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Mike M

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About Mike M

  • Birthday 08/15/1954

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    grand island ny
  • Interests
    Trolling for Kings & Steelhead on L. Ontario. Also Walleye on L. Erie
  • Home Port
    I trailer from Grand Islnd
  • Boat Name
    Beach House

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  1. Very handsome looking dog! Looks like he's happy to be part of the crew. Does he got some Lab in him?
  2. Good topic. Years ago before EVERYONE had a cell phone there was lots of chatter on the VHF radio. Its very quiet now and personally I don’t like it. The purpose of your VHF is safety. Your supposed to all ways be monitoring 16 even if it’s on scan. We all need to get back to this. Cell phones are not dependable especially on the open lake. I miss the days when I’d get info on the radio to help the days catch. I’ve made some friends on the radio. But # purpose is safety! The radio got me towed in once by CG. Another time by a fisherman 20 years ago and he’s still my friend.Yeah,turn the radio on even if u just leave it on 16. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. I would find a reputable prop shop in your area work with them. My current new to me boat had wrong prop on it when I bought it. Local prop shop let me test 2 different props by giving them a deposit. What a difference when I got right prop on the boat. BTW , I do not like stainless steel props on a fishing boat. No need for it. If you ding something with a SS prop its just gonna cost more $$$ cause you probably have lower unit damage too. Aluminum props are easily repaired.
  4. I’m local. A place I’ve heard good things about is the Lakeview motel in Youngstown NY. 716-791-8668. It’s in a good location to launch at either Ft. Niagara state park or Tuscarora state park in Wilson. Hard to say where best fishing will be that time in May. Checkout Lakeview motel on line. I’ve heard it’s fishermen friendly. I’m gonna try PM you with more info. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. They started pulling the lake Erie Ice Boom today. Second earliest removal on record.
  6. They began removing the Ice Boom today . One of earliest removal dates in history. Go to WBEN website for a cool video. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. We always wear knee high boots for spring fishing on L.O. now. Boots come off when we leave the dock. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Curious, where do you slip in Niagara county? We trailer from GI. Worried about water levels at Ft. Niagara boat launch. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Looks just like my Pen Yan Outrage. So ya think spring coming early. Me too. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. Mike M

    Kicker motor

    I've got a 2010 Merc 9.9 Pro Kicker on my 22 ft Pen Yann. Its made by Tohatso and has a carb. I'm totally happy with it. Runs like a sewing machine. Uses almost no gas. Have a TR-1 AP hooked up to it. Love the set up! When it comes to making motors that last and are trouble free I've learned from experience to trust the Japanese. Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki,Tohatso . Lots of happy customers! I've pulled my boat with Broncos,Suburbans and now a Tundra. The others don't compare to the Tundra. When its my day to go I just don't want any mechanical problems!!
  11. All my diver reels have line counters. I use the Tekota 600LC for L.Ontario. On Erie I use Daiwa 47 Sealine Line counters. I'm not experienced with Okuma reels but hear good things about some but not all for alot less money. The Eagle Claw 10ft diver rod could be used on both lakes IMHO. Its a $30 rod.
  12. When i run 4 diver rods my rods are all the same length and the same action. Been doing it more then 20 years without a problem. I have 48" of traxtech track on each side of boat. Each track has a rigger, a ball cradle, and 4 traxtech adjustable rod holders mounted to it in that order. On Lake O. I prefer 4 wire divers, if I'm gonna run 4. Typically I'd run outside diver on a 3 in holder furthest forward on track. Inside diver on a 1 or 1.5 in holder closest to rigger or 2nd closest to rigger. Holders are all at same angle to water- horizontal. Rods are 9ft Talora medium action roller rods. Reels are Tekota 600LCs. Big thing I like is all diver rods have the same bend while trolling. Never had problem with rods whacking into each other when hooked up. On L. Erie we'll run same way but rods are 10ft Eagle Claw diver rods. Love the soft action they have for soft mouthed walleye. On Erie we run wire on inside divers and braid on high divers. Deploying slow is hugh!! Just my 2 cents.
  13. Work with your local prop shop. My local shop actually let me try a couple props. You could offer a cash deposit in case there was damage to a prop your trying. I bought a used boat that had the wrong prop on it. When I finally got the right prop on the boat OMG! what a difference!!
  14. I'd heard about western guys washing baits with Joy years ago. Saw the video on Fish 411 and its got me interested. At the Niagara expo I talked specificly about this with Jay Rominack. Said he was a doubter till friend from out west got him to try. He told me it must be Joy non ultra. Joy ultra is easy to find. Had to search on web to find non ultra. Jay said testing was done on this and for some reason Joy does not repel fish but other soaps do. He's also adding procure scent after washing. I'm gonna play around with this this year.
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