mr 580

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    Walleye Fishing on Lake Erie from Dunkirk and Chautauqua Lake as USCG Capt. and NYS Guide with Proline 25 Walk and Lund Pro 1775
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    Dunkirk-Chadwick Bay and Chautuauqua Lake
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  1. mr 580

    Digi troll II

    Beyond setting your zero at waterline, I don’t remember any calibration. Check and see how much cable on your spool-if you have lost cable that could cause reading to be off because your spool is not full. Fresh spool of downrigger cable should correct the readout issue.
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    cannon locks

    Look for a 1RXY5 Mini Cam Lock - available from several sources. Goes in mounting then flips up to lock rigger.
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    Sodus boat launches

    That is a sign to pay attention to. There was and apparently still is a big hole at the end of the ramp. If you drop your tandems off the end you will need a tow truck to lift the end of your trailer out. The guy that lifted my trailer out years ago said he was there several times a week and at that time there was no sign. That was an experience I would have liked to skip!
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    What are these fish

    White perch-very aggressive Chautauqua Lake has plenty-they get so bad we switch from real worms to plastic on walleye. If you don’t you blow through 100 nightcrawlers in a hurry.
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    Cannon Digitrol II were made in the 80’s so many of the parts are no longer available. The keypads haven’t been available for at least 20 years. They could be converted to a Mag 10A to get around the keypad. Parts availability and how old they are limits the value. Fish 307 does show what parts are still available for these on their website. They were a decent rigger years ago-it has been 15 years since I updated the two I had.
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    Coast Guard Boarded My Boat Yesterday

    Charter/guide boats receive different inspections and decals. USCG does federal and NYS does the inland guide PV (public vessel) inspection. Both are annual and NYS charges a small fee. Some small differences in the requirements for each as well-another detail and expense to deal with.
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    Fly storage tubs

    I’ve used 4 ft fluorescent tube protectors cut to length with a piece of foam pipe insulation to wrap leader around to store flies. The plastic protectors run about $3.50 at Home Depot so you get a few tubes out of each section. Then they store in a covered plastic tub. Pretty economical .
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    Salt water kicker

    Yamaha has 3 shaft lengths- 15” short, 20” long and on some models an extra long or sailboat 25”. You’ll have to make sure by measuring your transom mounting height and the lift stroke of your kicker bracket to sure you can clear the water line in the upper position. Different kicker mounts depending on make and model have different lift specs. With a 25” shaft you’ll likely need a bracket with a long lift stroke. All the pieces need to “match” for everything to correctly work both up and down.
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    6 hp kicker for 18.5 tracker Targa

    I have a 8hp Yamaha on my Lund Pro V- quiet, smooth, max about 5 mph and gets down to a little over 1 mph. Long shaft non-high thrust. 8 hp should work fine on a 18 Targa.
  10. X2 with Whaler-no new news on this story. I kept my boat in Braddocks from 1983 to 1988. Channel was always a challenge especially in a NE wind and you had to pull early. With prices going up and the lake access issues, I decided to get out and trailer instead. When I was in Rochester for Easter, I drove through the marina. Scratched my head then about the investment going on without any major changes to permanently remedy the depth and silt issues for lake access.
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    Gimbal rigger mounts

    It’s a good idea to check the fasteners used to secure the rod holders. If they are screws, a change to a nut/bolt fastener along with washer and backer should help protect things. I had a buddy have a gimbal mount pull loose and he ended up having to add bracing to secure it better. Worth checking how the rod holders are installed.
  12. All three lots sold pending payment
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    Kicker Brackets

    I just drop one end of ratchet strap down through handle with tiller handle then tighten up. Not a big deal. I’ve always used a safety strap on my kickers and I’ve had kickers for 15+ years. Last thing you want in rough weather is gear flopping around -good way to have “bad” things happen.
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    Kicker Brackets

    Have no issues-I just lay motor towards big motor then ratchet strap to boat transom. Been running that way since boat was rigged in 2008.