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  1. I'd have a hard time fitting in the basket at weigh-in. We're not really all that worried about knocking Dave off. The 1 foot chop will be enough to scare him off most days
  2. Mike, I think you'll find no consensus here on how deep it will actually run. There are SOOO many variables...SOG, current direction and troll direction, strength of current, etc just to name a few. You can see from Joe's post that he's had it hit at various depths depending on speed. However, if you were running 2.0 SOG directly into a strong current, it might not even run 65 feet down. The key is consistency. If it is taking fish, keep it out. We adjust our other spread (say downriggers) within the range we believe it may be running until they start hitting fish (using our sonar in conjunction helps a ton as well).
  3. Nice job. Following the standard order of double, triple, quad...next would be quintuple (5), then you would have a sextuple (6).
  4. Alright Buster...that's bragging. How about some details for the rest of us headed out this evening after work??? Thanks in advance. Alright, I retract that now. Thanks for posting your update.
  5. I coated mine with Plasti-dip (black). I got it from Ace-Hardware. I coated mine to keep the lead from marking up the boat. Joseph may be correct that the smoother surface may decrease blowback but I doubt the results would be noticeable.
  6. Jim, the north side has the DNR ramp sandwiched between anchorage marine and yatch basin. You really cannot miss it. There is also a great fish cleaning station across the road from the ramp. As for landmarks/structure there is not much out there for structure. Landmarks vary if you want to go north or south. A lot of guys fish south between Holland and saugatuck. Others go north and use the port Sheldon power plant stacks for reference. With the weather and waves we will have to see where the fish have moved to..
  7. I saw that upperlimits post on perch as well. We need to get out and give that a shot.l

  8. Now it seems to me though that most of the break-offs we have had have come from the knot and not other areas on the wire though. It has seemed that we tie them up, run them a few times, and then they break right near the knot. I'll give the knot Adam suggested above a shot and see if that makes a difference. And by the way, the letting it slip issue had to have come from some of the rookies on the boat and not the "regulars" (ie. ME)
  9. I have one as well. It seems to work for us. We initially put it on a dipsey and were shocked at the lack of depth considering what was expected. We then put it on the DR to see how the depth compared to the DR indicator and it was working just fine. It has helped us locate the thermocline more than anything. With our experience the speed on surface and hum (and angle) of the rigger lines is sufficient to determine appropriate speed. The TD is a nice addition to our arsenal.
  10. I went with Shane Friday morning. The two we brought in were 6lb and 11lb. The three that were lost were decent fish. I would hazard a guess they were in the 12 to 15lb range. It was a nice morning without having to motor a long distance to find fish.
  11. I read this same thing last year. Ace HArdware has a small UV pocket light for like $10. I bought one and did a little experimenting at the house. One with natural light, one with a flash, one with my spot light, and one with the UV light. My findings were that the UV made the lures glow more quickly with less exposure. For example just waving the UV over the lures made them glow more quickly than the same waving with natural or spot lights. The flash required more time and multiple flash to get the same luminesence. When charging the same lure to the approximate same level (based onn visual comparison only) by each different means, I saw no change in the "length" of glow. My findings show that the UV was more desireable to charge the lures more quickly than other common methods. Stating that, I will concur with others above in that you need to be careful on the amount of charging to each lure. You definately can overcharge a lure resulting in a long time before it will reach the right glow to entice a hit.
  12. In my opinion/experience the best method is to find out what similar items are selling for on ebay and Craigslist. As indicated above, even though some of it has never been used and may still be in the packaging, it will still sell as used. That research would give you at least a starting point. I would try to sell it in lots if possible...almost as you have listed above. You can be certain that those listings likely did not sell for their original price but something within 10-20% less. Sorry to hear that things have arisen that make fishing negligable in your life. I think we all here (at least me) wish you the best in your current situation whatever that may be.
  13. I think the product you are looking for is called a GTM40 sold by Cabelas. They do not make or sell them anymore. I have been looking for one for a couple of years now with no luck as well. I have searched the internet over and over again as well including craigslist and ebay. IF I find a couple, I'll send you a note. If anyone else finds one or two could you let me know as well.
  14. I have found UV light to shine the lures more quickly and have a longer lasting glow than any other method I have used in the past. Ace hardware has small UV lights for $10 (you may have to order them at the store as they have rarely been in stock when I went to buy a couple). Just a quick couple of passes from the UV light on a glow lure and you are done. No holding them on the light or waiting for the flash to recharge.
