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I have been trying to get some of your lures for about 2yrs. but your always a closed shop.. watch the post page and do what ya say and well to say it in layman terms this 500.00 bucks that has been making a hole in my pocket is going to Nils, and Lokes.....its not like i did not try, dont get me wrong you have a great site and usefull information.....but man its to bad i really needed some new stuff i have some of your creations that i bought of E - Bay, a little banged up.... but o well. good luck to you on all your fishing bananzas..............
Dan <>
Detroit, MI USA - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 08:47:19 (CST)
Thanks for your interest but the people whose orders I couldn't fill last summer and fall, and repeat customers, get to go first.
the Rocketman

Rocketman I am in desperate need of the terminator lures. I fish thornapple lake where they say the next state record is going to come from. I would like to be the one who does it with a terminator lure. Please e-mail me when you are taking orders. Also, your website has been invalueable the info I have recieved has allowed me to catch a couple of muskie. I hope by getting some of your lures that I can break the 40 inch barrier.
pat roberts <>
grand rapids, mi USA - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 17:03:13 (CST)
Thanks for your interest but I don't make any 40 inch Terminators ha ha.
the Rocketman

HAY Rocketman I wanted to order some Terminators. I want a TX and a T3 in 3-D Walleye. Thanks LeMay OUT
LeMay <>
Lansing, MI USA - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 15:06:52 (CST)
Thanks for your interest but you can't buy Terminators from the Guestbook.
the Rocketman

Hi Rocketman, I appreciate all the good information that you provide on your web site. I am new to muskie fishing so it is very helpful. I would like to buy some of your lures when they are offered again. I saw your posting about December 28th. and will check back then. Dick Skoglund
Dick Skoglund <rcharge$>
Trenton, MI USA - Monday, December 27, 2004 at 13:49:16 (CST)
I actually read all of your site and found it to be the most useable info I have ever read. My local lake is a deep, lacks good weeds but has plenty of other structures. My first years I consentrated on wood and banks with little sucess. Your techniques will greatly help me. I went out with a local club and I went my way,they went theres, they caught fish, I got a lesson. FOLLOW THE ONES WITH THE BIG NETS!!! A GPS tip I use If your trolling a don't have time to mark your waypoint, make the GPS plot your course and turn the wheel on your spot you want to mark. Review your trail and mark the waypoint as a turn in your course. Fishcrazzzzzzzzzy Great Site
fishcrazy <>
Sabina, Oh USA - Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 10:58:53 (CST)
hey rocketman! hope you have a great x-mas:) when you fire up the production line are you making just TX's or the full product line? the wait has been a long one but it will be worth it. are you going to paint to order or just crank out the most popular colors? since i havn't been able to get any TERMINATORS at all i'd sure like a couple dozen of whatever i can get. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR to all dave lambert
davel <>
algonac, mi USA - Monday, December 20, 2004 at 11:07:44 (CST)
Ditto on the repeat customers. Would like to get in line again as you sell the greatest lures on the planet. All, repeat all, my fish came on your lures. They rock. I have to admit I have tried one or two others. There are mass produced, look like paint overspray is part of the quality control. First fish on one of them saw the hook bend down to the shank. My stuff has got to look good, some of them other's I will not have on the boat. Makes the waxa job looka bad. Now the last thing: someone asked so he tis. MOMC PO Box 361 SCS, MI 48080
Chris <>
Clinton Township, MI USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 17:53:44 (CST)
hey rocketmaster i have change my email address you have it now i have inquired a couple of times in my reports that i need like twenty. sorry for inconvience jst dont wanta miss out. bill finch
bill finch <bilcream2$>
exeter, on canada - Friday, December 17, 2004 at 18:16:59 (CST)
Rocketman, I just read about your cash flow issue. I hope to help out ordering another dozen lures this year. Do repeat customers get special treatment? This would be the third year in a row and every year it's the same thing... The site goes up for orders and then closes two days later. I hope I don't miss it......
DtDewman <dtdewman$>
Eaton, oh USA - Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 11:39:32 (CST)
Hey Dewman - I would not be surprised at all if this year ALL my orders are from repeat customers. Don't worry, you wont miss it because I'll email you as soon as I get an order form on line.
the Rocketman

That seemed a little rude what that guy said, but then again, you could hire a couple of illegals to mass produce them. Who cares if they are junk as long as everyone can buy all they want? We still have soft water down here on Kinkaid, got a 37,41, and 42 last Wed. and will be out tomorrow and Friday. The fish down here are like my(4) ex-wives, real heavey for their length. Fish on Wayne
Mike Benny <mikebenny$>
New Baden, IL USA - Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 14:09:36 (CST)
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I am sure the Gotcha and Loke companies will appreciate having him as a customer. You know my little biz does prove that lots of people still value quality and American made products. Good one about the four ex-wives ha ha. But FOUR!?! How can you still afford fishing?
the Rocketman

hey here is that momc address : momc, po box 361 St.Clair. Shores, Mi 48080
craig miller <>
warren, mi USA - Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 08:28:52 (CST)
hi. i was judt wondering if you had an e-mail adress for the m.o.m.c.they are very hard to find any info. thanks in advance. fish on guy
g unis <>
windsor, ont canada - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 06:34:34 (CST)
Sorry I don't have it and I don't even know if they are on line. Does anyone from the MOMC care to reply to g unis?
the Rocketman

And I was just about to order a couple terminators. doesn't seem you need the business... I'll find out about the lokes and gotchas elsewhere. Thanks.
Jason Schillinger <>
USA - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 19:40:33 (CST)
Well that was a pretty mean thing to say. I feel bad now.
the Rocketman

Hey, great site. Been at em for close to 20 years and have just picked up trolling the last couple. I've found info here quite helpful. i need to expand my trolling lure arsenal, and would like to see what the Lokes, and gothas look like some time in addition to other trolling lures you may think i need! I live in central WI and fish the WI river here, as well as Green Bay(the system that got original stock from St. clair for the past ten years). One thing I have been noticing is that I used to run too long of lines most of the time. do you think that the fish in the WI river here will react well to the short lined stuff(5-15') like the great lakes fish do? I think i may have been missing the boat on the WI(inland river) by runnng too far back. Also, I don't hear of you guys trolling big jakes and grannies much, is there a reason? thanks alot and good fishin!! Also, I don't check this board much so feel free to email me with links/nfo!! thanks!!
Jason Schillinger <>
Wisconsin Rapids, WI USA - Saturday, December 04, 2004 at 19:46:18 (CST)
Helllloooo - I make Terminators. Repeat after me. Terminators. As to your reason question; yes there is a reason. Hint - Terminators.
the Rocketman

