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  1. Yes! Look at trout in a clear creek… drag a spinner by them slowly and I think they take it IF they are hungry. But often they’ll follow it but not commit. Crank the speed up as you retrieve it snd you trigger an aggression strike. That’s what I imagine occurs on the lake but I’ve never looked at how it relates to temps or fronts…
  2. I understand all this, I’ve been doing it for quite a few years. What I was asking is if anyone has noticed a pattern that was tied to other factors such as time of year, before/after a front, during a lake transition etc. I have a fishhawk that I use to monitor my bait speeds also.
  3. I appreciate all of the responses. I guess however what was missed (Implied but not stated was that the tackle is the same). I was wondering what biological factors have others witnessed playing a role. Do you see a seasonal change, do you notice a speed preference before or after a front passes? Do you find it to change on a rising/falling barometer etc? The lake has started to flip so is there a change in underwater currents associated with this that impact the speed etc…
  4. What is the determinant factor on trolling speeds? I mean I know that many factors play a role but I got to thinking the last few weeks out of Mexico we’re successfully trolling at 1.8-2.2mph. Then suddenly last weekend nothing touched the lures at those speeds and found I had to bump up to 2.5-3.3mph. So whats the general opinion as to what causes us to need to change up the speed?
  5. 470-309-5478 sry I work odd hours at times. Are these the multi positional holders?
  6. Do they attach to the outdrive to steer or do they attach to the helm to steer?
  7. I’m interested in information on what brand/model autopilot people are using on their mid/late 80’s sportcraft. I’m not familiar with the steering set up on this boat and unsure what type of auto pilot is desired. Thanks in advance for all your recommendations
  8. I’m looking into getting s sportcraft 270 coastal fisherman. It has a 350 mid mount engine on it. Just curious if others on here have this set up that I could pick your brains on a few things...
  9. Mostly conserving fuel but also having a secondary propulsion method in the event of any issues with the main... the boat has already had a kicker on it, but it currently does not
  10. Thanks, the window trim that’s needing replaced has been siliconed once it started peeling. It doesn’t currently leak, I’m just kind of a stickler for things looking clean and right. The boats not perfect by any means but I have an ‘86 PennYan 21’ that the guy wants to trade for because he wants a trailerable boat and I need something a little bigger so that’s the deal. He just paid Mikes Marina in Mexico to replace the engine.
  11. While I do appreciate the concerns the stringers and transom it is not what I need info on... I’m already aware of them. The engine is brand new just having been replaced... I just need to know what system people use for kicker mounting on these boats etc.
  12. Thank you! As far as the kicker controls the boat is an I/o so I think I can connect to outdrive. So far as I can tell the stringers seem in good shape, haven’t gotten to the transom yet.
  13. I’m looking at upsizing to a 1987 sportcraft coastal that a friend of a friend has. The boat is in overall good shape but needs some trim work and the moldings replaced around the windows (if anyone has ideas on where to buy those at I’d be much appreciative). My question is the boat currently has very little gear on it and as it sits in the slip it appears a little bow heavy. It’s got a merc 260 (gm 350) mid mount engine. So I was wondering if they are known to sit nose down a bit. Also how hard is it to hook a kicker up on one? It’s got a bracket on transom but curious about tying in the fuel lines and throttle controls etc. lastly is there anywhere that I could get the full specs on this boat and/or buy replacement parts such as hatches, windows etc? Thank you for your time
  14. I’m looking to have my boat winterized and possibly stored near Pulaski at the end of the season. I’m interested to see if anyone knows a boat mechanic in that area that can/will service an OMC cobra outdrive. Particularly I bought new bellows, gimbals and universal joints and would like those installed before next season as well as a general “once over”. I know a lot of mechanics/shops avoid the OMC’s but there’s a bunch out there so someone must still be willing to work on them... tia!
  15. I put a 10’ top shot of fluorocarbon leader on my leadcore. Would there be any inherent problems with that?
  16. It’s a brand new probe, and brand new batteries and I’m certain they were in completely. My issue has to do with a need to increase the gain due to the size of my downrigger weights. The manufacturer states that an increase in gain may be necessary when using weights less than #15 which is why I asked what others have found to be the ideal gain setting in this case
  17. I had a hard time getting my x4 to send back probe info last weekend. It would give me a read and then the probe readings would disappear and then re-appear but might be way out of calibration etc. manual says I may need to increase gain if my rigger are weights are under 15# which mine are. I’m not certain they are 10-12# off the top of my head. Anyway I was curious if anyone has had similar issues and how high on the gain you had to go to get proper readings again.
  18. I’m curious to hear the vary thoughts on wind direction and it’s effects on the fisheries between Oswego and Henderson Harbor. Not so much a discussion of wave activity but rather what people’s preferred wind directions are for favorable fishing conditions... also have you noticed a species preference in relation to wind direction? This past weekend the Browns seemed to move down from Nine Mile to Oswego with an east blow and it got me thinking if others find similar experiences and if they notice any specifics in regards to species
  19. I’m looking to see if anyone has any Okuma Coldwater 453d reels for sale.
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