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Old 11-26-2018, 07:03 PM
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Hi All,
I just bought a used Edgewater for boating on Lake Michigan from Michigan City, and I'd like to get started on fishing for Coho and Lake Trout. Based on another thread, I've ordered 2 Tekota 800 line counter reels, but am unsure about which rods to buy. I only have the budget for 2, so which rods would be the most versatile for the widest variety of fish?
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:18 PM
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We fish a ton on Lake Michigan, trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout. Our go-to rod is an inexpensive (just $30) Okuma rod, #CP-DR-862M (that model is 8'6" long). Those are good for running copper or lead core with trolling boards to pull the line away from the boat; we also have used them as our downrigger rods in the past, but now we will use something with a little more flex.

It's pretty hard to go wrong with the Okuma downrigger rods, especially for just 30 bucks. It's a good starter setup.

Good luck! We fish out of Holland and make it down your way a couple of times a year.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:20 AM
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Hey, thanks! I'll check them out, as the Shimano Talara rods are waaay more money.
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Good recommendation by PPLEPEU. We stick with simple, simple, simple too. Little money for Ugly Stiks. Always prefer one-piece construction personally. Tekota is great! But to save a few bucks, Daiwa is my go-to reel.
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Here's a pic of our gear, sleeping 'till spring.

Of the 34 setups in the picture, I think half are the inexpensive Okuma rods I mentioned in my post above.

As far as reels, we use the Tekotas for downrigger and dipsy setups - nothing else stands up to the abuse and keeps performing.

For relatively short leadcore or copper setups (shorter than 5 color or 125 copper), we used to deploy Okuma Magda MA-45-DX reels, but we're switching to Okuma Coldwaters, mostly because they have a good feel, and a great crank handle. For longer leadcore or copper setups, we use the Okuma CV-55L larger capacity reel.

We send every reel to Tuna's Reel Troubles in Ludington to have the drags upgraded. Night and day difference -- that re-work lets you buy inexpensive reels and have them perform like expensive counterparts. I can't recommend any Okuma reel with factory drag washers. We have Andrew go through our Shimano reels as well, though.




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That is quite the setup. Thanks for all the info!
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Here's a pic of our gear, sleeping 'till spring.

Of the 34 setups in the picture, I think half are the inexpensive Okuma rods I mentioned in my post above.

As far as reels, we use the Tekotas for downrigger and dipsy setups - nothing else stands up to the abuse and keeps performing.

For relatively short leadcore or copper setups (shorter than 5 color or 125 copper), we used to deploy Okuma Magda MA-45-DX reels, but we're switching to Okuma Coldwaters, mostly because they have a good feel, and a great crank handle. For longer leadcore or copper setups, we use the Okuma CV-55L larger capacity reel.

We send every reel to Tuna's Reel Troubles in Ludington to have the drags upgraded. Night and day difference -- that re-work lets you buy inexpensive reels and have them perform like expensive counterparts. I can't recommend any Okuma reel with factory drag washers. We have Andrew go through our Shimano reels as well, though.



That looks like an explosion resistant automated valve with 150 PSI flanges next to cooler, you must have a wicked wash down pump!
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Originally Posted by From the Helm View Post
That looks like an explosion resistant automated valve with 150 PSI flanges next to cooler, you must have a wicked wash down pump!
Good eye. I wish my washdown pump had that kind of flow rate!

We have a handful of air-controlled valves and other stuff left over from an alternative energy project my wife's company did a few years ago. It was a huge multi-tank anaerobic digester system that converted millions of gallons of liquid manure to gas for diesels that spun generators.

We're slowly selling all of the leftover inventory on FleaBay.
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Originally Posted by PPLEPEU View Post
Good eye. I wish my washdown pump had that kind of flow rate!

We have a handful of air-controlled valves and other stuff left over from an alternative energy project my wife's company did a few years ago. It was a huge multi-tank anaerobic digester system that converted millions of gallons of liquid manure to gas for diesels that spun generators.

We're slowly selling all of the leftover inventory on FleaBay.
Cool application of chemical engineering. I was in a building that had a gas fed generator (huge) that ran from the solid waste facility adjacent to it, great use of waste methane.
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Originally Posted by From the Helm View Post
Cool application of chemical engineering. I was in a building that had a gas fed generator (huge) that ran from the solid waste facility adjacent to it, great use of waste methane.
One of their projects used the methane to spin generators during the daytime when electric rates peaked. At night, the methane routing was switched to a series of gas cleaners -- after adding perfume, it was fed into the natural gas pipeline. If I remember correctly, their degain was the first implementation of a dual system in the US.
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