Sk8man

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About Sk8man

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Canandaigua NY
  • Interests
    Freshwater and saltwater fishing, photography, boating, and writing
  • Home Port
    Canandaigua, Geneva, Sodus Point
  • Boat Name
    White Porcupine (18 ft.Boston Whaler Ventura)

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  1. Cool....good luck fishing.
  2. Sounds good Billy......I might have withdrawal if no rigs but I can do it
  3. Brian we waved to you from the Penn Yan (Bob''s boat). We had no strikes no errors and all fish left on base Tha north end is pretty devoid of fish in most places.
  4. Nice going Billy. That ure beat the heck out of Seneca today
  5. I would worry more about the knot itself whether new line or used. Without abrasions or stress (e.g. stretched) points on the line the knot is the weakest link in most cases.
  6. I have a 9.8 Tohatsu and have a direct injection Merc 135 Optimax and could go the route you are thinking but one of the main reasons for having the kicker is for emergency use. My thinking is although the t hook up is convenient. I like the idea of separating my gas for each motor in case of contamination (e.g. moisture clogged line etc). of the big motor. This way in an emergency I can either runthe kicker (3.1 gal tank) OR hook it up to the big motor (I know.....I'm kinda anal)
  7. That iis what memories are made of.....for both of you.
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  9. I don't know Billy....you might have to fold up those fish you get in an 80 quart
  10. Sometimes adhering to the old addage "If it ain't broke don't fix it" applies. There is a lot of "superstitious" behavior and fears of losing that monster of a lifetime that goes on in fishing and I am guilty of it as well but if you take a look at the line and it doesn't appear to have any obvious defects (visible weak spots) or abrasions why change it out after just one season. Sometimes OCD pays off in the fact that paying close attention to detail avoids potential problems but a lot of folks really get into overkill too. I think checking the condition of fluoro leaders and re-tying knots eliminates more of the potential for break-offs than changing line every year. "New" line isn't a guaranteee either because it may have been sitting near a heat source for months or near a showroom window for a year etc.
  11. Sure sounds like a blockage of some sort (probably doesn't take much either) and rolmops is right about the spiders messing with the exit hole. They do the same thing to outdoor grills affecting the igniter. I believe there are two different thermostats to choose from and I think it relates to the type of water the motor is used in (cold vs. warm?) Good luck with it.
  12. As long as it has't been out in the sun fior long periods and not in real hot environment you don't have to worry. I've had some Big Game mono on some reels for about ten years without any problems especially 12 pound test and above. I usually just strip offf a few feet at the start of the season. I know many folks do it a lot sooner but I rotate my 40 plus rods a lot and always keep them inside the house in the cool cellar. If you charter or your stuff gets very heavy use you need to check them and replace much more frequently or if they are left in a hot boat compartment for extended periods. I haven't had any line failures by the way. I do change my light test lines (e.g. walleye and perch stuff) quite frequently as they are more prone to failure and are more easily fatigued or abraded. I also change the fluoro leaders very frequently and monitor them closely for abrasions.
  13. It started to be a noticeable problem in the early to mid nineties I think..
  14. I know during the season it has been $10 and you can pay it in envelope that is located in a smallbox on a pole near the Office.
  15. For whatever reason the smelt have been on the decline in many if not most of the Finger Lakes for some time now. My hunch is that they are most vulnerable to the zebras and quaggas inflitration of the lakes and disruption of the food chain. We used to get them in most of the streams in Seneca, Cayuga and Canandaigua but seldom see any of them now. Their reduction and disappearance seemed to closely follow the introduction of the invasives. It is a shame as they are probably a healthier food source for the trout than the alewives.