alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial 2020 St. Lawrence fishing trip
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« on: August 02, 2020, 06:43:42 AM »

The thread of our 2019 fishing trip was well received, so I thought I'd try it again. A slow start because of the weather, but I promise I will bring up using my Quick reels before I'm done.
This photo is of our boats, and how we load them to trailer them up here. Notice how the smaller boat is on the bottom. That's because it is the heaviest aluminum, but it has the added advantage that if it rains the stuff inside stays dry. I also think it's more aerodynamic than one open boat, but maybe that's just me.
We had a scare this year. The Jeep developed a noise that seemed to be coming from the torque converter, and it was getting worse. We had it towed to a local transmission shop. They gave a listen, and decided it wasn't coming from the trasmission, but from just ahead of it. They said it was either a cracked flywheel or worse yet, a bad connecting rod. Both big bucks to fix, but the flywheel not quite as bad, so we had them take a cover off and have a look. What they found was three bolts had loosened up. They tightened them, took it out for a test drive, and the noise was gone. The bill? $40. Whew! The guy here at the camp said we should have bought a lottery ticket that day.


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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2020, 10:07:31 AM »

Sounds like a good/honest shop. Same thing happened to my Dad's Merc. Grand Marquis. Between that and several other issues, including the typical Ford front brake rotor warpage( just think of putting the brakes to big'un and having the metal drag washers warp from too much heat!), I said no more domestic vehicles.

Lookin forward to more St Lawrence River/Quick reel stuff!
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 03:24:11 AM »

Nothing so far, I'm afraid. Weather isn't cooperating. First day the wind was in the northeast, blowing right up the river, and the fish almost never bite then. Yesterday it rained off and on, and the wind was still in the wrong direction. Today the wind direction is better, but it's far too high.

Sigh.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 10:52:12 AM »

Finally! Got me a walleye, 21.5 inches long. Caught it with a 331 on an Ugly Stick. Not large by local standards, but legal. It'll make some tasty fillets.


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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 11:19:58 AM »

Yeah, you're hard core Mr. Andrews.  I'm curious about what it takes to keep those old outboards running.  Don't they start loosing compression after a while?  Do you service them yourself?
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 05:17:32 PM »

Yeah, you're hard core Mr. Andrews.  I'm curious about what it takes to keep those old outboards running.  Don't they start loosing compression after a while?  Do you service them yourself?
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Mr. Andrews was my father. I'm Tom, or if you prefer, TJ.

Compression isn't usually a problem, as long as the engine was run with enough oil in the mix. On these 50's OMC motors, that's 24:1. Starting in the mid-60's it was 50:1, but 24:1 won't hurt them, either. What usually goes bad in them is the ignition coils. The insulation on the OEM coils would crack and let the secondary windings short out.

There is a wealth of information about old outboards in the forums at https://forums.iboats.com/

BTW, there was a second walleye today. Same length as the first, but felt a good 1/2 lb heavier.


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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2020, 08:13:20 PM »

Most excellant adventure Tom cruising that waterway is one of my bucket list items..  I’d like to see Quebec from the waterway and go all the way to Montreal. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2020, 08:18:43 PM »

What part of the river were you fishing?
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2020, 09:27:14 PM »

Used to hear about that river all the time when I's a kid. It was THE place for big Muskies.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2020, 04:49:22 AM »

What part of the river were you fishing?
Just downstream from the Ogdensburg/Prescott International Bridge, at Galop Island. We'll range from the bridge to the downstream end of Galop Island. We fish the NY side of the river exclusively, as we only have NY licenses. And this year, I hear both sides are especially vigilant about that sort of thing because of covid concerns. Big sign at the entrance of the bridge that only essential traffic can cross.

Won't be any fish again today. The remnants of a tropical storm are coming through, and at my age I know enough to come in out of the rain. Posting an old photo of the camp from the driveway at the top of the bank. If you look closely you can make out the end of Galop Island at the top right corner.


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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2020, 06:08:27 AM »

I fish the St Lawrence regularly for muskie. It holds huge fish.Got my first Tiger muskie (pike muskie cross) on season opener.
If memory serves me right, compared to a lake which may have up to 10 species of fish the "Larry" has something like 110.
Gin clear water and lots of structure to cast and troll.


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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2020, 08:43:22 AM »

My mother caught this nice northern pike 16 years ago.


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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2020, 09:39:45 AM »

Just cannot catch a break with the weather this year. I managed to get out for a little while this morning, and picked up this 14-inch smallmouth. But now the wind is back up and it's just too rough for our small boats. Maybe later...


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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2020, 02:01:31 PM »

OK, this is more like it! A smallmouth and two walleyes this afternoon. The smallmouth is 18 inches long, one walleye is 23 inches, and the other is 26. That's one heavy stringer for only three fish!


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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2020, 02:08:00 PM »

A photo of the bass with the 331 for size comparison. They grow 'em chunky up here!


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