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  1. Nice, I actually just looked at those today at fish usa — seems to fit that beautiful reel better than a TDR! Let me know how that works out for you por favor! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. I picked up some smaller Tekota A 500s that I want to use for smaller, lighter tackle trolling situations - walleye, smallmouth, fall steelhead on Lake Erie. I have a whole bunch of Shimano TDR 8'6" rods but it just seems they don't do the smoothness and precision of the Tekota any justice as they can be a bit heavy and stiff. Are there any trolling rods out there that would provide feel more similar to a spinning rod to pair with the smaller Tekota? Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
  3. Did you storm the capital patriot? Ignorance at its best. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. The following reels are for sale -- light, recreational use only for 2 seasons. All in "like-new" condition. Make me an offer... (2) SG47 (2) SC27 (2) SC17 All are right-handed, line counter. Will get some pics posted soon.
  5. I bought these reels new a week ago ($150 each) and used them only one time on the lake... there is absolutely nothing wrong with them, I've just decided to go with a 200 copper setup with 19 strand backing so I don't have to carry as many reels on my smaller boat, thus need the 453 version with LC. The reels are set up with 300 ft. of Torpedo Weighted Steel, 50 ft. of 20lb fluorocarbon leader, and approximately 800 ft. of 65lb hi vis braid backing. If you do not want this line setup, no problem I will remove and reduce the price $70 for the pair. I also will include the Dragmaster drag upgrade from Tuna's but I have not installed yet. These were $30 for the pair. I have $400 into the setup plus the time getting them set up, but will sell for $325 w/ free shipping. Here is a link to the specs from Okuma: https://www.okumafishing.com/en/product/cold-water-wire-line-star-drag-reel.html Rods not included. Will include the original reel boxes.
  6. Here's a good video on a way to set it up for in line planer boards. This guys splices in some braid to hook the boards. I plan on using mine on big boards with scotty clips... I think I'll be able to just clip directly to the 19 strand as the scotty clips seem to hold everything but we'll see
  7. Good info, Thanks for posting Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. A slide diver has different characteristics than a standard diver that makes it not achieve the same depths without adding their weights and rings Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. Um yeah, don’t understand your point. No one said lead length had anything to do with depth. Was talking about achieving depth with a slide diver... not the lead
  10. So you don't think it's possible to get deep-er and stealthy at the same time? Or are you saying stealth doesn't matter all that much down deep? Thanks Sk8man
  11. Wicked Walleye - curious if you ever got your Fish Hawk TD dialed in for the slide divers yet? I'm headed down the same path as you experimenting with slide divers... I'm about to go buy a Fish Hawk TD to figure out how deep my stuff is running.
  12. I plan on experimenting with slide divers as well... I think the concern would be depth they can achieve compared to regular dipsey with a mag ring which is what I use now. 180-200 can get to 100 ft. I know they sell bigger rings and a weight for the slide divers but not sure how deep they get. If anyone knows please post!
  13. Anyone else out here using 19 strand as backing?? What's been your experience... any advice?
  14. Maybe barrel swivel and crimp? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. Thanks! What weighted steel lengths are you running? How often do you need to go beyond 300 ft? In summertime to hit that 70/80 ft range? Weighted steel says 20 ft drop per 100 ft... so do you follow that same guideline for letting out additional backer? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  16. I really like the idea of having versatility in the water column without having so many reels, as my collection of equipment is getting quite ridiculous. I think I have more stuff in stock than fishUSA these days haha. So I've "heard" that 19 strand as a backer mimics the dive pattern of what's in front of it.... so does that mean if I let out 5 colors of leadcore, to make it equivalent to a 7 color, I would simply let out an additional 20 yards/60 Ft. of 19 strand backing? An additional 50 ft. of 19 strand behind weighted steel would get me 10 more ft. of depth? Does this really work? I bought a bucket of the Scotty clips...will I have any problem clipping to the 19 strand? I'm not a huge fan rubber bands. I recently set up a couple 300ft weighted steel reels with braid as backer. Would it be advantageous for me to add 19 strand instead of braid or would that be overkill -- how often would I need to get deeper that that? 300 ft. of weighted steel is supposed to get to 60 ft at 2mph but at higher speeds with flashers I'm guessing 50 or less.
  17. I run TDR or Talora med/heavy, moderate fast for wire and braid Divers 8'6" or 9'. Downriggers I like the medium/light version for the extra bend and action especially when running spoons. For downrigger meat and paddle rods, I like medium over medium/light. I have 8'6 for the riggers. Board rods I like a little shorter 8' Hard to beat the TDR for the price, great rods. Not sure exactly what I get for spending 2.5x for the Talora -- they both work great, although the new copper colored Taloras sure are pretty, especially when paired with a Tekota A . TDR seems to be sold out everywhere online these days however...
  18. Recommend googling the "Reel Fill Calculator". It's been a huge help in figuring out how to set up all my reels. I would just recommend to be conservative (i.e. put use 85% as a target rather than 100%). I got the Berkley line counter I use measure the amount of line going on. I recently just switched my wire reels from Daiwa 47s to Shimano Tekota A 600s. On the 47s I had no backer as it was advised by a friend to leave some room in case of a backlash/birds nest. However, when the line counter read 100, it was only 85 ft. of line due to the unfilled spool. I don't like having to do math on the fly to account for the shortage, so I filled my new reels pretty much to capacity. I used the reel fill calculator to determine I needed 250 ft of 50 lb braid behind my 1000 ft. of 7 strand wire in order to get my spool to 90% according to the calculator. I turned out just about perfect, closer to 100%. I used the improved albright knot to connect the braid to the wire which is a great tip I picked up on this forum.
  19. Lakers can be a pain in the net.... especially the smaller ones. I don't net anything under say 15lbs. Simply shake off on the side of the boat, they are usually pretty compliant. People with the bigger boats don't have a choice, but I don't understand the fascination people have with netting everything, especially stuff you're not going to eat! Shaking off on the side of the boat keeps the fish alive in the water and saves a major hassle with the slimy snakes twisting in the net. Switching to this tactic has made lake trout fishing much more enjoyable.
  20. What distance do you like to run your spin n glow behind the death traps? Same for cowbells?
  21. I should have been more specific, I put on the death trap w/ gambler spin n glow. Hadn’t run a death trap before, just cowbells and paddles Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  22. Tried some late spring Lake Trout fishing yesterday on Lake Erie and knew it would be tough... couldn’t move a rod so decided to try out my new Gambler rig... rigger fired not too long after and we landed our only fish and saved the skunk! Thanks Gambler, great product Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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