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  1. Trophy Taker! Great report! Seems like you Southern Port guys are having a great early season. Hopefully my reports out of Frankfort (tomorrow) will be as successful and as detailed. I monitor channel 68 as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Good call. Have caught myself looking at that net in the rear view mirror once already. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. You are bangin em down there! Send some up to Frankfort please. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thanks man. Those Big Jon ratchet holders are my “go to” holders for Dipsies. Yes, they go parallel to the water. I set out 9 lines on Saturday and only got slightly tangled once. Rod trees made all the difference. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks much! For as much as I have searched, I can’t find any negative comments on them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks. I will look into the Chamberlain releases. Yes, the Scotty stacker clips are what I was referring too. They are convenient, but the leave a kink in the cable. I haven’t seen anyone complain about the little kink, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a problem in the future. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Anyone concerned about the kink the metal clip puts on your downrigger cable? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks Mike. Hopefully it will last my lifetime. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks RedRider. I am picky, but only wanted to do the rigging once I am very happy the way it turned out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Well, here is what I finally ended up with after a couple iterations of trial and error... Magnum Metalz 2500 series Downriggers. Big Jon Tracks and Dipsy Rod holders Fish On Triple Rod Tree with Net Holder. After much installation and testing on the water and bumpy dirt roads, this was the “heaviest dutiest” setup I could come up with (both solid to the gunnel, and solid in its own design). I was balancing price versus quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. That was a great report! Didn’t do anything worth reporting out of Frankfort on Monday (15 April) except a huge smallmouth. Ha! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Update fellas: I went with Fish On Vertical Rod trees (triple tubes with net holder at the top) For Downriggers I went with the Magnum Metalz 2500 (2-rod holder). The MM’s key features for me were the autostop clutch, the 200 FPM motor, the 300’ of cable and the swivel base. The price for this was way cheaper than comparables (BJ, Cannon, Scott and the gold plated Traxtechs). Now for the bad part. Mfitz was right. The Lund Sport Track Downrigger Mounts will not work. A lot of slop. Photo attached. I have a video, which is better than the photo, but now way to upload it. I have already ordered 4’ track systems for each side and am emotionally prepared to drill holes in my brand new boat. Hard to say that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. NW Michigan-3rd week if April. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Lake Michigan seems to be the most popular. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. I like mid to late August. Kings and Coho. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. All Good Points. They could eliminate the rod limits all together and just enforce daily and possession limits. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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