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  1. It isn't worth messing because since the 9/11 stuff they have been VERY conscious about the line and the borders. No sense risking getting your boat and equipment confiscated. The covid stuff has just heightened the concerns.
  2. Same luck for us on Wednesday all afternoon until 5:30 PM John. One hit and run on rigger parked at 85 ft and that was it but we didn't get out as far as you as we had rollers. A few lakers on bottom at 143 and 167 and a few bait pods.
  3. X2 and they all seem to work well regardless of color The size #4 are a bit easier from riggers for the Finger Lakes
  4. It is important when putting on the 7 strand wire to make sure your line guide on the reel is centered and not to either side when starting to put the wire on. There can sometimes be a problem with the above method of extending manually the coverage with your fingers or thumb across the spool after the line guide finishes. It is going outside the range of coverage of the line guide and because it is at an angle on the spool it can bind up later on when the wire is coming back on the spool within its natural range. The reel repair folks told me long ago to use about 50 to 100 ft of 40 lb mono on first to help protect the spool from pressure of the wire, keep the wire evenly nested, and to take up space for the line counter accuracy. I also use a Spro # 8 swivel to connect the mono to the wire without the intention of ever getting to that point with the 1,000 ft of wire as the main line. If that ever became a reality you should be chasing down the fish anyway and should have plenty of time to do it with the length of more than 3 football fields
  5. https://daiwa.us/products/new-saltist®-levelwind-line-counter Note the changing gear ratio on larger sizes and the reduced line take up and doesn't give max drag tension. I think the old model was 18# or so
  6. I guess the first things to pop in mind to consider are these: Possible bent axle on trailer Bad wheel bearings on trailer Tire type (load range) not correct for weight being used Tire inflation problem trailer traveling road roads with steep shoulders Poor quality tires
  7. Load the handle of the next one with styrofoam pellets or cut up pieces of pool noodle and the net handle will stick up so you can see it
  8. I appreciate the nice compliment Mike. Have a great rest of the season
  9. I guess what I am saying is that it may be more critical to put on more backing than the actual pound test of the backing because in a pinch the increased amount of line may buy you time to chase down a big unruly fish while even if you have a 45 lb copper and 50 lb backing there can still be weak links in your system so having ample line length may be the critical factor.
  10. Heck of a great day Mike. I guess all your "improvements" over the past couple years paid off (I still laugh thinking about the pic of your wife with the new downriggers in the cart cool!
  11. A couple years ago I had 200 yds of 50 lb braid on a 300 copper that I usually used on the Finger Lakes. I ran it down the chute on my buddy's boat. What I think was a very big king grabbed the lure and headed for Canada with it and never stopped. As I looked at my reel I could see the metal spool spindle through what was left of the backing so I had no choice but to slightly tighten the drag and when I did the 300 copper broke at the connection to the braid and goodbye. Lesson: make sure you have enough backing to deal with the unforseen
  12. As much as possible I try not to net, handle, or otherwise touch them and use needle nose pliers to grip the single hooks I use and a quick twist of the wrist usually releases them safely without taking them out of the water if I can. It is another reason I stopped using trebles on my spoons a long time ago only on flies and sticks. Unfortunately the method isn't real practical with the small trebles on the sticks.
  13. I know the rain has been very steady and I have a couple ponds out back at the low spots in my property. My assumption is that most of the Finger Lakes will be covered with debris, muddy water, and broken off weed pods in addition to any wind. It sucks. To top it off there were numerous blue/green algae pools intermittently throughout Canandaigua Lake. My assumption is that they were elsewhere too. Maybe at least they will be scattered and diluted by the storms.
  14. Nice going Justin. Best of luck finding your new one too
  15. Ah shoot I would have loved it too. He has told me a lot of fish have come over the rail on that boat. Best of luck with the sale. Someone is going to be very happy.
  16. Yep good guy and knows his stuff.
  17. Beautiful rig. Could have a dance on that deck
  18. One of the best parts of fishing....seeing the smiling faces
  19. Top end speed and quicker out of the hole and more durable. On the downside more expensive to buy and more expensive to repair
  20. That one in particular....Fishstix is right
  21. I have a 2002 Merc 135 Optimax with stainless prop and it will troll down to 1.8 mph or so at about 560 rpm's but the motor is not really designed for trolling. I use it pretty much only for getting from place to place. I can use it for trolling into significant wind if I have to but if done for extended periods of time it will load up and you can tell it by the "carbon" smell when it is blown out afterward. I have a 9.8 Tohatsu for trolling and that is what I use 99.9 percent of the time and a 9.9 Johnson before that. My thinking since buying the 135 Opti and boat new is that I want to extend the life of the engine so very little trolling with it has been done.
  22. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/bitcoin-power-plant-is-turning-a-12000-year-old-glacial-lake-into-a-hot-tub/?fbclid=IwAR2fHo6-LVA-SiY2fETf9axigNqvQdxhKIeDx76mnU3grEpsIMxtLSFWkyU Buddy just sent this one too
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