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  1. NW Michigan-3rd week if April. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. ThreeDogsDown

    Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

    Thanks Mike. I priced all. For the “aluminum/stainless” downriggers (Big Jon, MM, Ciscoes, and Traxtech) and when I list out comparable functions (autostop, motor speed/size, and cable length (300’), and two multi-axis rod holders, Magnum Metalz scored higher in features and price. Cisco and Traxtech were more expensive, but have added features that were not important to me (programmable keypad, jigging action). The Cannons and Scotties were definitely the most common and the most recommended as well. This weekend is the big dollar spillage for me after I see the gear at the Sport show. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. ThreeDogsDown

    Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

    Thanks Youp. I am headed to the Grand Rapids Sport Show next weekend to meet the Magnum Metalz guys...so yes, I am being researched to death and the lure of many downriggers have come and gone. Will keep you posted on what I end up with- pics will come as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I see an imminent de-incentive for any sport fishing improvements, including a trolling stamp” with the new “One-Laker” regulation coming for Grand Traverse Bays. This new regulation takes the wind out of any trolling rod increases for most of the spring/summer. From 1 August to 15 Sep it may be useful. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. ThreeDogsDown

    Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

    Thanks EdB. Their website is scant on details and no you tube videos on GLH at all. I see a lever on their rod holder, (revolving banner pic on their homepage)which tells me these rod holders are not a “one handed” operation. Prices are even more than the Traxtech holders (the most expensive). I gave them a look, but I’ll pass. Thanks again. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. ThreeDogsDown

    Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

    Thanks Mfitz. You are on the side of going with tracks and I may do that after I use what I already have and what the boat came with. I am going to begin this setup using the Lund sport track. The Cisco mounts (that I have already) for a single tube holder will work for a triple tree (horizontal) rod holders, and the Lund downrigger mounts will work for the downriggers. If I feel like I want to drill holes and use tracks for more support, Traxtech, Berts, and Cisco will all be price competed (of course). I have a meeting with Big Jon HQ this week to discuss my plan and purchase from them if they will get close to other internet prices. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. ThreeDogsDown

    Best Time / Location

    Lake Michigan seems to be the most popular. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. ThreeDogsDown

    Best Time / Location

    I like mid to late August. Kings and Coho. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. ThreeDogsDown

    Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

    Thanks Mega Byte. Yep, the consensus is no dipsies under planers. It felt odd to me when I read about that, but the product description for the magnum sized planer board includes dipsies. They must be talking about the little divers. Understand the utility of the trees now. Glad I asked the question. Again, it felt odd...so I thought (and I was right) that dipsies and trees are not so good. (Height and strain) Yes, this is quite a “build out” for the new boat. If it wasn’t such a rush bringing in those silver fish (lakers included), I would just go with what I have. But trolling has really been much more fun than I expected and my wife is hooked as well. So, I feel good about blowing cash on this. Got a nice tax return due to the increase in the standard deduction, so that encouraged me to start closing loose ends on my questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hello Pro’s. I have a 2018 Lund Tyee with the 42 degree Sport Track system. Last spring/summer I trolled with cheap plastic rod holders for dipsies and leadcore. I had a ball. My wife had a ball. We actually found something that we both enjoy and we were getting pretty good at. I have saved all winter for downriggers and rod holders to make trolling and rid management easier and make the bot a little more professional looking. I am ready to make a huge purchase but wanted to voice my concerns and see if you guys will guide me in the right direction. My gut feeling and current path forward is to buy Big Jon Pro Pro Tournaments affixed to the Lund Sport Track downrigger plate. The silver finish and the autostop are the sell points for me. This will also give me the ability to move the downriggers up and back, and remove them on overnighters. I have seen zero reports of the Lund Sport Track not providing solid support. Let me know if I am making a mistake. My second purchase is Big Jon vertical rod trees (the three rod holder) on the Lund Sport Track downriggers plate. The one hand operation is the sell point here. My concern is...Do you guys run dipsies on these vertical rod holders? I am kind of worried about the strength of the tree especially at the top. Seems like my dipsies are beastly pressure. My other purchase is to by the TX-44 Church Magnum Planer boards for dipsies. Do you guys use planer board with dipsies? I like the big boards for lead core, but never used them for Dipsy divers because I thought the diver would just pull the board under or the board would just come off. Thats quite a lot to digest, all responses appreciated. Target date for purchase is 5 March for all the gear. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I am curious to see how long it takes an idea like this to make it through the state legislature. A change, approval, rejection and ultimate implementation may take years. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. All Good Points. They could eliminate the rod limits all together and just enforce daily and possession limits. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I’d buy it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. ThreeDogsDown

    Dipsey braid?

    Are you pulling the magnum dipsies? Go with the 50#. Are you trolling clear water? Go with dull green. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I am in “research mode” preceding a $4k purchase of downriggers and a Fishhawk system. I have a 2018 Lund Tyee with 30 trips on it. Great boat, caught a lot of salmon and trout, but I have named it the “Twisted Dipsy”. Tired of Dipsies! Ready to bite the bullet on downriggers and want to go with Big Jon. I am wrestling between the Tournament Pro and the Brute ES and here is why. Big Jon has the autostop on the Tournament Pro. They have the “momentary switch” on the Brute. Both functionalities don’t come on one system. Finally, my question is...which do you pros use more? The autostop? Or the momentary switch? Unless I am misunderstanding the operation of both, you can only bring the Tournament Pro all the way up using auto stop. There is no adjusting (feathering) in the up direction. The brute allows you to adjust depth in either direction, but you have to keep your finger on the button all the way up. Please recommend a model and which functionality you use the most. Thanks much. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk