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  1. Tom, If memory serves me, The original site was run by Capt. Joe Toomey ,"Irish Pride" charters out of the Oak.. Damn, I'm getting old...
  2. Checking the original catalog for specs., my 1996 17 ft. Starcraft hull weighs in at 1000 lbs. My 90 hp. Mercury 2-stroke weighs 303 lbs. That's a dry weight of 1,303 lbs. pushed by 90 hp. The boat is rated up to 125 Hp. I run fully loaded with 2 people and gear at 40 mph. with a 19 pitch aluminum prop. It sounds like your weight to horsepower ratio is way off.
  3. Sorry for the screwed up post above..... This video is a great example of what happens to the lake when the wind blows hard in the summer. "red" water is warm, ...."blue" water is ice cold. Assume the left side of the tank is the South US shore, the right side is the North shore in Canada. Notice as the shoreline temps. fluctuate, The center area stays relatively stable.. That's why the fish ( and fishermen) move offshore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIkJ4xu9Ego
  4. Nice job Wally ! whack 'em and stack 'em ! Jim S.
  5. I have 2 older Scotty #1099 riggers, had the same problem this spring and had the same result. I sent them an e-mail and they called me at home to make sure they were sending exactly what I needed. They sent me 4 new counters, so I have 2 new on the riggers and 2 as backup.
  6. Not Necessary.. This is from the DEC Website.. General Regulations • An angler may operate no more than 3 lines with or without a rod. ⊲ each line is limited to not more than 5 lures or baits or a combination of both. ⊲ in addition, each line shall not exceed 15 hook points in any combination of single, double, or treble hooks.
  7. It depends on the dodger. I use the old school Evil Eye High Speed Dodgers so speed is not an issue for me. They run well between 2.0 and 3.0 mph. Regular Luhr Jensen or Gold Star dodgers, low to mid "2's" is a good starting point. I just did a quick search.... looks like Evil Eye still makes the high speeds. The color selection seems to be limited.. https://dardevle.com/product/high-speed-dodger-98/
  8. I've been on the lake since 1990, still use them all summer and fall. Squids or flys both work well.
  9. This might help... https://www.thesouthend.org/index.php/resources/reel-fill-calculator
  10. Here's the link to the weather station at the end of the Coast Guard pier in Charlotte. The wind speed and wind direction are updated every 10 minutes and shows conditions from the past 24 hours. Seeing past conditions has saved many a wasted trip to the launch. https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=rprn6
  11. Maybe it should be " The Gambler Easy Release".. or..... "The Greaser Releaser"
  12. The new Gambler Rigs "Laker Recovery Clip"..... Has a nice ring to it.....match it up with a 3 foot long heavy ice fishing rod and a reel spooled with braid line... Ding Ding Ding.... we have a winner !! ( ask me how I know this works..)
  13. The Sequalizer is about $85 bucks. The Shelton fish Descender is about $13, plus adding your own weight. I made my own from a 16oz. weight and a coat hanger... works just like the Shelton product. Push the wire through the lower lip, drop the fish down to the desired depth and snap the rig up to release the fish. The Shelton Descender.... a bit small for large lake trout in my opinion. The Shelton Descender, and my homemade version
  14. If you're all spooled up with 17lb. test, add 150ft. of 30 lb. mono to that, then the fluro. leader. Discard the 30lb. when the fleas die off. .... easier and cheaper than re-spooling all your reels. Most of us use Trilene Big Game 30lb. clear.
  15. Ramp, fuel, tackle, ...rooms and docks for rent by the day or week https://baybridgesportshop.com/
  16. You also need to take wind into consideration. A cross wind will make the boat "slide". It will gives the appearance of a heavy down current when in fact the boat is being pushed sideways.
  17. Um........ no. You must have me confused with someone else. My Dad died in 1977 and never owned a boat. We did meet many years ago when you stopped by my home to purchase a few used rods..... about the time you started your cooking school in your house.. Damn, we're gettin' old..
  18. Look at the anodes on the motor. If they look cruddy there is stray current coming from somewhere...
  19. Mikeyman, I was one of the first Depth Raider users on lake Ontario many year back, so I might be able to clarify a few issues. You don't need to strip wire and ground it to the downrigger, just spool it on. Connect the power wires to the starting battery, not an isolated second battery. The starting battery somehow uses the motor to ground the system properly. Getting a reading in a bucket in almost impossible, per Kell labs. The system grounds itself once you're in the water. ( I tried the same thing when I first got mine, had the same result. ) The coated cable must be stripped back to make an electrical connection with the probe. I use a Walker Clincher with a solid marine connector and stainless steel #10 screw and lock nut. The connection you show in your picture looks good as long as the coating has been stripped off the end of the cable. Make sure the swivel and ball clip are not coated. A quick scrub with a piece of sand paper assures a good connection. Here's a pic of mine: I use Scotty downriggers, never liked the antenna springs, as the Scotty stop beads always got hung up in the spring. I took a 4 inch piece of 1/2" copper water pipe and flared out the ends, wrapped the spring around the pipe and coated it with electrical tape. The solid tube picks up the signal from the probe much better, and the auto stop beads slide right through. I have never fished "too deep" to not get a reading from the probe. Here's 2 pics of my mod. I usually run around 2.2 - 2.6 for speed and hover around that 50 degree mark to start out.
  20. When the little guys are around, I run Scotty pinch pad releases with an 18" tether... much easier to see the rod tip shake..
  21. I had a counter fog up this spring, an e-mail to Scotty got me 2 new counters under warranty for free. https://scotty.com/contact/
  22. https://buffalonews.com/news/local/millions-of-gallons-of-untreated-wastewater-pouring-into-niagara-river/article_71bbd264-df82-11ec-8f1f-cb8a644fbc74.amp.html
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