I wanted to get the Sea Runner out since it’d been a couple months since I ran her out. Since the fuel gauge isn’t 100% accurate, I like to run the motors without fuel in the carbs as its less likely to gum up and foul with deposits.
I invited Rob D. to join me as he is a Veteran of Lake WA and we might as well run the downriggers and try our luck at trolling. Upon startup, both motors fired right up after a few pumps of the priming bulbs. Things were looking positive, but shortly after I noticed that the kicker wasn’t peeing as I’d noticed from the previous outing that it was a weaker stream of water coming out the exit port hole.
The kicker trimmed up and we fired up the main motor as we proceeded I make our troll along he north side of the 90 bridge. Problem was that the lowest speed we were able to troll down to was 2.0 mph. Ideally cutts like it between 1.2-1.5 mph. About mid span the rods are dancing and we even had a double at one point. We brought up the gear and proceeded to towards the Cedar River to give another try. That effort would prove to be fruitless, so ended back up towards Luther burbank and back towards the 90 without any luck. We even trolled the south side without a taker.
Effective lures and combos were: yellow flasher with white mini hootchie, and cured herring with a 0 dodger. We also tried a pink hootchie and wedding ring/sling blade without much success.
After I got home, I disassembled the lower unit from the kicker and inspected the impeller. I believe that last season when I ran the kicker dry the upper plastic housing melted a little from the heat and caused a bit of gap and leak over the summer of use. To my amazement the impeller was fine but three of the veins were flipped over and this causing a counter affect when the shaft was spinning. Ultimately, I’ll have to locate a new upper housing where the cup sits as I believe there is too much play as the water doesn’t make it’s way the top end. There’s always something when it comes to boat ownership but it sure was nice to get out and brought a cutt and some resident coho to the boat.
Lake Washington Coho are to be released while you can retain cutthroat.