|Gussy explained that his presentation required a very controlled drift to keep him directly above his bait so that he could see his jig and watch the fish come up to it.
“Of the 20 fish I weighed, I watched 19 of them come up and eat my jig. Sometimes they would just come up and whack it and other times they needed a little action,” added Gussy. “I could see everything the fish did right on my HELIX unit thanks to the Built-In MEGA Side Imaging® integrated into my Ultrex trolling motor. I was even able to watch other fish come chase the ones I was reeling up, which gave me additional confidence in my spot, knowing that there was a good number of fish in my little sweet spots.”
Armed with the information provided by his MEGA 360 and newfound confidence in his spot, Gussy continued to milk the area over the next three days of the derby, never relinquishing his lead and locking down a rare wire-to-wire win at the top level of his sport.
“It was amazing what I was able to learn over my four days of tournament fishing,” Gussy said after hoisting his first Elite Series trophy. “The MEGA 360 Imaging capability allowed me to identify the little spots that would hold fish. I went from thinking these fish were randomly located to really being able to put together milk runs as I made my controlled drift through the fish.”
While the first three days of the tournament shined a light on what can be learned by using MEGA Imaging, the final day was as much about his Minn Kota Ultrex and its ability to deliver boat control and power in the face of adverse conditions.
“The last day, the current was ripping and so was the wind,” Gussy said. “Honestly, it was probably the heaviest current I’ve ever fished in. My presentation required me to stay directly above my bait.
Spot-Lock® is awesome and I use it a ton, but in this particular instance I had to rely on my Ultrex to be super responsive as I worked to keep my drift controlled and accurate to hit my key areas. I was amazed and thankful for how much power was in the Ultrex – there’s no way I could have fished in that current and wind effectively without it.”