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Chuck Smth

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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
  14. We started late afternoon and had consistent action until sundown. It was a decent pick comprised of Coho, Steelhead and Kings. Tons and tons of bait. attractors seemed to be the hot ticket.
  15. Here's a short video of some of the action. Had our first one on before we got all the lines out. Decent day. I think we had a half-dozen fish, back at the dock by lunch.
  16. You're basically screwed without it. 1) Nobody can register it without one 2) You can't prove there are no liens against the boat. 3) If the original owner on the title shows up asking for the boat back you have issues. Clean title is everything. You need the previous owner to provide it, or have them apply for a lost title. Be aware that the boat could still have liens shown on the title when you finally get it and they will still be in force unless you get a lien release from the lienholder. The title also needs to be signed over to you on the back to transfer ownership. The Bill of Sale isn't really a transfer of ownership, it's telling NYS how much to collect in sales tax when you register it. It's the signed title that transfers ownership. If I may ask, how did you come to have a boat with no title? Chuck
  17. This time of year, when you find that debris field around 250' or so I'd set out my steelhead spread, especially if there's a color change associated with it.
  18. Hey man, thanks for that. I'm a data kind of guy so I appreciate it. Pretty interesting to see that Goby's are the main thing they eat by numbers in Oneida, but more walleye by weight. I'm not sure the cormorants are the only source of the bad day we had. We saw lots of great suspended hooks in the Goldilocks zone for temp - they just had lockjaw. It happens. With the abundance of bait this year it might take a few trips to get dialed in. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Honestly, we've done mid-twenties numbers on kings in a single day and it was easy. Other days you really had to grind for one. That's fishing. If there was a one single lure and technique solution that always worked tackle shops would be a lot smaller! That's why I like this type of fishing. Every day is a new puzzle to work out. Even the slow days on the water are a gift. There's so much more to this sport than just catching fish. I think we all lose sight of that sometimes. Even on a bad day I always try to remind myself to enjoy the moment and reflect on how lucky I am to be able to do this. Chuck
  19. Bruce, yesterday was a tough one for sure. We went 0 for 1. Fished 60 to 150 off of Lewis Shoal and it wasn't for a lack of effort. Full spread, 10 colors, 5 colors, dipseys, riggers etc., tried downsizing, upsizing, you name it. Inside was particularly frustrating as we were all over fish and bait in perfect colored water. I wonder if they're just so well fed they're getting picky? Fish we caught last week were puking up small alewives. Haven't seen bait clouds like this since the eighties. One thing I did notice was the temperature break inside was pretty severe. It dropped from around 60 on the surface to 45 down 35' . Ah, the joys of sustained south winds - guaranteed to mess up the fishing. It was pretty calm and that didn't help either. Did anybody go search for the thermal bar? This year will take some work for sure. PM me your number if you want to collaborate. See you pulling out past us most mornings. Chuck
  20. I would apply heat to soften the glue and remove the original tip. Next, measure the rod tip diameter to the nearest 1/64". Tip guides are sized by two numbers: the size of the eye in mm and the diameter of the hole the rod fits into is in 64ths. Yeah, weird, right? Order a tip guide and while you do that get the good brown hot glue. Heat up the glue, apply to the rod tip and then slide the new top guide into place and align. That's about all there is too it. The only weirdness on a swivel tip is that you may need to remove the wrapping and re-wrap.
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