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  1. How are those Cisco rod holders attached for track mounting?
  2. I talked with a guy from US Fish & Wildlife once about distinctive markings on fish & he mentioned that there is software that will recognize individual fish, but it's not very good at it, as of yet. Facial recognition for fish?..hmmm, interesting
  3. I'll be there Tues to check things out! Thx much!
  4. john1947: I'm going to take another trip up there maybe Tues or Wed & will report (hopefully Tues). I'll take my stream thermometer along & get a water temp. The dippers know. If I saw 3 or 4 trucks in the lot I would have given it a try but if there's absolutely no one there that only means one thing!
  5. I went to Artpark yesterday to dip & not one car in the parking lot, so we left. Then off to the Sand Docks. A few people night fishing and one dipper on the end. He had his net in but was looking around with his headlamp for smelt in the water. Not a one and he wasn't even dipping. Nothing to net. After that, headed back to Hamburg. I did notice that the water level was up quite a bit at the launch ramp. That jet boat is going to play he77 with the shoreline.
  6. South Gap out of Bflo Harbor. Lots of boat traffic coming in & out of the Gap though so it could be a rough ride. There were a few boats hugging the Coke Channel. Might want to try there. Have you ever posted on Lake Erie United? More LE posts there.
  7. I use PowerPro braid for the mainline & either a mono or fluro leader off the three-way. The braid is much smaller in dia & doesn't stretch. I can also feel the bottom better when bottom bouncing.
  8. muskiedreams...that's even a different way than I had thought of so it looks like there might be a few different options. At first, I was just thinking of a "roving" meeting where you go to, like a Finger Lakes area & have a meeting. the folks in Henrietta just wouldn't have a meeting that month. Then the next time, back to Henrietta & then the next another out-of-town place. Since you brought up the sharing, "Skype" might be another way. I don't know that much about it but if a group met in, say a Finger Lakes area, they would all sit in a meeting room & see what goes on in your meeting on a projector screen. You, then would also see what goes on in theirs. A computer with projector & screen would make it look like a presentation. Families do it with one another but it's more one-on-one. Yours would be group-to-group. It would be a good platform for, let's say, Dr Farrell to give his presentation from Syracuse right to your meeting, on a big screen. Then the audience could ask him their questions. As far as needing secure internet access, I've used a Hot Spot for doing people's taxes. There is a password & it's a connection that goes thru the cell phone system. The IRS uses it so you can take it for what it's worth. But I could conceivably turn a Hot Spot on in my car & have a passenger use his laptop to connect to the internet while riding around town. Hot Spot service costs around $25-$35 a month(?)
  9. I was at the Sheridan launch today & it was loaded with emeralds. Same/same with ft of Ontario. Make sure you get emeralds. All the others are a poor (very poor) substitute for emeralds. Go off Sturgeon & straight off the Catt. Finding a place to park might be hard, though
  10. Here's another option. What about the Muskies Inc #69 that meets in Rochester have a roving meeting where they go to a different area every meeting? Finger Lakes one month, L. Chautauqua the next, etc./ Then they might see you guys once a quarter or so, depending on the area that chap 69 covers? It would certainly build a wide base that way.
  11. 2lbperch...Thanks for the search tips. I forwarded the info to him. I don't know who the guy is but he's a good friend of my friend (who lives in Brockport). How about that woman in the Bflo Philharmonic that got her contrabassoon stolen? What the he77 do you do with that? https://bpo.org/bpo-musician-seeks-return-of-stolen-contrabassoon-stephen-watson-buffalo-news/
  12. Here's the site I use. I went to buoy # OLCN6 in Ontario & got today's data: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/maps/EastGL.shtml Some of the L Erie ones show nothing yet. I think those buoys were removed for the winter. They'll get back online later. Hope it works for you.
  13. I got this email from a friend. If you know or heard anything, please post & I'll let him know: Thanks "A friend of mine's boat was stolen from his driveway in Rochester a few days ago. It is a 17.5-foot G3, green and gold, with 2 Yamahas, 150 HP and 8 HP. Please keep your eyes open - if you detect anything suspicious I can put you in touch with the owner."
