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  1. 29 minutes ago, Low Baller said:

    1st trip up in early August Ty and I were at the 160 the day after a blow. 2 to 4 ft rollers but no wind or breaks. Totally duable but head on a swivel. Only a couple boats out in deeper water. Coast Guard came around the stacks and hung off port bow at 100yds, so as to not interfere with my troll. After glassing my boat for several mins, a wave and a single horn blast they were on they're way back towards Oswego.
    Where they on random patrol or did someone put a word out to check on me? Who knows, it was comforting to know they felt I was good. Every year we all dodge a bullet, some take a direct hit. Those guys are awesome as well as the fellow humans who risk running in instead of running away. Thanks for keeping me safe and aware.

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    The guys that picked my sorry a$$ up we’re about as chill as could be. Once they learned I am military they got even more laid back. Their boat is insanity, twin diesels and build like a literal tank. My knee learned that real quick haha still got the scar!

  2. A good rule of thumb is 1# per 10’ down. I rarely go lower than 90’ so 10# suffices for one rigger and the other is typically parked at 65’, 8# ball. I prefer using two different weights to offset blowback according to the depths. FWIW, I use 4# balls for browns, since it’s only down 10’ to 20’. I also have had my 10# down to 130, like was said above, I can see the ball on my graph. 

  3. The merc needed a new carb. Installed and runs great. Cold start is 4 pulls, as noted in the below video. Warm start is 1 pull. New price $1500 as it runs exactly how it should. In no rush to sell because I could very well just keep it as my backup. I have the old carb as well and the receipt for the work done by Ralph at salmon country. 
    315 506 8185 text ben

  4. For sale is a kicker I got with my new boat and was told it hasn’t been run since 2017. Put new plugs in it, changed oil and gear lube, turns over but I cannot get it to run. Likely needs a carb clean. Does not have charging, manual start. Looking to get $1000 for it. It’s clean. Selling due to buying an efi version. I’m not a carb guy. 87 pounds. Comes with fuel line with adaptor. 



  5. 23 minutes ago, Low Baller said:



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    Man ya know I think I might. I’m not sure I’ll put her back on Lake Ontario but we do a Canada weeklong trip up to lake Bryson and the offshore is perfect for that. I’m thinking the 15hp kicker I buy for the Grady would be fine for that week. Not gonna win any races but that lake doesn’t get rough and speed is not an issue. 

    changed the lower unit oil in the kicker so stopped up to salmon country. The tech told me he thinks mercury will lend a generous hand in the repair of the 90. I’ll keep you all posted. In the past, when I had troll control problems on the lake, Mercury jumped through hoops to get me on track and actually assisted me on the phone while I was on the water fishing. Turns out the smart gauge needed a reboot. 😂💯 

  6. On 8/21/2020 at 8:21 AM, GAMBLER said:

    I run 8" with flies and meat.  This season 8' paddles have been more productive for me with meat all season.  Bigger paddles with meat and flies have had their days but 8" have been more consistent.  

    I agree. 8” white echip atomic white meat rig is my best. I don’t even use any other size, and spin doctors catch zero for me. 🤷‍♂️ Though I know they work for other people 

  7. 11 hours ago, Mikeyman104 said:

    Think that's the same boat I reached out about on craigslist too emoji38.png. Nice rig and glad someone from LOU got it. Best of luck and glad you're getting back out there


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    Yep I jumped on it because I knew someone would if I didn’t. The seller took me for a spin and while I dislike two strokes, the 175 runs good and it has a kicker. The boat is in great shape too. He told me he had a line of guys waiting but still gave me twenty four hours of immunity to decide because I wanted to think it through. 

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  8. Hi all- again, I appreciate all the kind words and what not. I’ve stepped away from the reports here for a minute and took some time to get right. I came to the conclusion that I’d rather not live my life on my knees, and debated on taking the dozen or so of you up on a tag along ride. Thank you all who offered. It’s a nice reminder that there is decent Americans left in 2020. By happen chance, I had the opportunity to jump on a 20’ Grady white in prestine condition from a gentleman on Oneida lake. So I will be picking her up tonight! 

    that said, I don’t think I can keep my boat for multiple reasons. I likely will be selling my depth finder, and anything else I can pull off it that I know works. I will be keeping the 90 with the intention to put it on the Grady, tho it will be under powered. I care not. The Grady has a pull start 2012 merc kicker, no charging and I’d consider selling that if anyone has interest. It has less than ten hours on it and hasn’t been run in three years other than winterizing and spring startup. I’ll be selling the boat trailer, which is a 2017 single axle, weighs 583 and has a weight capacity of 3500 pounds. I paid $2400 for it brand new. However, if you want the trailer, you’re getting the boat. I cannot separate unless I sell the boat and tow it out to the new owner. The boat can definitely be repaired by the right metal worker. It has a 17 gallon fuel tank that was $350 new. I managed to save my fishawk, batteries, switch, tracks, riggers and three rod holders. Lost every single one of my rods/reels tho. 

