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  1. Welcome to the Forum. A sweeping first post! Where are you located? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Nice! Never really thought of that. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Wherearethey, after hooking the herring strip with the single hook, do you leave the treble hook hanging free? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Do they stay on the line if you are pulling 10 color? Or when you have a bigger fish on? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Looks great Sea Eagle. I like your rod/reel organization too. I took off my Magnum Metalz downriggers, lubed them up, cut off some cable and added new Klincher ends. I am ready to troll this coming spring (or if we get some calm days out in Frankfort), but I put the sport top up and I am now configured for perch jigging. I can quickly change back to trolling if we get an Indian summer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Where are you located? PM sent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Good point. Mine are all labelled. I snagged a Walleye board with a wire line on it with a huge flatfish on it yesterday. It was not labelled. So I added a flag and reflective tape and put it in my bow netting for another spare. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Yeah, the Dipsy under a planer board was just a test to see if the board would perform. It did OK, but was not recommended as a technique. The video is on Youtube. I agree that the regular size planer boards work good for 10 Color Leadcore. I use the Church Walleye Boards and the Offshore OR-12a for 10 color leadcore. I do upgrade to the locking clip (OR-18) so I can release the board for retrieval versus the red and orange clips. As for the big boards, It seems the Walleye Board and the OR-12s pull better than the big Church TX-44s. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. “If you are purchasing new downriggers why would you continue using dipsies and not invest in downrigger weights?” Downriggers are only 2 presentations (or 4 if you stack them) in a 9 or 12 rod spread. Somedays, dipsies outperform downriggers, at which point, I will stow one downrigger and replace it with another dipsy. I always have one DR down with my Fishhawk Probe. “Using downrigger weights such as the 4 Fins design will allow you the ability to know precisely what depth your presentation is with little or no blow back depending on your trolling speed”. My probe tells me how much blowback I am incurring at all speeds...and I can tell you it is 20’ or more blowback at 2.5 mph. This is a hassle both in presentation accuracy and tangles. This feature is attractive to me. “This design of DR weights also track extremely well and will not travel under your boat during turns when trolling.” This feature is also attractive to me. I have 39 days trolling on Lake Michigan this season and this season is winding down. I have lost one ball this season. I replaced it with another Cabelas Directional 12lb downrigger weight. It does pull the ball outside (slightly) the gunnel and opens up the chute for turns and fighting/netting fish. So they do track well, but I am always ready to try something else. My plan is to purchase ALL MY SEASON UPGRADES (DR weights included) in one big month. Most probably in March 2020 (which is what I did this year) at the Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids. I make a list of everything new or different I would like to try. If it isn’t at the show, I will order online in the hotel that night. Shark style weights are on my list. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Great report! That last pic where the kids are helping hold the fish is hilarious. The girls look like they were slightly pressured to hold on to it. Made me laugh. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. That last picture made me spit water laugh. I know the feeling. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I don’t clean my spoons, but I probably should (lemon Joy). I do add liquid Mayhem and/or Berkley Trout scent. Haven’t noticed a noticeable difference in action. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I use the “Klincher Downrigger Termination Kit”. I use 15lb balls and a Fish Hawk as well. I will be moving up to 20lb balls and I have no confidence issues with the Klincher. Seems to be very solid. Take your time getting it attached and you will know when you did it correctly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Will do Sir. My 12#’s seem to have quite a blow at 2.7-3.0 MPH. I am looking for 15#’s with a coated slim profile. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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