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  1. Appreciate that info. Was fishing on the East side a ways above Meyers over deep water. I looked up to see a long boat with five or six rowers charging straight at me as they were sprinting from somewhere above the area of the Boy Scout camp towards the finish at Meyers. Did some “power trolling” at 5mph to get out of their way. We had a fish on. I never would have understood why they were insanely paddling straight at me without your post. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Final results Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. I messed up a pair of tires running them at 32psi. Trailer tires are to be inflated to the maximum pressure indicated on the side of the tire. (normally marked somewhere between 50 and 65 psi)
  4. You have a PM Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Day 2 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Left side of board is Lake Trout Right side of board is Brown Trout, Landlock Salmon, and Rainbow Trout
  7. Day 1 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. 58Johnson

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    Those look like the “Bag Lady” covers. Best ones I have ever seen. Mine are a million years old and still going strong. Great to see these! Sent from my iPad using Lake Ontario United
  9. When you are bringing the downrigger back up - do not pop your main line off the downrigger release. Unclip the cheater when it reaches the surface. (This is for when you are retrieving and do not have a fish on the cheater or main line)
  10. Derby day one Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. There is a Derby this weekend. You are probably not going to get much solid info Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. jerryriggin - That's it! It is a Mauler Kowolski. http://www.howiestackle.com/product/HF18537.html
  13. Great Fish! Best of luck trying to beat that one this year. Great start to the year.
  14. Frogger, I agree and see your question. I have been working on helping the OP get some basic understanding of his equipment. It does have a learning curve. For someone who already understands sonar, chart plotting and downrigger operation there definitely is a whole other set of questions to answer. I actually have moved away from bottom tracking. I have not even slightly increased my catch rate when tracking. It is a convenience but not a necessity. As stated before, I am a huge fan of the other features these riggers have. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. Think about how you compensate for offset with a non bottom tracking rigger. Watch your graph and pull it in a little if your hitting bottom Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  16. Keeping the fish hawk off the bottom is always the goal. I would throw a fish hawk TD down there instead if I was ever going to do that experiment.
  17. You have settings in your finder for low KHz beam and high kHz beam. Chirp is another setting that kind of combines both high and low kHz beams. The higher beam (200kHz) will throw a narrow beam and your downrigger balls may be outside its narrow focus under the boat. The lower beam (83kHz, 60kHz, 50kHz) is much wider and along with slightly tilting the tail of your transducer up, will allow you to see your rigger balls. If you go too fast and have light weight rigger balls, they may blowback so far you can’t see them. Also, you will need to turn the gain/sensitivity setting up to see stuff down deep. Here is a photo from the Humminbird instruction manual that will help you Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  18. I’ll try to reply with more detail later but I would touch base sometime with LOU member Yankee Troller. He is the wizard on Cannon products. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  19. I generally use 3ft to 12 ft as my distance from bottom. 3ft for Lakers and 12 ft or so for Browns. Blowback setting will depend on speed, downrigger ball weight, and current. If you are a math wiz you can do a A squared plus B squared equals C squared calc. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  20. I have used bottom tracking and did not have your experience - I fish Cayuga Lake with dramatic rises and dropoffs. With practice and experience - like many, many things fishing, you can get bottom tracking to work as advertised. Most importantly, use your sonar screen to watch your downrigger ball to track your relative closeness to bottom. Unless you are really deep, this is usually possible. Also watch your boom and cable for signs of touching bottom. Believe it or not, there is a technique called bottom bouncing that calls for you to intentionally touch bottom with your downrigger ball. You may need to readjust your transducer angle and use a setting on the finder to use a wider transducer cone to be able to see your ball. Adjusting gain helps too. Play around and you can figure it out. You need to stop expecting a video game fishing experience. Cannon is not going to do ALL the work for you - (just picking on you). Sounds like you are well along the learning curve that comes with these riggers and their new technology My pet peeve with bottom tracking is where you troll into a bait ball and the system thinks that it is actually a hump in the bottom structure and it raises the ball up, over, then back down the top of the bait ball. I learned to tap an up or down key to instantly stop that unwanted action. You then have to restart bottom tracking again once you clear the bait ball. I am unfortunately so hooked on the other features of Cannon's downriggers I know I will spend the extra coin on the Digitroll or Optima riggers when my current setup needs replacement. The digital readouts. The simple up and down keys. The preset depth settings. Easy to use Auto Up. Jigging function. Plus much more. Overly expensive, but addicting. ps. - You should not be losing rigger weights very often at all. If it snags, your clutch should slip and you will have about two hundred feet of time to figure out and execute a game plan. All part of the fun chaos that gives you great stories for back at the dock.
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