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sherman brown

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  1. yeah I fished erie's western basin with a 16' deep v for awhile. picked my days for sure. the thing you have to remember if you get caught in rough water is slow down. i've been out when the weather gave 2' or less. then after fishing awhile the waves was at least 3'. erie has a mind of her own.
  2. welcome to this sight. reels in order but there is other reels I have no knowledge on. shimano tekota lc daiwa sealine lc3b daiwa accudepth plus lc okuma convector okuma magda pro i've heard good things about okuma cold water but I know nothing about them myself. I use the daiwa sealine sg17lca and the sg17lc3b and they work great for walleye. you do want to use the same brand and size reels for trolling. you want to fill then with the same amount of line. if you run 30# braid in will work for boards or divers. but you want a mono backing on you reels before you put the braid on. you just want enough braid on top to fish. ujse as much mono backing to fill the reel up to where you attach the braid with a double uni to uni knot. I have 300' of braid on top of 17# mono. rods, you don't need anything fancy for trolling rods. I recommend the daiwa wilderness trolling rods in 8' med action. this rod works great for boards or dipsy's. they are 19.99 at fishusa.com
  3. a fulton 2000# 2 speed winch is 145.00 on ebay. if I still used a manual winch I would be all over this winch.
  4. a lot of guys on erie swear by the regular size stinger spoons. the spoons I use are light weight and only 2 1/2 inches long. you don't need a big bait to catch big fish.
  5. I use mostly spoons from galeforcetackle.com they are the best. the paint doesn't come off these spoons. I also have a few stinger scorpion spoons. both catch fish but stinger has some colors that a cant get at gale force is the only reason I buy them.
  6. I only use about a 20' lead off my release. I've never tried slow reeling after I pop the release. I would thing just popping the release and waiting a couple of minutes before starting reeling would work just as good.
  7. don't have that happen much since I started using lite bite slide divers. we just use them like a dipsey without using the slide part of the diver. but we do use the lite bite feature. we set the front tight enough to not get false releases. then set the lite bite arm as loose as it will go and not fall out. my hot lures in july was a pink with blue dots and dr death and reverse muffin spoons from galeforcetackle.com. took us less than 5 hrs to get limits for 5 but only fishing 6 rods with lite bite slide divers.
  8. watch for open seats and go out with guys thats been doing it for awhile or get some guys together and take a charter out. if you take a charter out make sure he fishes the same program your using boards, divers, inline weights. this yr has been awesome for fishing erie.
  9. I run a mercruiser 5.7 in my old 86 boat. I don't have and non ethanol gas in my area. so I've been running pump gas in it for about 10 yrs now. the only problem I've had was it was used 1 time in 2016 then parked in the pole barn. wasnt used at all last yr. I didnt put stabil in in 2016 but added it in 2017. the boat started right up and idled good. but when I got her on erie and gave it throttle it started to backfire. with each new tank of gas it got better. we fished for 4 days on erie and filled up 4 times. by the 4th day it didnt backfire. this yr I added marine stabil to the gas and after it had time to get mixed in good I added stabil and run the motor until I knew it filled the gas line.
  10. I had a 28' sea ray and run I motor and 2 trolling bags with no problems.
  11. you can get daiwa accudepth plus brand new for 49.99 at franksgreatoutdoors.com then check out the daiwa wilderness trolling rods at fishusa.com about 20.00 for the rods.
  12. congrats are in order. nice big water boat.
  13. I went to the wed sight and didnt see any pink frog harnesses. they had an iris colored blade that looks good. but then I like the blades on other harnesses. but I didnt like the price. I get almost all my harnesses from galeforcetackle.com for a lot less money. dr death and reverse muffin has been great for me up on erie. I am just a satisfied customer of them and nothing more. if you want double blades let vicki know.
  14. welcome to the sight. I caught my first walleye ice fishing for crappie through the ice back in 81. been hooked on them ever since. it was a 9 1/2 lb 29 1/2" monster and I caught her on light tackle with 4 lb line.
