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  1. Update: ran them yesterday and I dare say they pulled better than my old style otter boats. We had the upgrade dual keel. So happy. I used the same length on the leads as the older boats too. 9” and 11”. I got those numbers off this site way back when and they worked fine for what we do. Our biggest problem was trolling slow at 1.5mph. The Amish boards just didn’t like the slower speed. Anything 1.8 and above they were fine. Since we do troll live smelt slow early spring we just couldn’t use the Amish boards. Very happy with the performance of the New style Otter boats.
  2. Just found this on a site: Note: Big Jon has made some improvements to the Otter Boat's Half Keel. They are now made out of Stainless Steel instead of Aluminum. The half keel no longer needs a weight attached to it. It will look just like the picture. I guess I'll assume the initial keel also changed to stainless thus the less weight on that keel as well. Anyone have first hand experience with these? Do they run the same as the original aluminum mods? I guess we'll find out.
  3. Question on new style Otter boats. My buddy just bought a set with the extra half keel. He gave them to me to set up as I had done the upgrade to my older Otter Boats before. When I opened the boats the keel was what I had on my boats as a half keel (short weight). The extra half keel he was shipped had no weight at all on it. I called the company but never got a call back. The boats look like a new design compared to the old ones I had. So I'm wondering if the new boat design doesn't need all the weight on the keels any more?? Anyone running the new style with the dual keels? If so is the weight reduced compared to the full length weight and half length weight I had on the older, rounder style boats? Thanks,
  4. Yeah my old boat I had Otters. I had issues with them going slow and wind but not this bad. I added a second keel and that solved the problem for 90% of the fishing conditions. We did get in touch with Frank and he’s sending us something he said would help. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. So I fished on my buddies new boat yesterday and the A/O boards would not pull right at speeds we needed (1.5-1.8 mph). We troll live smelt early on for salmon and the down wind board would lag behind the boat and almost look like we were pulling it sideways. Pretty disappointing as we had heard so many good things about them. Speeding up they pulled great but at the slower speeds failed terribly. I did search and find some people had also had this issues (guess we should have done that before buying them). Anyway there were many fixes mentioned but none of them outlined (exactly what they did to correct this). I have an email out to Frank but figured I'd post here and see what others may have experienced or done. My otter boats with two full keel would work at those speeds but not much slower. So I understand the concept of speed and pull along with impact of wind. These just wouldn't work any direction but down wind and the wind was only 5 mph that built to 10 mph. Very fishable conditions. Thanks for any help. Spike
  6. Thanks guys. I don't remember any of mine ever being that sloppy. In fact I gave my buddy one of my older ones that needs a new board and we checked that and it's tight. I think it goes to show you what we can expect down the road as far as quality. Fit and finish has gone by the wayside in manufacturing. It's all about saving a buck or two now. Of course our price will remain tha same. LOL Spike
  7. So outfitting my buddies boat the other day noticed after installing the booms the don’t fit snug. Also the rigger in the base mount had some slop. Anybody else think this is excessive? https://youtu.be/yLYw7pBrlXM Video of the situation above.
  8. You don't have it right. Think of it at the ocean. East wind kicks it up inside, west wind doesn't and goes off the land. Same out there. Mexico being on the east side of the lake would be worse with a west wind and better if the wind was from the east. Speaking of wind and waves not fishing wise. Spike
  9. http://www.nhanglers.com/blog/?p=286 I have the Furuno unit. As far as a FF I love it. Disappointed with mapping on the smaller lakes by me but Ontario and larger lakes out your way it is fine. Not an easy unit to figure out but if you've been around FF a while you'll catch on quickly. I wrote the above blog before I put any significant time on the unit. I'm pretty happy with it now as they updated the map on the local lake I fish most. I don't really use the 4d end of the plotter but it is kind of cool. Maybe for the ocean that would be better. Would I get it again? I believe I would. I do like Navionics charts which when I bought my unit didn't work in it, but this FF is lights out the best.
  10. First off I'd return the BJ mast. Had nothing but problems with the spools cracking at the handle for various reasons. That being said, I had it mounted in the pedestal first and it was OK. Your better off on the bow plate and get it as high as you can. JMHO Spike
  11. New proposed reg's out now. Not good. Zero cod recommended for all season, Haddock drops to 12 fish and closes early. Right back to a redfish, cusk, pollock fishery. Unreal and all at the expense of the rec fisherman looking to catch some fish within his range. Unfortunately some things will never change (NMFS and the way they run).
