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  1. 11 points
    I've been after this shot for years.
  2. 11 points
    Many of my close friends know the challenges my daughter has had over the past years.....however, yesterday was a day to remember.... At 32, she's obtained her Doctorate in Nursing from John Hopkins, the #1 nursing school in the US and maybe the world.....walking down the isle was un-imaginable 5 years ago.... At the commencement they spoke about community and support for all of those who were receiving advanced degrees.......the lesson learned......If your kids, wife, significant other.....whomever.......can dream it and you support them.....nothing is un-attainable.....
  3. 10 points
    I went and done it. Matched the motor to the boat.
  4. 10 points
    I just wanted to relate my Friday with my two grandsons, one 12 and one 15. They visited us last week on spring break and Friday I talked them into a little fishing less their cell phones. We got up early to a beautiful morning, flat calm and jumped in the Maverick and drifted a couple of flats. Stopped to watch the dolphins feeding on the way and our resident eagle fishing. We didn't see another boat or even a kayak. It was just us. They caught some fish and we headed home middle afternoon. When we got home the Admiral said "I am not cooking" so we jumped back into the Pathfinder, headed north to Captains BBQ in Palm Coast where Capt Chris Herrera feed us some great food. Headed home with the sun going down in a beautiful sunset with the boys stretched out on the fore deck watching. When we got home the boys came to me and said "Papa, we had a great day". What more could you ask for? PS: They didn't access their phones all day!
  5. 9 points
  6. 9 points
    The real real problem is, people not being accepting of other people's views and telling them they are wrong for what they think, say and write!
  7. 9 points
    I haven't been on lately as I have been swamped with work. The kids are getting older and the wife like to fish more, so I needed something a little more comfty but I did not want a big dedicated off shore boat, been there done that. I went with a New 2600 TRS, which is my 6th consecutive Pathfinder. Yup, I love my Pathfinders! Since she is too big for my Choko and Flamingo trips, me and a life long friend went in together and picked up a New 18' Maverick HPX, so now all my needs are met.
  8. 8 points
    Lil man took over the captain role!
  9. 8 points
    Hey guys, been several years since I've been on the forum. I recently sold my 04 Redfisher 18 after 13+ years of joy and picked up an HPXV18. I debated for several years on the new rig and went back and forth several times. My increasing passion for fly fishing kept driving me to something with a shallower draft and light enough to pole comfortably. Ultimately the final two came down to HB Marquesa and HPX. I'm certain I'd have been happy with either as they are both great boats. The Maverick won the battle and came home with me a couple weeks ago. Still getting her dialed in and figuring out how and where I like my gear stored but I've been nothing but pleased so far. Glad to be a second time Maverick Boat company owner and looking forward to many years of making new memories in this beauty!
  10. 8 points
    I am not a member of the NRA and I have never owned a Yeti product. My Redfisher came with an Engel. It's sturdy, works well, and is more affordable than a Yeti. I like to fish, hunt, and shoot sporting clays. But, the Right to Bear Arms is not about sportsman and hunters. It was intended for citizens to protect themselves against tyranny in government. The preservation of The Constitution and the 2nd-A, AS IT WAS WRITTEN, IS the single most important thing that all Americans should be concerned about. There is a very well orchestrated effort under way, to dismantle The Constitution and disarm the American People. The actors in this production are positioned in all areas of influence, including those who teach our children in public schools and universities, the news media, entertainment and sports, large corporations (global), and all branches of government. The propaganda machine is running at full throttle and every gun-related event is eagerly used by the mainstream media, for fuel to feed the anti-gun argument. Anyone who doesn't see it is not well informed, or in denial. IF the 2nd-A is lost, global despotic control will prevail, free speech and individual liberty will be lost, and the goal of a New World Order will be complete. There will be two classes of people - the Haves and Have-Nots. The Middle Class as we know it will become extinct - absorbed into the Have-Nots, without any more opportunity for advancement or pursuit of The American Dream. Watch the movie "Doctor Zhivago" and you'll get a glimpse of how things will be when citizens are unable to defend themselves. Nothing will change it forever more, unless God hits the reset button. Sorry for the dark outlook, but you have to take off the rose colored glasses if you want to see past all the propaganda and deception. The mainstream media conveniently avoids mentioning that we have a mental health system crisis going on in this country, with a shortage of mental health physicians and proper treatment facilities. People with mental illness who need care and treatment are released from institutions after 30 days, regardless of their mental health condition. But of course, instead of keeping crazy people away from guns, the solution is always to put gun restrictions on all citizens. That's because the completion of the final phase of the Master Plan depends on the elimination of ALL guns currently in the hands of law-abiding American citizens. Here are some historical quotes from some of our Founding Fathers, and other famous scholars: "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956) "Who will govern the governors? