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John E Powell

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Niagara Falls, NY
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    I started fishing for trout and salmon with my dad in the late 70s. When I hooked my first three year old salmon it broke my brand new Berkley downrigger rod like a twig. I was hooked for life. That very day, I decided I could build a better rod than what you could buy, so I became a student of rodbuilding. In 1980 I opened my rodbuilding business, Custom Rod Designs by John, and have been crafting task-specific Great Lakes trolling rods ever since.
  • Home Port
    Wilson, NY
  • Boat Name
    Coho Queen

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  1. John E Powell

    Volvo D4 service tech near Wilson NY

    Does anyone know of a good Diesel Tech near Wilson? I looked online and Volvo only lists certified marine techs and the closest is well over the border into Canada. It doesn’t look like there’s a single “certified” Volvo diesel tech anywhere along the south shore. Was considering a boat that was repowered, but if you can’t get it routine maintenance and minor troubleshooting done down the road then that doesn’t make much sense. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. John E Powell

    Asb tackle

    Unfortunately, I’d have to agree with the poster above recommending avoiding placing prepaid special orders with them. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. John E Powell

    7 vs 19 wireline

    I’ve been using 19 strand for both mag inside divers and regular size outside divers for years now. It has been improved a lot from the first wire that was available. 19 strand, regular ceramic guides and a Twili tip is the best setup. Rollers are totally unnecessary and I would argue the point that they’re actually less desirable for multiple reasons. Cut the factory tip off with a file or fine tooth saw blade, something that won’t generate heat and soften the rod blank’s epoxy. This is very easy to do, just cut the tip off right below the bottom of the metal tube and unwind the trim thread down to a clean blank. An exacto knife or single edge razor blade will be helpful. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Have a leak down test performed on the engine, not just a compression test as part of the mechanical assessment. Get a current survey done. Make an rescindable offer pending positive outcome on mechanical assessment, survey, and sea trial. Great choice for a first real Lake O capable boat without spending a lot of cash. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. As per Cisco owner, even with new motors do not bring in the really big boards like the Amish while trolling. The boat should be in neutral or turn towards each board and bring them in one at a time. If you drag in the big boards while trolling you will eventually burn up the new more capable motors, it will likely take longer to happen though. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Yes, friends boat is running new motors, but as per Cisco owner you’re still not supposed to drag in the really big boards, like the Amish boards, while trolling. Boat in neutral or turn into each board one at a time to take the pressure off. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. Since it’s good to hear the good and bad, I’ll share some bad. Cisco, like many things in life, are not bulletproof. A set of Amish boards burnt up the motors on a friend’s boat in couple years of weekend fishing. You can’t use them like a rigger and just haul in a set of the really big boards at trolling speed, they will fail. Having said that, I still intend on buying a set for my next boat because I think it’s a great product at a decent price. If you’re going to use boards that pull hard, you should put the boat in neutral or turn towards each board and bring them in one at a time. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. John E Powell

    Best dipsy rod 10.5'

    Send me a message, don’t want to hijack the post. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. John E Powell

    Best dipsy rod 10.5'

    If you’re handy and know how to retie on a guide, the talora’s guide spacing allows you to assemble the rod tip upside down and create a spiral wrapped diver rod by turning the 2nd guide 60 degrees clockwise around the blank and the 3rd 120 degrees clockwise. A spiral wrapped talora is about as close as you can get to a custom diver rod. I’ve modified many taloras like this. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. I’m looking for ideas on how best to set up a 24’ twin inboard boat. I’d like to bracket mount a 10-15 hp trolling motor down the centerline with helm and autopilot steering and full remote controls controls - start, shift, throttle, and power tilt. I’m also leaning toward an iTroll for fine throttle control at the helm. I want gps interfaced autopilot steering while underway both on the mains and when running the trolling motor. Im also open to both fixed and hydraulic power lift brackets for ease of use and maintenance for the outboard. I’m more interested in an approach that will perform flawlessly in all scenarios rather than saving a few bucks here or there and sacrificing aspects of functionality. While not an open checkbook scenario, I do expect to commit to a serious investment of funds to get what I want. I’d like to hear from people who have done something similar or who have experience with autopilot installs and/or upgrading steering systems. Electronics install will all be new so there’s no need to integrate with older electronics. I’m open to any brand platform of components, but would like to avoid mixing brands that need to talk to each other. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. John E Powell

    Copper set up question

    I’m not going to share an opinion on the rod/reel choices, but I’d recommend the newer weighted steel lines over copper. Sink rates are effectively very similar, but it’s so much easier to work with than copper. I’d recommend a 300 and a 400 if you are doing just two. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. John E Powell

    Diesel mechanic

    I think it’s Toromont cat in Canada. I do think the Batavia dealer does marine work also. Not sure if they travel. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. John E Powell

    Diesel mechanic

    I think the closest certified cat marine diesel guy at the west end is on the Canadian south shore. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. Two riggers, one rod each. 1-2 wire divers per side (reg and mag size for deep and slide diver for upper), 1 weighted steel per side (rather than copper) off big boards or lead core (when fish are shallower) off inline boards. Keep in mind that often 2 well run rigger rods will outfish 4 riggers and 8 rods that are overpowering your presentation. Spreading out a pattern with a couple rods each riggers, divers, and weighted long lines will up your catch on big kings that are often put off by two much gear being pulled through a small area of water. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. John E Powell

    Advise on 1999 Evinrude 225HP

    Fran at Brobiel (spelling?) in Buffalo. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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