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  1. For a vary reasonable price you can either go through your car insurance company or though Boatus to get towing on the water. I had to use it last year when i was out with the family on Ontario. Absolutely worth the price, even if you don't use it just for peace of mind. They came quick and expertly towed me in astern right to the launch ramp. I can't really think of a good reason not to have it. This way you won't be ruining someone else's fishing trip by having to be towed in, or worse, someone getting injured.I think the only drawback is they can't come out and get you on every lake.
  2. Launched from west side of Braddocks around 6:30am finishing around 9:30. Marked a lot of bait and fish and had a bite almost immediately, probably a brown or lake trout, but lost him. Fished mainly in about 80feet.Ended up 5 for 7- all kings and all on FF either on downrigger or dipsy rods. Took my wife's friend's husband out for second time fishing. Got skunked at Canandaigua fishing for perch so really didn't want to go 0 for 2. Had a Father's Day party at his house with lots of kids!
  3. Which marina was that?
  4. Thank you for the info.
  5. I also wondered about this. Aren't you inviting zebra muscles by keeping the motor in the water?
  6. I've read this also. Can you get them some place around Rochester or do you have to order online?
  7. I am toying with the idea of buying another bigger boat and keeping it at a marina. I've always had aluminum boats but am concerned that if I leave an aluminum boat at a marina that stray current from other boats/docks could affect my boat. Does anybody keep an aluminum boat at a marina? Should this be something I concern myself with? Thanks for any feedback.
  8. My 2 cents. I bought one a few years ago. As some have mentioned I think it is more important for inexperienced trollers and people who don't get out much as it will help one understand the layers of water temps, but also how fast underwater currents can be. One trip last year it was as calm as could be but the underwater currents were incredible and my downrigger cables crossed. This is especially true here on Lake O because so much water is coming in via NFR and leaving by way of SLS. As garrymny said, I've also caught most of my salmon when not marking fish. A FH is a tool and can serve as a starting point. You'll at least know if you are fishing in 70 degree or 50 degree water and what speed your bait is running. If those two things are ok and you aren't catching fish, you can start to look at other factors or experiment with the temp and speed.
  9. Fished out of Braddock Bay today solo. Got to the lake about 6am and started setting up 2 dipsy rods with flies on them. Went to set up a rigger with spoon and the port dipsy fires. Fought with him for 15 minutes then the second dipsy rod fires. The first salmon gets tangled in the second dipsy rod and when I finally get him netted there is a mess of tangled wire lines. The second salmon got off but good way to start the morning. Took about 45 minutes to untangle and retie some leaders. By this time the fleet of boats were making their way out deeper so I set up out in about 190 feet. Ended up getting a small king on the rigger. Started to go back shallower since not seeing anything on my depth finder. Then rigger goes off and the drag starts to scream. Feels like a pretty good one. So as I'm fighting this one my starboard dipsy goes off- double again! Got the rigger salmon all the way to the boat but sloppy netting on my part, missed the fish but caught the treble in the net. Bye bye salmon. Guessing it was 18lbs or so.Grabbed the dipsy rod- salmon still there! Able to bring him to the net. Went 3-5 with two doubles. First time I've ever had a double when salmon fishing solo let alone twice in one outing! Got back to the dock and drove my trailer next to the ramp. Waiting for a guy ahead of me looking to launch. Paid his $4 and the bar went up, backed his boat to the water, unhooked everything and then threw a wad of rope tied to the bow, then onto the dock without tying it to anything. Backs up the boat into the water and away goes the boat as the wad of rope starts to follow. Guy jumps out of his truck to grab the line before it hits the water and does so. Unfortunately for him he left the truck in reverse and the truck is going deeper and deeper into the water. He quickly jumps back in his truck and was able to drive it out of the water just before water could enter his cab- probably with about a half second to spare before his truck would have joined his boat. By this time I had jumped out of my car and grabbed his boat. Turns out it was his first time launching a boat. Told him it will get easier with practice. Glad it didn't end in a disaster for him and a reminder we've all done some stupid things with out boats.
  10. Thanks, guys. I figured that to be the case. I'll have a Plan B just in case.
  11. My family and friends are renting a cottage on Cayuga in August. Whenever I've rented cottages before I've been able to park the trailer at the cottage but won't be able to this time. I plan on launching the boat at Long Point State Park. Anyone know if it would be a problem to leave the trailer at the park for the week? I think Don's marina is just south of the cottage so that might be another alternative. Thanks.
  12. And for the launch on West end of Braddocks's bay, make sure you have exact amount for launch- $4(that's to launch and retrieve boat-$8 total). Not taking credit cards either.
  13. I use a lock that prevents this https://www.amazon.com/SeaLux-Marine-Outboard-Anti-Drill-security/dp/B017D1H060/ref=asc_df_B017D1H060/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid={creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584138859876469&psc=1
  14. Launched at Cayuga Lake park today. Not easy getting boat in. When I came back to launch two boats tried to launch and gave up. I ended up getting stuck in mud when trying to approach the south side launch. The water is very low and anything larger than a 16-17 boat will be difficult. Ended up getting 9 keeper perch and many pickerel.
  15. I had the 16ft version, 1985. This is making me nostalgic
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