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Pete Collin

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  1. One thing I noticed about landlocks...their scales are looser and some tend to come off when they are handled.
  2. I think I saw you because we were the only two boats out there. You did considerably better than I did but I didn't get there early. Was so cold when I got up, figured I'd let the day warm up some. I did get one nice 5 pound brown. After 5 fishless months, I'll take it!
  3. In the spring, guys generally troll their streamers fast. 2.5 mph or better.
  4. I tie and fish with the traditional New England tandem-hooked streamers. When tied properly they don't twist. When trolled up high, sometimes you may out a split shot a yard above the fly to make sure it doesn't skip across the surface. You can also troll them deep behind a flasher or spin doctor. I have some favorites, but you can catch fish on nearly anything on the right day. You just have to figure out if they want bright or dark, colorful or pale.
  5. Cornelius, I am just now reading this post. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I'm glad you were able to care for her at home, my dad had similar hospice care during his final days.
  6. I used to have wicked, debilitating hayfever seasonally. But it went away as I got older. Nice to know some things improve. But Gator, I hear you about the alcohol. One time I went to dinner and bought a beer "flight", sampling a small amount of several kinds of beer. I was hardly drunk, but was sick all the next day. From then on I cut myself off after 2 drinks. Not a big deal, but nobody warned me that about getting older!
  7. They aren't mine but just wanted to say you're a good man.
  8. Small world. My family owned a camp on Long Lake from the mid-70's up to just a few years ago. Want to know something funny? I never caught a trout or salmon out of LL. We didn't have a boat, and on the north end where our beach was, you could wade out 100 yards and still only be waist deep. So we caught minnows, perch, and the occasional whitefish. When you're a kid that is just as fun.
  9. Dan, thank you so much for the offer. Rolmpos offered to give me one too...and he lives much closer! But I am originally from Fort Kent. Nice to hear from a fellow Maine-iac.
  10. Les, My boat does have a kicker. But I find that with a tailwind I can't get it slow enough that the fish sometimes want it to be. In the past I used a "blow-troll" method where the wind was perfect to give me the right speed. The trolling plate kept the boat at the right attitude, bow-downwind. One thing that occurs to me is my electric motor has two batteries. On windy days I could troll downwind with that. I've done it before in the old boat. It's nice, really quiet and no exhaust fumes. i got 2 hours per battery per charge back then. The new boat seems to do better. I jigged all day off the spot lock feature and it only took the charge halfway down.
  11. Hello All, I have a Happy Troller plate for the main prop. I want to put it on my new boat, but it formed a crack because of the many times I accidentally gave it full throttle while the plate was down. Is it possible to just buy some brazing rods and fix it that way? Or do you really have to know what you're doing?
  12. Gator, I didn't forget you. But I had the busiest year ever! By this fall I decided to replace my old boat. So I'm equipped for next year whether it's your boat or mine. Looking forward to it.
  13. Most of the dead trees were aspen (popple). There were not many ash in this woods. It was oak, soft maple, black birch, some pine and hemlock, a little of this and a little of that.
  14. Outdoor Lover, I don't know if they determined that. I sent this video to some DEC foresters. Mark Gooding out of the AVON office said their guys are investigating.
  15. Last week Steuben County got the biggest forest fire I have heard of in 30 years of living in NY.
  16. Brian, In this case it was me that didn't know what he was doing. The bilge works fine. It's just very quiet! When I'm on the lake I can't hear it. In the stillness of my garage I could hear it turn on. My last boat's pump made a trumpeting sound when it ran dry. That's what I was expecting.
  17. Hello All, I bought a 17 foot Lund that's in pretty nice shape, came with a lot of goodies. I have taken it out a few times and like it a lot. One question - the bilge pump doesn't turn on when I flip the switch. That could be a safety issue should I be in a situation where I'm taking on water. But I thought that the pump may have a float switch. Is this a standard thing in some boats?
  18. Thanks Frogger! I'll give it a try. Took the boat out yeasterday for a test drive. Everything functioned well, and the boat rides awesome. It will feel like fishing from a sofa. Of course, when I pulled the boat out, I noticed that both trailer tires' sidewalls are severely cracked and dry rotted, probably one trip away from blowing out. Oh, well!
  19. I don't trust that site because they want you to download an "exe" file to view the manuals. That could be a virus or something. A PDF file would be the document itself.
  20. I just bought a Lund, want to take it on a test run this afternoon. It has an onboard battery charger. I plugged it in to top off the Minn Kota batteries. But it has no lights, gauges, or readouts of any kind. How do I know if the thing's even working? Tried googling a manual but they all show a unit with lights. It's a Promariner Pro Sport 12.
  21. Hello All, Back in 2008 I remember it being a banner year for pike on Seneca. The next year VHS disease swept the lake, most of them died, and I haven't been back for that species since. What's it like now? It was in the fall when fishing was so good back then. I just bought a Lund, and can't decide where to go first!
  22. Hello All, I finally sold my tired, leaky tub and got a nice Lund to replace it. There's one issue I discussed with the seller and figured I'd get a quicker answer here than from the DMV Can I turn in the trailer plates on his behalf? Or do I have to mail them back to him? Been so long since I bought a boat, don't remember. I live over an hour from his place.
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