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  1. 6 points
    Came up to Clearwater/Dunedin to fish with a buddy and fished that full moon low tide in the middle of day. Got bait just off pier 60 in 20' of water. One cast and blacked out well with large threadfin and white bait. We were actually targeting redfish on the Belleair flat and on the other side south of coast guard station. We chummed heavy and kept catching small undersized snook out on the flat in potholes. I was a little surprised to see these guys still out in the open with the water temp dropping. I knew there would be some bigger fish out too then. Got this girl on a small whitebait in less than 2' of water just off the end of a dock in Belleair area. We then went and fished the east side of Dunedins deeper docks working lots of live bait as tide was coming in and caught multiple slot snook. Fish were very sluggish and we saw lots of fish that wouldn't eat. Not one snook ever came up and popped a stunned white bait like they usually do when chumming in warmer water. They probably were feeding on the full moon at night. Anyways it was a great few hours of catch and release snook action. No slot reds or trout though. All were undersized. I'm sure these snook will be off the flats after this front passes.
  2. 5 points
    And it comes with a 12 pack of the "High Life", now thats a deal!
  3. 5 points
    I think you are trying to carry too much of the blame here. your insurance company is opting not to fix the boat. All in all it comes down to them trying to find a way not to help you. I suppose they could have totaled it out and given you less than it was worth based on book value. You know the boat was not leaking when you bought it or when you paid them to insure it. all the pictures in the world and they would still be saying normal wear sorry we choose not to honor our side of the policy.
  4. 5 points
    Me and a buddy caught some nice ones yesterday in 28 feet. It was cold and rough in the AM.
  5. 5 points
    Until we get some progress pics I wanted to show this. The top pic is the current view of St Aug lighthouse. Hurricane Matthew blew down something that was blocking it, unknown to us. I love being able to see it and for last year I’ve been sayin it’s the only good thing to come of Matthew. The bottom pic is the new “proposed” view if we go up the full 10’. Silly as it sounds, this helps keep my sanity when I get over there. about every other trip have to grab the ladder and remind myself of this. I can’t wait to sit there and relax...smoke a cigar and just stare at it.
  6. 5 points
    Yeah that's a real fine piece right there. I'd go back to the sandbox to own one that new. At 67 mph it would be juuuust right.
  7. 4 points
    Wow, you guys are getting good with those cameras! Although I try not to use my phone as a camera, I was on the way to the Dolphin Lab at Savannah State University to participate in the monthly dolphin survey when the sun came up just over Tybee Island, couldn't resist. The Marine Biology Department at SSU maintains a data base of all of Georgia's Coastal Bottle Nose Dolphins. As you may know, every dolphin dorsal fin is unique, like a human finger print. If they can get a sharp image, they can identify the animal and help determine the health of the overall dolphin population. I can't resist helping out as a volunteer. What better way to spend a 35 degree December day than standing in the bow of a 22 foot Whaler for 10 hours trying to catch a glimpse of a fin. I am sure that savvy Pathfinder owners know this but please make sure to tell other recreational boaters that you may know NEVER TO FEED WILD DOLPHINS. Yes, they are "cute" but no, it's not Flipper, it is a wild animal and once they learn that a boat can be a source of food only bad results can occur. This... activity leads to this... Let's give this calf... a chance to live a long life out there.
  8. 4 points
    Whether 300-400 hours on one F150, or 600-700 hours on another, I don't think it really makes that much of a difference as long as it was cared for. Those motors can easily go for thousands of hours if well maintained. Others may disagree with me here but I really can't see that much of a difference in market value from one over the other with those hours. I would be more focused on whether everything as a whole looks well maintained. If anything looks neglected than I wonder whether the motor has been too.
  9. 4 points
    That ***, bro, sorry to hear. I have had a Progressive for a long time and they were great when my old flats boat burned up but as I’m finding out post Irma, they’re not gonna do anything without a fight. I would at least take it to a glass guy and have him evaluate it, kinda go from there. I would have bought that boat too, don’t sweat it.
