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  1. Trying to make it fun for my wife, I took her on a mackeral fishing charter, thinking there'd be a lot of action and fish caught. It wasn't long before she was over the side heaving to the song on the boats PA, "Don't Rock The Boat, Don't Tip The Boat Over". I tried hard not too laugh but to this day she still reminds me from time to time that I'm a jerk for laughing at her.
  2. Check this out http://www.thecasterschronicle.com/2013/08/12/brandon-palaniuk-scores-bassmaster-elite-series-victory-in-new-york/
  3. I like these Amish Salmon Fly Caddy's. With an overhand knot on the tag end of your fly leader, changing them out is easy. And if there's a Frendly's Ice Cream nearby, their Fribbles comes with x-tra large straws which fit nicely over the flies. The pads also fit nicely in the gunwale rod lockers which I've converted into tackle boxes. https://amishoutfitters.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=19&products_id=100&zenid=fefcfa20611742a42d57a0145073829e Apologies to EKoselny...i missed your post!
  4. If this webpage is accurate, 15 lb test Berkeley Big Game has the same diameter, .015, as Blood Run 30 lb test wire. http://www.mels-place.com/Contents/ABCs_and_Goodies/Line_Diameters/line_diameters.htm Using a line counter, I'm going to fill up my spool with the 15# Berkley and then rip off 1000' to make room for the wire.
  5. The initial pull on your drag is called "start up" and the reason I prefer my drags greased with Cal's. Many out here disagree and that's OK. It's my opinion that greased drags could only help these sticky Convectors. I've posted this out here in the past but I believe it's relevant to the thread. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=47.0
  6. Different reel but same problem (i think). Those belleville washers "()" are bent like to determine the ramp rate of the drag curve. Some are configured like this, "()", some like this, "((". Their configuration determines the amount of range the wheel (or star) can be ramped down or tweaked. Does that make sense? The schematics calls them drag spring washers, #609. I recommend sending them out to Tuna's. http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=4988.0
  7. A couple of other things you could do before servicing them is to make sure the line leveler or guide is in sync with the line as it comes off the spool. If the line coming off the spool is at one end and the line leveler is at the other, it puts a lot of strain on the drag. (Might cost you the fish of a lifetime too). If that doesn't help, you could check the Belleville washers and make sure they're oriented correctly. Like this "()". There's a picture, 74th down in this tutorial. The linecounter problem seems to be a common issue with Okuma reels. China! This tutorial should be almost identical to the older 30 D's. If all else fails, Tuna Tom's... http://alantani.com/index.php?topic=774.0
  8. Two of the four drag washers in the Convectors aren't carbon fiber drags and probably the problem. They can be replaced with Penn Ht-100 Carbon Fiber drags, part #56-440.
  9. Fish307 has them on sale for $88.99 http://www.fish307.com/planers/
  10. I hate thieves! I wonder if a game trail camera hidden somewhere on our boats would catch a picture of a thief in the act?
  11. An anchor ball floating in front of your bow would alert me that your at anchor. And you could use an anchor retrieval system to float your anchor when you're done fishing. Hand lining a heavy anchor 100' down could be a back breaker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40nz7HVwcOw
  12. I'm all for boating safety and took the Basic Boating Safety and Advanced Coastal Navigation courses offered by the Auxilliary. I thoroughly enjoyed them both and am looking forward to taking them again with my sons. My problem is a lack of boat handling...I'm the world's worst!
  13. How would you interpret Rule 3 under General Definitions? (d) The term "vessel engaged in fishing" means any vessel fishing with nets, lines, trawls, or other fishing apparatus which restrict maneuverability, but does not include a vessel fishing with trolling lines or other fishing apparatus which do not restrict maneuverability. http://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=navRulesContent#rule3
  14. The few times I've tried to sharpen my knives, I think I made them worse, maybe I'll try again. Thanks for the info.
  15. That's what they sent me John and they told me the new ones are made from carbon fiber which is a stronger plastic than the old style. I'm sure Cannon will replace them, they did for me. Time will tell how well they hold up I suppose?
  16. Three of four cracked on me too. Cannon sent me four new carbon fiber swivel bases but I haven't really used them enough to give you a review. They do look and feel solid though
  17. I had a valve installed to keep that main engine air out of the kicker fuel line.
  18. How about a flush mount rod holder that you could use to hold your net until you need to fillet fish. Maybe a speed rail flange under the table mounted off center to keep the board over the side with a short piece of aluminum pipe. http://www.hollaender.com/?page=speedrail
  19. Should you ever hook into a muskie fishing alone, those Down East rod holders will double as a net holder, keeping the net and fish in the water while you unhook it for a healthy release.
  20. These are nice too https://amishoutfitters.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=19&products_id=102&zenid=4693166d2cd3661fdb51d205117e1441
  21. And if you need new foam, an electric kitchen knife does a nice job cutting it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqodjNexy7w
  22. not sure if this will help but... http://www.waypoints.com/cartchartfuruno.html
  23. Down East Salties are awesome rod holders for divers. I've used the double clamp-ons with divers and are now converting them to bolt ons. They're not pretty like some others but they work awesome. http://down-east.com/website_003.htm
  24. I'd just like to thank you Larry for what you do for the Musky fishery on Chautaqua. I know you put a lot of time and effort into that fishery...off the water.
  25. My favorite 11" paddle is the OKI...although I've never caught a fish with it, it looks good on the boat!
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