I caught a nice musk off the break wall in Bellriver on a super shad. After another couple of casts, my line broke apart. My blood knot failed where i joined to braided wires together. If you find a super shad in silver minnow, a 2 foot homeade leader and about 50' of powerpro, please contact me. I will take you fishing for a day on the muskie boat "Smellin Fishy". The name of the boat relates to the smell of the boat! Thanks; Steve Mayer, a.k.a. Captain Fishy.
Steve Mayer <smayer$>
Kingsville, Ont Canada - Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 09:36:32 (CST)
Hi Rocketman, love your site and can't wait to get back down to get in some last minute fat girls in the Detroit River before the season ends. Keep up the great work!! I am am member of Muskies Canada and was hoping that you would allow me to post here about a great event that will benefit Muskie work done by the MNR here in Canada, and that many of the muskie hounds that frequent this site would be interested in: the 2005 Muskie Odyssey. An all muskie show in Canada on April 16, 2005. Instead of posting all the details here, perhaps you would post a link to our website for more info: Thanks for your support!! Jeff O'Hagan, 2005 Muskie Odyssey Committee
Jeff O'Hagan <>
London, ON Canada - Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 22:34:57 (CST)
A mercy posting request is granted. My good deed for the year 2004 is done.
the Rocketman

I guess we can assume this was a sturgeon even though we were never told what species it was. Unless there really is a species of fish called a MONSTER. HA,HA.
Doug <>
Ft Wayne, IN USA - Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 11:00:43 (CST)
Yes it is a sturgeon. Pic is on my home page.
the Rocketman

Hey Grim Reaper Any other place we can see pic's of the Monster sooner? Sounds like a world record. Speed
speedtroll <lindnerrw$>
Kitchener, ON Canada - Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 22:21:46 (CST)
No, it is not a world record, it is a sturgeon. Pic is on my home page.
the Rocketman

Rocketman, Just a couple questions: Are you going to post a picture of the 70# monster recently caught ?. Is that an Ontario record ?. Thanks for your help, this is a great site !!!.
Jim Thein <jimthein$>
Dayton, Ohio USA - Monday, November 29, 2004 at 13:10:32 (CST)
No, it is not an Ontario record, it is a sturgeon. Pic is on my home page.
the Rocketman

You can catch them right up to when the season closes as long as the water is still soft. The Grim Reaper crew has had great days right up until the end, even with 33 degree water. We still troll fast, never slow down, never say die. (works for sturgeon apparently as well)
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
wixom, mi USA - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 19:51:27 (CST)
Hey everybody, how come nobody is writting in the fishing reports. I always see a lot of people out on the water. Oh ya, got skunked in the Detroit river on Sunday. Did anybody get anything on sunday? When will the muskie fishing come to a halt this year. I would like to know when there is no point of going out any more. Thanks Steve
Steve Mayer <>
Kingsville, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 14:15:55 (CST)
You will like this one! Yesterday morning I hooked a 36.5 on a 8" jointed Believer on a downrod, 12 ft. and no lead. Ten feet fron the stern she came straight up out of the water, shaking her head and threw the lure. She came down over the 50lb. florocarbon leader and the bite of the leader went through the bend of one of the hooks forming a noose that cinched her behind the gills. When it tightened up, she stopped dead and I realed her in without a fight. The fight came when I had the Bogagrip on her jaw and took the noose off. Thirteen pounds of fresh Musky in your hand is a rush. One more reason not to use wire leaders. Later
Mike Benny <>
New Baden, IL USA - Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 09:54:17 (CST)
Hmmmm, I never thought of lassooing them....
the Rocketman

Rocketman, Have been patiently waiting for you to reopen your lure making order form (since last March when I first heard about your lures). Any chance you will be taking orders this Fall before the snow starts falling? I have used a competitior's lures this summer (the guy from PA) and been assured that yours' are much superior. We would like to order a number of TXs. Thanks much. Dennis
Dennis Anderson <BakerBoy1006$>
West Bend, WI USA - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 16:41:29 (CDT)
Sorry but right now there is this big red thing taking up all the room in the Terminator Muskie Lure Company, Saline Production Facility. I'll be lucky to get it out of there before the snow flies. However, on a more postive note I am so broke that I had to go digging under the seat cushions of the RocketJeep to scrounge up enough change to go to the titty bar. Those ladies didn't much appreciate either it when I tipped them with a couple ice cold quarters stuck down their panties ha ha. I figure I better be refilling my slush fund pretty quick and so I'll be making plenty of lures this winter.
the Rocketman

I have been trolling open water on Kinkaid in southern Illinois (not to be confussed with northern Illinois) for the last three years using your methods and setup with great success. I didn't fish much last fall, but the year before I had 44 fish in the boat in 8 weeks. I am getting a late start this year becouse of my money pit, 1980 Harley Shovelhead. Built a 93inch S&S based engine with JIM'S goodies in it, JIM'S 5 speed, Cal Products inner primary, Barnett Scorpion Billet clutch and Spyke heavy duty starter. The bike is like fishing gear, way more money in it than I will ever get back, but it is about fun. It don't help being obsessive compulsive, but who wants to be normal! Rodney The Barber and I are comming up there next year and if we stay in your area I will give you a couple of the BIG WALLY lures I make. 13 inches of Pecan wood that shakes it's head and butt while tracking WAY side to side. I made them to try and keep the small fish off. Didn't work, cought a 14 inch bass one day and have no idea how for I drug the poor little scudder. That was a Nantucket Sleighride for a bass. I suppose bass are considered fish. Bass fishing is for people who can't catch Muskies, and golf is for people who can't catch bass. I have another Harley tore down to pieces in the kitchen now, but that will have to wait till January. Table is a little crouded with all the parts like pistons and cylinders, but the heads make good ashtrays! If you think I am kidding I will post a picture! I also decorate my Christmass tree with Musky lures. Got pictures of that too! I still can't figure out why I have been married four times. Later, Red Iron Local 392 Almost forgot, where is a good place to stay up there, besides with you?
Red Iron <mikebenny$>
New Baden, IL USA - Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 22:22:13 (CDT)
Ha Ha - I have a 750 Holley and a couple unassembled TXs on my kitchen table. Deerbrook Marina has some very nice cabins.
the Rocketman

