John E Powell

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About 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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  2. Might want to look here: http://www.armstrongnautical.com/brackets.htm Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Hello. I'm an experienced observer and very reliable. I can be contacted initially through LOU message. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  4. Saw this today and remembered your post: http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2191 I know it's not the 2000 or newer mercury you were looking for, but I thought it might be an inexpensive option.
  5. 23" end of loop to nose of fly is usually what I start the day with on 8" attractor. I have at least 1 shorter and 1 longer of every fly. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. "I'm retired and have a fixed income. I'm putting my son through college, so I have a small fishing budget. I am looking to buy rods and reels that I can use as dedicated walleye rods. I have bass fishing rods with spinning reels, four downrigger rods and two dipsy rods. I spend more money on tackle than on rods & reels." IMO, with a tight budget I would just use the rods and reels you already have and just swap in appropriate terminal rigging for walleye trolling on each rod. Your salmon gear may not be ideal, but it will work well enough for trolling for walleye. ________________________ 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. I have an older Miya Epoch. The reel operated like most reels, you lower the rod tip and bring in line. You would have to press the retrieve button lowering the rod and release the button with every lift or pump of the rod. You can't really just press the button and hold it until the fish is in the net. It would be like landing a fish with a rod in a rod holder and just turning the crank of the reel continually - not very productive. 3-4 lb. of drag on an electric reel is the same as 3-4 lb. of drag on a traditional manual reel. You have to fish it the same way. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Offer and deposit accepted.
  9. When the spread you started with no longer matches the mood of the fish. Feeding fish get a close tight pattern, neutral fish get a pattern more spread out, negative fish I cut back on gear and spread out more. As to colors, I generally start with white/glow/pearl tones in the morning and as the sunlight penetration into the water changes I'll trade in a few baits with more realistic bait colors like silver, greens, blacks. In low light it's about the fish being able to find your bait, in brighter conditions it's about your lure looking something similar to food. Sometimes, if the day is progressing per usual, I don't wait for a period of inactivity before I start adjusting. I'll make adjustments through the morning even if I'm still catching fish. I try to avoid waiting so long that a drastic or wholesale change is needed. Finally, I rarely leave fish to find fish without a very good reason. If the fish I'm on stop biting I'll think about my spread in 3 dimensional terms, not 2 dimensionally. Sometimes people focus on troll direction or lead lengths and forget to consider that the more active and feeding fish in your immediate area may have moved vertically in the water column, not for example, north or west... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. Can't go wrong with black or clear. Maybe add in white/pearl glow for an option. Can't think of the last time a different color was hot and none of the three I mentioned wouldn't catch fish. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. We have much clearer waters nowadays than in the past. There was a time 4 riggers were the norm, but two riggers on your size boat will be more productive the vast majority of the time than four. Most of the largest charter boats have reduced their rigger spreads from 5-6 to 3 and sometimes they may reduce to just 2. It's what works today. With riggers, less is more. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Tom Allen's team won. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Front. Display can be read from rear as you adjust speed. Fish in the net flopping around as you lift and swing them in will hook netting now and then. Fish slime will get on it.
  14. Is it cavitating or ventilating? They're not the same thing. Generally speaking, some newer prop designs are engineered to be able to work closer to the surface than other designs. I would take the dealer at his word about the prop their suggesting and give it a try with the understanding that if it didn't operate correctly you can return it undamaged for full refund. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. To me, EFI on the Suzuki isn't a compelling reason to choose it over other brands unless I had a lighter aluminum boat and I didn't fish in more than moderate winds. The gear case ratio of the Suzuki is only 2.08:1. They call it a high thrust, but It seems more marketing hype than reality. The prop they mount is clearly an all purpose prop designed to serve a broad range of uses. Will it troll a boat? Sure, but not as well as some other options in the market. I'd consider this as a light-duty trolling option. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app