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[19:59:29] ebijack: Please Welcome our host tonight PAT KLEPPERT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[19:59:31] Drift'r: Welcome Pat Kleppert !!!!!
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[19:59:39] river king mi: welcome pat
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[19:59:39] river king mi: welcome pat
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[19:59:45] Juls (WI): clap clap clap clap clap....welcome Pat!!
[19:59:54] Swat 1: Welcome pat
[20:00:06] Nate: Welcome Pat
[20:00:09] ebijack: pat is a mich based ranger boats rep
[20:00:11] Hogboss [IL]: Hoooowwwwwwdddddyyyyyy
[20:00:11] Pat K (Ranger): Glad to be joining y'all, I'm a rookie chatter but I'll try to keep up
[20:00:39] ebijack: pat, how about starting us off with a bit of your history with ranger
[20:00:43] Pat K (Ranger): Has anyone been fishing today ?
[20:00:53] Erie TT: In a pond
[20:00:59] Hogboss [IL]: sunday for me!
[20:01:08] LS(ND): wished i was
[20:01:15] Pat K (Ranger): OK, I started out as a promotional fisheman with Ranger in 1989
[20:01:37] ebijack: as in fishing tourney's pat?
[20:01:47] Pat K (Ranger): Then I went to work for some Ranger dealers here in Michigan and Indiana
[20:01:50] Swat 1: Bass or Walleye Pat?
[20:02:19] Pat K (Ranger): I was a bass head but I have seen the light and now pursue about anything that swims
[20:03:18] Hogboss [IL]: what circuit do you fish now!
[20:03:30] Pat K (Ranger): I have been a Rep for Ranger since '98
[20:03:41] ebijack: pat, what's the biggest reason you find great lakes bass fisherman choosing ranger bass boats and not walleye boats, with the walleye version being better for big water
[20:04:08] Pat K (Ranger): I don't fish any circuits anymore, just individual tournaments
[20:04:51] Pat K (Ranger): I think that bass fishermen are a little hard to change their ways but we are seeing more and more bass guys going with fisherman series
[20:05:00] Juls (WI): so do you see the 619 as a big seller over the 620 this year Pat?
[20:05:23] ebijack: pat, is there a difference in sponsorship between style boats?
[20:05:58] Pat K (Ranger): Not here in MI, because people want the biggest boat possible in the great lakes, the 619 is selling well around the country
[20:06:35] Juls (WI): do any of the walleye guys get to use the sponsor boats? or are just the bass guys getting them this year? you know the really cool painted up ones..timex..fugi...etc
[20:06:38] Pat K (Ranger): Not really, but the walleye circuits aren't as large as the bass circuits yet but I see that changing
[20:07:34] ebijack: pat, is ranger working with "timex" etc on setting deals?
[20:07:54] Pat K (Ranger): The sponsor boats haven't been made in the fisherman series yet but who knows, with the RCL coming up I bet we'll see some
[20:08:05] Juls (WI): cool..
[20:08:47] Swat 1: Pat are the sponsor boats done through Ranger or are they done by the individual fisherman as far as setting up the deal?
[20:08:50] Pat K (Ranger): I think that with the RCL, walleye tournaments will gain huge popularity and then sponsors will be more willing to invest
[20:08:55] ebijack: i know of at least one pwt pro who was working on setting up a "timex" type deal
[20:09:29] Fireman(mn): timex?
[20:09:49] ebijack: walleye boats done up like the "flw" boats
[20:09:53] Juls (WI): sponsor boats fireman...timex..fugi...coleman...etc...
[20:10:02] Fireman(mn): K
[20:10:02] Pat K (Ranger): The ones you see on the FLW tournament series are boats for that circuit. We are working on some individual deals right now through us and a sponsor (timex...
[20:10:04] Swat 1: The timex Logo would be on the side of the boat Fireman
[20:10:32] Juls (WI): and in the carpet...?? ;-)
[20:10:32] ebijack: and the carpet etc
[20:10:42] Fireman(mn): K
[20:10:49] Nate: Do you know how many are quailfied for the RCL right now on the pro side?
[20:11:00] Swat 1: Kinda like the way a Nascar is done up
[20:11:06] ebijack: pat, are you responsible for working all the mich boat shows?
