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  1. The Sportsmanís Repair Exceptional Service

    Did my annual spring trip in May, and trolling motor problems with my Minn Kota PD 55 appeared to seriously jeapordize my musky fishing for the opener.

    I was looking for a replacement, but most...
  2. Thread: M

    by BLL_BIGFISH
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    In addition to what Brian suggests, reduce cup of...

    In addition to what Brian suggests, reduce cup of the blade, which will make it spin easier, and ride higher in the water column. For example, I had a similar problem with Mepps Giant Killer blades,...
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    I remember about 45 years ago I had a 30 inch...

    I remember about 45 years ago I had a 30 inch musky swim up to me, look me in the eyes (behind my goggles) and stare at me. I didn't put my finger in front of it's mouth, for sure! Eventually it...
  4. For reels, I like the Daiwa Lexa 300 for price...

    For reels, I like the Daiwa Lexa 300 for price and performance. I've got three, and have had no failures of any kind, after a few years of fishing them. They have a powerful drag, an assortment of...
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    Hard to argue with Steve's response. The very...

    Hard to argue with Steve's response. The very best is often the most expensive, which may not be best for everyone's situation. There are many good products available. You pretty much have to...
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    Suspect that was motorized models. These are...

    Suspect that was motorized models. These are strictly manual cranking models. Basically, it's a reel with a clutch system for releasing/dropping an anchor.
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    Anchormate 2 troubleshooting?

    I've got two seldom-used Worth Anchormate 2's on my boat, and they must be almost 20 years old. They reel in fine, but have started sticking when releasing/dropping the anchors. Anybody have...
  8. Thread: Lexa 400?

    by BLL_BIGFISH
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    I've got the 5.1:1 and 6.3:1 ratios of the Lexa...

    I've got the 5.1:1 and 6.3:1 ratios of the Lexa 400, and have been entirely satisfied with them. One is about 4 years old and has been perfect. I caught an approximately 50 inch fish on the 6.3:1 a...
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    I've talked to folks who liked their Harasser...

    I've talked to folks who liked their Harasser bucktails without bucktail, as they ran deeper, which they felt caught more fish.

    I've seen some muskies do some pretty strange things:

    *Bite the...
  10. Yes, taking out all spool play produces friction....

    Yes, taking out all spool play produces friction. I normally take out all spool free play, but do not tighten further, resulting in longer casts, but requiring greater spool thumbing, or greater...
  11. Not sure, but if this Fenwick is one I had where...

    Not sure, but if this Fenwick is one I had where the front handle is also the reel seat, these were pretty stiff, so absolutely 80 or 100 lb test superlines are a good choice.

    Like Steve said,...
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    At least it does appear well constructed!

    At least it does appear well constructed!
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    DCG's will always require relatively high effort,...

    DCG's will always require relatively high effort, but definitely less with an appropriate reel. If you want speed, go with a larger reel such as TranX or Lexa 400. Keep in mind you have gearing...
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    Rod repair in the Woodruff, WI area?

    I've got an 8 foot MI Spring rod that popped the wrap for a guide. Any recommendations for local repair?

    Thanks,
    Bruce
  15. You can buy the Daiwa Lexa 400 reels...

    You can buy the Daiwa Lexa 400 reels substantially discounted on either eBay or Amazon. The 400 is pretty large, but to me perfect for most large musky baits. I still use the 300's for 10 inch...
  16. My experience as a 65 year old is that I could...

    My experience as a 65 year old is that I could move a DCG type lure pretty good with a ABU 6500C baitcaster with a 4.6:1 ratio... for about 30 minutes. I even tried an old 6000C, with 3.8:1 ratio,...
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    I've found that when fishing is slow using...

    I've found that when fishing is slow using traditional tactics, such as bucktails, topwater, etc, then a jig with plastic or a minnow may be an excellent presentation choice. I've caught muskies on...
  18. I suspect a bass fisherman doing a lot of slop...

    I suspect a bass fisherman doing a lot of slop fishing would adapt well to fishing muskies, and also that using larger bass baits and equipment will work just fine too. Not that there isn't a place...
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    While appreciate Larry's definition of "rare", I...

    While appreciate Larry's definition of "rare", I think it quite appropriate for a 55 inch musky. Sure, they are out there, but many avid musky fisherman have never seen one, let alone caught one,...
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    You will also find that one brand's "fast action"...

    You will also find that one brand's "fast action" (bends towards rod tip) will be very different than another brand, and you will find substantial variation within models of the same brand. ...
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    I've been replacing standard Suick screw eyes...

    I've been replacing standard Suick screw eyes with heavier models too, figure it gives me a few more grams of weight forward and I feel better about the HD attachment point. I wouldn't necessarily...
  22. I use Sta-Bil for over the winter storage of gas,...

    I use Sta-Bil for over the winter storage of gas, but looks like I should try Sea Foam to ensure any moisture is eliminated and my 1999 Honda carbs cleaned out.
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    I've seen some interesting musky activity on or...

    I've seen some interesting musky activity on or near the surface. First, I've seen fish apparently just sunning on the surface, typically fleeing after I got within about 20 yards.

    Second, I've...
  24. Thread: Suckers

    by BLL_BIGFISH
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    Haven't checked it out, but with frost forecast...

    Haven't checked it out, but with frost forecast for tonight, it's on my mind!
  25. "I thought for sure the best largest aluminum...

    "I thought for sure the best largest aluminum boat manufacturer (so I thought) would do something to help the cause. Do you guys think I'm wrong for thinking they should've helped in some way?"

    I...
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