  10. 4 points
    Decent size ENP snook I nabbed while fishing alone recently. Three others caught in the 28-30” range that morn. None could resist the DOA shrimp. The 28” came home for supper and tasted great in francaise sauce!
  11. 4 points
    Give it a few years, we'll all be going elsewhere for fishing boats. The good news is they'll be 14 bay boats to choose from.
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    that has to be one of the last ones produced.
  14. 4 points
    MDS - you gotta stop dangling that thing with Nagjuice around. You are showing crack to an addict. Ever since he bought his (2nd) 18.5 MA, he's been jonesing for a 21. A late model 21 with an SHO is just going to be too much for the guy's heart. It's bad for his health. Have mercy on the guy, really! Gorgeous sled, awesome rocket on the back, that thing is a real treasure!
  15. 3 points
    Wondering if there is a possibility that the vehicle policy would covet the boat damage since it may have been damaged during the pothole event??? My understanding from my agent on all of our towables is that they are covered by the vehicle covrrage while being towed. We’ve gone back and forth over this as I have also been advised that it is only covered when connected to vehicle. We had a boat and trailer come completely loose once and auto insurance denied claim because it was mot connected to behicle when damage occured. Their position was that even though we were towing it prior to the trailer coming off, the boat coverage should pick up when it was no longer a part if the vehicle. Of course, the boat only had liability coverage because it was an older boat. I would explore the vehicle coverage route.
  16. 3 points
    SOLD !!!! Made if from Miami to Jax and safely tucked in and ready to go
  17. 3 points
    Went out this afternoon looking for stripe bass without much love, Caught 1 small one but caught a speckle trout that we never catch this time of year this far north, mid Chesapeake bay. Hit the low tide and marked some fish but no bites but one. Trout for dinner tomorrow.
  18. 3 points
    Just an update here, for those interested. Got a call from the adjuster today. Seems that they are going to send a surveyor out to do a causation analysis and get a third party opinion. Thats great news. Either way, now, I will be happy about the outcome. Either they determine the cause is covered and I get the boat fixed, or they dtermine it isn't covered and I can trust that the decision was a fair one based on facts and expert opinions. Will keep you all posted once the survey is done. Weather has been mercifully miserable here. Hope I can get her fixed soon.
  19. 3 points
    Next time don't waste your time. Just make sure you call me to do your flood claim and you'll be taken care of! .HAHA!!!
  20. 3 points
    lost way to many to break offs I am too old and slow for theses shallow water gags.
  21. 3 points
    Mirage2121 Just noted the "trollers" on here! They have been deleted! Sorry they were initially missed! We do not tolerate issues on this forum! MOD2
  22. 3 points
    The last few comments make me glad I go through a broker for my boat insurance. Auto are simple as everyone has one but boats are very limited in perspective. I feel that with a good broker that they are able to help fight for you with the insurance company. Hopefully the broker knows both boats and insurance so you stand a better chance. I had my lower go out and when taking it apart they saw a tooth broke off of a gear that might have been caused by impact. Spoke to my broker and he told me what to do and walked me through it. In the end the lower was covered. Would having a broker helped with your hull, I do not know but it would not have hurt.
