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  • Birthday 09/11/1955

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    NE PA
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    fishing, youth sports, skiing
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    Joan Marie
  1. I have a Smart Troll on an I/O with a kicker motor mounted on the port side, the Smart Troll transducer is mounted on the starboard side. Works best when I am running just the kicker, I do notice some interference and jumpy readings from the port side when I am running the main motor in rougher conditions but the readings are still usable. I'm using a 8" Fire tablet ($49 from amazon) mounted up front in the cabin and I can still read it from the back of my boat , a 25' Penn Yan. Last week I was running 3 probes - Starboard side: Wire diver out 440' - down 142', and a 500' copper off the side on a board - down 112' Port side: Wire diver out 360' - down 123' Conditions were fairly calm -(1 footers) and the readings were stable most of the time but they would fade out once in awhile and come back. Not too bad since Smart Troll only claims a 300' range When I was trolling on the inside (80-120'), trying to get the stagers laying on the bottom to bite, I was able to keep my divers right near the bottom because I knew exactly how deep they were running. This is probably the biggest advantage of the Smart Troll because I found out my divers aren't always where you think they are. I also found that having the temp from several depths at the same time was also a big help keeping everything in the range. The biggest con is $ and getting over the idea of hooking a probe onto 30# wire line and thinking about losing it. Most of us sweat running a probe off a rigger and have felt the pain when ***t happens. I almost lost 2 Smart Troll probes at the same time when low voltage caused my auto pilot to make a crazy Ivan turn in 3 footers and by the time I got the boat straightened out both my wires had been cut off by the kicker. Fortunately I had a copper down the chute and both wires had tangled with it before they got cut off so I recovered everything. Only time in my life I was happy to have my wires and copper tangled up. When I think about it, over the years I have lost more rigger weights than I have lost divers because of break offs. Most of time it's the leader on a diver that breaks off unless you have a bad kink in the cable. As it all worked out I made it thru the year without losing any probes. The only other negative I can think of is that sometimes having too much info to keep track of can cause confusion. There are times when I want to shut everything off and just fish like we used to.
  2. Arney's in Sodus Point has a 1990 Contender listed:
  3. Nick, I was out earlier this week and couldn't get anything on the inside to go, I think they were all taking a bath in the warm water Had a good bite out in 300-400', down 100+
  4. Sure, I can see it now Theresa, honey, rather than going thru all the trouble to upgrade and install a new Fish Hawk it would be a lot easier to buy a new boat with one already installed
  5. Here's an old post showing how your divers are running further away than they appear Tim Bromund 3,667 posts Location Colden, New York Home Port Olcott, NY Boat Name FishStyx Posted June 24, 2011 · Report post · Divers are farther away from the boat than they appear. There is a belly in the line that makes it look like they are almost straight behind the boat, but back a little ways it flares out and the the diver is actually quite a bit further to the side than you might think. it looks something like this: Tim Quote Hide Tim Bromund's signature Hide all signatures Back in the Game Salad is what FOOD Eats !! Quote this
  6. You should have no problems, I launched a 26' there last week
  7. Oswego rates: Sodus - Arneys
  8. A trolling plate is likely making the problem worse since you are decreasing the effective thrust from the prop. Adding a prop guard to concentrate the thrust may be counter productive with a trolling plate? You could leave your trolling plate "up" and try a couple trolling bags to slow you down while trolling. They might solve both issues for you while trolling . I'm planning to be at Arney's this week Thursday afternoon - Saturday and can let you borrow a pair to try. If interested send me a pm.
  9. Another option to look at is called a "Wander Fin" I have one on my PY and it does seem to help
  10. There are three launches that I think are all open now: 1- Mexico state launch at the mouth of the Little Salmon River 2- Pine Grove state launch on the Salmon River estuary 3- Light house launch in Selkirk at the mouth of the Salmon River I would go to Mexico now that it's open again
  11. I talked with Tom tonight, my vet from last year, and he's pumped to come again this year. Told him it might be a little bumpy again this year but that didn't seem to bother him, he said he's coming no matter what!
  12. According to Fish Hawk the X4D will work with the same transducer as the 840 or the X4 Should be plug and play Fish Hawk X4D now with Bluetooth Smart wireless technology! NEW FOR 2015 - You'll get trolling speed and water temp at the lure, the true running depth of your downrigger weight, and surface temperature and speed - all key information for succesful trolling. The Fish Hawk X4D uses Bluetooth Smart wireless technology to send data to your mobile device and the free Fish Hawk Mobile App turns your smartphone or tablet into an extra display anywhere in the boat. The App's Catch Log feature lets you quickly record the species, size, GPS coordinates, time, probe data, and lure notes everytime you catch a fish. The app also lets you quickly and easily share Catch Log information with fishing bubbies in other boats via text or email. This complete system includes: the X4D Trolling Probe with protective bumper, LCD screen with mounting gimbal, transom mount transducer with bracket and hardware, 12-volt power cable,foul weather cover and breakaway cannonball safety cable. Patent Pending. Wireless digital data transmission guaranteed to 300-feet Magnum digit LCD can be seen from anywhere in the boat Easy to use with any downrigger Displays surface temp, surface speed, probe depth, probe temp, and probe speed Works with any downrigger cable including superbraids, coated cable not needed! Water pressure sensor provides true depth of downrigger weight Works with the same transducer used by the X4 and 840 Operates at unique frequency of 70KHz Units of measure: Fahrenheit/Celsius; feet/meters; MPH/KPH/KNOTS Sealed probe electronics, totally leak-proof Water activated probe, auto-on and auto-off 100+ hour life on 4 AA batteries Cannonball breakaway safety cable included Adjustable red backlit screen eliminates night-blindness Backed by the Fish Hawk Catch More Fish Guarantee Sammy I'm headed up tomorrow morning - maybe I'll see you at Arney's
  13. Since your divers have a steeper dive curve and will run deeper than a your copper a copper run inside of your divers will tangle with the wire every time the diver trips and comes up towards the center. Standard rule of thumb is with lines off the side to always run your deepest lines closest to the boat. You can run a copper down the chute, straight off the back, as long as you get it out of the way when you bring in any other line. The key to launching a copper on a board over top of your divers is to keep the boat running straight, deploy the copper slowly down the chute and let the copper stabilize straight behind your boat before hooking it to your board. Since copper's dive curve isn't as steep as your divers' it should pass over top with no problems....unless you have some strange currents, the diver trips, you change speed or turn the boat
  14. Each team’s largest salmon, steelhead, brown trout, and lake trout can be used for weigh in. All fish must be brought to the weigh station in coolers. Scoring will be based on weight, 1 point per pound. In the case of a tie, each captain will enter their name into a hat and the winner will be drawn. The largest individual salmon, rainbow trout (steelhead), brown trout, and lake trout will each receive awards Nick, You are getting soft . Is Theresa going to let you fish for lakers on her boat? What about BFF, same as above or salmon only ? I can bring my scale again this year if you want it
  15. Same way I mounted mine. I started with some BJ pulleys up front but had problems with the tether line coming off the pulley and getting caught in between the pulley and the side plates. The Cisco pulleys are recessed into the side plates and I now have no problems even with using power pro as a tether line.