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Ray4852

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  1. les I miss canandaiqua fishing tackle. he had everything we could think of. Walmart put him out of business along with the new 5 and 20 that went around canandaiqua. he still had a catalog business. something happen.
  2. those old victrola are worth a lot of money today. I have two. one beat up and the other like new never used. all cherry wood. if you have one. never get rid of it. someday it will be worth thousands of dollars. theres a lot of history behind that old box. it was develop and made right here. a lot of people make fun of it. its a shame what they don't know. this is real capitalism at work.
  3. those lampreys have been around since 1830. when Canada put in the wetland canal all hell broke loose. I remember the old tackle shops we had around Penn Yan. it was a factory for night fishing gear, victrola boxes and if you needed any fishing gear repaired. you could have it done right here. in Waterloo we had a couple small tackle shops. fisherman friend. berry bait and tackle. Lodi had a nice shop. all these shops carried everything we needed to fish these lakes. we had spoon manufactures too. Sutton company was probably the biggest one of them all. he supplied all the copper we needed too. the list goes on and on. I can't believe how everything has left the area.
  4. when I started out fishing with the meat rig I used a broomstick roller tip rod with 30lb deccron line. I used brass swivels small enough so they can slide thru my roller tip on to my Penn 49 reel. I spaced my swivels 10 to 20 apart. 5 leaders 10 feet long. the bottom swivel was home made. sinker 32 once. I lowered the bottom rig to I can hit bottom in 100 ft of water. I marked my line with my trolling speed. this gave me a good idea how deep I was fishing my bottom lure. 100 ft was a good depth to find trout. I fished this rig out to the middle of lake. early morning fish hit the upper 2 leaders by mid morning the bottom two leaders did most of the catching. when I got a fish on I reeled up took off the leader thru it in the boat till I came to the leader with the fish on. laid the rod down took off the leader and played the fish by hand till I lured him to the net. its was fun when I had 3 fish on at once. 2 meat rigs was enough for me. if you want to fish this rig today you have to be a little creative making up the rig. its old school fishing. years ago we didn't have the rods and reels we have today. fish finders started coming out around the end of the later 60s. my first FF was the lowrance green box. then I went to the vexilar paper unit. then I went to the X15 FF. those paper units were much better than the FF we use today. if your old FF broke down you could get it fixed. today they give you a coupon to buy a new one.
  5. one way to solve this problem. use a small piece of wire. twist it on the bead chain swivel to you get a nice loop. copper will work too. I saw those spring clips from net craft. net craft has a nice bending tool. get the wire and make them up yourself. if you don't want to fool around use a small swivel small enough so it wont slide off your bead chain. its a shame we don't have our specialty shops. this what happens when we switch from small shop to big box stores. those big box stores killed the little guy. all we get from them now is rubber worms and over priced tackle.
  6. bead chain tackle is pretty easy to find. I did a google search. amazon caries them too.
  7. Les, I rebuild those old Dave Davis cowbells. I get my wire from net craft. I wish I could find good quality blades only. netcraft sells blades, I built some cowbells from these blades but these blades pull to hard. they work off a handline. I like to keep everything simple off my down rigger rod. A small dodger and bait lure works for me.
  8. I bent the blades a little on those old cowbell rigs. it helped a little. I wish I could get my hands on those 3 blades rigs I bough years ago from a Lake Ontario shop. those worked pretty good off my down rigger rod.
  9. My setup is very basic but its perfected so well it will out fish any other method out there. I like cowbells. The old Dave Davis with 7 blade. I liked the old miller rig too. I fished it off a hand line. years ago I bought a set of 3 blade cowbells from a Lake Ontario shop. these blades worked so well. I used them off my down rigger rod. they were made out of aluminum . I tried to make them myself. my blades weren't the same so I stopped using them. here goes. you need a good wire rod and reel. I use the charter special reel with a shamannio roller rod. this rod works good but the rollers on it are Junk. I have to replace my rollers a lot. but thats no problem. it only takes about 2 minutes to pop out a bad roller and put in a new roller. I use wire line. single strand and braid wire. I connect a good ball bearing swivel at the end of my wire line. I don't use 3 way swivels. I make my own swivel. The sinker lead 18 inches with 12 to 16 ounce . I connect a small dodger or a spin doctor to it. my lure off the dodger about 3 ft. peanut, spoon, dead bait, flatfish and flys. every lure is coated with pro cure herring oil including the dodger. I set the rig down. I can go down to 200ft with 16 ounce sinker. my sinker is touching bottom all the time. my bait is probably running 12 inches off bottom.