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government" -- Thomas Jefferson "When the people fear their government, there is Tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is Liberty." -- Thomas Jefferson "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -- H.L. Mencken "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." -- Patrick Henry "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." -- Thomas Jefferson "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato "A Patriot is merely a rebel at the start. In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." -- Mark Twain "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." -- Edward R. Murrow "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams "Those who already walk submissively will say there is no cause for alarm. But submissiveness is not our heritage. The First Amendment was designed to allow rebellion to remain as our heritage. The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people. The Bill of Rights was added to keep the precincts of belief and expression, of the press, of political and social activities free from surveillance. The Bill of Rights was designed to keep agents of government and official eavesdroppers away from assemblies of people. The aim was to allow men to be free and independent and to assert their rights against government." -- Justice William O. Douglas (Laird v. Tatum, 1972)
  11. 8 points
    Glad I have an old school MotorGuide to get me in under 24" of water! I agree that unless you pole all the time your TM is the limiting factor. For me I like getting to the ramp early not to beat the crowd but so if there is some dew on the ground I can pole my 21 across the parking lot to the water and not have to get the trailer wet.
  12. 7 points
    There are so many “half-truths” and misconceptions from #Bullsugar. They went from a grass roots clean water origination, to almost a political propaganda machine. I believe if anyone wants to get involved, Captains for Clean Water is doing a good, fair job. History as I see it: Per this video, they are claiming “ranchers and farmers”, north of the lake, are an issue. Really? Most of the ranchers lost every inch of pasture that even touches the river, in the 90’s. That’s right, all the way to the high watermark on the oaks. Some even lost their entire ranch. The Lanier family, Lunas, Clements, Ming’s, etc. lost thousands of acers it the Kissimmee deal. These ranches were just North of FL 98 and west of Micco Bluff Road. I’m quite sure there are more but these few are the ones I know about. If you run the river, hunting or fishing, you will see where the restoration project is. In that same area, back in the late 80’s, the State of Florida went after the dairies that use to dot the landscape of the prairie. The state mandated that each dairy hold all their own waste. Yep, septic fields for cow poo. There is multiple acre sized septic systems at the cost of millions of dollars to the dairy farmers. Some large dairies could afford to do it, while most changed to beef, or just sold out. Now, a cowboy is just a grass farmer; farmers are frugal individuals. Does anyone believe that they are spending that much money on that much tonnage of fertilizer for their pasture grass? Nowhere near what is used further up the basin and chain of lakes. Ever seen a blade of brown grass at Disney? The biggest load of phosphorus getting into the lake is coming from further north, Orlando. We don’t hear anyone talking too much about that…. EAA: There has to be a better plan than “Its Big Sugar’s Fault”. I believe they are a little dirty but nowhere near the big offender. Yes, they need to give up enough land to build the canals, to let the water flow south but it also needs to be controlled. It’s pretty arrogant to just say “screw them” “take it all” and make it a flood plain. People live there, work there and have for generations. I’m sure if people were coming after your livelihood and home, you would be ready to fight also. The area South of Clewiston is dotted with containment areas and STA’s. The farmers in the EAA do pump water to them and have been working with SFWMD and FWC on the levels and also public access. Now they need to add more canals to get it south. You can see the road project on Tamiami Trail (US41) going on now. Great idea and an engineering feat within itself. The only issue I see is the next fight for getting water under that bridge will be with the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes. These guys are a sovereign nation and you all know they don’t like being told what to do. This battle will be harder than fighting the Fanjuls. No clear plan, no clear solution. It *** but it's not just one thing causing this. It's all of us that live in South Florida also; it's too crowded and over developed. One thing I think about all the time is that it took a long time to screw it up, it will take a long time to fix. Hope to see it in my lifetime.
