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  1. So what happens when you have a fish on and wind up to the split shot with another 50 feet of line out?
  2. I have a couple of 10.5 dipsey rods that I find too long in my 18 foot boat especially when alone. I have a couple of extra Okuma 8.5 foot copper/leadcore rods and I was thinking of installing twilly tips and trying them realizing that I will have to use shorter leaders. Any thoughts on this plan I have not been able to find slide divers locally yet.
  3. What would be your increased long distance release percentage when barbless. For years I fished barbless for muskies and don't think i lost many or any because of it. As I did a lot of night fishing alone it was done for me rather than the fish but it does make an easier release. Don't really know why I got away from it will have to think of going back.
  4. Barbless Every west coast show I watch shows the using of barbless anyone going barbless on Ontario?
  5. Quit looking for a magic lure they all work . Location and timing, muskies are inactive for a large portion of the day and tracking studies show they are most active around sundown and least active in the early morning ( that's not saying you will never catch one in the morning ). Remember your dealing with a top predator there are more zebras than lions.. Take about 3 inches of 1/8 or 3/16 vinal tubing and slit it in quarters for about half its length. Splay out the fingers and run it ahead of your leader with the fingers facing your reel .. every so often reel just to the surface give the rod a snap and the weeds will fly off. I troll with Hosebaits $100 bucks and more each. I like them but they are not necessarily needed, I've caught hundreds of muskies on Believers, Jakes, Suicks and generic spinners.
  6. Berkely Gulp is a water soluble scent
  7. I use Church Walleye boards with Offshore locking clips fishing for muskies they will pull 10 inch baits but when fishing alone I would go with big boards on a mast so I didn't have to stop fighting the fish to remove the board.
  8. Years ago before I ever thought about salmon I watched a video where the guy dipped his baits in oily bilge water and caught fish. I know a guy who rinses his lures in dish detergent.
  9. Dr Bruce Tufts said that for a scent to work it would have to be water soluble. Back in the 60's my slip was next to a well known Lake Simcoe lake trout guide. One afternoon while having a beer on his boat i spotted a small bottle and asked what it was he said fish attractant. When I asked if it worked he said " It works for me I sold over $3000 worth at the sportsman show" In the 60's 3000 would buy a new car. He said it was Cod Liver Oil he bought in bulk however I never saw him use it while fishing
  11. There are modifications suggested by Blood Run however the boards are manufactured by Church Tackle. Church have changed the forward clip to a locking clip sometime towards the end of last season . On mine I made stainless pins for the back and cut the foam to allow me to stack the two weights one above the other at the front of the boards. I pull hard pulling muskie lures that dive like loons at 5 mph.
  12. I'll take the findings of the researchers ahead of the merchandisers thanks.
  13. Fish strike for reasons beside sight. They can hone in on vibration, and scent, providing it's water soluble 80% of my fishing is for muskies and I know I could get a reaction strike from a fish with a socket wrench given the right time and location. Location and timing are the two most important factors. if the fish aren't there doesn't much mater what you use
  14. in conversation with Dr. Bruce Tufts Queens University ( Tufts Lab ) he told me fish don't see UV. As most of his research was with warm water species I asked if this applied to trout and salmon and he said it did.. Further searching on the net looking for scientific articles it said that salmon fry could see UV while in the rivers but lost the ability when the smolt and enter the ocean or big lakes.
  15. So your running the long leaders right off the ball?