  10. Did you guys really think winter was over. most of the snow will be up in the Adirondacks and down wind of Lake Erie. I heard my area could get 5 to 8 inches with temps down to 25 degrees. no surprise to me. all I can do is put on another boat cover. by weekend temp will go up to the high 50s again. last year snow didn't end till the middle part of May. I can't complain. I had 2 weeks in March with very nice spring weather. first two weeks during April was nice also. what's bad about this weather. the farmers with fruit trees with blossoms will suffer the most.
  11. I wonder how much one wind mill will cost the tax payer to have it repaired.
  12. I'm late to this thread but the information I post now will be good information for future use. you get what you pay for when you buy a battery. we have wet cell batteries, AGM and lithium lifepo4. standard wet cell are not meant for heavy duty use. 100 amp cost about 100 dollars. you can only discharge it to a 12.20 state of charge. this is 50 percent. next AGM. they build a different kind of battery. you still have to be careful how far you discharge this battery also. 50 percent is what they say works well for this battery. I never let my AGM go below 30 percent. this is 12.40 state of charge. the best AGM to buy are lifeline and the vmaxx battery tanks. they cost up to 300 dollars for a 100 amp battery. they have bigger AGM also but cost a lot more. I have one vmcxx now its 5 years old. good battery for the money. you can buy them on Amazon for 250 dollars for a 100 amp battery. lithium is different tecnology. I have one now. its 100 amp battle born battery. I paid 950 dollars for it 3 yrs ago. I think now they have come down to 900 . what I like about this battery I can discharge it below 50 percent every time I use it. company says I can discharge down to 20 percent with no damage to the battery. I use lithium in my camper when I do a lot of boon docking up in the high hills of the central Adirondacks. lithium has some very serious disadvantages when you use it below 32 degrees. you can still use the battery but can't charge it or you will destroy the battery. lithium if you take care of it. this battery should last 10 to 15 years with 3000 to 5000 charge cycles. my battle born comes with a 10 year warranty. next you need a battery charger for lithium. they cost up to 150 to 500 dollars for a high amp charger. next you need a battery monitor. the state of charge is all different with lithium. I use the vectron battery monitor. right now the only lithium I can recommend is battle born. there made in the US. all others they sell right now don't match up to the battle born. lithium some day will be a standard battery in our boats and RV. but it will take at least 10 years before they come down to an affordable price. over all lithium is the best battery we can buy. that depends how deep your pocket is and how much you want to pay for a battery.
  13. That roller tip is a very simple repair. I make this repair every year on most of my roller guides. first thing you do, take off the clip on the guide. use a tooth pick to push out the bearing. the roller will fall out. I buy new rollers and bearing in baulk. hold the roller in place install the bearing thru the roller and snap on the stainless clip to hold the roller to the guide. check the other rollers on the rod also. if the tip is bad you will have others that need to be replaced too. do the same to make a repair.
  14. Bob I understand how you feel about your 2 stroke engine. there might be a lot of old two strokes left. most of them are on there last leg. once your old 2 stroke dies. what's left. I agree the 4 strokes are big and heavy on an older boat. I have 1989 Lund boat with a Mercury 115 hp 6 cyl that weighs about 300 pounds. the transom can carry about 400 pounds. back in 1989 that boat was rated for a 130 hp motor. I feel your pain about paying 10 grand for a new motor. at my age it make no sense to pay that much money for a new boat and motor. I figure I have only 2 to 5 years left to fish. after that I will find a new hobby and enjoy life a different way. if you need a new motor soon. look on your boat decal and look for the weight on your transom can carry. my case I could not go with the 100 hp 4 stroke I probably go with a motor that weighs about 250 pounds. my transom will handle this with no problem. probably 70 hp motor. you do the same thing. no need to worry. the problem with us old farts. the world is changing everyday. we don't change with it. I'm not pushing for this new boat law. its here already. a lot of small lakes up in Canada already banned 2 stroke motors its coming here to the states soon. big corporation don't tell us how to live technology does. big corporations follow where the money goes and they build it. the problem with our society we have drifted to far to the left. we drove out all our business to have a socialist economy in our state. to many people are living off the backs of our people that want to work. thats why our people can't go out and buy a new boat and motor. the economy in this state is broke because we have to many taxes and regulation that make no sense at all.