Rocketman, I can't beleive that you are not out on the water! Here is my five year project: Number matching except for the exhaust and a few engine modifications (389 Stroked to 455, Doug's headers) otherwise the date and part numbers match. Your car looks great!
Mark Orlowski <mogto65$>
Sterling Heights, MI USA - Friday, October 22, 2004 at 18:06:01 (CDT)
Mark - Nice hearing from you. I like your tow vehicle. A lot. If I had a Motor City Musclecar Madness site that would be on the front page! Let's go fishing.
the Rocketman

Rocket man i have to schedule my vaction and have been to lake St Clair only twice before what is the best time to musky fish? We have been going to Sault St Marie to musky fish it has been bad the last four years not sure why used to be very good. The two times i have come up in August and September we caught musky largest 38" not huge but a lot of fun.
Joe Klamo <JK711$AOL.COM>
HAMILTON, OH USA - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 14:52:53 (CDT)
Now through Dec 15.
the Rocketman

Nice car. Glad to see it coming together. Now, where is the link with the rest of the photos of the car. It looks like you did all right finding a body and paint guy. Still would like to see the rest of the photos.
DtDewman <dtdewman$>
Eaton, oh USA - Monday, October 18, 2004 at 09:45:14 (CDT)
It's getting close finally. The guy working on it is doing a good job. The relevent restoration pics are here:
I wish this would be done. This is the time to be out fishing!!!
the Rocketman

Love the website Rocketman. I am very pleased to se that you support catch and release like I do. I have a problem that I was hoping you could fix. I always get skunked in muddy water. I usually fish in the Deerbrook area with strong North winds. The waves are usually 3-4 ft. I mark fish but they never take my bait. I usually do pretty good when the water is calm though. What should I do to my presentation. What are good rough water/muddy water colors? Please help me. P.S. I need about ten T3's pronto.
Steve Mayer <ingmayer$>
Kingsville, ont Canada - Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 13:31:02 (CDT)
3-4 foot waves and a north wind huh? I am just a fishing girlieman and stay home on days like that! However, since you seem intent on self-abuse I will help you out. Carp, Titty Dancer, Carp, YB Dark Frog, Carp, Firetiger, Carp, YB O'Hara Perch, Carp, $9 Bass, Carp, Lawton, Carp, Dog Turd, Carp, Helin Frog, Carp, Blonde Perch, Carp, Jailbird and Skunkbird have all done good for me in muddy conditions. In general it seems to be flourescents (esp red and orange), yellow bellies, browns, and high contrast patterns. Oh yeah, Carp too.
the Rocketman

not many reports lately. i am coming up thursday to tackle the toothy creatures. any help would be great. weather will be rough but i will try to be a man like the rocketman. you are my idol and i do everything you tell me to do. thanks o'wise one
dave <dave$>
cincinnati, oh USA - Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 16:12:49 (CDT)
What a great site. As a "piker" from England it is great to see what you guys over the pond are tempting onto the hook. Here is my personal best to date:
John Berry <johnboy$>
Accrington, Lancs UK - Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 21:55:16 (CDT)
dear rocketman. again thumbs up. your lures have proven to me that i have been doing alot of things right. i havent changed the way i have fished for at least three years. i have only had your terminators since june,and have got alot more rips and quality fish. i belive it is the lure and not anthing i doing different. awsome action .good to hear you maybe making some soon because im guessing i will be getting 15-20 depending on my spending limit.(wife) terminators rule
bill finch <bilcream2$>
exeter, on Canada - Monday, October 04, 2004 at 18:45:22 (CDT)
Rocketman, Congrats on the "new" tow vehicle. Sorry to hear that it is a money pit, but your loss is our gain. My guess is that you are going to need to build a bunch of Terminators this winter to pay for your new habit. You should have stuck with fishing and beer, but the Road Runner will be a great babe magnet in the off season. In the mean time I am going to start making a list of lures to buy. JR
J. R. <cgc864$$.com>
USA - Sunday, October 03, 2004 at 16:26:11 (CDT)
Ha Ha - You guessed right!
Rechrome front bumper = 12 T3s
Leaf spring bushings = 2 TXs
Weatherstrip kit = 10 T3 + 3 ST3
Hood Insulation = 3 T2
Fill up with 100 Octane = 1 TX
etc, etc, etc
Get that list ready, I might be taking some orders sooner than you think.
the Rocketman

