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Well, if any of you were heading out yesterday morning and saw someone in a yellow CC trolling along in Bayou LaLoutre, that was me...In case you were wondering 'why is this fool trolling here? there ain't no fish here!' let me clear the air

I was about 3 miles from the launch, and my 225 oceanrunner redlined, and we coasted to a stop. After realizing that I was screwed, I dropped the trolling motor and watched the sunrise as we slowly made our way back to the launch.

Now, for the long story.... I re-started the engine, it ran great, but the shifter was very stiff and I couldn't get out of neutral. After messing with it for a minute, the shifter is smooth. I took the cowl off, and I can see the linkage with the shift switch, everything seems to function with no hangups. When I put it into forward OR reverse, I can spin the prop somewhat freely. There is a little bit of resistance, and the entire shaft spins with the prop, so I assume that It's not stripped. When in neutral, I can spin the prop easily as usual. I did take the oil plug out of the lower unit to find about an ounce of water in the oil. I hope that someone here knows what to look for, I'm sure I will have to remove the lower unit and at least replace all of the seals. I do have the technicians manual for this motor, but it just gives step by step on how to disassemble and reassemble...Any help would be great, it's much too hot to be out there scratching my head

August 24, 2014 at 5:46pm

Here it is, a report from a recreational sportsman

I felt the urge to burn some fuel, so I dropped in at Bait inc., I called the levee district beforehand and they said all locks were closed so I brought the wife because I figured I wasn't going to be fishing. The water was pretty dirty down by the violet locks, so I found a spot where it wasn't so dirty half way back to the launch to hang out in the sun. Although I saw a lot of guys not catching, I just had to wet my line and practice my topwater bait handling....Somehow, I managed to pull 3 reds out of all the weeds that were floating around, I even handed the pole to the Mrs on the second one so she could have some fun.

I think I expect to catch too many fish when I go....I expected nothing, and had a blast catching the little bit I did, must be the rookie in me lol

April 20, 2014 at 10:16am

I'm about to hook up the boat and head down to hopedale. The tides are pretty discouraging, but it seems like reds hang out longer than trout do....I've been doing a lot of reading and researching, so I will be trying every technique short of dynamite. Has anyone been out there? I don't need to know your spots, but any hint of what to look for would be great. I'm a former yankee, our fishing is much different from what I've been learning over the last 7 years here.

One day I'll break down and hire a guide, but right now its all last minute trips...

March 01, 2014 at 7:40am

We started early, and fished the dam, Brady, Stump, and Muscle bay...Very windy and a foggy start, and the sun barely made itself visible to us. Lots of throwback specks, only caught a handful of keepers 14-16' and some nice reds that I threw back just because I have plenty in the freezer. I'm still learning the area and don't quite have my favorite spots yet, but these winter 'scouting' trips will hopefully pay off when the weather warms back up in a few months!

December 22, 2013 at 8:28am
A comment titled: Update in response to a report titled: lower unit

Finally made it through my initial break in on the SEI lower unit. I didn't take it above 2500rpm for most of the first 5 hours, luckily the weather was nice enough to just go for a few rides. I did the whole 'shift into reverse and forward at least 10 times every trip' and checked my lube oil before and after every use, and found just a few small shavings of metal on the plug after 2 hours....From what I understand, this is just the excess that hasn't been shaved off after they remove it from the mold in China, and it is expected.

Now, we're at the stage where I can intermittently give it some throttle. I feel bad that I haven't been able to rev my engine up for a while, two strokes like to scream....So far so good, no weird sounds/vibrations/etc.

Another good thing is that I believe whoever had this motor before me replaced the original lower unit with one from the V8, which is somewhat interchangeable, but the gear ratio must be different between that and my V6. I bought the correct ratio for my serial number, and 2500rpm pushes my 22' bay boat just as fast as the previous lower unit would at 3200. Anyway, it's working great, I am satisfied so far, and it is probably because I did follow the break in instructions to the 'T'. It is frustrating when you can't put that throttle down, especially when everyone is passing me up in the bayou!

November 08, 2014 at 9:00am
A comment titled: Thanks for the input in response to a report titled: lower unit

Well, I drained the oil and it was gray and milky, so I pulled it off (which was pretty simple) I had to cut the impeller off of the shaft so I could get to the bolts that hold the drive shaft bearing in...That bearing was toast, and the shaft pulled right out. The entire end of it sheared off just below the lower driveshaft bearing, which had also welded itself together. the end of the shaft and the top of the broken piece inside were nice shiny smooth surfaces. Tried to pull the bearing block out of the foot and had zero luck, it was apparent that the previous owner doesn't deserve to own a boat.

I ended up doing two things....I got one of those SEI lower units and am still breaking it in (FYI when they say keep it under 3500rpm, that means don't plane out and THEN let off to 3400rpm, One of the reps told me to literally just put around and shift often)

second, I took a side grinder and cut the foot apart to salvage the forward and reverse gears, all looks good..If anyone needs parts, I've got some!

September 28, 2014 at 1:01pm
A comment titled: ocean runner in response to a report titled: Tilt Trim Motor

I've got a 97 ocean runner 200. I just went through the same thing that you are about to with the trim motor. I bought one online for 50 bucks, and it took me about an hour to install. The service bracket is probably just half siezed, spray it with kroil or equivalent lubricant and let it sit for a while, then motivate it with a hammer or mallet. I assume you already know how to relieve the pressure via flat screw on the port side? When it comes time to remove that 3/4' pin from the main cylinder, I highly suggest using an old deep socket...hold it against the pin and, once again, motivate it with a hammer. This is the most efficient way, outside of having someone else do it, to remove that pin. I've gotten very familiar with this engine, let me know if you need a hand.

