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  1. Quick question.   2002 75hp Mercury outboard.  


    Other than lowering the outbaord to a vertical position, is there any way to make sure there is no water left in the lower portion of it so it doesn't freeze up and crack the lower unit?


    Already have the gear oil changed, ran it dry, fogged the cylinders, etc.


    Just want to make sure I've got all the water out.


    Thanks in advance,



  2. Years back in my hunter safety course, the instructor said he takes a hot water bottle to pee in.   On a cold day, he would tuck in in his jacket to help keep warm.   


    As long as it doesn't leak, seems like a sound idea.   Never had to put it to the test however.....

  3. Thanks for the replies.  With an 18' Tracker, not sure I'm going to pound out to the 500' water.    


    Will probably go with j plugs in closer.    Still wondering...will lakers still be set up on the bottom like they were through the summer, or is going after them with cowbells

    at this point not so productive?


    Also, at what time of the year does it just stop being worth driving to Sandy?     


    Don't hunt deer, so it's either the lake, or I bay for perch to keep me busy!

  4. Second year of this, and I keep managing to miss out on the late Sept. fishing.  Not sure when it even "ends" really.    From what I understand, this time of year is pretty similar to

    a spring set up, but using J plugs for the most part?


    My question is this.   Once the salmon hit the tribs is there any lake fishing left to do through say October if the weather is decent?   Bottom bouncing Lakers?    Browns close to shore?


    Or would I just be wasting fuel?


    Thanks in advance,



  5. Yes.   You need to be signed up no later than 7 am the day you fish.   Pretty sure it's meant to keep people from going out, not catching a thing, and avoiding paying the $15 for the one day 



    Best bet is to register the day before.   The big issue with a one day pass, imho, is that you have to roll the dice that the weather men were actually correct, and you can get 

    out and fish the next day.    It only costs $15 more to sign up for the entirety of any of the derby dates, which gives you much more wiggle room.


    Or, if you are actively fishing the lake, it's only $80 for a season pass for all three sets of dates.    A bargain as far as I'm concerned.

  6. I'm really new as well, and tend to keep the flashers/spin Drs pretty tight to the ball as well.   If you think about it, the spin Dr. makes a circle as it runs.   If you let it out 3' it's making a circle of a foot or so as it works.


    Let it out 15', and who knows...it may be making a circle 10' across, and the fly behind it is just making the darn fish dizzy....

  7. How much deeper?    Used to go fishing at Wautoma Shoal.  Worm harnesses would literally produce 20+ nice smallies a day, in anything from 25 to 15'.      


    Would love to find them again.    If we go deeper, what do you think the rig should be?

  8. I'm a member of weatherunderground ($10 US a year and worth it) and here is the wundermap page I look at.




    On the right side of the page, click the check box for "weather stations", and zoom in the map near Bronte.


    I see at 2 stations along the shore close to Bronte.  Burlington Piers and Oakville Harbor. 


    Hope it helps.

  9. Try weatherunderground.com.   They have a feature called Wundermaps.   These will show info from weather stations that are made up of home owners, yacht clubs, weather nerds, etc.


    I'm in Rochester, and have a 40 minute drive to where I put in.   The local marina there just added a weather station (basically wind speed and direction, but thats all that's needed) and

    I can see in 5 minutes if it's worth driving or not.


    Pretty sure they include Canada as part of their coverage.

  10. Selling for a friend that came across it in his basement.   He gave up on boats a while ago, and never got around to installing it.  Obviously, it's an older model radio.


    It's a Unimetric (uniden) Seahawk Mini 66.   He also has an 8' or so antenna to go with it.


    Needs an antenna mount.


    Asking $100 or best offer.   


    Local pickup (Rochester NY area, Spencerport to be precise)


    Can ship radio, antenna may be a bit of an issue.


    He would probably be willing to separate the two.





  11. How fast would you say you troll?   I use my electric trolling motor, and I'm able to get 6 pound balls to bounce nicely without blowback.   The cowbell package says best at 1.8 mph....just wondering.


    I've managed to bounce up a few, but not consistently.   Problem may also be I tend to go in the afternoons.....

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