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  • Birthday 12/20/1953

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  1. Low light periods, I favor Moonshine. Daylight, my preference is Dreamweaver but I'm not shy about using Wolverine or Stinger spoons either.
  2. My understanding of interpretations of the regulations is that the trolling gear used in our type of fishing does not qualify as restricting maneuverability. It's a stretch, in my mind, that the lines deployed inhibit the ability to turn or stop a vessel. Certainly, your lines may foul, but that isn't a consideration in the rules...only in common sense and courtesy. Any ruling I've ever seen clearly indicated a Great Lakes troller was nothing less than a vessel underway. That's my take on it.
  3. To clarify...a lead core color is 10 yards, so 2 color is 60' of line, 3 color is 90'.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
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