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  1. True but weather lately is increasingly favorable for freezing at least the eastern portion of Erie and that's the key!
  2. Well said! I haven't been over in a week, and now I'm coyote hunting for a bit, but when I was last there, the bite was tough due to Erie has not frozen and the water clarity isn't where it needs to be so the steel are negative and very finicky. It's getting colder now and conditions will likely improve. If/when this occurs the steel and bonus fish will be more active and targeting them where there is less pressure is going to pay dividends. This should enable guys and gals to work slower drifts where they can get a handle on boat control and tapping bottom carefully without risking life, limb, vessel and the safety of others. So, before you go: make yourself familiar with tying sacks with different colors and floats, rig a rod with a bead, and have some other bead colors, get your minnow hooking technique down, and get and learn rigging maglips and other plugs. It's an adventure, but it's not a joke!
  3. Yes. As it turns out you were right about HDS Gen 3 prices. I found a lightly used HDS Gen 3 9" that came with a total scan transducer (not sure what I'm going to do with that yet). So, my plan now is to leave the HDS Gen 2 9" with the outboard crestliner . The gen 3 9" I will link to the big Gen 3 unit in the wheelhouse of the hardtop crestliner will be connected via ethernet and nmea 2000. The big HDS in the wheelhouse is linked to the autopliot unit and a Airmar TM-260, so I was planning to share that transducer with this new to me HDS 9" in the back of the boat. Since the other component of all this is the addition of a Garmin PanOptix Live setup side by side with the Lowrance HDS, I'm not thinking past the issues I might encounter with TM-260 and the Garmin PS30 sending pulses simultaneously to 2 separate screens (Iam hoping that a huge difference in the frequency of the 2 different transducers will minimize problems)
  4. That last posting was utterly unnecessary. If I wanted to hear uneducated drivel I know where to go to get it. This is a fishing forum not a soap box for your right wing bs. Please focus your thoughts on those of us who actually live here here where the LOTSA event takes place and understand I can't afford to transmit COVID to my 92 year old mother in an assisted living facility because I went to a fishing Expo with people from all over. We, all of us, bear a huge responsibility to everyone else on this- Remember- It's like driving drunk. Just because you want to do it, doesn't make it a good idea or mean it's your right to do it.
  5. Last year I had contemplated the idea of 'cloning' my HDS gen3 display thats in the wheelhouse of my larger Crestliner with a iPad untill it was pointed out to me by another LOU member that the AP functions were not amoung those that can be controlled by a cloned iPad. So, now I'm wondering if I can network the HDS gen3 in the wheelhouse to a HDS gen2 unit I could make available from my outboard Crestliner. Does anybody know if a HDS gen2 can network with a HDS gen3 to the extent it could run the Lowrance AP from the back of the boat?
  6. I did just get a great tip about a movable transducer strategy from Shannon Littlefield, who, if you don't know is the regional rep for iTroll iTroll Precision Throttle Controller. His suggestion is to level and mount a piece of Cannon or Bert's track on either boat transom and make up a plate for the transducer so it can be moved like some people move rod holders and trees on the tracks up on the gunnels. I thought this was hell of a good idea!
  7. I have gotten comfortable enough with my rig (22' Sabre/ 200 Optimax) to go up there but only after help from Vince Periloni (Thrillseeker charters) and others. That's truly treacherous water and there have been fatal accidents. Minimum boat requirements from them that know (not me) is 18'/90Hp. Do not go up there without going there first with an experienced guide. One thing people don't realize about the fast drifts on the lower Niagara is that boat control and being completely organized in terms of your gear are not just a good idea but flat out essential. When you start a fast drift you have to be really ready because seconds later you are either out too deep, oriented wrong, snagged, broken off your sinker or all of the above. Don't try fishing the river green, it's dangerous and frankly pretty complicated.
  8. Burbot are excellent eating! I picked up 1 trolling off Oswego , wondered if if came from Oneida. We got them there icefishing on and off.
  9. I'm guessing you aren't familiar with the PanOptix technology. The PS30 Transducer is over $1400 alone. I'm a cheap bastard and that's enough to get thinking very 'creatively'.
  10. That's a very clever and interesting approach, do you deploy that aluminum angle iron when you start fishing or do you have it like that when yer steaming out/in.?
  11. I'm trying to figure out how to make a Garmin PanOptix system composed of a PS30 transducer and a Echomap 943 XSV into a setup I can transfer from my one boat to the other. The main thing required to accomplish this ,or so it seems, will be to make the transducer movable. Anyway, I saw this thing Transducer Mount – SeaSucker . anybody with experience something like this, or anything like it, I'd like to hear it.
  12. I have one on my 245 Eagle Hardtop (so the windows are much taller than on your boat). It's on the starboard side not the other, but it may have been installed aftermkt. Actually it needs replacing (stops and goes irregularly) and I'd like one for port glass too so please let me know what works for you and I'll do the same . That boat is totally covered now so nuttin happening there . Very easy to stand up and reach over to wipe my 2105 SST Sabre's windows with a squegee which is good cuz they get really funky hauling it this time of year.
  13. This is tantalizing! We have caught a pile of whitefish on the reefs on Sturgeon Bay near Green Bay icefishing. The whitefish we target are caught on slider rigs, usually a single small snelled hook on the bottom baited with a minnow, then 12" to a swivel . Above the swivel a 2nd presentation is allowed to slide on the line. typically this is baited with a gulp maggot or similiar profile bait. Alternatives to this arrangement is a meegs jig on the bottom, a rapala jig on the bottom, a small jigging spoon, etc. Sometimes a sabiki rig is used as the slider. Whitefish have a notoriously light pickup on either the main or slider bait and one must be very diligent to get hookups, main line is light Nano. It seems like targeting them in Erie should be more common but despite looking into it, I've heard very little real precise intel. I am going to reacj out to the study noted above and see if I can get some bathymetric information. Oh- another thing ; Whitefish appear to be sensitive to sonar, the hard core guys in Wisconsin discourage using vexilars especially and quite frankly I did at leat as well and usually better when I didnt evn run my Lowrance ice setup.
