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  1. Most of you guys probably already know this, but maybe I can help a few. After removing the lure tape on a bunch of my spoons I had a heck of a time trying to find an adhesive remover that really worked. I tried acetone, paint thinner, Goof Off, xylene,denatured alcohol and a few others without great luck. Seemed like the ones that partially worked still left some sticky residue that required further cleaning. Then, someone suggested I try rubbing alcohol. I was really skeptical but figured I'd give it a try since I already had some in the medicine cabinet, it was cheap, and I had nothing to lose. Well, all I can say is "Problem solved"! 90% isopropyl alcohol worked like a charm for removing the adhesive, didn't leave any lasting odor, and it's cheap and easy to come by. For some of the spoons where the tape was hard to remove I just soaked the spoons in a small container of alcohol for about 10 minutes and it came right off. So for any of you that might be running into the same problem, give it a try.
  2. If anybody is interested, just saw that Amazon is selling the Okuma Cold Water CW-203 DLX left-handed linecounter reel for $69.00. I think they're usually around $85-$90, so it looks like a good deal to me. Just sayin'.
  3. I'd like to second everything that Tim said about the Salmon School, and I'd also like to give a huge "Thank You" to Captains Pete, Andy and Matt, as well as all the others involved in putting on the school. I drove 9 hrs. from southern New Jersey to attend the Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning events as well as the show, and I left totally impressed by everyone's willingness to share knowledge that obviously took them years to learn with those of us much less experienced but eager to learn. Keep in mind that everything that seems basic to you might not yet be so basic to the rest of us, so keep those basics coming, I'm paying attention. Also impressive was the NYSDEC and other fisheries guys with their knowledge and real concern for the state of the fishery in Lake Ontario. I know a lot of the work is science mixed with some trial and error, and the results sometimes seem to be not as good as we would like, I think as long as you have guys as devoted and concerned about maintaining this superb fishery long term the future looks pretty bright despite some minor setbacks now and then. Getting back to the Salmon School, I can't wait to see how much it improves my catch this year. Maybe it will, maybe it won't, but one thing's for sure. There will be more method to my madness! Seriously and sincerely, thank you again to all who made the effort to put on a great school, it is very much appreciated. Nick
  4. OK, got you. I would think that they would work fine for that application once you got them adjusted for the tension you need. Some of my roller trollers are over 10 years old, used in fresh and saltwater, with no problems. I totally agree with sk8man, Aftco makes an excellent product from my experience, but they are a bit pricey. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. Earl28, Not sure what your intended use is, but theFL1B, also known as the "Roller Troller", doesn't work like a standard downrigger release in that it does not pinch or hold on a specific part of your fishing line. Instead, it has an adjustable tension v-shaped roller which allows your line to move freely back and forth across the roller. Roller trollers are generally used when trolling with flatlines to allow you to get the lines much lower than your rod tips and into the water closer to the boat. For obvious reasons they are usually mounted somewhere low on your boat, maybe on a rope cleat or transom tow loop. As far as adjustability, I have used them for fishing shad on the Delaware River to stripers and bluefish on the ocean and have not found there to be any issues with sensitivity, it's completely adjustable to your needs. Not sure if any of this helps, if so, good luck and catch 'em up!
  6. Geez, thanks for the offer Steve, but I wouldn't even think of taking some spoony divers from you without paying for them. If you send them to me, along with your address, I'll be happy to pay you for them. i would love to try them out for stripers this year, but I'm not sure how much longer they'll be off the Jersey coast before heading south for the winter. As with most fishing it all depends on the weather. I'll send you a PM, and thank you in advance. Nick
  7. Went to eBay as requested. 5" with release not listed for sale on eBay, only the 4".
  8. Good observation tj. I don’t think I’d want to fight the disk and a big fish at the same time, and I wouldn’t look forward to retrieving the disk with the boat moving without a release.
  9. Are these divers adjustable for direction? They appear to be, but wanted to ask anyway. Any experience using them with heavy bunker spoons for stripers? The release on Dipsey’s isn’t strong enough to hold bunker spoons, no matter how much you tighten it.
  10. Yeah, I ran into the same thing with the Sheraton when I tried to book a room. WTF? Ended up booking at Quality Hotel instead. Doesn't have a great rating but was about $70 a night total, and I don't plan on spending a lot of time in the room anyway. Don't forget to add the taxes to that price from Sheraton too.
  11. Steelydan, Yeah, I see the Okuma Cold Waters are off the Closeout page. I must have cleaned them out because I did order 4 at $29.99 ea. Let’s see if they show up. The Tekota 700 and 800 are still on the Closeout page at $160 which is a hell of a deal IMO. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. Just found Okuma Cold Water left hand reels, CW303DLX, for sale at Fishermans Headquarters, Bradenton Fla. in their closeout section for $29.99. Not sure how many they have, but I ordered four, so if it's a scam I'll be a victim too. They also had Shimano Tekota 700LC and 800LC (old style) on closeout. Didn't look at the 700 price but the 800LC was $160.00 which is way cheap. Thought I'd throw it out there in case anybody is interested.
  13. Wish I had seen these postings earlier. I ordered two Tekotas and some divers online from ASB over a month ago. Hadn’t heard anything after two weeks so I called to get the status of my order. The gentleman told me they were waiting for the Tekotas from the manufacturer and order would be sent out “on Thursday”. Waited another ten days after “Thursday”, then sent them an email. No response after a week. Not sure what I’m going to do next, but I’m pissed, that’s for sure. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.
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