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rookie fisherman

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    Bad Influence II

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  1. Motor bracket or remove the screw clamps and pads as mentioned above. (if that will allow enough room in the throat of the kicker bracket) Either way you are drilling & bolting to the boat. Tie bar & troll controller and you will be good to go.
  2. hey Rookie you from saratoga huh. i am on the GSL

  3. Thank you, just to confirm 100 full passes w/30pd braid as backer?
  4. This is good info, Thank you for sharing. How about for a 10 color on a 40 for backing? or is a size 50 a better option?
  5. On the east end the larger size works better for me for some reason. It is always in the spring rotation. Oddly enough that lure has also caught a couple seagulls, its just must look that good. 5 trips so far this spring it has taken multiple fish on 4 of those days.
  6. This may be AP model/boat specific. My Raymarine Evolution systems runs great at low speeds, no problem trolling for lakers at 1.5-1.8. Obviously at slow speeds wind/wave push can come into play. Yup it needs to be calibrated. Ray's tech support is really good. They also have a forum on their website that is very helpful and the tech support staff usually answers questions within 24 hrs. You very well may be able to find the calibration instructions on their website forum.
  7. The Saltists are great out of the box, super smooth. I have a few on the boat The High speed Coldwaters are also nice and can be bought for under $100 if you look around. I bought a bunch of them on Black Friday for $87ea. Sent to Tuna Toms for drag upgrades so for just a little over $100 you have a great, smooth high speed reel.
  8. Got off to a slow start Saturday. Once I got on the water I had to re-calibrate the AP as I had updated the software on my displays. Ran the boat on the hoses earlier in the week with full systems check & service, no issues all good. Get on the water went through all the systems and I discover I have no throttle control on the kicker for the troll control unit. Back to the dock to diagnose, a set screw on the linkage had fallen out. Quick fix with a "zip tie" and I was back out on the water. Saturday. Headed straight out and set up in deeper water so I could troll back in already set up. Thought it would be easier since I was solo and the fog was thick early. Started on an east troll 10-12' of water was best although got a few little deeper. Trolled all the way to the buoys at the plant and circled back to one spot that was real productive. Smithwick Log Perch was best and Tennessee Bleeding shad second. All Browns, 8lbs or so the biggest. Fished about 6 hours for 15 fish boated. Sunday. Fishing solo again I headed west as there was nice colored water all along the shoreline. Started the morning with a quick 0-3 then a nice "Salmon Surprise" Fished 8 hours. 8-12' of water was best for me. 2.4 SOG (didn't have the probe in) 43° pockets of water held the most fish. Again Log perch was getting bit also black & silver Rapala. Steady pick of mostly smaller fish all morning. Bite died for a bit so I started rotating through baits and the brighter colors started firing for while. Had two solo doubles. First time 1 for 2... second time got them both! On the troll back to the harbor I lost a good one right in front of Rudy's, certainly a double digit fish. Shortly after that picked up a bow/steelhead then called it a day. Great day of fishing and weather!
  9. I thought the same thing! Especially on a boat with no sidewall height. Water looks calm but accidents happen. Also as you said you guys were out there all by yourself. One slip and your in a life threatening situation with the water temps this time if the year. Job well done with the lakers!
  10. I use 16 pound weights with it buy my downriggers has soft start/stop. No issues to this point.
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