  23. 3 points
    I am not an expert, I thing the insurance company is pretending the crack developed over time rather than from a single accidental occurrence. I think they are playing games. if the boat would have sunk before he made it back to the hill the insurance company would have likely paid up.Bottom line Insurance company wiggling out of taking care of the boat
  24. 3 points
    Hate to do it, but putting our beloved 2003 16' Redfisher up for sale. We have owned the boat since 2005 and are the second owners (purchased from another board member). The boat had 45 hours on it at the time and has approximately 450 hours now). We are getting a little older now and looking to replace with something with higher gunnels/freeboard. The boat has been babied and very well taken care of. It has the following: - Boat has a 2 stroke 90 Yamaha that has been absolutely bullet proof. - entire boat was rewired in 2015 - Atlas mini-jacker jack plate - Sea Star hydraulic steering with rebuildable helm (not all of them are rebuildable) - Brand New hydraulic steering ram (this week) - Has a new Garmin 74DV GPS/Fishfinder (might consider keeping this, but would negotiate) - New Sea Deck under the gunnels and on the console seat and seat back (original cushions available) - Minn Kota 80 24 volt trolling motor with spot lock - 21' Stiffy Push Pole - Poling Platform is powder coated - 3 Optima Blue Top batteries with on-board charger, all located in center console - Custom fitted boat and motor cover ($1,000+) - Lower and middle unit of the engine and the prop were replaced in 2012 due to theft (&*%#$!) Engine now has lower unit and prop locks in place - Trailer was replaced in 2009 (I believe it was 2009, but would have to check). The trailer was rarely used in the last few years, so I just replaced wiring, bunk carpet, leaf springs and put on new wheels and tires. The spare has never seen the pavement. Boat has been immaculately maintained and cared for. Run only on Rec 90 fuel from the marina. Top speed lightly loaded is around 38 mph and you can run forever on a tank of fuel. Full disclosure: the Yamaha gauges are a little faded and the fuel gauge has never been accurate. Asking $15,500 Feel free to PM me with any questions. Boat is located on Pine Island in SW FL
  25. 3 points
    I had Progressive when the tree killed the boat and they were painless to work with. I think my biggest takeaway from this is insurance companies will work with you as long as they have nothing to argue i.e. Tree crushed it or stolen. When they get into a claim where the causative factor creates a shred of doubt it could be difficult. Gus's boat cracked and the adjuster could have/ should have gone the other way. WE all know it isn't normal, but does a insurance adjuster with little to no knowledge on marine construction? As stated above if there was certain knowledge of the cause it could've gone another way. On another note, how many people fill their boat up with water yesterday and reviewed their policy?
  26. 3 points
    Someone stole all of my pinfish traps.Gone this morning.. A set back and bad attitude was over come after an hour of hook and line catching a load of big pinfish. we set anchor and on the first drop and all heck broke loose. 1 hour of bait fishing, 30 minutes of a boat ride ride and 20 minutes of fishing. 10 fish limit at around 26 inch fish and home. The dock hands thought I had an issue when I showed up at noon.
  27. 3 points
    Shark river on cut lady fish, this was one of many.
  28. 3 points
    Also something to add. The wake we hit that may or may not have caused this wasn't from a big boat. I want to say it was a 25ft Center Console. It was just one of those deals where the geometry of the boat, the wake, lined up and combined with the SOG created a perfect storm. Whichway didn't beat the boat and I don't think it was beaten before. This is just one of those deals where the stars lined up and something unfortunate happened.
  29. 3 points
    2006 is a good year though!
  30. 3 points
    you boys are a terrible influence. Momma says to avoid boys like you or bad stuff will happen. Oh crap, too late.
  31. 3 points
    Stopped targeting reds and such and have really enjoyed finding shallow grouper. Went out of Anclote yesterday in about 20 foot and did okay. I didn't have any numbers so just idled around until I found some stuff. Caught this keeper in about 3 hours of fishing. The lizard fish and seabass were a hassle trolling over a larger group of rocks we found, which I guarantee hold grouper. Picked up a 25 inch lizardfish which was crazy. Fun day with some nice weather. This year has been good, located a new spot in 10 foot, some areas in upper bay, and now have some stuff in Tarpon. Really enjoying something different and challenging
  32. 3 points
    Going from a two stroke to a four stroke I had to adapt and get educated on it. I knew it made a difference but to put it another way, a Prius can still hit 55 without 4:11s...
  33. 3 points
    the boat was floated!!!! the boat went down the river like a shot for 400yds.... looks like the fuel pump is gonna need a cleaning. gonna work on that this week and get fishin on it!!!!
