Tomorrow should be the 1st splash for the 2023 season. Getting everything ready today. A little earlier than our typical 1st part of April splashs. Water will be in the 30's though. If its on the clear side, will focus on smallies in wintering locations. If on the muddy side, it'll be channel cats. Walleye and Pike/Muskie are closed.
Turned out to be an excellent day! Sun was out until just after 1PM. Warmed up to high 50's. A light breeze most of the day. Water temp was 39 degrees, and clarity was good for this time of year. We caught 20 smallies, with two 18" and one 17". A great early start of the season.
Tested the mods I did last year, with the same load. Top speed is now 32mph, up from 30. That came from raising the motor one hole. We hit a streach of river with some white caps. While we still got some cavitation, it was much less than before. The side fins and splash plate take the credit.
I ordered the Simrad IS35 and that should be here by the weekend. Time to finish that NMEA2K network.
Sorry, I missed your post. They are made to the foot size. Ours is large. I ordered from Rock Ejector: Rock Ejector If I recall correctly, they were just over $100 w/shipping. OutboardJets sells them too. Around $80 but don't know the shipping. You can also buy the individual pieces from them.
A high school friend of my son was in town for the weekend. Unfortunately, conditions for fishing for smallies were extremely difficult. River blown out, chocolate milk, and cold (48 degrees). Inlet streams were a dud, so went to the cats. He caught a nice 9lber and I got a personal best of 14lb 2oz.
This is the first time we have had three in the 17' CCJ for any extended fishing (2 days). Kinda on the cramped side for getting around in the boat, but the 90/65 jet had plenty of power to get us on plane quickly. We did distribute the weight with two on the live-well seat and one sitting in front of the console, between the seat post. We didn't do any long wot runs, but would see 24-26mph, before throttling down from take-off. We cruised at 20mph down river and 18mph up river. RPMs at around 4700.
While we seldom fish three in the boat, if we did, an 18' or 20' CCJ with appropriate power would be ideal.