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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 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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)
  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. 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
  7. 7 points
    A couple noteworthy snappers from this week.... 31.5" Muton and 25" mango
  8. 7 points
    Gotcha (But just waiting on the day I read that with Slyshons name next to it)
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 6 points
    Great time of year to fish Pine Island Sound!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 6 points
    No, the real problem is people making statements such as yours.
  18. 6 points
    This past weekend! My son and a 38 inch Snook!
  19. 6 points
    Out of Outdoor Resorts Friday. Cold and windy but found some cooperation.
  20. 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.
  21. 5 points
  22. 5 points
    Finally getting around to posting some pictures! Thanks again whichwaysup for all the help.
  23. 5 points
    I guess we can say “Sale Pending” now🍀🍀🍀
  24. 5 points
    Everyone is allowed to believe what they want and businesses are allowed to discontinue and/or change programs as they see fit last time I checked. BUT....if Yeti was doing away with a group of outdated discounting programs for several organizations and offering all those organizations alternative customization programs then why aren't we hearing any bellyaching from the other organizations? I'm not trying to lead anyone to believe anything. I'm just stating a point because I'm puzzled that no other organization has stepped-up and said Yeti did the same thing to them. As far as the assault rifle debate.....there is a large push to do away with them but fact is that those weapons contribute to a very small percentage of annual deaths in the US versus handgun related deaths. The numbers don't lie. I clearly understand all sides in that debate but our 2nd amendment rights must be upheld entirely IMO. Let's all please be respectful of others views.
  25. 5 points
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