[20:11:11] Pat K (Ranger): All these boats are new to the sport and we are getting into new areas that have not been seen before
[20:11:45] Pat K (Ranger): I don't know how many are qualified for the RCL but you could call Operation Walleye
[20:12:00] Fisherman: What exactly does RCL stand for
[20:12:02] Juls (WI): 270-362-4880 Nate
[20:12:04] Pat K (Ranger): I cover most of the Michigan shows
[20:12:23] Juls (WI): Ranger Crestliner Lund
[20:12:42] Swat 1: Keeps you busy enough I would think Pat...lol
[20:12:44] Fisherman: Thanks
[20:12:56] Pat K (Ranger): Has anyone seen the 619? and what do you think
[20:13:01] ebijack: pat, what's your favorite ranger boat for overall conditions
[20:13:08] ebijack: not yet pat!
[20:13:23] Swat 1: Hope to see one this weekend...???????
[20:13:25] Pat K (Ranger): I fell in love with the 620, I'll never own a bass boat again
[20:13:26] Juls (WI): yes..i think it is a great boat...
[20:13:54] Juls (WI): but i still like the 620 better...bigger...;-)
[20:14:03] Pat K (Ranger): I do bass, walleye, salmon, perch and there isn't another boat that can do it all as well
[20:14:05] Fireman(mn): what type of circuits do you think would see these timex type deal's
[20:14:05] ebijack: pat, are there any big changes for the 620 this year?
[20:14:22] Juls (WI): PWT fireman
[20:14:26] Pat K (Ranger): I like a bigger boat myself
[20:14:27] Fireman(mn): k
[20:15:02] Swat 1: How long is the 619?
[20:15:07] Pat K (Ranger): Not many changes, just a few more standard features.. spare, three bank charger and boat buckle tie downs
[20:15:16] Pat K (Ranger): the 619 is 19' 2"
[20:15:20] Fireman(mn): sounds like your partial to Ranger... but what other brands/models do you like?
[20:15:29] ebijack: after seeing how the flw tour has taken over, i would expect the walleye curcuit to be next
[20:15:54] Pat K (Ranger): I work for ranger and yes I am partial
[20:16:02] Juls (WI): ;-)
[20:16:15] Swat 1: Do you do anything with Crestliner or Lund at all Pat???
[20:16:26] Pat K (Ranger): I think that walleye tournaments are ready to explode into prime time
[20:16:29] ebijack: pat is hosting because he's a ranger rep fireman
[20:16:42] Pat K (Ranger): No, both companies have their own reps
[20:16:44] Fireman(mn): k
[20:17:01] Fireman(mn): just wondered what he liked
[20:17:24] ebijack: no problem fireman
[20:18:00] Pat K (Ranger): I think that Genmar has the best fishing boat brands, and Crestliner and Lund are very good boats
[20:18:05] Swat 1: Ranger Crestliner and Lund are all owned by Genmar but are they each a separate entities or do they answer to each other too?
[20:18:07] ebijack: pat, champion has gone back to some smaller beamed boats, do you see ranger doing that?
[20:18:47] Pat K (Ranger): We are all our own entities but we do share some
[20:18:57] Swat 1: Thanks
[20:19:02] Fireman(mn): have you seen the new slow troll system on the merc's?
[20:19:28] Pat K (Ranger): I don't see us making the boats narrower because width gives us stability and interior room
[20:19:36] ebijack: pat, will you be at the pwt in port clinton ohio as a ranger rep?
[20:20:01] Pat K (Ranger): If you are talking about merc's new system, no not yet
[20:20:14] Swat 1: Are you talking about the New Digital Optimax Fireman?
[20:20:19] Pat K (Ranger): Yes, I plan on being at Pt clinton
[20:20:31] Fireman(mn): just read a little bit about it in Walleye Central... looks interesting
[20:20:33] ebijack: lots of walleyecentral folks will be there pat
[20:20:36] Pat K (Ranger): I hope to have a new 200C with me
[20:21:02] Swat 1: 200C?????????
[20:21:02] Fireman(mn): yes swat
[20:21:18] Juls (WI): what is the 200C?
[20:21:20] Pat K (Ranger): It is the 620 hull with a center console deck on it
[20:21:29] Juls (WI): ohhhh too cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[20:21:35] Pat K (Ranger): should be great for open water trolling on erie
[20:21:58] Juls (WI): cant wait to see it...;-)
[20:22:04] Erie TT: They had 1 at Cleveland in Jan. the dealer never had a person in it
[20:22:12] Juls (WI): going to be giving demo rides Pat? hint hint...LOL
[20:22:31] Pat K (Ranger): I'd be glad to take anyone out
[20:22:50] Pat K (Ranger): might have to drag a couple of lines though
[20:22:50] ebijack: you better watch what you promise pat :)
[20:22:59] Juls (WI): I will have to make sure I find you down there then...hehehehe ebi
[20:23:22] Fireman(mn): Pat... who works MWC circuit for Ranger?
