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  1. Valinote

    How do you get fleas off

    The fleas have been so thick the past couple days that my downriggers have been shutting off on the way up. 50 pound test doesn't help and beating the lines on the water while reeling in is just a waster of energy. I spent more time yesterday cleaning lines than fishing and ultimately wound up running only 2 rods. Would really like to hear how the charter guys are fishing through this mess...8-[ -Steve D
  2. Tom Allen Fly Leader Video
  3. Valinote

    Thru hull transducer

    If the thru-hull is mounted forward (closer to the bow) like on my Baha you might not be able to see your downrigger balls all the time on the fishfinder at shallower depths. It's more pronounced on 200khz than on 50khz (based on the beam width). Of course with the transom mount you can see them at all depths because you can angle the ducer back a little bit to compensate for any blowback. Personally I like the less cluttered look of not having the balls on the screen because it makes it easier to see fish when you're looking at the fishfinder while working in the back of the boat. Just something to consider before you get the holecutter out...8-] -Steve D
  4. I think your referring to the ramp across from Holiday Harbor Campground. Definitely would have to pay to launch there. Might be $6? Bout TIme would probably know if there was a another place on that bay you could launch for free. Someone told me Mike knows everything. Oh wait! That was Mike!!
  5. Carmen, luv seeing that video again and hearing the SRV! I'm sure your buddy Bill took full credit for that successful day of fishing!
  6. Valinote


    That hook replacement guide is awesome! I use singles on all my spoons but wasn't sure how workable that would be on stickbaits. Thank you wallyandre!! -Steve D
  7. Valinote

    Florida school shooting

    Well at least no one's getting sexually harassed...YET! Oprah uber alles!! -Steve D
  8. Valinote

    Florida school shooting

    Don't worry guys, when President Oprah takes office in 2020 she'll fix everything... Steve D
  9. Well at least with the refreeze you won't have to run the Zamboni...8-] -Steve D
  10. Valinote

    4.3 mercruiser issues

    You've probably already checked this, but look for carbon tracking and/or oxidation in the distributor cap. After 2 years of having the same symptoms and being convinced by others that I had water in my gas, a new distributor cap resolved all my problems. Even my idle improved. Just my experience...8-] -Steve D
  11. Valinote

    5.7 Mercruiser Surging at high RPM

    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
  12. Valinote

    Leader length

    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
  13. Valinote

    Leader length

    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
  14. Valinote

    Leader length

    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
  15. 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