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  1. I’ve been looking at autopilot ideas for my 2452 Bayliner Cierra hardtop. I use a Honda 9.9 kicker and fish I Bay and the Lake. I’ve been thinking that for trolling purposes I should get a Garmin TR1 Gold or something to the main engine and connect the kicker. I need to be able to pull the kicker out of the water when traveling so the connection idea has been less appealing. In my research though I see a lot of people have started to use an electric bow mounted trolling motor to essentially “steer” the boat and the kicker to push the boat. With the big saltwater kickers pushing 100+ thrust and 6 foot shafts, this seems plausible. The appeal of an electric kicker that could just hold my position in the bay too, versus trying to always throw the anchor, is also appealing. I wouldn’t really use it to move locations- just hold a spot. I’ve never seen a bow trolling motor on a cabin style boat like mine though. Does this seem plausible or a silly idea? I have little experience with bow mounted trolling motors. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. I have had some great luck with Walleye in the bay after learning from a lot of guys on here. Nights definitely work but I’ve had luck in the day light too. Simple mister twister slowly retrieved off bottom or a bit faster in appropriate colors for the water clarity have been very successful for me. Walleye deep divers trolled along drop offs in my Kayak also work well. The black and silver deep divers I see work best and I troll along a 11 -15 ft shelf with the diver just hitting bottom once in awhile. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. It has been a...challenging offseason. I read many posts to figure out what to do today, so I’m paying it forward. Today was only my second time out and my crew had one back out late this morning and one not get to the boat until 8:40. We persevered. Quick stop for gas and to the lake we went. Dropped in around 80 fow heading north of the Webster point and set two down riggers, one at 60ft other 70ft. While tightening down the line on the 70 down rigger I thought I tripped it until the line started ripping off. Got the fish to the surface a ways out but lost him. 0-1. Set the same pole down to the same spot and went to set up a dipsey - the rod fired a second time. Handed the rod to the new guy as line was ripping out. He is learning and did a lot of reeling with no line coming in. Worked on his technique, but the fish had other ideas. 0-2 in 15 minutes. About 20 minutes after that the first rod fired - small king. Slow troll out to 150 and turned around. The way in the current was causing problems for our speed and we seemed unable to dial it in. On the gps out we were at 2.9 to 3.0. On the way in we were down to 2.3 or jumped to 3.3. It was my first time trying trolling bags. I usually use a Picked up one small laker. 2-2. The trip was short (pulled lines at 11:30 for the guy that was late to start) but blood hit the deck and my new fish finder/gps (Raymarine Dragonfly) was AMAZING! My old fish finders never picked up the detail we got today. Marked bait all through 90-120 fow. There was a good amount of life out there. All bites were on Spoons - 50,60,70 down. Glow spoons seemed to be the key for us. White/Red and white/green. It was great to be back out there! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. We are inside trying for browns from IBay to Webster - thinking of sliding out- any recommendations? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Not the result that I was hoping for. My new boat seems to be cursed. I have now logged more time than I care to think about - not a single fish. Nothing. Not a bounce, twitch or wiggle....since I got it....last August.... Today I had a tournament team for the shootout. We left at 5:15. Lures in the water at 6:15. We fished from 90 fow to 380 fow. Ran two riggers- two dipsey and two leadcore (10 colors) off walleye boards. Depth covered from 40-190 down. Used flashers- used spin doctors - used dodgers. Tried meat rig and multiple fly setups. Green spoons, red spoons, black spoons, white - glow and no glow. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. I think I'm cursed. I went 1.9-2.6. Swerved- did everything I could think. I tested down temps using the fishawk TD...targeted areas....marked fish....nothing. Marked fish all day. Nothing. Most were around 100-150 fow and scattered through the water column. Ranged from 15 ft to bottom. We fished all the way till the weigh in. Hit the Dock at 5:15 in Irondequoit with an empty cooler and a shattered faith in these fish. I've never gone so long like this. Anyone know a way to break the curse? Exorcism? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Anyone on the radio? Channel? Pm me... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. We have been skunked three trips in a row....I appreciate the tip! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Setup at 100 and heading North Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Heading out shortly from Irondequoit- be there in about 45 minutes by the time I putter out of the bay! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. This is actually a better photo of a base that resembles mine. Does anyone have experience mounting a track system to something like this? It has MANY different pre-drilled locations for mounting items, but I have no idea if a track will fit and my confidence that Cannon-to-Cannon mounting is possible....