  13. 7 points
    Sweeping Big jigs under some east coast bridges
  14. 7 points
    Hey Gang! Thought I would sign up and introduce myself after stalking your forum for a number of months! In the midst of purchasing a new Atlantic Blue Hull and Cosole Redfisher 18. Super excited to join the Maverick family. I have owned 2 different Sailfish CC in the past 12 years and sold my 2008 2660 earlier this year. It was a well used boat with nearly 2500 hours on the clock and 27000 miles on the hull! Since then I have been crawling over all sorts of bay boats, skiffs and flats boats and was continually drawn back to the Redfisher. Last week my local dealer received the boat I’m purchasing and I had a “have to have it” moment : ) I put a deposit on it and patiently waited for a weather window for a sea trail which came yesterday. All went well and looking to take delivery the middle of next week. Looking forward to the mobility of a smaller boat and the chance to get around the state a bit and fish some different waters. Boat at is powered by a 115 SHO which seems like the perfect balance of power and efficiency. Came from the factory with a power pole and Garmin 741xs. I will be adding a trolling motor in the future but wanted to see exactly how I fish it before making a decision. Look forward to getting involved with this forum and contribute when I can! Tom from West Palm Beach
  15. 7 points
    Got out with my little guy. He's only 4 but he's already hooked on fishing.
  16. 7 points
    And he broke it in already......
  17. 7 points
    A couple noteworthy snappers from this week.... 31.5" Muton and 25" mango
  18. 7 points
    Gotcha (But just waiting on the day I read that with Slyshons name next to it)
  19. 7 points
    Towed the boat down to Central Florida last week. Stopped to see Ray and the crew in Ft Pierce for a fix to the rigging tube issue. They are the best! Got me in and out in a short time in the morning and they even washed the boat when they finished! Not only the best boats in the world but best customer service as well. Spent a few days near Lake Wales in the Kissimmee River and Lake Kissimmee. This is home to the endangered Snail Kite, a beautiful bird... We took great care to stay away from the nests so as not to disturb them. Couple of Sandhill Cranes on the river bank. On to Blue Cypress Lake (the headwaters of the St Johns River). Over 500 Osprey live here. Then to Deland and the St Johns River and side creeks... Little Blue Heron, white phase, just starting to turn adult blue. Here is the result on his older buddy... Green Heron Red Shoulder Hawk and the usual Florida welcoming committee. A great trip, a great state. Gotta move there one of these days
  20. 7 points
    Had some big budget changes wrapping up the house so went a lil route. Everything Pathfinder wise I was finding similar $ as I was getting for my pathy had older power I was trying to avoid and /or needed all the work I just put into mine and I just don’t have the energy to do it right now. I needed something simple and reliable to get the boy on the water ... I found this Bulls Bay 2200 owned by an older couple and only had 140hrs. I always loved the Sea Pro hull this is popped off of and it seems Bulls Bay is building them right. I had read tons of great stuff on the merc 150 when I was thinking of repowering and this one has the platinum warranty til summer of 2021. It goes in this week for powerpole and ipilot and all in, I shouldn’t be out much more than a couple grand for a practically new boat with still over 3 years of warranty on motor. Only used it a couple times but so far very impressed with it I’ve owed a MBC boat in one form or another since my rookie year as fireman 15 years ago. It does kinda feel like I’m cheating on my wife or something going different brand, but I had to remind myself I didn’t really ask for this and I think I made right decision.
