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About jdh

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    Advanced Fisherman
  • Birthday 07/24/1987

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    Pier fisherman turned troller.
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    Grand Rapids
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  1. I've done it on my 17' Lowe, and I used 2 sheets of marine plywood laminated together with West Systems epoxy and sealed completely with the same epoxy. It will be a $200-300 to do it. A lot of older boats seem to have come "new" without sealed transom wood so anything you do to protect the wood from getting water in it should significantly extend its life. Also - check out the iboats Stracraft Owners forum. They'll generally help you out with any questions. http://forums.iboats.com/forum/owners-groups-by-manufacturer/s/starcraft-boats
  2. I was reading that you had good success on steelhead with the slide divers. What's your setup for those? I haven't been able to get steelies on any divers.
  3. Nickle plated is supposed to shine "black" in the water I thought. Silver & gold are supposed to be the right way to go. Mister Twister looks UV flourescent? The spoons are kind of easy to figure out because you can see the clear coat coating really shine up instead of the painted colors. I think the ladderback non-uv would show up as just the ladderback, but the UV ladderback might show up with a larger profile. I'm going to take pictures of the actual spoons that have got me lots of fish and see if there's any patterns I can follow. -JDH
  4. Thanks Dr Hook. I guess I didn't think about them all "reflecting" ultraviolet light. I suppose my question then come down to UV-fluorescent. I've attached 2 pictures below that show what I'm talking about - and they show three types general color patterns: 1 UV-fluorescent coating (first picture far left, second picture right & left) (2) UV-fluorescent colors (first picture dots on spoon 1 & edge of spoon 4, second picture center (3) Not UV-fluorescent (first picture spoon 2 & 3)
  5. Thanks for the response Kurt. I'm hoping a few more people chime in on this. Almost all spoons & flashers have a large amount of uv reflective colors such as green/yellow/orange/pink. With the blacklight these guys shine so bright! When I shine the light on the non-uv lures you can barely even see what color they are. I'll post some pictures later. I'd like to know when people would choose intentionally to run non-uv lures over the uv. -JDH
  6. Non UV Spoons I'm going through all my tackle and I've been using a UV/blacklight flashlight to pull out the non or minimal uv reflective spoons. Most of these are silver/gold reflective, but some are plain pain colors like white or purple and don't reflect uv. I'm just wondering if you can tell me what conditions you would choose to run these spoons? I've included a picture of a couple of these spoons. I've got a bunch though from all different brands. -JDH
  7. That's what I do with my 2-stroke. For the 4-stroke I would check the oil before & after every trip to make sure there's no water in it. Also, I would try to make sure the engine is heated up fully for a little while (under decent amount of power). If you're idling/trolling the whole time the engine may be running a little cold and may "make oil". Another thing to check would be the lower unit oil. I would change it now to make sure there's no leaks.
  8. You might think so, but I'll fish as late into the year as the launches allow. If we could just get the water temps to drop below 50 degrees the skinny water should start producing well.
  9. Skunk. Fished the skinny water for an hour with nothing. We then ran to 100 fow. Trolled several directions 100 to 245 fow and back into 160 fow. Nothing. Very few marks.
  10. What piers? If the waters above 55 degrees right now - there may be a few fish around, but I've had better luck when the water drops below 55 degrees.
  11. All the kings were full of shad. They look like ales, but their not the same. I've been netting baitfish off the piers for years and know the difference. Another picture:
  12. The bigger on weighed in just shy of 11 pounds. Very healthy looking. I'm hoping the weather lets me get out to deeper water a few more times this year. Or maybe lets me put a hurting on the lake trout before November.
  13. Fished with Jon & Kelly out of Holland today. We fished 130-155. Lots of bait below 100 ft. My guess is they were schools of shad. We ended up 4-8 with 6 kings on and 2 steelies. Spoons & flasher flies on riggers/divers/coppers/lead. Kings came 60-110 ft down. Steelies on 3 color lead. 2.5-3.0 mph. Only west/south/southwest directions took fish.
  14. The people I eat bluegill with don't like fish that tastes like fish... So I fillet and skin. I've been cooking 2 ways lately. The first is way is in the oven with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Dip the fillets in melted butter - coat with the parmesan breading and back in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 375. This keeps the smell of frying out of the kitchen. The other way is to coat the fillets in all purpose flower and to fry in a skillet. I like both methods.