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  1. This may seem ridiculous but I would like an answer. Never had a line counter reel before. Can I load my new line counter reel with more than 100 feet of line and still have the line counter show only the amount of line that has left the reel? For example , if my reel is loaded with 200 feet of line can it still show on the line counter only the 20 feet that I have released. Can my reel be loaded up with 200 feet with the line counter set to zero? Hope this all makes sense. jim
  2. Thank you for posting the pictures Yankee Troller, very helpful.
  3. OK but does anyone have concerns about the release fraying the line, be it mono or braid? I use the Scotty release and understood that one should always wrap their line with rubber bands to prevent this. Hearing from others on this would be really interesting. Or is this overkill on my part!
  4. Some thoughts and questions Can’t you switch your Perko from 1 to 2 or to both while running? Please advise. The suggestion to colour code your battery leads is a great idea. My 8hp Honda charges my main battery thru a circuit block that connects to my electric rigger while trolling. Seems to work really well. How or what do I need to change my manual planer board mast system to electric? Getting tired of cranking. And lastly I am using an older Minn Kota battery charger to charge my trolling motor batteries from inside the boat. Should I trade in this charger for one of the new Minn Kota precise charger series? Is there an advantage? jim
  5. Thank you, Looking forward to the pics jim
  6. Greetings all dog lovers, It looks like Lake of the Woods will be low this year and our dock will be high. So our Lab is going to have difficulty getting in and out of boats. Does anyone have any ideas? Have you built something like a gang plank? if so could you post a picture. I don’t want to lose my fishing buddy. Thanks jim
  7. Thank you, very happy with two spin n glows received from you. jim
  8. Does any one know the pound test line size used in Gambler Rigs? Also is line flouro or mono
  9. This memory still bothers me. I am fishing for lakers on Lake of the Woods. It’s a blue bird day with only one solitary black cloud far off in the sky. There is lightning being sent straight down from it. It’s coming closer , straight at me. I start to feel a bit of a headache. The water seems to change colour to a gray green. The lightning is coming closer, too close, so I decide to flee. The cloud followed me all the way home (a couple of miles) spitting lightning and then it just disappeared.
  10. I have mentioned this before but I think it bears retelling. Bob and I were in a musky tournament on Lake of the Woods. We were trolling, long lining 10 inch Jake’s. All of a sudden my line went skyward - then Bob’s followed. We looked up and there was a huge eagle with our Jake’s singularly hooked in each talon. We reeled and pulled it in and then somehow turned it upside down and it quieted down. Bob released the Jake’s while I kept a paddle in front of that beak. The eagle flew off half in the air and partially bouncing on the water to perch later high up on the tallest tree nearby. Quite an experience!
  11. Lake of the Woods, Ontario is now a real concern also for walleye. A problem created by politics and neglect.
  12. I second the suggestion made by Cody191. Your kicker should always charge the main cranking battery. This is what I have done. I intend in the future to run a line from this battery with an isolator to either my electronic battery or to my trolling batteries. I expect this will have minimal effect because I usually go on short runs in Lake of the Woods. However I have been stranded and never again! Last year we had a famous musky hunter get stranded for 3 days in November in an open boat with daily snow living on bread and peanut butter.
  13. My battery storage method in cold Canada is to pull them all out of the boats and charge them all one final time inside the insulated cottage upon a swimming float mat. The plastic in the mat keeps the batteries warm all winter. Then I cover the terminals with dialectic grease and the whole battery with a garbage bag. Dust on your terminals is your enemy. Periodically I check the batteries fluid and charge them thru the winter. Come spring my engines all start . (I also change all the oils every fall whether they need it every fall and fill the gas tanks with premium and Sea Foam to fight condensation.) It can be time consuming but the system works!
  14. Thank you L & M and Sherman Brown. This has been an education. I have an old Humminbird 1197c that I just love. I bought it in April 2010. I thought I could move it to my second boat, but after a brief shakedown cruise I think it is ageing. My GPS no longer works etc. So rather drill more holes I am going to place this machine on the floor and continue to use it until it really dies. The other functions I use still work.
  15. Hi, I am reluctant to drill thru my Lund Rebel consol. The consol appears to be hard plastic over aluminum. I wish to instal a Ram mount. Does anyone have any advice as to method and type of drill bit. I do not want to crack the consol. Just drill straight down and bolt her in. Probably with a wood base underneath. I wonder how do the professional riggers do it? Thanking all contributors in advance. jim
  16. I have been told releases can damage my line. I would like to hear if anyone agrees with this (or not) and what they have done to protect their line. Currently I am using off shore releases with rubber bands fishing with either mono or braid.
  17. Couple of things, Cannon sells an additional bottom tracking system. I have it but haven’t tried it. It has received mixed reviews due to response time when faced with sudden bottom changes. When my Digitroll failed and kept failing, everything failed! Good luck
  18. Cannon Digi Troll I had the first model which looks like this one. Just loved it until one day it failed. It kept turning itself off after the ball was out and down. Imagine pulling in a 10 pd ball attached to wire w/o gloves! Then having a kinked mess in the boat because it couldn’t wind up. I tried to have it repaired professionally many many times but no go, it always failed. If you want a scanned copy of the original Computrol Manual I can send it the next time I am near a scanner . But I can’t say when exactly being on the lake right now. jim
  19. Thank you, I have a circuit block. But this is good to know.
  20. Do any of you use this? And does it make a difference? I never have but do have a Cannon rigger which will allow me to do this. Not trying to be controversial here but want to do a little fresh water research. My boat by the way is aluminum and I wonder if this is a factor?
  21. RE SLOW LEAK Sometimes its something simple like a worn out old bilge plug. The rubber wears out ! Try a new one in its place. Good luck,
  22. A suggestion for the singing. In Florida some charter boats cut av tennis ball in half and then wrap it around the down rigger wire with plastic tape.
  23. Thank you Andre, I like the automatic charge concept. I will be in contact with Blue Sea. Hope they have a dealer in Canada. jim
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