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  1. For Staging kings try a 5 inch j-plug in fickle pickle. works for me. Ray
  2. Nice pics. Love the white peaked mountain in the background. Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of my time in CO. Ray
  3. This is what I do...... Provided by Don S. Winterizing your engine and drive. Winterizing your boats engine and drive is a lot of work. Not doing it or doing it improperly WILL be very expensive to fix , and that is also a lot of work. Plan on giving yourself the full day to winterize your boat, and don't wait till the last minute to do the job. As difficult as winterizing can be on some boats, doing it when it's 35º outside, snowing or raining, windy and in the dark is not something you want to do. Read and think about everything you are about to do before you start, and plan for it. Tools, parts, helpers, (oh yea) even if just to hand you stuff and talk with you. Make a checklist if it'll help. All set? Here we go. Before you start the engine, add fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank. If possible, put in the stabilizer on the last trip of the season and top off the fuel tank before you get to your driveway or where the boat will be stored. This will allow the stabilizer to mix completely in the tank. You do have your Service manuals for the engine and drive handy, don't you? If not you are looking for trouble. A few things you will need to have: Get all your parts together before you start. Filters, gaskets, o-rings, seals, etc. Note: (Gaskets, o-rings, and seals are not reusable, they may look like it, but they are a one time use item. ) Look at your manual before hand and know what types of grease, oils, lubes, gear lube, sealers, fogging oil, etc. you are going to need and have them on hand and ready. Have the tools needed to do the job. Including filter wrenches, alignment bars etc. Plenty of rags and oil absorbent pads 1. Start by hooking up a corrosion inhibitor to the muffs inline with the water, an example would be the Salt-Away mixing unit. This will do several things. Warm and mix the oil for changing, and flush the cooling system if you have been running in salt or brackish water. 2. After running, change oil, filter. 3. Change fuel filter/s, be sure to check the contents of the filter. If there is around a 1/4 of the contents water, you should drain the water out of the tank. (That won't be covered here) 4. Check the antifreeze level and be sure it's in the proper temperature range. -35 degrees is a normal 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. 5a. Remove the Outdrive. (Mercruiser, OMC, and Volvo DP-S and SX) Check ALL the bellows. if any of them look weather cracked or seem excessively stiff or weak, replace them. A leaky u-joint bellows ruins gimbal bearings and u-joints and drives if allowed to keep leaking. On Mercruiser, OMC, and Volvo DP-S and SX style drives check the engine alignment (If you are going to do your own work, you MUST have an alignment bar) 5b. For those with the Volvo 270 through 290 style drives. Remove the upper gear box and check the bellows and u-joints. The bellows are not as strong as the Merc and OMC bellows so replace them every couple of years just to be safe. If they go bad, you must pull the engine to change the intermediate bearings in the bell housing. Be sure you don't loose the shims between the upper gear box and the intermediate housing. 6. Check the gimbal bearing. Does it turn smooth? if not replace it. Check the u-joints do they feel smooth also? Any catches indicates they are worn and should be replaced. If ok, grease the zirks or pull the plugs (if equipped) and lube them. 7. Was there any gear lube in the bellows when you removed the drive? If so, the input shaft seal is leaking and should be fixed before reinstalling the drive. 8. Drain the gear lube from the drive and refill per manufacturers specs. ALWAYS use new gaskets and o-rings on drain, fill, and vent plugs and dipstick fittings and plugs, along with new gaskets and seals for mounting the drive back on the boat. Don't forget to remove the gear lube monitor (if equipped) and clean it. The gear lube will form sludge in the bottom after a couple of years. Clean it yearly and you won't have a problem. NOTE: For those with Mercruiser Alpha drives. If you are planning on changing the impeller, now is the time to do it. Since you must remove the lower unit to get to the pump, no reason to put in new gear lube till it's done. 9. Remove the prop and check for any fishing line around the prop shaft (very common problem, even for those that don't fish), clean and grease the shaft with a good quality marine waterproof grease prior to reinstalling the prop. Any kind of grease is better than none at all. And if you remove your prop yearly, you should never have a problem with the type grease you use. (DO NOT use Neversieze) it may be great for cars, trucks, tractors etc. but in the boating business we call it "Eversieze". If you notice nicks, dings or bends in the prop blades, now would be an ideal time to send the prop out to a prop shop for repairs. 10. Reinstall the drive per the manual. (new gaskets and seals, right) 11. Check the batteries, is the acid level where it should be? Are they fully charged? A low charged battery can freeze and crack and make a very big mess. Terminal ends clean and greased. 12. Start the engine, make sure the oil filter doesn't leak, fuel filter doesn't leak and the drive still shifts and run it till it warms up. All ok, GOOD. Now it's time to make it safe for cold weather. 13. Bring the rpm up to around 1500 rpm and start squirting fogging oil into the carb till the rpms drop and you are getting a lot of smoke out the exhaust. Then shut off the engine. If the engine diesels, restart it fog some more, make sure the idle is very low and shut it off again. You don't want water backed up into the cylinders from running backwards. 