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Copilottruman

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  1. I’ve been fishing for 10 years. I wouldn’t over think this. 20lb is the standard and big game is a great choice. The bigger lines like blood run flea flicker is if you’re getting a lot of fleas as it’s designed to be thicker and has a coating on it. The problem is the thicker you go the less action you get. Hence why dan keating uses 12lb stealth set ups. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  2. My boat is smaller than what you are looking for but the trophy 1802 and 2002 post year 2001 are great bang for your buck! I got mine for $6500. With the money you save you can get some top of the line gear. They’re a no wood design which is what I like. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  3. Fish about 10 times per year. My Trilene Big Game Lasted 3 years with no break offs. For $33 bucks you can get a big spool of 20lb. It’s strong, flexible, and knot friendly. Use it as backer as well. Great bang for the buck. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  4. Last year I bought a boat which the trailer breaks were shot. Do you guys have a places to go in SW Michigan that could replace the hubs brakes lines and surge brake for a reasonable price? Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  5. When you did the pump replacement. Did you do the $120 kit that has that base plate or just the simple one with the gasket and impeller? Also on the diagrams I’m seeing two filters on this engine? Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  6. Purchased a 2005 mercury 125 saltwater (2+2) last year. Ran it fine a couple times last year no issues. However this year since I have no real history on the engine I’d like to replace “everything” for some peace of mind. So my question to you guys. Besides fuel filter, water pump, thermostat, plugs. What would you guys replace on this engine if you didn’t have hours or history on it. Compression on the cylinders are all well within spec. I’d like to clean all the carbs out and possibly re sync them but I’m not sure how hard that would be. Local mechanic said this type of work would be an easy grand. No thanks. Or if you have a reasonable mechanic in west Michigan that’d be another option. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  7. Does anyone have a good/ cheap prop repair place for the Detroit metro area? My merc 125 prop has seen better days and needs some work. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  8. Yeah I was thinking of trying some of that marine 31 clear vinyl restorer Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  9. That’s pretty weird that he went out that far... by the way what channel is everyone using? Last two trips I’ve gone out I can’t seem to get a response from anyone but I know the radio is brand new. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  10. Started off the morning around 1100. Blasted right out to 225 and set up SW bound. Fished for around 5 hours in every direction at every speed between 2-4 mph and all the way out to 280. With only 2 shakers to show. Ran all different types and colors of spoons. Lake calmed down quite nicely the only second trip I’ve taken with the new boat. Would have been even nicer if my Biminis clear windows hadn’t yellowed in storage then we would have been even warmer. Gonna try again next week. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  11. Just purchased a new boat with a full enclosure. I’m looking to continue fishing till she ices up. Does anyone have any reports or suggestions for this? I’d prefer salmon but lake trout will do I guess.. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  12. Yeah mine were stuffed as well! Keeping the stocking down seems to be working. Let’s hope they keep the numbers down for a while so we can get a full recovery!
  13. HOT HOT HOT. Finally got off work early when the waves were forecast to be good for the little 16’er. Blasted right out to 90fow and basically immediately after setting we started taking hits. We were only out for three hours and took around 11 hits. Only kept 4 because I physically can’t give away all that fish haha. So what worked? Divers back 91 and 121 with 8” flashers and flies with longer than normal leads. I want to say more than 3 wraps but I can’t remember (30” ?). Also super bright slim spoons on any presentation down 35’ to 55’. The fish seem to be slapping at the flies and getting hooked funny so if you’re losing a lot I’d make the presentations easier for them to zero in on. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  14. We are going out of St. Joseph right now did you guys get out? Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  15. Yeah I keep debating whether or not I want to winterize the ole tin can. I really need to invest in an islander... Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  16. Thanks for the report. It’s amazing how the fishery dies once the run hits.... Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  17. X2 on bleeding out your fish. Cut both of the gills right down the V after bonking them on the head. Looks like a horror movie but works like a champ. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  18. I'm so happy you found fish, but I'm sad. My 16' deep V doesn't have the courage to go get them.., Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  19. Dipsys back 250+ have been working a lot lately. If it ain't broke, don't fix it Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  20. Brand new owner hooks... Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  21. Any tips? Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  22. Today was the day of lost fish. Started off at 5am in 90fow where there were a TON of marks. Worked this area for a hour without even a release. Moved out to 170 where the action began. We probably took between 10-15 hits and could only land a couple smallish lakers and a cookie cutter king. 80% of the hits we missed were on my brand new wire divers out 250 & 300 with flasher flies (hot). It seems as if every fish was hitting the fly weird. Because the hit would be intense but the fight would only last about 10 seconds and then pop off! It was extremely frustrating. We tried loose and tight drags to no avail. The lakers and kind came on a big paddle down 110. On top of the lost fish the speed they wanted was very weird. We were going about 2.1 SOG to the south to get hits. Much slower than the 2.7ish I normally go. All in all we were on the fish with nothing to show.. also gonna upgrade my drags to Tuna toms carbon fiber ones. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  23. Awesome thanks. We'll post after our trip on Tuesday Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  24. What depth? Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  25. Sounds like they're still getting fish further north. So I'm assuming that huge pod we had moved north. I bet the more stable water out in 200+ still has fish. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
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