  12. All sizes of cod and haddock taste great. No need to just eat the small ones. No PCB issues and you couldn't tell the difference between a large fish and a small fish in a taste test. Larger fish will yield you more meat per fish (obviously). That being said I do like the smaller fish better as I find I can cook them more evenly than the large fish that have thick fillets. In a chowder it wouldn't matter.
  13. You can catch ground fish all year. In mid June the dogs show up and can ruin a day on a party boat. the smaller six packs have an easier time avoiding them but some days that i impossible. Eastmans is a good head boat outfit.
  14. This is incorrect. Yes Rockport is closer to Jeffries but not by a couple hrs. 1/2 tops unless your on a slow boat. Newburyport is about the same run as Gloucester to the curl and beyond, believe it or not. In May you can hit Stellwagon or Tillies and limit out no problem in a normal day. Unless you're looking to fish waters far off the coast a normal day will box out. If you're looking to fish a particular area (Georges) then a extended day would be needed. Cod in the gulf of Maine had a one fish limit per person and that was only in August/Sept. Not all year. The 15 Haddock is nice and worth the trip alone. Good luck. Hope the reg's stay the same, or get better. Spike
  15. You can try them. Flasher fly is the go to right now with kings staging.
  16. If you put the eye hook straight down the cable could have caught that. I run mine out to the side out of the way.
  17. I'm guessing you didn't read/comprehend my post correctly. I do believe I said "no big deal" when referring to getting pinched together, it does happen from time to time. What I did take offense to the fact that the situation was automatically presumed to be my fault when his buddies chatted up his hook up on the radio and he went along with the assumption not letting his peers know it was an unintended situation that just happened. You'd have thought I was shadowing him all day if you had heard the chatter on the radio and I guess what really pissed me off was the general assumption made by the "few" ( notice I said few not ALL) other Captains chatting it up that the recreational boats would all be converging on this guys boat because he just caught a fish. As bandrus1 stated I shouldn't worry about it and it is now behind me. It just struck a nerve with me how pompous some people can be just because they're "earning a living" taking people fishing. Lastly I will say I'm sure there are boats that follow the charter boats around. I just wanted to clear up the assumption that I am not one of them and hopefully let the specific Captain know it wouldn't have hurt his reputation any to have just called it like it is.
  18. Yesterday had a charter boat get pinched in on me heading same direction. No big deal it happens. Then they go off on a fish and he gets on the radio to tell his buddies. One of them makes a comment of how close we were to each other and instead of stating the FACTS that he came in on me he acts like the situation was all my doing. Get over yourself buddy. Because your living in a "Fantasy" if you think I'm out there following you or anyone else around. Just because not all of us are "Charter boats" doesn't mean we don't know what we're doing.
  19. I'd be devastated if that ever happened to me. Closest I came to losing gear was I either left a gear bag at the ramp or in the back of my buddies boat. Had tons of ground fish gear in it. Either way it was gone the next day. Pretty sure it was left in my buddies boat and stolen out of it that night. Thieves suck that is all there is to it. Takes a while to replenish and after you lose it you start to wonder if you should bother getting restocked up. I always take heat for locking down everything I can if for a quick trip in and out of a store. I trust no one. Hope they catch the scum.
  20. That's a nice seagull. The browns aren't bad either. Looks like a great day except for the lost weight and probe. Spike
  21. Also true. AL and anything not good.
  22. I rig mine a little different. I cut the metal wire rod off of the Chamberlain and run my rigger cable thru the Chamberlain where the rod went thru. I also use a short piece of plastic tube that makes the fit between the Chamberlain and the wire better. It's actually chafe tube I used when tuna fishing. Now to keep the release from just running up the rigger cable I stack scotty stop beads above it. I believe I got this method off this board years ago before Chamberlain beefed up their wire diameter on the release. If you have the new release your probably fine but I had some of the original thinner diameter wire releases and I couldn't see myself trusting htem to hold that much weight. I also like the clean look of the method I use which also involves less connections. Spike
  23. I don't have the TR1 but I do have the GH10 and on the compass ball there is an indicator (triangle) that is supposed to be facing the front of the boat. Good luck.
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