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  1. Howdy all, I took the new Fishmaster for a test ride, launching out of Emerson Park around 4:00 pm. Being a Cannon guy all my life, the Scotty downriggers took some getting used to. Same with the Hummingbird fishfinder/GPS unit. They are a little different than a Lowrance. I ran riggers with spoons in and around the small bait pods I marked. They were mostly in the 40' range. Got a few marks around the bait. Had a few releases, one was on for awhile, but let go before I could get a look. Had another one on with a 7 color leadcore pulling a small black and silver stinger that also let go. I found that the boat seems to be a little stern heavy with the 150 hp and 9.9 back there. Seems as if the steering is pretty sensitive with the bow higher than it should be. I'll probably try some type of ballast in the front to see if I can get it a little more level. I hope to be installing an autopilot for the hydraulic steering. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I hope to do better next time, but overall the shakedown went well Rusty
  2. Cool vid ! Do the cowbells always have to be run on the bottom ? Thanks- Rusty Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. .....and see if they'll up the stocking on the whitetails also [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Howdy all, The search is over thanks to the help of many on this forum. I brought home a beautifully tricked out Fishmaster 196 with a 4 stroke. Had to go almost to Montreal to get it ! Thanks Walandre and all the others for looking out for me. Stay tuned for some finger lakes trolling reports. Rusty Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I catch LLs there occasionally. I try to release the silvers if I can. The lake trout from Skan are very mild tasting, so I'll keep a few of those if I feel like cleaning fish. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Right now I'm boatless, but have arrangements to pick up a new(to me) one next week. I've tried kayak rising there, but discovered it's not for me. Anyone looking for a fully loaded fishing kayak, stay tuned ! (2016 Wilderness Ride 115) I usually troll mid lake, but will go where the fish take me. Skaneateles is beautiful, great fishing, sometimes difficult catching [emoji1] Rusty Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Save some for me. New boat coming next week ! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Look for my post in the near future ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Yes, you didn't buy Shimano. [emoji36] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I'll send him a pm. Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I stopped at one today. The clerk I talked to described the process as being almost identical as buying the boat in the US. She said I would need 'paperwork' from customs. I'll get that nailed down before the transaction. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Howdy all, Thanks to this site, I now have a line on a 196 Fishmaster. The boat is in Canada. The boat and trailer are registered in Canada as well. Im looking for input and advice on what the process is for buying it, and registering it in NY. The seller is going to bring it to NY, where the sale will,take place. Thanks in advance for the help. Rusty Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Howdy all, I thought Id post a little update on my quest for this elusive Starcraft Fishmaster 196. A 2003 196 Fishmaster was posted on Syracuse CL on Thursday July 21. Turns out the owner of the boat lives about 10 miles from me. Unfortunately I was out of town when I first saw the posting. I emailed the owner several times. He called me later that day saying I was the first one to contact him. He left me his phone number. Unfortunately, for some reason,my phone didn't register his calls or voice messages ( he called three more times) until Friday morning. I think I didn't get the calls because I was in Vermont, and the cell phone reception was terrible. By the time I was able to get a call through, the boat was sold. On Sunday, I put a "wanted to buy" ad on CL. A short while later I received an email from a guy saying he had a Fishmaster he would sell. It turns out that it was the same boat from the Syracuse CL posting on Thursday, and the boat was now in Vermont. The new owner said his wife didn't like the boat. Eventually I decided to buy the boat, because after searching a 1,000 mile radius around my house, it became apparent that there were no other ones that met my criteria to be had. I talked to the original owner from Syracuse, and everything seemed to be legitimate The owner of the Vermont Fishmaster and I emailed each other several times, agreed on a price, and to meet at his residence on Saturday afternoon, to make the transaction. I made arrangements to clear my schedule to make the 10 hr+ round trip, and got a bank check for the agreed amount, made out in the sellers name. The day before I was supposed to drive to Vermont to purchase the boat, he emailed me, claiming that his "son in law" might be interested in the boat, and that he has a "family reunion" on Saturday so he could not meet me. He said he was going to "hold off" on selling the boat to me. Kind of poor business etiquette in my opiinion. On Sunday morning I received a call from the gentleman who bought my Fishmaster last year. He told me he has been following my search for a new boat, and has been searching the internet for me. He also told me how much he is enjoying the boat he bought from me ! We had a nice chat, and he genuinely offered to bring my old boat to a lake near me so we could fish together. I offered to buy the boat back from him at a premium, but he politely declined. Anyway, I'm still looking for a 196 Fishmaster with a 4 stroke, no kicker. I've looked at the Superfisherman, but I think I'm just gonna wait it out . I've also surfed up a couple of new or nearly new ones, but haven't noticed any with a 4 stroke. I even surfed several Canadian Starcraft dealers. Thanks to all who have sent links and info ! I'm sure it will happen eventually. Rusty
  14. Howdy all, Im shopping for a boat, ideally a Starcraft Fishmaster 196. During this process I noticed the Starweld brand. Other than being welded rather than riveted, is there much of a difference between the two brands in terms of quality, fit & finish ? Thanks- Rusty Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. My suggestion would be - Sell the boat to me ! [emoji1] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  16. Thanks Salmon and Hairy, I have three emails into the SF in Taunton, but no response. It's only 15 miles from my house. I'm out of state until Mon, so I'm concerned it will be gone before I can get to it. Mine went in a matter of hours last year. 😳
  17. Glad to know the fish are there. I read John Gaulke's report, he was jigging 'em from the north end.
  18. Rabbit, are you playing me ? Where is that ? Thanks- Rusty
  19. Thanks Chris, That boat looks as if its better than showroom ! Rusty
  20. Cpt. John Gaulke usually has current reports about jigging the FLs. Fingerlakesanglingzone.com Rusty
  21. Wow ! Lots of good stuff here âœŒï¸ Thanks for all of the help so far ! Is there a link to the Superfisherman ? Thanks, Rusty
  22. Howdy all, Well, last year I sold my Starcraft Fishmaster 196 to Carpedium. It's a long story, but now I regret it, and have begun the search for a replacement. I'm checking on Craigslist and Boatrader and see a few, but haven't found 'the one' yet. Something under $30 k, with a 4 cycle outboard. Would also consider a 21'er as well. If you know of one, or a close replacement, that's not online, I'd love to,hear about it ! Thanks ! Rusty
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