  34. 3 points
    got r done. broken wire at the butt connector in the bilge. 8 year old son helped me fix it amd I have 2 working trim tabs. Hell, I would trade another broken tab to have that experience with my son again. It is good to be a dad.
  35. 3 points
    It’s a 2011 with SHO 250, Xi5 trolling motor, power pole. Great boat, I wish they still made them.
  36. 3 points
    Here she is all Done and waiting to head North to New Jersey. Cant wait to see what that 350 will do with a 15.25x23" sds wheel
  37. 3 points
    Last weekend was fix the oil injection system....this weekend, I decided to clean up some things and re-work the bilge area. 1.) I could not easily see the RACOR filter bulb 2.) Anytime I had to service the batter or work on something, it was a hug effort to lift it out and move it-I wanted to be able to check the water levels easily 3.) I wanted to clean up my bubblers 4.) I wanted to move the power pole pump up under the seat and out of the bilge PP guys sent me the tubing and ferrels and I was ready. Here is the part one in the bilge with the battery removed - I bought another Lexan cover for the Bennet pump...yep, 22 years old...still pushing:) Took a pic to remember things...then used the Perko manual to do the final install. Removed the power pole pump- yep, very yucky living in the bilge... Here is the Series 27 Interstate which is the house and starter....135 RC END OF DAY ONE...... DAY 2 -TAKING APART THE POWER POLE TUBIING AND RESETTING THE PUMP I HAD TWO EXTRA QUARTS OF GREEN OIL AND CHANGED OUT THE OIL IN THE UNITS - IT WAS DARK AND YUCKY. I SET THEM IN PLACE...RAN THE CABLES TO THE SEPERATE ON-OFF SWITCH WHICH I RAN FROM THE BUS. THE ON-OFF SWITCH RUNS THE POWER POLES AND THE BUBBLERS....SO, I CAN RUN THE SHRIMP WELLS WITH TWO BUBBLERS OVER NIGHT OR WHEN ON THE ROAD AND NOT HAVE THE FULL SYSTEM ON.....IT WORKS FOR ME..... THE AUTO BILGE IS RUNNING OFF THE MAIN-ALWAYS LIVE BUS TO THE RIGHT...THIS WAY IT HAS A VERY GOOD CONNECTION AND NO WORRIES ON THE BATTERY CLIPS THE TWO FUSES TO THE RIGHT ARE THE BUBBLERS @ 5AMP THE ONES TO THE LEFT ARE THE POWER POLES - 30 AMP I USE SHRIMP ALOT AND HAVE 3 BUBBLERS IN THE LIVEWELL FOR CARRY 10-12 DOZ WHICH IS NORMALLY WHAT I CARRY FOR A FULL DAY..... ALSO HELPS WITH LIVE BAIT, WHEN I CAN NET IT...... I USED ALL BLUE SEAS COMPONENTS - OTHER THAN THE PERKO WHICH I HAD AN EXTRA....ALL ANCHOR WIRE AND ANCHOR CRIMP ON'S. ANOTHER VIEW...THE MAIN FUSE TO THE PANEL ON THE CONSOLE - 30 AMP FUSE - EASY TO GET TO. BUBBLERS AND POWER POLES....ALL LINED UP AND EASY TO SERVICE AND SEE.
