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Jeff Mick

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  1. Thank you again for the few of you that posted recently. I appreciate the insight and especially the pics of the boats to see how others have set up their rigs!
  2. I hear you man. The ice season is coming! Thanks for your input.
  3. Thank you guys for joining in and giving your input on this. I appreciate it!
  4. Thanks for those pics! Appreciate it and actually looked at a used Alaskan last night. Your rig looks nice! Do you ever have any issues with the rigger cables getting to close to your motor?
  5. More often that not with just 1 other person. And no bench seats, just bases with swivel seats attached to them. 50 or 60 hp tiller motor.
  6. Good Morning! So I am thinking about buying a tiller model aluminum boat in the 18 foot range. This will be a multipurpose boat. Used for fishing on Lake O some, other rivers and lakes closer to home and maybe even some striper fishing in the ocean when condition are right. I love the idea of all the open space with a tiller. My dad has an aluminum walk through so I realize the importance of that windshield for getting out of the wind. I am thinking that I am willing to make that sacrifice though since I will also be casting out of this boat for bass, pike and other species. This will not be just a trolling boat and I will probably mount a trolling motor to the bow. Looking for any opinions on mounting a couple of riggers to a tiller model boat. Is this going to be a pain in the butt with having the seat back by the motor and not necessarily having a ton of room to get at the riggers / rod holders? Kind of wondering if a side counsel may be a nice compromise between the tiller and a walk through. Any suggestions / thoughts would be appreciated. Hope that the fishing gods have been good to you all! Thanks!
  7. Appreciate it! Very cool video. Does the lake quiet down in early October in terms of fishermen? Or should we hold off til the middle or end of the months.
  8. Hello all. With these crazy times me and my dad canceled our trip this weekend for browns. We were going to be in the Salmon River area trolling the shorelines and the creek mouths near there. The plan is to now think about coming back in the fall. I am not all that pumped about combat fishing in September for Kings with all the other boats. I would prefer to hold off and maybe come up in early or mid October and hope to get into some browns and / or steelies. And maybe a late salmon or 2. Any suggestions on timing for a trip like this? I have heard Lake O's weather can be a little wild in the fall? Any advice would be appreciated! Stay safe!
  9. It is a different fishery but in NH they have made treble hooks with bait illegal when fishing for landlocked salmon. So many of the fish were getting hook wounds after being caught that this is how the state responded. Growth rates are slowed quite a bit if the fish have hook wounds. They also came out with the salmon pledge. https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/salmon-pledge.html
  10. Interesting idea about bending the hooks up so they can't foul hook the fish. Any reason for not going up a hook size on the rear hook?
  11. Is it a problem to go up one size on a stick bait? On the 3 hook sticks I have been taking the front hook off and going one size up on the other two. For the two hook sticks I have been upsizing both of the hooks.
  12. Copy that. Will check them out.
  13. Any thoughts about Eagle Claw 3X strong treble hooks?
  14. I appreciate it again guys! Legacy I saw your posts on how you use the same blood run hooks on all your stuff. Thanks for the info on hook color. Orangediablo - thanks for your input on the line............finally starting to see the importance of fluro for its durability.
  15. Appreciate the info guys! Last couple of days I have been looking at all the posts on flouro vs mono and other options like maxima or flouro coated mono and I guess I may be over thinking things a bit. This leads to one more question I have for you guys............it seems like Berkley Big Game is very popular at Lake O. Last year I spooled up with 12 pound BG in the color green (for spring browns). I was then running blue label flouro leaders at about the rod length (10 #). The question I have is does the color of the BG matter? Clear or Green? My leader lengths are right around 9 feet. Thanks ahead of time for any input!
  16. Hello! In the process of getting some stick baits ready for the browns in April. I have looked at the forum and have seen that there are lots of options for what people like to do with the original hooks in terms of up-sizing, removing 1 or more hook and so on. I am curious though about if anyone likes to put trebles that have painted red on their sticks? Fishing for landlocks over in NH I found that the fish liked the red hooks. Just looking for some input about the browns and if hook color seems to be something that affects # of hook ups. This will be my second time up for browns in April. We started putting some pieces together last April and I am looking forward to trying some new techniques this spring! Thanks ahead of time guys for any input on this topic!
  17. Was just wondering what not all riggers instead of using the divers. Or the other way around.
  18. Okay. Thanks for that added detail. Can you just clarify why the riggers and divers now? Instead of one or the other? Does it just revolve around spreading the lines out behind the boat?
  19. Thanks for the information. So you were down about 8 feet then? Curious if anyone uses egg sinkers in front of the leader in order to get lures down about the same distance? Assuming the flexibility with these divers makes them a better choice though? We were using 9 foot noodle rods with spinning reels so I am thinking that those rods would not be able to take the stress from the divers.
  20. Thanks for the reply and heads up! We were focusing on 8 - 12 fow so I avoided the down riggers. Never used the divers before. Working the edge of the muddy water for the most part is what we were doing. I have seen posts about the different formulas for the divers for certain depths. Can you provide any info on the amount of line out / depth of water you were focusing on? We did pick up a couple of fish in 20 fow before we got closer to the mouth of Sandy. We were just trolling stickbaits with no weight or anything.
  21. We got into them pretty good Saturday morning also (4/20). Same area. This was the first time me and my dad have fished the lake. Ten or 15 years back we fished the Salmon River in March for steelhead a handful of times. Been talking about getting back up and finally did. Decided on the lake since the river is so tough to wade. I wanted to say how helpful all of your posts were for us. I spent quite a few hours going through the forum and taking notes on lures and so on. It is pretty cool how so many of you help out others like myself who need the guidance on the water. Thanks! I just had one question about the pic posted above with the lures and the 2 black circle items. Are those divers or something of that sort (the 2 black things)? We played around with the mini planner boards and I also sent some lures way behind the boat (150 + feet). Attached a few pics here.
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