  21. 7 points
    Well, after a year of planning, preparing and searching, we pulled the trigger on a 2018, 23' HPS. The wife fell in love with this boat at the Jacksonville show, back in January. It's been a busy weekend. I took a deposit on my 1900v last week, picked up the 23 yesterday, and sent off the 19 this morning; bitter sweet. I know we all love pics, but this is all I have for now.
  22. 7 points
    Put the name that has grown on me for a bit Carbon fiber with sea foam shadow any thoughts
  23. 6 points
    Hello everyone Brad M invited me to join your forum and help provide some technical help and answers to some of the questions being asked regrading Flash tuning the Yamaha 4.2 litre V6 engines and possibly our Nizpro 450s Supercharger systems. I see Brian from Ft Myers has also come aboard and shared some of his customers results, hi Brian, great to see you posting. I guess after reading this thread I can clearly see a number of questions and comments that need addressing, some I will be able to help with and some are simply peoples differing views about modify factory standard engines. These can never be answered with a right or wrong answer and are simply different people’s views which they are certainly entitled to, all I can do is possibly offer a different perspective. Please let me start with the mechanical side of the discussion. The Yamaha 4.2 litre V6 engine is a very well designed robust and an efficient power plant. All outboard engines work in a very harsh hi duty cycle environment, so there will always be an odd issue with all brands of engine, non are perfect. However Yamaha is at the pointy end of reliability, economy and performance. Some will say that if you want to go fast you must have Mercury. In many ways this is an accurate statement. Mercury for as long as I can remember ( 30 years plus ) have always developed products that are more speed focused, their marketing has always relied on race results to enforced there performance and they have really been the only manufacture that has constantly supported race series ,even to this day. By contrast Yamaha have been very conservative, however this does not mean that they also cannot produce a performance engine. The main problem is if you want to go fast there is simply a very limited range of parts available off the shelf for Yamaha product. Props, steering, 15 inch trunks are all easily obtainable for Mercury, all the other brands up to now there has been virtually nothing available. So if you are focusing on a high speed mono or cats Mercury really has been your choice, your circles of friends have similar boats and engines, it’s all you see, but please be open minded, there are now other options becoming available. This is a hugh benefit for all outboard owners, remember competition breeds innovation. So let’s clear this up once and for all. Are all 4.2 litre 200 though to 300 hp engine s the same? It terms of power output all Yamaha V6 4.2 litre power heads are the same. Yes Offshore have added corrosion protection and larger charge rates. But the rotating assembly and its ability to produce a given Hp number is the same wether it has a 200,225,250 or 300 hp sticker placed on the engine cowl. Yamaha are far from alone in both the automotive and marine industry in producing one engine series while being able to market and sell them at difference power levels. This would now be more common than not. The change in power output is confined to Engine Management Calibration and normally done over a number of different areas within the calibration. Fuel, spark, camshaft timing and throttle opening can all be adjusted to deliver the power and torque curve needed to produce engines of different ratings to suit difference applications at difference consumer price points, while at the exact same design, tooling and manufacturing costs to the manufacture. Typically manufactures will have the model engine that is currently available in its highest power output already developing more power for an upcoming model for later release, with minimal changes required. Of course at some point the same basic architecture has a power limit within the original design scope. So once the above is explained turning a 200 SHO or a 225 offshore into a 300 hp engine has zero impact in reliability, emissions or economy over buying a standard 300 hp engine from Yamaha in the first place. Once you look at it in these terms and then look at our re flashing power outputs we have a 10% increase in output over standard, hardly a reliability breaker when done correctly. Why don’t Yamaha offer a 325 hp version? The answer to this question is purely guess work. Yamaha do have a 275 SHO for their own Japanese market, why don’t we have it? Who knows? Why don’t they offer a 325 Offshore? Maybe they believed it would take sales from their F350 V8. It’s not because of durability of the power head or lower unit. Durability tests can be performed a number of ways. One would be to take the maximum horse power derivative engine of that series and run 1000 hours at full throttle, maximum load at the maximum rated engine speed and see if the engineers got it right. Do this to a number of production samples and if all is successful they are ready for release. Like most manufactures this would be just one