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  1. Fat Trout

    Expo roll call.

    50/50 on bailing for the Salmon school. Damn weather! That's the risk you take this time of year though. I'll still be in if the weather will let me drive up Friday see the show and catch the salmon school until at least noon before I bail and can drive back.
  2. Fat Trout

    Wanted deer sheds

    I have a 4x4 elk rack in my attic. I should probably do something with it before the mice do Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Fat Trout

    Expo roll call.

    Lol...yup. i have a hotel for fri and sat. But only because my wife was supposed to go. I wanted to bail on the one night I really wanted to avoid spending $ on 2 nights so i could waste it on more gear. Praying to the weather gods now..... Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. Fat Trout

    New Riggers

    I went with the digitrolls specifically because of the soft stop coming up and the ability to change the down speed between 1 to 5 (slowest to fastest). I love them but they admittedly are really expensive. A lot of people like the scotties. Personally I had 10a's a while back and like the power down. However I don't want to power down at light speed and rip the flasher off of the release. unfortunately with the cannon's (except for the digitrolls where you can vary speed) I thinkt he up/down speed is ridiculous. It creates problems. I only wish my digitrolls would let me vary the up speed on the "auto up" button. If they had just upped the speed of the 10a's perhaps 2x that would have been great. Instead they went nuts IMO.
  5. Hey...how about a pic of your 196! Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. I started running a smart troll last year but had limited run time as i had to have part of it replaced. I was running the slide diver with the ultimate ring....but normal weight. With wire line and a 3.5 setting on the slide diver i was getting close to 2:1 down to 80'. From what i saw Im thinking the normal slide diver normal ring and weight would be 3:1 Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. Fat Trout

    Expo roll call.

    I have a 5 1/2 hr trip and im hoping the weather plays nice! Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Yamaha [emoji106] Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. Realistically, any newer 196's will have 150 or better on it. That said, some of the older ones (seems like 2015 and earlier) were packaged with 115's. dipiazza22 gives you a good data point here as does Fishmaster 196. If you can find a good used one a little older and with a 115 it might be a pretty good deal. If you run with 2 guys most of the time don't be afraid. Even if you run more guys consider how few days on Lake O we get to run WOT anyway. If dipiazza22 is getting 33 on top end and it still jumps pretty good at the start I think thats fine for an older used boat. I wouldn't buy a newer one like that if only for the resale issue. I usually only run mid throttle @ +/- 25 mph myself. My 196 running 150 yamaha with 3 people loaded will do over 40. It all depends on what you want.
  10. Etec evinruded are 2 stroke... technically Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Fat Trout

    First Timer Looking for Some Advice

    My opinion....6 mag dipsys would be suicide. Get 2 riggers, labor day fish are likely to be tight to the bottom. Run 2 dipsys and 2 riggers. Perhaps a copper but in truth the crowd you are fishing in will dictate what u can run for long long lines. Labor day crowds tend to be tight. For the riggers, manuals work fine but are just a pain to keep pulling up. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. Fat Trout

    Netting speeds

    I fish solo a lot and even when i dont, most fish are netted along side with the boat slowed to idle and the rigger boom swept back. Granted im fishing an 18' aluminum. Head first, quick swipe witha big net....and heres the key....pull the the net back and let the pressure off the rod so the fish drops into the bag. Then grab the hoop and up in the boat. I only net off the stern with someone experienced so they dont drop the net into the prop. This year ill be running a kicker so that will let me net off the stern on the non kicker side. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. Fat Trout

    Bert's rodholders

    must have been a quick sale, couldn't find it unfortunately
  14. Fat Trout

    Update on my starweld

    Sorry to hear your problems. I had an 18pro that i fished for 4 seasons. I thought it was great. Screws were a little short on the side storage panel hinges....my only real complaint. I knew before buying the gunnels weren't strong enough for riggers except back by the transom. Great price tho. Sold it last year and bought the starcraft fishmaster i originally wanted but that switch was for size. Anyway i caught a lot of fish on that boat and I hope they work it out for you with yours. I really liked the product i had but i accepted that the lower cost came with a price in some quality and finish. Leaks and assembly issues do stink though and fortunately i didnt have that problem. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. with all of this said. Who you are fishing with matters a lot too. You have Fishing solo, fishing with guest(s) who know their sh**, guests who at least don't get in the way and guests who make it harder than fishing solo.
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