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Puking Dog

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  1. I have a set of off shores and a set of churches. Both have tattle tail flags. Churches a cool cause you can set the flags to up or down when dragging a fish. Churches are also easier to rig, if not using flags, because the have a permanent spring loaded pin on the back of the board. That makes it easier to attach and remove the board, but again that only applies if you don't pay extra for the flags. Both companies will rip you off for the flag kit. They hit your wallet hard for a cheap piece of molded plastic and a spring that probably cost them pennies to make (after paying for the mold that is). And the flags will eventually break off because they are so thin. When they break find some plastic sheet stock and make your own.
  2. It's been my experience that if the wind is blowing out of the north or north east, you won't catch fish. I fish out of Dunkirk or Barcelona or Sturgeon point or the Catt creek. If it's blowin out of Canada, you are better off launching in Buffalo. At least the waves won't beat the hell out of you. The further West you launch, the bigger the waves. Buffalo fish seem to disappear when the lake temp gets too high because it's so shallow up there so I try to fish just off the Canadian line when the water temp gets to high near the shallows. Lake O also generally sucks in in a NE wind. And the weather man will always tell you the wind speed is half out what it really is on the lake. Try to look up an off shore bouy before leaving home but it will always get worse by the time you get out off shore. I most always fish out of Wilson when on Ontario, but Olcott is a nice port too.
  3. I'm using sub troll but they went out of business. They work well if you can get a used one at a good price. So far you can still get parts. I did lose a probe once when down rigger cable let lose and that cost me over 2 hundred plus the 50 dollar ball. Antenna connection is kind of cheesy but not to hard to improve. Also using ship to shore radio mic messes up the readout, but that's only when talking. Then it returns to normal. Sub troll needs a special coated down rigger cable but that's not hard to find. All and all the sub troll is a quality product and easy to use. Just don't let rookies operate the rigger with the probe unless you have auto stop.
  4. southtownswalleye.com click on tournament they pay 4 heaviest fish, on 3 days and payout is based on how many people enter. Last year heaviest fish was $1200 on all three days
  5. I don't believe everyone on the boat has to enter the Calcutta. Last year my friend entered Calcutta and lake was so rough the first weekend that we didn't even get to fish. Something to keep in mind! Wait for close to tournament weather report then enter Calcutta ? Guys in big boats will always be able to fish. Small boats not so much.
  6. Can you explain what we are looking at in the picture? I get the leader but what are the 2 blobs behind it ? A fish and a harness ? A stick bait and a fish ? A fish and a flasher ? Cool picture regardless
  7. Browning large worm bag with extra set of pages from Bass Pro
  8. I used to use the noodles and stick the hooks in the foam and attach the loop end using long crown staples from my air stapler. Just break the staples down into singles and stick a bunch of them in the end of the noodle until u need one. When u put a harness on the pole just put the staple back into the end of the noodle until you break down your rods at the end of the day. Problem with noodles is they take up a lot of room, so I only use them to store my leaders now. Crown staple thru each swivel to keep them tight. Find a wood worker friend who has a crown stapler, and get stick of inch and a half long staples, and break them into singles. Now I use a Browning "Goliath" binder that I bought at Bass Pro Shop years ago. It has heavy plastic pocket pages that zip closed. Holds tons of harness's and it's compact. I would do the same for salmon tinsel flies but I only own a dozen or so, as I fish walleye more than salmon. Since I only own 10 or 12, I store them in plastic tubes and keep them in a plastic ammo box (Gander Mountain) with my spin doctors and only put that box in the boat before heading 4 Lake O.
  9. Barts Cove or Chadwick Bay ? Has anyone out there ever rented a slip at Barts Cove in Dunkirk harbor ? I'm thinking of moving over there in 2017 because it's cheaper than Chadwick Bay. Is there a gate to the docks to keep crooks off your boat ? Is the water deep enough to get in and out without prop damage ? I own a 22 foot Crestliner Eagle IO Also, any opinion on Chadwick since new owners took over last year ? I slipped there a 4 years back, on F dock, no frills before I moved to Wilson to catch salmon and trout, but the old owners were lazy and I was always afraid to leave my stuff in the boat overnight because the neighborhood is full of low lifes . I had a friend who's boat got robbed but no one ever messed with mine because I always hauled my gear home.
  10. Ordered a pair of Chamberlains and a single chamberlain stacker yesterday. I watched a demo on you tube made by the inventor and that convinced me. More expensive than blacks but it's worth it if they release as advertised on white bass but still allow a highly loaded rod. Can't wait to try them.
  11. Do you have both halfs of the Pikie Minnow in the tape box? What's in the 2 yellow South Bend boxes, wood lures or plastic ?
  12. I'm interested in 4 of the 5 rod holders. Not the spinning reel one. How Much ?
  13. I have been using a Navionics chip in a stand alone Lowrance Global Map 400 for many years on both Erie and Ontario. Love it. I find depth contours overlaid on map are very accurate. Stored waypoints on 99 percent of the walleye and salmon I caught and still have 500 left in the memory. Never fished on a boat with Lakemaster so I cant offer an opinion. Just know navionics was worth the cost.
