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  1. At the risk of implying that I know what I'm talking about (which I certainly don't think i do) what I'm talking about is what I call 'the best odds approach to hunting'- be it fish or game. It's not that I don't ever run 2 divers/side because I do if the fish tell me that that 'investment' is one I need to make. In the same way, it's not that I don't ever run 2 junk lines per big board because I will if the fish tell me that that approach is worth the inherint risk. In general it seems to me like the best spread is something you have: a.) confidence in b.) you can control and be flexible with c.) is going to minimize issues getting fish in the boat and c.) lends itself to being changed to maximize any and all information the fish unintentionally give you about their preferences.
  2. Every day is a new day. Unless you are Kreskin I would suggest am startup the following way: 3 riggers- meat and flasher on 1 rigger, FF combo on 1 am ,spoon + bright spoon cheater on other. Wire diver with FF combo or flasher/meat on one side, braid slide diver with am spoon on other side. 300 or 400 copper on one board am spoon, 8 color on other board bright spoon. weave across depth contours varying speed. If nothing is happening as day brightens change spoons to a mix of bright and muted and maybe drop a spoon rigger. If day is overcast get a gold spoon and maybe a gold ff combo out and or purple spoon and or purple ff combo. If lockjaw is present IMHO less is more. obviously if a certain presentation or direction or speed results in a hit respond accordingly. DONT LEAVE FISH TO FIND FISH. One hot rod can make the day....
  3. Don't have one around to check this. Somebody must know. Thanks!!
  4. There is a couple in use here in Olcott. I especially like the fact that an iTroll can be installed to control speed on main and kicker. Bucking a head wind I often troll with the main. Also the iTroll steps back up upon being switched from idle to speed and this can be 'stepped' variably. Waiting for mine presently
  5. Welcome!! Theres a lot of OH registrations here at the lake Ontario marina in Olcott NY. I charter on both Erie and Ontario and have made the pilgrimage down to port Clinton in March a couple times as well. Check in with us here if you want to head up to sample some real salmon fishing and we'll try to help.
  6. Okuma ML GLT rod- nice price point, use them for almost all my walleye presentations except longer cores and 300 walleye copper. For browns setups I have gone to Okuma STS Kokanee rods ( I like em but quality control seems mediocre, give em all a real good bend after you take them out of the plastic bag, send back whatever breaks)
  7. I have pulled my 7' Shimano Talora inside diver rods (as well as my 9' Okuma Big Lake Tournament series outside diver rods) out of service in order to replace a number of the guides that have lost their inserts. Between the wire line and the fact that i store my diver rods up along the walk around wheel house, the guides on my divers rods seem to get beat up and I actually had to get some replacement rods for both my inside and outside diver setups that i hope will become backups for my refitted rods. Anyway I am planning to replace the guides on my original 7' inside diver rods 1st and see how it goes- if all goes well I'll continue with my 9' outside diver rods. I am planning to use Alps BRXSG 20-50lb rollers and keep using my existing Twilli tips. Anybody out there with rod building experience who could recommend roller guide spacing and or size of rollers please chime in. I have emailed a company that sells the Alps rollers as well so might get some help from that quarter. Oh BTW, yes I am going to be wrapping the guides myself without a rod machine and I am going to use coarse string and epoxy so these are not gonna be fashion statement rods but I think they will actually turn out reasonably clean and very functionable.
  8. Personally, my approach is to buy good condition Sealine Super High Speeds whenever I can get them 'right'. They were bulit tougher than anything you can get for 5 times the money now...
  9. I mounted the Sea dog tables with a pipe flange with a 6" piece of pipe for both of my boats so I can just pop them into a rod holder for fillet time- simple and out of the way most of the time
  10. Run away from that thing! But if you need one for parts let me know...
  11. Sea-Dog 326580-3 $73.94 Fillet Table Only - 20" | Zoro.com Ones I got are 32" - Pretty easy to make any kind of base you want with a pipe flange pretty cheaply. Seems like I got a pair of these for like $50/ apiece but cant find it now...
  12. Excellent shape, 2 with dual rod holders, 2 with singles. Pickup in Olcott. Please Pm if interested
  13. $45 for pair. Pickup Olcott/Lockport or pay shipping. Pm me
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