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  1. Just suggestions but if you intend to fish on Lake O (and possibility of kings) it might be better to use the 1,000 ft of wire and use a fairly heavy pound test ((e.g. 40) section of mono underneath it if needed to fill the reel for a couple reasons: a) any connection point can be a potential failure point e.g. between the backing and wire, and b) the braid under pressure of the wire on top of it is more likely to nest itself and be prone to messes than the wire itself. When you initially put the wire on the reel have the level wind centered on the reel and keep careful pressure on the wire as it is coming on the reel and it should stay even as long as it is always kept under some tension. Instead of the section of mono (e.g. an extra connection point) I merely use a real small bungi cord hooked from the closed swivel at the end of the wire to either the first (large) eyelet of the rod or even on the cross brace of the reel itself for my one piece rods and for two piece I use velcro computer cable ties for the sections placed together and snugged up.
  2. Seneca Watkins Glen Show

    Yeah I look forward to connecting up with you and the other guys.....always a fun time there. Hope to meet up with you at Dennys beforehand. Just PM me with time etc.
  3. Seneca Watkins Glen Show

    Geez Mike you trying to get me killed? These guys know how to tie knots you know.....and rope might be around someplace..
  4. Downrigger Motor Rebuild

    Be interesting to see how this works out.....
  5. Seneca Watkins Glen Show

    I'll probably be right there next to ya Stan
  6. Dave's stuff is always in good shape and high quality and fairly priced. I have received lures from him before and was always very happy with the deal.
  7. Auto-Stop Riggers with braid

    Rick I'm pretty sure of that max. weight recommendation but a couple things come to mind regarding it: First is that Cannon probably used that maximum as a conservative measure relative to the motors standing up over time (and they replaced the motors with stronger ones later in their newer units), secondly, a lot would depend on actual usage of the riggers...occasional use by weekend sports fishermen - a lot less than you guys which may also underscore that they used a conservative recommendation to keep potential complaints and repairs etc. down. When those older rigger are treated well they can last for a long tiime. I have 2 10A's from before 1985 that have had a lot of use over the years but I have stayed within that recommended max. weight limit too. One of the additional considerations I had was if too heavy the riggers may become even slower
  8. State of the Alewife

    Thanks a lot Shane for taking the time and effort to do this as well as sharing it with the LOU community. Very helpful.
  9. JUst a suggestton - a relatively inexpensive way might be to just get a couple of used downrigger rods with level wind reels here on LOU and use them just for the riggers and use the spinning reels for the other stuff and rig them with the line of your choice since Lake O and kings aren't a factor
  10. Yeah....have a great time out on the ice on Cayuga during that time frame
  11. Think of the situation as much like a person trying to use a pair of channel locks to remove a nut from a bolt rather than the right sized wrench. It might be able to be done but not easily or as effectively. Something to be said for using the right tool for the job.
  12. A few preliminary considerations: Where do you intend to fish and for what? for starters. Hopefully you will be able to manage rigging and the initial handling of the rods with fish because spinning rods with riggers are very ddifferent than just casting lures from shore and kids etc. will probably be at a loss to effectively manage them on riggers setting up or making adjustments etc. If it were me I'd be talking them out of the spinning rod idea.... standard trolling reels and rods are much simpler in that application and especially for inexperienced handlers. Just my opinion...also if Lake Ontario and kings are involved the line capacity of most spinning reels will be a huge factor and getting spooled may not be a big confidence builder for kids.
  13. I think I might be asking the question: "Why do you want to run spinning rods on riggerrs?" They are much more clumsy to use in that application regardless of line selected.
  14. Salmon

    On the plus side at least you'll be within the western section of the lake at that time of year but again some of it heavily depends on weather conditions between now and then setting up water conditions
  15. Gambler Rigs and Hammerhead cowbells

    Nothing like a good old fashioned mud chicken rodeo The downside nobody has the opportunity for a nap when fishing with Brian Hey what did you end up with in the way of editing software? Video looks real good....
  16. The View Out My Window...

    Yeah Mike it happened a while back and I dragged butt getting back to it.....was 400 yds aof brand new braid...nested underneath itself when tightened as a jug rig
  17. The View Out My Window...

    I'm always tempted to complain about the weather but instead I use the time to work on fun projects
  18. Summer fishing in Cape Cod

    Just an FYI - You'll have to go off Cape to go to Plymouth and you'll have to cross either the Bourne or Sagamore bridge to get there. If you go that route make sure you allow enough time to get there (traffic on the Cape is very congested at that time of the season) and avoid crossing at peak hours weekend or on cottage exchange day during that time of year as you could end up waiting hours to get across the bridges and I'm not exaggerating.
  19. Lake Trout video

    Guess it is contagious Mike.
  20. Summer fishing in Cape Cod

    You're welcome . Have fun!
  21. Summer fishing in Cape Cod

    One of the great things about the Cape is that the distances between fun places is not real extreme and there are many good choices in the summer months with a lot to do for kids throughout the Cape. You will be staying on the inner Cape so you may want to schedule your charter for the afternoon session if you decide to go with Rock Harbor etc. at mid Cape so you don't have to get up so early with the kids to travel there There are other options (less expensive too) for just some basic bottom fishing on group boats located in at the harbors in Wellfleet and Provincetown (at the very end of the Cape). There s also whale watching at P town but again it is in the ocean and wave conditions can be a real factor to consider with kids (or when rough for anyone). By the way there is a kids museum in Mashpee near where you will be staying.
  22. Salmon

    June is often considered a "transition" month for the lake and fishing can be pretty unpredictable my choice would be July of the two.
  23. Lake Trout video

    I think to underscore the point Brian is making without "tooting his own horn" it is pretty clear that the Lake O lakers love his Gambler rigs which are surely on the small side when compared with 7 inch spoons and yet produce huge lakers in that environment.
  24. State of the Lake meetings

    Thanks Keith