[20:23:37] Pat K (Ranger): Jason Parsons and Mike James are the guys out there
[20:23:51] Fireman(mn): thanks
[20:23:58] Pat K (Ranger): George Liddle works MN too
[20:24:43] Juls (WI): where did you go with the rod storage on the 200C?
[20:24:52] ebijack: pat, are all glass ranger boat trailers built by ranger?
[20:25:14] Pat K (Ranger): The 200C has rod racks on the inside of the gunnels
[20:25:28] Pat K (Ranger): Yes, we build all our glass and aluminum boat trailers
[20:25:38] ebijack: is the 200c on the ranger web site pat?
[20:25:57] Pat K (Ranger): Yes, look under the Sportfisherman series
[20:26:22] Fisherman: Are the rod racks lockable?
[20:26:58] Swat 1: Are any of the Ranger Walleye Boats going to be able to handle the
250 XB Pat?
[20:27:10] Pat K (Ranger): No, the front bow storage can accept shorter rods or trolling rods taken apart, you can lock that
[20:27:41] Pat K (Ranger): Not that I am aware of
[20:28:44] ebijack: pat, have you heard anything about HP ratings of any boat being a complete rating of all motors being totaled on any given boat?
[20:28:54] Fisherman: Pat whats the biggest motor that can be placed on the 619
[20:29:24] fishhunter3: looking at a 619 but told by a few people that the 620 has a better ride in big water how true is that
[20:29:36] Pat K (Ranger): Since the kicker is not the main engine, i think that the coast guard lets it go
[20:29:50] Pat K (Ranger): the 619 can handle a 200
[20:30:40] Pat K (Ranger): the 619 is very deep and almost as wide so I expect it to have a great rough water ride
[20:30:57] ebijack: what's the difference between them pat
[20:31:39] Pat K (Ranger): both boats are heavy, solid and of similar designs it is just that the 619 is a little smaller
[20:32:23] Pat K (Ranger): we took the 620 and made a smaller version that can be gotten in a single console and has a few design changes
[20:32:31] ebijack: pat, have you drove the 619?
[20:32:52] Pat K (Ranger): yes, quite a bit
[20:34:08] ebijack: pat, when someone is working for sponsorship with ranger, does the boat model come into play at all?
[20:34:38] Pat K (Ranger): no, not really, we look at the individual mostly
[20:35:04] Swat 1: What do you want to see in a sponsored fisherman?
[20:35:09] ebijack: just wondered if ranger would rather have all their models being sponsored
[20:36:04] Pat K (Ranger): I look for someone who can help their dealer sell boats and produce sales leads
[20:36:24] Swat 1: That makes sense
[20:36:41] Pat K (Ranger): that person needs to be able to work with the public and be respected among his\her peers
[20:36:43] ebijack: do you decide who is sponsored here in mich?
[20:37:13] Pat K (Ranger): I recommend people to ranger, it is ultimately their decision
[20:37:26] Fisherman: That shouldn't be to hard the boats pretty much sell themselves
[20:37:54] ebijack: pat, what kind of hours do you put in being a rep, vs working a 40hr week job
[20:38:00] Pat K (Ranger): I don't tell anyone which boat to run because they have to be comfortable with the model
[20:38:16] Pat K (Ranger): what is a 40hr week job?
[20:38:21] Ristorapper: lol
[20:38:22] ebijack: :)
[20:38:23] Swat 1: LOL
[20:38:54] Swat 1: That's the hours you put in on Monday and Tuesday Pat.....LOL
[20:38:59] Pat K (Ranger): It is great, really. I get the opportunity to be around boat and fishing every day
[20:39:10] gillman: met george little in Min. very nice guy
[20:39:22] Pat K (Ranger): for me, it is a dream job
[20:40:05] ebijack: pat, has cell phones, and puters changed your job alot?
[20:40:09] Pat K (Ranger): george has been a ranger rep for over 10 years and is one of the best
[20:40:39] Pat K (Ranger): even in the short time that I have been a rep, I do more and more on the net every day
[20:41:21] ebijack: pat, does ranger handle problems/questions and new boat buys over the net?
[20:41:39] Ristorapper: I'm going to get my first ride in a Ranger 619 this spring. What can I expect being an old aluminum boat owner??
[20:42:07] Pat K (Ranger): we have our catalog on the web site and if anyone has a question, there is a spot for that and it gets forwarded to us reps
[20:42:19] Fisherman: A dry ride smoother too
[20:42:19] gillman: smoooooooooth ride
[20:42:58] ebijack: pat, do you look at boats at dealership that are having problems?
