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    Gordy - Caught in the Moment
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  1. I tie the large swivels directly to my leaders for dipsies, I have heavy leaders on dipsies dedicated for running flashers. I use Torpedo 30 lb swivels on rigger rods and long lines, so if I'm using paddles or spin doctors on those lines, I'll clip the 30 lb swivel to the big swivel that comes with those attractors. Hopefully that makes sense. The swivels that come with most paddles and spin doctors are huge so they can freely rotate in the flasher without getting bent. Some brands of flashers come with a smaller swivel attached to them, you can hook the smaller snap swivels directly to those.
  2. A full tank reduces the amount of exposed surface area for condensation to form inside the tank. If it's in heated storage, it won't condensate so it doesn't matter either way.
  3. I'm on my 3rd season with my '89 Tiara 3300 Open, it fishes great, is comfortable fishing with 6 adults, and easily sleeps 6 adults (if I don't have fishing gear taking up bunk space), but that's with 4 people in 2 beds, not sure if having 2 of the kids paired up works for your foster situation or not. I've actually slept 7 on mine a couple of times, 3 sets of 2 with one of the pairs being young kids sharing the bottom bunk of the pullman berth. I try not to keep track of what it costs to run it but it's in the $100-$150/trip range depending on far you run. It burns about 0.7 MPG cruise (25 MPH+/-), or about 70 GPH. I agree on not spooking fish, and it will out fish smaller boats if the fish are biting in a troll direction that isn't favorable to the wind or wave conditions because it doesn't get pushed around as much. I had a 26' Stamas previous to this boat, it was a great boat but with a single I/O, it just couldn't troll like the 33' can. And you're right about the bigger boat being better for kids, it's a lot more enjoyable for them and you. With more room they can find things to do and not be under-foot if they aren't engaged with fishing or whatever.
  4. Traxstech hands down. Super smooth, easy to pull them up, and far more locking positions that Berts, Cannon or Big Jon.
  5. MD Marine in Grand Haven rebuilt and did some major performance upgrades on my last 350, I was very happy with their work. Mike 616-510-8484
  6. Big Jon sells snubbers to go between your rigger cable and cannonball.
  7. Well I've been busy and this thing is still sitting in my basement. Price reduced for quick sale - $350.
  8. Looks fine to me, you're better off having them run like that than nose down so they don't dive. SD's on boards are fine too. You're supposed to run the line on the bottom slot on the TX-44, if you're running it in the top it might not run correctly. You don't need to run the TX-44's on 300 coppers, even with the SD's. I run 450's on the 22's and walleye boards, I only use the 44's for 450's with SD's or paddles, or over 450' regardless what it's pulling. Personally I think the 44's are pain, pull way too hard and tend to dive.
  9. I have Big Jon Brutes running 15 and 20# balls on gimbal mounts, and I use them a lot. No issues. You definitely need heavy duty flush mount holders with backing plates. Look at CE Smith or Lee. Coincidentally, I have 2 brand new CE Smith holders and a pair of gimbal mounts for Big Jon that I'd sell, PM me if you're interested. Long story but it's the same stuff I run.
  10. I agree on them turbulence creating issues. I couldn't figure out why my fish hawk wouldn't read properly and finally realized that it was the trolling bags. I run my bags off the midship cleats. Run them just long enough to keep them in the water when its rough, the bow bobbing up and down will pull them out of the water if your lines are too short. Might take some experimenting.
  11. I have some old cables and my boat used to have an Autohelm, post a pic so I know what I'm looking for, and sent me a pm if you want me to look.
  12. I got into it too, on Sunday morning, and it did find one of my props. Thankfully I took it out of gear before it tore something up. Also took out the chute rigger and both port side divers. Couldn't get it out of the prop so we went into White Lake in shallow water and were able to get it out. I'm not sure it was a marker line though as it looked pretty new, no algae or muscles hanging off from it that we could see. Sorry I couldn't mark it, too much chaos trying to get it out of my prop and gear and I had to cut it. Ruined a potentially good finish in the Grand Haven tournament. Shame. I did call it in to USCG, should have called RAP.
  13. The paddle wheel on the transducer isn't very accurate due to turbulence anyway, most use GPS speed for surface speed even if they have a standard x4. Or drop your probe to 3'-5' feet.
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