  11. I've thought about that, but before I spend even more money purchasing objects to put on the base mount, I'm not certain now that the holes on the track will mirror the holes on the mount- in which case I will still have to drill into the cannon mount to create holes for that new track- which I could have just drilled holes I guess for the base anyways and saved the expense of the track. I really like the track idea though. How far apart are the holes? I could go measure to see if it would work. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. I have a different holder. I bought two of these separately because I didn't have the space for that larger downrigger based system (which I REALLY like the look of by the way.) My issue with this one is that it doesn't screw into the holes on the downrigger base that looks SIMILAR to the Cannon one I copied a photo of below. The difference with the one I have versus the one below is mine has MULTIPLE holes for many different size downriggers. I just want to mount this rod holder on that base. StoneAM2006 - Did you do this with a hand drill? I see a Harbor Freight Tap and Die Set and I'm not sure if I could do this with a simple drill. Is it possible?
  13. I have the single rod rodholders that are separate from the downrigger itself. I think that would fit - but the regular base does not match. I also have a slightly different model of cannon downrigger base. I'm In Rochester Stoneam2006- how far away are you or do you know anyone close to here that can help? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. I purchased two of the cannon dual axis rod holders and intended to mount them on a base that is already attached to my boat that is a multi option cannon downrigger base. It turns out that the rod holder base and the downrigger bases for cannon products are not the same - not even close. I do not want to have to create new holes in the boat and like the location of the current base. Is anyone aware of a mounting option? Is there a universal plate that may work? I see one from Cisco but I'm not sure if that works. Does anyone know if the track mounting systems will match the holes on any of the cannon downriggers? I know the manual mini mag downrigger unit base fits on this cannon mount. I have two electric and two manual downriggers and will never use the manuals. I prefer dipsey divers and that is why I got the more sturdy rod holders. I figured staying with cannon products only would work fine - I was wrong. Help is appreciated! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. We have been too far out - out in 180. Are they still biting? We have lead and ff SD - ff @ 115 and 140 right now. Spoons in green at 50 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  16. Finally! It has been...a process. Are you ready to fish!?!? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  17. We never broke the 180 fow area and yes we trolled from the Bay to the NE and then E in front of Webster. I moved speed between 2.1 and 3.0 to change things along the way. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  18. IBay Shakedown SKUNK It was great to FINALLY get the boat in, the rods out and the lures in the water....unfortunately nobody liked what I was offering. We marked some fish on the way out from 130-150. We headed NE and then E but took one hit over 150 90 down - but nobody was home. I stuck to spoons all day...maybe I should have tried the FF? Better luck this weekend!
  19. Back in the power outage of '17 I got two of these to heat my house and they have become my favorite outdoor patio items! I recommend this to anyone! I love mine! I have two and no place to store three. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  20. I typically use the fluoro for winter steelhead fishing. The reel has 15 # power pro braid and I can cast it a mile. I have 10 mono on other reels...but man I like the setup I have. I am just amazed that the Fluoro is snapping like that. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  21. Buffalo trace Jim Beam and Woodford are nice...but I'm a Makers Mark and Genny Light guy when it comes to attracting fish. I find the combo is deadly! Cigars are tough to keep on a hook - but with practice comes perfection, so I keep trying. Blue and silver and green and silver cleos have been hot for me, but 6lb fluorocarbon p-line leaders have been less resilient. I've now lost two cleos simply casting and I didn't even see/feel a knick in the line. Any suggestions for alternatives? I'm making a Hudson River Striped bass trip this weekend with co-workers and a friend from Boston. Tips are appreciated! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  22. Makers Mark really attracts fish... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  23. A Bourbon, cigar and a few casts later - bingo. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  24. Long Pond Question Out of curiosity...does anyone know how big a boat can get under the bridge at Long Pond in Greece, NY? I've looked for an answer to this but can't find one. Just wondering.... Thanks in advance!
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