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  1. I considered an electronic speed control for my kicker, but I think I would have to upgrade my kicker. I'm running a 1972 Johnson 6hp. If my hand is forced I would definitely upgrade to a four stroke. I will look again tonight to see if anything fits the 6.
  2. I was going to try a lesser pitch prop but the marina that I go to warned me it could be dangerous because the motor could then over rev.
  3. Thank you all for the suggestions, these are my third set of bags I started with 28' s then 36' s and finally got my speeds where they need to be with the 48' s. I was unaware of how the pivot point can be a factor with control. Originally I had them anchored just in front of the windshield and the end of the bags were almost even with the stern. I did some testing last season with the tail rope lengths trying to keep the bags tight to the boat. I also tried anchoring them to the bow and having them run a little under the boat and just past the drivers seat. If I'm understanding the pivot point theory I have to have them anchored at that point on the boat.
  4. Looking to see if any others have boat control issues when using trolling bags. My set up is a 19 foot deep V aluminum with a 4.3 IO. My bags are 48 inch and this able to get me down to 1.7 mph for walleye. I've been trying different spots on the boat to anchor the bags and I've had no luck. As soon as I let the wheel go I'm doing a crazy Ivan. I have a kicker and the boat tracks a lot better when using it I just don't have remote controls for it. Maybe I'm fighting a losing battle or maybe someone has some experience on a similar set up. Pretty much I like bags for when I'm solo. Seabass73
  5. I like using 1/4 oz splitshot for spoons when I'm in 15 feet of water.
  6. Thanks guys, I didn't want to go to a 10 footer if I didn't have to, it gets pretty busy in a 19 foot boat.
  7. Looking to set up my first copper rig and thinking of a 300' set up on an Okuma convector 55 high speed and an Okuma classic pro GLT med action 8' 6" rod. My question is this length rod OK or should I be going longer?
  8. What is preferred lead off the downrigger ball when trolling cow bells. I've gotten Lakers in the past but only when fishing for spring browns on long leads.
  9. Great report I'm headed to Oswego in the morning, I would be tickled to half as good you did,
  10. Rough day stayed in the harbor till 2 then got brave and tried for browns and Lakers. Had a couple of browns on and lost a laker on a cowbell set up. Did get a 10 lb sheepshead in the harbor which made us all laugh. Planning to be out there at 5:30 tomorrow.
  11. I'll be heading out in the morning we'll be fishing both Friday and Saturday, got my fingers crossed that we get to move some rods.
  12. I too was thinking about making a hard top for my 19 footer to get rid of the Bimini mostly for cold rainy days, I was looking at extending off the existing walk thru windshield at the same angle with 80/20 and then going horizontal to the mid of the boat and then down to the gunwale. 80/20 is great to work with it is extruded aluminum with a lot of bolt on fittings/angle brackets, and you can insert Lexan in the center channel. Just never bit the bullet and attempted to make the top. The only down side it is a little pricey.
  13. Went out of Oswego this morning, got 7 kings, nothing too big. Lost a 4 or 5 seemed that the fish were hitting short had 3 come off in the net. I had two lead cores snap off at the rod tip today while dragging in line boards, it must have been all the pounding the from the waves. Was only able to find one of the boards, the other went under not sure if there was a fish on it but we were able to turn around and got about 75 yard from it then it disappeared under the water. Switched to mono and jet divers and was able to get a couple more on the boards. All in all it was a good day, and I got to use my new fish hawk for the first time, boy I love that thing!!!
  14. Hello All- I got a pleasant surprise this week, my nephew got a 10 day leave and I'm able to take him to Ontario this Wednesday. My question is where should I go out of either Oswego or Irondequoit, my only experience and success on Lake Ontario is been fishing around Nine Mile and in front of Oswego in late April and early May fishing for Browns and Lakers. I never fished in June before and I would like to get him hooked up on a salmon. It's only going to be a day trip and Oswego is 150 miles and Irondequoit is 200 miles, that is about all I can handle driving for one day. I figured I would ask the experts that know the lake patterns and if one area is better at a certain time of the season. Thanks Seabass73
  15. The channel is fine, not a problem there were plenty of good size boats in there and it's protected by the wind, we just idled in and out was able to turn around by the boat launch.
  16. Fished out of Catfish Creek last week 5/4-5/5, great people there very helpful. We had two boats in our group and we had a great experience we boated a nice mix bag of kings, steelhead, browns and some Lakers. We will be staying there again.
  17. That is exactly what is happening, my plan is to replace the mono with 200lb power pro, reset the lengths of the strings on the otter boats to the factory spec. Then going to try the tips and tricks that were mentioned above. And once again thanks for all the advice.
  18. The mast is about 7 feet above the deck, I was thinking about moving to the tip of the bow and I would gain another foot. My releases are OR and Scotty mini's they both have the same style of shower curtain ring that slides on the tow line. I'm heading back to Lake Ontario this Friday and Saturday, I lost a couple of fish yesterday on the outside Inline boards trying to get the lines out of the way. .
  19. Has anybody had problems getting their Otter Boats to track further back behind their boat. Whenever I use my set up the Otter Boats seem to be at almost a 90 degree angle to the boat, I can't the releases to slide down more than 25 feet (about half way). I emailed the factory and they said to try to move the loop in the tow line a half inch to the front, I'm using 125 pound mono on my mast. Well I tried that yesterday and it made no difference, I tried moving the loop a couple times and just got frustrated and switched out to Inline boards. I'm not sure if I should buy a second set of keels, go to Dacron on the tow line, or just get ski style boards. Thanks Seabass73
  20. I run a 6hp johnson on my 19' Monark. Wide open it will push her 4.4 mph on a calm day. I don't mind it on the small lakes, but going out for salmon I would rather have my 15 for back up.
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