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guffins fisherman

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  1. All Seasons in Pulaski had a pile of them hanging. I bought two, just in case. 

    Thanks everyone for the help. 


    I know I’ll get some eye rolls for saying this, but they really are the best mass produced ‘riggers.  I especially like the softer stop upon retrieval. My terminal tackle hanging the FishHawk probe does too. This counter is the only problem I have had with them. However, I bought them used a few seasons ago, so doubtful Scotty will send me a new counter.



  2. Frequently, 110 outlets are used for downrigger power.  They are cheap, easily installed and replaced, as well as the plug ends too.  My guess, two being present, would be downrigger power.  Chances are, they were poorly installed and directly to a battery/batteries and then the wiring was removed hastily at one time.  

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  3. Never used a shoot thru, but have used plenty thru hull ‘ducers.  It is a really easy job that looks bigger than it is. I’d say two days max out of the water if you are fully prepared with all your materials. Day one is prep and install. Day two is letting the 4200(not 5200) cure and routing the wire. Two days and you’re on the water getting great images at just about all the speeds you’ll need. You’ll be glad you made the leap. 

  4. One word will cure all your Cannon ills:  Scottie. 

    The 1116’s are “slow” enough to where they don’t jerk the cable at all. Up or down. The 2116’s are wicked fast, but have a gentle stop at the top and can be set up to stop with the gear anywhere below the surface to make it even less abrupt. Are they expensive?  Yes. Are they bigger?  Yes. Do they just flat out work day after day, up, down all day long no questions asked?  Yes. Are they simple to operate and replace seldom needed parts?  Yes. Have I just left my ‘Hawk on all season and just run it day after day on my 2116’s?  Yes. With that said, I terminated with the Scottie Surestop Pro’s on my winger riggers to make my stopper bead permanent. Made a huge difference not using the stopper beads on the wingers. 

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  5. For safety and comfort, I would recommend mounting your riggers just forward of the vents in the gunnels. This will allow you to set them and get to a bite easily and safely.  Then I would recommend mounting your rod holders(3-4) forward of the riggers, but not so far forward that they hinder getting on/off the boat, but forward enough to not hinder rotating the riggers, etc. Track is nice, but not a necessity. Track only allows for less drilling into your boat and easy removal/modifications, etc. I included a pic of mine that works really well. I have Scottie riggers now, but you get the idea.  Dipsys go in the forward Cannon holder and occasionally a rigger rod in the aft Bert’s. The middle plastic Bert’s holders only hold planer board rods. 


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  6. Friend of mine has a place on Can. side of Grindstone in Thurso Bay. He knows of someone that caught a king over there. One. I’ve always wondered why they don’t go further, or are more common down the river. I surmised it was due to almost all of our kings being stockers these days. With that said, they likely go back to, or near where they were released for their spawning rituals. The Salmon, the Black, Stony, Mill Creek, etc. 

  7. If I could make a suggestion:  I know it is not what you are asking for, but I would suggest buying new.  I bought a used X4D on this forum, and have not been completely happy with it.  Every time it goes wonky, I can't help but wonder if I got sold a piece of crap, or the perceived malfunction is just how the unit works normally.  I went into the transaction knowingly taking that chance, but to do it all over again, I would just go new.  Just the wondering and having it in the back of my mind has not been worth the savings on a used one.  

  8. Salmon strongly prefer 48-52 degree water.  The nice thing about a fish hawk is it will tell you where that is in the water column, or if it even exists at that location.  Secondly, and likely most important, a fish hawk gives you data that you can try to repeat once you find what the fish are preferring at that given moment, and then try to repeat it to increase your chances of repeating a catch.  The truth is, the actual numbers the fish hawk gives you don't actually matter.  What matters is the repeatability.  It just so happens a fish hawk tells us the relative speed at the ball and we compare it to surface speed and then try to use it to our advantage.  

  9. Tie them to each side of the boat so they lay in the water somewhere midship, but still able to easily reach them to pull them out.  Be sure to use tag lines(loose lines attached to the trailing end of the trolling bag) and attach them further back along the side.  These tag lines are used to 1). keep the bag from being sucked under the boat. 2). Retrieve the bag when done trolling.  The bags are way easier to empty of water by lifting from the trailing end of the bag. 3). If the tow line breaks, the tag line will keep it near the boat so you can retrieve it, if it hasn't found its way into your prop.

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  10. To be clear, trolling bags and drift bags are different.  The weight of your Penn Yan will shred a pair of drift bags in a day.  Trolling bags are way heavier built and cost more.  Big Papa Sportfishing and Amish Outfitters come to mind.

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  11. I think NYS DMV has a database of everything that has been reg'd in your name, to a certain extent of time. I think you can request a copy of it. I thought it could be done online, but not positive. The reg numbers you need for your captains license might be listed.

    I ran into this same sort of problem. I went back and found pictures over the years and was able to find the reg numbers I needed.

    Good luck.

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  12. I honestly think disconnecting the head unit from the power and removing the batteries from the probe resets the codes or something, and they begin talking better. Essentially mine did the same thing. Only thing I did differently was to reset the head unit to factory settings. Good chance FH did that when they had it too.

    Good to hear it works. Now go fishing.


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