. McKinney says, “I’m currently running the Universal Dash Mount along with Panoramic Gimbal Plate at the console with two 12-inch Lowrance Pros, and at the bow, I have the Low Dual Mount also with two 12-inch Lowrance Pros. I’m using the graphs up front by mapping on my bottom graph, and on my top, I’m using Active Target.”
When asked, McKinney explains how he was introduced to Trophy Graph systems. “A couple of buddies of mine, Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier, from Fishing University, introduced me to Trophy Graph Systems. I saw they are super sharp-looking mounts and very sturdy. They also offered easy assembly to get mounted on my boat.”
Using electronics to help find fish and the structure they’re using is incredibly important, but another important key is also how the fish are reacting to the bait being presented. McKinney explained, “At Toledo Bend, I used a Pro Model 5XD crankbait from Strike King while fishing in the 10-15’ depth range. I had to ensure I could get the bait past them and then drive it down to their level. They really liked anything erratic, like burning it through them, stopping it, twitching it, and then burning it again. Keying into this pattern was all possible using my Lowrance Active Target.”
What McKinney likes about his Trophy Graph mounts is that “…the short mount isn’t super short. It’s not down on the deck by any means. Having the screens closer to me allows me to catch the small nuances of what’s happening in the water that I might miss if the graph display was all the way down on the deck. Many think the taller mount will be a problem bouncing around in the big waves. I haven’t had any issues at all. It’s an incredibly sturdy mount. Currently, I’m running a 210 Charger, which is a rough water boat. I’ve been out there on Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma, and we had some nasty stuff to run through to get back to the ramp, and it’s so sturdy, I don’t have to reach up and hold my graphs at the console while I’m running through the waves. They don’t bounce around. I don’t have to worry at all.”
McKinney noted, “You don’t want the mount to be too tall because you don’t want to hit the graph while side arming or pitching a bait. The height of the low mount is just right for me, where I can pitch or skip right over it without worrying about hitting my graphs. It’s easy to climb, exit, or jump in the boat.”
“At Trophy Graph Systems, we are proud to have Trey McKinney as part of our Pro-Team!” says Chris Castillo, Trophy Graph Systems Store Manager, “Trey is a valuable member of our team, and we are thrilled to celebrate his success. Congratulations, Trey!”
When looking for new and ultra-secure ways to mount whatever graph combination you’d like to run on your boat, look at Trophy Graph Systems’ incredibly diverse array of mounts for both the console and bow of your boat! Proudly made in the US. Trophy Graph Systems always says, “Put your money where your mount is!”
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