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by BentRod
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Looking for tips for buying a used boat

When I bought my Trophy it had a Merc 125 saltwater 2-stroke, and I couldn't get it off the boat fast enough. Just a turd!!!!! Love my Eninrude Etec. 2-strokes are good if you get like a 2000 or later. The newer motors are more fuel efficient and nearly to no smoke. The Etec's start instantly and h...
by BentRod
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Looking for tips for buying a used boat

Outboard question: I had wanted a 4-stroke main, but a lot of boats I’m looking at have a 2-stroke main and a 4-stroke kicker.

Opinions on a Merc 125 saltwater 2-stroke?

Or is it a mistake to go with a 2-stroke at all?
by BentRod
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: drain plug
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: drain plug

Drain plugs are pretty standard at 1", but there are a couple of options. Unless for some reason it's an oddball, you should be able to get a replacement at any marine supply store or maybe even a place like Fred Meyer or Walmart. I've found a number of them metal detecting and when I replaced the o...
by BentRod
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Looking for tips for buying a used boat

That CL link I previously posted went fast. Must have been a decent price.
by BentRod
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Looking for tips for buying a used boat

Thanks Chris. I know you've had your share of experience with boats (of all sizes!). Haha. I see this as as "starter" boat, so trying not to get too wrapped up in getting the "perfect" boat, but would like it to meet certain criteria and don't want to settle. It's more about recognizing what a fair ...
by BentRod
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Looking for tips for buying a used boat

Great info. Thanks. Yes, that would be tight. I was estimating a 17’ to be about 20’, so maybe 21’-22’ in reality. Probably doable at that length.
by BentRod
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Looking for tips for buying a used boat

Agree. How long is your 18’ trophy from tip of tongue to where the prop ends?
by BentRod
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Looking for tips for buying a used boat

Here is one that I was looking at yesterday that makes me wonder about all of the above. Thoughts?

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/ ... 85584.html
by BentRod
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Looking for tips for buying a used boat
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Looking for tips for buying a used boat

For a while I thought this day would never come, but it may becoming a reality. We are thinking of getting a small boat (not my 12' aluminum or kayak) for crabbing/fishing/family fun. This will be used with a budget of ~$10k My longtime wish is to get a 20'-ish aluminum such as a Hewescraft or somet...
by BentRod
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Oh Man, No Fishing for Me!
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Oh Man, No Fishing for Me!

Sorry to hear! Glad it happened close to home though.
by BentRod
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Saltwater Fishing
Topic: Official Pink Season
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Official Pink Season

Caught one in MA 7 on Saturday while trying for Kings. First I've seen this season.
by BentRod
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Mid July River Salmon Opportunities
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Mid July River Salmon Opportunities

The Sky is probably your best bet at the moment. Haven’t heard any reports recently, but Kings should be in there.

Can’t help on summary of the various river seasons, but you can reference the regs.
by BentRod
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Collectible fishing tackle
Topic: Reel advice please
Replies: 1
Views: 769

Re: Reel advice please

Sounds like you may just need to service the drag washers in your current reels. I've really enjoyed the Abu reels. Like most parts of the reel, the drag system needs periodic service. You can either do it yourself (buy some drag washer grease) or send it away. You can also buy replacement drag wash...
by BentRod
Thu May 30, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: River Fishing
Topic: Baitcaster vs. Spinning Gear
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: Baitcaster vs. Spinning Gear

You're going to find all types of opinions...and that's exactly what it is, opinion based. To me baitcasters and spinning gear each have their pros/cons and will use them interchangeably based on my desires/comfort. Some will say one is better than the other for every application. Then some of it ju...
by BentRod
Sat May 25, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Saltwater Fishing
Topic: WDFW’s Deep water release tool
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: WDFW’s Deep water release tool

Quad, I'm sure Larry is right. As long as you have any type of functional descending device, you should be good. The ones they were handing out a couple years back were not a WDFW stamped item, just a third party item that looked like the one I'm linking. You just have to have something on board. Fo...
by BentRod
Tue May 14, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Motor not restarting after motoring
Replies: 7
Views: 836

Re: Motor not restarting after motoring

The carb would definitely be my next subject. But, it's difficult to diagnose without actually being there and I'm certainly no expert on the matter, just have some experience with the Mercruisers and engines in general. Although it shouldn't happen, I've seen the automatic choke be a problem if it ...
by BentRod
Tue May 14, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Motor not restarting after motoring
Replies: 7
Views: 836

Re: Motor not restarting after motoring

Aren’t Mercruisers fun?! My first question is in regards to temperature. You said it seemed hot, but temp gauge read normal. How hot are the risers getting? They should roughly be between 100-160 degrees F. You’ll need an IR thermometer to test, but if you can’t keep your hand in them then they’re o...
by BentRod
Wed May 08, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Lake Fishing
Topic: Stocked Trout Fishing
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: Stocked Trout Fishing

Power bait should float your hook up off the bottom a ways. How long is your leader? Most of the lakes have milfoil or weeds, so a longer leader will help get you out of the weeds. Like a 6’ leader. The rest of your setup sounds pretty good.
by BentRod
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Shellfishing/Squid/Crayfish
Topic: Spot Shrimp Newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 1572

Re: Spot Shrimp Newbie

I shrimp with my friend up off Whidby and Camano. We use 400' of line (leaded preferred), the square traps (SMI makes a nice one), between 20#-30# of lead pot weights, and multiple floats per pot. We learned long ago that you need to add weight to the pot and have a trailer float(s) off the main flo...
by BentRod
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Boat and Boating Topics
Topic: Cleaning Fiberglass.
Replies: 8
Views: 740

Re: Cleaning Fiberglass.

The outdoor cleaners are mostly bleach based. You could also just make a 10% bleach/water solution and scrub with that. A little added TSP works as a degreaser as well. 30 sec cleaner is already mixed though.