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About TheKingfisher

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  • Birthday 03/30/1980

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  • Biography
    Been 'Big Water' fishing for about 5 years now. Just love being on the water.
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    Zeeland, MI
  • Interests
    Fishing, Computers, being outside generally.
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    Network Engineer for IT Hosting Company in Grand Rapids.
  1. Yikes, I've run a couple of thoes for two years now, when were they purchased? Glad your finally getting it resolved. I've had a couple of drags replaced in some Okuma Reels under warranty with no questions asked. Hopefully your new ones will work a bit better!
  2. I've been useing the Dive Bombs all summer with good succsess. I'm not 100% positive what the increase dive equates to, but I know when a 300 copper is going I can put a 3 or 4 oz. dive bomb on a full core and get it going also.
  3. Nee Hi, yeah i did the same thing... 'hmm that boat names slightly familair'. Sounds like you had a day more similar to mine. Oh well still won't complain for the first day out! Hopefully you can find whomever's tacklebox it is!
  4. Yeah go figure... well at least I can use that as my excuse I guess. Makes me feel a bit better since it seemed like we were doing same thing everyone else was.
  5. Hey GLF, nice catch, we were just launching as you were backing in to the launch this morning. Sounds like you guys all ended up doing a lot better than most, were your fish pretty consitent throughout the day? We took off about 10am with only a couple to show for the morning.
  6. Okuma Convectors get my vote for a good value and performance. We have 10 Convectors rangeing from the CV30 to the CV55, We do have one Tekota, and no doubt there are a nice reel, but you pay for it. For riggers I use (and really like) the Shimano Charter Special reels with the lever drags, all 4 of our riggers will be these this year. Rod lenghts vary, but mostly I use the 8 footers for riggers and cores and copper and 10 footers for divers. I have a mix of Okuma, Diawa and Shimano rods. You should check out the new Okuma Classic rods, they have a lifetime warranty, stainless steel eyes and you can get 3 for the price of one Shimano Talora. I can't wait to try mine new ones out!
  7. Hey everyone, I've been looking around at some options for better controling the speed, and steering on our kicker motor. We have a 20 HP Honda outboard on the back on a Garlick lift. The TrollMaster Pro Troll 3 looks like just the device we need to be able to fine tune our throttle control, and it is said to work with remote steering units as well. Does anyone use on of these? Have any feedback? Use a different, but similar device? Remote steering units are also on the list of things to research, I've come across a unit by Panther called the electro steer, so again any one else useing a remote steering unit? Right now we use the EZSteer bar, but we're looking for something to allow better steering and more control from anywhere on the boat (thus a remote steer unit). So anyone who has feedback I'd sure appreciate it!
  8. We're looking to get some new canvas tops build for our boat. Does anyone have any recomendations for where to go in the West Michigan area?? Possibley also a 'trailer' cover as well. thanks
  9. weekend after Labor day in Manistee with the other 450 boats we were running 60-80 foot behind the balls. Makes it lots of fun to weave in and out... But we were catching fish...
  10. Sounds like a great weekend, we head north tonight for a long weekend in Manistee so thanks for the report!
  11. It's to bad that the whole thread was a setup, because there is a lot of good info shared in here...
  12. Well that was better than we ended up on Monday morning... 1/0 and it was not 'waved around 1 foot' got one of my crew sick so we headed in early. Did much better on Saturday in the 130-150 range with 7 fish, only one salmon, 2 nice 7-8lb steelies, a hog 15+lb Laker and 3 other nice sized lakers. I've never caught so many trout in one day...
  13. Thanks, I'm really hopeing we're not in the river, but we'll see what the weekend brings for weather!
  14. We got stopped last year by a couple of CO's in about 200 FOW north of Port Sheldon. Big Green Steel Center Console boat. My Dad starts watching this thing makeing a Bline for us at full tilt and he... "Do you think that guy sees us??" I said "Sure does that's a CO Boat"... Pulled up along side while were on our troll, just wanted to see liscenses and do a quick rod count. Didn't make us pull lines or anything. Real nice and they were back on their way. It's nice to know they are around...
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