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  1. Hello Dan, Nice meeting you at the meeting. Welcome to the forum. And thanks for joining Muskies Inc. Chapter 69. Now I know that it is only a matter of time until you catch your first purebred muskie. And the length of time will be shortened with the support of the musky community here and Muskies Inc., You will be added to the email list today for chapter notices.
  2. Do we now have to consider fish identity theft and privacy protection? If the software could be perfected, maybe it could be an effective tool to supplement tagging studies.
  3. Sea Breeze launch was opened today. Two ramps opened. They rigged up a wood dock and the aluminum ramp that was formerly used for the pump out dock. So you don't have to get feet wet to walk out onto the dock. However, when you have your trailer in far enough to float your boat, you would be stepping into a few inches of water if you step out of your vehicle. Best to have help launching.
  4. It seems like NYC thinks upstate is here to serve them, and then they want us to take their garbage.
  5. Jet skier in December? Seems like it should look a little out of place.
  6. Nice fish Katia. It looks like you are only wearing one earring and it looks like a fish. Did one get used as a bait trailer?
  7. Sometimes **it just happens. Looking at the tooth marks might give a clue.
  8. I don't know why they couldn't (or didn't) increased the flow at Mesina between mid Nov. and the end of Feb. to keep the lake level from rising so much during that time. Unless maybe there would be a problem with ice flow in the SLR, or flooding due to ice blockages on the lower SLR, or some other ice related issue. It seems like they allowed the lake to rise too much during the winter and then the high amount of melt off and rain in the spring just snowballed on top it all. There was only a short time between mid Feb. and mid Mar. that it leveled off. That was when we had a prolonged cold spell.
  9. It would be nice to see a Mesina Dam discharge rate chart to compare, as well as a water level chart for the SLR below where the Ottawa River empties into the SLR. And also something that indicates what is considered flood level below the Ottawa River.
  10. All the Great Lakes are at or near record high water levels. I am wondering if the lake levels will even be able to get down to a reasonable level this summer and if they will get low enough before the winter to avoid a repeat next year. If you google individual lake names or Great Lakes and water level, there are many articles. This Washington Post article talks about all the Great Lakes levels but there isn't even a mention of the IJC. All the articles seem to be pointing to higher than normal snow melt off and high amounts of rainfall. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/06/06/great-lakes-are-overflowing-with-record-amounts-water/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e249bcc1f5f2
  11. The Rochester news never gives any information on water levels in the other great lakes. I just found out that the Tonawanda boat launch at the foot of Sheridan Dr. on the upper Niagara River has been closed due to high water level. That dock is normally about 2.5 to 3 ft above the water level. I wonder about the other lakes above Lake Erie. Here is a link to an article from Cleveland showing pics of high water there. https://expo.cleveland.com/news/g66l-2019/06/5e0aeeac722985/heres-what-lake-eries-record-high-water-looks-like-across-the-ohio-shore.html
  12. There is no dam on the Niagara River which would be needed in order to control the flow through the river to Lake Ontario. If it doesn't go through that tunnel or the power plant on the US side, it will go over the falls. So the tunnel can only change how much water goes over the falls by diverting it around the falls, not how much water goes into Lake Ontario.
  13. There are two parts to bearing buddies (or other bearing protectors of the same type). The main part is the bearing buddy which press fits onto the hub in place of the grease cap that normally taps onto the center of the hub. This part has a spring loaded center piece, similar to a syringe plunger, which has "O" ring seals around it. There is a spring outside the center piece that puts pressure on it. When grease is pumped into the grease fitting, that center piece gets pushed out against the spring tension by the grease. The proper amount of grease is in the hub when it is pushed out to almost fully compress the spring, but not quite. You don't want to pump grease beyond that point because once the spring is fully compressed, trying to pump in more grease will force it past the inside bearing seal or force the seal out partially which will cause loss of pressure by allowing the spring to push more grease past the seal (making a mess). Once that happens, water will be able to migrate into the bearing housing and that will eventually damage the bearings. As long as that spring maintains pressure on the plunger piece, the grease is pressurized and it will not allow water into the bearing when you launch. This also keeps grease on the inside bearing seal to keep dirt from migrating in between the seal and the shaft which would cause premature seal failure. Only a very small amount, if any, grease will normally leak from the inner seal. It is normal, however for some grease to leak out past the "O" ring seals around that spring loaded plunger part. That is why the plastic grease caps (the second part) are needed to keep the grease that leaks past those "O" rings from flinging out all over everything. The proper way to maintain the right amount of grease in the hubs is to remove the caps occasionally and check to see that the center plunger part is being held out against the pressure of the spring. It should rock slightly back and forth if you press in on one side and then the other. When pumping in grease watch that center plunger piece and you will see it slowly push out against the spring. Pump in grease until the spring is almost but not completely compressed. Also you will want to use an old rag to wipe out the grease that has accumulated under the plastic grease cap. I have had the grease caps disappear (get stolen) on me. Once when it was stored in a farmer's barn who stored boats over winter. And once or twice at a launch. You can still travel without them but if you notice one missing, you might want to wipe out the grease that has accumulated behind the cap. My trailer is from 1990 and I have had it since 1996. The bearing buddies and bearings on it are the original ones. I just occasionally pump in Quick Silver marine grade wheel bearing grease one or two times per season. This is with 10 to 20 or more trips per year that are one to two hours one way.
