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Lake Erie 2019

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  • #16
    Mast on foredeck is used for running big planer board lines. The spools for deploying and retrieving the lines are on the base of the post with pulleys at the top. The post telescopes up to 7 ft tall to give a better drop angle out to the boards when deployed out to the sides (usually out 75 to 100 ft) We run a set of the boards, when waves permit, to let us get more lines out and away from the boat.
    Karen
    Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
    1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
    1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
    3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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    • #17
      Click image for larger version  Name:	20190716_165530.jpg Views:	0 Size:	141.2 KB ID:	22376 So fishing is heating up, along with temps and pop up storms, typical for the dog days of summer. We are on vacation this week, have fished 4 trips so far, one by ourselves and 3 with vets. One was a vet who has gone a few times before and he brought his 14y/o nephew along. The youngster had never fished for walleye, never been out on Lake Erie or on a big boat, so he was a sponge, taking it all in. He was quiet for all of about 5 minutes before he started with questions and asking 'how to?' And 'what ifs?'... then the bite started and we kept him busy. He will be a good fisherman because he has already mastered the 'big fish' picture pose, lol.
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      I give him credit, he wanted to learn everything from setting out the spread to cutting gills and bleeding, he didnt shy away from any of it.
      we got out a couple of new guys and kept them busy also, and introduced a frequent vet guest to another of our favorite riders (Jack) in the hopes they will be able to get out on trips of their own later in the summer on Jack's boat when we aren't available. Fishing has been strong with the best bite still being high in the water column, most of our lures were running 15 to 20 ft deep today in 58 FOW. We had 24 fish boxed in just over 2 hrs, and had thrown back 4 shorts and 4 'junk fish' in the process, along with 2 extras who hooked up before we could bring in all the rods at the end of the day.
      the boat ran without a hitch and remains the star of the show with the riders and at the dock, rarely a trip goes by that we aren't approached at the ramp with questions about the boat.

      we gave the bleeding tank a workout with all the fish processed through it lately. Chris plumbed it to fill and pump out on switches now, so refreshing the water is hassle free.
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      The youngster is cool about posting his pictures, said his mom already plastered them all over FB, lol.
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      Last edited by Fisherlady2; 07-16-2019, 11:19 PM.
      Karen
      Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
      1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
      1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
      3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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      • #18
        These are some of the views I get to enjoy that make all of the sacrifices and headaches of owning a boat worth every bit of it....

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        Karen
        Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
        1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
        1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
        3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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        • #19
          Great times make GREAT memories. Glad you’re enjoying the boat so much.
          1990 26’ open 351W

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          • #20
            Yesterday mornings weather wasn't conducive to boating so we opted for an evening run. It was crazy hot and humid for the first hour with a slow bite while the sun was still intense but when a bit of cloud cover finally set in and the angle of the sun lowered it was game on and we ended up with 4 limits in 2hrs 45 mins total, with 15 fish in last hour, 3 of which had to go back (1 slightly short and 2 over our limit in last crazy flurry of fish)
            we were back at the ramp before dark and spent another (almost) hour at the cleaning table but ended up with some great bags of filets for the guys.
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            and now we are headed back to the ramp for an 0600 launch....
            Karen
            Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
            1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
            1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
            3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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            • #21
              You all are living right.
              1980 pilot house 351
              1988 260 predator 351

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              • Fisherlady2
                Fisherlady2 commented
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                We are enjoying every chance we get.

            • #22
              Originally posted by My My Hey Hey View Post
              You all are living right.
              We are sure trying!
              it was just us and the dogs this morning, 2-3 ft'ers, good breeze to avoid bugs but we had our limit at 0800 so off water before the oppressive heat of the day set in.
              no boat pics today... but I think radioman would vote dinner the "catch of the day", spare ribs and egg custard pie for dessert.
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              Karen
              Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
              1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
              1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
              3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

              Comment


              • #23
                So we were off the water for 2 weeks and headed out to last good location... wind trends had been different for past few days than they had been on our last trip out so I opted to start in opposite end of our 'fishing zone' and troll north west. Saw Mark's in the 40 ft range so decided to change up some presentations to chase the deeper fish. Was nervous when first 3 rods were out without a fish yet but by 4th rod the action started and it was a crazy 2.5 hours. 4 man limit boxed with another 6 thrown back. One rider got a bit sick and opted to sit out about a half hour or so but after watermelon, crackers and a cool drink he was back to help finish out the last half hour. (He has learned a caffeine energy drink on an empty stomach isn't the best idea)
                big fish of day was only about 25" but a lot of fat 22-23 inchers so plenty of filets headed for the freezer. Beautiful weather and boat was her normal star of the show... love that open fishing dance floor on the 26, cant be beat! Only snapped a couple of pictures, just too busy on deck to even pick up a camera till end of day.
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                Back in camp before 10 to start cleaning fish and then on to the afternoon project...
                Last edited by Fisherlady2; 08-03-2019, 03:37 PM.
                Karen
                Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
                1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
                1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
                3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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