  15. what we need here in New York State is voter ID. if we can get voter ID here soon. we can vote every politician who supports this crap out of office. we have plenty of natural gas in this state. it make more sense to use our resource and build 2 power plants instead. A lot cheaper and more efficent.
  16. I agree with a lot of things bob said about 2 stroke motors. 2 strokes motors were good motors during their time. we didn't have the technology 50 years ago to build a nice 4 stroke motor. the oil we used years ago was terrible. all it did was carbon up the cylinder and rob engine life. those old motors were hard to start. they leaked gas into the lake. the motor itself was a greasy mess. the emission on them stunk to high heavens when you trolled for hours with one. the only good thing I can say about them. they were lighter and easier to install on the boat. don't play that poor mans crap with me. the 4 stroke motors build today cost a lot less than a 2 stroke motor. we might pay a few dollars more up front to buy a new 4 stroke but over the life of the motor. the 4 stroke will cost you nothing with gas savings alone. I love my 4 stroke kicker motor. I can troll almost 50 hours on 6 gallons of gas. can you get the hours out of the 2 stroke 12 hours plus smell the smoke. we have new technology right now. lithium batteries. we can troll for almost the same hours we get with our 4 strokes with a small electric motor. I don't think we will see any 2 strokes on any lake in the next 10 to 20 years from now.
  17. I live 3 miles from 3 wind farms in Wyoming county. they collect a lot of energy. they are clean and very quiet. I have no problem with them. we fought for years to keep two land fill companies out of our area. we took the wind mills instead. wind farms are great for the Great Lakes. one problem. man polluted the bottom of these lakes with chemicals. if we install wind farms on Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. we will stir up the bottom of these lakes and cause more pollution. I think the cost to install them out there is more political than good for our state. we would do better if we built two coal burning or natural gas power plants instead.
  18. best shop for mercury in the finger lakes Barrett marine Waterloo.
  19. 10 hp is overkill. I laugh at some people who try to launch with a bigger boat. the ramp here is to small and parking is very limited. this is a perfect lake with a very small boat and motor. I think the DEC should rewrite the boat size law to 12 to 14 ft maximum with a 5 hp 4 stroke motor only. all 2 strokes should be banned because they leak gas and oil.
  20. I fished this lake once 30 yrs ago, hemlock with a 14ft boat with a 5 hp motor. DEC checked me out. No problem but I new I was watched on this lake. When I got back to shore the Dec wanted to know if I caught any fish. my reply yes but tossed them back to the lake. my advice to anybody who wants to fish this lake. go fish with a kayak. you wont have any problem. this is one lake I stay away from.
  21. Nice looking lure. do they catch fish or fisherman.
  22. I don't use smelly jelly. I use pro-cure. Herring oil. I also use rainbow trout oil too. they have alewife oil . Pro-cure is probably the best product on the market. go to their web page and see what they have to offer.
  23. I use a plain peanut no skirt with 3 beads with a single hook. smelly jelly. pro-cure herring oil, rainbow trout good stuff.
  24. Real turnover doesn't start till the surface temp warm up to 55 degrees down to 40 to 50 feet. we wont get these kind of temps till late may early June. once we get a real lake turnover we see some silting on the surface of lake. after turnover the thermocline starts to set up. warm water we get now will be around cloudy muddy water were you can find some stream run off. clear water right now is very cold. LT deep now RT LL and BT will be in close to shore or fish with down riggers up high.
  25. Super ski is still the best if they still make them. mine sit in the basement now. what I like about them they go out to the side with very little pull on the mast. I could pull small divers off them too. what I didn't like about them. in very ruff water. the boards dive down when I made a sharp turn in ruff water. I hardly use them on the fingers lakes. I use them mostly for Lake Erie walleye fishing. I have the small board too. they work but I think there very over priced for what you want them to do. you can take a small noodle foam cut it up to the right length you want and run your deep diver off this setup. I use the deep six the magnum one that can dive to 100 ft. I let the foam back far enough away from all other lines. it caught fish.
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