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    Jericho, VT
  • Home Port
    Lake Champlain
  • Boat Name
    Rough Rider

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  1. Nice! Glad you found some fish. Sounds like it's been pretty tough this year.
  2. I like the 8'3" light action Ugly Stiks. They work great for everything here on Champlain, and for the browns on Lake O. Anything in the 8' - 9' range and light to medium/light action will work. They are more fun to catch on lighter tackle.
  3. Hi Fishin ... I've got a friend who is interested. He's not on here, but if I could get a phone # I'll pass it along. Thanks!
  4. Our best days seem to be when waves are in the 1-2' range. Flat calm can be slow and 4'+ just isn't fun. I think the 1-2's are best because the light gets broken up AND we can still go wherever we want so can work good water consistently. My buddy just sent me pics of a 30lber he caught in front of the big river earlier this week. I'll be joining him this Friday for a week of fishing. Can't wait! Good luck everyone! Hoping things turn on soon.
  5. Awesome video! You guys had a hell of a day.
  6. Check the action, and if it looks decent I'd keep it in the water. Obviously they want it!!
  7. I'm running Tuf-Line Microlead and have checked it with my Fishhawk TD. At 2.5mph it sinks 5' per color, or 25' for 5 colors. I haven't checked any other speeds, though.
  8. I really like my Cisco's. Very rugged, no plastic. My buddy has several Cannon ratcheting rod holders and has had no issues with those, either.
  9. This is what I would try. Put a bend in the back fin that will pull your outside riggers further to their respective sides. It doesn't take much. Also, don't try putting the center rigger down deeper than the the other 2 unless you put it down first. Good luck!
  10. Good to hear that I'm useful for something ... even if it is just spending someone else's money! Good luck with it.
  11. No worries! I think it is invaluable for checking the running depths for cores, copper and dipseys. Good luck!
  12. I haven't seen a timeout issue, that I know of. Using it as I described, I don't think that would be an issue. The clip on the TD Is pretty big so it seems to slide pretty easily over knots, swivels, etc. Just make sure it won't slide over a spoon or whatever you have on the end of the line! I almost lost it last year ... just caught the hooks on the spoon! I haven't tried it with heavy fleas. I did try it on copper (300) and dipseys last fall on Lake O and didn't have any issues. I use it all the time on Champlain for checking temp at depth. I hook it to a downrigger and let it down to the bottom and then retrieve it to find the temp break. I wouldn't hook it anything and leave it out, though. It will mess with the dive rate. Fishmaster : You let the cores out as far as you want first, then hook the TD to the line and let it slide down. That way you don't have to worry about how long it takes to get the lines out. Good luck!
  13. I don't have a Fishhawk X4, etc, only a TD. I don't connect it to anything. I run the line I want to check depth on like normal, then when line out and speed are correct, I clip the TD to the line and let it slide down. Leave for a minute or 2 and then bring the line in to check how deep it was running. I try to run the TD just before pulling a line for a lure change or whatever, so I'm not bringing the line in twice (esp. dipseys!). I think attaching the TD will affect the dive rate and you won't get accurate data. I've used it on dipseys, copper and leadcore so far and it seems to work great.
  14. Oh, also, we like to run a split shot 5-6' ahead of the lures. This helps the small floaters get a little deeper and helps keep grass, etc from fouling the lure.
  15. My son and I brought our boat over from Vermont last spring for the first time. We launched at Mexico Point and did well when the weather was cooperative (wind blowing warm water in to shore, but not TOO windy!). We caught most of our fish on Bay Rats off the boards and Stingers on 1-2 colors of leadcore off each side of the boat. Most of our fish were caught on green, but some natural colors worked as well. I think our hottest lure was a Short Shallow Bay Rat in "Can't afford it". There was also a Stinger that I picked up that was a very similar color pattern to the "Can't afford it" stick that did well. Since you have Otter boats, you can easily run 3 lines off each side and not worry about the riggers yet. Later in the season, if you are fishing more than 20' of water or so, the riggers will come in handy for getting closer to bottom. Right now, as others have said, you're going to be fishing right up on shore in 10-15' of water or so. The riggers will only cause you grief. Good luck, be safe and HAVE FUN!
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