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Fishing Hot Spots Chat 5/2/01
Chatman -  Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome tonight's guest host, Mike Michalak!!!
Driftr- Welcome Mike Michalak !!
ge1953- Well hello!
mrgman- Hello there Mike........
walleyehuntr(Oh)- Hi Mike!!!!
Juls- Mr. Hot Spots if our man tonight...welcome Mike..- -)
colin- Hello Mike!!!
Chatman- Whooopieeeee! Clap, clap, clap........
jerry- Hi, Mr. Hotspots!!!!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - Thanks!
NightCrawler- Yes indeed, welcome to the world of Internet chats! Hehe...
Todd_NE- Hi Mike
jerry m- Hi Mike!
Chatman- Why don't we get started with a little history about Fishing Hot Spots, Mike....
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - We've been around for 26 years...mapped over 1700 bodies of water, in 39 states and Canada. And the numbers are still growing.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The Walleye Central board has seen plenty of activity lately surrounding the digital data for GPS units too.
Chatman- I really like some of the changes being made, more easy to read maps, more updates and adding GPS coordinates etc.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - We're just keeping up with the times...and all you guys!
Chatman- I especially like the Hot Spots Navionics Maps being done...
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - They're doing a great job, and it's only going to get better.
RICKT- Yeah, they won't blow out of the boat!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - LOL
Chatman- I dunno Rick, I know some guys that have almost lost GPS units overboard from rough running...
Driftr- Mike, is there any thoughts on Hot Spots being put on an IMS Smart Map chip?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - That's up to Lowrance, there's no industry standard yet and each company has their own format.
RICKT- So the Navionics from Lowrance are actually hot spot maps?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Yes, they license our data.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - At least for inland, freshwater.
RICKT- Do they have all the marked fishing areas, like the paper Hot Spots maps?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Exactly
Driftr- I doubt that will happen then, they have pretty much changed the new units.
Chatman- That would be the Navionics Hot spots maps only , right Mike?
Chatman- Or is that all the map details offered by Navionics?
Juls- I'm not to talkative tonight...I'm sick...so I'm just going to read along if that's
Chatman- Did Mike miss any questions so far?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - For all you Midwesterners...we're headed back up to WI/MI/MN!!!
jerry- Mike, are there plans for your company to come up with a Devils Lake (ND) map soon?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Sorry Juls...feel better.........
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - None, unless the lake stops growing!!
Chatman- Mike, what is new and exciting in the World of Fishing Hot Spots??
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Take a look at www.outdoorintel.com It's an affiliate company that will be handling our digital data...............
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Lots of maps...new CDs...new states...a new smallmouth book and a WALLEYE book coming out in July.
slip-bobber(MT)- Mike, The PWT tournament got moved from Red Wing to Mille Lacs. You have a good map for there?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Killer map of Mille Lacs!
RICKT- What have you got for lake Shelbyville, Illinois?
slip-bobber(MT)- What is the fastest way to get one Mike?
Chatman- Are there maps now that replace much of the old Mississippi River book series Mike?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Any dealer in MN or 1-800-ALL-MAPS
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The Mississippi is tough right now, but we are returning to rivers.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Rick, our Shelbyville map is brand new!
slip-bobber(MT)- You have any plans for any maps in Montana say FT Peck??
RICKT- Is the map digital or paper Mike?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Ft Peck is on the drawing board.
ge1953- Mike, are we taking the fun out of fishing with detailed maps?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - No topography...all water with the Mississippi maps.
jerry- Anything in the works for Devils Lake (ND)?
ge1953- Shouldn't anglers explore on there own? To a certain degree?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The fun's still there...we can't make 'em bite.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Jerry...that was just posted earlier...
ge1953- Mike, I agree partially with you.
ge1953- But is anything really secret anymore?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - It is always fun to explore, but a map will help as a guide. Always has, always will.
ge1953- Oh sure.
Chatman- I also find the other information on the maps more valuable, bait, gas, marinas launches, fishery information...
ge1953- I agree Chatman.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The value added items are always popular and helpful
RICKT- Is Shelbyville digital or paper?
ge1953- You hit it right on the head.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Shelbyville will be both, Rick.
slip-bobber(MT)- I'll be right back--I'm going to order that Mille Lacs Map!!
RICKT- Mike, when will it be out?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - That's up to our digital partners, we have no control there.
ge1953- Mike, your maps are excellent!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Thanks.
ge1953- Well done, and very informational.
ge1953- I was just throwing out some food for thought.
RICKT- They help me eliminate a lot of unproductive water.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - There's so much I wish I could give out here, we have a lot of plans for you guys and Gals!
jerry- What about Great Lakes, Mike? Anything new coming out?
RICKT- Mike, just post new updates on Walleye Central every so often.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - We're heading back to parts of Green Bay first.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Rick, I will.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Keep an eye on our site too, we update it nearly every day!
Chatman- Green bay??? Cool.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - There's so much water out there and we have to do these things one at a time.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - We've expanded our production and research to handle the load.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The 2002 catalog should have about 20 new maps!
Chatman- That brings up an idea Mike, how do you go about mapping a new lake?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - That's a big process...verifying existing info, countless interviews, and geez, we gotta fish 'em sometimes too!!
Chatman- Do you base the maps, to some extent off existing maps available?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - A little. We have to start somewhere. We've always taken steps to develop our own products independent of existing maps.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - That process is going to change big-time in the near future!
