stalling 2000 115hp johnson

by Mike
(Pelican Rapids, MN)

This 2000 115 hp johnson starts great and takes off sweet...I can go top speed 5000 rpm about 40 mph as long as I wish. Once I stop though, it will stall and die when trying to go again. I finally accidentally discovered that by pushing the choke something will pop in (sounds like a dormant cyl or two 'kicking in'...im not a mechanic just what it sounds like) then it will take off again. If I stop the procedure will repeat. Trying to just cruise at low speed it will periodically bog down and then a push of the choke will kick it in again. Im told it may be leaking air somewhere and leaning out. But why can it run top speed. ideas please

Mike.........thanks

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