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  1. 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.....
  2. 10 points
    I went and done it. Matched the motor to the boat.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 8 points
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 8 points
    So.... I've been having some issues with my F150 on the Smurf. It's struggled to get to full power, sputtered, stalled and vibrated its way through the last few months. Like as soon as it hit 1000hrs it started getting an attitude. The last month has been a ride for me. Some of you know the story, but most don't. The week after July 4th started as any other. That Monday I went to bed and started to get what I thought was terrible heartburn. No sleep all night and an empty box of TUMS the next morning and still having heartburn/chest pain. I ended up in the ER the next day and I actually had a heart attack that morning. They pumped me full of blood thinners and heart meds and transferred me to a medical center with a cardiac department. I was admitted straight to the cath lab where they found 2 blockages in my left artery. One was 30% and the other was 20-25%, the larger one was "cloudy" around the blockage. They did not put a stent there because it wasn't a big blockage. I stayed 2 more nights for observation and the second morning I had ANOTHER heart attack. They hooked the defibrillator to me, ran me back to the cath lab and put a stent on the 30% now 60+% blockage. The last month has been full of Cardiologist appointments, time off work and another trip to the ER/Cath lab for another episode (inflamed tissue around the stent). Before the last trip to the hospital I got brave and took my son fishing. The Motor ran like $#!T, but I decided that I was going to run it hard and see what was going to happen. After hobbling around the house after a third visit to the cath lab and 7 inches of rain I decided to go out yesterday. Motor still ran rough, but the flounder were hungry. It ran so bad my wife asked me about it. (That's unusual) Today, I felt well enough to try it again. I packed a cooler with water and nitroglycerin then went out. The Motor bogged down and struggled to get to 5k RPMs. I decided, that with everything I'd been through recently, I was going to run it WOT EVERYWHERE hoping to have a reason to hang a new SHO 175 on the back. I'm heading to the ramp from Wrightsville Beach at a sluggish 5200RPMs and 34 knots. I'm standing up hoping to catch the boat ahead but not optimistic. Next thing I know, it's like I hit the NOS button. Whatever was choking that Motor up let go and I went from 5200 to 6200 and shot up to 42 knots in seconds. The initial shot threw me back in the backrest and I put the death grip on the wheel. It was like it was alive again. I ran it a bit longer ensuring that it was indeed back in business. I was relieved to have it back and thankful for the gift of a day. I called Gus (Whichwaysup) when I got it on the trailer and told him about the experience. He suggested I share the story since my personal injectors have had recent "issues". Life has a funny way of letting you know you're really not in charge. Laying in the hospital and ICUs I've had plenty of time to think about things. At this point, I'm just happy to be vertical and glad I get to enjoy days on the water for a bit longer.
  10. 7 points
    Got out with my little guy. He's only 4 but he's already hooked on fishing.
  11. 7 points
    And he broke it in already......
  12. 7 points
    A couple noteworthy snappers from this week.... 31.5" Muton and 25" mango
  13. 7 points
    Gotcha (But just waiting on the day I read that with Slyshons name next to it)
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 7 points
    Put the name that has grown on me for a bit Carbon fiber with sea foam shadow any thoughts
  18. 7 points
    Capt Troy speaks the truth JWalk. They really don't last forever. Not sure where the negative comments about the forum stem from but I don't think that anyone meant anything mean, nasty, etc... about whatever was said or whatever you didn't like or feel was inappropriate. This is really a bunch of great dudes that love great boats but it is also far from a MBC fan-boy club as evidenced by Convertible13's post, I have been critical as well of the MBC but at the end of the day they're great boats and this forum is a wealth of knowledge that I've seen nowhere else, especially when you get these MA dudes runnin' their mouths about a 2007 double rod locker 21 Master Angler in seafoam star mist green, 4 live well limited edition blah, blah, blah... If you want drama head over to the Florida Sportsman forum, if you want to pray at the alter of Hells Bay, Microskiff.com is the spot to do that. This is where its at for anything Maverick or Yamaha related. Buy a Master Angler and don't look back. I drove a 21 from Flamingo to Summerland Key at a pretty brisk pace in some pretty snotty weather and I was more than impressed. Additionally... I personally thank you for not contributing to the prolific spread of bay boats throughout my native state of Florida. It's a tough fight but it's one we can win with hard work, education and encouraging the used boat buying public to say no to these non-indigenous invasive vessels.
  19. 7 points
    Found me a little fixer upper. 1998 21 MA. 1998 Vmax 175 carbed. 2007 Owens and Sons Torsion Axle Trailer. More pics to come. Gotta get the buffer out and go to town!!
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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!
  24. 6 points
    No, the real problem is people making statements such as yours.
  25. 6 points
    This past weekend! My son and a 38 inch Snook!
  26. 6 points
    Great time of year to fish Pine Island Sound!
  27. 6 points
    Out of Outdoor Resorts Friday. Cold and windy but found some cooperation.
  28. 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.
  29. 6 points
    18 Master Angler i have one with your name on it Chief. PM for details
  30. 6 points
    A little video our new Social Media Manager put together: Skip
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  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 6 points
    Here's mine in front of the bridge to Boca Grande. It's a 2000 MA 17
  38. 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
  39. 6 points
    Just got done rigging this one and delivered it today. Had to share this one. Pearl Gray Hull, Pearl Gray Two Tone, Matterhorn White Deck, Matte Black Powder Coating, etc. Little skiff porn for you boys!!
  40. 5 points
    Bay boats are pretty much like pontoon boats .
  41. 5 points
  42. 5 points
    Great point! Not apples to apples here, but here are some pictures for ideas - similar to what Smilemaker suggests. This particular bass boat builder installs the transom bracing first, and then ties in and integrates the stringers and deck supports. Looks very strong. Has to be, to handle the horsepower they hang on them!
  43. 5 points
    After running an IBW Morada 22 for the past two years, I'm back in my happy place with an HPX-V. My previous HPX-V was a 2013 build that included a 115xs. The new (to me) HPX-V is a 2014 with a 150SHO. I'm happy to be back in the MBG family and look forward to participating in the forum.
  44. 5 points
    Our last weekend in Bonita beach getting our place ready to rent it out After several weeks of poor results, today we had a fun day, fishing backwaters. Finally some winter pattern is showing We caught several Sheepshead and perfect size black drum. They were lucky we had steak planned and were released. Patty had the hot rod. Caught several small snookies, a nice over the slot fat Redfish and lost a bigger one to a broken hook. look at the back/shoulders on that fish!!
  45. 5 points
    This one showed to my house last night. I'm now a Maverick owner. Hopefully she treats me well.
  46. 5 points
    If you ever meet my wife,,,you never saw this pic!
  47. 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.
  48. 5 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.
  49. 5 points
    Hey guys sorry about the delay.... I've been working all morning. But I just wanted to thank everyone for all the helpful information, I took a look at the MA yesterday and it is truly in pristine condition... I put a deposit down pending sea trial and having Fort Myers Marine (where I've purchased a 2200 Pathfinder before) take a full look through boat and motor. I will keep you guys in the loop moving forward!
  50. 5 points
    Well, not exactly a sunrise but I always thought this shot captured the flats skiff experience. Snake Bight, of course.
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