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  1. Buzzards Bay 64 lb striper If anyone's going to be fishing the Cape, June is a great month to fish striper off Provincetown. Most guys are drifting and live-lining mackerel but we found trolling them with leadcore was more productive (and less stressful) as the bait needs to be able to swim while you troll, they swim faster than the speed you're trolling and all the hookups were with the tail hook. We lost more than we caught until we figured that out. Our biggest was 44lbs last year but one of these days, that 50's going to hit the deck! http://www.onthewater.com/64-pound-cape-cod-striper-story-photos/
  2. Apologies for reviving this old post but I just pulled the trigger on a Garmin echoMap 94sv and I'm thinking the panoptix transducer might be worth the dough? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cthw7ifTxgg
  3. I love my GLP Rocket Launcher and the owner Tony is the nicest and most honest guy I've ever dealt with.
  4. Thanks for the well wishes pap! And those are beautiful Richard, nice job.
  5. tandmbait, Mine's a 2012 too but I bought it as a left over in 2013. The agreement of sale states, "Converible Top with Boot and Front Curtain and Walk Through Curtain...$940.00. They're calling the bimini a convertible I think because the only boot I have is for the bimini. The gunwales are 11" wide with rod lockers that I find too small for the bigger rods I use, so I converted them to tackle boxes and wired them with led strip lights for the glow stuff. And they're the perfect width for 8" flashers so I borrowed (stole) an idea from those flasher boxes and now one locker holds about 50-8" and half a dozen 11"'ers. The other locker holds about 75 spoons, 8 magnum dipsy's and 36 stickbaits. So between the RL and the converted rod lockers, I've eliminated several tackle boxes and rods cluttering up the deck. Those lockers also prevented me from mounting a track system and really screwed up my rigger locations hence, the boards up the sides of the gunwales.
  6. Dawn at Smooth Drag has them I believe. She's a wonderful person to deal with and I'm sure she'd answer any questions you might have...shoot her an e-mail. http://smoothdrag.com/price.html
  7. It's only an 18 footer pap but the width does make it pretty stable for a small boat.
  8. I read an article a while back (can't find it now) but the author claimed he had more hits after the glow charge had worn down quite a bit. I haven't fished enough glow to confirm this but it might be something worth noting?
  9. For what it's worth, here's a few posts by Dukdog explaining how he made his...and a great job he did too. http://www.lakeontariounited.com/fishing-hunting/topic/42119-helping-my-little-boat-fish-big/ http://www.lakeontariounited.com/fishing-hunting/topic/43054-update-to-making-my-little-boat-fish-big/ http://www.lakeontariounited.com/fishing-hunting/topic/43289-little-boat-fishing-big/ I bought a Great Lakes Planer Rocket Launcher and the verticle masts are exactly 7' apart. That was enough room for 8 tubes, 8" apart. I have an 8 1/2' beam so I had room for 8 of them. Here's a pic of mine.
  10. Les...he's had a great first season which started June 23rd off Provincetown. Jigging up mackerel with Sabiki rigs and then live lining them. He had more success trolling with leadcore than live lining though. Then when P-town died down, Chatham was hot for a few weeks jigging A27 diamond jigs with flo green teasers (thin ones). He did make a trip to Monomoy but admitted that he needs to go with someone who knows it. Now he's into the Bay with eels using 30 lb PP, 40 lb floro leader, a short shanked octopus hook and an eel. He's still out there now as I type with 10 in the box including that 44 lb'er. If he can get 5 more he'll limit out for the first time but he just texted saying he hasn't had a hit in a couple of hours. 11 13 14 Well he just texted and said he caught his 15th fish, a first for him limiting out. Good Luck henrybud...the bites right in your backyard now and should be there for a bit.
  11. My son caught this 44 lb'er last night at Scorton's Ledge. He launches in the canal and it's only a couple of hundred yards to Cape Cod Bay. He waits until he sees them on the FF before he shuts off the engine and casts live eels, which immediately swim to the bottom. It's a night bite/early morning bite right now however. I don't know how I let him talk me into getting his commercial license but i did and now he's part of the fleet.
  12. Last week I tipped a bucket full of them over in my new truck. Five dozen eels under the seats, carpet liners...everywhere. I must have got them all cause no fish smell the next day.
  13. Just to give you an idea.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-O0wv_5MkQ
  14. A few years ago I bought a 500 series Humminbird to use as a portable unit on a rented boat. It was about $600 at the time and the only complaint I have is that it didn't come with a manual. It sure would be nice to have a manual with you on the boat to shorten that learning curve.
  15. Penn Parts might have what you need. Wonderful people to do business with. http://store.scottsbt.com/PennParts/FathomMaster/600-625/Parts.aspx
  16. Could you add another fuse panel? I ran 6 gauge wire to a separate fuse panel (Blue Seas Safety Hub) with a 120 amp fuse at the positive terminal to protect the wire. Then I added this ST Blade Kit to the battery for the riggers, everything thing else is fused at the new fuse panel. I probably need a battery switch too. https://www.bluesea.com/products/5024/ST_Blade_Battery_Terminal_Mount_Fuse_Block_Kit
  17. I take all 3 of my batteries out of the boat when I winterize and keep them on float chargers all winter. This year when I put them back in the boat, I mistakenly reversed the on-board charger wires and fried the charger. (i think that's what caused it anyway) So my wife (The Warden) gave me permission to buy a new one. I leave the batteries plugged into the charger 24-7 unless I'm using the boat.
  18. That must be a blast on a fly rod. Still a bit early for the big ones up here yet, so my son and a buddy launched in Hyannis Thursday nite fishing for squid. The two of them almost filled a 5 gallon bucket but that's a slow nite. When they're in thick, you can do that in an hour or so. But I will be feasting on Black Sea Bass soon...hopefully.
  19. If you've never tried black sea bass, you're missing out on the best tasting fish ever...IMO! That's a feast.
  20. I'm using one of the two trolling motor batteries that are wired in series for my 24 V trolling motor to run 4 riggers, FF, FH, and TrollMaster. So now I can troll all day long with my kicker and not have to worry about the cranking battery starting the boat when it's time to go home. No problems so far.
  21. Some guys fish a lifetime and never catch that big one. You've caught two 40's in two days, that's impressive. My son is hoping to jig up some squid tomorrow as it's still a bit early for us to try for those big ones yet. But your posts the last couple of days are really pumping us up. Good luck tomorrow!
  22. You're on fire! Way to go, that 50's next!
  23. Beautiful striper! It won't be long until those cows are up my way and I can't wait.
  24. I just installed this Standard Horizon with DSC/AIS but haven't used it much yet. I could see the big boats coming through the Cape Cod Canal relative to our position in the AIS mode and that could be helpful in the fog. I have yet to figure out how to use the built in hailer and fog signals which could also be helpful. But most of all it's comforting to know that with DSC, the push of a button makes that Mayday call for you... But for DSC to work you have to apply for an MMSI number and enter that number into the radio. http://www.thegpsstore.com/Standard-Horizon-GX2200-Matrix-AIS-with-GPS-P3968.aspx
  25. One thing to remember too is that those wave height predictions are averages and there may be waves twice the size predicted.
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