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  1. Jeff. When I mounted my tracks, I installed a 3 foot section, left an 8 inch space, then a 2 foot section forward of that. It allows me to load items from the middle rather than just the ends of one long track.
  2. My go to setup for years: 30 lb.test, 7strand wire, to 30lb. test Big Game mono. Run the Slide Divers on the mono leader. 50 ft. leaders in the spring, 15-20 ft. as the fish get deeper. Connect line and wire with 50 lb. test Spro Power Swivel. It's small enough to go through rod / reel guides. Keep it simple....
  3. I have both. DSC VHF fixed mount with 8' antenna, and Icom waterproof floating hand held in the ditch bag. Don't skimp out. We spend thousands on fishing equipment and lures, then cut corners on safety.
  4. I would suggest you look up "Fish Doctor Charters" out of Oswego. Capt. Ernie is one of the best brown trout fishermen on the lake. Go through the archives in his fishing blog. He has extensive information on his spring tactics, all the information you are looking for. http://blog.fishdoctorcharters.com/
  5. I sold everything in July 2017 for $60. ( there goes my retirement)
  6. I will be re-spooling my wire rods for next year. It's been a while, so looking for suggestions on what to use. I've used Mason and Malin for years, but considering Torpedo and Blood Run. Always used 7 strand wire, but wondering how the 19 strand holds up. Thanks for your opinions. Merry Christmas!
  7. I saw the Eagle Claw 7 1/2 ft. medium light trolling rods for the unbelievable price of $14.99 each at Northwoods Wholesale Outlet.... I had a set of 4 delivered last week. https://northwoodsoutlet.com/product/eagle-claw-starfire/
  8. katydid noun ka·ty·did | \ ˈkā-tē-ˌdid \ Definition of katydid : any of various large green American long-horned grasshoppers usually having stridulating organs on the males that produce a loud shrill sound sounds about right.....
  9. I stopped by your You tube channel.... great videos.. I'm sure I'll watch them all over the winter. Thanks!!
  10. This will never fly. It disenfranchises poor people, and people on a fixed income. It will go the way of micro stamping and ammo background checks. At last look, the rifle registration had about a 90% noncompliance rate, thousands of hand gun owners did not comply with the new 5 year registration. I have yet to hear the State Police rounding up non compliant firearms. And I, like many others buy all my ammo out of state online and have it shipped to my door. If no one obeys, no one rules.... Only time will tell.
  11. Yup, I run them in 28 and mag.
  12. Bob, I would send an e-mail to "Tuna's Reel Troubles". They are reel experts, many on this board ( myself included) have had reels worked on by them. A few years back, Andy was able to set me up with larger "power handles" to fit my older Diawa reels, now used for wire divers. He may have an answer to your dilemma. http://stores.tunasreeltroubles.com/power-handles/
  13. Iggy, You will be fine with you 16 footer, watch the weather and pick your days. I started out in 1990 in an old 16' semi vee with a 40 hp. This one is 16' 8" deep vee Starcraft with a 90 Merc. Bought this one new in 1996, still running strong after 22 years on the lake. Plenty of fish to be had from these multi - species boats.
  14. Nope.... Disconnected at both ends and did a shake and pull with a buddy, and the hose got about 8" longer. Just enough to drain properly. My guess is that slack in the line flopped around running in the waves, and the bouncing moved it from it's normal drain path.
  15. There my be a loop or bend in the line somewhere, much like the trap under your sink.... it lets the air and snake thru, but won't drain on its own. ...... ask me how I know....
  16. Fishmaster.com makes folding T tops.....
  17. I use a fixed slider for Mup rigs. bottom small spoon back 10', top larger spoon back 5' and up 5'.
  18. The Bay Bridge Sport Shop has 2 "fisherman's apartments" for rent by the day or week.
  19. I have a large Rapala plastic cutting board the same size as my cooler... a few wet towels between board and cooler lid keeps the board in place. https://www.amazon.com/Rapala-Pro-Series-Board-19x48/dp/B0084ED9RK/ref=sr_1_5/136-0515460-2602058?ie=UTF8&qid=1527863049&sr=8-5&keywords=rapala+cutting+board&dpID=21E4b4QanOL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
  20. Bay Bridge Sport Shop. On the south end of the bay, but nice fisherman's apartments with docks, gas, etc. https://baybridgesportshop.com/rooms
  21. Online Outboards has 2018 Tohatsu 5 HP MFS5CS Outboard Motors for $1350. No tax, free shipping.....
  22. Decide on you price range, then get the most "pixels and power" you can afford. Duel frequency is a great feature, the other special features are up to you. Most manufacturers offer the operator manuals free online in PDF format. Download the manuals and check for ease of use. Some units make you go through a ton of menu options to make a simple adjustment. I chose a Furuno 625 unit 6 years ago because it has dials and knobs rather than a ton of buttons, and their bullet proof reputation. Take a trip to Bass Pro or Cabela's and look at the units for yourself. Play with the functions and find which unit will work best for YOU in your price range.
  23. I was out a week ago Monday. Going out, no problem, stayed on my saved gps plot from last fall. Coming back in, my 17 foot tin boat with the top and side curtains up got hit with a gust of wind from the North East, and pushed me off course to the West. Before I could correct, I slid into the mid channel debris and hit the steel that's just below the water... ( it had a buoy marking it last fall) Ended up with a 14ft. gouge along the bottom of the hull, a sheared off rivet, and a snapped off Airmar P66 transducer. I've made repairs and am good to go, but may run out of the Genny until they dig the debris out.... not worth risk with a light boat.
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