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  1. I wasn't going to respond because I didn't have much to say that wasn't already said. Ken was diffinitely a good host. Had the heater on in the boat before he even launched. We had calm seas for the most part and the coffee & cookies were available all day. We never had to put the rain coats or extra jackets on and by 11AM the sun came out and one would think it was April. We covered a lot of water that day and didn't mark many fish and fewer bait balls. Ran plugs from start to finish off the boards. Also covered all depths from 5' to 65' with riggers, sliders and wire dips at various times. Only caught dink salmon on all sets except the dipsey. Spoons & plugs worked but the plugs took the most. Best action was when we picked up 2 salmon on spoons on one rod, ball at 60' and a free slider. The glory fish are a little illusive right now. I know they are there somewhere. Maybe next time.
  2. Stix, you may have seen this before but thought I'd throw it back up for you. As you can see I placed my downriggers as far aft as posible. Doing this I was able to gain a little extra room along the side. My outboard riggers are just aft of the rear cleat and the inboard riggers next to the motor well accomplishes a couple things. Most importantly is it clears the sides for rodholders and/or people to work rods or fish. It also keeps the rigger cables closer to the rear of the boat so when turning, the outboard cables won't swing as quickly to the inboard cables. May let you turn a little sharper than riggers set farther up the gunnels. Another nice advantage is being able to use short arms on the inboard riggers. Arms are still long enough to swing into the prop wash if desired and short enough to rig the balls with out cable pulleys. There is about 5'6" from pulley to pulley between the inboard riggers as positioned in the picture. I also added another notch to the inboard swivel bases so they will set straight back if desired. I have four positions on each inboard rigger to cover any area behind the boat. Positions are: straight back, behind engine, corner of transom and position in picture. Works great when landing fish from the back. Opens a nice size hole to bring fish in without pulling rods.
  3. ....the way I hear it Stix was supposed to stay home and make Christmas cookies Saturday morning and told his wife that he had to run to the store and buy some flour & sugar......never got back home till dark :shock: . Better watch it Stix....can't bull $hit the wife all the time What's a guy to do.................
  4. ......Ok...thanks. If you have the grapes to take your boat out tomorrow I'll show up in the morning. Now I won't be able to get anything done at the office today (like I was going to do much anyway :roll: ) My back up plan was to go and fish off Swedes dock Call me tonight with your decision............can't wait :!: PS: coffee is on
  5. Stix, Saturday would be a good day to fish and you can stay home with the misses on Sunday. Temps in the 50's. So what's the big deal if it rains a little. Cleaned the guns and put them in the safe. Now I have to find someone with a boat that is ready to fish (mine is stored for the winter). Huntfrisco........come out, come out where ever you are......time to take 195 out of the barn . I promise to stay on my side of the boat if you take me fishing for a Christmas present. Please.
  6. ....just a thought. If you wait until the wire eats up the rod tip, at what point does the worn tip starts to nick, chafe, scratch, fry the wire? I've heard others say the same thing and often wondered when things start to melt down :shock: . I figured that if a special tip was designed to aid in the life expectancy of the wire then the sooner put on the better. Did I pull off perfectly good rod tips for nothing? Maybe someone can set us straight on the effects of standard tips vs twilli tips vs roller tips when using wire line and what way is the best to go.
  7. Thanks for the fish report. I really needed that. I was starting to get the shakes (wasn't from the cold weather in the woods) . One more day of deer hunting and then I'll put the guns away. ---------------------------------------------------- PS: a little off subject, Seems your optmiser inventory may have gotten bigger since Chaos paid his ABOAONY dues :shock:. Did you happen to take advantage of the clearance sale recently? :roll: ABOAONY audit due by January 15,`07. We may have to get together for coffee and make the numbers work out on the books :? ....
  8. So far I haven't had a bad experience with the dipsey hitting bottom and hanging-up. :shock: I've been running dipseys for over 15 years but it's probably just a matter of time, I'm due. I've had them hit bottom 3 ways. One is when trolling close to structure, say over 120' bottom and the dipsey hits the wall of a steep drop off close by. Second was in a turn over,say 90' bottom and the inside dipsey hits. The third is when I do it on purpose to see the true depth my dipsey is running at for the conditions that I'm fishing. In most cases the dipsey will ride the bottom if it's fairly smooth and you'll see the rod twitching like a small fish is on. If it hits something hard or digs in it will usually trip and start to surface. The dipsey doesn't nose into the bottom because it's usually at #2- 2 1/2 setting and the angle of the dipsey puts one side lower and that side hits first and slides along the bottom. Never had any issues running dipseys with 4 downriggers. Biggest problem I have is fish hitting sliders on the riggers and getting into the dipsey wire. That's going to happen a few times a season. I just put up with it because both setups are just to good not to use.
  9. Merc 9.9 is available with power tilt/trim & remote controls. Don't have any experience with that size engine on 24' boats. The 8 & 9.9hp engines are the same engine except a little different carb. Regardless of what your going to put it on I'd go with the 9.9 for the difference in money.
  10. Need a fish report fix. Been in the woods trolling for BLAT Heads (as stix would say). Hasn't been any reports since the board was rebuilt. Was hoping that the momemtum would start back up. How about it stix, you get out last weekend? Weather was good.....
  11. Try this out......... http://www.lakemichiganangler.com/store/Twili_Tip.htm
  12. My answer is in the " Open Lake Discussion section". :arrow: http://www.lakeontariounited.com/forum2 ... ?p=258#258
  13. See that Stix....now he thinks we are his friends.....but he does have the smart part right :? . We may consider being your friend once you pay your ABOAONY dues. Cash can be sent directly to $tix. The question what to do about rate choice. I'm going with the the variable rate. Only a portion of the bill is affected by this anyway. How much do you think your going to save...$30.00 a year? The way I look at it is if I had to come up with a guaranteed fixed rate for one year I'd be sure to cover my A$$. I'll take my chances with the variable rate and fuel prices. Besides, the Dem's are going to talk with Iran and make everything better :roll: and oil prices are going to fall :shock: . Now lets get back to fishing.....
  14. Kudos.......didn't realize how much I use this board until it went down. Great enhancments added to this new and improved Forum. Maybe the HACKER did us a favor (but you three got stuck with all the work). Anyway thanks, we really do appreciate your time invested in all of this.
  15. I know this came up recently but not much said about it. Anyone try this stuff yet? I see Cabela's has it listed. I would imagine that the fleas would hang on pretty good but is there any merit to using this stuff?
  16. There may be a momentary cut-out switch that is bad or going bad. The switch should break & make the ignition circuit when you shift into gear to take the load off the shift gears. Had that problem on a `86 Mercruiser 140hp IO. Every time I tried to shift into forward or reverse it died. Thank God it was at the dock and not out on the lake :shock: . Something to check out.
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