  14. I find mr 580 comments about shorter leads interesting. I think I'll experiment with short and long leaders next year to see if I concur.
  15. I use 100 feet of 20 lb Seaguar attached with a double willis knot to the lead. That way if you get nicks by the lure, you cut off 3 feet and retie. Willis knot allows you to get thru the rod and level wind mechanism easy. Biggest hassel with lead core is having enough reels to have 3 color 5 color 7 color 10 color etc etc. Good news is you don't need line counters. I keep extra loaded reels without rods in the cabin of my boat and just switch out to the rod as the season progresses and you need more colors. If you only fish lead, (no jets in the mix) then I fish 3, 5 and 7 colors on one side of the boat and 4, 6 and 8 on the other side. I never mix jets and lead on the same side of the boat. You will eventually get a massive tangle if you mix. Heaviest lead nearest the boat of course to allow the shallower lines to cross over the deep ones without tangles.
  16. I usually start around 1.6 for walleye. Make S turns if your using boards and see what speed change picks up more fish. Inside boards will slow down the speed at the lure and outside boards will pick up speed. Then adjust speed accordingly. My GPS speed always shows faster than my sub troll speed for some reason. I use a Lowrance global map 400 stand alone GPS if that makes a difference to anyone.
  17. I always have 2 dipseys in my spread for lake Erie walleyes. One on each back corner of the boat on 2.5 or 3 I now run 7 strand wire on rods with twilly tips. They catch their fair share of fish. I use smaller ones in the spring and work up to the larger ones as the lake temp pushes the fish deeper. I recently started using a church stern planner down the chute with braid backer and lead core to get an extra rod in the water. Works kinda cool because it keeps the chute rod back far enough that you do your netting without pulling in the chute rod.
  18. Added a pro-troll 2 speed controller to my 9.9 Yamaha high thrust. Works awesome. Money well spent
  19. Used to use roemers because I liked the way they adjusted release tension. I now use Blacks and like them a lot. If you use braid, the braid will slip in a roemer and saw a groove in the plastic until they won't release anymore. This is very important if you find a bunch of suspended walleye and you want to send bait to bottom and intentionally release it and let the bait rise up thru the fish. Walleye usually cant resist that technique. If the release wont let go you just get pissed. If I find 3 or 4 fish bunched up tight on the fish finder, I always go for the bottom and trip it off. Works 75 per cent of the times you try it, even when the fish are not aggressive. Rubber bands are fine for trout and salmon but aren't worth a dam for walleye or junk fish.
  20. Dear Southdowns' Walleye: Please stop holding your tournament so early in the year. Fish were few and far between this year unless you like catching small ones and silver bass. In my humble opinion your tournament would be far more fun and you would get way more entries if it was the week of 4th of July, like it used to be or even later.
  21. Pink Chrome with white oring. Works on Erie and Ontario. I also once bought a Nuclear Green Walker deeper diver that works great on both lakes but have never been able to find another one with the same paint scheme. I'm almost afraid to use it on Ontario in fear that it might get broken off by a king. You don't need snubbers when fishing for walleye as they are such wimpy fighters. I normally don't use snubbers on Ontario either. Just a lower bound test leader as I usually fish my dipseys on a wire rig with a twilly tip for both Erie and Ontario.
  22. In the eighties we used to use spoons a lot. Once the zebra mussels cleared up the water, spoons became much less effective. Off Barcelona it would probably work well to do at least one, because there are a lot of steel head there close to shore in the spring. If I'm trolling deep diver stick baits (bomber long A's), I'll occasionally use a 3 way swivel and tie a small light spoon above the stick bait on a 3 foot leader. I like alpena diamonds the best, but they are very hard to find these days. Walleyes will almost always hit the spoon because they think the stick is chasing the small spoon I guess. When the white bass and sheep head are brutal, or you run out of night crawlers, I switch to shallow stick bags (Renosky's). Take off the front hook so it doesn't get caught in the net. Walleyes never hit the front hook anyway. Put a half a crawler on the back hook or a full crawler on the middle hook.
  23. Does anyone out there know what color a "Ghost" renoski is? Packages only have numbers on them, not names. Guy at Dicks say's its black and silver but I don't know if he knows what he's talking about or just making up stuff.
  24. I troll worm harnesses and Renoski's with dipseys, jet's and lead core. 3D worm harnesses are my favorites if worm stealing silver's aren't around in large numbers. I also use down riggers late in the summer when lake temp is warm all the way to the bottom. All catch walleye. I find it best to not mix jets and lead core on the same side of the boat. I mostly use big boards off a mast but I am experimenting more with in line boards. I have 2 Off Shore in lines and just bought 2 Church "walleyes'. Both have tattle tail flags. Have not gotten the Churches wet yet.
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