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  1. Don't get caught up with number of bearings. Rigidity in the gears is what matters. Which is why a stradic is such a good choice. I'm sure other manufacturers have reels that are as good or better. But adding extra bearings can't make up for flex and play in the inner workings. (Don't trust quantum or okuma spinning reels) If I ever stray from my loyalty to stradics, it will be to upgrade to a sustain or maybe try one of abu or daiwa's higher end reels.
  2. Have you thought about belwood or conestogo lake? Both have bass pike perch crappies and walleye. I have been out on Belwood in strong wind and it only gets choppy in the open middle section. Both lakes have lots of protected shoreline to fish if the wind is howling.
  3. Bass on the lake for sure, good water within a few miles east and west of the river mouth. River is very stained, not ideal bass water. Some backwaters along the river channel are clearer and might be good for bass, haven't tried myself.
  4. Grand river below dunnville dam. 8 or so miles of river to fish. Lots of sheepshead and enough walleye to make it worth fishing for them. If you are into catfish, you can catch bullheads and big channel cats. You also have access to Erie. Best part is that you can always fish the river if the lake is too rough.
  5. Yes. 15 pound flouro would work just fine. Then comes the day that you are fishing heavy cover and you are busting off jigs. That's when you will wish you had spooled up with some heavy braid. To me, 15 pound flouro on the setup you described is good for fishing jerk baits in clear water near cover.
  6. I don't know the exact time frame, but a lot of people blame black crappie for the decline of the walleye population on lake scugog. Yes/ no / maybe? I really don't know if this is true or not. There are surely members on this site that could elaborate...
  7. I have been giving some thought to going the poly route. Now that I've seen it done, I think I will investigate a little further. Where did you buy the sheets?
  8. I have an older "pro series" 162 BT. With a newer 40hp etec. I didn't even consider 12v and managed to find a lightly used 70 lb 42" shaft. Happy with the power. 42" is a little short sometimes. I think 48" would be perfect. Only real issue I came across is battery storage. One battery up front leaves a little room for storage. Two just fit and really weigh the bow down. I put my batteries midship right behind the casting deck and extended the deck a foot to hide them. Bottom line, go 24V 48". Whatever the smallest thrust available is likely all you need. You might need to get creative with storage. I definitely like having the front hatch empty to store ropes, rod holders bumpers, etc. Lots of room up there if the batteries are somewhere else.
  9. In summer time, to keep a fish alive in a cooler for more than say an hour, the water must be aerated. I fish the grand river bass derby every summer. The organizers will not measure your fish if there is any question about its survival. A battery powered aerator costs about $10. And they work good. Probably not ideal for 5 large fish. But a few small ones/ one tank will be kicking good by weigh in time. The killer in a lot of small derbies is temp shock. Fish caught in the morning and kept in an aerated cooler sitting in the sun are fine until you put them back in the lake at the end of the day.
  10. Same area you fished musky at the mouth (peche isle area) is a springtime hotspot. There will no doubt be a lot of boats doing the drift starting in sturgeon hole down into the channel. If there's a mudline, concentrate your efforts on either side. Try to use as light of a jig as you can get away with and maintain a vertical presentation. Wind will dictate how hard it is to stay vertical. Bow-mount or powerful tiller electric is required to control the drift. Easy to do in a breeze. Gusts and boat wakes make it a challenge. Strong wind makes it feel like work. Heavier jigs will help in these conditions. As you move down river, there are a lot of different drifts that can be good. Quite a few areas that guys fish are 40 feet or more deep. This is where you NEED to go up to 3/4 or 1 oz... Be prepared too fish in large packs of boats. There are a lot of fish in the system currently. So you can really hammer them if you time your trip with prime conditions (green water and light wind) definitely check MODIS site in advance to see what lake st clair looks like before you go. US side is usually better for water clarity, but Canadian side fishes best in prime conditions. Be aware of the border and consider purchasing a Michigan licence if you want more options depending on conditions. Michigan has a different limit and a minimum length for walleye. good luck!
  11. I believe the biggest reason that people don't eat bass is because they are notorious for the yellow grub parasite. I have heard of people keeping them and picking the odd grub here and there from the fillets. I've also heard of people being very disappointed to find that their fillets are so grubby that they end up throwing them away.
  12. Yes spooled. It's the 162bt. It really suits my style of fishing. And it's quite an upgrade in the comfort department compared to my old tinny. I haven't tried trimming in. I will give that a try. I'll probably finish off this season with the 25. Start looking with intent to buy during the off season. Thanks to everyone that replied. I really appreciate the different perspectives.
  13. I appreciate the help guys. At the present time I'm not in the market to buy. Just giving it some thought. I'm actually a little surprised at the performance of the 25 on this boat. I would say it's almost enough power. It takes a little to get up on plane but it definitely goes once the bow comes back down!
  14. Thanks for the input. I'm running a 4 blade aluminum prop. I have no idea what rpm I'm running at though. I don't like the whale tail idea. For now I will be sticking with the 25. And when I do upgrade I will most likely be looking at 35 and 40 2 strokes. Problem I'm running into is that I don't see a whole lot available in the used market.
  15. I recently bought a 16 foot princecraft. It came with a 25hp Johnson 2 stroke tiller. The boat weighs 575lbs according to the princecraft catalog. Add batteries gear etc and it's probably close to 750lbs. Add myself and a passenger, now well over 1000lbs. It actually scoots along pretty good. Getting up around 25mph on the GPS. Hole shot is not great. And in order to get up on plane quick, I need to have weight in the bow (fill the livewell or get buddy to sit up front) The boat is rated for a 40. So I'm at 62.5% of rated maximum. A 30 would put me at 75% and if I could find a 35 I would be at 87.5% So, my questions... Will I notice a big difference going up to a 30? Or am I better off to be looking for a 35 or 40? Thanks for any input you can offer. I'm very happy with my new rig. Not looking to be the fastest 16 footer on the water, just looking to boost performance a little.
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