skipper19

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  1. When running the Mupp Rig both lures are on the main line so no tangles there, but with a stacker, it is nearly impossible to "prevent" tangles. Only one way to put the odds of avoiding tangles in your favor is to use a out and down rig on the stacker. That uses a small dipsy on top and planes the stacker out, but it's kind of a PIA to get set. Lots of extra time in getting that set up. You will get crossunder with stackers, with a mad fish on the ball set, having that forefront in your mind will help you to more immediately figure the best way out of it before it gets to be tangled. Nature of the beast! A couple tactics that work sometimes is to keep the bottom lure tighter to the ball. The stacker on the copper is at least 20 to 25 feet above the ball, and can give some time to grab that fish from the ball and try to direct him to the chute. Chances are you won't have a lot of control over a raging king, and all you can really do is hope he stays deep and runs away from you. As mentioned before, I only run stackers if I have enough bodies on board to justify it's use. Therefore, usually there is somebody driving, somebody to operate the rigger, and drop it another 30 or 40 feet in deep water immediately upon hookup and out of the way without releasing the stacker yet. The one with the rod can't do all that, so it's at least a three man operation, and experience is quite necessary. After the fish is coming aboard, the stacker is popped, and allowed to surf up the water column and possibly pick another fish on its trip up. It has to be popped anyway in order to reset the whole thing, but sometimes the rising lure coming back through the productive zone and pick another fish. Stackers are generally not all that fun, so I reserve them for money fishing and/or experienced crew of 3 at least. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  2. I had a flimsy 8 foot and it snapped in two from the wave action on Lake O. I replaced it with a Shakespeare 5225 XT 8 foot and have never had any trouble in the past 7 years with it. Pretty robust for all the abuse mine takes. It will fit any standard mount for a VHF. The only thing different in terms of frequency would be if you had one of the AIS radios that broadcast your vessel ID. Then you would need an AIS wide band antenna to work the most efficient. I would recommend the Shakespeare products. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  3. Wow....5 pages, off topic from the original post about a successful outing, of opinions on a clearly stated law about the killing of a limit of Lake trout. Didn't know there was any law about the disposition of the dead fish. The man was out fishing, wanted to check his boat and caught some fish...legally... A few good reasons in order of importance for legal killings of lake trout IN LAKE ONTARIO in my estimation, others may vary. 1. It's a mounting quality, cerimonious adulation 2. It's a big derby winner...not anymore though. 3. It makes a great fertilizer, makes quality fruits and legumes. 4. You can't catch any other fish, kids or someone wants to, and lakers are everywhere. 5. They make great picture subjects, then after they are released, might die anyway 6. You like cleaning their sh!t off your boat, akin to bringing cormorants along to do chinese fishing, then the cleaning of fecal material is justified. 7. Great table fare...from other lakes! Anybody care to add to the list of positive reasons to LEGALLY kill lake trout? Most of the other opinion on negative reasons have already been listed in the 5 pages...it's all about balance. Even the DEC said so, made the law, wants that limit to be used to monitor and control as with every gamefish. Oh by the way Slammin! Nice day you had, and great success in your shakedown run. Don't let those giant tomatoes become carnivorous. We might have a new fear! [emoji106] Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  4. Very nice! Wish I could get my bowser to go. She's too timid.... got her as far as the dock and it made a noise....that was it, nearly yanked my arm off heading 180 degrees away! Must be the Great Dane in her. Should have named her Scooby-Doo! Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  5. One thing I've learned over the past with group 31 batteries powering my 18 wheelers, is that you can get misled by cranking amps. I always thought the high cranking amps were best...more is better right?..not so in most cases with batteries. A big truck has similar issues of a boat with extreme vibration and demands. What I have found is many manufacturers increase cranking amps by using up more space in the battery case, with extra thin plates that will vibrate even more, and fail quicker. A lot of lower amp batteries I have used, always last longer, without shorting between plates due to plate thickness. A more robust battery often has lower cranking amps, say 625 vs 1100 amps, due to having thicker plates, and more space to move if necessary. Funny thing is, I almost always have to replace high amp batteries during the hottest weather. Warppage in hot weather is a killer with close battery plates. Hope this helps in the choice. I don't buy the highest amp batteries anymore, and actually get twice the time off them in the same conditions. Just make sure you get a good brand battery as well. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  6. I think you made a very good choice! Nice 10.1 screen and high resolution compared to the smaller versions of the Helix. Although not touch screen, it should have nice smooth scrolling and hopefully be intuitive enough to find the settings that you want quickly. Should work well for a lot of different types of fishing. One of the things I noted before about finding bottom hugging fish like perch should be no problem for that unit with a 2.5 inch target separation. Has good interface with many other systems including the I pilot for navigation and autopilot trolling with an electric motor. Good luck with it! Let us know how you like it! Mark Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  7. Capt Carl has some good advice there. Those gas motors are not very good at shaking salt. I wouldn't go gas inboard on any salt water boat that old. Diesel maybe, but can't afford that, or find the fuel much. There's a lot of good cabin boats that are multiple outboard powered, and you will find those motors to be the most salt resistant of any. You should stick to fresh water for an inboard. Not to mention the salt air can raise big trouble with electrical systems if not properly maintained. The Hull Truth forum is good if you can get passed the squabbling on what boat is best, and the 100 posts to a thread way off topic on a specific subject.... Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  8. That is good sound advice! I too have a sounder that is a frustrating, scrolling to the next page, looking for the function I want....and seems I never can remember how I got there the last time! Arrrrgh! Absolutely frosts me to feel so lost on the thing and the air will turn blue in about 30 seconds of "monkeying" on it. Touch screen will be my next system, but it better be intuitive so it sends me in the right direction in the process of finding a function or setting. Plus screen visibility with my eyes getting older a five or seven inch screen ain't gonna cut it anymore. I know that screen size really cranks up the price of any unit, and I don't know why, but that is gonna cramp my wallet more than anything else. Once screens go over 9 inches the price goes up like a rocket. By the way, the unit I'm using works really well, but as I said, frustrating to set, and it was inexpensive because it is discontinued, and I got it refurbished. There is a good chance you could get a quality refurbished touch screen for 1200 bucks that would have a decent size screen. Worth a look around the Internet for that. There are plenty good units out there, but as Les points out, service is a big importance to consider. I was in a Cabela's and saw they had humminbird and lowrance as main displays. I asked the desk manager there about which had better support. He said, "Well, the service rep for humminbird comes in about once a week sometimes twice, lowrance...maybe every 6 months". That kinda echoes what Les was having trouble with. High definition and target separation would be a good thing to prioritize in a bottom unit looking for fish that hug the bottom. Mark Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  9. 695,000 dollars (listed on land and farms) divided by 20 investors is a little over 30000. Thought... some of the vested intrest come together and form their own sportsmen club there. Non profit and monies from member dues and reasonable slip fees and other activities could enhance the whole property. You could have the tournament activities all taken care of. With a good membership population it could do very well and become a lot more than it is, growing the investment for the founders. Ok....that is what thought did...[emoji28][emoji38] Redneck Yot Club?.....couldn't help myself... Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  10. Great chance for the other marina owners to expand, but with a business draft all laid out in the beforehand like that, kinda blows individual intrest. Property taxes are only 7000 ? Would have guessed higher by almost half again....it's New York! Even if the shootout has a rule for starting out of other ports, there still is a problem with where are all the extra boats coming into sandy gonna dock, and how you gonna get to the sportsmen club with no vehicle or boat trailer? Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  11. Yup, count the line guide passes. If you got some room, walk out a measured 200 feet. Reel it back up and count the passes. Divide the passes into the 200 feet and you get a pretty accurate average feet per pass of the line guide out to 200 feet. After 200 you will be very close adding passes to get the amount of line out. Example 200 feet divided by 15 passes equals a little more than 13 feet per guide pass. You could pull off one pass and measure it, but as the line goes out there is a few feet difference as the spool gets smaller, and the mechanical loss when the line guide switches to the other side of the reel. But after all you are looking for repeatability and accurate measure is not always a big thing. Awe crap! Just count the guide passes...LOL![emoji38] Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  12. You'll be okay! Your observation in the use of it will tell you if it is comparable to what you use now. Check your plugs before and after using a few gallons of it. Look for fouling and color of insulator before and after 3 or 4 gallons. Note any extra or less deposits on the ground electrode. Less is always better meaning the oil has additives that work well with the conditions the engine is running in. I also religiously put 1 ounce of Lucas fuel condition in with every 5 gallons of gas in the tank. With that you will notice performance gains and keeps things clean in the fuel system. Let us know how it does! Mark Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  13. http://www.saltwatersportsman.com/two-stroke-engine-oil-for-fishing-boat This should help explain the 2 stroke evolution of oils. Simply having blended synthetic is actually having both synthetic and mineral based oils together and tested for Industry standards to meet TCW3. Obviously having this means you have both oils at once in the reservoir or in your premix. So stating that one oil or the other is never going to be out of the system is rediculous! I can't see a problem that would cause a blowup, but there are some differences in performance and some observations you personally can make to determine if the brand you use is working well in your engine. Routine maintenance things like spark plug analysis or sensor cleaning issues, excessive smoking, etc. In my experience there is more risk in the type of fuel and the air/fuel ratio (for carbs) that someone uses, than the lubricates in the mix. ECM controlled fuel injection is not a problem for air/fuel ratio if all sensors are working correctly but that's another thing. Anyway there are lots of those bottles of cabela's synthetic blend being sold, many on tournament series. I talked to the marine sales people there about it in Richfield Wisconsin, and they keep having to restock it. It wouldn't be scarce quite often when I look, if it were a bad thing. Cabela's sticks there neck out on it, and it keeps them happily filling the shelves! Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  14. Argh!...mechanics!..whatever! I know a lot of those I would not take a Tonka toy to. My caterpillar and KW repairs are prime examples of extreme cases of knowlege from experience, and not so much experience.There are some good ones... great ones, like Hank, and some wanna be shade trees too. Anyway, so far, my experience has not been bad by using the two different oils back and forth in my OX 66 Yamaha. Of course if you switch back and forth, you will never get all the one or the other oil out of the system..duh!...what's he trying to say is bad about that? Experience with knowing there was a problem? Evidence of the problem with mixing the two? My trust goes down on a lot of the non supported statements strange mechanics make. I'm not a mechanic by trade but have extensive experience in doing exactly what he didn't recommend, and I hammer on my old 2001 V6 as most have seen or ridden with me know. Many hours, and high rpm, never had an issue with the TCW3 oil of either base. I'm glad you found the oil at less than 10 bucks a gallon! That's a bargain and if I can get there I'm gonna buy a couple cases of it! Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!
  15. That works too! I have done that and it works well, like you said Les, it does what it takes to stop freezer air from super freezing the meat. I like the very flat package that the vacuum machine does, and if I brain fart and forget the label, I can see the meat inside and guess at it when I take it out! Somehow I never am sure about steelhead or salmon meat ID, but it's almost no difference to me cooked ...anyway. Cher only cares if there is no bones in it. She gets a bone,...and I'm the bad guy![emoji48][emoji20]...drives me nuts to see her mush a perfect grilled fillet, just to find that bone, and let me know about it! ...oh and ketchup on the side...[emoji104][emoji45] Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy horsepower.... I've never seen a sad person in a boat haulin' A$$...!