  38. 3 points
    I received this email from the Gold Rush chapter of Trout Unlimited. For those of you that didn't see the barrage of posts on social media... I thought I would keep you in the loop. This is from the man himself... I know he will be missed by all of us at the shows, but the man has definitely earned a break! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------To my friends,I was 92 in January and had a carotid artery operation. During testing the hospital determined my heart was only pumping 35% and must limit my physical activities followed by a rest. The industry was extremely helpful and last season was able to attend the shows, clinics, etc.Several weeks ago, I realized I was developing another problem, which is normal for someone nearly 93. It turns out I have congested heart failure. My pacemaker revealed there was a series of very rapid hear beats, which could cause a stroke. Fortunately a lot of doctor/friends are fly-fisherman and worked with me. In summary I have to give up travel and presentations as in the past.Everyone produces a certain amount of fluid in the body and excretes the excess. Because of the low heartbeat my body is not getting rid of all the fluids and I gained weight. My best friend Dr. Mark Lamos put me in the hospital and with back procedure they twice removed a liter and a half of fluid from my chest. After five days in the hospital. I lost weight.A week or so later I starting gaining weight again so it was back in the hospital for the same treatment. They reduced most of the fluid and returned home. I determined I was not going to continue back to the hospital. Mark decided to use medicine to control the excess fluid. It’s been a fine-tuning situation but looks like it’s starting work.This means the schedule I lived for decades is no longer valid and will spend most my time at home. As we get older we learn to adjust to what we can and cannot do. I have a number of interesting computer home projects on the computer and busier than a Syrian bricklayer. I’m not frustrated and I’m content My problem is I don’t have a lot of stamina and have to work around that. If Marks medical system works I should be busy and around for a year or two.I would like to be able to send this email to my friends but I don’t really know how to do this. So I’m asking others to help me spread the word through email. Because my lack of energy and stamina I having trouble answering emails (there are more than 400 on the computer) and not talking much on the phone. This is not meant to be unfriendly is learning to adjuster my situation.In summary I’m busy and content but I want you to know I am so appreciative you’ve have shared your lives with me. All The Best Friends,Lefty
  39. 3 points
    You know what would be REALLY cool for this forum? If we were all registered based on our boat make/model - and we could send out surveys to folks with the model/year/specifications we were targeting for questions like this - It would be nice to have a quick answer like "Do you have a jackplate on your MA 18, and do you like it?" Bam, you get a quick poll result and know the general consensus. Okay, back to work. Dang I wish I were out fishing right now.
  40. 3 points
    2011 21 MA SHO 250 love this boat Great ride and gets to my fishing spots fast. 67 mph
  41. 3 points
    Speed gains will be minimal to none. Draft increase is minimal as well and can be compensated with shifting some things around like troller batteries. This isn't a Jon boat so stress on the transom I wouldn't be to concerned with especially with only 6" setback. It boils down to where and how you use the boat. Do you run a lot of shallow water? Do you idle to and from spots across shallow water? Do you need to get up on plane in shallow water? Having a jackplate helps me get up on plane in shallow water and that's my biggest plus. Burry tabs, raise the plate, hammer the throttle! Idling in shallow water without having my prop in the air is a plus as well.
  42. 3 points
    For some strange reason Texas Pathfinders go for a lot less than Florida Pathfinders. I would say if your boat was in Florida it would sell fairly quickly priced around $42,000 99% of bay boat owners will require an ipilot trolling motor and a power pole, so that will require $3,750 more into the overall price. Also 22 pathfinders with 4 cylinder f150 and f200 take longer to sell than higher priced same model boat will 200 - 250 SHO motors....don’t get too locked in on what other people are “asking” for their used boats. There is a decent sized gap in listing price and actual sales price. Just look around at how long some of these used boats have been for sale.
  43. 2 points
    Love watching these MA ads. Rarely do they go less than 20 posts, and then fist fights break out. LOL Good luck you two, I hope both of you end up w/ 'em!
  44. 2 points
    My F150 has over a 1000 hours and it runs strong like a new one. The Commercial boats I run have 150 Zukes with 8k and they’re fine. High hours wouldn’t bother me as long as it’s been cared for.
