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mr 580

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  1. After going to a seminar 10 or 15 years ago, I tied up a couple double j plug rigs like the original post. You use the forward j plug as an attractor with no hook. Pretty hard to get a hook on the front plug as it would tangle. Ran it a few times on staggers- didn’t do much. IMO j plugs dart around running one let alone two.
  2. You will want longer rods on outside diver- 18” to 24” anyway. Besides flea resistance, the thinner wire tracks different and deeper than braid. Wire requires care in using as you have to keep tension to prevent kinks/break offs. Wire drag setting important too as it unforgiving- better to be on the loose side.
  3. Amish Outfitters has a spectra board towline that works well. Heavy for hard pulling boards.
  4. I have three standard SG47LC handles- they are “take-offs” from reels that I put power handles on. I would have to research a part number, but I’m very sure they won’t fit the earlier model Great Lakes 47LC’s. Have to look for used on the Great Lakes 47’s.
  5. What model reel do you need handle for? I have a couple handles that I’ll get out and post the model they are from.
  6. Three Dogs Down, I can’t claim the tubing trick. I picked it up from a “Pro” tip from their website when light bites first came out. I had already dealt with my line fall out of trigger so I knew it was a “winner”. As far as using the #6 setting- the rod I used for pics is an outside braid diver I use on Lake Erie which would have leadcore off boards outside of it then a second diver inside of it most of the time. Other than early spring I would rarely use a 6 setting as I have board lines out and I want my divers down.
  7. IMO the best answer is that other lure choices work better on Lake Ontario than stickbaits - especially when water warms and you are fishing faster and deeper than on Lake Erie. Sticks will take fish especially steelhead high, but most days spoons and flasher flies will take more fish especially kings.
  8. LT Fisherman- I'll pass along a couple of tips for SD Light Bites that I use. 1. I put a bead on my line to cushion/protect the knot to my swivel when the diver slides down. 2. On the Light Bites I take a small piece of the clear plastic tubing supplied with the SD and put it over the loop of the back trigger so your line doesn't fall out of the trigger when deploying. 3. I'm an old LJ dipsey guy and used to their number system - so I mark my SD scale which is higher with the LJ numbers. Couple pics attached. Hope you enjoy and have success with your slide divers!
  9. The light bite uses a second rear trigger which requires adjustment like the front trigger. You also have the two trigger arms to set when deploying. If you are using a regular LJ dipsey now and don’t have problems dragging small fish around, I would say stick with the regular slide diver with front release. Where the light bites work well is Lake Erie with less aggressive and small walleyes along with junk fish. Most trout will pop a regular diver adjusted correctly.
  10. On my braid slide divers I use a double uniknot to attach a 50 ft section of 30 to 40lb mono for the diver to slide on. I also use a leader of about 3 ft leader to lure so the diver doesn’t slide all the way to the fish. On my wire slide divers I tie a small piece of 50lb braid to the wire then use the double uniknot to attach the mono same as braid setup. For the mono I’ve used Berkeley Big Game with good results. I’m currently using 40lb Maxima mono leader material that lasts longer between changes. As far as light bites, I think for Finger Lakes that standard version will be OK. I use the light bites on Lake Erie because they release with small walleye and small trash fish. I also run rings on my slide divers as I like my diver rods to load up-makes release better to me.
  11. Slide Divers are made by U Charters and you are better off looking at stores specializing in Great Lakes trolling gear. As others have said Size 1 is most commonly used. They offer a Light Bite version with a rear trigger mechanism that releases even with a small fish. The Light Bite works well on Lake Erie with less aggressive walleye and trash fish. For Lake Ontario the standard version is all you need. I run both braid and wire with a section of mono for the diver to slide on. I would suggest using braid to start as a bit of a learning curve to deploying the SD vs a regular dipsey. Once you get the hang of it, it is very versatile.
  12. Even with bearing buddies, you should still clean, inspect, and repack wheel bearings with fresh grease. Seals and bearing kits are cheap. Bit of a messy job, but necessary as water gets in hubs and breaks down grease over time. Inner wheel bearings more often is where trouble starts.