Looking to come up to the home of the loonies and hook up with some Detroit river mouthed muskies. Any recent info would be great on the muskie action at the Belle and Detroit River areas. This site has what most do not........... PERSONALITY!!!!!
Ninio <dninji$>
Akron, Oh USA - Friday, October 01, 2004 at 11:19:52 (CDT)
Hi! just caught you web site and really enjoyed it..I think I must have fished with your twin brother in spirit. I've been chasing essox for 30 yrs., and learned from some old timers who are now pitching that big pond in the sky. I ran charters on lake Michigan for many years and when that went into the toilet in the mid eighties I returned to my home waters of Leech Lake in central MN, and boundery waters of canada and mn. Trolling was never much of a topic during most of those years and if it was discussed it was frounded upon by my teachers. But having rigged for salmon and steelhead for over ten years I was sure that some of those methods would work great for ski's. I still prfer to pitch but I'm not as strong or duable as I use to be so I pitch some and when I lose my edge I rest and troll, with some pretty good sucess. Leech is an awsome fishery ,125,000 acres, with a wide variety of structure and habitate. Three fish were caught and release last year over 50 inches, with the biggest 53 coming on a down rigger 15 ft. down,10 ft out, over 40 ft of water. A ten inch jake has been very productive, blue/silver, trolled at about 2.5mph., can't seem to keep 27 " walleyes off the bait. Just a couple of observations about you technique. I will run a slider off a downrigger with a snap directly to your line on about a 6 ft leeder. This slides down about half way to the lure that you are running deep. A 40 incher took a crankbait and I saw the hit,grabbed the rod only to have him come sliding up the line and out of the water right in my face. He hadn't even broken the release. What a trip. It was a crazy fight because he was still attached to the other lure that was running deep but everything stayed together and with extra heavy tackle he was landed quickly and released unharmed. My heart wasn't in such good shape for a while though. This methode landed more that its share of salmon and steelhead, but was my only hit from skis. as we in MN can't run many lines so I don't get to run it much. What is the reason you let the slider run back instead of short? I always visualized the lower bait chasing the upper bait relatively close together, with the lower much larger than the upper. The othe thing that I question when you are runnign multiple baits, spread out and you talk about turning alot to trigger fish. I try to run as constant as I can, especially when I'm on to a pattern, so that all of my lures are running "perfect"?, instead of my outside running fast and inside slow. I know that you are running tight to the boat but in clear waters on Leech I see fish scatter ,especially when they catch the shadow of my boat. I've always made it a practice to pitch and trool into the wind to minimize this situation. One fished spooked along side took a starbord turn, saw the yellow bird on a out line and smacked the bird. Yellow bird or other in-line planer work really good but can be a real hassel once you hook a fish, but a lot easier to rig with less junk out there. The only thing that I would like to know ,is your opinion on trolling speed. I always went faster on Michigan that most of my fellow captains, and theorized that I was covering more water but the action of some of my lures didn't match the "correct" wobble or what ever. I was also wondering if dodgers/flashers have been tried by you or other people in your area? It seems that the common thinking is faster than what I've been running, although Ive had pretty good suscess holding below 3mph. Sharp hooks and good knots Terrible tom
Tom Mickelson <athomick$>
St. Paul, mn USA - Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 14:20:54 (CDT)
Wow, there is a lot there. Here are a couple thoughts. I've watched muskies follow right behind a lure for up to a minute, about 6" back, not hitting, just following. If you give the rod a quick jerk like the bait is trying to get away sometimes you'll get a hit. If you have ever fished in the ocean you would see the same thing all the time with all kinds of gamefish. The captain sees a follow and jerks the line and the fish strikes. That is why I believe erratic action is productive. Earlier I did mess around with all kinds of attractors; dodgers, spinners off the back hook, cowbell leaders, mylar tape, glowlites, flashing lights, scents, etc. After zillions of hours of that I determined that for muskies at least nothing beats good running lures, good equipment that doesn't break, and hard work keeping everything clean and keeping on the fish. The right speed is anyone's guess. I like 3.5-5mph on my Eagle fishfinder. My Humminbird transducer is right next to it and reads .5mph faster at low speed and 5mph slower up on plane. I have no idea how fast I'm really going but between 3.5 and 5 indicated seems to catch a lot of muskies. However the biggest fish I have ever personally seen hit just as we were speeding up from a dead crawl just after releasing a fish. The fish hit, jumped, and threw the lure without even popping the release. Maybe if we were going faster we would have had a hookset. Then again, maybe the fish would have never hit at all... Oh well, there is a good question to contemplate over a few chilly ones.
the Rocketman

Hey Rocketman I just got lucky enough to boat my first big lsc musky. It was 50.5" long and I was so caught up in the excitement I forgot to put her on a scale before I put her back in the lake. any guesses on what she weighed in at?
Ben <denardess$>
ft. wayne, IN USA - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 04:23:30 (CDT)
Good Job! Hmmmmm, this time of year they are getting a little porky. My guess of the weight is 29 to 33 pounds, depending on how heavy it was.
the Rocketman

Regarding the low number of reports on the site and the percieved selfishness of the musky fisherman. The guys fishing every day are doing it for $$$$$ as charters. they arent going to give the spot they caught at yesterday, however, none of these spots are secret. Belle river, thames, dumps, the freighter channel, wheather buoy etc...No one has anything good to say about US waters since june, but we popped five fish three nights ago between 7 mile and 9 mile in 17' FOW, all in US waters. We move around alot. Spend an hour here and then move if nothing. Look for water clarity changes. a fishing report is a story about where they were 2 days ago anyhow. Concentrate and give serious thought to your game plan, must have confidence as well..andy
Andy Hartz <ahartz$>
Grosse Pointe , MI USA - Saturday, September 04, 2004 at 07:57:39 (CDT)
just to confuse the matter - i have had some of my best days going 5.5 mph on my gps units in upper 30 degree water - i say stay fast unless you have real dirty water, then i back off a bit
Grim Reaper <g_reaper$>
wixom, mi USA - Thursday, September 02, 2004 at 10:31:05 (CDT)
That's blazing Reaper. I wondered who was making those wakes out there in December!
the Rocketman

Hey Rocketman, Your site says go real fast in August. Now that it is September do we slow it back down a bit? How fast for the rest of the year?
lobi <lobbe1$>
USA - Wednesday, September 01, 2004 at 19:49:15 (CDT)
I should explain that about speed. It's more accurate to say when the water temp is in the upper 70s or more and you're not getting any action, speeding up often helps. Most of the other times about 4 - 4 1/2 mph seems pretty good. Late in the year when the water temp gets below 50 then it seems like 3 1/2 - 4 works best. I added a second fishfinder last fall and both have speed and temp. They do not read exactly the same and that makes me wonder a little about the speeds. The numbers I referred to above apply to my Eagle fishfinder. The Humminbird reads about 1/2 mph faster.
the Rocketman

The Grim Reaper has changed to a new fishing boat, a Twin Vee Power Catamaran. This of course means that the old Reaper machine is now for sale. Its a 1987 23' Proline Walk Around Cabin with a 1993 200hp Johnson Ocean Runner (400 hours on motor). Also has a 1995 15hp Evinrude kicker motor (long shaft, under 100 hours). Motors were just checked out by a boat shop, in very good condition. Heavy duty EZ loader roller trailer. This boat is great for fishing the great lakes - has taken 39 lb, 32 lb and 30 lb muskies on St. Clair as well as a 31 lb king salmon on lake michigan. Can talk immediate ownership in time for fall fishing. Asking $10,500. Rocketman, when are you going to upgrade from your tin car or did you spend it all on your new tow vehicle?
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
wixom, mi USA - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 21:33:03 (CDT)
Congratulations on your new boat! I will have you know that the Muskieboat Slimetime (and Muskietrailer Slimetime Jr.) got a major refurbishment last summer does not need any upgrading at this time cause it kicks ass. It's a good thing too cause the new tow vehicle sucks down money faster than a 750 Holley sucks down 100 octane avgas!
the Rocketman

