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  1. You can definitely see bug hatches on your locator. We were once fishing what we thought were bait schools when the water behind us turned dark brown and started to look like smoke. Then we trolled right through one of the pods of insects and you almost couldn't breathe. It was a midge fly hatch we experienced that was so thick it was almost biblical. If you were surrounded by flies on deck, I would say those definitely could be insect hatches you marked.
  2. Good to know, thanks! If it's holding up to a rigger (even a hand cranker), I should have no problem with my table mount. I've never seen anyone else use the V-lock on a Great Lakes boat but there's a lot of ways to use them. Sorry for the hijack...I hope Hockey's cover works out for him.
  3. Hey JT...is that a v-lock mount I see hiding under your rigger? If so, how is it working out for you? I just made a filet table mount with one of those.
  4. It probably won't be an issue and maybe it will serve as an index so you can put your release back where you got a hit or caught a fish. I just talked to a friend who stacks a lot and he's been using those Scotty's for a few years now with no issues at all. Just don't forget they're on there when you bring the rigger up.
  5. Are you talking about the stacker clip they make? I've never used that, but always used the double pinchpad releases when I use to stack rods. Scotty makes one as well as many other manufacturers. I really like the Chamberlain stacker release.
  6. I use the double uni all the time without either of the issues you are worried about and it's an easy knot to tie on the water. Works great for leadcore to braid as well.
  7. Nice looking boat. Any info on the trailer, and how about pics of the cabin? Thanks
  8. I guess "best way" is a relative phrase. Marine tex is not meant to be coated with gel coat. People do it maybe, but it won't last. Last I checked it said it right on the box. 5200 will seal your holes just fine but it's more of a quick fix and not really the "best way" to patch screw holes in a cored fiberglass transom, IMO. There's some very knowledgeable guys on hull truth and iBOATS that would say the same thing.
  9. The best way is to over-drill out any remaining sealer or adhesive and fill the holes with a thickened epoxy like West Systems G-flex. The G-flex comes in 2 tubes and you have to mix equal parts together. I got some free syringes from Walgreens and used them to inject the epoxy into the holes. If you ever want to gel coat over the old holes, it will not adhere to marine tex. You can also find color coordinated gel coat at iBOATS.com. I bought some for my '92 Grady White and it matched pretty close to perfect.
  10. I really like the idea and would definitely purchase this. I wish Illinois would consider such an option.God knows the ILDNR could use the revenue this would generate...
  11. Would a normal stamp still be available, which is to say if you didn't want the additional cost of this proposed new stamp, you could still buy a standard stamp and fish the Great Lakes with your usual rods per man? I'm just wondering if the high price tag might deter some from getting into the game, and you definitely don't want that to happen. Also, there are many people on here and other sites that believe less is more who might not like having to pay more if they won't be using more rods.
  12. I like 7 footers for my deeper running rods and 8'-3" for my higher mono rods. I use all Ugly Stik rods on my boat. I pull Church walleye and 44 boards mostly, but I have the offshore boards as well.
  13. Hard to believe this boat hasn't sold...maybe you should post some better pics. The two you posted are pretty blurry.
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