LakerTaker

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About LakerTaker

  • Birthday 10/31/1970

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Michigan
  • Interests
    Fishing, Hunting, Shooting, Guitars, ATVs, metal fabrication, auto and marine repair, spending time with family
  • Home Port
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  1. Nice job. Looks great. I have a friend who is a certified welder and he welds for free as long as I prep everything. Soon I will learn how to weld aluminum. I have access to CNC machines so I can make just about anything. It's a lot of fun. I mounted my Rod holders to an old set of track mount downrigger swivel bases. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Yes I had a friend weld the aluminum. (One set will be on his boat). I am confident welding steel but haven't even tried aluminum yet. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Conduit is difficult to weld since it's usually galvanized via hot dip or electroplating, and has thin wall sections. It can be done, but you have to have the right wire (flux core MIG) combination. Don't breathe the fumes......I don't have experience welding conduit, but you can find the set-up information on many welding forums. I made 2 sets of 2" aluminum vertical trees with 3 Rod holders per side. Cut the pieces and angles I needed on a miter saw. The length of tubing cost just over $100. I use downrigger track-mount swivel bases and bought new end caps off of EBay. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. I also run all line-counter Convectors. I have them in size 15, 20, and 30. I've had the larger reels in 45 and 55 series, but the 30 series will do everything I need them to do. I thought about upgrading to Coldwaters, but at this point it would be a waste of $, as I am perfectly happy with what I have. I've tried several different brands, buying and selling, and finally have a group of reels that are going to stay in the boat. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. I agree 100%. I've tried just about every brand of rod holder and have been slowly switching over to Cisco. David Logan's customer service is outstanding. He helps you the same whether it's a small request or a large one. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. I'm targeting inland lake steelhead (rainbows). In 80 to 120 feet of water. The fish are generally suspended higher up in the water column, so they could be anywhere from 30 to 50ft. I use Poseidon mini flies....they have one called the Steelie Stomper. With a size 00 orange Luhr Jensen dodger. I run them straight off the side of the boat with a 6oz teardrop weight hooked to my line with an Offshore snap. I vary the line distances to experiment. I run crank baits off the back. Anything orange with an added snap weight (3oz). Had good success this summer with Salmo lures (orange/gold). I have a 16ft deck boat, it's wide and very stable. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. I'm targeting inland lake steelhead. In 80 to 120 feet of water. The fish are generally suspended higher up in the water column, so they could be anywhere from 30 to 50ft. I use Poseidon mini flies....they have one called the Steelie Stomper. With a size 00 orange Luhr Jensen dodger. I run them straight off the side of the boat with a 6oz teardrop weight hooked to my line with an Offshore snap. I vary the line distances to experiment. I run crank baits off the back. Anything orange with an added snap weight (3oz). Had good success this summer with Salmo lures (orange/gold). I have a 16ft deck boat, it's wide and very stable. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Most of the time, Scotty and Offshore for me. Big Jon rubber bands for big kings. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. The Krazywolf releases appear to be a copy of the Offshore. You can buy similar ones on EBay direct from China. Yes, Offshore are expensive - but they are better than the copies out there and you have to shop around for the best deal. There are some stores and sellers asking way too much for the Offshore, while others are fair. All mine are Offshore. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. I use the red offshore clips as well with all weights up to 12oz. I use 6oz most often. I bought several 6,8,12 oz tear drop with eyelet weights off EBay from a guy that makes them. Seems to be the best prices there. I started off by buying the Offshore snap weight kit at Franks Great Outdoors. Includes several sizes and I keep adding to the collection. I use the lighter weights behind boards and the heavier ones I keep close to the boat or directly behind. I use them the most with stick baits, to give them some extra depth and also with small spoons and fly/dodger combos when targeting rainbow. I still run my larger spoons off the riggers. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. What an excellent deal! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. My wife says all my unopened spoon and stick bait packages are her "savings account"....to return to the store on a rainy day. Somehow she finds all my receipts too. My garage looks like a sporting goods store, but with a better selection. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. I use 30s for riggers and dipsies but 20s for everything else: 2 and 5 color leadcore, planer boards, etc. I love how comfortable and versatile they are for different set ups and species. Do I think they can be used for Riggers? Yes. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. Could be either gas or spark related. I have a 70hp Johnson that had similar symptoms (wouldn't run past 7mph) and the stator was bad. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. Cool, I will give it a try! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United