John E Powell

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    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.
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    Wilson, NY
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    Coho Queen

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  1. Ttt Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. I set rpm at about 900 or so and use bags. I don't fish much above 2.5-2.7 and am usually around 2.2. I have small, mid and large size bags for different wind and wave conditions. I prefer to adjust bag size rather than play with throttles when it's windy and I change directions. You might need 1000-1100 to burn spoons at 3.5. The props are 4 blade SS so there's a lot of thrust and pretty responsive steering at slow speeds. At slow trolling speeds outboard boats with set back brackets steer better going forward than the same boat with transom mounted outboards. The reverse is true backing up however, so maneuvering responsiveness docking backwards is a bit slower to respond. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Factory original outboard bracket known as Whaler Drive. It extends the wet bottom of the hull about 2'4", allows for higher engine height installation improving performance, and at rest or troll the bracket's buoyancy supports the weight of the Engines. Consumer Rated for 600 hp. (2x300hp was the max they imagined back in the day). I heard of a coast guard 27 running 2x350 Yamaha. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Been about 3 weeks, hope you all don't mind a bump up top [emoji15] Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Thanks, McCauley canvas in Medina did that. Captain Navy Sunbrella, custom 5 section rear panel setup so you can have longer sides in cold weather and shorter sides in warmer weather. There are also exterior hand rails so you can hold onto something if you need to go forward walking on the gunwale. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. With the fishing show next weekend I thought I'd give her a bump.[emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. How to hide your hands in a fish photo. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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  9. Like most everything in life, it's a balance. Gear ratio in and of itself is meaningless until you pair it with a spool filled with line. The reel's spool is a simple mechanism, a pulley (that changes in diameter as line is let out from the reel). The gear ratio and spool diameter together determine your retrieve ratio (when the reel is full to capacity). Retrieve ratio is a meaningful number that allows you to compare the performance of one reel vs another. Gear ratio is a sexier term than retrieve ratio, and it allows more opportunities for "creative advertising" so it often gets reported on the reel box and often as one of the reel's first few stats. Retrieve ratio is often buried deep somewhere on the reel parts list or in the owner's manual. Another factor in the equation is the distance between the crank stem and handle. This distance forms a lever, another simple mechanism which is part of the equation. Ultimately, you turn the crank and line comes in. But keep in mind you're turning a lever, which turns gears, which turns a pulley with a variable diameter. As line is let out and the spool diameter decreases, the retrieve ratio also decreases. And because of variables is spool design, spool shape and size is also a variable from reel to reel. So with all these variables, is there something meaningful to fisherman that we can use that is universally true from reel to reel? Yes. When comparing retrieve ratios of reels this will always be true. Reels with higher retrieve ratios will rewind line easier under light loads, and reels with lower retrieve ratios will rewind line easier under heavy loads. If you've ever cranked up a boat on a trailer with a manual winch, you should understand this concept well - a winch has an extremely low line retrieval rate with lots of torque to pull a boat up on a trailer. So here's my take on it: Because torque goes down as retrieve ratio goes up, somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot where the reel works well for bringing in lines under light loads (for lure changes, weed checks, clearing lines, etc.) and for landing large fish. Reels with high retrieve ratios will be better suited for frequent lure changing where you are bringing the line in under light load, because they have the advantage at speed at the cost of torque. Reels with lower retrieve ratios will land fish easier but require more time to operate because they have the advantage of higher torque at the expense of speed. So, before buying new reels, find the retrieve ratio of your old reels first. Then use that as a baseline to find the reel that has the retrieve ratio that makes sense to you with the physical qualities that suit your needs. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. Yeah, she's pretty fast for a boat her size.
  11. There was a really nice low hour 9m express near Pittsburgh for sale earlier this year. It wasn't well advertised, it was only advertised locally in one of their hometown pennysaver type newspapers. I did a quick search but couldn't find the ad, might be worth some investigation. Who knows maybe it's just a tiny ad to appease a wife, look honey, I'm trying to sell it but nobody is calling... might not really be for sale. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Why not a 90 ETec? They're a great outboard. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Yes, the Bob Dougherty era whalers of the 80s are the classics and the best he ever made under the Whaler brand. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. Thanks for the kind words. Actually though, the swamped capacity (or with the drain plugs removed) of the Whaler 27 is 10,000 lbs or a couple F150s and your fishing gear.
  15. 1989 Boston Whaler, Whaler 27 with Whaler Drive and twin 225 Evinrude. Ad with details: Short video of her running nose into light whitecaps at 5K rpm at nearly 40mph: