John E Powell

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  • Gender
    Male
  • 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. Observer available for WIlson Harbor Invitational May 19

    A team has asked me to observe so I’m no longer available. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Very experienced and reliable observer available the weekend of the Wilson Harbor Invitational. I take the responsibility of observing very seriously; I have reliable transportation and always arrive to the designated location extra early and well rested. I’ve never been late. I don’t drink, smoke, or use drugs. You can message me through the LOU app with your telephone/text number and I’ll get back to you. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  3. Side profile photo, length, model, transom and deck condition? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Rod trees

    It’s not so much sturdiness as it is position on the boat. Rod trees are best mounted forward with rod holders oriented upwards and away from other gear. They’re used with planer boards. Divers are best run a little forward of the side rigger boom and angled so the rod points to the side and parallel to the water’s surface. I would recommend a dedicated heavy duty diver rod holder. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Battery advise please

    A big factor in battery life is dependent upon the charger you use. The new class of smart chargers with multi-step charging programs can significantly extend battery life and can electrically recondition older batteries renewing their performance. In some cases they can even restore usable life to batteries that can’t be charged by the older tech traditional chargers. I used to replace the batteries in my off-site stored RV every other year. I changed the old style charger out 4 years ago when the latest batteries were 1 year old and the batteries are still going strong. I use the RV once or twice a year, otherwise it’s sits unplugged. I plug it in for a couple days before and after each trip and when I unplug it the light on the charger reports all is still going well. It’s already paid for itself a couple times over. Mine is a Noco brand Genius charger, not sure which model. Reviews rated it well 4 years ago. There’s probably even better chargers available today. You might consider doing a search for current smart charger reviews. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Islander Transom

    Have you considered something like Coosa Board? You can eliminate any future wood problems altogether. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. Boat to chose... want opinions duck!

    Oh I must have misread, I thought you wanted something besides a walk around. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Boat to chose... want opinions duck!

    Wrong model, check the Scout Abaco 280. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Boat to chose... want opinions duck!

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  10. Boat to chose... want opinions duck!

    I’m confused, in your first post you want a wider beam boat sounds like 10-11’. Here you say you want to trailer between the finger lakes and Lake Ontario. I think you should buy either a large trailerable boat or pick the best boat for wherever you plan to be your home port. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  11. Twili tip with Braid

    You’d be better off with a regular ceramic ring rod tip with braid. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Dipsy rigs

    Fleas and need for deeper fishing with warmer water. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Dipsy rigs

    I’d run the braid divers for spring salmon and walleye and spool up wire for summer and fall salmon. I prefer a section of heavy mono between braid backing and weighted lines like lead core/copper/steel to attach to planer releases. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. Have you seen these?

    Tried one a few times last year, not a fish caught behind it. Of course, it wasn’t deployed when the bite was on, usually when things slowed down. They do look sexy... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. That’s s great deal if they’re in good shape. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United