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  1. I use a Motorguide xi5 36v on a 20ft walk around that weighs about 5k with people on board. I added a kicker because I could only get 3-4 hours running at 2.0 to 2.5. With the kicker, I set the TM to 30% for steering and use the kicker for primary propulsion and it lasts all day. This dual motor setup works great. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. I went with an Airmar B150M thru hull chirp transducer this season. With this transducer, I can clearly mark fish and bait balls while cruising around in the 15-20 mph range. The ability to mark fish while on plane is the 'pro' with this setup. The cons are: transducer resides in a two inch hole in the hull and could contribute to sinking if jarred. It's more expensive than a skimmer transducer. If the transducer fails, it will be very difficult to remove because it's sealed with 5200. There are people who are very skilled at adjusting a skimmer type transducer to achieve the same results as I have with the thru-hull. I was not successful in doing that so I went with the thru hull and am happy with the decision. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Technology is really progressing. Maybe you can have your FishHawk both places if you have the 4xd. Over the winter, I fabricated some gimbal cross plates with Scotty bases. I know many people consider Scotty to be plastic junk, but I love the flexibility. I rigged up a way to place an iPad in a water resistant case in lieu of a rod holder FishHawk app repeats the 4xd display using a free app with Bluetooth. Lowrance HDS Gen3 repeats the display using a wifi connection. You can toggle between the two apps I have my FishHawk and sonar at both the helm and the stern Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. I bought a x4d prior to my first trip to Lake O. On that first trip, my sonar would not work over 100 fow. We went 4 for 6 on kings by just running our spread between 42 and 50 degree water with no idea how deep the water was and whether there were marks. The depth feature let us exactly know the upper and lower boundaries. Never had fished for salmon before or been on Lake O and pick up four kings with a broken sonar using just the FishHawk. Now I also read all three of Dan Keating's books and ran a seven line spread so it wasn't just dumb luck but I think it's impressive how well it worked just running the gear in a temperature zone. It's a useful tool for sure Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. I will stock up as ASB. Thank you for the responses!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.