Thank you Rocketman I finally got my first muskie ever thanks to you structure trolling tips. It came off Skegemog Lake and measured 40 inches.
Splaker19 <Splaker19$>
Mancelona, MI USA - Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 09:43:26 (CDT)
Congratulations on your first muskie! If you continue using the techniques explained here you should be able to catch many more muskies, as well as pike and other game fish. Remember that inland lakes like Skegemog are especially limited resources. Practicing catch and release, as a general rule, will help to ensure that the muskie population will remain healthy.
the Rocketman

I agree with Doug, the reports have been far and few between. It seems musky fisherman in general are a selfish group. Get on the radio any day and ask for a fishing report on musky, no matter how much chatter you hear first, asking for a musky report almost certainly will create radio silence. This is primarily a catch and release sport, I don't understand the reluctance to provide information. Thanks to all that do share! I went out Sunday near Ruscom went 3 for 3, 2 on Fire Tiger Wiley out rod 25' 4oz, other on white belly perch Wiley on planer board 35' 2oz, 16-21 fow.
Chad Furstenau <chad$>
Wyandotte, MI USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 11:10:35 (CDT)
The gentlemen below raises a good point. Please be sure to support the stomachs of these large fish. There does seem to be a significant amount of evidence to suggest that holding the fish vertically from the head alone can cause "gut slippage" and damage internal organs along with the possibility of damaging the fish's spine. Both of which can prove fatal after release. We all want these fish live so they may fight again another day so let's give them the best shot possible. Good fishing to all and get a big one and let her swim.
Tim <someone$>
St. Clair Shores, MI USA - Friday, July 23, 2004 at 19:17:21 (CDT)
Used my boards for musky the first time. We fished LSC using 25# Trilene Big game. Fishing in 17-19 fow. I was using an OR-8 Off shore heavy down rigger release. We never caught an musky off the boards but we did have about four releases. We did not here any drags go off so not sure if they were fish. The releases are brand new so they are not worn. We brought baits in several times to check to see if the line was working out of the release but the line was still in the back of the release where we put it. I have not put O rings on them yet but I am just curios if these where fish or just false releases. Can anybody email me with some suggestions. Thanks Doug
Doug <muskyslime$>
Ft Wayne, IN USA - Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 21:01:43 (CDT)
Where`s the updates on reports. I rely on them every time I go out, and I`ll be out there Sun., Mon.and Tues. Help
a.c.mooskie <ac7857$>
clarkston, mi. USA - Friday, July 16, 2004 at 07:08:56 (CDT)
the 55 was released and kudos to the fine people who also released other50 inch class fish. remember release really does work thanks again in advance for keeping this site up for the pros and rookies alike
g unis <gunis?>
windsor, ont canada - Friday, July 09, 2004 at 22:20:42 (CDT)
Rocketman, I've committed the biggest rookie mistake one can make. We were trolling just north of the dumping grounds near that permanent marker. I had just cleaned off a WB Perch Mackerel T3 and was sending it out the planar board line when it unhooked. I though I had snagged it on something near the channel and couldn't get it to budge. I tightened down the drag and started to reel it in. Then a monster rolled sideways back in the wake. 30+++ fish - good 50+ inches. It went straight backwards and my line got toasted. I didn't stand a chance. Rookie, rookie, rookie. Anyway, there's a beautiful trophy fish near the dumping grounds dragging around one of your lures. Any chance of getting it replaced? I promise not to lose anymore. It would have been a nice fish for the website.
DtDewman <dtdewman$>
Eaton, OH USA - Thursday, July 08, 2004 at 17:27:21 (CDT)
the message of the 55 on your board . one comment this fish is dead it was held vertically with boga grips. doing this rips the intestines. please support the middle sections on all fishit leads to better survival. your fish your future. thanks for letting me post
outlaw <gunis?>
windsor, ont. canada - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at 19:33:39 (CDT)
4 Cannon Electric Downriggers for sale.. Two 4 ft booms and two 6 ft booms. I have two of the old style swivel bases.. $500 or best offer.. Looking to sell. John Tomlin 734.330.6753
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$>
Ann Arbor, Mi USA - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at 16:29:58 (CDT)
Rocketman, Sorry about the DNR comment, it was meant in jest. I am sure that John is a law abiding citizen, especially if he hangs with our hero the Rocketman. I will stand by the bad hair comment, just goes to show that even after the 70's we can still make mistakes about hair. jr
j ryan <cgc864$>
detroit, MMI USA - Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 18:55:05 (CDT)
Please Help!! I am looking everywhere for a set of Prince Superski Triple planner Boards (or a triple conversion kit). New or used or if you know anyone who has a set to sell. I have all my Terminators and need a new set of boards to run them on.....Thank You!!!!!!
MidnightRambler <muskie6912$>
Chicago, ILL USA - Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 09:43:56 (CDT)
Rocketman, You just gotta put Grim back on the home page. I am 6' 2" tall and the distance from my armpit to knee is about 38", which covers about the same distance as the photo of the 51" fraud. Perhaps we should aleart the DNR to keep an eye out for a guy with bad hair taking illegal fish. Bring back Grim and his awsome fish.
j ryan <cgc846$>
Detroit, MI USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 09:10:07 (CDT)
The pic of John's "39 pounder" is a joke. The fish was a stuffed dink at some tackle shop in Niagra Falls. It's like pay $1 and get a pic of you and Elvis but instead of Elvis they had this "39 Pound Musky".
The bad hair I will agree with (and that shirt has a few problems too - but it was 1991 ya know) but John taking illegal fish - WRONG! He is a totally serious muskie fisherman and a firm believer in C&R and has put his money where his mouth is a bunch of times. There are a crapload of muskies, up to almost 50", still swimming thanks to his diligent revivals. He has never taken a single one and he is one of the few people I know who would actually put back a 40 pounder if we are ever so fortunate as to get one in the boat.
the Rocketman

