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  1. 12 points
    There is no greater love than to give one's life for another. Tomorrow is our day to think about the good men and women, who paid the ultimate price, so that the rest of us can enjoy a life with freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and the American Dream. Even if you are anti-war, or you are on one side or the other politically, there can and should be a soft spot in your heart that reminds you to be thankful for what our brothers and sisters did for us. We must remember to teach our children about the soldiers who died for us too. Do they realize the value of freedom and how lucky they are? That's all I have to say. Happy Memorial Day everyone! God Bless America!
  2. 12 points
    Finally underway... I have shot 1000's of build pictures for customers/ friends over the years, happy to be shooting my own build now! My 25 Hybrid sprayed last night, skin coat was applied this morning now off to VARIS infusion to complete the Lamination process. Much more to come in the next couple of weeks! Skip
  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
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 7 points
    Put the name that has grown on me for a bit Carbon fiber with sea foam shadow any thoughts
  9. 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.
  10. 7 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!!
  11. 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!!
  12. 7 points
    My newest! She had her first sandbar run last weekend. She will be fishing with her sister before I know it!
  13. 6 points
    This past weekend! My son and a 38 inch Snook!
  14. 6 points
    Out of Outdoor Resorts Friday. Cold and windy but found some cooperation.
  15. 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.
  16. 6 points
    18 Master Angler i have one with your name on it Chief. PM for details
  17. 6 points
    A little video our new Social Media Manager put together: Skip
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  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 6 points
    Here's mine in front of the bridge to Boca Grande. It's a 2000 MA 17
  25. 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
  26. 6 points
    2015 Maverick 18 HPX-V Asking Price: $43,500 This boat is in excellent condition and has been well cared for. Thoroughly washed and flushed after every use. Kept out of elements under fully enclosed carport and custom cover. Dealer maintained and will include records of all service. You will not find a cleaner 18 HPX-V. 2015 Yamaha F115LB w/ 240 hours and warranty until 2020 Minn Kota SE70 24v trolling motor w/ Odyssey batteries and on board charger Power-Pole Blade 8 Garmin 741xs flush mounted on console w/ thru hull transducer Fusion Audio BB300R head unit flush mounted on console JL Audio MX770 speakers (2) Tibor Push Pole Caddy Livewell w/ aerator White powder coated tubing Removable bow casting platform Custom SeaDek on gunwales, platforms, and under front hatch Ameratrail trailer w/ aluminum wheels and matching spare tire/mount. Removable Yeti Tundra 35 w/ SeaDek and Padded cushion
  27. 6 points
    When the Mother-In-Law comes in town for a few days, you have her teach you how to use the sewing machine she bought your wife a few years ago. Console cover Leaning post cover Power-Pole covers Big Green Egg table cover. All for around $130. Not professional grade but will get the job done.
  28. 6 points
    Been doing good in the intercoastal lately. Find the bait find the fish. Lots of finger mullet cruising the ICW at low tide. Flounder bite has been great. Mud minnows and jig heads. Love this time of year.
  29. 6 points
    Once again, PP comes through... I was having a problem with my C-Monster unit on the last trip.... The symptoms were as follows: 1.) Blowing fuses 2.) Engine going click click click when hitting the hand remote or up /down on the unit Called PP early Tuesday - left a VM at 0730...Todd called me back - yes, they actually call you back I went through the issues, told him what I had done so far - check all connections, etc. He then said, sounds like a engine short/fault - "I'll have another one to you in the morning". Arrived yesterday, I swapped out the unit, did a re-wire - baddda-bing Done.l Why have I owned 4 units ? 2005 (6ft), 2009 (8ft), then again in 2016 (2-8Ft)....I guess it's the reason above why? Great customer service And a product that just "works". DC
  30. 6 points
    Here are the names of several very good and proven security systems : Smith & Wesson , Ruger, Browning, Daniel Defense, Colt....etc. The main difference between a home alarm and a precision firearm is.... when the thief hears the alarm, they run.....when the firearm goes off....they can't.
  31. 5 points
    It’s a 2011 with SHO 250, Xi5 trolling motor, power pole. Great boat, I wish they still made them.
