Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If you want access to members only forums on HSO, you will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member. 😀

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

I saw a post on the main boards about lack of SD posting and to tell you the truth I didn't know we had a SD Forum on this site so here goes. Fishing out here on the west side of the state has been great till last week. I fish small stock dams on the prarie so the warm temps and wind really made them unsafe. It looks like I'll be back out by mid week with the temps that we have now. It got to -2F last night. I have been fishing perch, crappie, and bass. Perch are slow after the morning bite, Crappie are hard to catch, and the bass are on fire. You can't keep them of a minnow set. I fish mainly minnows on tip ups and glo devils tipped with waxies on a rod for perch. Probably not to interesting reading but I thought I'd do my part to liven it up here. And for those that flame someone for posting there location. I fish stock dams in Meade county about 60 miles east of Sturgis. LOL grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • That is a heavy trolling motor and 2 batteries aren't light either. As much as I would love to blame your merc for your experience, I'd have to say that the amount of weight in the boat is too much for maximum performance. I bet you're over the max weight.   But a couple things to check.... Compression/leakdown- will tell you if its "just tired". Spark plugs- cheap for that motor and notorious for fouling replace when checking compression. Coils are another common issue I see with that motor, confirm spark on all 3. Fuel hose- soft grey merc hose should be replaced. Fuel filters- often overlooked maintenance. Prop- if you don't have a spare, you could try going to a lower pitch. From 15 to 13 or 13 to 11. You should have a spare anyways.  As mentioned above water absorption in foam and/or plywood adds considerable amount of weight. You can just elevate the bow and put a small bucket under the bilge plug hole. A "soaked" boat will slowly continue to drip for days. Dry boats stop dripping in minutes. A brand new $90,000 Ranger would get you where you wanted to go, and with plenty of time for fishing!😋
    • Yeah, that kinda seems like what it should do with a 60hp motor.  What's a hefty dude?  Like 3 bills?   I'm kind of surprised a 60 is the max for the boat.  My 82 alumacraft is rated for a 60, same length but my beam is probably a foot and a half less.
    • Have you tried working with the tilt a bit like having it most the way or all the way down when taking off with a heavy load, then trimming it up more once on plane?  Even though you have the right prop there are other pitches you can buy for a better hole shot.  My 17' Starcraft with a wheel and windshield is rated for 125hp but pops right up even with 4-5 people in it with a 75hp Merc on it.    You might even try the ugly bolt-on trim tail on the motor.
    • Back home in Mizzura there was a little town that had a sucker festival on the spring.     They get scaled, fileted with the skin on and then the meat is scored.  Then they are breaded and into the deep fryer.  Apparently the scoring lets the hot oil dissolve the bones and it gives deep fried sucker a distinct look.   I thought they were pretty decent.  Once you deep fry the heck out of something it just tastes like deep fry though.
    • So that is still under warranty?   Do those lights run off a photosensor and come on automatically?  Could you pull the appropriate fuse so the truck would still run and not die until you can get it to the dealer?  
    • That is a lot of boat for a 60 hp motor, esp when loaded with 700 pounds of beef...     Another possibility, since the boat is new to you, is that the foam flotation has gotten water logged over the years.      It might be interesting to take the boat on the trailer and get it weighed someplace.    Compare the result to a calculated weight for boat motor trailer gas batteries etc.      Or maybe remove a panel in the floor and see if the foam is wet.     A few hundred pounds of water (I found one account where the guy weighed the soggy foam he removed and got 525 pounds) would make a big difference.     
    • I bought my first boat last September and I have a question about weight distribution. I was warned that it's a heavy boat by the seller, he called it a tank. In a good way. It's very sturdy in big water. So that's cool, but the first time I had a third adult hop in, the boat basically turned into a barge and just plowed water. With two "hefty" adults, gear and a cooler I have no complaints. It gets up on a plane no problem and scoots along just like you'd expect it to. Adding a third, non-hefty adult and gear was too much for it though. It couldn't get up on plane and the front end just plowed water.    It has a 24v trolling motor on the bow. The two marine 12v batteries for the trolling motor are also in the front, not all the way in front, but close. A buddy said he'd try moving the batteries to the rear. So what I'm wondering is, how much weight can you put in the rear of these boats and is this a good idea? Assuming they'd even physically fit. The main battery is already in the rear.    As a comparison, I have a 17' with a 60 HP 2 stroke and my dad has a 16' with a 50 HP 4 stroke, both tillers. My dad's boat slows down a bit with all of us in it, but easily gets up on plane and operates normally. His boat is a little more on the bare bones side and his motor is a good 10 years newer, but otherwise it's basically the same setup, but smaller, and it moves all of us around very well. This makes me wonder if my boat is or should be capable of more.    I also thought of the possibility that my old 1997 2 stroke is just tired (is that a thing?), but it seems to run very well. I also took it to what I think is a good repair shop and they assured me that I have the correct prop.    Here's all the info I can think of and a few pics.   1996 Alumacraft Competitor 170 1997 Mercury 60 HP 2 Stroke (60 HP is the max HP rating) 85" Beam (or close to that, can't remember for sure)   Try moving the batteries? Save up for a new motor? Or that's just the way it's going to be? Any advice from the community would be very much appreciated!  
    • Hello from the NW Angle! Areas of slush on trails in Minnesota are refreezing overnight and are still in good condition if well-traveled.  Walleye action is getting better every day, with mornings and late evening being best.  Rippin’ raps and buckshots are enticing violent strikes; 18-22 ft of water is key. Big northern pike are hitting jiggin’ spoons and tip ups with large baits. Anglers venturing into Canada continue to find schooled Crappies and big walleye deeper into 30+ feet. A slow presentation is most effective for catching crappies.  Until next week, Sunset Lodge
    • Yesterday the exterior lights under the side mirrors, all pick up bed lights and the tailgate light would intermittently turn on and go off.  I checked to make sure all doors were shut and checked all the lighting options in the vehicle.  The light issue killed my battery and it is very slow to take a charge.  Has anyone seen something like this?  I checked on line and didn't see any mention of an issue like this.   My truck is a 2017 Ford F150 Lariat with the 3.5 ecoboost.  I called the dealership and they said they could get it in the week of April 22.  A lot of good that is going to do me when the vehicle is dead.
    • Thanks guys, looks like I need to give it a try!
×
×
  • Create New...