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    NE PA
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    fishing, youth sports, skiing
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    Joan Marie
  1. I wouldn't use anything lighter than 50lb power pro for backing and I would rather just go with 1000' of wire. 1- if you cut back or "lose" any of your wire 500' won't be enough so you end up replacing it all 2- if your backing breaks or knot fails you lose all your wire, a dipsy, a paddle and a fly - ouch! 3- do you really want to worry about the backing and the knot when you have "that fish" on? 4- how much are you really going to save between 1000' of wire and braid backing anyway? Pay me now or pay me later, just one man's opinion
  2. Why not tie up some of your own using barbless hooks? Fish Doctor Charters has a good tutorial video for tying a tournament tie leader
  3. If you do mount it in the pedestal you may want to put a tether on it to hold it down in the pedestal mount The mast can have a tendency to wiggle upwards and can pop right out of the pedestal mount if you don't keep an eye on it.
  4. Fish USA has it in 4 different flavors: Torpedo, Malin, Mason or AFW Take your pick
  5. Fish Doctor Charters out of Oswego, call and talk with Ernie
  6. Calumet Marine has them: I also have some lightly used ones that I would sell, both standard and mag size, $4 + shipping pm me if interested
  7. You don't "need" a fixed antenna for a handheld radio, they come with a short flexible antenna however you can get an adapter for the handheld radio and hook it up to a 8' fixed antenna and you would increase your transmission range. If I was going to install a fixed antenna I would also install a fixed radio to go with it. A "good" fixed antenna will cost you as much or more than a 25W fixed radio but the antenna is more important to the performance of the whole system. If you are going out on Lake Ontario I would strongly recommend a fixed radio with DSC and a good antenna as part of your basic safety equipment.
  8. From Standard Horizon: "The marine VHF band provides communications over distances that are essentially "line of sight". Actual transmission range depends much more on antenna type, gain and height than on the power output of the transmitter. On a fixed mount 25W radio transmission expected distances can be greater than 15 miles, for a portable 6W radio transmission the expected distance can be greater than 5 miles in "line of sight"." The antenna height of both the transmitting radio and the receiving radio has the greatest impact on transmission distance. Realistically, transmissions from a handheld radio to another boat is probably 4-5 miles max while to a Coast Guard antenna tower on land it can be greater but still limited to "line of sight"
  9. I've been extremely impressed with the performance and durability of the Standard Horizon handheld radios over the years. I have some HX600S's that get used every day at work with no problems after 4 years. On my boat the handheld is used as a backup to my main radio and as a ditch radio. This year I'm upgrading to a HX870 because it floats, will transmit at 6w and has built in GPS and DSC which is all great for a ditch radio but this model sells for around $200. I see several other models w/o GPS (ie. HX300) on Amazon for around $100 that are still waterproof, floating and transmit at 5w.
  10. I've never had that happen, yet. I don't see where it would be any different than any other I/O or OB boat? It's up to the rod man not to bring in the fish too green so he can control it while being netted. Actually with the currents we deal with on Lake Ontario I'm more concerned about the possibility of the rigger cable getting tangled in the kicker prop, that's why I put a prop guard on.
  11. I'm running a Yamaha T9.9 on my Penn Yan 255 Intruder and it gets the job done most of the time but I also have a TR-1 Gold Auto Pilot on it and I think it helps the kicker by being so quick to react. There are times when the wind, waves and/or currents are too strong for the kicker to maintain boat control and speed, usually in 4 footer type conditions. I can then either head in (usually my wife's choice) or run with the waves/current. I can also drop in a couple trolling bags, start up the main at an idle and use the kicker with the TR-1 to steer and fine tune my speed. This actually works quite well with the bags also helping to smooth out the ride a little. I thought about going with a larger kicker but the "high thrust" model makes the 8-9.9 hp kickers work ok and because it is so light weight it doesn't affect the boat's handling. I have used mine to get back in when my main motor had problems, I felt like a blow boater going 4-5 mph but it was better than a tow. Mine is a 25" shaft mounted on an Adventure Marine solid bracket, I think a 20" shaft would work as long as you mounted it low enough so the prop stayed in the water.
  12. You will need the same size reel as for copper, they're the same diameter
  13. Matthew at Torpedo claims that the weighted steel sink rate is comparable to the same size copper. I ran 300' of 60lb weighted steel last year and it is much easier to handle than copper, less tendency to bird nest and untangles as easy as Matthew shows on his you tube video. I can't verify the depth but the catch rate was similar to copper. An Albright knot would work or Torpedo has a video showing a different splice using some heat shrink tubing which works well also. You can't use a haywire twist like you can with copper. It seems very strong and won't kink, I don't think you'll have any break offs with it. Overall I like the way it handles, especially when I have inexperienced people aboard, and I will probably buy more when I need to but I won't be replacing any existing copper setups with it right away
  14. $/lb for salmon? "Salmon prices surge as parasites plague fish farms" Wild Coho is up to $49/lb, That's probably still less than it costs me but maybe I can convince my wife that all the money I've spent has actually been a good investment and we're starting to make money? I knew that there were issues in the Pacific Northwest with salmon disease and parasites but didn't realize how widespread the problems have become.
  15. Check out Catfish Creek Camp, the new cabins are pretty nice . You can launch and dock your boat right there, not sure if they have wifi.