14. Disconnect the water and muffs and allow the water to drain out of the drive. Now get your manual and remove every drain plug on your engine, manifolds, coolers, heat exchangers, water pumps, and anything else that could have RAW water in it. DO NOT drain the anti-freeze side of a closed cooling system. Look at the book and make sure you have them all removed. Look around, missing one could cost you an engine block. Get a small screwdriver and probe inside every hole you remove a plug from. Make sure there is nothing blocking the water from getting out. Be sure the engine is also as level as possible so as much water as possible is drained out. Some of the coolers for oil and power steering can be drained by removing a hose easier than removing the plugs. Put all the plugs back in and hoses back on. If you are one of those that must use antifreeze instead of just draining, for whatever reason, you can fill the block and manifolds with a 50/50 water/antifreeze mix through the hoses to the manifolds and coolers and removing the thermostat and pouring antifreeze into the engine block. Many of the RV type antifreeze do not have corrosion inhibitors in them because they are meant to be used in the domestic water system. 15. Spray your favorite corrosion blocker on everything (except fiberglass).including the battery terminals. Turn the steering so most of the rod is extended, make sure it's clean and spray it with a light oil, turn it back and forth a few times spraying in between so it's well lubed. 16. Store the boat with the bow up and the drive down. If the drive is up the exhaust part of the drive behind the prop can fill with water, freeze and crack.......Not Good! It's also a lot easier on the u-joint bellows to have it in the down position. 17. Shut off (Better yet, disconnect) the batteries. Tag the cables and wires so you know where to put them back in the spring (trust me on tagging them). 18. Don't forget the rest of the boat, this is only for the engine and drive. There is still the domestic water system and the head to deal with if you have them.
  4. The following is a great place for DIY boaters.... http://forums.iboats.com/ Ray
  5. Fished out of Dean's Cove on Saturday. The surface temp was 62. We had a good day, mostly young ones (bows and landlocks), but we boated three nice bows. We fished in 100 to 150 fow and the best results were from 60 to 90. Nothing worked up higher.....strange. Ray
  6. What is the type of engine and drive.....OMC or Volvo? Ray
  7. I fished there last weekend trolling spoons. 80 to 100 fow and down 50-80 on the riggers and 150 on wire. Trolled from Bucks point to Petersons point. Biggest laker was 5lbs. Here is a link to a map of Owasco Lake. http://www.owascoyachtclub.com/history/ ... comap.html Also take a look at the following site....some good info. http://www.sandersfishingguides.com/bb/ ... um.php?f=3 Good luck. Ray
  8. The place that I bought bait this summer is from Bearwood Bait & Tackle Shop. It is 695 Crow Hill Road in Skaneateles. 685-7243. What kind of bait are you looking for? Ray
  9. I have the sub-troll and love it. Can't go wrong with the either the sub-troll or the depth raider. Ray
  10. I agree with Ray K. Do it yourself and save some money. Ray
  11. Are there renovations on the lighthouse in Oswego? Take a look at the following link. http://www.lakevision.com/camera_9.htm Also, check out the following link from last weekend. http://www.glangler.com/fishingreports.html Ray
  12. I used the Stabil marine formula last year with a full tank of gas. Had no problems this spring with bad fuel. I will do the same this fall. Ray
  13. Fished from 9am to 3pm from 70 to 120 from Selkirk to the Dunes. One release and nobody home. Saw lots of boats and nobody landing any. Tough day, however, the weather was great (compared to the forecast).
  14. I also have a lowrance gps. I turned on the waas and it never connected to the satelites. turn it off and you should be fine as HM stated. Ray
  15. I agree with both replies....it's a roll of the dice this year for mid-september. Also, check your pms.
  16. Follow the link to Atommik's report.... http://www.atommiktrollingflies.com/reports_2008.htm scroll down the page. good luck. Ray
  17. A buddy is selling his boat.... Boat $8,000. Brand new canvas boat cover. Comes with Fishfinder, AM/FM/Cassette Stereo, all lines and Coast Guard approved safety equipment. Lightly used If interested in trailer, here's the info: 1998 Shorlander Boat trailer, put new hitch on last year. Price for trailer: $1,500 The boat is in Skaneateles. If you are interested, you can email him at [email protected] Thanks for looking. Ray
  18. TC & TM, thanks for the info. If I go, I will post my results. Ray
  19. I am looking to fish for trout. Sounds like I should try a different lake?
  20. I am considering trying Owasco on Friday. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks, Ray
  21. Not sure how to run the Sharks in the mix. When you use the sharks, do you pull just spoons or can you run flasher/dodgers and flies with them as well? Thanks for the help. Ray
  22. Fished this morning. Within a half hour of setting up we lost one brown and caught a steelhead. Awhile later, picked up a smallmouth. We fished in 7 to 15 ft fow. The fish came on thundersticks and rapalas off boards. We saw dirty water and lots of bait, however, could not trigger any more strikes. We caught about 4 bait fish on the sticks mentioned above...even had one seagull pull it off as we were retreiving the stick....the bird must have been hungry. ray
  23. Congrats....you will love the boat....got any pics. Ray
  24. Interesting set-up. I am considering doing the same but with a spoon. Anyone try it? Ray
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