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  1. rigid industries light bar. i can see 500yds
  2. I just rigged with Cisco planer reels and Auroralite planer boards. Im trying to decide which releases to go with. Right now I'm stuck between the Scotty Minis or the Amish Outfitters Clippers. Any thoughts?
  3. I see no way in hell you would be able to run 4 in-lines off each side. They just don’t plane out enough. Your baits will be 300yds behind the boat and stacked up on each other. When we run big boards we have them at least 60-70yds out off each side. We can run 4-5 rods off each side and keep them substantially more spread out compared to inlines. There must be some trick that I don’t know to get the inlines to actually plane more than 10yds out. I’ve tries moving the weights, bending the brackets, keeping the rods high, etc. huge headache
  4. Im done with inline boards. Ive tried Church and Offshore. Pulling deep divers, jets, 5-7 color core. Even with my rods in my rocket launcher and the boards tweaked I couldn't get a decent spread. After using some Auroralite boards on my buddys boat its night and day.
  5. Yeah I saw it on LOU too. Beautiful beautiful boat. Twin 200hp 4 strokes and it would be in my driveway already do you have an fuel usage data? top speed? can you troll on 1 engine? how much you burning while trolling?
  6. Some guys rods are bigger than others . I try and keep my leader shorter than 8ft6in. Any longer and netting becomes a headache.
  7. Blacks releases are very similar. Except they lack one aspect of the adjustment that the chamberlains have. I really like to have my rods cranked down on the release when set. That way when they pop I get solid hook sets. The chamberlains allow you to really tailor how tight you can crank down on them. With the Blacks releases I couldn't do that without popping the lure.
  8. 30lb wire. good brass clevis and crimps to a nice heavy duty dreamweaver barrel swivel. Dipsy. Then 14lb flouro leader to your bait.
  9. The chamberlains basically eliminated the amount of fish I would drag due to my Scotty releases not popping with lite bites. I use them now for all of my fishing...kings to walleye. During setup I notched the brass thumb screws with a dremel...marking my desired settings for walleye vs steelhead vs king salmon. Takes 5 seconds to adjust now.
  10. 300 copper is deadly on the eyes. getting down 62-65ft depending on speed. don't tell anyone....its a secret! Auroralite big boards with three 300 coppers off each side.
  11. Im running the same transducer you have. I primarily troll lake erie and ontario. When doing so the chirp transducer is really good. for the most part i just leave it on the "auto" setting and let the computer choose the power and frequency it deems appropriate. However, when Im targeting Kings on Ontario out in deep water....like 150-250 down in 500fow I do adjust the frequency and power manually to zero in on the target depth I'm fishing. I don't find the side scan useful at all on the great lakes trolling for walleye, steel, browns, kings, lakers, etc. However I DO find it a bit useful when I'm on Chautauqua lake going for small mouth bass. Theres not much structure down there, but you can find some. I was hoping that I could use the side scan to pick up my dipsys, copper rods, lead core out on the sides running off the planer boards. But either I can't decipher what I'm seeing on the display...or its just not able to perform how I want it to.
  12. jigstick

    Autopilot

    with that type of set up you have 3 options. If you want to give me a call id be happy to explain them all to you. I have a very similar setup 4.3L Merc with power assisted steering. Ill shoot you my phone number in a private message.
  13. keeping the price point reasonable I think the Garmin units are the way to go. I tore out my Raymarine a65 and Airmar transducer two years ago and went to a Garmin chirp Sonar / plotter and the user interface is much much more intuitive on the Garmin. I have no problem pinging bottom in 700fow out on Ontario when I'm king fishing. I am running the Garmin echoMAP 94sv. If you want to step up into the big league then the Simrad units are the best.
  14. jigstick

    Autopilot

    Im in Pittsburgh man. I installed my Raymarine autopilot myself. What type of steering is on your boat? Power assisted cable? Hydraulic? I can help get your squared away.
  15. the walleye from the PA line to Dunkirk have been mostly dinks for me. The smallest walleye I have caught in the past 7 years.
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