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  1. Play Dough

    downrigger to spoon length?

    To clarify...a lead core color is 10 yards, so 2 color is 60' of line, 3 color is 90'.
  2. Michigan Out-of-Doors did a segment last week on the Manistee and Muskegon with some success on both species. The little bit I watched didn't seem to indicate lights out fishing but they did have action. You can view that episode on their website.
  3. Having the pilot and GPS linked was a nice convenience during a cruise. I rarely used the features locally other than when I was running to/from the port to just have experience with the operation of the features.
  4. Play Dough

    Kicker or no

    When I had single I/O boats, I was towed twice. Once a failed coupler, once for a timing chain failure. Both incidents occurred where commercial towing was available. That was no problem but very expensive if not insured for that (something to the tune of $200/hour many years ago). If you have no alternate source of power and need assistance, expect to wait quite some time if depending on the USCG. They will first broadcast a marine assistance request and wait for a volunteer to assist. If you are in a port with commercial towing available, you will be referred to that service. Tow insurance is cheap and I'd recommend that service to anyone boating on the Great Lakes. Some coverages will even cover the $100 bill you give to "Joe Fisherman" for his trouble to tow you in. A kicker saves hours on a V8 and provides emergency power, but I think I'd still carry the towing coverage.
  5. Play Dough

    Best budget rods?

    Diawa Wilderness series is what I liked for riggers. Very inexpensive and the closest in action that I found to the original Daiwa "Great Lakes System" rods I used back in the '70s. I have a mix of Shimano, Daiwa, and Okuma rods for divers, cores and flat lines based on the action I prefer. I never found it necessary to spend a lot of money on a rod.
  6. Play Dough

    Im still new

    Probably most will use somewhere around the 30# test depending on the brand...some are 27#, some 36#. These "weights" refer to pound test of the nylon sheath and not lead weight so use what you're comfortable with. A few years ago, I would have been comfortable with 18# but there seems to be enough sizable fish now that I'd likely not go there. There are some "micro" lead cores on the market that claim to allow your lure to run deeper than standard lead core. I did a little testing with that a few years ago and didn't see any difference between the two products using a clip on fish hawk depth meter. The micro lead does take up less space on a reel so does have a advantage in that sense.
  7. Play Dough

    Im still new

    I have a length of 30# mono between braid backing and the lead core to attach to the in line board. Let out the lead (all that you have on that set up, ie, full core, half core, three color, etc.) clip to the board and deploy the board to the desired distance from the boat. Typically, no weight is attached but a snap weight or something like a Michigan Stinger Dive Bomb could be used to increase depth.
  8. Play Dough

    Im still new

    Very few run boards off a mast system for salmon. Most use Church Walleye or Off Shore in line boards pulling various lengths of lead core and copper line.
  9. Play Dough

    St Joe 3/20

    Wow...you would have had big issues back in the day when we waited a couple hours to launch at the Platte River when this salmon thing all began. Good fishing. Nice to hear there has been some success.
  10. Play Dough

    How cold can my engine get?

    There's certainly a risk at this time of the year. It can still be cold and it's not at all unusual to get a major wet & heavy snowfall late March or early April. Just depends on your willingness to accept the risk and pay the $$$ and lost time should the weather turn for the worst. If you live in the vicinity of the marina and can get to the boat should a night or two of cold occur, you could put a trouble light in the bilge to heat it up enough. Of course that is trusting the light/heat/power source doesn't fail when you're not there. Outboard trailer boaters definitely have an advantage this time of year.
  11. Play Dough

    What's the earliest?

    Last weekend of April for me. I was never slipped near my residence so never wanted to risk freezing of the motor or cabin fresh water systems. I can't imagine having to trace a leak somewhere between the cabin and bilge in a split water line. A couple extra weeks of boating isn't worth the risk to me...and I've seen plenty of snow on boats around the middle of April in the past.
  12. Is that a piece of red yarn on the hook? Is that done to all the spoons you were using or just the one that got hit 7 times?
  13. Paint sealer? Not sure that really does any good over the clear coat finishes used today. Wax is probably as much a "feel good" thing as anything else as well.
  14. Play Dough

    RIP flounder pounder

    Yeah, I've done that more than once. I'd like to claim that it's due to age and my "sometimers" disease but it started 20 years ago. Hooked the marina breakwall once when entering the harbor with a lure trailing the boat by a couple hundred feet. Reel started singing when I turned the corner and the lure didn't. The ultimate was taking off with a cannonball still in the water off an old Riviera rigger. Turned the drag system to dust in no time. Only did that once. The screeching of the rigger drag signaled me just in time to turn around and see the cable snap at 30mph. I have a system to check everything now so nothing is left in the water.
  15. Play Dough

    Question about older slide diver

    A short piece of vinyl or surgical tubing goes over the wire arm where it clamps the line.