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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. In 1980 I opened my rod building business, John's custom Rods, and have been crafting Great Lakes trolling rods ever since.
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    Wilson, NY
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    Rodmaster

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  1. Changing over to the Torpedo swivel roller tip is a little more challenging to do than replacing a common ring guide. Unless something has changed, there used to be only 1 size tube for the Torpedo tip. To install it correctly (with long-term durability) you need to build up the rod tip with thread and epoxy rod finish, let it cure, and then mount the torpedo tip with rod tip adhesive. If you skip building up and fitting the rod blank tip to the roller guide tube, it wont hold up long term.
  2. I have 3 heavy-duty 30° flush mount rod holders. One older matching pair (the two on the left in photos), and a third is newer. They are all heavy-duty chrome-plated bronze rod holders, each tube is welded to the flange. I buffed and polished the top surface of each rod holder; they cleaned up nicely. The white tube liners on the older pair do show some discoloration (see photo). I would rate the older matched pair’s overall condition at good, and the newer single is very good. Pricing: Newer rod holder on the right PayPal Friends and Family $25 shipped USPS with tracking or PayPal Goods and Services purchase $26.06 shipped USPS with tracking Older matched pair on the left PayPal Friends and Family $40 shipped USPS with tracking or PayPal Goods and Services purchase $41.50 shipped USPS with tracking All three rod holders PayPal Friends and Family $55 shipped USPS with tracking or PayPal Goods and Services purchase $56.95 shipped USPS with tracking If you are interested please post in thread and send me a LOU message. Thanks.
  3. The nicest multi-species aluminum fishing boat I've seen in the 18' range is the Ranger VX 1788DC. It's the only 18' aluminum boat I'm aware of with a 102" beam. It also features a wood-free hull construction which, in my opinion, is hugely important down the road if you're planning on keeping the boat for a long time - no rotten floors or transom to deal with. I think they start about 43K with a Merc 150 and trailer.
  4. Back in the 80s when people were building double boards out of cedar, we'd move the pull point fore/aft to adjust them. If I recall correctly, we settled on a board that had two holes, one for faster salmon trolling speeds and one for slower walleye trolling speeds; we’d move the hook from one hole to the other. If I recall correctly, the faster salmon hole was the one towards the front and the slower walleye hole was behind it by an inch or so. If the principle is similar, it might help to try a pull point slightly behind the current location. You might try fashioning a bent offset pull hook to fit in the existing hole in the board to reposition the pull point. Try to keep the pull point the same distance offset from the side of the board as that is a factor also – if you change that you're changing two things at once.
  5. Under-powering a boat so severely is a sure way to vastly limit your pool of potential buyers.
  6. I have a pair of older style Cannon 9" risers. I used them to create an elevated trolling board across the stern of a smaller boat I no longer have, they brought the riggers up to a nice standing height for me instead of always having to kneel to rig lines. Each of the 4 cast aluminum bases has both 2 1/2" and 4" square bolt patterns. The 4" spaced holes are smooth for through bolting into deck plates. These are the holes I used and they show some wear from bolt heads. The 2 1/2" spaced holes are tapped with threads and are unused on both (threads are clean and corrosion-free). Functionally they are very strong and rigid, and while installations can certainly vary from one boat to the next, I always felt confident leaning against the board mounted between them with my 280lb. The standard 9" height could be lowered by trimming the aluminum tube between the cast aluminum bases. The tubing is designed to be run completely through the bases and set-screwed in place flush with the top and bottom base surfaces. The minimum height these could be configured to is about 4 3/4" with the bases touching each other and the tube trimmed accordingly. You could also go taller with longer tubing, if my memory serves me right I think Cannon made them up to 12" tall. $90 seems like a fair price. That's 4 bases at $20 each + $10 to cover shipping. They were about 50% more when new. I may need to disassemble them for packing and shipping in a USPS Flat Rate box (there are 4 set screws for each riser assembly) - if so, you will need to reassemble them with an Allen wrench. Payment, you choose one or the other: PayPay Friends and Family $90 shipped with tracking by USPS to your standard USPS address. - or - PayPal Goods and Services $93 shipped with tracking by USPS to your standard USPS address. Please post your interest in the thread and also message me through LOU mail.
  7. I have one new 300' Opti-Tackle 45lb copper in original packaging. PayPal friends and family price is $27 shipped with tracking by USPS to common US address. - or - PayPal goods and services price is $28.12 shipped with tracking by USPS to common US address. If you are interested, please make a post in the thread and also send me a message through LOU mail.
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