  45. 2 points
    I got a call from a buddy of mine Friday morning. First of all, I NEVER get a call from him unless something is serious. He is more of a texter, a man of few words and many thoughts. So, when the call came in, I knew it would be interesting. It seemed that he had picked up a stray fisherman at a Thanksgiving dinner who was in some way related to him, though I have yet to get out of him how. It also seemed that this stray fisherman was a (gasp) dedicated bass fisherman who (double gasp) had never caught a saltwater fish. It also seemed that my buddy had volunteered me to serve as captain to correct both of these issues. Plans were made, sleep was short, and we met up with our patient at the ramp. I tried not to notice the suspiciously bassy looking equipment he put in my boat. Best to handle these situations gently. As we pulled away from the dock, we briefed him on the basics of the first spot. We were easing him in, so we started in an area that was similar to his native fishing situation, a dock, only saltier. Unfortunately the fish didnt want to play, but he did learn that saltwater was wet and you can cast lures into it, so we were making progress. Spot #2 was a similar bust, but again we were trying to ease him into the epicness of saltwater by staying close to what he would recognize, fishing a grass bank. No fish, and I knew he was doubting me. Time to teach this bass fisherman what real fishermen do. . . Spot 3 was on fire. We had 6 fish in the first 30 minutes and would have had more if Roland Martin had been a little easier on the hookset. After bringing in several pairs of lips, sans the actual fish, we taught him about the use of drag (not locked down) and how to set a hook properly and how to play a fish instead of slinging it into the boat during the hookset. Took a little while but he eventually made us proud. We left the spot in search of larger fish, but struck out at spot 4 so we returned to give him more practice. When we hit the lucky 13 trout mark, all small, though, we decided to head for greener pastures and browner water. We took the long drive out to the Cape Fear to search for reds and striper. We stopped at the first river hole and after working a bank for a little while, I felt that wonderful "thump" and set up on a nice fish. Unsure of whether it was a red or a striper, I played it carefully, eventually pulling a 25" red over the gunnels. This got ole Bass fisherman's attention, so in true bass fisherman form, he cast into my spot and yanked out another red. Not to be outdone, my buddy slung his lure in, and a few seconds later pulled a 24" fish into the boat. Over the next few minutes, we took turns battling 7 nice fish into the boat. Spot 2 on the river produced a striper for me and another red for my buddy. I lost another Striper, then the bite shut down. With time running out, We tried a new spot and Black my buddy scored two more nice reds. We headed back to the ramp at noon, feeling triumphant, with 13 trout, 10 reds, and 1 striper and and one former bass fisherman all released to grow a little smarter before our next trip. Life is good. *Note: No bass fishermen were harmed in the making of this post.
  46. 2 points
    Nice looking boat! I sure do like that color......
  47. 2 points
    That happened to me. My F150 was running rough and I decided to just ride the pins and see what would happened. I was barely seeing 5k and 32mph then it was like I hit a nitros button. It woke up and I shot to WOT. It almost threw me out of the boat. #hammerdown
  48. 2 points
    I finally had enough time to take the new boat out! Played some hockey in the morning (to burn off all that Turkey) then my gf and I took the boat out for a while... Forgot the cast net at the house smh so I just threw some plugs and managed a few small snook and lost a big dog snook that shook the hook boatside all and all a great time and she ran flawlessly, looking forward to more great days to come!
  49. 2 points
    Thanks Nag! Yesterday was a good test day... 10-15mph wind and good amount of boats on the water due to the holiday, the biggest difference I noticed coming from the 21 is that you can definitely tell the18.5 is much lighter and 3ft shorter than the 21... The 21 felt like it could get up and sit on top of wider-gap chop (most likely due to extra length & weight) and in the 18.5 I feel like I have to use the tabs a touch more to keep the leading edge cutting through the waves to prevent slight bouncing. Still very very impressed with the ride/dryness for an 18.5ft boat in those conditions and once I get used to how she likes the tabs ran then I'm sure she'll be amazing... need to use her a few more times to decide if I really need a jack plate, definitely much more agile and floats shallower than the 21, which was to be expected. All in all very happy with the purchase and ready to fill the wells with bait this week!
  50. 2 points
    Here's mine in front of the bridge to Boca Grande. It's a 2000 MA 17