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  • Birthday 04/14/1987

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  1. Thanks for the report. I'm way up in frankfort and am planning my first trip down to st. Joe this spring. Don't know much about the fishery except what I find online. Look like I should wait a couple weeks when I have my actual vacation.
  2. Usually the day the ice comes off the harbors and launches. Last year I pushed skim ice to get out of Ludington on march 10. Caught the first fish of 2018 that day. Just a small coho. As of now my boat is just getting out of the pole barn for spring maintenance. Still ice on Ludington Manistee and Frankfort as of today. Wont be long though and we will be trolling for browns. I am predicting the first week in april if we are lucky.
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    Frankfort 6-2-16

    Straight out of port, 190 fow 65 down on rigger, green DW paddle with green krw meat rig took a 10 pound King. Slide diver out 150 with a pink DW super slim spoon took a 8 pound King in 175 fow.
  4. Fished from big point north. Went 1 for 1. The fishing was slow, but I could not believe the marks we were getting. There was fish everywhere on the graph between 110 and 180 fow. Most were between 60-100 down. Our 1 7 pound king came on a moo moo meat rig with a white slick glow spin doc the 195 out on setting 2 mag dipsy. Hope they get hungry.
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    351 wont run properly

    I will check into that one. Thanks for the reply.
  6. The boat is a 1977 century raven 250 with a 351 Mercruiser. When we leave the dock and motor out to our spot the boat usually runs fine. During trolling speed the boat runs ok. When we go to throttle up at the end of fishing the boat doesn't want to run well. It misses really bad and will back fire horrible if you try to push it past about ten mph. We have installed new plugs, wires, cap, points and condenser. We also replace the fuel filter. A professional mechanic put a new coil in it and a different thermostat. He also tightened the timing chain which was slack. We took it back out and it did the same thing. Now I am starting to think its a fuel issue. I think most likely the line is pinching off because the tank isn't venting properly, or there is something in the tank clogging the fuel passage through the line. The reason I believe this is because every possible electronic device has been replaced on the engine and we still have the same symptonms. Also the reason I think its a fuel issue is because while the engine is running rough and you try to give it more throttle the engines carb is making a loud sucking sound like its getting air but no fuel. Its an old boat that looks pretty good. My grandpa bought it brand new in 77 from the factory in Manistee and fished it for years out of the port of Pentwater. We are not ready to throw in the towel on this boat, mostly because it has been part of our family since 77. Any suggestions are welcome. Just trying to keep the BER-BEN on the water. Thanks