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About bigturk_80

  • Birthday 10/09/1978

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    Fishing Salmon, Trout, and Walleye.

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  1. Guys, I need some advice on how to set up some gear a bit better on a StarCraft Islander. Currently running 2 scottys, 2 sets of scotty triples, and 2 cannon HD manuals off the back occasionally. I'd like to somehow get everything mounted on something that makes moving things around a bit easier, and also removing from the boat a little easier. What's out there, what are guys running? Any pics of setups on similar boats? I've got quite a bit of space on each gunnel and also across the transom.
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    24 ft hardtop

    Not to highjack, but do these old Thompsons ride nice in the water? I see lots of guys asking about them, and have looked at a couple myself. To me they seemed somewhat lighter than most.
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    Need Help! Starcraft Islander floor

    Thanks for the info, but it is the cabin wall area that I'm specifically looking for info on. Transom was already done two seasons ago. I'll check Iboats as well.
  4. Fellow Islander owners.......I have an 89 22fter that I'm currently replacing floors and foam on. My question is, does anyone have ANY pictures or tips around the cabin wall area? It looks to me like the entire cabin wall (supporting dash) has to come out?? Any help greatly appreciated. Trying not to lose my entire season here.
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    very local weather forecast

    I use this for both Erie and Ontario, and find it bang on all the time. https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ofs/ofs_animation.shtml?ofsregion=lo&subdomain=0&model_type=wind_forecast
  6. The # of responses answer your question I'm assuming
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    What water temperature are you looking for when targeting the spring bullheads? I'm asking, because there are couple small creeks by me here on Lake Erie where I have done really well, but it's hit or miss every year. I think it's a timing thing. I can't remember exactly when I hit them good a few years back.
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    Starcraft Islander question...

    Thanks guys, time for me to work some OT.
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    Starcraft Islander question...

    Where did you pick up that rocket launcher setup if you don't mind me asking? Is it built custom to that size or is it available as is?
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    Need advice..Humminbird 859ci HD XD

    Ya, for $499 Canadian it seems hard to go wrong. That's only about 25 bucks US now.
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    Need advice..Humminbird 859ci HD XD

    I've never owned an SI or DI. I fish almost exclusively on Erie for walleye, and occasionally salmon on Lake O. Other than seeing bait clouds off to the side of the boat, do you find any other advantages to any of the side or down imaging? Talking strictly open water offshore trolling here....
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    Need advice..Humminbird 859ci HD XD

    I've got until spring to figure it out. Radioworld (Canada) has them on clearance 300 bucks off. I was looking at the Helix and the 859, and other than not making them anymore, what are the pros to the Helix over the 859? Looking at the specifications, it seems the 859 is a more powerful unit?? http://radioworld.ca/859ci-p-12425.html
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    Starcraft Islander question...

    Yep, I'll be doing that for sure. Plan was to change out fill, vent, and pickup line. Looking to pull up floors, foam, do tank and lines, and address any rivets. Seal with gluvit on the inside, re-foam, re-floor, and upgrade the interior. Big job, but I love the boat so I think it's worth while.
  14. At the end of last season my graph crapped out. I need to upgrade, and was looking at the Humminbird 859ci HD XD combo. Anyone have this unit, or have any input on it?
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    Starcraft Islander question...

    Well, here's my personal take on my 221V.... Fairly light to tow, in comparison to the same size boat in glass. Sits high and dry in the water. This is a comforting feeling, but also makes it catch a breeze fairly easily (most noticeable when turning during a troll). They ride just fine in a light chop, especially once on plane and on top of the chop. But like any aluminum boat, once they get to a certain size, you'll get the pounding. When they pound, they definitely pound a bit harder than glass. They take a good beating for a riveted boat. I take mine to the limits on lake Erie, day in and day out. And in 5 seasons I have had to address 3 rivets. With that being said, when I pull my floors up, I am going to rebuck my rivets while I'm in there. In terms of room, I often fish 4 guys no problem. The cuddy has ample space for your kids. I'd say the biggest downside to the boat, is the rougher ride in choppier water, and without trim tabs they tend to bite the water and roll a bit if you get caught having to run in the trough. But if I slow down, I have never found myself in a situation that I felt uncomfortable in, and I've been caught in some heavy heavy weather on Erie several times. The doghouse really isn't that big of a problem. There's ample room to each side of it. The 4.3 runs all day for little cost. I have an area on Erie that I run 27 miles in each direction, troll all day on the main engine, and it uses about 70 bucks in total. Cruises great at around 27-29mph, and tops out around 35-38. Trolls all day no probs. Gets down around 1.8-2.2mph without trolling socks, and with a tiny kick up in throttle, trolls great for salmon at 2.2-3.0mph. All in all, if you find one in decent shape for the right price, can't beat them.