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  1. I always use a quality swivel to connect to the spin doctor swivel. With the two, I've never had a problem. I wouldn't direct tie only to the spin doctor swivel.
  2. Definitely an exciting trip! I can see trouble from running a longer core down the chute - especially when the fish this year have been tangling up with my board coppers that I have out 60 ft+ on each side of the boat!
  3. My favorite is a Luhr Jensen Coyote 11" Paddle, with a Big Weenie Brand Poofster Fly (a white fly) 38 inches back from the paddle. Set 25 ft behind a downrigger down 70 feet or deeper. The non-agitator paddles will occasionally change direction mid spin. You can experiment with speed to see where the action seems best. I like 2.5-3.0 mph at the ball, but I've had it work anywhere between 1.8 and 3.2 mph. Sometimes if you're going slow, the paddle will wobble back and forth. This can be killer near the bottom for lake trout.
  4. kingpossible

    Short Coppers vs LC

    One is you only need 150 feet of copper, vs 225 feet or so of LC to achieve the same depth. But be careful deploying in shallow water. The 150 copper will hit bottom quickly.
  5. kingpossible

    My Fish Hawk modification.

    King Possible - Fish Hawk Calibration Method.pdf
  6. kingpossible

    My Fish Hawk modification.

    I'll put some more details on the calibration in a bit, but here is my experience: On several different Fishhawk units from the factory, the speeds vary! Switch probes out to another head unit and the speed changes again. Unless you calibrate your unit together with all the other fishermen on the lake all your units will read slightly different.
  7. kingpossible

    My Fish Hawk modification.

    You should calibrate downspeed with GPS! And the surface speed with GPS and downspeed too! BUT... Make sure there is no current where you do the calibration. I calibrate going about 3 mph GPS. To check the water is calm, I go in one direction set the calibration, then troll back the opposite direction and make sure the speeds match. If it's slightly off you have current (if it's not much you can figure out what the difference is and factor that into the calibration. Make sure to calibrate water temp at the same time too.
  8. kingpossible

    Cut Bait

    I have two 15" strips of king salmon soaking & 1/4" of meat soaking in brine right now. I'll see if I can get them stiff enough to run.
  9. kingpossible

    Downrigger wire

    I've been running 300 ft of Mason Multistrand Leader wire in the 125 lb weight. The 125 lb wire has a thinner diameter and has less blowback than the 150lb test wire. Been running it for several years now, but I do re-tie the clinch connection once a year and cut back 2-3 feet of cable.
  10. kingpossible

    Arsenal for the weekend

    Right track. Don't know about running 15 lb leaders on a 300 copper or full cores. I've been running 25 lb on the longer coppers and cores this year. Lots of big fish on Lake Michigan - same on Ontario?
  11. I mainly fish lake Michigan from St. Joe to Muskegon. I've fished a few smaller 1 day events, but once the entry fee increase from $20 to $30, it just wasn't worth it to me. I know that's not much, but here are my concerns: 1. Shot gun start - I have smaller boat, and with a shotgun I have to stay inside the pierhead to avoid getting swamped when all the big boats take off. I also am slower than some of the big boats. I'm losing prime fishing time getting to my spot. 2. Start time - some of the best fishing can be before the tournaments even start. In the summer that can be 4:30 - 6:30 am. 3. End time - If I've found a bite, I don't want to abandon it to go weigh fish. I'd rather catch more fish while I'm out. Or in other words, I've invested a lot of time to make it out. I don't want to cut a trip shorter than it has to be if my crew is cool with fishing until 3 or 4 pm. 4. Port restrictions - If there are good fish 10-15 miles away, I don't want to have to run that many miles to get on to fish. I would rather just hop a port over and get them from there. 5. Weather. Tournament says 1-3 foot forecast is ok to fish. I'm only comfortable in my boat with under 2 foot waves. 2 foot and above just isn't fun. Boat can handle it, but boat control becomes an issue. 6. Money - When the winnings get into the good money category, I'm out. Tends to bring out the worst in people sometimes. I'm not fishing for the money but some people are. 7. Info sharing - when a big tournament is coming up, people tend to hush up on the reports. It's really hard to get any info. I can't compete fairly when people are pre-fishing for 2 days and don't say a word. 8. Big tournament behavior. One example - I went to a shop to get a second stinger spoon that had been good for me the past few weekends. Guy says that someone came in and bought every one of several good spoons. No way someone was planning on running 15-20? of the same spoon? People will go around and buy every one of the hot baits in local shops so other tournament fishermen can't buy them. Seriously?
  12. kingpossible

    Lead core question

    I spool each rod with mono backing, then 150 yds of power pro, 10-20 ft of 30 or 40 lb mono, then specifically a number of colors of lead core (be it 5, 7, 10 colors etc.) and then 20-30 ft of 20 or 25 lb flourocarbon. When attaching to the planer board, I let all the lead core and 5-10 ft of the heavy mono.
  13. kingpossible

    What does Wave Height mean

    Here's the image for wave height. They do include the belly of the wave, but as rolmops included in his post: "Individual wave heights may be more than twice the significant wave height." The buoy is reporting the significant wave height. And yes, a reported wave height of 2 ft. on the buoy will probably look rougher on the water.
  14. kingpossible

    Electrical issue.

    Electrical issues on a boat are trick. I second disconnecting the charger and seeing if it still happens. Also get a multi-meter and check for continuity through the Perko switch - could be there's something off with the switch.