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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. Bags have been sold. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. A pair of new unused Amish Outfitter 28” Buggy Bags. Unused because my plans changed and I downsized my boat. $80 PayPal plus shipping, or cash at time of local pick up in Niagara Falls area. I’ll be at the expo this weekend if you’re coming in from out of town. I’ll hold with a deposit. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Something to watch on a cold snowy day... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Dell Rowles had one of those for many years. It was a great boat to fish from. Best of luck with the sale. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. I see many problems from too small of a trailer, to improper balance and hitch height. While you can make multiple adjustments to improve the situation, you’d be best served making those adjustments on a more appropriately capacity and size matched trailer. Start by loading the boat up with a full tank of gas and all the gear you normally trail. Take it to a certified public weigh station near you. Weigh the trailer two ways - first with the tires and tongue on the scale to determine the weight, and the second is with the tires off and only the hitch (or front jack-stand) on the scale. This will help you understand the current setup capacity and balance. The total weight should not go over about 75-80% of your trailer’s rated capacity. This means you need, for example, an 8000 lb trailer for 6000lb of loaded and gassed up boat. This capacity overhead allows extra capacity to handle the pounding of rough roads and the windage loads of a tall boat with windshield and stand-up canvas system. It’s my belief that when you weigh the fully loaded boat and check the trailer capacity you’ll find you are well beyond the 75-80% of the trailer’s rated full capacity. If not, then there’s a lot of adjustments to be made including possible a new hitch to level the trailer tongue, repositioning of the winch stand and boat on the trailer to get rollers directly under the transom, and repositioning of the axles under the trailer to adjust balance and achieve a 12-15% (combined boat and trailer) tongue weight at the hitch. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. What will be the range of crew size when you go fishing? I downsized from a 27 to a 24 for retirement fishing so I can trailer it around if I want to. If you’re going to be like most retirees, you’ll find you will start picking your days and avoiding rough weather that you would have fished before on a day off when your free time was limited by work. If I had your budget, I’d consider a RV and a large trailerable boat and expand your fishing opportunities rather than be tied down to one port with a 30’+ boat. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. If it’s going to be a freshwater boat it’s better to use magnesium anodes rather than zinc. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. I have a love/hate relationship with the Cannons. They have a weak spot where the split push pin fits into the rod holder tube. The hole is drilled really close to the edge and from time to time the metal splits and/or the pin shifts and they fail. I do pull magnum divers on wire so maybe that combo is just too much for long-term durability under such a heavy sideways pull. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Albright is a good choice when joining dissimilar lines like mono to braid, especially when there’s a big difference in diameter. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. Once diver is in water, back drag off, turn clicker on, put rod in diver rod holder and let the line creep out under partial drag tension - rod tip should be bent a bit. Retighten drag once at depth. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. The volume of the leader, line, and backing is a constant whether spooled forwards or backwards. By initially filling the reel’s backing last (backwards), you assure that you will fill the reel’s spool to the optimal point. You get the maximum amount of backing on the spool while eliminating the possibility of having too much backing (which will bind the mainline or leader against the reel frame cross member or the level wind). Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Set up a 300’ weighted steel for your first rod. To get a full fill of backing, fill the reel backwards - 30’ leader, weighted steel, 10-20’ 40lb mono (where you attach to release), then the braid backing until the reel is full. Then take it off, and reinstall it backing first. If you have more than one reel, transfer it from one to another. If you only have the one reel, stretch it out in a park somewhere. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. With the new additional info about your desire for multi species fishing boat, not just a trolling boat, I'm modifying my previous recommendation to an aluminum, dual console, open bow boat with a layout similar to a Starcraft Fishmaster or Lund Tyee. With high sides and deeper V hulls, they are big water capable trolling boats that will be within your size and weight restrictions and their layout is flexible and open enough to be a decent multi species boat. Outboard power will serve your needs well for where you will be boating. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. IMO, express style makes for roomier trolling boats than walk arounds. With a hard top, they're even better. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. No, fold the site back on itself making a loop. Make an overhang knot with the loop end. Adjust the size of the loop as you tighten the overhand knot. Now squeeze the loop and feed the loop through the swivel’s eye. Then feed the snap through the loop. Close the loop around the snap swivel’s ring and tighten by pulling on the snap swivel. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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