Chatman- How so Mike, Satellite imaging?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Satellites don't give you any depth info. Unreliable. We use them to verify shorelines. Then we go on the water.
Chatman- I guess you gotta have the outline to start....
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Exactly. It's the whole GPS thing.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Without shoreline integrity, lat/lon grids are useless.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Wait till you guys see our new Walleye book...top waters...good stuff!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Do all of you use GPS and/or computers for mapping/fishing?
Chatman- I also know, from personal experience, that your staff will talk to local anglers, guides and Pro's to get better info and missed topographic features...
RICKT- I cant wait!
ge1953- However, I find it changes a bunch.
ge1953- But really helps.
j.h.- Hey Mike, how many lakes in Canada does fishing hot spots cover? And is one of them lake Wawang in Ontario?
slip-bobber(MT)- Tell us a little about the book Mike.
ge1953- I use your Lake Michigan map a lot.
slip-bobber(MT)- New Lowrance Map here!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - It's difficult to work in Canada...we offer maps for -
LOTW, our new Rainy Lake map set is out...and Eagle.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The book covers the top lakes and rivers for 'eyes on the continent, a great read.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Which Lowrance map?
slip-bobber(MT)- XCT 15, with smart map CD........
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - There are some issues..but it's good stuff.
RICKT- What are the Navionics maps that LEI sells
J. 1. M. C.- What are the issues Mike?
colin- How's the walleye book coming along Mike?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Due out in July...and I want to thank the guys on Walleye Central who've submitted photos that will be used...instant celebrities!
Chatman- You eluded to some issues Mike, what are they?
colin- I was just at Mel's and saw the smallie book. Is the walleye book the same format?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - We've got a great shot of a 19# 14oz eye that was weighed TWO DAYS out of the freezer!!! It could've been a record!!
Driftr- That is a big fish!!!!
Chatman- Here Piggy, piggy!!!! What a fish Mike!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - It's the same format Colin...it's part of our new "Destination Series" of books.
Driftr- Where was the walleye from?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Dale Hollow lake........
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Lowrance has some conflicts with the software and the need to reset...and, some of the posts on Walleye Central can give you more info.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The unit has been through several tournaments now and is proving itself.
J. 1. M. C.- Thanks Mike!
bob oh- Have you looked at the new Gamin units?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - You guys should see the new Garmin Map Source, Fishing -
Hot Spots programs for the 162/168 Garmin's...outta sight!!
Chatman- I am putting one (X15) on the new boat....
J. 1. M. C.- I sure like mine!
RICKT- Lowrance shipped my x15 today............
bob oh- Mike, will the x15 match the Garmin?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - It's a great unit...I'd recommend upping the ram on the MMC chips though.
Chatman- How would a guy, or gal, do that Mike?
slip-bobber(MT)- Buy new cards at any digital camera store.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - How's this for being impartial...I run Garmin in the dash...Raytheon and Lowrance for more depth/GPS,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - MMC carts are pretty standard, Slip Bobber's right.
RICKT- Best Buy sells them too
Driftr- I guess my Global Map 2000 is now a dinosaur - (
slip-bobber(MT)- Seriously, I bought mine at a camera store.
Chatman- The MMC Cartridge/chips are available at many electronics and photo stores as well as any Lowrance dealer.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - The industry needs to standardize this stuff so we don't have to hunt all over the place.
bob oh- Walmart, Best Buy, Staples.
J. 1. M. C.- I think it's like the 2000 and the 350 in one.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Since all the 'eyes are migrating out of the west basin of Erie...we're in the process of finishing a two map set of the Central Basin -
Driftr- Do you have anything on paper for that?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - We will, Driftr.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - For every map we do, our digital partners get the data
bob oh- CB around Cleveland should be easy Mike - one artificial reef and a bunch of flat bottom! - -)
Chatman- I think it is a great deal for the anglers as your info is compatible with most new units, and not brand specific...
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - I want to reinforce how important these chats and the services of Walleye Central are to Fishing Hot Spots. It's a wonderful way to get feedback and info from all of you, that's why my e-mail and name go out on the site.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - 10-4 on the CB Bob!
bob oh- - -)
Driftr- On your paper maps, do you have GPS coordinates?
Chatman- Many do have GPS Driftr.
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - I'm ready for - }}}}}}}}}}' how about you guys?
Chatman- What is the Fishing Hot Spots web site address Mike?
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - www.fishinghotspots.com Open 24 hours! -
Chatman- Come early, come often!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - I want to check to see if we got that Mille Lacs order yet...
slip-bobber(MT)- I ordered it 15 minutes ago Mike.
Chatman- Has Mike missed any questions so far, now is the time to ask....
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - For all you tourney guys...best of luck out there!!!
Chatman- Ladies and gentlemen, a warm Walleye Central round of applause for -
Mike Michalak of Fishing Hot Spots!!!
RICKT- YUBBA DUBBA DOOOOOOOO
slip-bobber(MT)- Thanks Mike!!!!!
bob oh- Clap, clap, clap!!!!!!!
spampy- Clap, clap, clap!
colin- Thanks Mike!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Thanks everyone...keep in touch!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - Get better Juls!
Eyesrfn- Thanks for the info, Mike!
RICKT- MAY THE FISH BE WITH YOU!
Mike (mapguy) Michalak - - I can stick around if there are more questions.
Chatman- Great chat Mike, you're always welcome, and stay as long as you want.
bob oh- ;-)