  32. 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!!
  33. 5 points
    Chip ended up with serious liver cancer and probably a lot more. He went from wagging his tail 1000 times a day this past weekend, to not eating Monday. Long story short, I had to say goodbye this afternoon. A quick true story. After my divorce 10 years ago, I dated a series of nice ladies, who all loved Chip. But the first time Debbie came to the house, she sat down in the den while I went to let Chip in to meet her, He trotted up to her, took one sniff, and quickly hiked his leg and sprayed her down! He never did that to any of the others, and has never done that since. That was his way of telling me she was a keeper. We have been happily married ever since! Good dog! I will miss him!
  34. 5 points
    And it comes with a 12 pack of the "High Life", now thats a deal!
  35. 5 points
    Me and a buddy caught some nice ones yesterday in 28 feet. It was cold and rough in the AM.
  36. 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.
  37. 5 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!
  38. 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!
  39. 5 points
    Racer, and everybody.. This Forum is for our Owners' use and benefit. There is no advertising, and no monies are made off your membership here. Bubba and I (mods) read every post and thoroughly investigate all new member registrations; About half of the applications are foreign spammers, hackers and toxic worms. We don't let conversations get mean or angry. We won't allow people or businesses to be bashed or ridiculed for stupid questions.. We have courtesy rules for the classified section too. The Company sponsors Owner's Tournaments in 3 or 4 States, and the CEO goes to Washington to fight for recreational angler's rights. It's all about you guys !!
  40. 5 points
    . . An early morning grocery shopping trip with your boys. .
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  42. 5 points
    Coming home from camping at North Cape (ENP). Ran from Matheson Hammock Park, Miami to North Cape, fishing all over the place and only burning 36 gal. Only four to spare. What a great trip with my son..... Hopefully this summer we will cross over to Bimini.
  43. 5 points
    Maybe Im being sensitive cause I flooded (again), but I'll be honest with you I'd keep my fishing reports to myself for a while if that's how you choose to spend your free time in a war zone. There is so many people in need and not alot of help here compared to Matthew. So many single woman and elderly are currently the target for buzzards. I have plenty of stories from neighbors from Matthew If one of my friends came in my backyard and had time to fish rather than help me or my neighbors when they've needed help like never before, they'd be friends of mine no more.
  44. 5 points
    Nice shots you have taken here folks. It's amazing what you can see from the deck of a Pathfinder!
  45. 5 points
    Office view this morning.
  46. 5 points
    I sold my 2006 22 TE Pathfinder back in 2009 and said I will get another Pathfinder someday. That day is today, just put deposit on a new 25' Hybrid. We don't have a completion date yet but should know something tomorrow. I have researched, water tested way too many bay boats to find the right boat for us and the 25 is the perfect boat for our usage. We went with the Yamaha 300 which was painful because I really wanted the 350/400 Verado. It came down to who was going to servcie the engine and hands down Fort Myers Marine is top notch and could not see anyone else servicing my boat, so Yamaha it is. I am going to get with Skip and hopefully he will send me build pictures when it starts its life. Now the really painful part, waiting but it will be well worth it.
  47. 5 points
    Took an opportunity to take kids to sandbar today.
  48. 5 points
    Had a chance to fish the last few weekends....one trip with my buddy Chris and two with Capt DonH. Most of the time we headed South and found some summer time snooklets (not the big girls from Jupiter)....but, fun anyways.... Found a few friends to go take home for dinner on the last trip - 2 nice slot reds and a random Pompano....good-eats Nothing too eventful - the MA17 continues to perform....previous trip - ran her easy and covered 67 miles in 14 gallons (28-30 mph)....last trip, ran her hard (32-34 mph) most of the day and covered 58 miles in 16.5 gallons - so, seems like we are still between 3.5 -4 mpg.....which gives me a nice 70 mile range which is as far south as I need to run. a few pics...
  49. 5 points
    That is the best way to teach. Let them learn by helping you now and they can help themselves in the future. Favorite quote from helping my dad "Hold the da#% light so I can see not so you can see."
  50. 5 points
    It's been torture since I bought my little girl, but she finally made it! Quick little family spin. More pics soon.
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