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  1. Re Canadians , Americans and the Niagara Bar For KevinFarrell and Wargofam I am a Canadian. I like Americans! But I am not a Trudeau fan. I feel that our country was let down by the present government. We were warned that covid was coming and did not do very much until the scourge struck. Another case of management by crisis, too late and too little. We should be selling licences and cooperating any way we can with our (best!) American friends. Please accept my apology for any difficulties encountered. Some day I would like to join you all at the Niagara Bar.
  2. Hi, Some advice please. Have just been given Berkley Gulp Garlic spray. Is there a use for this in Great Lake fishing? In my area there is musky, lake trout, walleye and pike. Or can this be used to attract baitfish? This is not intended to be a stupid question. Thanks jim
  3. Raw chicken meat and sucker meat are also supposed to be very effective due to their scent
  4. This year I am going to use a wee bit of scent. And I will use the Dreamweaver Whirligigs which provide for a scent trail. And of course other tackle does this too. have noticed various “experts” don’t mention it but they do use scent when laker fishing. My research suggests something greasy like hot dog grease which has been used in one particular lake. So what is favourite scent you use when lakers are inactive? I note on the market there is Gulp, Smelly Jelly , Garlic and so on. Do you use any other scents for walleye and other species? ( I used it for musky last year and was pleasantly surprised! Guess a little dab will do yuh) This should make for interesting reading pro or con, looking forward to it. jim
  5. This is an outside comment. I do not fish on the great lakes. However these are some observations when my little fishing club tried to hold a "professional " tournament. 1) The entry fee was outrageous. 2) There was no sharing of information after the tournament. 3) It was not self supporting . Non participating members were expected to support the tournament financially (using club funds raised for fish stocking) and to volunteer all day during the event. 4) It seemed that the most ardent supporters of this event had a problem keeping their feet on the ground,(swelled heads). 5) There was a lot of self promotion. As a result my club split and to this day barely operates any more. I miss the comraderie we once had when we all fished together for fun not profit. And our membership has declined. My apologies for being negative but maybe seeing this you can avoid some of the issues we had to deal with.
  6. Thank you JTRCNC for the offer of assistance.
  7. Thank you Sk8man, this is one of the adaptations I had in mind.
  8. Thank you mr 580 and Sk8man, great advice. I am getting close to making a decision. Though I am surprised that some manufactureres charge extra for end caps. I would have thought that end caps as a locking system would be included. Hopefully if I ever lose one I can substitute a 1/4 inch bolt or something. Covid does not help either with the current shipping restrictions either.
  9. Thank you guffins fisherman and DoubleTrouble1 for taking the time to get back to me. I have been monitoring Amazon and will continue to do so. Part of my problem is not being able to see the track close at hand . Its good to hear that all the rod holders and related equipment will fit into track made by different manufacturers.
  10. Thank you Fishnut but I am too far away to attend the Toronto or the Chicago sport shows. The pandemic does not help either. Our local sport show is too small and lacks the variety I would expect to find at a genuine sports show. So I have to buy online. This is why I am seeking recommendations. I wish to make an informed choice.
  11. Ok , I am getting ready to pull the trigger on some 24 inch mounting track. I intend to use it for Down East Salty rod holders for musky fishing. I would also use dipseys when fishing for lake trout. I will be bolting the track to my Lund's gunnel. My question is there a marine tackle supply house in either Canada or United States that people recommend with reasonable pricing? ( I can't believe the difference in pricing that I have found so far! Don't these companies ever have sales?) And is there a manufacturer or brand that one could recommend? Thanks Jim Stay safe everyone,
  12. OK, for us in Ontario we have sometimes limited access to gas without ethanol. In addition at fueling up we sometimes receive gas from the bottom of the tank that has been there for a long time. It seems to me and others that overall our gas has been reduced in octane quality so it deteriorates quicker than ever before. Plus we believe that the service tanks themselves at the gas station should be cleaned out periodically. Yes I do use Sea Foam or Stabil. Local boat dealers here also have concerns about gas quality so they always suggest premium fuel.
  13. I also have a Honda 8hp in longshaft after using either an OMC or Mercury kicker. More weight in the longshaft model BUT the control and the ability to turn on a dime while trolling is superb. It does not stall when you tune it to run extremely slow. I Like how the little motor charges my cranking battery. My boat is 17 1/2 foot Lund Pro Sport with a 90. The fuel lines have the same connection so I can come home using either my inline tank or that of my trolling motor for either engine. Both engines are Honda, solid and dependable. My 8hp Honda is easy starting and has brought me back a couple of times when the main motor failed. Because bad gas has become an issue here in Lake of the Woods I also now run like many others with an additional aftermarket fuel filter. Hope this helps and good luck!
  14. Thank you Bozeman Bob and Sk8man. I think I am a poor writer. I am thinking of moving my 1197 to a second boat. I should have added that! Its been 10 years since I bought my 1197. So I was curious if anything had changed regarding transducer placement. One thought was whether or not a transducer could be mounted further away from the boat. Or are there transducer designs not as affected by turbulence? Hope this hasn't been a waste of everyone's time.
  15. Hi, I would like to know with all the recent amazing advances in electronics, is there a new requirement regarding transducer placement. Currently i have a Humminbird 1197 and I am serously looking at the Humminbird Solix. Two different systems/generations which I understand will have two different styles of transducers. I fish for lakers ,walleye and musky . I use a downrigger from time to time. I have an 8 hp trolling motor hanging over the transom of my aluminum boat. Any input would be most apprecated - thank you. jim
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