I couldn't help it. Went to Gander Mtn in Sheffield today just to nose around and found the The Clam Guide for $299. I called the wife and told her I found my Christmas present, she said buy it if thats what I wanted. I also had a 10% off coupon to use so I bought the travel cover too. Now we just need ice. Last time I bought gear before ice, the season was very short. Hope that's not the case this time. COME ON ICE!!!!!