of the durability tests performed, or something very similar. Given this above example the same company would not need to test their lower hp models of identical mechanical specification for durability, as they have much lower outputs than the original test engine. So the next question I hear is what durability testing has Nizpro performed on their 332hp tune. From our perspective we have done a similar version of testing as the above example but we have done this using a 450 Supercharged version of the same engine. Using the same engineering reasoning , if the same power unit can survive a durability test at 450 hp then the likely hood of a mechanical rotating assemble failure at 335 hp would be very very low and not to mention odd. While saying that we have also tested the 332 NA tune very well separately. The exact same principle can be carried over the rest of the outboards components including the lower unit. The lower unit gets many mentions regarding how quickly they are going to explode after we install a supercharger to the engine on many forums and social media pages. However that has simply not been our experience. We have actually seen no lower unit failures caused by the add power being added to the engines via Supercharging. All lower units and engines wear out over time, that time can be influenced by servicing or lack thereof, but it terms of failure from increased power we have seen zero. Not a single broken gear or prop shaft. In our own testing running power levels well beyond 500 hp we still have never seen a failure of a standard Yamaha lower unit. I would also like to touch on Brian’s point regarding costs of The Supercharger system and some of its benefits. The Supercharger system has a broad application base, from very high speed bass boats to large centre consul boats. The added upgrades that Brian mentioned can certain be true in the case of a 22 Foot bass boat that with the standard 250 SHO engine is already running 85 mph. Adding the Supercharger system will have this same boat in the low 100 mph bracket. Yes this boat for handling purposes needs added modifications, better steering, lower unit nose cone and so on. Anyone aiming for maximum speed is always going to want to test and purchase the fastest prop also. But this is a little like hotting up your car’s engine and then fitting better brakes, wheels and tyres, very sensible but it’s just the cost of wanting to go fast. On the other hand taking a 50 mph Centre consul boat owner who wants to increase his cruise speed by 8 to 10 MPH while still only wanting to sit on 4000 rpm so his economy is still good and not wanting to rev the hell out of his engine for hours at a time, the installation of the supercharger can be done with no other modifications or upgrades other than a prop change, we all except this is standard procedure when wanting the best performance for an individual application. We have also had installs where the standard engines have been prop’s to 5400 rpm, adding the supercharger allowed 6400 rpm and no prop change was require. So Brian’s point is very valid in as far as the cost consideration is on a case by case application. Now for the warranty question. I have a very different opinion regarding warranty than many, not all but many. Firstly for customers wanting to take their 200 or 225 SHO engines up to a standard Yamaha 250 SHO power rating yes we can simple load a standard 250 HP file into your ECU. At this point all the talk about reliability and so on goes out the window, you now have a standard Yamaha 250 hp calibration., its not aftermarket if factory Yamaha. The same goes for the Offshore 225 and 250 and getting them to 300. We of course offer the 332 hp tune as our standard upgrade with a few rpm limiter options. My comment with warranty is this, people often say I will wait until my warranty runs out, then I will modify my engine, if it then has an issue I will pay for it. This makes no sense to me personally. If you are willing to pay for a problem after the engine runs out of warranty then what really is the difference if you have a problem with a modified engine while it’s in warranty, you’re still going to be paying if an issue arises. But your engine is now 3 years older Ok you’re losing the built in cost that you paid for your warranty at the time of purchase, banking on whatever goes wrong will be fully covered. On the flip side you’re going to drive around for 3 years knowing that the engine you have is capable of so much more. People are so much more patient than me!! If you engines are for commercial purposes and you are changing them every 12 month so they are always covered then fine I get it. But if you are generally serious about modifying when the warranty runs out, then when that day comes you have excepted you’re on your own, at that point life’s short modify now and have some fun. Thanks for having me, hope I’ve helped clear up some of your questions. Simon
  24. 6 points
    Picked up my first Maverick back in April and couldn't be happier. Coming from a 16' Xpress with a tiller, I have enjoyed the versatility of this rig the most. Fished everything from Alabama Lakes to Offshore in South Florida and the HPX never skipped a beat. Looking forward to many more years with her. Here are a few pictures from this summer.
