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Chuck Smth

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  • Birthday 09/30/1957

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    Victor, NY
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  1. bigted, on a conventional reel there is no problem reeling against the drag. On a spinning rod, yes, it causes line twist and should be avoided, but on a conventional no problem. You can set your drag with a scale but as the line peels off the spool the drag force increases, so by always reeling you can monitor how the drag is set. As you lose or gain back line you'll need to readjust. On the small reels used for salmon it's not too big a deal but as you probably know, if you fight a bigger fish on say, a 30 or 50 sized reel you need to stay on top of it. So, conventional reel yes, spinning no. The other thing is that about half the time mature salmon will make one last dash as they get near the boat. I usually back off the drag and use thumb pressure for the last 30 or so feet on a mature salmon so when they take off I can let them go but still keep the rod bent. That will result in some "dead reeling" too. Regardless of your drag technique, you always want the rod bent and putting pressure on the fish! Always be watching the rod tip. Thanks, Chuck
  2. We weathered the storm pretty good - had lots of boat beneath us. No lightning thankfully. When that starts it's time to get out of Dodge. Been fishing Lake O since 82 and never saw one come up this hard and this fast. The USCG put out a security call about 1 minute before it hit. We were saying we better pull lines and then we were in it almost immediately. Had a full spread with boards, copper, lead and dipseys so it's not a quick deal to get back into cruise mode so we rode it out. Chuck
  3. Had a good day, I think we ended up 9 or 10 with two others we missed.
  4. Whew, that was a beauty! I'll bet we had winds over 50. Saw a waterspout and we may have been hit by one too. Lost a rod over the side but we go really lucky and recovered it. Did everyone make it back to port OK?
  5. Whew, that was a beauty! I'll bet we had winds over 50. Saw a waterspout and we may have been hit by one too. Lost a rod over the side but we go really lucky and recovered it. Did everyone make it back to port OK?
  6. Did another late-afternoon/sunset trip. After fishing temp and trying for matures switched over to the high marks to play with steelies. Riggers and lead were both working, had two doubles, They seemed to be hitting everything. Nice fish too. I'm really impressed with the steelhead this year. 10 colors or 50'-60' on the riggers. Took the spinny/fly off and that seemed to trigger the bite. Pretty easy, trust your electronics and keep the speed right and they'll bite. Had problems with the camera battery but I'll check the video tonight. Pretty sure I got vid with two fish airborne at once. Chuck
  7. The answer depends on how far forward you mount it. If you mount too far forward with a short arm current and wind can take your line into the prop. As a very general rule, the downrigger shouldn't be mounted an further forward of the transom than the arm length, but there are exceptions to every rule. The bigger the boat, the more you can get a way with. Small aluminum boats tend to be blown by the wind and are the most troublesome. On a 40,000 pound boat you can get away with a bit more.
  8. I also remember the old tick-tick-tick sound they made.
  9. Wow, an X15. I haven't seen one of those in 35 years! They were an amazing piece of technology in their day. I had one back in the day. I don't think they sell paper or styluses for them anymore. Ah, the smell of an X15 or a Sitex, that's fishing in the 80's.
  10. We boated (and released) a nice king this year that had been caught before, so thanks to whoever released it before we caught it. Chuck
  11. Fishing is still solid. Pretty much solid action near dusk. Got a late start - didn't get out till about 5:30 pm but still managed some fun action until dark. Enjoy, Chuck
  12. We did a late Saturday trip left the dock around 4:30. Pretty much solid action. Two doubles and one really nice one. Even better we were in close so not much of a run was required. Pretty neat for July to be fishing in 100' of water for kings. Chuck
  13. Truth is, I don't get too hung up on being millimeter-perfect on depth. The dang fish are 3 or 4 feet long, so a couple of fish-lengths either way won't matter. Given my choice, a little high seems to be better than a little low. Just be in the ballpark and you'll be fine. It's not a situation where you'll catch fish at 52 feet but not 50 or 54. We catch as many fish on lead and dipsy's as we do riggers and they're up and down all over depending on turns, speed, current, etc. Heck, I've seen fish come up 30' to hit a bait. When you think thermocline you need to remember fish are cold-blooded. They can be at any temp with enough oxygen to sustain them. They just don't like rapid changes that require them to adjust to their surroundings. Kings (in my humble experience) like to stay in the most stable temps which are generally around 49°F in Lake Ontario where the oxygen is plentiful, but will certainly leave it briefly to chase a meal. In other words, I've found down temp and down speed is more important than the actual depth. As far as distance from the transducer, meh. Even for a 50° cone the largest error can only be 10% ( d/cos(50°/2). That's not enough to worry about, especially if your transducer transom depth isn't considered. For a 20° cone it's really insignificant. All IMHO and YMMV, and that's totally cool, Chuck
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