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  1. Ditto here... I have a fully compliment of 9' Rigger Rods, all are 25+ years old... I think that speaks volumes for durability, they handle Big Kings yet are limber enough to fight smaller fish as well. My brother even used them in the ocean trolling for mackeral and ended up landing a 60lb Blue fin after a two hour battle a few years ago! They are worth the extra money up front, I have seen too many rigger rods take a permanent bowed set after a few years of use as well.
  2. Anthony, My brother runs a marine services business in the Charleston, SC area. He assesses the boat prior to quoting the job, but will generally charge in the $20-25 per foot range to wash and detail a boat dependent upon condition and configuration of the boat. I would venture to say that given the configuration of yours it would be on the low end of this range. Just to use as a point of reference, a detail cost plus washing cost on your boat approaching $30/ft seems high, my brother would be charging that rate for a larger flybridge boat that also possessess plenty of saltwater crud on it!
  3. Rich, That's a vision that nobody needs!
  4. Just heard this news yesterday too... RIP Franny, you'll be missed...
  5. Tom, Sorry I did not see you posted it as well again... that's the photo I was looking for... on my computer desktop now... helps me daydream that much more!
  6. Thx for sharing Rich, gotta see all of them sometime.
  7. Me with a 30lb 8oz King from the Oak June 1993- Led Summer ESLO until last weekend Father and Son with a nice Double on Kings (Biggest 34lbs) on the Shongo at the Oak June 28, 1990 Capt. Dennis "Shongo Butch" Tiberio with a 35lb King July 18, 1990 at the Oak Me with a 32lb King on Bob Stevens Sunrise II August 13, 1991 at the Oak Me with a 17lb 12oz Rainbow placed in the Orleans Derby August 15, 1992 Jason and Tony Cornetta went out with me on my dad's boat and hauled in a pair of 33lbers August 23, 1988 at the Oak (Not big enough for the ESLO!) Me with a 17lb Offshore Steelhead September 7, 1992 at the Oak Me with a narly 29lb wall King at the Oak September 12, 1993
  8. We should all be taking off our Alpha lower units every winter and having them pressure tested and replacing impellers as preventative maintenance. The presence of water does not mean that the drive is shot, as there are many failure modes possible. Simply take the boat to a reputable mercruiser mechanic and they will assess the situation. I have a pair of Alpha drives on my boat and I have typically had them removed and tested every other year, additionally, I have oiler jars inside the boat to help keep an eye out for water intrusion during the season. If the unit is shot, then the mechanic will help you out, a replacement mercruiser certified rebuild is going to run you at least $1500, but the mechanic might be able to discount it some for doing the work. SEI units have gotten good reports as well and are a cheaper option than a Mercruiser unit, but unless you do the work yourself or find an independent mechanic, you will likely be locked into a mercruiser replacement.
  9. I too am generally running a 4 rod spread in the spring and summer and my goto setup is normally a pair of riggers with spoons and free sliders on each along with a pair of wire divers. I do not run copper, but will run leadcore at times. In my opinion I start with this setup because it is easy to find speed and direction with the combination of the rigger cables and the divers if you do not have down speed. But even with downspeed you sometimes need a judgement call with rigger cables and divers. Everyday is different and to have other options in your arsenal is always a good thing to try when your goto setup is not working. The spring can be the most difficult when you might want to target deep kings and surface steelhead/coho, so you need to adapt your setup. and nearshore browns obviously dicate board lines and riggers. I can tell you that even in the summer the few times I have 3 or 4 people with me, I seldom run more than 2 riggers and 2 divers... less can be more MANY times!
  10. Gary, Good times! We will ALWAYS remember those days when the Oak was a regular three ring circus every day from April thru September.... and the Ring leader was Capt Marv.... all my best to the family.... and rest in peace Marv...
  11. Anthony, I did not make it down to mine over the weekend, so I hope I did not get hit as well... did you report it to Joe or Jake? I clean everything off mine by the end of September every year for that very reason... nobody is left around and you just can't trust the low life scum in the area to not help themselves.... hope you get stuff back...