  25. 6 points
    This one got started early too. All he has ever wanted to do was be a Captain. He was using my john boat (after he got the old Johnson motor running) by himself when he was 10 or 12 (after going through the Coast Guard Safe Boaters course!). He want to the Maine Maritime Academy, had a job with the Military Sealift Command before he graduated (with a degree and an Unlimited Tonnage CG license), was one of the youngest to ever make Master in the history of MSC. He recently was accepted into the Apprentice program with the Virginia Pilot Association. Best thing you can do for a kid is get him/her involved in boating and fishing.
  26. 6 points
    Not quite a slob as above but this girl inhaled a mirrordine XL and avoided the landing net by just jumping her *** into the boat today at Flamingo.
  27. 6 points
  28. 6 points
    Y'all are crazy posting those pics, when SCOT sees this thread he's gonna grab your guns first! BTW, we are allowed to own fully automatic guns and silencers. You just gotta give Uncle Sugar an extra $200.
  29. 6 points
    Hmmmmmm, I don't remember the Constitution saying anything about "responsible" gun ownership. Maybe the effort of the gun control advocates should be to amend, or change, the U.S. Constitution. Let's just go ahead, and figure out where the country is on gun ownership!!!!!! PERIOD!!!!! You just ignored my comments on how I see liberals working on this issue. I can promise you that if so called "assault rifles" (which are nothing more than semi auto rifles that look "bad" and maybe have a bigger mag) were banned, and the weapon of choice for mass shootings became pistols, they would then be screaming for "pistol" control. In fact, just in the last few weeks, I heard more people are killed in mass shootings with pistols than with assault rifles. To me, the NRA simply represents an equal, and opposite reaction. You would never hear from the NRA if there wasn't such a loud clamor from the liberals for "gun control." Give the liberals an inch, and they will snatch a mile!
  30. 6 points
    So last night the wife and i decide to head over to steinhatchee this morning. Up at 4:00 on the road at 4:30. She decides to nap for the two hour drive over there.( the pillow she brought along should have been a dead give away). On the water and fishing throwing gulps and popping corks she hooks up and its a sea bass (short) then her and i proceed to catch the trash fish super slam. 3 short sea bass, two tiny jacks, sea robin and every ladyfish in all of the oceans. So needless to say i am not having a very good day fishing ( other than being with her) when she yells from the back of the boat “what is this” i dont want to bring this in. Turns out to be a 35”cobia. She immediately hands me the rod and we boat it. On trout gear none the less. Not 20 minutes she hooks up another only this one is smaller 29” to the fork. I tell her “ aint no way i am fighting that one, its all yours”” never toom the rod from her and she got him in the boat for a good release. All and all had a great day and yes she will always gonanytime she wants to go
  31. 6 points
    Boat has been sold. Thank you everyone for the support and assistance in selling it. This forum has a great reputation and it’s because of all of you. I’m happy to say the Smurf is going to another forum member that will be keeping us aprised of the boat’s progression. Thanks Rick!
  32. 6 points
    No, the real problem is people making statements such as yours.
  33. 6 points
    This past weekend! My son and a 38 inch Snook!
  34. 6 points
    Great time of year to fish Pine Island Sound!
  35. 6 points
    Out of Outdoor Resorts Friday. Cold and windy but found some cooperation.
  36. 6 points
    Last year, I sat on my mower and watched the masters with a case of yuengling. Yeah I put a tv in my garage.
