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  1. The only issue you will have at super low speeds is if you are experiencing a moderate to strong crosswind. I use 300 coppers and 100yd leadcore set-ups behind big boards. The only problem is getting a pinch pad release to hold against the strong pull. Solved that by putting a #16 rubber band on the line and pinching the rubber band in the pinch pad. The band grips tighter, but when it stretches when a fish pulls, it get's smaller in the grip and will either just break or release from the pinch pad. You'll probably have better luck running the tether from a Tee-Top than from a center mounted mast. Don't be too quick to switch. It probably won't be money well spent.
  2. Trilene Big Game is great. I wish their solar color was color fast. It fades after just a few trips. Still strong, however.
  3. It never hurts. It might help. Want to take the chance which day it is? Not me. Unless I'm running a dodger or flasher, it's fluoro to any spoon or plug.
  4. What do you catch in Northern Cali? I've fished in San Diego many times - long range.
  5. Check out www.charterfish.org for a list of Indiana's North Coast Charter Association captains. Great fishing in June for salmon, lakers, steelhead. Or go north to Waukegan or Winthrop Harbor. Good fishing there, as well. No need to go any farther from the Chicago area.
  6. Get ''em where you can find 'em. You'd have been okay at Portage and terrific at East Chicago or Hammond with that wind.
  7. Used to be Action flasher. Now I thing dreamweaver makes them. Look at them from the side (edge) and they are sort of Z shaped.
  8. I've got some of the triangle flashers to try out this year. I've used some of the Brad's cutplugs in the past and found them to be a pain to use and mostly don't catch fish. Perhaps if I try them in combination. I also have some Mack Attack triangles to try this year where you put the scent material in the flasher. I'm guessing they will be better for lake trout than salmon. On the other hand, I catch literally hundreds and hundreds of salmon each year (mostly coho) on small dodgers and trolling flies so I'm certainly not going to abandon that program.
  9. At Portage, the Port of Indiana sticks out into the lake almost a mile. It's to the east of the mouth of Burns Ditch. Makes a great windbreak for East and Southeast winds. At EC you can fish on anything from north, NW, W, SW, straight south and pretty well on a SE wind. E and NE are the worst. At Hammond, you can fish all but E and Southeast, but you may have to bounce across some waves to get to the calm water provided by the Calumet Harbor breakwall.
  10. I'm not dissing MC but there's not much "protected" area to fish there. I've fished it many times. Much more protection from evil spring winds farther west at Portage and even more at East Chicago and Hammond. If you are coming from the east, like from South Bend, it's about 20 miles farther to Portage than MC. The Lake County marinas are about 15 miles farther. From points south, say up I-65 Portage and EC are actually closer than Michigan City.
  11. Speed - stay less than 2.5. Generally, 2.2 is a good starting point. Don't overthink it - we are talking tenths of a mph. Ice is gone and the wind is going to blow a million mph the next couple days. I don't think we'll see it again down here. Don't overlook ports farther west. Sometimes better fishing (frequently) and also more wind protection - especially at East Chicago and Hammond.
  12. Albright knot? What, doubling back the mono or fluorocarbon and then doing the wraps around the doubled line with the braid? I use the albright to connect a leader to copper line and in a couple of saltwater applications. I certainly believe it's imprudent to change what's working (don't fix what isn't broke.) Still, the FG knot is similar in function to the albright knot, but would absolutely be thinner and assertedly as strong or stronger.
  13. Both flat (like LJ) dodgers and Z or bent dodgers will work - the 6" size is perfect down to about 35" deep. After that switch to larger ones. (In April in St. Joe you won't need to fish that deep.) I use a lot of Silver Streak Mini Flodgers. You only have one, make it a hot red. Two? Both hot red. Five? Get one yellow with orange dots but expect the hot red ones to out produce the Y-with dots version about 90% of the time. Other colors? They'll work but your red and Y/Dot models will never fail.
  14. When I'm doing the double uni, I do 7 or 8 wraps through the loop with the braided line. Five wraps for the mono or fluoro. I don't think additional wraps hurts or weakens the line. On the mono, additional wraps don't strengthen it, either. 7 or 8 wraps might insure the knot not slipping.
  15. Probably one of those "don't fix what isn't broke" scenarios. Since I've not had problems with the uni/uni connection, I should probably just stick with it. I think the FG is mostly for casting situations where the "bump" the knot makes in the line is the issue more than the strength of the knot being inferior.
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