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  1. With the 17, I was able to get RPM to just over 5400 tilted to the verge of porpoising. Recommended RPM for my engine is 5700-6000. Switched to 15 and I'm maxing out around 5750. I can really feel a difference when I'm cruising at 5000 and open it up all the way. Fun! I had it out on Wednesday. Found out I can plane out at 15 and then cruise at 12. 2500 RPM. Getting my RPM closer to the recommended range definitely improved my motors overall performance.
  2. Don't get too caught up with # of blades. Find the prop that allows your motor to reach "peak" RPM at WOT. Whether it be 3 4 or 5 blade. Pitch and # of blades will change hole shot, stability and top end speed to slightly different degrees. Your motor and hull will influence each other differently day to day based on weight distribution and wave conditions. When you are out of the RPM range you'll notice one day your 3 blade will feel perfect but the next it will feel like it's pushing water and not moving the boat like it should. If you are under powered or over propped you will really notice when trying to maintain cruising speed in chop. But I don't think your rig is under powered. I went down from 3 blade 17 pitch to a 15 pitch for my 40 HP etec tiller. Hole shot is now truly amazing. I'm on plane and cruising at 25MPH in under 10 seconds even in chop. Top end speed at WOT is 2 mph lower than before but RPM is right where it should be for peak HP. I can back the throttle from max RPM to about 90% and cruise 2mph under my max speed. The extra 300 RPM I gained by dropping from 17 to 15 makes a world of difference when running close to top RPM. Before I could reach 31mph but only hitting 5400 RPM on flat water, I could never even get close to WOT in any kind of chop. Now I max out at 29mph at 5700. And I can maintain that pace in chop no problem. 5400RPM gives me about 27MPh and 5000 around 25mph in most conditions. So I generally cruise at 25MPH around 5000RPM and maintain tight handling and instant throttle response. 5000 would just get me over 25MPH on flat water before I switched. 5000 in chop wouldn't quite get to 25MPH and it was actually scary to hold onto the tiller arm LOL. Now a full tank lasts forever and the engine never works hard, even when loaded and running at WOT. Now all 40 HP is available. How much of my 40 was I getting with the 17 pitch?? Main thing is no matter which prop you choose, make sure that you are in the recommended range for RPM at WOT. If you aren't able to get to peak RPM at WOT then anything else is an experiment that makes your engine work harder and burn more gas. You would probably get the all around performance boost you are looking for by dropping down a pitch. Unless you are already hitting peak RPM. But I have a feeling you aren't. A 90 that's over propped wont be able to achieve 100% of it's HP. A properly propped 90 will have all of it's power available all the time. Tiny increments in throttle will push you further back in your seat and make your passengers giggle. Maybe your rig is set up near perfect and you are just striving for the ultimate sweet spot. I hope you keep this thread updated with your impression of any changes you make. Hopefully you find that sweet spot.
  3. Find some thick sicks. Boots one size larger than "proper" fit. Layers of socks will most likely restrict circulation. The $50 kamik insulated rubber boots and socks with "thermal" or "heat hold" in the name are what I wear. Like others mention - dry the liners after use. Also, don't let your feet get sweaty on your drive to the lake. Running shoes in the car. Damp feet in rubber boots will stay damp and therefore cold all day.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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