  15. Went 5 for 7 from 6 to 9:30pm on Motion Show. A decent cooler of fish. Largest fish was 15lb 1oz. Average weight was over 11lbs. Glad the lake decided to lay down. Overall it was a great night on the boat. Thanks Shane. We fished 65fow with all fish coming on a south troll. The 2 we lost got off with 5 foot jumps out of the water (1st loss was craigs christmas on a fixed slider 45 down, 2nd loss was on wire diver back 120). Glow wonderbread spoon on DR took 3 of the 5 set at 65. Wonderbread j-plug on 300 copper and mountaindew flasher and green fly on full core took the other 2. Lost a board and a full copper set up...board has our number on it if anyone finds it We even had to clear lines at one point and shut the engine off. Lost about 20 minutes plus on that adventure. We took a plastic bag over the water intakes that spiked the engine temps. I would like to think that failing the bag incident we may have had at least one additional fish. Marty
  16. Shakedown cruise last night. Ended 5 for 5. Glow frog on full core took 2. Wire diver with green fly took 1, and the downriggers set at 50 and 60 took the last 2. Started at 2, off the water by 7pm. Fish in the box and the boat did not explode or sink. It was a successful first trip and shakedown cruise.
  17. Set lines at about 7:00pm with a crew of a 17 year old rookie, my 5 year old son, and TinyJon (my brother in law). Set down in about 75fow and had a 12lb king on the rigger set at 70 with an 11" white paddle and fly in about 15 minutes. Didn't even have half of my lines set yet. Best troll was south and west between 85-105 fow. Went 5 for 7 (the 2 we lost were being handled by the rookie and the 5 year old so lack of experience may have had a role). Took an 18+ lb king on a rigger set at 65 with a blue dolphin spoon. It destroyed my spoon. Seriously, it was almost bent in half and was flattened out. All in all a great night on the lake. Setups that caught fish: blue dolphin spinDr and blue colored fly (sorry I am not sure of the names) set 220 back with dipsey on 2.5. this took 3 hits and 2 fish (12lb king, 8 lb coho) blue dolphin spoon on rigger set 65 deep took 1 king (18+lb king) White paddle and fly 70-75 down on rigger took 3 hits and 2 fish (2 10lb kings) http://www.greatlakesfisherman.com/gallery/files/1/4/5/8/dsc00392.jpg' alt='dsc00392.jpg'>
  18. I had an Okuma Catalina 30d break on me the other day. Ended up being just the click pawn. I got some great advise from this site from many of the other regular posters. Thanks for the advise. I just wanted to pass along that I ended up getting all the necessary parts for my repair in short order after just one phone call. Dennis Farley from The Reel People (you can look them up on line with a google search and they are located in Traverse City) was very helpful, made sure I ordered the right parts, and sent the parts the next day. I just thought I would pass that information along to everyone to maybe save you the hour or so of searching for a MI supplier (as I did) in case your one of your reels break.
  19. Thanks Tom that is what I was thinking as well. I have the schematics, I just have never been "in" the reel before and wondered if I should try to tackle it myself.
  20. Went 4 for 5 last night out of Port Sheldon. 2 kings, 1 coho, 1 laker. Set up in 80fow around 615pm. First fish on dipsey with green spinner and fly back 120 in 88fow. 2nd and 3rd fish in ~100 +/- fow with a laker on 10 color and coho on rigger with JJMacMuffin down 55. then we trolled for 2 hours with nothing going between 80-120fow. Marked a lot of fish, but no takers. 930pm had the missed fish on a rigger 55 down in ~80fow with moonshine flounderpounder. Saw it roll 10 yards behind the boat and it was off. Reset the rigger and had another on in less than 5 minutes. Had to pull lines to get to the dock in time. Total weight of all four was 33 1/2lbs. Saw a couple large, almost 20lb, fish taken out of PS last night (not on my boat though). Most of them hit right near dark. Quick question. The clicker on my Okuma Catalina 30d just stopped working. The rest of the reel (drag, etc) works fine but it is strange not hearing the click or knowing how fast the fish is taking line. Anyone had any similar experience with this. Is it an easy fix or do I have to send it in?
  21. Yeah, I had to blame the sad fishing on something. It was either the new rod or the Ohio crewman. Obviously it was not the rod. On another topic....6 ft log. That had to be one heck of a fight in the chop that was on the water.
  22. Set lines at 6pm in 50fow. Washed lures for most of the night. Washed by floor a few times as well in the waves! Finally started marking fish in 100-110fow. Took a 12lb king 50 foot down on in 95fow on the downrigger with moonshine flounderpounder. Which naturally hit while trying to untangle the 10 color from a braided dipsey line. Finished the night 1 for 1.
  23. We're launching from Holland at 5pm. GH I'll hear you, Muskegon....not so much. Good luck everyone.
  24. With the two little ones we got out quite late. Fished for 6 hours and had 2 gobies (returned with slit stomachs) and 2 perch to show. Naturally, I caught the gobies, but each of the boys (5 and 3) got to catch a perch. They were excited. That is the reason I fish....well and how they taste as well but you all understand. Heard a few boats out early limited out (per DNR at the launch) but most others I talked to produced similar results (couple fish here and there). Little talk on the radio with reports of lakers in 130 fow and steelies and kings in 340 fow. Marty
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