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About Rayman96

  • Birthday 04/04/1952

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  • Biography
    Love the outdoors and nature. Favourite seasons are spring and fall. Times of change and renewal.
  • Location
    Lake Erie, Ontario
  • Interests
    Fishing, boating, cooking, nature photography and the outdoors. Did I say fishing?
  • Occupation
    20 years in automotive manufacturing. Too old to change now!

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  1. Your low oil pressure.......was it at idle or cruising speed? The first thing I would do is check the compression on all cylinders. That will tell you if there is excess wear on major components. If timing is stable and no issues with compression and the lower units are good, I would not replace. I would really have to love the boat I have in order to replace power plants on that old of a craft. Personally I would replace the whole rig. Seems to me Dirty Dog did just that. hih
  2. The egg sacs will be under developed at this time of year. They don't spawn till april.
  3. Sad story indeed. My prayers go out to the family. How many times do we talk about safety. Tethers and kill switches. Life jackets and survival gear and distress devices. Float plans and notifications. Fishing alone is dangerous and should not be taken lightly. Play safe.
  4. Glad to hear that things worked out for you!! Never hurts to ask, all they can say is no. You have a good policy. Make sure to thank them and your broker. I too have a dedicated marine policy. They are worth every penny!
  5. Wow, that's pretty close numbers. Ford has come a long way in the last 3 years. Glad to see they are doing so well. They didn't take any bailout money and worked out their own solution. Good for them. Hope you enjoy your truck!
  6. I saw the clip on the news. The cop car was not part of the scene. Real cop car.
  7. When it comes to mileage, I always do my own computations. The on-board displays are rarely right. With all of today's technology and mileage still sucks. BTW, I would have those tires filled with nitrogen. More stable pressure will make a difference in mileage as well.
  8. "Its a 2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor with a 6.2L BOSS motor(411hp and 435lbs torque)." Hey Mike, let us know what the mileage is like. Btw, sharp looking truck.
  9. A quick chip swap will fix that!:D:D
  10. Salmon tourney turmoil settled Manistee bans Best Chance, Ludington drafts new rule Brian Mulherin - Daily News Staff Writer Monday, October 11, 2010 Salmon tourney turmoil settled Manistee bans Best Chance, Ludington drafts new rule By BRIAN MULHERIN Daily News Staff Writer It’s a good bet that Saugatuck-based charter boat Best Chance Too won’t be sighted at fishing tournaments near Big Point Sable in 2011. The organizers of the Manistee Salmon Splash and 333 said they will refuse any entries from Best Chance Too in 2011, while the Ludington Offshore Classic Tournament Committee and Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce have drafted a rule allowing them to refuse entry to anyone. The captains of Best Chance Too have indicated to tournament organizers they will not fish the Ludington event next year. Best Chance Too was allowed to withdraw from the 2010 Ludington Offshore Classic after protests followed their apparent victory in the pro division of the tournament. Witnesses alleged the crew of the boat was aggressive in handling smaller fish, with the apparent intention of bettering their catch in the salmon tournament decided by weight. “There was some guys on another boat who thought we were being over-aggressive landing fish,†Best Chance Too Co-Captain Dave Engel said after the event. “They questioned our observer and he said we probably were on a few, they questioned that we didn’t get the net fast enough on some little fish. It was a ‘he said, she said, they said’ kind of thing and it kind of seemed to us like it was a done deal. We said ‘if you guys don’t think we did it right, we’ll just withdraw from the tournament.’†Tournament rules at the time stated “Any intentional act, such as, but not limited to, shaking off, breaking off, burning off, etc. fish will subject team to disqualification.†Whether that rule still exists is unknown, as the rules have been taken off of the Offshore Classic website and replaced with the following: “Following a review of the 2010 Ludington Offshore Classic Tournament, the Ludington Offshore Classic Tournament Committee (“Committeeâ€) has proposed, and the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce (“Chamberâ€) Board of Directors has adopted the following rule, which will pertain to all future tournament entries: “The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decline entry or participation by any person, team or boat as deemed necessary to ensure such things as integrity, image, reputation, financial performance and community relationship with sponsors, participants and supporting groups. “A formal review of the tournament rules is under way and all rules for the 2011 tournament will be posted following their adoption.†Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy Maclean said she does not expect Best Chance Too to enter next year’s event. “They have indicated they will not be returning to our tournament,†Maclean said. “I hope that we can move on and begin planning for 2011.†Calls to Engel and co-captain Bill Bale were not returned. Scott MacDonald, who runs the 333 and the Salmon Splash with his father, Fred, said they organized a meeting in Holland this week to talk about the incident at the Ludington tournament, but the meeting was sidetracked before it began. “It was attempted to be organized by us,†MacDonald said. “The purpose of the meeting was to review what happened at the Ludington Tournament and review what our findings are and pass them along to the members of our tournament trail — the 333 member tournaments.†The 333 is a tournament within a tournament conducted in almost every port with a major salmon tournament on Lake Michigan. Participants can weigh three fish at a given tournament and the heaviest win, although there are also prizes that count standings throughout the season and prizes at each event for the largest of an individual species of fish. “That was our only goal was to state what we found out and to share what our plans were and to tell them how we were going to handle it,†MacDonald said. “If any of the tournaments wanted to follow suit, they were welcome to.†MacDonald said he and his father attempted to talk about the Ludington incident at the meeting but were never allowed to. “There certainly was two sides at that meeting, which I guess wasn’t surprising to me,†MacDonald said. “I was a little disappointed with how the meeting went. Not the outcome, but there were people who came to that meeting who I really don’t think had a reason to be there, they really came to disrupt the proceedings.†Committee of tournaments MacDonald said the tournament representatives there did agree in principle to attempt to form a committee of tournaments that would rule on incidents and each tournament would agree to abide by the findings. “As far as uniformity in the rules, the meeting came around to that eventually,†MacDonald said. He said the hope is that if the tournaments can’t agree on rules they can at least agree on procedures for protests. “I believe the ball is rolling,†MacDonald said. “John Watson, the tournament director of the Saugatuck tournament, volunteered to chair a committee that would consist of one member of every tournament committee and one alternate to try to come up with a set of uniform rules that all the tournaments can agree on. I think the main intent is to come up with rules on how protests will be handled. “My understanding was to be involved in the committee you have to commit to it that the tournaments would stand as one if an incident like this were to happen again.†Regardless of how the individual tournaments move forward, MacDonald said the course for 2011 is set for the 333 and the Manistee Salmon Splash. “We’re going to decline any entries from Best Chance in the 2011 season,†MacDonald said. [email protected] http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/52632-salmon-tourney-turmoil-settled
  11. Something new this year. http://www.muskiechallenge.com/ Be patient as website is till under construction!!
  12. It may be your Dad's but I think your son will spend plenty of time in it with gramps!!!:D:D:D
  13. Yooperdad: Didn't mean to sound critical, just expressing some frustrations with manufacturers. They all design to a price point and not necessarily best performance. I don't add segments of line to avoid knot issues. The reason being, I'm using 18 lb. core for walleye on Erie. Drop weights are used to make further adjustments in depth. I probably should have bought heavier core but this was local and at a good price. I'm not sponsored by anyone either. I try to give solid advice pro or con on any product I have used. Hopefully someone will benefit from my mistakes.
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