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  1. Thank you for all the advice!

    I loaded the rods tighter this morning (N-NE of IBay), and that definitely helped with the "bounce" action I was seeing last week. 


    I'm using 12lbs weights. When they are down deep I'm getting roughly a 45 degree angle on the line. Maybe 15 lbs might be better? (See IMG_2355 below).


    EDIT - Actually now that I think about it, I was heading into the current in this case. That was good for speed (my stern drive was trolling along about 2-2.5mph, BUT it probably swung the riggers weights back in the other direction a lot! Trolling with the current I could barely keep it at 3.5mph, so I swung around and headed west, into the current.) 


    So I think everything was good to go, except for the lack of fish! Marked a few at various depths, but no joy. So it's fish 2 - Paul 0 this month. Will get out again next week. 


    I'm going to head out on a charter out of Webster also and see how the pros do it around here ;) 


    Took a couple of photos of my setup below. It's a standard treated 2X6 if you are wondering - lol.








  2. Thanks folks, great info! 


    @VooDoo I just checked. I have the Scotty 1085 Strongarm Manual (30 inch). While I cannot find the exact weight rating, the manual for that product does say:



    "Use enough weight (7 to 15 Ibs.) on your Downrigger to keep your line at a sharp downward angle, approximately 30 degrees or less when your trolling speed is correct."


    I have been loading the rods, but perhaps not enough. I'll crank a deeper arch next time.


    I do not use elastic bands, I just use Scotty clips. I stagger the depths every 20 ft. (I have not run 4 rods yet - I'm still getting comfortable with managing 2-3 rods on my own at the moment!). 


    Thanks again. I'm heading out of I Bay tomorrow morning, I'll report back.



  3. Hey folks, thanks in advance for any advise on this topic!


    Just got a trolling setup on my boat. I fish on Lake Ontario, keep the boat on I Bay. In a nutshell, I'm using 2 manual scotty downriggers (I'm brand new to running down riggers, I was using dipsy's last year), with 2 - 4 rods. I run 12 lbs weights. The lure setup is a flasher with something like a hoochie or some type of spoon. I'm chasing kings!   


    2 questions based on the above:

    1. My rods "bounce" quite a bit on the down diggers weight. Is that normal? water was fairly calm, maybe 1-2 feet. On charters I've seen that the rods normally seem to hold a lot more steady (i.e. less "bounce") - although maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention. 
    2. Do you aim for the exact depth the fish or at, or a few feet higher, I understand salmon will tend to shoot up a few feet for bait?




  4. I'm going to head out early in the morning to try a few spots I've had success with a few weeks back (I was out of action with some lower drive troubles, just back!). Although - according to the Marine forecast there was upwelling this week, causing the water temp's to drop. If that's reliable, I might try something shallower. 


    Good luck, I'll see any early birds on the water. 



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  5. Finally I have some updates! She is back in the water.


    So - a few years back the previous owner hit the bottom of whatever lake he was on. They installed a new after market lower drive. Which I did know, but did not realize it was an aftermarket vendor (versus a Mercruiser lower drive). The problem this time was simply wear and the lower drive was no longer functioning. (I'm not sure which shaft or gear exactly was worn out). So I had two options - 

    • Use the warranty for the same after market part (which only seemed to last just under 3 years). It would have been 100 bucks for shipping, then they would have taken 3-4 weeks to process it and send out the new part.
    • buy a used Mercruiser lower drive for a few hundred bucks and be back in the water this week. 

    I chose option B - it cost me a few extra dollars, but I would have the boat for the remainder of August/ early September. 


    Thank you all for the advice! 

  6. Thanks for v much for all this great info! 


    Engine type: MerCruiser 5 litre Thunderbolt V Ignition (2001 boat).


    He checked the prop hub while in the water. Me and his guy stood on the bow while he reached down to the prop. He was able to poke around that way. Since he could not confirm what it was - we're going to take it out of the water. (The damn tow boat at my marina is also goosed, so I have to get somebody down to tow me to dock :dull: ). 


    I did not hit anything while planing. I was moving through the water, just driving through some wake from another boat (2 or 3 feet wake), nothing major, and all of a sudden it appeared to slip out of gear. I couldn't tell if there was a 'breaking' noise, there was definitely a noise, but I think it was just the engine revving since the throttle was open and no gear engaged (it all happened quickly, my instinct was to shut the engine off immediately). There may have been other noise that I didn't hear/ notice in the moment. 


    Once I got it started again, I tried many times to get it in gear (FW or RV), as did the mechanic, we could not get the magic 'cluck' sound.


    Thanks again for all the info.


  7. We were out for a pleasure cruise on the lake outside IBay last Saturday. I was underway when the boat just slipped out of gear, I shut the engine off immediately just in case. Then started it back up. At first I had some trouble starting it. Then she fired up. I thought "hallelujah", we're fixed. Then I pushed the throttle, the engine rev'ed but she never "clicked" into gear. I had to call Boat Tow US (thankfully the tow was covered by insurance - SAFECO).


    It's back at my slip now (how that captain docked a boat in a crowded marina (light winds) by towing side-by-side, i don't know, what a pro!).


    Some details:

    • While anchored in shallow water just before this happened, the outdrive may have contacted the sandy bottom, as the wake being drummed up by the traffic was significant!
    • However there was no damage to the prop
    • 2001 Rinker Fiesta Vee 24' with 2' diving dock (26' total)
    • Mercruiser Alpha outdrive
    • Engine starts but will not get into gear. 
    • Mechanic has ruled out simple prop hub. 
    • He reckons it could be the drive coupler, and I think he mentioned it could also be the drive shaft. 
    • Next step is to get her out of the water so we can investigate further.


    Interested to get some thoughts on this.


    As an aside, FOUR boats capsized last weekend in the area. I heard of two of them on Channel 16 while we were waiting for a tow, the mechanic told me about the other two. Crazy stuff. 

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