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  1. Fjaq

    Boat shopping - need guidance

    I am on my 6th, and last, boat. I bought a new Starcraft Fishmaster 196 in 2015 and absolutely love it. It has lots of room, is deep, and wide. Check out the Starcraft.
  2. Fjaq

    Super Lube Hubs

    Thanks guys. I knew I was not the only one that experienced this. I found the TRP plugs on EBay and have ordered them.
  3. Fjaq

    Super Lube Hubs

    Hey Guys, I have an issue that perhaps someone has had before and found a solution. I bought a new 2015 Venture trailer (in 2015), dual axles with super lube hubs. The front axle has brakes, rear axle does not. In order to grease the hubs a rubber grommet is removed thus exposing the grease fitting. No issues during 2015 and 2016. The rubber grommets were NEVER easy to get off and even harder to put back on. In 2017 I bought new grommets because the original ones were getting worn from the needle nose pliers that i used to remove and reinstall. The new grommets were VERY easy to remove and install. No need for pliers, just a fingernail would do fine. I thought perhaps they were too small but there is only one size for the super lube hubs. I have included a pic of the grommet in its packaging. This is when my trouble with the grommets began. At first I thought it was because I did not put them on "completely", so subsequently I was more careful. The grommets continued to come off while trailering. Note: I typically trailer twice a week 85 miles each way. The grommets come off of each wheel, no particular wheel although the starboard rear hub has lost its grommet more times than the other hubs. I called Venture trailers in April 2018. The rep said that I had the correct grommets. 1) He thought that the brakes might be heating up causing the grease to expand thus pushing out the grommet. The rear axle wheels do not have brakes. 2) He thought maybe the cotter key on the nut might be grabbing the grommet. I checked all 4 hubs, cotter keys were fine. 3) He thought perhaps my hitch height was less or more than recommended. I checked it, it was 21" just like recommended. 4) He thought that the hubs were hot when I launched and the cold water caused the grommets to push out. I began checking them and making sure that were seated properly after loading my boat before the 85 mile drive home. 5) He thought maybe I had too much grease in the "cup" so I started cleaning out the excess grease in the cup. I went to Oak Orchard on 7/11. When I got there the hubs were fine. Before I left the hubs were fine. When I got home the rear starboard grommet was missing AGAIN. The bearings are fine, the inner seals are fine. I just keep losing the grommets and getting grease all over the wheel. It does not happen all the time. I have trailered my boat 24 times in 2018. I have lost 5 grommets during this time. Any thoughts??
  4. Fjaq

    Lowrance HDS 8 Gen 2 question

    Thanks again Ivan. The pre-loaded (Insight) maps on my HDS have always sufficed but I was taken aback by the fact that this lake did not even appear on the maps. I've always been curious about the Navionics Platinum cards. I have always wondered If they worth the price thanks Mudflat, I will check out the site.
  5. Fjaq

    Lowrance HDS 8 Gen 2 question

    Thanks Ivan. I was hoping someone with experience with the Navionics cards would reply. Thanks again.
  6. I've had this unit for nearly 3 years and love it. I fished Cowanesque Lake in Lawrenceville PA recently and was surprised to see that the lake does not appear on my chart. Cowanesque is a man made reservoir built in the early 80's. comments? Does anyone have any comments on using a Navionics card? thanks
  7. Launched next to Arney's at 5:45am. Set up in 100fow, 80' down ( water temp 43deg) headed north. First king came in 160fow, down 80'. Within the next few hours all six spoons took kings anywhere from 50' down to 100' down. Got into 215fow and turned around and did it again. Purple, Green, Orange, Black,,, color seemed to make no difference. Even had our first triple of the season. We weren't the only boat catching either. At least a dozen other boats in the area. Biggest was 12lbs.
  8. Fjaq

    Hudson River Spring striper update

    We hope to get some striper fishing in this or next week. Do any of you know of a good deal on lodging anywhere between Kingston and Newburgh? Needs to have enough parking area for my boat. thanks
  9. Great day at Sodus. Launched at public ramp next to Arney's Marine. Turned west outside inlet, ran west for about a mile and set up. We were looking for Browns, planer boards and stick baits, 20 FOW or less. Trolled west. Chalky green water at 49deg,, looked great. Nothing for 1.5 hours, decided to go deeper. Crossing the 35FOW line a king ripped my J-7 black over silver. Still had the light rods out (magda 15's). Nice 10 pounder. Continued for rest of day with 7 kings boated, 4 lost early, 2 steelhead, 1 laker. The laker threw the hook at the boat, biggest laker I've ever hooked in to. And it keeps getting bigger. The stick baits were all that worked until 11am. After that spoons on riggers down 40 in 60 FOW. Most action was about 1.5 miles east of Hughes Marina. Pulled out at 2:30. All fish are still swimming except for 1- 7 pound king. Last year I bought a dozen "Badmo" spoons from a member on this site. They looked odd and I have never met anyone that has used them. Three of my kings, the laker and 1 steelhead came on a Badmo. Other spoons no work. No, I do not have any for sale, but they have worked great this year. its time, get to Sodus, the kings are in close and damn nice ones too.
  10. Does anyone know whether the docks are in place on the public boat launch next to the Black North Inn? On my way up on 4/23/18 and would like to know what to expect. thanks
  11. Launched at Taughannock at 9am. Good news,,, water level is much higher than the last time I was there (3/29/18). I would say 18"-24" higher. The ladder on the dock is in the water!. left inlet and shot straight across to East shore. Trolled north until we got to the power station. Is that power station still operating? Boards with sticks, riggers with spoons. No hits till we got to the power station, all spoons on riggers, all lakers, 80fow. Surface temp was 38 deg. Saw very few fish on screen. Was very happy to pick up half dozen lakers (8 passes in front of power station). Continued on North for 45 minutes, crossed over to west side, trolled back to Taughannock. All fish caught were in front of power station. Pulled out at 3pm. Great weather today.
  12. Fjaq

    Conesus Conesus Pike and Walleye Runs

    Visited the Conesus Inlet today (4/6/18). Our first time there AND seeing walleye. Did not see any pike but spotted 15-20 walleye along the Creek up to the spillway. Never seen this before, very cool. Get there if you never have before.
  13. I will second that,,, very nice and informative report. thanks
  14. FYI In case you use Taughannock launch: The Taughannock boat ramp will be closed 3/5/18 to 3/9/18 and perhaps into the following week. So states a sign posted on the dock. a contact number 607-387-6739 is also posted.