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  • Birthday 09/11/1955

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  1. I would use 200lb test Power Pro or Amish Outfitters 500lb spectra PowerPro Spectra Downrigger Cable Replacement | FishUSA Amish Outfitters | FishUSA Releases slide much better on either one
  2. Congrats on your new ride On my 255 the fish boxes drain into the bilge so I always figured if I was going to use them I would need to hook up a macerator pump to them or there would be a definite odor after a while. They are also not insulated so I don't think they would hold ice very well. I use them for storing life jackets and extra fenders. I have dinette seating so I use a cooler on the port side in back of the seats. Serves as additional bench seating and I still have enough room to work around between it and the dog house. Might be a little tighter on a 245? If you have a swim platform I've seen a lot of coolers strapped back there.
  3. It's been that way for awhile now, started back in September https://www.lakeontariounited.com/fishing-hunting/forum/21-lou-professional-members-only/ Posted September 27 I don’t like the way it jumps back to the beginning everytime I close a topic. This kinda sucks? Any advice???
  4. 105-Pound River's Inlet King! - JD Richey – Salmon Trout Steelheader 105-Pound River's Inlet King! - JD Richey History was made off the British Columbia coast last August, when a lady angler landed what is perhaps the largest Chinook salmon ever hooked on sport gear—a fish in the mythical 100-plus-pound class! Gayle Gordon and her husband John were fishing near Dawson’s Landing in the fabled River’s Inlet area (in their own boat which they had dragged and ferried from their home Duncan, B.C.) when the monster struck. Gayle Gordon with the fabulous mount made by Advanced Taxidermy. As you can imagine, there aren’t a whole lot of fiberglass replica blanks of 105-pound kings laying around, so they had to make a custom mold for Gayle’s fish. “It was my turn to run the rods while John ran the boat,” says Gordon. “We were mooching cut-plug herring down about 25 feet, and when the fish bit, the head-shakes were so violent, so strong. Up there because of the water color, you can’t see the fish until they break the surface but I knew that this was something unbelievable!” And the Gordons know a thing or two about hooking big kings. They started fishing together 35 years ago on their first date and have been hard at it every year since then. They’ve caught and released 13 Chinook over 50 pounds at River’s Inlet, including three in the 60’s, two in the 70’s, an 82.43 pounder and one just under 85 pounds! Gayle says that the fish she hooked in August was in an entirely different class than any of their previous giants. She fought the fish on her Temple Fork rod and Islander MR2 “knuckle buster” mooching reel for 45 minutes before getting a look at it. During that time, a crowd of boats gathered around to watch the action. “The people up there are so awesome and very courteous,” she says. "Basically, the whole fleet saw us catch it. They made a circle around us and watched—and when we got it, they went nuts.” Gayle says she still doesn’t have words to describe what she was feeling when the behemoth finally came to the net. “He was brilliant chrome and not a mark on him,” she says. “What an amazing, amazing fish!” The Gordons scrambled to get some measurements on the fish—and they did so three times just to make sure they got it right and then posed for a couple quick photos which were taken by boats floating around them. In short order, the estimated 7-year-old monster was back in the water and swimming free. Now, here’s where things get really interesting. The king taped out at a whopping 55 inches (an inch longer than the bottom width on my first drift boat) and had a mind blowing 38-inch girth! Because they let the fish go, the Gordon’s don’t have an official weight on their salmon but they put it into the ol’ tried and true 750 weight formula (Weight = Length x Girth x Girth /750) and it came out to 105.9 pounds! Now, obviously weight formulas have some wiggle room as far as results go because fish come in all different shapes and sizes, so I decided to run it through some other ones just for fun. The first one I tried was the Steelhead/Salmon Weight Calculator on www.piscatorialpursuits.com. I’m not sure what the formula is that they use, but when I punched the measurements in, the big king came out at 102.4 pounds. On the Ally McGowan Formula, used for Atlantic salmon (found on www.wherewisemenfish.com), 55x38 gets you 120.5 pounds! I also found a calculator at http://www.csgnetwork.com/ (not sure of their formula) but the king came out to 122.1 pounds. Sometimes, folks also use the 800 formula (which is the same as above, just divided by 800 instead of 750) but I think that one is designed more for fish like trout and steelhead and doesn’t really well represent the girth of Gayle’s king. Even underestimated with this method, her fish comes out at an incredible 99.28 pounds. Okay, so now let’s take a look at how Gayle’s Chinook measures up to fish with known weights. Les Anderson’s IGFA All-Tackle World Record king from the Kenai River in Alaska weighed 