Hey Rocket man it's Slime time Have you been out Yet
muddy mud skipper
Fairhaven, Mi USA - Monday, June 21, 2004 at 20:53:43 (CDT)
If that musky on the new front page pic weighs 39lb's and is 51" long and you believe it than I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell ya! I have seen 30lb muskies and I have seen 50"er's and that my friends is not one of them, Rocketman get that jokers pic out of there!
Kyle Prone <kyle21078$>
ft gratiot, mi USA - Monday, June 21, 2004 at 16:53:14 (CDT)
I completely agree with grim reaper. That fish isn't 40 inches let alone 51. I figured that it was just a joke. It also is not even 20 lbs, let alone 38. I caught a 53 inch 37 lb last year and it probably had fish like that in its stomach.
dan haude <dhaude$>
cleveland, oh USA - Monday, June 21, 2004 at 13:45:50 (CDT)
i fished musky for 20 yrs on st.clair and sold my boat 3 yrs ago when i retired as health became an issue. having caught over 350 muskies (over the last 10yrs)i feel compelled to comment onyour friend john's muskie. what was he smoking or drinking as he would have to be 8 foot tall to make a 51 inch fish look like his in comparison to his height. tell him to go to confession and have you noticed his nose is growing. grim reaper still is the king.
do ron ron(ron darga) <dargetts$>
troy, mi USA - Monday, June 21, 2004 at 11:12:43 (CDT)
that fish on the front page is not 51 inches and 39 lbs. grim reapers picture was way better because it was actually believeable.
clinton twp, mi USA - Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 15:28:28 (CDT)
great site!! i just started fishing muskie last july on a charter and we went 5/7 that day over on the hump. my fish was 45" and got me addicted. i set my boat up with 8 downeasters and invested in all the other equiptment. i guess you could say that fish hooked me not the other way around. got a question about trolling. when im by myself and get a fish on should i leave the boat in gear or should i be in neutral? its a baha cruisers 299 fisherman and as slow as i can idle is about 4mph on gps. btw i went 1/1 wednesday landing a41" snake off the clinton river 30 and 4 on a 8" fire tiger believer(because i dont know where to beg, borrow or steal any TERMINATORS) id be VERY interested if you start a limited production run in the future!! best to all
dave lambert <davelgords$>
algonac, mi USA - Friday, June 18, 2004 at 17:47:17 (CDT)
Rocketman, wild site, only found out about your lures this spring after you had ceased production. Interested to see how they work on Missouri muskies. Would bolt at the chance of purchasing some if you crank out some more. Let me know.........
John Harkness <jharkness$>
Jacksonville, MO USA - Friday, June 18, 2004 at 07:09:24 (CDT)
Not to sound like a poor sport, but either your friend John is taller than Shaquille O'Neal or that fish isnt 51". While fish look significantly smaller when they are not in front of the angler, John appears to be standing next to the fish. Just doing a rough measurement, he is nearly twice as tall as the fish. If you want a comparison, the 38lb fish I caught in the Georgian Bay area is archived at Rocketman's 8/11/02 musky news. While the fish is in front of me so it will look bigger, I am 6'3" tall. The fish correspondingly goes from my forehead to what appears to be a little below where my knee would be. I think you have been duped Rocketman.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
wixom, mi USA - Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 21:19:02 (CDT)
Ha Ha - ya think?
the Rocketman

Uhh..RocketMan? You been fishin'? Quit working on that new tow machine and hit the water, we need your reports too.
Lobi <lobbe1$>
Hartland, USA - Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 21:21:06 (CDT)
You dont use cut bait for musky try large sucker and drift near the perch guys. The mud man has spoken
Muddy Mud Skipper <Muddy Mud skipper$>
Fairhaven, Mi USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 21:54:23 (CDT)
Hey Rocketman Teach Dave Baker how to musky fish willya - he's embarasin me? Oh yea and when your done teach me how to spell.
will <will.leathead$>
Bowling Green, OH USA - Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 13:58:27 (CDT)
Hey Everyone! Well, tomorrow is the big day! I hope all you LSC guys do well in the mud. I'll be in the same boat :( Anyone find clean water yet? The reel reason that I wanted to type a comment was to ask all you veterens if you've ever tried trolling for Muskie with cut bait or full length fish? If so, what is the technique? Good Luck Tomorrow. MakoWish on "68"
Kevin Paton <patokn$>
Harrison Twp., MI USA - Friday, June 04, 2004 at 11:06:25 (CDT)
I GOT MY TERMINATORS! These baits are awesome!! The eyes and anal pore are details left out by most bait builders. KURT, I wanna turn these loose on some king macks. When you open up shop again, I definitely want a good selection of large straights to go with the jointed. We'll dunk the ones I have on Sunday. ANYONE, I need 2 more downeast rod holders. Where's the best place near the LSC to buy them? How long a run from Belle River to Anchor Bay? Does anyone know a decent, inexpensive motel on the US side near the NW corner of LSC? Thanks!!
grady1007 <cweybright$>
mason, oh USA - Friday, June 04, 2004 at 09:10:04 (CDT)
I'll email you before I reopen. It will be pretty soon. T3s are deadly on the king macks. Tune them right and you can pull them up to 10mph. Get rod holders at Lakeside Fishing Shop, 10 MIle and Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. The run is about 15-18 miles to the main basin in Anchor Bay. Try for a decent list of hotels. Check in St. Clair Shores, Roseville, Mt. Clemens, New Baltimore. Get a Big One.
the Rocketman

I have found that a little mud will help, that way Musky cant get a good look, and hit out of shear anger and fear of a meal getting away. 6 To 12 feet will be the ticket, its the end of there spawning cycle which means they are still spawning or done,, one or the other thats where i have found that they hold up...Two part baits, carp color........get it close to the bottom if not the bottom 3rd of the water depth find the weeds ( outside ) I am not a pro but i have learned from my screw ups..... good luck to all DDT. Ch 68 ( see ya Saturday.............
Dan <Dtubbs$>
Detroit , MI USA - Thursday, June 03, 2004 at 08:23:06 (CDT)
Hi Kurt! Just wanted to say I recieved my lures today and I am amazed at the awesome paint jobs! And thanks for getting them to me in time for the opener. Thanks again!
OXFORD, MI USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 20:09:32 (CDT)
Glad you like those Lokenators (or is it TermiLokes?) Sam. They were hard to paint but came out OK. Get a Big One.
the Rocketman

