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  1. Great talking to you Brian. Thank you for letting us know you caught one of the tagged lakers and released it to collect more data. We tagged 320 lake trout this spring in all corners of Lake Ontario. Those orange tags are external markers so anglers know the fish have an internal acoustic tag. If you catch one of these lakers you are welcome to keep the fish but keep in mind the acoustic tags last for 10 years and we can collect movement data from that fish over that time period if you throw it back, up to you. We have about 500 acoustic receivers positioned around Lake Ontario on the lake floor and when a tagged fish swims near these receivers it lets us know when and at what depth the fish was at. This data is being used to quantify spawning locations at a full-lake scale and allows us to better understand spawning behaviors. Casey Prisco of Dirty Goose Charters helped us tag a large number of the lake trout on the U.S. shore this spring and you can check out his Facebook page if you want to see the full process from catch to tag to release. If you catch one of these lake trout, please call the number on the orange external tag and I will be glad to tell you when we tagged it and what location it came from on the lake. We have already had 3 lake trout recaptured by anglers who returned our tags. One was a Canadian tagged fish that was caught on the US side, these fish move large distances quick! Thanks again for spreading the word. 

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  2. First problem is it’s a Merc, trade it in for any other brand and that should fix it. Second, check to see if each cylinder is firing correctly. You can troll on two cylinders without noticing a problem, it’s only after you hit higher RPMs that you will notice. Check plug wires, plugs, power packs. Hope it’s an easy fix! 

  3. He could use a bow mounted trolling motor like minnkota or Motorguide for auto pilot while his main motor provides thrust. On small light boats having the auto pilot on the stern makes for slow response time when winds and waves push you. Bow mounted autopilot on small boats gives you better control, you can also use it for spot lock when jigging. You pay about the same price for helm mounted autopilot vs a nice bow mount trolling motor and I think the auto pilot on a bow mount is an easier install for small boats and provides you with multiple uses.  Either way, man is autopilot a game changer! 

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  4. Try turning the pinch pad around so it releases out, not towards the board. Then when a fish hits, it will pull the line out of the pinch pad so it can’t dive. At that point it will only be connected at the back of the board, just like a yellow offshore planer board. If you twirl the line a couple times before you put it in the back pin l, it will keep the board from sliding all the way down the line to the fish once released.

  5. Try tilting your fish hawk transducer at more of an angle towards the stern. If the blow back on your downrigger cables is too far back, the transducer may be intermittently reading the probe. That would make sense if the deeper you go the worse it gets.

  6. First run of the season solo out of Oswego. Dumped the boat in after work at 4pm. Hooked into a brown, two coho, a Laker and lost another fish at the back of the boat, not sure what it was. Brown and first coho came on offshore boards in 20’ of water with bream color smithwick floater running west of lighthouse, 2.5 speed. Pushed out deeper around 6 pm. Second coho came on 3 color leadcore over 50’ on rod father warrior spoon. Laker was 30’ over 55’ with rigger on mixed veggie warrior spoon and the fish that spit the hook was the same set up, 2.2 at ball. Surface was 53 degrees around the lighthouse and same out in 50’. Lots of marks from 48-60. Fun night, flat ass calm after 6! 

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  7. 9 hours ago, Todd in NY said:

     

    I was hitting the transom with a rubber mallet as I was pulling upward with the crane hoist. I repeatedly hit all four sides of the SST where the wood was in contact with the aluminum. The wood appears to be sandwiched real tight on the far left and the far right. I feel very confident that I can use my electric chainsaw to remove one width of the chain through the narrower sheet of plywood, and still pull the thicker sheet out in one piece. It's waterlogged, but not quite rotted. I'll try this tomorrow and post my results.

    I did the same thing as muskyman. Only other difference is i put a rebar through the eye of all of my eyebolts so it wasn't pulling on any one eye bolt at the same time. I also had the issue of eyebolts pulling out of the wood but the rebar fixed that for the most part. My transom was super wet and sandwiched like yours so I let it sit all fall, winter and spring to dry out once I took it apart. Another trick that helped was, when lifting it, try to pull from only one of the sides instead of right in the middle, try to "wiggle" it out from one side then the next side. Other than that, the tractor picked the whole back of the boat off the ground by the eyebolts and jerking up and down a few times freed it up. 

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  8. It’s changed fishing for me. I’ve been fishing my boat since 2017 without AP and just got a Minn kota a couple weeks ago.Auto pilot with an electric trolling motor is the way to go. I have a 19.5 center console sea nymph with a 2022 Honda 75 HP with troll mode and use my main engine to push the boat while the Minn kota steers. Trolling motors with AP and spot lock are my best investment so far.

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  9. What we are currently seeing is likely Cercopagis pengoi (Fishhook water flee) and its spike in production is pretty much the whole month of July. It should start to decrease in the beginning of August. The larger of the water flees Bythotrephes longimanus (Spiny water flee) doesn't pop until the end of August and these don't usually gunk up lines and downriggers as much because they can be flicked off easier while reeling in. Either way, they are both a pain to fish around but they are a major source of prey for alewife. More zooplankton = fatter forage fish

     

     

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  10. 1 hour ago, Todd in NY said:

     

    Mine was a 1987, with a 1986 Evinrude 90. I owned it one year, and I had to have it rewired. I also put a new NFB steering cable in it. It's hard to keep up with how many owners have had it after I sold it. It didn't take me long to realize I needed a bigger boat with a porta potty and a cuddy cabin for my disabled wife. I don't know why someone would use PT plywood in an aluminum boat. It's not hard to find information on the internet about that sort of thing.

     

    It appears your boat is in the right hands now. They are a great platform for a 19ft boat, and deep enough inside to feel safe in rougher water. I hope you catch a lot of fish with that boat. Best of luck and stay safe.

    That's the one! I wasn't saying you were responsible for the rotted transom in the previous post, i'm sure its been owned by a handful of people since 1987. I just like finding out the history of the boat through LOU. I originally bought it in 2017 from the fella you sold it to and discovered that when i was searching LOU for ideas on how to restore a sea nymph and saw your 'for sale' post from 2016. Its funny how GL boats never seem to leave, just passed to the next guy. I love the boat, thanks for passing it along! Good luck out there this year

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