97 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 58.5 inches with a girth of 37 inches. Her fish was a bit shorter and a tad bigger around than Anderson’s. The thing with the Kenai fish is Anderson threw it in the bottom of the boat on a hot day and fished for several hours—and then it rode around in the back of his truck for quite a while. It was never iced and the photos of it show the fish is very dehydrated. I think it’s easy to assume that king probably weighed 100 plus pounds when it was initially caught. In August of 2001, a massive king was caught and released on the Skeena River in B.C. by clients fishing out of Kermode Bear Fishing Lodge in Terrace, BC. That leviathan measured 53.5 x 38.5, which comes out to 105.7 pounds on the 750 formula above (and 99 and change using the 800 formula). Gayle and John are no strangers to trophy kings. John Gordon about to release a huge king salmon caught at River’s Inlet. Obviously, we’ll never know the precise weight of Gayle’s fish but it’s safe to say that it was clearly over 100 pounds, which just boggles the mind. A pound here or there in either direction really doesn’t matter—the real story is she caught a fish that would, almost certainly, be the new all-tackle world record, but she decided to forgo the glory and release it instead! In this day and age of declining Chinook stocks—especially the true giants—it was truly a selfless act. “The culture is changing up there at River’s Inlet,” she says. “Lots and lots of boats are measuring and releasing their big fish now which is great. Really the only way to get IGFA to recognize our fish as a true record was to kill it and I didn’t want to do that. I’m just so humbled to have been able to catch him. It was so cool!” Sadly, doing a hero shot on board is a tall order with a fish of that size when you’re not keeping it, so the Gordon’s don’t have any good photos of their amazing catch. There are several shots taken from other boats, but they don’t do much justice to this king of kings. What does do it plenty of justice, however, is the fabulous mount that Advanced Taxidermy made of it. As you can imagine, there aren’t a whole lot of fiberglass replica blanks of 105-pound kings laying around, so they had to make a custom mold for Gayle’s fish. “It’s absolutely amazing…. Advanced really nailed it,” she says. “I feel so blessed—we were obviously fishing for big fish up there but I never dreamed of getting one that size! I caught the fish, but it really was a team effort with my husband John. After that, I gave him the next three chances on the rods in a row.” The Gordon’s obviously didn’t need any more inspiration to return to River’s Inlet next year, but just to remind them that there are potentially even bigger kings to be caught, owners Rob and Nola Bachen dusted off and showed them the mount of a 126-pound king they had in storage. The enormous king was caught by a commercial boat back in the 1960’s “It was truly an honor to see that fish,” she says.
  5. http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/fancy_images/NYSDEC/2015/08/586183/decdeliversbanner_original.jpg DEC Delivers - Information to keep you connected and informed from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Share or view as a web page || Update preferences or unsubscribe The Fishing Line - The Salmon Are Running! Freshwater Fishing, Fisheries Management, and Boating News In This Issue: Lake Ontario Tributary Fishing Lake Erie Steelhead: 2021 Fall Fishing Forecast Fishing Finger Lakes Tributaries Salmon River Hatchery Update Saranac River Atlantic Salmon Run Fish Fact Friday The start of Fall signifies several things here in New York - apple picking, pumpkin spice everything, football games and...(most important) the annual trout and salmon run in New York's larger tributaries. Lake Ontario Tributary Fishing With higher than average water levels, good runs of migrating salmon and trout are expected in Great Lakes tributaries this fall. Anglers can expect quality fishing opportunities for Chinook and coho salmon from now through early-November, but the first two weeks of October is when it typically peaks. Steelhead fishing turns on later in the season, usually in late October through November when water temperatures are around 45-58 degrees F. And lest we forget brown trout where world-class waters such as Niagara River, Oswego River, Oak Orchard Creek, Eighteenmile Creek, Sandy Creek and Maxwell Creek provide peak fishing opportunities in November and December. For information on fishing Great Lakes tributaries, visit the DEC website. Lake Erie Steelhead: 2021 Fall Fishing Forecast New York’s Lake Erie tributaries boast some of the highest angler catch rates for steelhead (PDF) in the entire country, and the arrival of fall’s colors signals the beginning of the steelhead season. This year is shaping up to be a more “typical” fall on the Lake Erie tributaries compared to the hot and dry conditions in recent years. Plenty of rain in recent weeks coupled with cooler temperatures has already brought in the first runs of steelhead into the lower sections of favorite fishing destinations such as Cattaraugus, Eighteen Mile, and Chautauqua creeks. As long as this pattern continues, anglers should experience excellent fishing in October and November. Expect a lot of jacks in the early going with larger fish becoming more plentiful as the water temperatures cool off. Anglers looking for current water conditions can look online at the USGS water gauges for all of the major Lake Erie tributaries, or visit the DEC Lake Erie Fishing Hotline for weekly updates on the steelhead fishery. Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries Fishing Finger Lakes Tributaries Anglers that prefer to avoid crowds and get in on some high quality tributary fishing should consider setting their sights on New York's Finger Lakes. Of the 11 Finger Lakes, nine have annual migratory trout and salmon runs, so there is no shortage of opportunities to choose from. Pair a fishing trip with a wine tasting for a fun fall Finger Lakes weekend. For information on tributary access (Public Fishing Rights) visit DEC's website. Salmon River Hatchery Update The new fish ladder at the Salmon River Hatchery is up and running, and fish have wasted no time using it. Construction crews continue to lay the foundations for an improved outdoor visitor experience, pouring lots of concrete pillars and pads for new observation decks, a new pavilion, new roadways, and an access ramp to the back of the Hatchery's "spawn house." Although the construction will keep the hatchery closed to the public through the fall, the fall egg collection will go on as planned. This much anticipated event generally takes place beginning the day after Columbus Day as long as the hatchery's water temperatures have come down to acceptable levels. A Facebook Live event during the spawn is planned for a day the week of October 11th. Be sure to check DEC's Facebook page for a scheduled date. Saranac River Atlantic Salmon Run With much cooler nights and increased rainfall, the fall Atlantic salmon run has begun. Anglers are catching salmon all the way to below the Imperial Mills Dam. Please be advised that DEC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are currently netting salmon in the river as part of a research project but are returning all fish back to the river after a sample is collected. We have received reports of some quality fish. Fish Fact Friday After hatching, Chinook salmon spend just four months in a tributary before taking a trip downstream to spend a majority of their life in Lake Ontario, whereas coho salmon spend 1½ years in tributaries before migrating out to the lake. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation respects your right to privacy and welcomes your feedback | Update preferences or unsubscribe | Learn more about DEC Delivers Connect with DEC: http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/fancy_images/NYSDEC/2015/07/565841/facebookicon_original.jpg http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/fancy_images/NYSDEC/2015/07/565842/twittericon_original.jpg http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/fancy_images/NYSDEC/2015/07/567473/youtubeicon_original.jpg Basil Seggos, Commissioner This email was sent using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation · 625 Broadway · Albany, NY 12233 · (518) 402-8013
  6. I don't know how an iPad would work, especially in the direct sun and rain but I have an old HDS gen1 hooked up to my Gen3's via an ethernet cable. I can see the screen from the Gen 3 and drop waypoints from the back of the boat using the Gen1.
  7. A picture of your boat and transom would be helpful. On that size boat I doubt the extra weight from a kicker would create any problems but you could test it out by having someone sit on the port transom and see how the boat reacts to the extra weight. Other things to consider: Are you looking at a remote control kicker or are you going with a tiller model? How are you planning to steer the kicker? Do you have an auto pilot now or plan one in the future? How do you want to control the throttle? Do you have easy access to the kicker where it will be mounted or will you want electric start and trim? Can you mount the kicker directly onto you transom or will you need a bracket? My main point is to plan everything out before purchasing anything
  8. Traxstech used to make a mounting plate for their lift and turn rod holders that would replace the Scotty rod holder tubes I would check with them to see if they are still available
  9. They are posted on their web site https://soduspointproam.com/2021-live-results/
  10. If you ever need to remove your B60 you will wish that you had used 4200 instead of 5200 sealant.
  11. Late start and blown off around 1 4/4, all kings, 3 of them on same dipsy rod with green crinkle fly and a white/green dot spinny Mag dipsy out 240’ set on 2 200-220’ Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. .You want a "double pole, double throw" switch - dpdt switch
  13. Water levels on Lake O right now are about a foot lower than average for this time of year and about 2 foot lower than last year https://lre-wm.usace.army.mil/reports/GreatLakes/GLWL-CurrentMonth-Feet.pdf
  14. This bracket from Adventure Marine is rock solid, a little pricey but you only buy once. https://adventuremarine.ca/product/high-thrust-outboard-motor-bracket/
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