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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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  1. I think the 1st Spring ESLO I fished was 1979 with my 16’ StarCraft and 3 buddies. We pretty much had no clue what we were doing. Sent two of the guys up to weigh a fish while me and the other guy held the boat off the concrete wall on the Genesee River. The guy who caught the fish comes back PO’d that they kept his fish. I go up to see what was going on and come to find out the guy was in 2nd place. A fair amount of beer had lead to the confusion and by the end of the Derby he finished 1 place out of the money. A lot of good times and stories from those days.
  2. Glad you got it figured out. Some of the automated systems are a nightmare- things seem to work better when you get to talk to a human.
  3. I guess I’d try calling some US dealers and see if they ship to Canada. If they do I’d ask if they fill your order from one of their stock orders or add it to one of their orders. I don’t use Cisco stuff myself, but got some Traxstech stuff early last year by tagging onto a dealer order. I’m not sure but sounds like your Canadian location isn’t helping and availability here on things hasn’t been good either.
  4. Have you tried working thru a dealer? At least a dealer could possibly provide info from their order status. My local tackle store is a Cisco and Traxstech dealer and around the holidays he had outstanding orders from several months back. It wouldn’t be surprising for a company to stop taking individual orders if they had a big backlog and limited material to build product.
  5. Besides the steering, what you have for electronics is the next question. Some units will support AP which saves some dash space vs a stand alone AP. Hydraulic steering pretty basic as you tee into lines. Cable steer as mentioned not as many choices.
  6. Mink DC, I don’t think you will find much direct info on Stanley Boats on this site as most of the guys are from US side of the lake. When you say that Stanley and it’s dealer aren’t “keen” on the idea, I guess I’d question why? You might try some Canadian sights to connect with other Stanley owners. Maybe a Facebook owners group?
  7. Back before the zebra mussels/clear water, we used to stack rods all the time. Walker made a green plastic angled device that was supposed to slide down. I never had much luck with it. In those days I had the best luck with a “snappy stacker” that was a black plastic slipped over cable and was locked with white plastic screw to cable and used a half hitched rubber band on line for release. Today I’d suggest one of the pinch pad stackers or just stick with a slider on one rod. Compared to the old days, today is fewer rigger rods with more dipsey/board lines for a wider spread.
  8. Your diagram is fine- but you would want your set back and weight the same for all three rods per side. That way as you reset you just slide down then put a rod in. That is a typical big board Lake Erie walleye setup with leadcore. We’ll use three 3 color on one side and three 5 color on the other. Now if your target is steelhead you might want to only do two per side- a hot steelhead can wad up a bunch of lines in a hurry.
  9. Not exactly sure what the question is here. Can you use in line boards from a 26’ boat- yes as GF describes above. Can you run three lines per side from a mast and planer board system - yes with distance limited by the height of your tow line. Once tow line hits water that is about how far out you can go. Can you mix an in line board in with a mast and planer board system- that is not a good idea- would be pretty hard to reset lines. So pretty much an either or situation. All in lines or mast and planer boards. Either is effective and depends on preference, boat layout and experience of your crew.
  10. Another recommendation for Chris’s Reel Repair. Chris is a fisherman and member of ELECBA. He does reels for many of the charter guys. He was shuffling reels around with guys at our Christmas Party this year. Good guy!
  11. For a 17.5’ a 8 hp kicker more than enough. 9.9 more common, but some mfg’s offer an 8 that is a “detuned” 9.9 and is a couple hundred less. Also pay attention to alternator size-electric start versions tend to have higher rated alternator. Lots of good choices in the little 4 strokes today.
  12. Have a new boat coming and will need to rig it. Items I’m looking at for electronics and trolling motor have been out of stock/back ordered from most vendors. Kept looking for weeks-if items came into stock usually gone in a few hours/days. Price MSRP. Did get the TM I wanted on a one day credit card offer of 10% off. Did find an in stock fish finder that I wanted for my main unit- still looking for a chart plotter 2nd unit to network. Not looking forward to finding all the pieces to put this boat together. I expect prices to be higher and the sales/deals few and far between.
  13. Bought a 4 year old Lund Pro V and ran it for 18 years-guided with it for 5 of those years. Never a leak or loose rivet. Sold it this fall to make room for a new Lund. Yesterday ran into some local guys that were interested in my charters-told them I was getting a new boat. They were surprised as they thought both my boats were “late model”. I believe how you take care of things makes a difference. Start with something good, take care of it and it will treat you right.
  14. I’m agree with SK8 that there are a lot of tools in the toolbox and you use them in different circumstances. I’m a big user of slide divers but I also know there is a learning curve with them and the same goes for wire. For people starting out learn one tool at a time-doing otherwise can result in lost gear(took me a while to learn this). To me slide divers offer the advantage of being able to adjust your leader length to whatever you want to slide the diver to. Really helps with spoons-flasher flies not so much. For Lake Ontario where you don’t have the small fish that won’t release, you don’t need the Light Bite version so if you setup a fixed leader on a Slide Diver it is the same as LJ dipsey. Use the tools for what they were designed for- slide diver works well higher in the water column with a longer lead as it’s dive curve is less than a dipsey. There are many ways to do things and learn what works for you- jumping from one tool to the next can get frustrating. Keep things simple change one thing at a time.
  15. The “opt in opt out” is at the county level so contact your county legislature representative. Also won’t hurt to let DEC know whether you are for or against as well. Another place where sportsman need to get involved is with there local county sportsmen’s federation. I’m involved with Chautauqua County Federation and like most need more involvement especially from younger sportsman.
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