  37. 6 points
    18 Master Angler i have one with your name on it Chief. PM for details
  38. 6 points
    A little video our new Social Media Manager put together: Skip
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  41. 6 points
    Thought I would post this fish'n report since reports have been slim. NOAA had predicted 1-2' seas on Friday . I had checked the seas and wind since early that AM, always showed less 10kts, tree tops were calm as of 9AM so I pulled the trigger. Grabbed some bait at Lanark Market,launched 'ole Greenbone at 10:30 for 13 mile trek to a new hole I was told that held some grouper in 40'. Got to the public # but bottom looked flat,idled a few hundred yards till a long crevice showed up, found some nice rubble and quickly put the anchor lock on. Believe me when I tell you the 1st six drops were 20-23" gags. Then wam--pulled in a nice 25". Next few drops were like the 1st six-all shorts. I tried to work 2 rods hanging one each rod holder but the bite was on, so it was just waste of bait if you didn't man the rod. I baited up a whole sardine ,dropped it down, 5 seconds later, rod was slammed, whoa , dang, fight on- that's when you find that drag was not quite tight enough!!Visions of grey man in the suit , danged big ole red snapper all danced in my head. Saw the color, Grouper!! Landed a 29 ½ " Gag came in to the boat. The snapper moved in as usual so I packed up and headed for the hill. Even a flats boat can get lucky off
  42. 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.
  43. 6 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.
  44. 6 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.
  45. 6 points
    Here's mine in front of the bridge to Boca Grande. It's a 2000 MA 17
  46. 6 points
    These trucks are unbelievably tough and strong. I can attest that this truck will pull a 2200 TRS with no problems whatsoever. I had a 2010 that I traded last year and it was an absolute beast. Mine was probably a little more rugged though due to the Trump sticker it had
  47. 5 points
    I have an older, well used pair of Ross Pescador pliers that were given to me as a gift. I suppose I've had them for 5-6 trouble free years. I have big hands and these are pretty beefy pliers....I like 'em! Last trip out doing some flood tide fishing, my loop on the sheath came undone or the thread rotted and gave way. Searching around online, I didn't care for the nylon and kydex options that were available. The old sheath seemed to be neoprene covered plastic or something, it was nice! Dozing off one evening, I remembered a fella who had made a sheath for a custom knife I had made. He did a fine job on it considering he was somewhat new in his craft and is known for his belts, wallets and pistol holsters. Ding ding ding! I sent Mr. King a message....okay, okay, a challenge, and he accepted. My only request is that the sheath ride at belt height and the handle of the pliers ride in the same location. I don't like them too low slung or the handles sticking up in my shirt. I figured Ben was familiar with my requests as fitting pistols to people is much more....critical? Anyhow....I sent him my pliers and paitentialy waited for his reply; today he sent me a few pics. The price was more than fair, in fact my good friend called me a "thief". Ben is a big name in a small town and is an exceptionally affordable craftsman. Without further ado:
  48. 5 points
    Been pretty much only Tarpon fishing and got one of my best friends his first sight fished Tarpon, he's a baby tarpon whisperer but never had the opportunity to do the sightfishing thing on the beach. The wife with a fish caught on a buddies boat, I didn't have to reel in a fish all day, it was great. After several years of trying, finally got my Uncle his first one, And one of the nicer snook I've caught in a while, mainly just Tarpon fish all the time so the nice hour long blitz we got on was a welcome change. Headed to Bahamas to do bonefish research next week and should have some cool pics when I return
  49. 5 points
  50. 5 points
    True story. My first crossing, about 35 years ago, I took a 21 Bayliner cuddy from West Palm to Walkers with my wife onboard. I pulled up to the dock at Walkers, tied up, and jumped up on the dock. There was a grizzled looking old salt standing there . He looked at the boat, looked at me, then asked if I crossed over in that boat. I swelled up with pride, and with my chest poking out, proudly answered yep, I sure did! The old salt took another slow look down at the boat, then looked back at me and asked.......”You got a death wish or what?” This was before I knew better!
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