  15. i don't know much about doing pictures as im a little computer illiterate. i'll try to post something if i can figure everything out. but its pretty simple to do. just picture the diver and tie to the front trip arm. take a 12" to 15" piece of heavy braid and tie to an O-ring. take the other end of the line and thread it through the little block with the hole in it between the front and the lite bite arm. just like the line would go if using the slide part of the diver. now just pull the O-ring up against the front of the little block. now put the line in the lite bite arm. tie on a swivel and attach to rubber snubber. take a 6' to 8' fluro and tie a swivel on both ends and attach to the back of the snubber. now attach spoon, crank, or harness and your ready to go. i don't have long leaders on my harnesses only about 12". so the fluro leader is my leader for whatever lure i want to use. i set the front release just tight enough that im not getting false releases. then i loosen the lite bite as loose as it will go. that way even small fish will usually trip the diver. hope this helps i explained it as best as i could. make sure and use the plastic tubing for the end of the lite bite arm to keep the line from slipping out.
  16. the chamberlain has 2 tension adjustments on then. one adjustment for tension on the rod where you set it just like a blacks. set it as tight as you want to crank your rod down as far as you want. the 2nd adjustment is how much tension you want on your lure. for spoons and harnesses set it very light so it'll trip on the smallest of fish. for deep diving cranks you may need to tighten it down just a bit. i have mine set to release on small white perch with harnesses. it take a little time and effort to get them dialed in to release on small fish and not get false releases. but once dialed in you'll love them. they are the best release out there today, and I've tried most all releases. i was using the red rubber bands thats made for releases when i found some info on the chamberlain release. did some research even contacted keith the inventor of the release. ended up buying some. now i would never give them up. in my opinion for walleye fishing on erie they are a must have for all the small fish caught there. I've fished erie for some 35+ yrs and tried many other releases over those yrs. now with the chamberlain release downrigger fishing on erie is fun to do.
  17. yeah i didn't like twisting my line at first but after some time i got over it. i had been using rubber bands for some yrs when i ran across a thread about these. i had always thought they needed something like them for fishing eyes and here it was. i just had to check them out. now i would be lost without them. another story here. i started fishing erie's central basin with dipsies some yrs back. loved the way they worked and could run 3 per side. but ended up dragging a lot of smaller fish. switched to the deeper diver because they had no rings. i had tried rigging up some way for them to release on smaller fish with no good results. even thought about the release on the chamberlain. then i started reading about the lite bite slide diver. got some but didn't like the slide part with braided line. but i loved the lite bite feature. so i decided to use them like a dipsy. i tie to the front then tie a short piece of 65# braid to a 0-ring lace the line through the back going through the lite bite arm. then tie on my snubber and then tie on my 7' or 8' fluro leader then my harness. i do use good swivels at all connections. now i drag very few small fish around on my divers or my riggers. they will both trip on most small fish. i thought if it works on the chamberlain why not on divers. i love them both. i run 6 divers and 2 riggers on my boat and it would take a much better mouse trap to get me to switch from the lite bites or the chamberlain. sorry for the long post. just wanted you to know about the lite bite divers for future knowledge.
  18. i have 36" bags for trolling with my 21' cobia with a 350 mercruiser. it slows me way down. i thing you could get by with a much smaller bag than 50". if its windy enough to need 2 50" bags then your not going to be on the water. i would contact amishoutfitters.com and tell them what you have and what you need them for and they'll sell you the right size bags.
  19. what size boat do you have? i wouldn't go out on erie in anything less than a 16' or 17' deep v. and them only on good days. as for weather apps theres some good ones out there but i don't know them off hand. you can do a search on the web for lake erie weather. i just use the weather channel on my radio and the weather forcast. but mostly i use common sense. once you get the safety gear you can launch and be fishing the reefs in 10 minutes. you'll also want a good drift or trolling bag to slow your drift if needed.
  20. if you have a boat the reefs are a good way to catch fish without bumping shoulders with the guys on both sides of you. i recommend you try to find a couple of open seats with others that can teach you reef fishing. i use 20# braid main line with a 3' 15# seaguar fluro leader with a jig anywhere from 3/4 to 1 oz with a stinger hook and a shiner.
  21. I've been using them for some yrs now and wouldn't even think about another release for eyes. i have mine set where most white perch will trip them so I'm not just dragging them around. I've had no problem with hook ups with them. the forward movement of the boat with the jerk on the line from the rod flipping up when released seems to hook them. i like setting them light to start then tighten them up a 1/4 turn until I'm not getting false releases. as for attaching the ball you just attach the clip on your cable to the top of the release the attach the clip on the release to the ball. i believe the owners name is keith. but its been awhile since i talked to him. i was in contact with him when they 1st came out even before the stacker was ready to market.
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