  14. There is a one week season opening up on May 1st. Anglers are allowed one male per season over 24 inches to weed out unwanted DNA in order to limit the community average size. Below is a photo showing the best way to bait a hook. Since importation of finger worms from the Amazon is not allowed, there is a variety of lifelike plastic baits, such as the one in the picture, available. Natural colors work best.
  15. I take it that you are from out of state. Just a suggestion. Does the NY DEC have a presence at any major outdoor or fishing shows in your state? If not, maybe you can talk them into it. If they do, maybe you can get them to have a presentation or meeting there.
  16. The pics and video on the links here have to be some of the most impressive examples of the power and fury of the GREAT Lakes. Totally awesome. Thanks to everyone who posted them.
  17. You would need a manual Defibrillator to do that. Also, you must have Advanced Life Support (ALS) training to legally use one on a person. AEDs, on the other hand, will only shock when the person (or patient simulator) it is connected to is producing a "shockable" heart rhythm. A shockable rhythm is an abnormal heart rhythm that defibrillators are known to be effective at converting back to a normal heart rhythm. Even though they show it in the movies all the time, a flat line on a heart monitor is not shockable.
  18. Whenever there is big money involved, they try to keep the environmental concerns to a minimum. And if the environment suffers later, taxpayers are the losers. They will end up footing the bill to fix the problem and/or suffer the consequences. The businessmen will walk away with fat pockets and happy lawyers and the politicians will end up with big campaign contributions and fat offshore accounts. Although burning natural gas is considered less damaging to the environment, fracking can be very damaging to the environment if done irresponsibly. Responsibility tends to go out the window when big money, political power and corruption and govt. incentives are involved. Fracking has already shown that it does cause serious environmental issues, including ground and surface water pollution and air pollution. Also there is no transparency and likely not enough environmental monitoring. Chemicals that are used are kept secret and some remains in the environment. Who knows what all the health and environmental risks are? The footprint on the surface may be small but the underground impact is largely unknown. There has been reports of ground water and surface water contamination as well as multiple small (so far) earthquakes in some locations where extensive fracking is being done. So landowners, for the most part, who don't have mineral rights, have no control over what happens under their property. Natural gas may be a good alternative to coal but sources other than fracking should be used. Meanwhile we must continue to research other energy sources as well as continuing to reduce usage.
  19. These medical devices can only be sold through certified medical device dealers. It must be inspected and certified once per year and besides non-expired batteries and therapy pads, must have up to date software. I know because I used to service these devices. Also, someone on the boat should be CPR certified and trained in the use of the device. Some older versions of this model are obsolete and cannot be updated with current software which includes the most recent American Heart Association CPR protocol.
  20. If you have it insured with Boat US they will go to bat for you. I have heard that once Boat US gets involved, things get done. Or maybe if you are just a Boat US member. I don't know if other insurance companies will do that. Boat US insurance is through Geico now.
  21. There is no indication of what the alleged length of that fish is. Pictures can be deceiving. He is holding his arms straight out as far as he can. My guess is, it is in the mid 30s. With no pic of measurement, it is hard to say.
  22. Here is the first news I have heard since the hearing date has passed. It looks like it has been delayed by motions. One by the Town of Ellery, asking for the venue to be changed from Erie County to Chautauqua County. There may be considerable influence in their favor that way. The article also mentions a motion from the CLP (Chautauqua Lake Partnership) but they give no detail about that motion. Also I don't think the CLP is named as a party in the article 78 so I wonder if a motion from them can even be considered. It says something about the e arguments in the case being pushed back to Nov. 14th but I am not sure what that means. The article is mostly a political article giving the viewpoints of two local rival candidates for the state assembly. So those of you who will be voting in that election might want to let the candidates know how you want them to address the issue. It sounds like they are both catering to their biggest campaign contributors and think that the problem can be fixed quick by throwing a lot of state taxpayer money at it. It would be interesting to find out how much money Solitude Lake Management (the company that will profit from using the herbicides) has contributed to State political candidates campaign funds. http://www.observertoday.com/news/page-one/2018/10/assembly-candidates-agree-on-need-to-eradicate-invasive-weeds-algae-blooms/
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