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  1. Buying new trailer and one of the trailers I am looking at has "fully submersible" electric disk brakes both axles instead of surge hydraulic disk on both axles. Anyone have experience with electric on boat trailer? Issues? Love them or absolutely hate them? Thx, Muddy
  2. I have used these folks for several trailer axle repairs including replacement with good success. Located in Elkhart. Axle Inc
  3. Play Dough, I probably will not fly flags lights etc since I am with you on being first to change course. But I wanted to know what options were out there and there are some if anyone is interested. The biggest problem is getting blowboats to realize they have a legal obligation to avoid collision as much as any other vessel. WE can all cite incident after incident crossing behind us, in front of us, into us forcing stop or abrupt course change weaving gear into a wonderful braided mess behind boat. We don't need rules. Just common sense courtesy to everyone regardless of craft your in. The water belongs to all vessels and if we shared like 5 year olds taught in kindergarten there wouldn't be any issues to talk about.
  4. Actually no to just being a vessel underway. You are inhibited just by the fact you can sustain damage to your vessel and gear. You could say the same about commercial netting operations as well, they can maneuver just how much damage will occur. CG agrees that if you damage your equipment or vessel trying to maneuver away from someone it proves you are restricted in maneuverability. Any violent turning with rigggers can cause cables into prop etc. Heck I know enough boats where this has happened just from heavy currents. Having 4 downriggers down and multiple long lines such as copper, wire can cause damage to your gear and even your vessel if you had to "escape" from another vessel. The key component from even telephone discussions was that how much gear you had out to prove you would sustain damage to your gear and vessel. The CG recognizes this potential risk and has provided suggestions to possibly alleviate encounters with other vessels that are clueless and since they are the authority on navigation, I will accept their position on it. But to FBD's point you can't fix stupid when folks go buy a 35' boat, attend no classes in seamanship and put the hammer down without thought or liability.
  5. Here is the email I received from CG back in 2012. Commercial fishing vessel definition does not include pleasure craft is why I asked for clarity from the CG. The key point is having restricted maneuverability such as in trolling long copper, lead core, wire etc. Commercial fishing flies the flag etc but we can also fly appropriate with specific lighting per Rule 26 as long as it is recognized to be severely limited in ability to maneuver. My whole issue back then was the constant sailboat ignorance of tacking directly into me without consequence. I had further discussions with the CG and best is to obviously avoid at all cost but also video for formal complaint against a specific vessel. The other issue of right of way trolling with other trollers is always going to be a hassle. I would hope courtesy would carry the day when the fleet is parallel to the shore to only pick the time to trolling inward when there is a reasonable space so long lines on each boat are clear from each other. It doesn't hurt to adjust speeds to be courteous and no one "owns" a specific trolling line on your GPS. If each boats moves slightly, everyone can be "happy" with the result. But unfortunately not the case a whole lot of times. Plotter lines seem to become possessive and end up with GPS rage which really can be interesting after dark. The funny part about combat fishing is we have done much better away from traffic of the fleet anyway. But one of the discussions I had with CG should there be a recognition of the trolling restricted maneuverability in the regulation. The answer was to formally request it up through the legal request process which I decided not to pursue. Thoughts? 201904.02.Redacted.CG.Opinion.pdf
  6. Actually this is not exactly correct relative to right of way. I have discussed this issue with CG and have written response in which they have provided more insight into "right of way" on the water. No vessel has absolute right of way including sail boats. All vessels have a legal mandate to avoid collision regardless of scenario or type of power. Fishing vessels flying the correct fishing flag do have right of way due to the trolling gear in the water does not allow them to be able to navigate as easily as a vessel that is not engaged in fishing. The key point is you must fly the correct flag and it must be visible for a specific distance. This was obtained from the CG Regulation Unit. I will scan and post up shortly.
  7. SPF - New Riversider combo, never used, plastic wrap still on cork handle. Model RSB133CP IM7 Graphite 3 piece, 13' Medium Light Action 6-12lb line. Matching Riversider reel. $100 Located SW MI near Niles Can ship with $ for packaging and shipping. PM or call Five-seven-4 38-seven nine four 00
  8. In case anyone is interested: Matthews Ovations bow, 31" draw (can be lowered to 30" according to manual, sights, fall away rest, dozen Gold Tip 300 XT Hunter arrows; will be selling it very reasonable to get started into archery. This bow will shoot ~285 fps at 70# with these arrows. Quiet and accurate. Riversider centerpin 13' rod and reel combo - never used, vinyl wrap still on cork Tite-lok rod holders 2 - 8' spinning rod combos with Cardinal 6 reels Archery supplies, new in package Rage broadheads, new in package Fuse stabilizer, Muzzy broadheads (new) Salmon spoons of varying sizes Cardinal 4 reel with American Classic machined aluminum spool Martin M72 multiplier fly reel Salmon flies rigged, unrigged, peanut flies Hunting DVD's 2 - Gorilla tree stand body harnesses - new Lots of smalls etc for hunting and fishing
  9. For those who bought my salmon flies at South Haven last year, I plan on being at this swap meet as well and hope to see some of y'all there. Craig
  10. I switched out my nav lights to LED's few years back and my stern LED which is mounted in middle of my transom lights up the entire stern and can easily net fish just from that light alone. I upgraded my nav LED lights to the 2 mile rating which are brighter and nice to have when fishing the demolition derby at Ludington at night. Be aware of nav rules which will prohibit any red light being visible other than one that is designated on port bow. In cockpit is fine but if can be seen by another boat CG will have problem with it. I put these in my boat recessed under my gunnel such they are indirect lighting and are great for rigging or unhooking fish after dark. I turn off when not needed. Walmart LED truck bed lighting
  11. FYI - there are 151 Municipalities that have NPDES Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) that discharge into the Great Lakes so this will happen again and again until the CSO systems are engineered out which will likely take quite some time. EPA CSO Page Report to Congress: Combined Sewer Overflows into the Great Lakes Basin - EPA report to Congress - CSO Interesting read if you are not aware of this practice. There were 273 untreated CSO discharge events to a great Lake in Michigan in 2014. Think about that next time swimming, boating in these areas.
  12. That's why they call it vanish.....I use Seagar without any issue at all. Just make sure you wet the line real well when you tighten up any style of knot so it snugs properly. You can lose knot strength if the knot is not fully secured to the end. If the line is dry, it will not fully secure.
  13. I've been fishing inside 100' most of the year and done well. If you can find temp, bait, off color water or nice chop to break down the light penetration, you might find fish. It can be hit or miss. I've had some swings and misses but also have had some really good days. Today, went solo and went 5/6 but mostly steelheads, 3 stlhds, 1 small king and 1 really nice coho. On water at 6AM and fished to about 10:30 so not too bad for solo with 3 rods. 5 color caught all three stlhds with SS Glow Smurf which has been my hottest spoon all year..DW BB Spinny with BB double glow fly (my own) caught the coho and lost the one screamer that I had on today (&^$%^&). I also went week ago same area and never turned a rod so it can be frustrating as fishing can be. The real key is finding all the ingredients with really cold water at least 45 degrees on bottom. Sometimes you have to hunt for it but that is where the X4 pays for itself. If it blows out of NW tonight, I would bet the conditions are gone so back to the drawing boards.
  14. Just got back in from fishing solo, did pretty well again. Fishing 60-70'. 47 down 35' is pretty consistent with Cook buoy. Never went deeper than 75'.
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