  12. I agree with both comments above, you need to check out your bilge areas as well as get weight out of the bow of the boat... but all of that being said... there are just certain boat designs that are downright scary in a following sea.... I am not familiar with the 25' Baha, but have been on many 26, 28 and 31's that do not act that way... what is interesting is that many 25-28' boats are designed for twin screws be in stern drives or Inboards, but have single screw options which completely changes the weight distribution.... I am assuming that you are running a single and do not know if twins were an option but you could be suffering from this design flaw as well. I am running a 25' Grady Sailfish with twin sterndrives and it is an absolute tank in a following sea... I can run 25 mph thru 4-6' following seas without issues... but I worked on a 25' Grady Trophy with a single sterndrive that was scary in a following sea... not enough stern weight and the waves could just spin it as the bow dug into the waves... above and beyond that there was not enough horsepower or thrust to maintain speed to push thru the waves.
  13. UpGrady Fishing Report ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 9/6 Time on Water: 6:15-12:30 Location: River to IBay =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 1 Total Boated:1 Species Breakdown:King Hot Lure: Kelly Green Spinnie/Green hammer Trolling Speed: 3-3.5 Down Speed: 3-3.5 Boat Depth:60' Lure Depth: 100' Wire ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Generally stayed in 50-70 fow where the best screen was. We had One nice Male about 26lbs on the wire diver in 60 fow first thing this morning, but could not turn anything else.. a number of boats working the mouth of the river, reports of fish porpoising, but I stayed to the outside of the pack, imagine they were pulling a few salmon out of that water, but did not look real hot. Worked 50-90 fow all the way back to IBay to end the day with a decent screen in spots but no more action. Probably my last post for the year. Good luck to those who continue thru September as well as congrats to those with fish in the money this year.... another great year on the lake!!!
  14. Foster, Lars was just in town this past weekend... We fished hard Friday and Saturday, he left on Sunday...caught a pile of fish offshore both days, nothing bigger than about 12 lbs though. Hope the fish holds up there for you.
  15. Jim, Lars is doing fine down in Charleston.... came up for a little brothers weekend, kinda become annual thing for him the past few years. He's been married now for ten years with aboy, Dylan (6) and girl, Dori (2 1/2). Don't know if you know, but I ended up getting my dad's old boat back from Mark 4 years ago. Docking it at Sutter's on IBay.
  16. Fishing Report: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 8/27, 8/28 Time on Water: 6am-8pm, 6am-4pm =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: Many Total Boated: Many Species Breakdown: Steelhead, Kings, browns, atlantic, lake trout ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Friday 8/27- Started the morning in front of the bay in 30 fow took a peak looking for browns and stray kings, not much, but water was 63 top to bottom so set out on a north troll. Took a brown in 70 fow on a free slider 50 ft rigger... continued out and found alot of fish in 140-180 to work but only a skippy to show for it...currents were horrible to say the least, so we decided that the most stable and best water was going to be offshore, so we continued out on a northly troll, picked a few random skippers and another brown along the way and finally ended up working 450-480 for the bulk of the day from noon- about 3pm. Pulled a number of steelhead as well as a laker and brown from that water. Two of the steelhead were a matched pair about 11.5lbs, just beautiful fish. Riggers at 55 and 80 with free sliders did most of the work. Orange crush, NBK, 42 second spoons. About three we pulled lines and headed in to grab a bite to eat and came back out to fish the evening in 150-180 and work the screen.... that did not work out in our favor as we threw up a bogey for the evening trip, currents were still horrible and fish did not cooperate. Saturday 8/28- Started in 100 fow and trolled north to about 180 and back into 140 managed a few skippers on a mag wire with mountain dew/crazy b_tch at 290' and 130' rigger but nothing big, so began out trek north again. We picked a few skippies again on the way out and finally hit some steelhead around 420 fow. Worked that area for about two hours with a few more steelehad and skippers then began the north troll again, ended up working 500-530 fow from 11-4pm with many steelhead, rainbows, skippers and an atlantic. Most of the skippers were 3-4lbs, they're growing, had one decent one about 7 lbs, atlantic was about 7lbs, a few steelhead around 6lbs and 3 nice domestics all about 6-7lbs... All in all a great day. 65 rigger with smooth silver glow green and a slider with smooth silver money, 80' rigger with NBK. Wire mag diver at 210 with mountain dew/Crazy b_tch and a 150' wire with glow clown NK28, ten color core with tournament spoon were the best setups.... temperatures were changing, many breaks to work thru and keep track of... all in all there was a very wide band of 50-63 degree water and generally the most active fish were on the high end of the temps and when you marked them they hit. the deeper fish were generally the kings on the divers and deep rigger. Plenty of action especially today and great to have my brother up from South Carolina to enjoy some very good fishing again and great weather. Would've been nice to weigh a fish or two, but very happy with the way the weekend turned out! Good luck to anyone else this weekend, looks like a great stretch of weather to get out offshore and enjoy this fishing! I ended up pretty much on a 195 heading back to port and about 9nm out from IBay...