  14. As I said in my post, we went to Simcoe twice and were unsuccessful using the Meegs jigs . After talking with folks there it seems like the whitefish bite can be rather fickle on Simcoe. Consequently we shifted our efforts to Sturgeon Bay on Lake Michigan. There is a local operation that has a fish processing line he uses during the fall to process his own catch that is sold commercially. During the ice season he uses the equipment to custom pack icefisherman's catches. He does a brisk business.
  15. I've been there before, he get's his whitefish from Canada.
  16. I decided to 'stoke' this discussion because i just discovered it. We go out to Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin every winter to icefish for Whitefish after 2 trips to Simcoe with poor results using the Meegs jigs and some other presentations.. We like to target them when they are 'on the reefs' in 60-80' fow with what's called a 'dropper rig'. They are a hard fighting fish with a very subtle jig bite. They are feeding mostly on gobies there. I clean them very carefully, rinsing and drying before vacum sealing in Wisconsin and transport back in a large cooler full of snow. i am a Swede and my entire extended family looks forward to my annual smoking of these fish the week before Christmas. I have attempted to figure out where on Erie the Canadians catch Whitefish with no success. If anybody has any hard intel on Lake Erie Whitefish I'd really like to hear about it. I have a part time charter biz for Walleye on Erie, and Trout/Salmon on Ontario. I do keep a Sportsman License for Canadian water.
  17. I love the days when I can barely keep 2 board lines in the water but doesn't happen enuff. I think you have a good perspective on fishing and life - 'many men fish their whole lives without realizing that it is not the fish that they are truly after' But seriously (or not) , if your gonna only run three lines then make sure you have a shallow spoon rigger and a color and a natural stick off the board lines an let the fish do the talkin bout what they want...
  18. Spring time trolling, starting the day and often the whole trip I zig zag from 20 fow to where the inside board is casting a shadow on the beach : Personally I use 8lb P-line for flat lines on Okuma Kokanee rods with mix of bright/natural sticks for Browns off the big boards. Typically run 2 /side to start and one down the chute and 2 very shallow riggers, 1 with natural, 1 with bright spoons. If the board lines are taking fish and riggers aren't then I ditch the riggers. If we hit a Coho and I think or hear there's more I deploy a shallow braid slide diver with small orange spindoctor w/ a short leader to Howie peanut fly (I keep a couple of my Okuma ML GLTs walleye rigs in the boat during browns season). If I'm struggling to get on the fish I will typically pull a flat line off each board and run a short core, one with a stick and one with spoon again maintaining the zig zag. Note: a spring King in the typical class for that time of year can be handled on the light board rod/line combo I'm talking about with some careful rod and drag work. As spring begins to wane but the browns remain in the skinny water hitting sticks and stingers it starts to become a possibility to hook up with bigger class King, Coho, or god forbid a bruiser Atlantic. These battles can reach epic proportions but hey- that's what fishing is about anyway and you certainly won't win all those fights. My customers like fighting cookie cutter browns on light gear and so do I so that's the way I roll and I'll take an occasional loss to a big silver as part of the package. FYI: I have never had to pull all the lines and go after a spring fish in relatively shallow water and going to Neutral isn't an option with boards out even if they are electric , too much lost time. Hope this helps -Cheers!
  19. Thanks for the word on this. Wind is definitely a concern, but can block it in between a buddy's boat and my other larger Crestliner, neither of which is going anywhere until April.
  20. I need to have some kind of relatively no hassle storage for my winter/river boat, 21.5' outboard crestliner sabre at the place where I keep my 2 boats with acess to electricity. My larger hardtop Crestliner is shrink wrapped for winter. I need to be able to get the outboard boat in and out regularly all winter long and where I keep it is perfect( not much snow there and the area does get plowed too and it close to a main road as well) except for the lake of cover. I do have a decent cover for it but it takes forever to take off/ put on and despite my best efforts water still pools in places that then freeze + I cannot get in it to reorganize etc. The Rhino Mariner option is not real cheap at $1600 but it's well reviewed which many of the 'portable sheds' are not. Anybody with experience with this particular unit please comment. Anecdotal ramblings about this topic in general are not encouraged- thankyou!
  21. I sure appreciate these insights! I still might go the ipad route for the sonar display but I do have a 2nd smaller display mounted in the wheelhouse that I use for gps/radar that could be linked to my big display and re mounted in the stern. That boat is now winterized but with this critical piece of the puzzle fleshed out by you guys I will be able to strategize this winter much much more accurately. THANKS!!
  22. I'm admitedly a cheap bastard but I've had very good luck with buying reasonably clean Daiwa 47 Sealine SHS (super high speed) for basically all my lead core and short copper rigs. Because you don't need a lot of backing on a walleye rod (unless ya hook up with a muskie) I've gotten as much as 300' copper on a Daiwa Sealine 47 SHS for walleye applications. I don't usethese reels for anything more than 150 copper on Ontario due to the need for significant yardage of backing. For walleye applications I pair the used 47 Sealine SHS with a Okuma GLT classic pro ML rod. I use those rods for almost all my walleye rigs including riggers, slidedivers and board rods up to 150 walleye copper. For longer walleye copper I usually go up to the Eagleclaw Med rod.
  23. Hey, Thanks! -I just ordered one ,makes sense to me this would help especially in conjunction with a kicker pushing.
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