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  1. If the engine is pulling to one direction while on plane then probably your trim tab needs to be adjusted to counter the torque of the prop. The sacrificial trim tab zinc can be turned to accomplished that.

  2. I would say yes but.....  The lower unit oil is much thicker than warm engine oil do the vacuum would have to be higher and the oil will flow slow but should be doable. 

    You size down the tubing to the size that will fit into the vent hole. Smaller ID tubing slower flow. Pump it up and go do something else for awhile while it sucks out the oil.

  3. Salmon will have black x shaped spots on their body but not on their fins whereas rainbows will have small black spots on their body as well as on their tail, dorsal and adipose fins.


    You'll want to know the difference because it may cost you a ticket on Cayuga Lake.

    Rainbows - 15"

    Salmon - 18"



       Pic 1 - salmon                    





    pic 2 - rainbow


  4. This may help in your wire selection. Running from a fuse panel will work. The length of the wire run will also enter into the equation so if you have long runs from the power source (fuse panel, battery etc.) check to see what is recommended but you don't have to be direct to a battery.


    Amperage Capacities for Standard Non-Metallic (NM) Cable
    14-gauge wire 15 amps
    12-gauge wire 20 amps
    10-gauge wire 30 amps
    8-gauge wire 40 amps
    6-gauge wire 55 amps
    4-gauge wire 70 amps
    3-gauge wire 85 amps
    2-gauge wire 95 amps


    Big Jon downrigger wiring basics






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  5. All good advice. Many options to think about. My ONE cents is to hook the autopilot to the main and connect kicker with a ( Panther quick disconnect) connecting rod. The autopilot can be used for both trolling and cruising. If your electronics are compatible with your autopilot then you also have the ability to chart courses and navigate (cruising or trolling) with your GPS chart plotter waypoints. Connecting to your main is the best of both worlds. I installed a Raymarine unit this summer and it cost me about $2K by the time I was done and that included all the fittings and lines which included upgrading the main lines from the helm to the main engine.


    Connecting rod link:  https://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/Auxiliary_Motor_Steering-Panther_Auxiliary_Motor_Steering_Kit_.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAmsrxBRDaARIsANyiD1pdjBBbufGAocPwbDRf_jnzknL0zvDTNtOcJi3jsf5niSqZX0sT784aArBDEALw_wcB


    Edit: I failed to mention that I installed a EV-150. Got it for $1,692.86 delivered to my door. I changed the main hydraulic lines on recommendation by Raymarine Tech because I have a BayStar helm. 

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  6. It may be better to go with the bag route and leave the engine alone. A pair of small (18") bags like  those in the link below should slow you down to trolling speed.  I use 24"s on my 19' because I wanted to run my kicker at a higher RPM for better thrust/control in the wind.


  7. On 10/2/2019 at 1:09 AM, NortheastHardcoreSportsman said:

    I fish in Maine a lot for Salmon and Trout but I recently started fishing Lake Ontario more and don't mind the travel down from Maine. I have a 21ft Islander with 4 Cannon UniTroll 10STX manual downriggers. Im not 100% sold on Cannon I've had a ton of problems with 2 of my current riggers while the other 2 have been great. Im looking for recommendations and reviews on a pair of electrics in the 1,000-1200 to replace two of my manuals. Open to all brands never owned electrics before and would like to have some feedback from folks who use them! 

    Thanks Everyone!


    I don't want to get into the Chevy vs Ford Vs Dodge argument. Just adding my suggestion of another brand to look at.


    I have been using BigJon's since 1991 and am still using the original two I bought back then. Added two more to the set when I bought a new boat in 2002. They are not the fastest retrieve rate out there but these units are dependable, Affordable and easily user repairable if needed. I seldom fish deeper than 120' but often am down in the 80' to 110' with 12lb sharks. They have units with heavier motors if you want to use heavier weights for deeper depths.

    Good luck with whatever riggers you get. 

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