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  1. The Cross Lake Inn & Marina parking area has not been plowed out recently, the road has for the cottages. I had to put my truck in 4wd to get turned around in the parking area. They also have removed the little white shack that had the $ box on it for boat launch payment. Appears someone is living at the restaurant as one vehicle was parked up tight to the building with a 2 wide plow width driveway to the corner of it. No parking that I could see unless you have a 4wd and permission to park. I will PM you with an alternative. Sent from my SM-G781V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. I live close enough to Cross Lake to take a little drive and see if the driveway down the hill to the marina/campground/restaurant is plowed out. Sent from my SM-G781V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. I just received my copy today. I would like to thank this site & all the generous people that contribute to giving up knowledge freely or a small price to cover publishing costs of printing a book. I was exposed to the panfish art while I was a child by an Uncle through marriage. He also educated me on yanking copper for lake trout when my cousin & I were old enough to be almost trusted "netters". I still remember some big lakers that would balance on the hoop of the net, spit the spoon, and splash back in the water when I was a 10 year old kid. Big water fishing I was never exposed or taught anything on, even a starting point. Help from a neighbor that saw I bought a small fishing boat motioned me into his driveway one day. I left his garage that evening with 4 lake poles, 2 mag 10a downriggers, a lake trout lunchbox w/ peanuts & cowbells in it. All for almost free. Just wanted to pass it on to someone interested. For a guy that grew up with a non fishing father or grandfather, I've come a long way after I joined this site years ago. Thanks again for passing down the knowledge when I'm trolling around not knowing what else I can do or change to better my odds. Patiently waiting for Sk8mans book also. I want that Bible in my hands for sure. Sent from my SM-G781V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. I've used a contraption about the same as my sewing machine reel. Same gear reduction motor, same size reel, the pedal to reel it in, & the same spoon, but with braid copper on it. For me, it hurts the "feel" of the spoon & the bottom. The braid it seems I'm always running out more wire to get that "feel". Still caught fish, but I don't know if it bellies up like leadcore can or what. I'm talking like twice the braid to fish 80' deep. I learned on solid wire with the old 2 handled wooden reel I guess. That tick tick tick is what I'm familiar with. Now if I could just get some time to get out fishing. Good luck to all you yankers. So fun fighting a big ol' boy to the boat hand over hand. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. I've got a 2000 50hp with a bad crank. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Nice work! Now just be looking for the yellow/orange tips on the fins. Those are the good eaters. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. My old perchhound "The Frick". He can't go anymore because of weak/shaking back legs, he was my fishfinder for many years. When he would bark, I'd throw the anchor. 2/3rds of the time he was accurate. Some things a dog just does on it's own. When he was a month old puppy he upset many people on sodus bay ice fishing. He got away from me and must have sniffed every hole on the bay. He was a perchhound since and sad I don't have a pic of him on the boat. Got a little pup a few months ago, he has lots to learn, but a pic from a few days ago. 1st time on the boat, Silver Lake. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. That works. I haven't seen many people post in the "open seat" section on this site in a while, announce your situation and you might get to do some fishing. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. A grinder with a cutoff wheel will get your boat up here. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. I will try taking the swivel out and haywire to the ring on the spoon. Thanks for the tip! Makes sense and will keep the hook from getting beat up on the rocks. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Yes. It has a 12 volt dc gear reduction motor on it. Basically the sewing machine is the chassis to hold the shaft. The lexan and wingnut/spring on the end of the shaft is the drag. When you have a fish on, you press the sewing machine pedal with your foot and hand over hand, when the laker makes a run, the little disc you can see slips on the big one so it can take wire out without ripping its lips off so we stay hooked up. So much easier than coiling on the boat floor and winding it on the wooden holder my cousins gpa made. This is the spoon I pull also. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. When you don't have a victrola box or a sewing machine to gather up the solid copper wire, coiling it at your feet on the floor of the boat is just as important as fighting the fish. When the mud chicken takes a 100 foot run out through your hands, which is your drag, no kinks, no tangles, and ohh boy, a birdsnest hurts getting pulled through your hands. If you don't have a reeling device, the coil at your feet you purposely made is very important. Don't move your feet or let the net man step on that. That's a day ender. Land the fish, sharpen the hook, and with care feed the spoon back out to depth before you move your feet. Then hand the wire to your buddy, jump behind the wheel and get them on one! Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. I bought this copper reel from a man that age prohibited him from fishing anymore. It keeps the tangles and kinks to a minimum. A birdnest on the floor of the boat basically ends the day if someone moves their feet and gets it overlapped. A kink, you'll just loose your spoon on the next fish or two. Like sk8man said, the tick tick on the bottom is what you want to feel along with the flutter of the spoon in your fingers. A good partner that can follow contour lines or keep the boat within 10 feet of the water depth you want to be in makes a big difference also. Some days you need to yank 3 feet and let out every 30 seconds, some days more subtle works better. I have 3 hook sharpeners on the boat, the hook gets beat dragging the bottom. It gets touched up every fish. If you drag for a half hour w/out a hit, pull it in, usually a fouled spoon w/ a zebra mussel on the hook. Have fun. Hand over hand your first big one is a blast. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. My home made one. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. Factory models look nice. I made my own. I will see if I can put my hands on em'. Everything is put away, but I think I remember? I'm getting to that age. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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