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  1. Headed out to Wilson/Olcott later this week and was going to give j plugs a go. Never ran them before, any advice would be appreciated. I assume they are best to run off riggers? I have 30lb mono on my Tekota rigger rods.... probably a good idea to add a fluoro leader right? 20lb okay or bigger? Cheater spoon above? Mag or regular - how long of a leader for the cheater? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. Anyone, Bueller...Bueller? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Going to miss the big Derby this year, headed up sep 10-12... are there any other competitions going on, big fish of the day etc, or does it end after LOC? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. What are you finding is the “cutoff” for shallow/deep? 250 ish? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. That's awesome, thanks so much for taking the time to share Rookie. You certainly have that baby dialed in to be able to see the probe separately and cheater spoons wow! I'm pumped to give it another go next week. So you are just zooming on the water column and letting it run on auto -- no manual adjustments?
  6. I’m making my second trip to Lake O next week. Anxious to see how It does now that I fixed the position of the transducer - so far in Lake Erie it’s been awesome, clear signals at 25 mph! The high freq CHIRP is insane on the axiom. High def. So I’m guessing it will be a whole new ballgame in the deep water as well and I bet the 3D stuff will be much more effective so I’ll have to learn it. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. wonder if it will be a little delayed this year with the hotter summer
  8. Being new to the fishery, need a little help as I'm planning my second trip to Lake O but this time with my 74 year old dad. It's time for me to repay him for all the times he took me fishing as a kid on Lake Erie! How far into September does the fishing stay good closer to shore for the big matures? My Dad can't handle rough seas anymore so I don't want to have to take him out to 500 FOW to find fish. We are thinking about launching out of Wilson, seems like a good central point for the action with some restaurants and a few places to stay. We will get a slip at one of the marinas and stay 3 days of fishing. Looks like the boat launch is at the state park, so not as convenient as the set up at Olcott where I launched last time, but Wilson might be a little more comfortable for him. Let me know if you guys have any advice and thank you in advance!!
  9. Curious to what you guys are using... I fish alone often and went with the Fell Marine product, MOB+. $200, pretty easy to install. I Wear a fob on a watch-like wristband that connects via Bluetooth and kills the motor if you go in the sauce. Customer service is awesome - I had to troubleshoot occasional loss of signal which was solved by adding a little antenna. They pick up the phone on Sunday! Good people. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. I’m betting your pup was steering or on the net! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Impressive work solo without autopilot! I can’t imagine. How many lines did you have out? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. I fish alone quite a bit as well, and so I installed the Fell Marine MOB device for piece of mind. No doubt about it, you slip in high seas and fall overboard with the boat in gear, forget about it. The old style lanyard kill switch just wasn’t practical with all the moving around I do while fishing. With the Fell Marine system, you wear the Bluetooth fob and it kills the motor if you fall overboard. $200 and pretty easy to install. There’s a manual override where you can bypass the system with a simple plug in the event the system quits working, FOB battery dies etc. I ordered mine from Amazon. This company has GREAT customer service as well. https://www.fellmarine.com/ Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. My bad! Sounds like a different ball game in the fingers. No excuse for that guy. In Lake Erie, it's a whopping $75 a year for a policy for PA and NY waters. I'd never impose on somebody to tow me in when I could have just paid $75 for piece of mind, but yet I see it all the time. My boat insurance has towing but I decided to buy a policy directly with the tow company this year to not have to deal with a middle man if stranded. Got stranded on 4 of July last year with my whole family onboard and had to sit on the phone with Progressive and wait for them to play middle man and authorize the tow with the tow company, so for $75 I can just jump on the radio or give the tow company a call.
  14. Thanks Kempie good info -- do you have dedicated spoon rods and dedicated meat rods for your riggers? don't think I'd want to hook the fluoro leader to a big paddle when switching set ups
  15. Nice post, thank you Mr. 580. Do you leader your rigger mono with fluoro? I used 30 lb mono, no leader, on my last trip and it seemed to perform well with limited fleas and the amount of strikes. But just curious if adding a fluoro leader (if so what lb test?) could help improve amount of strikes. I guess I'm mainly talking about spoons off of riggers, because obviously with an attractor and meat or flasher fly there is a leader.
  16. Agreed. A towing insurance policy is very affordable there's really no excuse not to have it other than being cheap. Certainly we all should come to the aid of stranded boaters and make sure they are not in danger, but is it really the expectation you have to tow them in perhaps putting both boats at risk?
  17. Thanks for this chart, very helpful!! The question I have is why mess with wire when braid is almost as effective at achieving depth? Is SPEED the main factor missing from this chart? Is that where wire will stay down where braid will float up at higher speeds necessary for salmon?
  18. got it, appreciate it. So you primarily use "zoom" on the water column when targeting a certain depth? How does zoom compare with range?
  19. Thanks for the post, sounds like you guys had a nice trip!
  20. In playing with the range and gain settings I was able to occasionally mark some stuff but I couldn't get it to hold and there was so much noise it was tough to make anything out. Never had to adjust anything before on it, so I've learned a lot from the experience... that's fishing! What is A scope?
  21. Whaler -- what LB test mono and leader do you use?
  22. thanks Sk8man... yes, after this incident I've learned a lot about sonar trying to figure out what happened. With High CHIRP you don't get to adjust freq. Out on the lake I played around for hours trying to adjust the range, gain, etc. to no avail. It is pretty much set up to run in auto mode and I just ended up making things worse and ruining my fun by messing with it. So, I went ahead and replaced a non-working Airmar Thru-Hull transducer on my boat with a working one, so next time I'll at least have a backup plan. I've hooked it up to the Axiom MFD with a Y- adapter cable. With the Airmar, I'll be able to manually select 50 kHz for the deep.
  23. Good to know Rookie, appreciate it. It would be able to mark bottom but just wasn't marking anything. I've had screens of blank sorrow in my day, don't get me wrong, I know a fishfinder doesn't mark fish when there isn't fish, but it was just blank all day, no bait, nothing, and yet we caught a dozen fish. I'm thinking it was a placement problem. After my remount, it definitely seems to be working even better in Lake Erie as I'm able to mark fish at higher speeds, 20 MPH plus. Fingers crossed for Lake O.
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