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  1. My port engine suffers the same sporadic loss of rpm every couple trips with the added symptom that it might backfire once or twice. Been happening on and off since last season and doesn't seem to matter if the engines are hot or cold. I was going to have Scott take a look at it but with the 5 mph limit in the bay...well it'll have to wait till the water goes down. I hate to say it, but it would be a lot easier to diagnose the problem if the motor would just die and not start! -Steve D
  2. That's a great idea having the teasers as an option. And having that extra swivel in the rig probably helps the meat head rotate easier.Good stuff! -Steve D
  3. Thanks, guys. Running cut bait behind the finned 8" attractors is a new thing for me. I'm used to running the old school Oki flashers that don't have a fin. You have to go a lot slower with them because they make such a big circle in the water. 2.0-2.2 on the Fishhawk usually works for me. For those flashers I usually run about 4x the size of the flasher: 32" leader for the 8" Lil Shooter flasher, and maybe 44" for the 11" Big Shooter. But I like the idea of being able to mix some cut bait into my spread at a higher speed along with my flasher/flies. Appreciate the info...8-] -Steve D
  4. To expand on the original question, what leader lengths are you using when running a cut bait head behind an 8" Spin Doctor or Echip? -Steve D
  5. Good job, Mike! Your dad looks pretty happy. Hopefully the weather holds for tomorrow and we can get the Wounded Warriors a fish or 2 or 3...8-] -Steve D
  6. Thank for the status update on the bay conditions, Carmen. I went out fishing yesterday morning, and when I came back in the afternoon my dock was just about under water. Had to move the boat to the other side of the marina next to Finders Keepers where they've nailed on the dock risers. Glad you and Bill were able to get out there and have some fun. That one brown you caught was a monster! -Steve D
  7. Thanks for the update, Phil. That's great news! 8-] -Steve D
  8. I'll be there with a pair of wire clippers and as much geriatric enthusiasm as I can muster...8-] -Steve D
  9. Call Phil at Family Style Charters 315-709-9958. He did a bang up job running the event last year and fun was had by all involved. The date is usually mid-June. -Steve D
  10. Yea I just saw the blizzard warning for Wayne County on tv. Can't say I wish I was there...8-] -Steve D
  11. The fishing seems to have picked up in the last week at most ports on the southern shore. In general people have reported marking a lot of bait pods and active hooks. Also, most of the little wieners and dinks have been chased away by teenagers and some mature fish. The lake has set up nice with temps of ~49 degrees down 85' in 100 fow as of this morning. Hopefully, we won't get a big blow before the 4th of July that will screw everything up for the coming holiday...8-] -Steve D
  12. Thanks , Gill. You'll have to let us know how the EV-200 handles slow trolling when the wind and waves are not so nice. That $300 rebate you mentioned...did it expire at the end of April? Think I waited too long this year before I started shopping...8-] -Steve D P.S. Forgot to does the autopilot do when you're trolling with only one engine (port or starboard)?
  13. Onthewater247, regarding your EV-200, just wondering if you had to install a rudder feedback unit? Thanks for any info. -Steve D
  14. That's a beautiful boat! How do you like the Raymarine EV-200 with your twin inboards? Did you have to install a rudder feedback sensor with it? I'm shopping for a new autopilot and was considering either the EV-200 or the Simrad AP24...8-] -Steve D
  15. I'll be up tomorrow to do some electrical work to get rid of that rats nest of wires hanging down in front of my face at the helm. Last year I was fooling around with a small separate isolated gel battery for the fishfinder. But after a lot of A/B comparison, the reduction in noise just wasn't worth the extra effort/aggravation. Going to connect the ff back into the mains with the other electronics. If I get done in time and the weather cooperates I might go out for the nite bite. Hope to see you out there...8-] -Steve D