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  1. Where are you located? PM sent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. “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
  5. 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
  6. That last picture made me spit water laugh. I know the feeling. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Good call. Have caught myself looking at that net in the rear view mirror once already. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. You are bangin em down there! Send some up to Frankfort please. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 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
  14. Thanks much! For as much as I have searched, I can’t find any negative comments on them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 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
  16. Anyone concerned about the kink the metal clip puts on your downrigger cable? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Thanks Mike. Hopefully it will last my lifetime. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. NW Michigan-3rd week if April. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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