Non Resident 24 hr license (all species) is $7 (U.S. funds) and an annual license is $30 (no trout or salmon stamp) and $41 for all species. My minister does not sell them but he does fish a lot.
lobi <lobbe1$>
Hartland, USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 14:27:44 (CDT)
I was out sat, sun, and monday, the lake is about 13 inches above last year at this time, and very muddy, I hope that it will clear up a bit by sat. good luck this weekend! (time to break out the terminators)
muskie junkie <bricecross$>
ferndale, mi USA - Tuesday, June 01, 2004 at 21:40:20 (CDT)
plan on trying to find the dumping grounds for some muskey,i take it you need an american /usa fishing license.if so what is the cost,or what are the chances of being asked to produce one by the ministry.
mike <mikethepike1955$>
london, ont canada - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 12:26:23 (CDT)
Has the lake level changed substantially? Are the rivers and creeks overflowing (clinton, salt, etc)? Any theories on what this might do to the opener? We have more rain on tap this week and into next week as well.
lobi <lobbe1$>
USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 06:59:21 (CDT)
Did Ontario change the 1 rod per angler limit on St. Clair for 2004? I know that Lake Ontarion allows for 2 rods per angler this year on the canadien side.
dan haude <dhaude$>
cleveland, ohio USA - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 13:40:25 (CDT)
jst wanna say thanks for the crack at some of these works of art. they are definetley the best quality lures made. i will definetley purchase more next jan . thanx kurt. keep making terminators (wow). jst a question on the brass monkey what prim condtion is? (looks like anytime)
bill <bilcream$>
exeter, on canada - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 09:45:51 (CDT)
Who is chompin' at the bit? This may sound silly but I already know I won't sleep well on Friday night June 4th. I hope I don't hurt my wife while setting the hook in my sleep. See you all out there, run those T-2's !
Lobi <lobbe1&>
Hartland, USA - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 08:10:10 (CDT)
OH WOW!!! I just read the sad news about the Terminator Lure business. How can you be convinced to keep up production? Your lures are the absolute BEST! Would you be willing to sell one of those Vipers? It sounds like a catcher. I did not see the one-and-only minature Dog Turd listed in your lure history. That one has to be the finest of all your lures. Thanks for such a great site and awesome lures.
Callen <luv2fish$>
Lansing, MI USA - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 22:42:34 (CDT)
Now I just got the price for a 6-pack carb set-up for the tow vehicle. Double Whoa! Looks like I'll be making a lot more lures.
the Rocketman

I just read the info on your home page... No more Terminator's???? Sure, get us hooked on awesome lures and then pull the bait from our mouths. My only consilation will be that 10 years from now, my lures will still be worth what I paid for them. Better yet, I'll still be using them. Please reconsider Rocketman.
dtdewman <dtdewman$voyager>
Eaton, OH USA - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 11:37:52 (CDT)
Have no fear. I just got the price to fix up the rust and paint the tow vehicle. Whoa! Looks like I'll be making a few more lures.
the Rocketman

There is an article at under the outdoors section about the muskie pox. They say that it is bacterial, which means that it could be treatable. I say that the MDNR and MNR team up to find an antibiotic that can be administered by us anglers to every fish we catch. Sure it'd be costly, but the article claims that if the bacteria devastates the muskie population it could cost the state $15 million. Let's just hope that the DNR doesn't decide to treat this like they did the TB in the deer.
Tim <someone$>
St. Claire Shores, MI USA - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 09:46:34 (CDT)
Can you catch Muskies on lures?
Lyndon <info$>
London, England - Thursday, April 08, 2004 at 18:42:29 (CDT)
We catch muskies just fine on our lures. If you want to try your lures you need some muskies to try them on. Since it is a lot easier for you to send me some of your lures than it is for me to send you some of our muskies, let's try that first. Send me a couple dozen and I will pass them around and let you know if they worked or not. Is that a brilliant idea or what?
the Rocketman
PS - I said no free links so yours doesn't work any more. How sad.

Just thought you might want to know that trolling is for pussies, Rocketboy.
Muskiestud <muskieman$>
Warroad, MN USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 14:40:50 (CDT)
Is not.
the Rocketboy

