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Everything posted by Bonzoso

  1. +1. AND I don't need fishing shows to get jacked about headin' out to the water.
  2. Cudos to you Nautitroller. I know most on this board would do the same but it's nice to know that other boaters out there have your back. And as always all, pay it forward!
  3. Killians don't doubt yourself. Your idea ain't half bad. You can already see the Tractor guys are interested. You ain't never goin to please everyone on this board as long as you keep posting, so throw it up against the wall and see what sticks. This may not, but what the h%ll.
  4. Hooks are cheap. Cutters almost always!
  5. Thanks guys for the info. I'll have to start giving it a try on occasion to break up my day.
  6. Hi all, I just have become somewhat familiar, in the last 2 years, with jigging and trolling Cayuga and have been wondering if anyone regularly fishes the shorelines with a fly rod. Wondering if there are any significant insect hatches that entice the rainbows , browns, or even LL's to rise to dry flies in the evenings. I imagine there are times of the year when streamer fishing can be effective. I'm interested because I find myself often needing to take a break from one kind of fishing during the day. Since I travel a couple of hours to the lake, I like to spend ALL day out on the boat. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  7. Dude, I gotta lot of problems with the pres. but this issue was there way before he came to office. This is an issue from congress particularly those GOPers from the corn belt.
  8. I'm looking to find a mechanic in the SouthCentral NY area to put a tune on an old 1995 120 hp Force (Mercury) Engine. Any recommendations out there. I usually use a place close to home in PA but don't want to drag the boat down there. Thanks!
  9. Same here, usually have pretty good luck with amazon. They have always made good with fast free delivery for lost or damaged items. I'd love to have a good local shop but nothing but Dick's close by and it is not very well stocked. I really hate the way the big box stores have just ruined the local guys. We had a great shop in town here years ago. They carried what the customers generally wanted. The Dicks here does not cater to the customer. They carry what will make them the most profit. Sign o the times.
  10. Hi all, I'm jonesin' to get to my boat up in this area and was wondering how much snow is still around. Anyone? I went up to my place 2 weeks ago and needed snow shoes to get up my 3/4 mile drive. With 3 foot drifts in places my ATV plow was no match. Had to leave. Any significant melting since then? Thanks
  11. Yes, that one seems to have a wider base than the other stainless ones I've seen. I really am leaning toward the garelick 71090. It may be overkill for my 9.9 2 stroke and a little more expensive but it looks really rugged. I can't seem to see if it has transom angle adjustment and the literature I found doesn't mention it. With wedges it could be made to work. Got to get up to my boat to see if I have a significant angle on the mounting surface. Thanks to all who posted!
  12. Sk8man, This one looks like a slightly lighter duty version of the 7109X series (I think they are aluminum alloy and seem to have a beefier handle). But it does appear to have adjusting hole to adapt for proper vertical positioning on almost any transom angle. Am I correct? Do any of you guys that use the 7109X series know if this is also the case or will I need to use a wedge between the mount and transom. ( My boat is not here and I can't remember how much of an angle the mounting surface has to the water) I do plan on using a PE board between the transom and mount, just curious as to whether it'll need to be machined to a wedge.
  13. I'd appreciate it, but if a good one doesn't show up in a couple of weeks, I'll probably go with one of those garelicks like the 71090. Just wondering how those springs are on the 4 stroke mount and If my 2 stroke Johnson ( I still chuckle when I say that) will have any problem dropping from the up position. I saw a guy complaining on Amazon ( he said his motor weighed about 60 lbs) that he had to push the motor down completely because the springs were too strong for his motor. I don't know what my 9.9 weighs offhand but I'd guess at least 75 lbs. Anyone see a problem here.
  14. I really appreciate. the input folks. I'm beginning to feel more comfortable with the adjustable mount! Sounds to me like most people are going that way these days.
  15. Yeah, I was looking on ebay for those OMC's a few yeas ago. They were hard to find but everyone said they were the best at the time. Could never find one that didn't look like it was on it's last legs.
  16. Wow, that mount looks a little beefier than the stainless 2 stroke garelicks I used to see on the road bouncing kickers around back in the late nineties. Thing is, I just went on garelicks web site to check out those 4 stroke kickers, and even though they do look much more robust, they still say in their paperwork that the motors should NOT be trailered on the mounts. Annoys me that they make this product for heavy 4 stokes and still won't ok them for trailering? How many people really lift a 100lb+ motor on and off a trailered boat every time they want to go down the road and why would they not want to manufacture a product that they felt they had to include this disclaimer with. And how do you carry an unmounted 100lb. motor around in your vehicle with all kinds of gas and oil and funky water spilling out of it. Still tryin to decide if a stationary would be better. But thanks for your input AND pictures. It helps.
  17. Hi all, I know this has been discussed many times on this board and I have read a lot of the older posts. I found an older (early 90's Johnson long shaft 9.9 hp 2 stroke that looks like it was never used. Anyway, I've been going many years without a kicker on my 95 1802 trophy (w/ 120hp ob) and would like to use this Johnson. Over the years I've debated using one of the adjustable mounts or a fixed mount. I've never been able to decide, but with this motor in hand, it's time to cut bait. I trailer a lot (NY to NC and in between) so I've always been wary of the adjustable because it's not advised by the manufacturers and I've seen many of them bouncing around on the back of trailed boats. I've heard some say if you winch the kicker down to support it during trailering it's fine. The fixed mount seems like it would be more secure when trailering. I'd really like some input from those that trailer their kickers mounted on a boat similar to mine. Another pro in the fixed column for me would be price. I've seen some well rated fixed mounts for about $90. Thanks for any and all input.
  18. Yep, not only do I hold the rod but I drive the boat. Big PITA. That's what I get for having no retired friends that fish. Now I must also say that I take breaks and jig in between runs. I looked at those Down East holders. The Salty deck mount ones look pretty robust. Couldn't use the clamp ons in my boat.
  19. Thanks for the input guys! And yes I've been fishing the Fingers with the smaller ones.
  20. Hi all, I'm new at this trolling with divers thing. I did pretty well this past year with them but always held them. Am looking to mount rod holders and was considering a holder like the Scotty Power lock rod holder so I can use a flush mount to put on and remove. Are these holders tough enough to hold up to diver fishing. Appreciate any input. Thanks.
  21. Nice fish. Is that a Rainbow? I was out there too. Boated 3 nice clean Lakers all about 27" and lost a couple at the boat. Beautiful fall day
  22. By the way Hermit, I found your website after hiring John to guide. I found it very informative, particularly the info on boat control. My boat is not ideally rigged for this kind of fishing as it is a high freeboard walk around with no trolling motor. It is therefor up to me to get my jig placed properly with the boat drift and often involves casting ahead of the drift to get a vertical presentation. This was nicely explained in your write up. Many thanks to folks like you who share their experience with old duffers like me and make our fishing experiences more enjoyable!
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