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Hydrowave devices & effectiveness

The fishing device by HydroWave™ is designed to give fishermen a considerable advantage in catching a greater number of Fish include Small and Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Sand Bass, Walleyes, Stripers, Walleyes, Channel Catfish and Muskie.

Gene Eisenmann, Founder of Hydrowave, shares tips on how to maximize the fishing device’s effectiveness.

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Gene Eisenmann, Founder of Hydrowave, shares tips on how to maximize the fishing device’s effectiveness.

As a longtime tackle junkie and connoisseur of all bassin’ gadgets, my reaction to the 2010 release of the Hydrowave can be summed up in one word.

Like the Biosonix unit before it, the color-c-lector, and any number of other “revolutionary” fishing devices, I assumed (incorrectly) that the Hydrowave would be another short-lived member of the fishing community.

When given the opportunity, I frequently asked them about it, expecting to hear a canned, sponsors pitch about its effectiveness.

Instead, the responses I got seemed honest and generally quite positive – on multiple occasions I heard something similar to the following: “I’m not even sponsored by them, but I’ve seen stuff happen since I’ve had that thing on my boat that you wouldn’t believe.”

At that point I was interested.

Stories of bass bumping the Hydrowave speaker and shad jumping over the trolling motor trying to school with it were the extremes, but overall, the angler’s responses were positive enough that I decided to call up Gene Eisenmann, one of the company’s founders, and discuss the theory behind the device and how anglers should be properly utilizing it.

Not a fish call

When talking to Eisenmann about the Hydrowave, the first thing he made abundantly clear is that it is not a fish call, so anglers shouldn’t expect it to turn them into 20 pound studs or draw fish in from miles around.

“I always cringe when people call it a fish call,” he said. “That’s not what it is at all. Instead, it’s really just a tool an angler can use to trigger a natural instinct. The underwater world has tons of sounds, and just like you and I react to the sounds we hear, so do bass and baitfish.”

Instead, Eisenmann would rather anglers think of the Hydrowave as just another component of an overall electronics suite, one that contributes an auditory function.

“Every part of your electronics setup is important,” Eisenmann said. “Each component produces data that good anglers process to make decisions on the water. The Hydrowave produces sounds that affect the underwater environment and provide anglers with data.”

A common piece of data the Hydrowave provides is the presence or absence of bait, something Eisenmann recently used at the Rayovac FLW Series event on Toledo Bend – on the way to an 18th place finish.

“In that event, I caught most of my fish on a frog,” Eisenmann said. “You’d probably assume there’s no way the Hydrowave played a role in that, but I found the fish in practice while trolling down a long stretch of shallow grass with the unit on Power Pattern. For whatever reason there’d be random 50 foot stretches where I’d all of a sudden see shad flicking through the grass. I marked a waypoint on each and sure enough, those were the only stretches that had bass. It was really subtle, but they probably heard the sounds and got startled, making them flicker.”

Hydrowave hooked up ready to go

Practice makes perfect

Like any tool anglers have at their disposal, practice with the Hydrowave can dramatically increase its effectiveness. Eisenmann recommended that the first thing anglers do with it is spend a few hours each day experimenting with the different sounds and what effects (if any) they have on the environment.

“You need to really educate yourself on how to best use each of the sounds to maximize its potential benefit,” he said. “Sometimes it’s going to agitate baitfish, which may trigger a feeding instinct in nearby bass. Sometimes, it adds camouflage to your boat. For example, I’ll switch it to ‘Active Pads’ when I’m around heavy grass or pads because it provides a background noise that sounds natural to all species of fish.”

In addition to experimenting with the unit, it is also important for each angler to develop his or her own preferred method of using the unit, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The main reason for this is that all anglers fish differently.

“I’ve talked to Tour level guys that have totally different ways of using it, even in the same scenarios because everyone has their own style,” Eisenmann said. “Take ledge fishing for example. Jeff Kriet’s a known finesse guru, so he likes to ease up to a ledge with the unit off, fish around a while, and then turn it on when he thinks he needs to activate the fish. Conversely, Kevin Van Dam – who we all know is a power guy, likes to have it blazing on ‘Power Pattern’ from the minute he rolls up on a school.”

