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  1. Seaflee isn't a total answer but I have had it on all my downrigger rods for about 8 years replacing the mono with 300 yards of it and leadering off it with lighter fluoro and it helps quite a bit. The spiny fleas come off pretty easily but the fishhook type adhere to anything and are tougher to get off much like cottonwood.

  2. I know there are rod builders on here that might offer more expert information but I have used both epoxy and super glue on the roller tips successfully. By successfully I mean that they have lasted for 30 plus years without problem but having the correct diameter tip for the particular rod is important too. The tips don't require wrapping but the fit should be snug. The downside of superglue may be if you need to remove the tip for some reason (I have never had to on the 8 rods I have them on). With the rod epoxy or rod glue it is a matter of carefully heating the tip for removal.

  3. Something to be said for predictability too Stan.....things that function like they are supposed to and predictably are rare these days. I still am using my Cannon 10 A's from 1985 that I bought from Canandaigua Fishing Tackle and they have been out of business for many years:lol: I figure they will probably last as long as I am able to fish :lol:

  4. I've run both fixed and sliding cheaters since the late seventies and when I first started using them I tried them about 15 ft long as I was thinking about staying away from the back of the boat. After a couple times I realized that when you get a decent sized fish on them (e.g. kings :>) there is a big problem getting to the net once you reach the swivel of the main lure. If you keep them just slightly shorter than the length of your rod it eliminates that problem  ( e.g rigger rod 8 1/2 ft slider 7 1/2 or 8ft). I also try to run spoons that run at compatible speeds to avoid twisting at higher speeds. It also can help to run light flutter spoons on the slider and regular or heavier spoons on the main line as the lighter spoon will pretty much stay in the bow of the main line. Using ball bearing swivels can also help reduce line twisting. I've known people that use 2 ft. sliders successfully as well so having a long length may not be as crucial as some may assume.

  5. Bob the spot mentioned is not even 50 feet from one side to the other, right out in the open directly next to a main highway within clear sight of anyone passing in cars. It already has way too much pressure on it. We didn't even fish it this year for that reason. Crappies like perch are very vulnerable in the Spring and there aren't all that many in there anyway anymore. The ones we have caught there in the past have been released for that reason.

  6. I have no idea what folks are thinking when they give out small spots than can be fished out in a hour or so if the fish happen to be there. I like giving out useful info as the  next guy but the Internet is a double edged sword and can be very destructive of small limited fishing spots. In these cases people need to get off their butts and physically explore areas for potential spots . This type of fishing is not anything like lake trolling etc. and places can easily be ruined by too much fishing pressure on them sometimes in a single day.

  7. For most of us this years derby was the toughest fished in a long while. Conditions were far from perfect. Continous soaking rain the first day and relentless sun beating down the second day..some of us opted out of the third half day because of the expected packed launch with recreational boat traffic and all that goes with it. Usually we fish all three days. The lesson here though is that persistence pays off for those hardcore veterans that have paid their ddues over the years, made necessary adjustments in their fishing strategies, and very competent fishermen that have kept up with the times, and lastly that have maintained the dogged determination to reach their goal.


    Our LOU buddy Frogger after many years of diligent trying put it together this time with his very experienced team and won the derby under some of the most trying fishing I have seen in years. I couldn't be any more proud if it had been our boat as I have known him since he was a youth just getting into fishing. Winning the derby may involve a bit of luck but all those little details learned from many years of fishing that lake finally paid off big time and My hat is off to him and his great team of fishermen.:yes:



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  8. Wonderful video Dan. Best  I have seen in a long time. It is also great to see guys who are well organized and really know what they are doing. The netting  is an exemplar for everyone out there to use as their guide. Your videos as always are top notch. I felt as though I was right there in the boat participating. Best of luck for a great season this year.:yes:

  9. Bill like wet the net I keep mine surrounded by padding when not in direct use. I never let it just hang on the rigger when cruising either. They are pretty fragile. I have a little padded cooler bag with separate padded compartments that I keep both the probe and display in when not in use. Trevor Sumption is the guy that owns the company and he is good about standing by things in my experience. I do think that things get vibrated and subjected to a lot of extreme temp changes etc. and these electronics are unfortunately - delicate. I would hope however that given the nature of the  trouble shooting info he is looking into some way of reducing or eliminating eliminating the problem.


  10. I had one just as bad Stan only all my ice fishing jigs (hundreds) falling out of the overturned compartments in the snow on top of the ice.....still wondering if I got them all and had to sort them and dry them out on the cellar floor when I got home :lol:

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