  17. Thanks guys... yeah I've been on the sidelines myself for a few weeks with family stuff and travelling....good to get back out and wnjoy some good fishing once again. Hope it continues to hold up thru August!
  18. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 7/25 Time on Water: 6:30-11:30 Weather/Temp: Wind Speed/Direction: w Waves: 2-3 Surface Temp: Location: River Area to IBay LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 20+?!? Total Boated: 9, I think Species Breakdown: 1 brown, ! steelhead, rest Kings Hot Lure: all Trolling Speed: 2.0-3.0 Down Speed: 2.0-3.0 Boat Depth: 200-260 Lure Depth: 60-90' ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Very hot from 7-9am, slow from 9-10 and then hot again from 10-11.... early bite from 200-210fow then 250-260fow as I picked up got hot again. Fish were marking in top 60, temp was really 80-110' down. Mostly skippies, but had two good ones mixed in. 200' diver early on took a 20lber, then 90' rigger took a 25 lber to end the day. Sliders did very little, but mainline riggers at 60 and 90' were very active as well as divers at 200 and 220' on #2. Brown was on 60' rigger and steelhead was on 90' rigger. 42 second spoon, orange monkey puke and black gold on riggers, Mountain dew/crazy **** and kelly green/hammer on divers did the damage.
  19. Anthony, WOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Nice job... that Spinnie/Fly setup is my fav on the diver... hope it holds for you!
  20. Anthony, A NW will drive temps even deeper than what they are right now in theory...but the way the currents are out there they are acting like we had a NE blow which we have not had in a month. There really is not a thermocline right now it's really still setting up and more of a thermobreak than anything, so the sharp water temp changes are causing crazy currents. Any type of blow (the exception of an easterly) will help stratify and set things up better than what they are right now from a temperature standpoint anyway. Whatever it was sooo nice out there last night and much cooler than onshore.
  21. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 7/6 Time on Water: 5-8pm Weather/Temp: Hot Wind Speed/Direction: None Waves: none Surface Temp: 74 Location: IBay LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 5 Total Boated: 2 Species Breakdown: Kings Hot Lure: Trolling Speed: Down Speed: Boat Depth: 180-380' Lure Depth: 75-95' ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== A bit of a disappointing evening out there considering what I saw on Monday morning out there. Fish were much more scattered, currents were even worse than Monday. A NNE/SSW troll looked the best on the lines, but it felt fast on the wire and slow on the riggers. Only bites were on turns on the riggers at 75 and 95'. The probe at 95' was running 44-54 degrees dependent upon direction and speed. Fish were very scattered and generally inactive on the screen. We boated two skippers (Both clipped), dropped two others and had one better fish hooked up for a few seconds. I setup in 200 and trolled north out to about 280 before I turned back south, generally it was desolate outside of 300 fow. 200-220 fow seemed to be the most active. I pulled lines around 8pm in 160 fow which was barren as well. Sea fleas were horrible. I've been running 30lb Big game on my rigger rods for 5 years and have NEVER collected any fleas until last night when they were collecting a foot of fleas every half hour. Wire divers were awful, had to clean 2 feet of fleas every half hour as well....
  22. Tom, I only had one non-clipped king and he was the smallest of the bunch, probably only 18".
  23. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 7/5 Time on Water: 9-11am Weather/Temp: Wind Speed/Direction: Waves: Surface Temp: Location: IBay LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 12 Total Boated: 6 Species Breakdown: 5 kings, 1 coho Hot Lure: NBK and 42 Second Trolling Speed: Down Speed: Boat Depth: 220-280' Lure Depth: 80-95 ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Got a late start with dropping the little one off at daycare. Just Robyn and I went out. Plenty of action to be had, mostly small kings for us, nothing bigger than about 7lbs. Generally rigger action at 80 and 95', but a few Magnum diver bites at 230' on #2, Kelly green/Hammer fly. The currents were changing at many depth levels as well as the temperatures, so you had to stay tuned to your down speed on a north/south troll. Plan on being back out Tuesday evening.
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