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  2. If you just want to troll at 2.5 mph anything will do but if you want to get back in when the going is heavy a 15 OR MORE is probably preferable . My boat is only an 18 footer and when looking at kickers and wanting a Suzuki I discovered the weight difference between 9.9, 15, and 20 was negligible and only the 9.9 and 20 were available with trim tilt and controls . I do a lot of muskie trolling in big water at speeds to 6 mph and over the years fishing with friends discovered that when it was lumpy they had to shut down the kicker and troll on the big motor. I went with the 20 hp long shaft weight, cost, and fuel consumption are not much different than a 9.9. and it will bring me home. edit: my kicker has an available fuel line from the main tank but I normally run it from a plastic portable tank in the splash well figuring if the main was down because of a fuel issue the kicker on the same tank is little help.
  3. I’ve heard of sticky drag, catastrophic meltdown when a big king goes for a 200’ run, inaccurate line counter. I’m well aware of the brand loyalties. I’m not familiar with the Stratamaster like I am with Convector or Magda so my curiosity was if anyone had any experience with the stratamaster and good/bad/indifferent experience relative thereto. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. Just a couple of considerations to throw in the mix: The trim and tilt etc. is a nice option but adds weight to the motor too so your bracket needs to be able to support it too.if you use one. Many of the two stroke motor brackets don't recommend anywhere near the HP rating for 4 stroke use and the weight of many 4 strokes exceed the weight limits of the brackets. Although the longer shaft motors give a better propulsion in the rough water and waves you have to make sure that they don't drag in the water (e.g. the prop) when going at high speed when underway so positioning is critical (so there is clearance when motor is fully up) and in some cases the longer shaft not desirable on some boats. The weight of some basic 15 HP motors is fairly close to that of the 9.9's (depending on what options they have) so sometimes it is a decision between whether you want the extra propulsion vs. the fancy option features.
  5. The most I have ever seen is in Jackson Hole Wyoming in the center of town on a few arches in the park with thousands of them.....unbelievable!
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  7. Curious to know what the all the negativity is that you mentioned? If you havent realized that fishing reel followers have a on going battle like chevy, ford, and dodge fans it might be time to. Those reels will do just fine.
  8. Its 1 of my regular farms i have exclusive rights shed hunt on. The owner leases property from us so we worked a deal out and I’m greatly appreciative of it. Had 3 of the antlers I found laying within 100ft of the truck. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. I think I know those fields...great job! A buddy of mine walked over ten miles this past weekend for one. He will be jealous.
  10. https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/02/new-coast-guard-cutter-edgar-culbertson-named-after-great-lakes-hero.html
  11. Have two okuma stratamaster sm30d reels. Curious with all the negativity associated with Okuma reels if these are going to run as well and are as tough as my daiwa and penn reels? I run primarily Daiwa 47 reels. Few Penn 320’s. These would be serving as rigger rods for me. not sure on their age, but they’re in seemingly excellent near new condition. If they’re inferior to my Daiwa and Penn reels, then I’ll just use them for spring brown trout planer board fishin.
  12. Hey guys! Thanks for keeping an eye out! I’d like to stay away from the saltwater boats and looking for a 285 or 313 between 1997 - 2002. That boat in Florida is actually a 286. The 313 in Benton Harbor sold in late January. I would like to get more info on Debi Duz Too. It sounds very much like the 313 in Benton Harbor (Four Season Charters). That boat had a low hour repower on it as well. I’ll try reaching out to Sutherland to get more info. Thanks!
  13. Yup Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. Same question, really. (sorry about the hijack, Jbfish) I am picking up my 1986 Starcarft 250 Fisherman with original 5.0 MerCruiser from Rustyhook1971 in about a month. Not totally sure about engine condition but know that it runs. What I do know is that I can't get stuck 5-10 miles out on the lake or I will never hear the end of it from my wife. Questions: Should I get an e-start Yamaha 20hp kicker with long shaft (20") for trolling to make sure I can get back in, even in rough water? Will it troll slow enough without using bags? Is a 9.9hp really enough motor for this set-up (getting back in, not the trolling)? I plan on getting an autopilot with an Ez-Steer to main. Many thanks for any advice!
  15. I have a proline 231WA. I run a 9.9 Yamaha with a 20” (long) shaft. If you have the cash power trim/tilt, electric start and forward controls are all very nice to have. Someday I’ll get a power trim/tilt. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  16. Ethanol gas? Had an issue with it in a previous boat. Only run non ethanol now Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  17. Amish place called J&M Apolstery did right by me 7088 West Rd, Conewango Valley, NY. Price was outstanding. You’ll have to take your boat to him Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  18. Magic erasers work Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  19. When I had it running a bit there I opened the drain valve to winterize it. Steam and air came out. No water. Quickly shut her down after that
  20. Tt Sent from my SM-G960U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  21. Here is a link of how the PS30 can be used for trolling Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  22. Good hit but can’t find him. Wish we had more snow. Red brush in the dark isn’t much fun. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  23. Sold tonight. Dave (rod hog) is a great guy with lots of stories. Could listen to him talk for hours. Thanks Dave!
  24. Ya during sept thought i would hear something
  25. I didn’t hear nuthin Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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