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  1. We are going the 3rd week in June, so hopefully that will be prime time! With the warm winter, maybe things will pick up sooner than normal. We'll have 4 teenagers onboard, so need to keep them busy! We'll be deep dropping in 350-500 fow (near canyon?) and yes...electrics for the deep drops. Capt said 3-15# tilefish should be biting good, and hopefully a few 30-50# goldens and some jumbo sea bass. And I'm really hoping for that tuna bite! We've done many different ocean charters over the years, but never deep drop, and never tuna. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Thanks for the info. I'm not really interested in a head boat, Restless Lady (recommended by several) was booked full in June, FinRazr limited to 4 people for offshore trips (we have 6). So, I booked with Capt Dan of Fin Chaser. I spoke with him and was comfortable with what he had to say. My wife and I prefer trolling for the larger fighting fish (and we've never fished for tuna), but we don't want the kids to get bored. So, we opted for DEEP DROP BOTTOM FISHING (60 miles out) to hopefully have good consistent action for the kids and relatively larger fish, and plan to (hopefully) squeeze in some tuna/dolphin trolling at some point if they are thought to be in the area and biting. Capt will be tuna trolling the prior couple of trips so he should have some good info on them... Here...fishy, fishy, fishy! **I know the captain and mate do most of the leg work on this kind of trip, but if anyone is experienced with this type of fishing, any advice to improve our success is appreciated! Just like perching on Lake Erie, right?! [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Thanks for those leads---I'll check them out. Anyone ever charter with Fin Chaser, Capt Dan? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Ocean City MD Charter Recommendations???? Off topic, but...I'm looking for a good, and reasonably priced fishing charter in OC, MD for this June. I've never chartered out of Ocean City. We're looking for offshore or inshore ocean fishing (not bay fishing). Any recommendations appreciated!
  5. "Smelly Jelly" is what we use, when we use scents. It's stays on spoons nicely. Just be sure to wipe off any residue before storing your lure, it will tarnish if left on. Ours is blue in color, I think it's the Herring scent. we don't always use it, but we figure it can't hurt (especially when the bite slows down).
  6. I'd say manuals are fine if you'll just be fishing a few times per year with them, or not fishing real deep...but once you get the bug...and you will if you're salmon fishing'll eventually want to upgrade to electrics and won't ever go back! At least that's how it was for me. There's nothing wrong with manuals---it's just more work / less efficient. You will appreciate the convenience of electric riggers more, after a season or two using manuals. If you're running riggers deep--you'll really appreciate not having to manually reel up those weights from 100+ft down 10-20+ times per trip... IMO the "auto-up" feature is a must in an electric rigger so you can reel while the rigger retrieves (so you're not stuck holding a switch instead of reeling). Electrics aren't cheap! But if $ is an issue, watch Craigslist or some For Sale forums, be patient, and you can get a good deal on a pair of used electrics. - I've used both types. - I upgraded to electrics years ago. - I'm never going back to manuals! Good luck!
  7. When my riggers got was actually my boat alternator failing... I had low battery voltage, you may want to chk that before sending riggers out for repair. Big J have motors on the outside so it may be an easy swap if you just bought the motors. This place repairs and sells parts.
  8. Nice info...thanks for posting.
  9. I usually run a free slider but it's always the smaller spoon. Good idea on the magnum. Would you run the magnum slider fixed above the main lure (i.e. attach w/rubber band), or as a free slider, which would in theory get to about 1/2 down the main line.
  10. did ya do on the water?
  11. The barge showed up Saturday afternoon just as we were getting off the water
  12. The extendable nets are nice-and they stow nicely too
  13. Last time I bought bulk spools, fishermans heaven had great price. Maybe worth checking them out
  14. I've had best luck with Black's releases. They go above the ball.