[20:43:00] Pat K (Ranger): you will be amazed and the ride and the stability when fishing
[20:43:42] Pat K (Ranger): If a dealer feels that I need to look at a boat, I'll look at it
[20:44:12] gillman: missed what area you are in
[20:44:26] ebijack: pat, are the 620's reporting any gel cracks now that they've been run hard for a year?
[20:45:04] Pat K (Ranger): not really. the ones in my area are almost exclusively great lakes boats and have been run pretty hard
[20:45:19] ebijack: great!
[20:45:27] Pat K (Ranger): with the weight of the hull, it just doesn't pound very much
[20:45:53] ETT: what does it weigh??
[20:45:57] Ristorapper: what kind of weight we talking here on average?
[20:46:08] Pat K (Ranger): 1990lbs
[20:46:21] ETT: thanks
[20:46:29] ebijack: is that hull weight?
[20:46:47] Pat K (Ranger): the 619 is 1830lbs
[20:46:54] Pat K (Ranger): hull only!
20:47:06] Ristorapper: wow that's well over double the old alum. hull of mine
[20:47:43] Pat K (Ranger): it is made to take it
[20:47:47] ebijack: pat, what do you see for the rcl tourney this year...only a beginning?
[20:48:06] Fisherman: My partners 620 had some cracks after last season but they took in in and ground them out. He says they look good now
[20:48:30] Pat K (Ranger): this tournament should put walleye fishing on the map
[20:48:51] Juls (WI): heard a rumor about an flw pro / am for walleye? still rumor? that would be great i think
[20:49:07] Ristorapper: rcl??
[20:49:12] ebijack: they need more/better advertising pat!!!!!!
[20:49:21] Pat K (Ranger): right now it is just a rumor but I'd love to see it too
[20:49:31] Juls (WI): ranger crestliner lund tourney risto...in oct this year on green bay
[20:49:37] Juls (WI): ok thanks pat
[20:49:41] Ristorapper: thanks.
[20:49:54] Juls (WI): going to be BIG!!
[20:51:00] ebijack: any more questions for our host tonight?
[20:51:11] Fisherman: Where can a person find out about the RCL on Green bay
[20:51:11] Ristorapper: Motor minimum to push that 1800 pound hull Pat???
[20:51:25] Pat K (Ranger): 200
[20:51:44] Pat K (Ranger): go to the Ranger web site to find out more www.rangerboats.com
[20:51:52] Ristorapper: thanks
[20:52:18] Juls (WI): you can pick up a brochure at any ranger crestliner or lund dealer fisherman...or call Operation Walleye at 270-362-4880...or the ranger website...;-)
[20:52:37] Pat K (Ranger): thanks juls
[20:52:47] ebijack: pat, since the big three car builders are going to start selling cars over the net, is ranger looking into that?
[20:52:57] Fisherman: Thanks Juls
[20:53:05] Juls (WI): you bet
[20:53:23] Pat K (Ranger): no, we don't sell near as many boats and our dealers are our most important link to our customers
[20:54:11] Pat K (Ranger): we also don't have an MSRP to work from
[20:54:19] Juls (WI): the 200C is a 20 footer yes?
[20:55:01] Pat K (Ranger): yes, it is the same hull as the 620. 19' 10" to be exact
[20:55:16] Juls (WI): ok..thanks
[20:55:30] Juls (WI): that is going to be an awsome boat...;-)
[20:55:30] ebijack: i'd like to thank PAT KLEPPERT for hosting tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!
[20:55:41] Drift'r: Thanks Pat
[20:55:43] RoyG(PA): thanks pat!
[20:55:43] Ristorapper: thanks Pat
[20:55:51] Fisherman: Thanks Pat
[20:55:52] Juls (WI): clap clap clap clap clap clap..thanks Pat...sorry i missed so much of it...:-(
[20:56:02] Ristorapper: me too
[20:56:11] ebijack: thanks pat!
[20:56:12] rip some lip wy: thanks pat
[20:56:34] catchem: ya thanks pat
[20:56:39] Pat K (Ranger): if anyone has any more questions you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
[20:57:20] Pat K (Ranger): thanks everyone for stopping by and asking questions
[20:57:28] ebijack: what's your next show pat
[20:57:43] Fisherman: Pat are you the rep for Little bay de Noc
[20:57:47] Pat K (Ranger): grand rapids and fort wayne tomorrow through sunday
[20:57:54] ebijack: glad to have ya pat
[20:58:32] Pat K (Ranger): I cover michigan but escanaba is close to wisconson so we have jason parsons in that area
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