dgfidler

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  1. I have a recent experience to share. We were trolling for walleye in the central basin of Lake Erie using a bow mount trolling motor running on electric only at 2.0 mph using dipsy divers and downriggers pulling worm harnesses near the bottom in 40 fow. We were getting skunked and the trolling motor batteries ran out of juice. I switched over to the main motor and the fish turned on despite running the same speed. If we'd gone faster on the main motor, I'd say we were going too slow with the trolling motor, but this was not the case that day. We picked up six fish in the next two hours. I have no idea whether the propulsion method is what made the difference, but I assume the TM is much quieter than than the main motor.
  2. I read shorelunch's post last Thursday and was in denial that he could be right. At that point, I was still planning to drive to Olcott Friday morning from Ohio. I got up at 6 am on Friday and iWindSurf was showing 25 knots sustained winds. Went back to bed and cancelled the trip. He called it before it happened.
  3. I think this would work: Attach a 2 ft piece of mono to the leadcore with a Willis knot. Next attach the other end of the mono to one of those SPRO swivels. The type that is just two little rings. You could tie the leadcore to the swivel whenever you wanted to use it. Just make sure you have room on the reel. Also, you'd want a leader on the other end of the leadcore. I run my SWR within a couple feet of the end of the leadcore
  4. Hey Lundy, I'm not saying I saw them there, but if you haven't checked out the new field and stream at Polaris, you should. They have a surprising selection of trolling gear including slide divers, torpedo divers, track adapters for downriggers, church tx-44 to name a few. If those rod holders are available in central OH, that'd be the place I'd expect to find them
  5. 4 for 8 on kings ranging from 14 to 18 plus one steelhead. Totally exceeded my expectations. Turns out my sonar (200/455) loses bottom in 100+ fow and I had to rely on lake master contour charts for depth. Used the Fishhawk and just spread the lines between 50 and 42 degrees which ended up being between 50 and 100 down. The next piece of vulnerable equipment was this plastic triple rod holder. I kept the drags loose to prevent losing three rods, but I think that contributed to my 50% hookup rate.
  6. First time fishing Lake O. Normally fish Western Basin of Erie for walleye. Friday, didn't hit the water until 7:30 pm. Went out to 200 and set a course back to port. Just wanted to practice setting the gear. Planned to run 2 riggers, pair of wire low divers, pair of high divers, and a pair of full cores off the boards. The current tangled my divers almost immediately and I decided to scrap the idea of running two divers per side. Was able to run seven lines cleanly by removing the wire divers and added a 2 color secret weapon rig stacked 15 feet below a spoon with no issues. Discovered my depth finder doesn't work over 120 fow and relied on lake master for depth. Disappointing to not have sonar. Skunked on Friday shakedown. Saturday hit the water at 9 am. Started at 100fow and ran riggers at 80 and 90 with cut bait deep and black green spoon shallower. Ran divers at 175 and 225 on 1.5 and two ten color on boards. 50% spoons 50% flasher fly. About 10 mins after setting the spread, there was a splash by the planer board tow line. It was the 10 color board release violently releasing. We landed our first King ever! 15 lbs! Went 2 for 4 on kings on Saturday plus a 5 lb steelhead that hit the secret weapon rig below the ball at 100. Sunday, hit the water at 5:30am. Started again at 100 fow and headed Northeast with the waves. Went about an hour with no action and had four strikes in quick succession, had a double on with the biggest fish of the trip except I forgot to tell my dad that it's ok to let it peel line. He cranked down the drag and before I could say anything, the leader at the end of the 10 core broke. We ended 2-4 with the largest at 18lbs and full of eggs. We were off the water by 8:30 as the south wind started to kick the lake up and we needed to get on the road back to Central Ohio I was finding 42 degree water at 100 down and about 50 degrees 50 down on the Fishhawk. Fished by temp only as my depth finder wouldn't work over 100fow. Very few boats out. I'm used to packs with 50+ boats on Erie and it was nice to put the boards out nice and wide with no worries. This was an outstanding weekend for us landing the biggest freshwater fish of our lives. ASB tackle helped me pick out popular spoons and flies. Probably would have been skunked without his advice I'm not the greatest fisherman, so I'd say if I can manage to pick up four kings all mid to high teens without sonar, it must be game on out of Wilson!
  7. Wow! Thank you for the recommendation of ASB Tackle. Visited him Friday evening and he hooked me up with the basics and gave me tips on where to start and how deep to run the downriggers. Thanks again.
  8. I will stock up as ASB. Thank you for the responses!
  9. Here's the argument against the point that 'what's his name is a charter captain and he doesn't need a speed/temp probe'. A charter captain is on the lake frequently and develops a 'feel' based on experience if the lures are running at the right speed based on subtle clues such as rod bend, etc. The charter captain has a network of other charter captains and they network to put each other on fish. They don't need a temp probe to find the right zone, collectively their network has already determined where to start and the productive depths. As an outsider, your temp/speed probe will give you a fighting chance to find fish in the absence of a network of people sharing information. I bet charter captains don't consult LOU either, but it doesn't mean it's not a valuable resource.
  10. Thank you for the quick replies. I'm kind of embarrassed to ask this next question. Are there any businesses in the area that clean and store any fish we might happen to catch? I've become so used to using 'fish cleaners' when I fish Lake Erie that I'm not very skilled at cleaning my own fish.
  11. I'm going to be camping at Four Mike Creek State Park and fishing out of Olcott or Wilson this weekend. I'm all set equipment wise, but need to get some spoons and some flies to go with some flashers and spin doctors I bought online over the winter. I'm also hoping to get a small quantity of herring strips or whole alewives to experiment with running meat. I'm hoping someone can recommend a local bait store that is 'friendly' in the sense that they might help me pick out some basic terminal tackle to get a newbie started.
  12. I fish the western basin of Lake Erie. The last two winters have resulted in phenomenal hatches for the walleye in Lake Erie. The future is bright, but presently, I have been struggline to catch anything but 8 inch eyes (last years hatch) and 14 inchers (2014 hatch). They are very difficult to detect on the line. I use big boards with medium light rods and can tell when there's a white perch or white bass on the line by reading the rod tips, but these little walleye swim with the lure and I haven't figured out how to tell they're there. When pulling crankbaits (bandits are the hot crankbait this year), it crankbait continues to vibrate even with these small fish on. Anyway, are you guys who fish the eastern basin catching a lot of these 1 and two year old fish, or are the young fish concentrated in the western and central basins? I'm going to give these little fish a break and give Lake Ontario a shot a couple times this summer. Most people speculate the small walleye stay resident in the western basin their first couple years, then begin migrating to colder water in the eastern basin each summer as they grow larger and I'm curious if your observations and catches are consistent with that theory.
  13. One thing Lake Ontario has going for it is being downstream from Lake Erie. Lake Erie has a much higher (maybe too high) nutrient load. Low nutrient load has been cited for the baitfish crash in Lake Huron
  14. I use the MotorGuide xi5's autopilot (trolling motor like the terrova, but less expensive) while setting the lines, then turn it off and run on the main motor until a fish hits. At that point, I turn the trolling motor back on, set a course lock, shut the main motor off and deal with the fish. I might run on electric only for up to 20 minutes while clearing lines and landing the fish and resetting the lines. I only do this if I plan to fish more than 3 hours to conserve battery (3 27 series deep cycle). If you want a removable planer mast, consider getting two 36 Berts masts that fit a 6inch section of track mounted right in front of your windshield. This setup really works well for me and allows me to convert from a family boat to fishing boat easily
  15. Since it was cpvc pipe, I used cpvc primer and glue. The same stuff used for plumbing. I would never dream this glue could fail. I thought it 'solvent welds' the pipes together. I know this will hold plumbing joints water tight for decades, but the typical pipe in a home doesn't get bounced around in waves for six hours per session either! If it falls apart, I'll scavenge the hardware and rebuild them, this time using a heavier wood like white oak for the bottom third to make them ride lower in the water.