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  1. I also have a MinnKota 12v 55lb (Power Drive) and it does everything I can expect from a trolling motor. I use it to counteract the wind to slow my drift or to give me a drift when there is no wind. It spends more days on the water in 20 degree weather than the warm weather for me. It's on my 16 now and spent a few years on my 17 before. I can get a days worth of steady fishing on a charge. I guess it all depends on how much you're willing to sink into it ($$$). I'm adding autopilot to mine in the near future because its still cheaper for me than dropping a grand on a new one. I'd love to but just can't justify it right now.
  2. Thanks everyone for the positive responses. After doing several boats I'm sold on doing it this way. If it was a boat I intended to keep for many years it would be fiberglass resin coated ply and nothing else. I fought with treated in the past and the quality of it (4-ply and not surfaced or filled) was far from acceptable. I prefer a high quality 5-7 ply. With the resin (epoxy or polyester) I never have to worry. Everyone has their own preferences I guess. Some people hate carpet too but I can't stand not having it. The boat is rented out for a week or to (a friend fishing up north), then the outside will get some attention. Already have the paint and printed the stripes and graphics the other night. Can't wait!
  3. Hey Steve- the rod holders are an Attwood and a Roberts. Look practically identical and use the same base. I think I have another set of bases or maybe more I can throw in if you want multiple mounting locations in your boat. Thanks
  4. Nice job. Was out 7-31 off the Bar and found some cooperative fish in the same depths. Beyond 250' things got pretty quiet. Nice pics!
  5. Some of your marks might have been bait. Actively feeding fish will 100% travel we'll out on their comfort zone for food. We've had many days out in 450-500 FOW where Steelhead will chase bait all the way to the surface and break out of the water (surface temp well into the upper 70's). We'd flatline spoons and pick up fish maybe in the upper 2-3'. I was out last night and had 46* water down 55' but also picked up fish down 35' in 65-70* water which I assume we're chasing bait.
  6. ^^^ Like Tim said. You can push/pull a few feet worth of fleas into a ball and slide it back and forth while pushing against the wire. Saws right through them.
  7. I agree- I switched mine to these in the 2x strong (or whatever the heavier one is) and they're so sharp from the factory it's ridiculous. Was running the Gamakatsu before these. I can't put a sharper point on a treble than what the Owner's come with.
  8. Hey guys, still have everything. Giving it another week or two before eBay. Thanks
  9. I know with my old 800 series FishHawk I had to swap out the battery connector (flimsy type 9v connector) to a higher quality rigid 9v connector. I think it had something to do with increasing battery life. It really seemed to make a difference. Is there a need for this with an older 840 too? It still look like a cheaper type connector. The one on my Depth Raider looks better than it too. Thanks.
  10. Thanks for the info. Might get up there this weekend if I don't make it out on Ontario. I'll be sure to post how I make out. Thanks again for the help.
  11. Thinking about trying to hit some walleye in the evening out of Buffalo. What does everybody prefer for a launch? The small boat harbor? I grew up fishing that area but we always had a dock in the river and would just cruise up. My few walleye trips last year were also out of a river launch. I'd just like to drop in later at night much closer to Seneca Shoal and Smoke's Creek. Thanks for any advice.
  12. Nice report King. It was nice to follow along instead of just daydream about fishing while at work!
  13. I'm having trouble getting a PM to go through with offers to Pisc... and was going to try from my PC when I get home in case it's a phone app problem. I guess he knows your offer so maybe you two can work something out.
  14. I agree with YM above. I stopped using marine plywood when it was up to $80+ purchased locally. Wasn't impressed with it much anyways. I have the most faith in exterior plywood (5-ply or more) with with a fiberglass resin coat on all surfaces. The biggest thing to remember is to protect your investment from the elements. None of it holds up well long term to continuous rain, wet, dampness.
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