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  1. I came from Ohio Father’s Day weekend and was moored next to Fishnut (we were in the small Grady White). The fishing is as good as he reports and he was kind enough to give me some pointers to improve our catch. We ended up catching a dozen kings. We were doing better on spin doctor/fly and flasher fly than spoons but we’re primarily walleye fisherman with limited experience on Lake O. Our 300 copper was really doing well until the backing to copper connection failed on a large fish. We had a 12 color and 8 color running all weekend without a hit but that 300 copper with flasher fly got hit all weekend. Dipsy 180-225 with spoon on 9ft leader also did very well. I love how it’s not so crowded compared to Lake Erie western basin. Can put the big boards out as far as you desire and not worry about getting close to other boats. The other thing I love is when we fish for walleye, we spend a lot of time speculating whether we might have a fish on. We’ll be analyzing the rod tips looking for one rod to be bent slightly more than the others. These salmon announce very clearly when they’re on the line!! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. dgfidler

    Panoptix for Trolling

    I believe the forward looking sonar would be good for finding early season brown trout. I believe there fish scatter when you drive over them and you never see them in shallow water. Here’s another video where a tournament fisherman discusses using this technology to fund walleye suspended high in the water column Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. dgfidler

    TR1 Gold?.

    Here it is to buy from Hodges Marine. Item description is consistent with the Garmin site. This is the one you need: https://www.hodgesmarine.com/Garmin-Gold-Cylinder-Bracket-Mer-9-9-1999-2004-15-p/gar120-1010-01.htm?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy5i53p622gIVFarsCh2Jtwh2EAkYASABEgIYjfD_BwE&ppcstrkid=1565162769&click=19&ppcsclkid=inTeQHBm9goD&ppcsu=xhg7f5djqeniramsegdoh Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. dgfidler

    TR1 Gold?.

    The Garmin support site shows part number 120-1010-01 as compatible with Mercury 15hp 99 and newer https://support.garmin.com/en-GB/?faq=iWIKkJsON5AUtL3TUMduC7&searchType=noProduct&utm_source=faqSearch Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. dgfidler

    Panther Kicker Mounts

    I can vouch for the Panther 55-0416. Very sturdy and functional bracket Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. dgfidler

    Panther Kicker Mounts

    Just measured the set back at 10in. I don’t think it will work on a straight transom. I have 08 Yamaha F15. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. dgfidler

    Panther Kicker Mounts

    I have that mount. I couldn’t tilt my motor. I’ll give it to you for shipping cost if you want to try it. I went with the lift bracket once I realized the tilt issue Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. dgfidler

    Talk me out of buying this sweet boat

    Here’s my ‘too good to be true’ find. I already have this boat in 2002 model with ox66 150, but this one is two years newer, it’s nicer, and has even lower hours and more power. This boat tows well with a full size SUV also. The 208 is great if you want to trailer. There are boats out there if you dig deep enough. https://www.cooperss.com/asset-detail.php?name=marine&id=1789 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. dgfidler

    Garmin TR1 Gold

    I wanted to follow up on this. The TR1 is installed and will really make our trolling more efficient this year. I used a group 24 battery that showed as 60 percent charged. I trolled for two hours with the TR1 and and F15 connected. I rechecked the charge percentage when I got home. The battery showed as 100% charged meaning the F15 was able to take the battery from 60% to 100% charge while the TR1 was operating. I’m all set now! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. dgfidler

    Talk me out of buying this sweet boat

    Last winter, I rolled the dice and bought a Grady White 208 with only 54 hours for 14k out of Boston. It was the same story. It had sat on a rack its entire life. My boat is very clean and that low hour engine is very smooth. I haven’t found any evidence of salt water damage or any type of corrosion anywhere in the boat. I say go for it. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. I have two masts that are track mounted on the gunwale right behind the windshield in pretty much the same spot at yours. I like it. You won’t have to mess with a tether line. Your tow line will be right there where you need it. I’d give it a try before changing anything. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. dgfidler

    Trees with pullys at top

    Homemade boards. I’ve been running big boards for years and wanted taller masts so I built these and added the ability for the Mast to be a tree. My kids want to run little boards so I obliged but wanted to keep the flexibility to use big boards which I prefer Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. dgfidler

    2 dipseys per side

    I can run three dipsy divers per side all day on Lake Erie using 3, 1, and zero settings. Tried running two per side on Lake Ontario and had nothing but tangles. I think the combination of longer leads and stronger currents makes it more difficult on Lake Ontario. This year I plan to give it another try running two per side when I visit in June or July Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. dgfidler

    Trees with pullys at top

    I built a pair of masts over the winter that double as trees by attaching Scotty rocket launchers. Making the Mast from 1 inch aluminum round lets you attach rail mount bases to the upright. I used Cisco reels and pulleys so it was not inexpensive. I made mine tall enough so you can attach the tow lines together and hang your inline planer boards to keep them off the deck when not in use Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. dgfidler


    Sk8man, you make a good point about Airmar producing a variety of transducers. I was not successful getting the results I wanted from a transom mounted transducer that came with my sonar gps combo, so I go out and spend $300 on an Airmar thru hull chirp transducer and love the results. Does this new transducer work better because it's a thru hull transducer, or is it simply because it's just a better transducer? It's entirely possible the transom mount equivalent (TM150 in this case) would work just as well. One thing I know for sure is that I was never satisfied with the performance of the 'out of the box' 83/200 transducer that came with my old sonar. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United