  13. Couple years ago we had some zero and below zero temps. I had an issue with an older gps and compass that spring when my boat came out of unseated storage. As a result I have disconnects and remove my dash insert with my flush mounted electronics and store in basement. Probably more of a peace of mind thing but for what I have in replacement dollars in electronics it is worth the time to take out and store inside to me.
  14. Merry Christmas to all! I saw on another site news that Bass Pro’s holding group has just entered into an agreement to acquire Sportsmen’s Warehouse in 2021. Seems to me that SW will follow Cabelas to become another BPS with emphasis on their branded clothing and fewer offerings for hardcore outdoors people. Another reason to support the businesses that carry the equipment we use and need.
  15. Based on experience from Lake Ontario and Lake Erie is that Ontario calls for larger reels with better drags. You’ll be be trolling faster and likely deeper on Ontario so more line capacity with good drags is important. I prefer Sealine’s for the drag over Accudepth’s. Likely can make 27’s work on shallow riggers, but 47’s for riggers and 57’s for board lines. Keeping drags loosened is also important. Hope you can make a trip to Ontario- getting some kings ripping line can be addictive.
  16. Allen Edmunds boat shoes for me. High quality high end shoe. Good arch support and my feet don’t hurt at end of day. Normally I get a season out of a pair of boat shoes. Got 3 seasons on a pair of Allen Edmunds - have a new pair ready for 2021. Allen Edmunds makes many of its shoes in USA with boat shoes made off shore. They used to say that you pay twice as much and the shoes last three times as long.
  17. I like to run a small red flasher/dodger with coho fly or small spoon high and tight in the prop wash early in the year. Keep the drag loose as it is exciting when it goes- takes coho and steelhead. Good for some bonus fish.
  18. I’m with Rookie that high speed reels over to 6 to 1 are the way to go on long lead cores. I’m not that familiar with Shimano’s high speed models as I’m a Daiwa guy. Besides the Saltists, Daiwa has high speed in SG57LC3 and Seagate series. I run Saltist 50LC’s with Tuffline Microlead on 10 colors and 57LC’s on Stealth Core down to 5 color.
  19. Andy, sounds like a good plan. Should keep you busy this off season. Hope you don’t have too many bumps as you put this package together!
  20. Inland fishing on Chautauqua I just use surface temp and GPS speed for walleyes with my Lund. On Lake Erie with my lake boat I run down speed and temperature. IMO unless you plan to deep water troll for trout in the Finger Lakes with riggers you won’t need down speed and temp. I have tracks on my Lund and salties for musky trolling. At one time I had riggers for the Lund but took mounting and wiring off as I rarely used them.
  21. You might find useful information on the “build a boat” section of Lunds website for your model with available options. I’d also go back to dealership and sales rep with questions. I think you’ll find boat will be wired for either 24 or 36 volt TM as std equipment.
  22. If you are getting a new boat your dealer should be able to answer your questions. Believe the Tyee can be factory equipped with 24/36 systems and TM with 60” or 72” shafts along with 2 or 3 bank on board chargers. If your boat hasn’t been built might not be too late to change specs. I have an older Pro V that has factory 24/36 wiring with room for 2 or 3 batteries upfront along with factory on board charger.
  23. Crossbows have pros and cons like most things. After shooting Ten Points for a few years, I feel biggest advantage is they are cocked so no draw and accurate to 40 yards. On the other hand, they are heavy, awkward to carry, and are slower with more arc than most vertical bows. For certain Hunter groups especially older hunters and people with shoulder problems, they allow them to continue hunting. They work especially well from a ground blind and have good energy so useful in urban areas where firearms aren’t allowed. A good vertical bow Hunter with a range of 30 yards is unlikely to see much advantage by going to a crossbow other than the draw advantage and pushing range out to 40 yards. Crossbows can shoot beyond 40 yards, however from a realistic and ethical standpoint not used in many hunting situations.
  24. If motor is accessible during storage, I‘d wrap a rag around the plug and soak it in penetrating oil. Leave it sit and give a another shot of oil occasionally. After it has sat, try to loosen. If it doesn’t come then more oil. I have had pretty good luck with this method when you have time to let things soak. Might want to consider a dab of never seize on the plugs as well.
  25. I have RRH-400 and RRH-400T Traxstech mounts for Salties. That mount works better for “down” rods to me than a flat mount.
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