Practical applications

When choosing sounds, Eisenmann recommended anglers turn to the reference card that is included with the unit, which contains a detailed breakdown of what each sound is designed to do. Here are some additional tips he shared to help anglers shorten their learning curves.

Try to mimic your environment: “If it’s midday, sunny, and post-frontal, the environment is quiet, so that’s the time to use the finesse sounds. In low light, windy conditions, that’s the time you want to rock and roll with the Bait Blitz and Feeding Frenzy.”

Use it while idling: “One of the most easily noticeable effects of the Hydrowave is that it gets fish curious. I’ve always got it on when I’m idling around, because it often pulls bass that are glued to the bottom up just a little bit. You may catch them doing something completely unrelated to the Hydrowave, but it can help you see them on your locator.”

Pay really close attention to the things you’re seeing on the water: “The difference between the Tour level guys and the rest of us is that seeing a single shad flip may be enough to solve the puzzle for them, whereas others may just keep on going. In my experience, the Hydrowave has the most visible impact on baitfish, so it’s really important to pay close attention to any baitfish activity.”

Start slowly, and keep it simple: “A good starting place while you’re learning and on new lakes is to start out the morning on ‘Power Pattern’ while you’re dialing in the bite, and moving in the ‘Finesse’ direction if the fishing’s tough or the ‘Bait Blitz’ direction if they’re chewing. Once you get a few weeks of experience, you’ll start to notice which sounds are best under which conditions for your fishing style.”

A closer look at the potential of Hydrowave

It’s an exciting and interesting time to be a bass angler, as new advancements in electronics continue to be released year after year. One such device is on the cutting edge of a relatively new frontier in bass fishing – the use of sound to not merely attract bass, but to stimulate them into feeding. Firs released on the market in May of 2011, the Hydrowave has seen rapid acceptance with many pros on the Bass Elite Series and other tours and was designed with input from Elite pros Kevin Van Dam and Jeff Kriet.

Bass Anglers have long known that bass are curious by nature and are attracted to investigate sounds in the water; however, the Hydrowave units replays actual hydrophone recordings of baitfish and bass in the water with the benefits of actually attracting, as well as stimulating bass to feed.

How the Hydrowave device work

The freshwater unit consists of six settings of bass and baitfish in the water. The bass recordings are the actual gill flares and swim bladder crunches of the bass as they feed and crush the bait in their throats. The bait sounds vary from passive shad to shad frenzy, which simulates fleeing shad in the water.” In addition to stimulating the bass into a feeding mode, Dickenson believes the Hydrowave unit masks the sound of the approaching boat, along with sonar pulses and trolling motor sounds. As he describes, “It makes the fish less wary of your presence, which is always a plus.”

The six pre-recorded settings can be played at varying intervals and volumes within the water and include: Frenzy Shad, Schooling Shad, Passive Shad Finesse, Fleeing Shad, Frenzy Shiner and Bait Panic.

The device mounts to the front deck of your boat with the speaker mounted to the lower unit of the trolling motor, similar to a sonar transducer. The Hydrowave seems simple and straightforward to use with only five buttons on the unit, and the small profile doesn’t take up a lot of space on the front deck. Dickenson explained a transom mount is now available by request of freshwater anglers not using bow mount trolling motors.

A freshwater and saltwater unit is available, with the bass angler being the core market of the freshwater device; however, Dickenson is quick to point out that anglers pursuing crappie, stripers and walleye can also benefit from this sound technology. The saltwater unit is geared toward the shallow bay fisherman, specifically redfish and speckled trout anglers, with the pre-recorded sounds of mullet, croaker and shrimp.

The Hydrowave is available through multiple online sources such as Tackle Warehouse, Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s. For more detailed information, testimonials and videos visit their website at www.hydrowave.com.

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