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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  1. I'm sure it is, but from what I heard I got the impression it was lake-wide along the NY shoreline. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. I just caught the tail end of a news report. I believe I heard that because of the current extreme high water levels there is a temporary no-wake by boats within 500' of the shoreline. Flooding / erosion of shoreline was reason. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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  6. With a really strong offer, I'll consider adding in the fish hawk x4 and generation 1 smart troll. __________________________________________________________________________ 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'm planning to keep the bags, but if someone makes a strong offer I'll include them (and maybe some other extras). Before anyone asks I'm keeping the DigiTroll 10s. [emoji41] I would not mount a trolling motor. A third outboard would make netting fish challenging on that corner of the boat. These engines are surprisingly fuel efficient at a troll. They use just .3 gph at normal trolling speed. Upwind on a windy day they consumes just .4 gph. A kicker would keep hours off the main engines, but there's not a lot of fuel $ to save by using one. And steering would certainly be worse with thrust coming from that far from the centerline. __________________________________________________________________________ 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. I would add a Twili. __________________________________________________________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
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  10. Before you buy any reel, go to a store where you can compare. Many people find the line counters that stick out to the left of the reel very uncomfortable. Depending on how you grip the rod when fighting a fish the line counter can cause you to hold your left wrist in an awkward position. As you pump the rod working the fish your wrist must clear the line counter sticking out to the side. For some it's no problem. For others it's a very uncomfortable situation. The Saltist stick out the most, and Tekota almost as much. You really need to mount a left line counter reel on the rod you're going to buy and try it for yourself. You may very likely find you prefer a reel with a top mounted line counter. Do yourself a favor and compare both before buying anything. As for rods, if you run the Torpedo 19-strand wire you don't need roller guide rods. That particular wire is soft enough that it won't damage the ceramic rings on better quality diver rods. Spend the extra $10 per spool for the 19-strand and save $100 per rod not buying rods with roller guides. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. I run a larger boat so can't give advise as to specific size(s). I recommend contacting Amish Outfitters and ask for them to recommend a small and medium size for your boat/power. Many people go with a pair of same size, but the small and medium gives more flexibility to adjust your speed. Here's a link: https://amishoutfitters.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. The first time you forget to raise it before hitting the gas you'll bend it like a pretzel. Cutting thrust with a plate reduces steerage. Drilling of holes in lower unit necessary. Mounting bolts are dissimilar to aluminum housing - corrosion concerns if boat is docked. Fighting a fish and want to slow down easily, just toss in other bag, net fish, pull bag, back to trolling speed without touching throttle. I could go on some more... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Go with one smallish bag and one medium size bag. Depending on wind and waves, you can deploy the small, the medium, or both for three levels of speed control. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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