Here is a tip if you load your own line on your reels. I put the spool in a bucket of ice water, the cold temperture makes the diameter of the line contract so you can wind it onto your reel with out having to put a lot of tension on the line. When the line warms it will expand and fit snug. I use #40 mono for all my board rods and out rods, #80 power pro for all my down rods.
phish on!
USA - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 00:17:09 (CST)
For every one that wants information about lake St Clair, get a Fishing Hotspots fishing map of Michigan, either the CD or paper map has suggestions when and where to fish, gps coordinates marina information etc...
phish on!
st. clair shores, mi USA - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 00:04:20 (CST)
Is there a place in Lake Erie in Ohio waters to fish for musky?
Jim Kruse <blkswmpmusky$>
Toledo, Oh USA - Monday, March 22, 2004 at 12:40:05 (CST)
Does anyone here wind their own line on reels? If so what kind of power winder do you use? I've looked around a little and have only found power winders that can handle a max of 20lbs. test.
Al Crooks <acrooks586$>
Harrison Twp., Michigan USA - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 13:53:54 (CST)
I have a couple of questions on leaders.Is a mono leader absolutely necessary for Lake St. Clair? I bought some 80lb.test Seaguar florocarbon to try. Will this work? I have only caught 1 musky (and couple pike)in 3 trips to Lake St. Clair. I know that when I use seven strand , it looks like the lure has a big pencil in its mouth.Give me some thoughts on this subject if you don't mind. Just Starting, Jim
Jim Kruse <blkswmpmusky$>
Toledo, Oh USA - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 09:29:49 (CST)
I bought the 1991 Bayliner Trophy 2302. IT is an awsome boat!! One of the Force 120hp motors is very sick but the other one seems good. I have decided to replace both motors with one 225hp Yamaha 4-stroke. How slow do you think this beast will troll this 23.5' boat? How much do you predict fuel will cost per day of muskie fishing? Will I need a kicker? Thanks for the help! SeantOH
SeantOH <seant$>
Urbana, OH USA - Friday, March 12, 2004 at 15:09:32 (CST)
Rocketman ; Well I guess Martha won't be available as Muskie Goddess ! Unless you could photog her as "Tough Prison Muskie Babe " in a scanty,striped outfit! Always a pleasure to stop at your site . Good season to all !
Dennis Flaherty <dbflah$>
Batavia, Ill USA - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 07:49:19 (CST)
Rocketman, you have a great website. I hope that you can send me in the right direction? We are comming up to your neck of the woods in July for the 1st time to do some hawg huntin'. My question is, Do you know where I can get some GPS cooridinence so that we have some place to start? Have been searching around the web but only came up with names of places but no numbers. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have a great season. Rick
Richard Valentino <mr_fisherman2001$>
Oakdale, PA USA - Thursday, March 04, 2004 at 08:06:50 (CST)
URGENT ADVICE NEEDED!!! OK I have the opportunity to buy a 1991 Bayliner Trophy 2302. It has dual 120 hpr Force outboard motors. One motor has a crack in the lower unit, Both motors run. The guy is asking $8,500 dollars. The boat has a walk around cuddy with a head, fridge, and auto pilot. I am not thrilled with the Force outboards but they have not been used very much over the life of the boat. Questions: Is this a good price? Should I be worried abouut the reliability of the motors? Is the boat good quality? What dose a new lower unti for a Force 120 cost? I am looking at the boat tomorrow so if anyone can give me some advice before then that would be great!! Thanks in advance. Sean
SeantOH <seant$>
Urbana, OH USA - Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 21:40:21 (CST)
Dear Mr. Rocketman: I am planning on booking a muskie charter. Can you give me some suggestions about the best time of the year to fish muskies. Who would you reccommend as for a charter captain? I am flexible on dates and would like to time this perfectly with a top notch charter. John Barla
John Barla <jbarla$>
Romeo, MI USA - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 07:10:51 (CST)
We are new Muskie hunters and love this site. Good info for a beginner and a great sense of humor. I will take a pic of Carmela fishing this year, it may replace your current pic. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! William and Carmela
William & Carmela <h3west$>
Erie, PA USA - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 09:36:52 (CST)
I am not a beginer and I am very familiar with your baits. I need more! Just one more please? I neen them for grouper, I have lost all mine and they work alot better than manns 25+ body baits wich is what everyone down here uses. When they see my terminators they become jaw droppers. Now I have no jaw dropping baits to show them. Pleas help with just one to show off, I will only use 80lb seagauer flourocarbon with it to insure its safty untill next year when I get the order system down. I bought a dozen or so 2 years ago, now they are apart of the artificial reef system. They all produced fish. My biggest is a 225lb goliath grouper or (jewfish) on a blue wormy TX. Thanks , your blue water connection
rob kompare <robkompare$>
bonita springs, fl USA - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 08:25:36 (CST)
Hello Rocketman We found your site and wanted to tell you that as beginner Musky hunters we really apprieciate the content and how you deliver the information. Most sites we saw were geared to the more experienced or were wayyyyyyyy too dry to read. You on the other hand had us laughing our asses off. We live in Erie PA and have heard that there are Muskies in Presque Isle Bay but we have no idea what part. Soooooooooooo, if you have any info on that it would be great. This summer I will take a pic of my wife fishing and you can use it on the site, I think you all will enjoy it. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! William and Carmela
William and Carmela <h3west$>
Erie, PA USA - Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 06:36:02 (CST)
Man, I thought I had been checking this site regularly. I cant believe i missed the order form? Like my Dad allways said " thats what you get for thinking!" Anyway I grew up in michigan fishing more than regulalry for all species. Your lures work well for everything! I had once owned a few dozen along with a bait I made that you painted , that one is still on my brothers wall as a tribute, but the rest are on various reefs offshore of south florida they work excellent for trolling for Grouper in winter months as they come inshore. Bottom line is I need 2 or even 1. I would take more if I could But do not want to be greedy. Not only do I get to show the Grouper, cobia, Kingfish,and occasional Tarpon something different, my passengers and fellow fishermen down here who think they know everything are amazed at my selection of baits. NOW I HAVE NONE. PLEASE SELL ME AT LEAST ONE. I pray to the fish god daily ( a close cousin to the muskie god, but younger!) and most of all when I fish I BELIEVE!! thanks, your blue water connection.
Grouper Digger <robkompare$>
Bonita Springs, fl USA - Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 10:05:06 (CST)
I was hoping to hear from someone about where to stay,if they had dock space,good places to eat,fishing hints, and so on when I come to Lake Sinclair Labor Day week 2004 for muskie fishing. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you Captain Jim Jared
Jim Jared <jimjared$>
Oxford, NY USA - Friday, January 23, 2004 at 13:50:26 (CST)
Hello Rocketman, Great Site,keep up the good work. Here is a heads up for everyone concerning Down Easter rod holders, I agree they are the best, however they can and will break eventually. I installed three of the bolt on models in my boat when I purchased it in 95. Now I run several models of various deep diver baits, most of them fairly hard pullers, last year after 8 seasons usage I had one Down Easter holder fail, due to what I assume to be metal fatigue in the area just behind the adjusting wing nut, where the ear juts out from the bolt on base. I by no means hold this against the holder, I feel I simply wore it out. Moral of my story is simply, it may be a good idea to take older rod holders out of service after say 6 years or so, and use them for emergency spares. I was lucky I did not lose my gear when this failure occured, one minute is was there the next minute on the way overboard no warning at all, just a bang then a scramble. Just a heads up for you and everyone. On an other note, my boat is a 16.5 Lund Pro V side console, she can get wet, but it handles Lake Erie in a blow, and Pigeon as well, what are your thoughts on trying her on St. Claire? I have considered towing her up there one day, possibly for one of the Can Ams, if held there. Thanks in advance for any imput. Ralph
Ralph Klett <mariner$>
Erie , PA USA - Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 12:22:47 (CST)
Hi, I'm a charter captain who operates a traveling charter. I'm fishing with a great guy and fellow capt.,George Freeman in Ludington on Labor Day weekend and would like to fish lake Sinclair for the rest of the week. Any info on where to stay, where to fish would be greatly appreciated. I catch and release muskies only, but do fish all over the state of NY for other species to keep busy when I can't muskie fish. Thanks for any help.
Jim Jared <jimjared$>
Oxford, NY USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2004 at 14:34:35 (CST)
Rocketman I bought some of your terminators last year and they work as good as you said they do. I caught my first musky ever on a t-3 perch mackerl and finished the season with 9 muskys boated/released and 7 were on my terminators. Now I want some more but I cant make your order form work and also why did you raise the prices. Now they cost about 35 loonies apiece.
Andrew Fulton <afulton$>
Tecumseh, ON Canada - Sunday, January 04, 2004 at 20:07:59 (CST)
My original order form doesn't work because I don't have AOL anymore and the form used an AOL-hosted CGI script. You have to use the text form and email it to me. Here is the form:
The prices of my lures went up $5 each due mostly to the paint cost. The EPA is getting down on volatile solvent based paint manufacturers and now I am paying nearly $200/gallon for that mil-spec topcoat I use, and I had to register as a commercial business and fill out some disclosure forms crap in order to buy it! I am afraid that my days of lure painting the way I presently do it are numbered....
the Rocketman

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