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. Best electric down rigger?

    Can’t go wrong with the higher end Big John, Scotty, and Cannon, they’re all good. Compare features, decide what is and isn’t important to you. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Ah, your Paul with the pair of Bearcat 55s? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. # 1, 4, and 5 and Craigslist would be good for your Revenge. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. As this is a classic Boston Whaler of particular interest, I’d recommend you join a few specialty sites where BW fans hang out. Each has a marketplace where you can post it. 1) Everything Boston Whaler Facebook page. 2) Boston Whaler Restoration Projects Facebook page. 3) Boston Whaler Outrage Banana Hull Owners (1970-1982) Facebook page. 4) continuouswave.com 5) whalercentral.com I recommend you include a location and asking price in your ad. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Off a Dipsy

    Well, you basically need a full size dipsy to reach those depths and if you want to pull cowbells, which have a bit of drag, that’ll mean you really need a diver rod that can pull the diver and attractor combo. If you run into fleas while trolling, you might want to consider a wire setup, it’s the easiest to keep clean. If you don’t run into fleas, I’d probably switch the 17lb mono for braid. Both wire and braid will more easily reach the depths you want to troll. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Off a Dipsy

    What is the shallowest, average and deepest depths you need to reach on Keuka Lake during your fishing season? I ask because if you need to reach deeper depths you may need larger size divers which may require a more powerful rod to tow them. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  7. Since you’re in Rochester I would highly recommend McCauley canvas in Medina. We did a lengthy interview process to discuss options for a truly custom fishing canvas on my last boat. I couldn’t have been happier with the materials and his craftsmanship. http://www.mccauleycanvas.com 2-piece sides for spring/summer and 3 piece drop. They come together making a 5-piece rear wraparound. Exterior handrails for going forward on the gunnels. 2-toned with trim piping to match boat graphics. Future expansion zipper for rear room add on built in to the rear edge in advance. Sunbrella and Strataglass panels, and premium threads, binders, and sealers. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  8. Ice reel

    The 13 Fishing Black Betty Freefall and Eagle Claw In-line ice reels (switch out drag washers for carbon fiber on the Eagle Claw) are nice premium and budget reels respectively. The Tica Cetus-SS would my first choice in a spinning reel. On those bitter cold days the 13 Fishing Wicked Long Stem Clampack is a good choice as it will allow you to wear really bulky gloves; the long stem gives you extra clearance so it would be a good choice for outside the hut on bitter cold days moving from hole to hole looking for Walleye. I don’t know much about Fiblink models other than some people love them and some people think the stem is too short so keep that in mind if you have big hands, but they’re currently on sale. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Ice reel

    Need a lot more info about what and how your fishing to make a meaningful recommendation. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. 2018 LOTSA Salmon School

    There are free classes all weekend by top quality presenters... Sunday’s lineup of presenters is probably the best it’s ever been. Check the schedule... ________________________ 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. 2018 LOTSA Salmon School

    There are often factors in these situations that the general public isn’t aware of. For instance the facility contracts have to be made in advance, and commitments have to be secured from sponsors to the school for all the freebies attendees receive. When you’re a non profit organization you plan these types of commitments conservatively to assure success. If anyone was left out, that was really their choice as they could have reserved a seat a long time ago when ticket sales opened. It’s no secret the school sells out every year, and the volunteers at LOTSA who’ve put this school together in the past have nearly double the size of the school in recent years. I think they’re doing a fine job and they deserve more than a pat on the back for all their unpaid volunteer time. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Garmin TR1 Gold

    [emoji15] I think you meant to write watt not amp. A 1k amp generator would be about the size of a small locomotive.[emoji16] ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  13. Salmon School - 2018

    I heard it was down to 4 spots Thursday evening and it was sold out sometime after that. Keep watching, they might add more seats. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. Dunkirk?

    In the spring I’d want to be where the water warms first, off Ohio. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. Tuff Decisions

    West end of lake, south shore kings. 2 mag wire divers, 2 regular wire divers, 1 rigger, 1 300 weighted steel.