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    Frank Schoenacker
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  1. mr 580

    Downrigger Techniques

    That technique has been effective for years- used to call it “fluttering””- works well with spoons too and various lead lengths. Good way to grab some extra fish when bite slows. Just take out slack and let lure ride up through the water column.
  2. Labor Day trip for Mike from Colorado and Mike from Massachusetts both first timers on the Great Lakes. The walleyes continued to cooperate with a full box for these guys to take back. Ten color and slide divers with sticks took most of the fish. It is fun to show visitors the excellent fishing we have here in Western New York.
  3. Not sure where you are located but if you are near Chautauqua, you could stop at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors and have Mike Sperry help set you up. Besides line, leaders, lures you will also need release tools to help getting fish back in the water w/less handling. Having the right stuff will save some lost gear and money in the long run.
  4. Still some fish on weedline and suspended over deeper water. Little early for move to deep holes. Usually that doesn’t start for me until Lake Erie boat is put away.
  5. mr 580

    Dunkirk Boat Races 8/17 to 8/19

    Google Dunkirk Power Boat Races and that should get you to site for schedule, map and details. Dunkirk Observer has details as well. Figured I’d pass along so guys don’t pull in and figure to launch and fish in the middle of this show.
  6. Heads up to anyone looking to go out of Dunkirk Harbor Friday 8/17 to Sunday 8/19 to check the schedule of the Power Boat Races which will effect launch, pier and parking. Might be good idea to go to another port this weekend.
  7. Bite remains good from Dunkirk- 6 hour trip for Jim Ramer and his crew from Harrisburg, Pa area with 22 walleyes. These guys drive out and back same day to come fish Lake Erie. Good bunch and we had leadcore, divers and downriggers all taking fish. No big fish, just good eaters. Guys are planning a return trip.
  8. Jerry, I passed the info onto a friend who might contact you directly. Thanks Frank
  9. What would the price be for 2 of them? Thanks
  10. Looking for a pair of Cannon Manual Downriggers with either long arms or adjustable booms. Manuals only, no electrics. Thanks!
  11. mr 580

    Wire Dipsy Rods

    I’ve used all three and would say it is kind of a “how much do you want to spend” situation. As Jerry says the twili tips work fine and are inexpensive. I have several of the torpedo roller tips which have worn well. I also have a couple full roller rods which have been good too. If you spend much time on Lake Ontario with kings is when the rollers pay off. If you go with twili’s get a spare as they do tend to wear faster. To me the biggest issue with wire is keeping it under pressure and staying away from kinks to prevent break off.
  12. Had a couple that purchased a cottage in the last year or so looking to take an "educational" charter. They had done some fishing here on their own with little success. On 7/16 I showed them how to weed line troll with crawler harness and they caught 12 walleyes keeping 3 for dinner. Also showed them some open water jigging tactics including snap jigging. They left with some new confidence in both the lake and their ability to catch fish. Always fun to work with new anglers or people new to the area!
  13. mr 580

    Motot issues

    VRO stands for variable ratio oiling and is an oil injection system. I don’t know much about those systems other than it was pretty common for owners to disable that system and go back to premixing 2 stroke oil and gas at the tank. If the system still works after 30 years, I guess I’d leave it alone. The older 2 strokes do smoke more than the newer direct injection 2 strokes available today. You might do an internet search on VRO for more info.
  14. Had a great foursome on board Saturday 7/7- two adults and two teenagers. Kept the kids busy helping me in the back setting lines. Plenty of fish action so all were happy. Mom got the biggest fish at 6 1/2 lbs. Fish came on combination of sticks and harness off 5 to 7 color leadcore. Stayed pretty steady for our 6 hours so time flew by. I know the kids had fun as they wanted their pictures taken with the boat when we got to the dock. Great day on the water with some nice walleye fillets to take home. Capt Frank Schoenacker
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    Walleye Rob Ray Tourney

    That is cool-nice to see the kids and older folks involved. 83 year old must be pretty spry to tournament fish at that age! I had a couple teenagers on my trip Saturday and they had fun playing with the tackle and catching fish. I like seeing the kids involved. Good deal.
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