I do have the technicians shop manual for my motor, but it doesn't specify whether the 150 or 175 internals are the same as the 200 or not.....It does give step by step with pictures on carb rebuild and cleaning though. Mine did the same thing when I shut it down, and I just took them apart and cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and a small syringe. Is the fuel you see mixed or straight gas? That is a pretty good sign (on an oil injected motor) of where to look for leaks...

August 16, 2014 at 7:21am
A comment titled: causeway in response to a report titled: Causeway South Shore

I drive across it twice a day, once at 6am and once at 5pm. I've seen a mess of boats around both times for the last couple weeks, and have been tempted to take a shot at it one weekend. I haven't heard much from anyone catching anything along that bridge, so I'm slightly discouraged.....

I will, however, make that trip if I have a plan B (AKA meet up with a boatload of bikinis)...lets say 11 miles out at noon?

June 06, 2014 at 8:59pm
A comment titled: Sunshine gas station in response to a report titled: Ethanol-Free gasoline shortage

Yep, it's been closed for a while now. I haven't been to the new Race Trac on Paris rd yet but someone told me that they advertise ethanol free...... Maybe it's a grammatical error, and 'Ethanol Free' really means 'The Ethanol is free, we only charge you for the fuel it is mixed into'

I guess I should change my username to looking for no ethanol....

May 13, 2014 at 8:49pm
A comment titled: It's still around in response to a report titled: Ethanol-Free gasoline shortage

I had been inquiring with all of the 'ethanol free' gas stations in St. Bernard and quite a few of them claim they don't get their fuel from the Chalmette Refinery, they also assured me that they were not going to be running out. The closest one to me is the Super Serve, I haven't heard anything good or bad about them...... I tested some premium in my v6 car and got better mileage than premium from Chevron, and it's about the same price, I assume it's safe for my v6 2 stroke outboard....I probably didn't answer your question, but there might be a solution for us already in place

May 12, 2014 at 9:01pm
A comment titled: picture in response to a report titled: 4/19 report

forgot to attach a pic

April 20, 2014 at 10:26am
A comment titled: finally! in response to a report titled: Increased Salt Water License Fees

'Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund'??? Yea, that's a great idea, I'm all in! And maybe we should form some sort of department to help research and conserve the wildlife and fisheries in Louisiana, and give 'em some really nice boats and trucks so they can access the areas they need to research. Enlighten us, Mr. Bishop, how is this going to be any different from the fundamental goal of LDWF? Do they just want a raise, or do YOU want more money? Why not just ask the many many many professionals that work the waters daily for their input?? sorry if I make no sense, i haven't been fishing in a couple months so I'm a little out of it

April 06, 2014 at 7:07am
A comment titled: thanks in response to a report titled: Hopedale

we spent about 8 hours on the water, and the wind never let off. I was catching really nice reds on every color matrix shad in less than 2 feet of water...finished catching my limit within 3 hours, but my two buddies were having trouble hooking into anything, so we stopped in stump lagoon for a few more 24' reds just before sunset.

March 01, 2014 at 8:11pm
A comment titled: lake p in response to a report titled: Lake Ponchartrain

Theres a 'beach' right on lakeshore, right at the mouth of bayou st john...I take my great dane out there all the time, it seems like a good spot to be in knee deep water and get used to a yak...As far as fishing tips in the lake, i am pretty useless. Friends of mine go out behind sunlake apartments in kenner, theres a big hole out there just beyond casting distance thats just as productive as any other non-causeway-bridge spot on the southshore. OR, screw that lake, go to shell beach and fish the navy base

March 01, 2014 at 7:29am
A comment titled: save your fuel in response to a report titled: fishing next week

not sure about chef, but it doesn't look like a lot of catching going on anywhere around bayou bienvenue. I ran around out there today just to get some fuel stabilizer in the motor, and I will bet that most fisherman out there turned to their buddy at some point and said 'well, at least its a beautiful day'

I'm officially done fishing until march, good luck out there

January 12, 2014 at 5:14pm
A comment titled: looks like a snow crab? in response to a report titled: can you identifi

Did you eat it? a couple years ago I came across some mantis shrimp for the first time, had no clue what I was looking at.....they were delicious

January 12, 2014 at 4:58pm
A comment titled: Thank you in response to a report titled: Wednesday at Delacroix

Thanks for the report, sounds like you had a decent morning! I (as well as many others for sure) appreciate the detail, keep it up

December 28, 2013 at 7:18am
A comment titled: rod/reel in response to a report titled: Rod and reel

I have an Okuma setup, 4 bearing reel with a single piece 7 foot medium action rod, and a $50 Shimano reel on a 7 foot single piece medium action Abu Garcia that I bought 'for my wife' at Cabelas on sale....both setups are a couple years old, and I sit them in a bucket of water after each fishing trip for a couple days before re-lubricating them. They work great for me, but maybe I don't catch enough fish....keep your eyes on the sportsmans show in gonzales and then the boat show in the superdome, seems like I always see '2 for 1' deals on rods and reels.

December 22, 2013 at 8:41am
A comment titled: nice in response to a report titled: Windy Day!

That's a good looking fish box, I should have followed you lol

December 22, 2013 at 8:34am
A comment titled: 12/21 in response to a report titled: Windy day 12/21

Forgot to mention that I am trying to stick to plastics, and have a whole collection of matrix shad, vudu shrimp, and a few other shrimp and minnow baits. seems like the vudu shrimp and the tiger bait matrix shad worked best for me yesterday

December 22, 2013 at 8:32am
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