  14. I suppose it depends on what technique you mean. Overall, I prefer St. Croix rods but I do have some Diawa's for downriggers & Dipseys. For bottom bouncing with a three-way, which is the technique I like the most, I use St. Croix Premier Series, PC66MF, Med Power, Fast Action, one piece.
  15. Do you ever get on the Oak Orchard Fly-Fishing site? It's all fly fishing & there is a "classified/swap section" under "General Discussions." If you don't go there, you might want to give it a try. http://oakorchardflies.proboards.com/thread/6475/swap-classifieds-thread?page=3
  16. Smeltz

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  17. RSF...interesting problems to have. I'd like to get this thoroughly straight in my head. I'm going to try to explain it in my own words for my own understanding. Please straighten me out on anything I've gotten wrong: 1. Having a device that constantly transmits & then the motor shuts off because the person overboard is too far away is too much of a drain on the battery. It requires constant transmitting and is triggered because of loss of signal. I can see that if the battery in the system gets weak, the motor will shut off or not start whether you are overboard or not. 2. There are really only two choices: automatic trigger or manual trigger. You've chosen manual. There are actually three: auto, manual, or a backup manual if auto doesn't work. Auto-inflating PFD's have two manual systems in case auto doesn't work (pull the cord or blow up manually). 3. It looks like you've thought of using the opposite as a trigger, i.e., instead of it remaining "on" and triggering the motor to shut off when you go in the water, have the system remain "off" & it turns on when the operator presses the button. 4. You're half-way there already by turning it "on" manually to turn off the motor but personally I'd feel more comfortable by having it turn the motor "off" automatically and have a manual "off" system as a backup. Then you have some redundancy. If you're also not able to press the button to turn the motor "off", it would turn it off by itself.
  18. Many years ago I was trolling for 'eyes off Sturgeon Point bottom bouncing with a three-way rig & spinner & worm. We were in about 20 - 25 ft of water. I hooked into something, set the hook & started reeling in, but it didn't feel like a fish. I kept on reeling & saw that I had hooked into a single piece of mono. So I set my rod down & started bring in the mono hand-over-hand. I kept bring it in until there was about 100 yards in the bottom of the boat. I finally got to the end & it was stuck on something on the bottom. The motor was in neutral & no matter how much I yanked on the line it wouldn't get free. So finally, I said enough was enough because I had wasted enough time bring in the line so I tied it around the boat's stern cleat, put the motor in gear & went hoping to break the line. Well, something broke free & I hand-lined the rest of the mono in. n the other end was a complete rod & reel set. It was in very good shape & I used the rod for many years after. The reel was a crap design & I almost lost it overboard myself a couple of times. I could see why it fell over after using it a while
  19. The barbed wire on the fence post is a real nice touch. Makes that mount different than most others out there. Good job not only on the mount, but the presentation, too.
  20. What activates it to shut off the motor...water??.... like an inflatable PFD? Interesting idea, though. Should easily fill a demand.
  21. Lake Erie had the same problem this year. Perch were scattered & hard to find. Last yr & other years, boats were coming in with limit catches. A lot of guys were also throwing back anything less than 9". There were so many fish thrown back in that the seagulls quit feeding on them. Too many floating on the water. Me?...I keep everything from deep water. Pain in the butt to clean but it's a waste to just let 'em die.
  22. pete...Now, that's the way to take the guys fishing! When my sons were young, my rod stayed home & I let them do the "work." The way I kept them fishing was to let them invite their friends, relatives or whoever. And now, they still fish 25 years later. Keep up the good work.
  23. Good luck, Devin. Hopefully you won't need any luck & everything will fall into place. So, who gets the boat shipped down to the factory...the dealer? Who has to pay for the shipping? This is an interesting post to watch unfold. It's a bummer that that happened to you, much less anyone else. Best of everything to you.
  24. guffins...looking at E-Tecs is a good idea. Never though of that. I fish with one guy who has an E-Tec (70). Never had a problem & we'll do a slow troll all day with no prob's. Winterizing is different as you just go thru a sequence. I heard there were problems when they first came out with high required fuel pressures but haven't heard anything lately. I'll throw my extra weight (with the 4 stroke) up in the bow. I keep the trolling motor battery, extra fuel tank, anchors & any other weight up there. It helps to keep the boat even.
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