    I will be posting pictures of everything when I can pull it off and confirm it all works. If you’re interested in anything, pm me. I have a couple guys who have already informed me they’d be interested in stuff. 

    what I’ll do is post the link to anything I’m selling here as well as in the classifieds so you all will be notified. Similarly, I’ll be in the market for electric riggers and poles/reels. I saved my spoon holder and tackle box with flies/flashers/rigs. I’m not in much hurry to buy anything as the season is winding down and now I have to build a barn lol 


    thanks to all again. It’s been a tough exact month. I managed to get on an Adirondack lake in a 14’ boat to get my legs back from under me. 

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  9. Thanks guys. I’ve got her back on the trailer with the help of the winch, a tractor and a car jack. I don’t have time to get it anywhere this year tho. I’m always looking for another project. I’m glad there’s a few positives out of the whole thing. 

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  10. Pretty much no matter what I’d be parking a white meat rig with white flasher at 90’. 

    id start at 100’ and troll out leaning toward the plant from Mexico point. Go to about 250-300 and see what marks you get and adjust to the best depth. I run two high spoons (typically wonder bread and green emerald) about 20’ down on boards. Then dipsey rods flasher flies and meat rigs on riggers. 

    again, white MR with white flasher out fishes every other bait I have 3:1. 

  11. 1 hour ago, Bobinette said:

    First, glad you're all well and thanks for sharing your story. Accidents happen in a split second so safety must always come first!!

    Adding to this is my story of years ago in the Orangeville reservoir in Ontario. We flipped a 12' aluminum boat in the fall not more than 100' from shore. Were dressed in warm (read: weigh like bricks when wet) clothing. Sitting on our life jackets and fishing away. My friend stood up, lost his balance and we were over. Everything floated away in an ever increasing circle. Our life jackets were nowhere to be seen, unbelievable but true!! We couldn't swim 1 stroke in our heavy clothes. What literally saved our lives was a very fortunate find of a submerged stump about 5' under water that we stood on for about 3 minutes, which is how long it took for a good Samaritan, who seen our mishap, to reach us and haul us into his boat. It has changed the way I view and think about safety.

    My point is that the life jacket works only when worn!! Period. It is the single most important tool on our boats BUT only when worn!

    Thank you for your story. I hope everyone recovered from your accident. spacer.pngHere’s some pics of the boat as it stands. Plus a pic of the jacket worn by the 9 year old :) 






  12. 6 minutes ago, johnnywalleye said:

    thank you 4 sharing,are you certain the drain plug was in? thats alot of water,it sounds like the correct theroy on the capsize,as to what you hit?? its a huge lake,a dock,logs a small capsized aluminum boat..its all most endless..again thanxs 4 sharing;and so long 4 now;john

    Plug was in the whole time. Let me reiterate- my boat is not a normal size aluminum. It’s very much so big water ready. It’s the smallest aluminum made specifically for the ocean. I’ve been getting a lot of guys telling me the boat wasn’t ready for big water. It was, and has been for the past few years. Well. Now it’s scrap but lol

  13. 16 minutes ago, jimski2 said:

    Those new four stroke engines add over 100 pounds on the transom . Also a kicker transom engine adds over another 100 pounds. The bilge water will add weight to the transom. When the boats were designed and tested they probably used a lighter two stoke engine and no trolling engine emoji17.png. I banged a lot of props over the years and never sank a boat. Raising the lower unit also took floatation away.

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    I was part of the iboats forum during the build and there were a few guys with the same boat that had no issues with the same motor. That said I almost got the 70 yami because it was a full 100# lighter. I don’t have a kicker and actually just recently moved the battery to the front so both batteries and gas tank (20 gal) were in the front. 

  14. 6 minutes ago, chinook35 said:

    According to the sheriff’s Dept. The accident happened much closer to shore. If the 30 ft is correct , that’s exactly where the rocks are To the right of the north rip rap wall


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    The article is incorrect in saying the boat ran aground at 30’. The 30’ is where I swam the boat to. That’s what was reported by the coast guard. Tho the damage to the prop and the skag could have occurred upon the recovery I suppose. 

  15. Just now, splitwindow1 said:

    Thanks for sharing the information about adding glow sticks and whistles to each lifevest  on the boat. Never thought about that.  I be adding those this week when I get up there.

    You’re welcome. It was about 75 that night and I completely lost my voice within 20 minutes and I was only yelling to the other three every five minutes or so. You lose your voice much quicker than you think. 

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