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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
  • Boat Name
    Coho Queen

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  1. Edge Marine Sport OS. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. I agreed to help a team so I’m no longer available. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. If your team needs a last minute observer for this weekend, I am available. I’m reliable, experienced, and always punctual. If you have my number already, feel free to contact me, otherwise you can message me initially through the LOU forum. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. You can have them custom made any length you want by your friendly neighborhood rod builder. [emoji476] Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. I have about 75-100 of Joe’s hand made spoons. Probably half are hand hammered 44s. Back in the day my father had a west coast connection for then new squid patterns each year and he used to hand tie squids with George Richey’s tinsel inserts and sell them as a LOTSA club fundraiser. My dad, George and Joe traded tinsel squids, flies, and spoons each season at the Buffalo fishing show. One year I traded Joe a custom thumper rod with a thread weave of his pirate lure stamp for 3-4 dozen of his spoons. A few of these were unique one-off experimental lures that were never produced for sale. While countless other lures have come and gone over the years, I still have consistently good success fishing many of Joe’s hand made spoons. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. I charge $10-12 labor per guide depending on the complexity to replicate the factory appearance. I’m in Niagara Falls. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. An old e-glass rigger stick is very flexible. The materials I have available today for internal repairs are all higher modulus and while repairable if it’s a clean break, you probably won’t be happy with the change in the rod after it’s repaired. If the breaks are close to the tip and you just want to shorten it at that point, you’ll need a new larger tip and to do it right you’ll probably need to relocate a guide or two. In all honesty, it’s not worth the time and expense to have me repair it and also pay to ship to me and back unless there’s some intangible sentimental value associated with the rods that outweigh economic value. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Hi everyone. I’m available to observe for your team. I’m experienced, reliable, punctual, and professional. I will travel east to Oak Orchard area and west to Toronto area for events. I can be reached initially by message through LOU (if you don’t already have my number). Update: I have paired up with teams for both Scotty events at Bluffers Park, and the Wilson Harbor Invitational.
  9. Your Whaler needs a OEM Mills Canvas Bimini. They made the originals and have all the correct exact interchangeable fit parts. You can start with the Bimini and add on later without having to have existing canvas reworked to match the new. https://millscanvas.com/whaler-canvas/ Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. More important than the HP on a trolling motor is the gear case gear ratio. The lower gears of a trolling motor allow them to turn props with larger surface areas. Large props spinning at slower speeds develop more thrust. Lower gears also allow the engine to turn faster and develop more usable hp. It’s a win win scenario. If you think of this in extremes, consider a freighter going down the lake. The prop is gigantic but it rotates relatively slowly. A 9.9 trolling motor with low gearing is completely adequate to push the boat. A 15 may produce more charging amperage at wide open throttle, but if it runs an even bigger prop than the 9.9 it will operate at lower rpm and may not actually generate any more real world charging at normal operating rpm trolling around the lake. As to thrust at wot through big waves, if both engines have similar max rpm, gearing, and props, and both can wind up to full rpm then there’s no thrust advantage with the 15 over the 9.9. There would have to be a difference in gearing and/or prop. Either way though, once you reach the hull displacement speed and the bow wave begins to pass behind the transom and the transom begins to squat no additional power is realistically useful unless it’s enough power to push the boat up the backside of the bow wave and begin to plane. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. If you decide to add foam, make sure it is a “closed cell” foam and not “open cell” foam. Open cell foam will absorb water more easily over time, closed cell foam better resists absorbing water though it will still take on some water over time if it’s someplace that can get wet. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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