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About RobVan

  • Rank
    flats rat
  • Birthday 12/19/1959


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  • Occupation
    Supply Chain Manager
  • Interests
    Salt H2O fishing, kayaking rivers and bays, sailboat racing
  • Location
    Houston & Rockport TX
  • Full Name
    Rob Van Landingham
  1. Fall time reds

    Very nice! Hard to beat this time of year as we finally get a break from the south winds...
  2. I mainly sight fish in very shallow water so use Gulp about 95% of the time - Gulp shrimp in Natural or New Penny or Gulp Jerk Shad in white/chartreuse on a 1/16 oz or 1/8 oz Flutter hook, rigged weedless. I also will break out the baitcaster and throw Top Dogs or Top Pups in deeper water when the sun is low. I haven't bought live shrimp in at least 5 years - not that I have anything against live bait, but where I fish most of the shrimp are destroyed quickly by pinfish or catfish. Few survive to find a redfish or trout. Most guides in our area stake out and soak cut bait or finger mullet.
  3. Ideas for new fish cleaning stand

    Thanks - I will search around to see if I can find a S/S counter top and stand that might work. Good idea!
  4. Harvey won the battle with my fish cleaning stand so will need to replace it at some point. I want to keep it relatively simple - don't need any storage but will have power (at least one outlet and an overhead light) and water (at least one hose bib) and will need a roof for shade. Thinking about Starboard or something similar for a cleaning surface. On the previous stand I had glued a thin sheet of formica to the plywood counter top and while the formica surface held up pretty well, the plywood did begin to disintegrate over time. Pictures and recommendations would be appreciated! TIA Rob
  5. Keel Guard on MA17

    I don't have any pix as I sold that boat a few years ago. I believe I used something like this: Dino - Fingers crossed you have minimal damage.
  6. Keel Guard on MA17

    Just a thought - I had the same problem on my 22 when I would load on a steep ramp. I added a couple of rollers on the front cross beams and that seemed to keep the aluminum and fiberglass from intimate encounters...
  7. Pressure vs Temp Guage?

    I have always used the pressure gauge as the primary monitoring device for the engine - a leading indicator of potential overheating. In our area I occasionally have to run the jackplate at maximum height and while it usually will hold pressure, there are times where it does not. Also there are times of the year where we have a lot of floating grass that can quickly clog the intake. There is about a five second warning with a pressure drop before the alarm goes off and the engine goes into limp mode. When I am running very shallow or through floating grass I always have one eye on the pressure gauge .
  8. Coastal Texas

    Somehow my HPXT survived with no damage in the garage of my house in Rockport. Unfortunately the rest of the house was not so lucky. The front porch blew off, leaving a six inch gap down the living room wall that allowed a lot of rainwater in the house. All the laminate flooring throughout the house is buckled and much of the drywall is already turning interesting shades of blue, green and black. The living room wall also is significantly bowed out but surprisingly did not break any of the large windows that line the wall. The power lines were ripped from most of the houses, including mine, and many of the poles and lines are down so expect it will be sometime before service is restored and we can start drying out. Water service has already been restored although it is limited to daylight hours as they work on repairing all of the system breaches. It was interesting to note that the brunt of the hurricane hit us from the north as we were just south of the eye. The water level never rose above the dock so no flooding in the area due to tidal surge. We rode out the storm in our home in Houston and were very fortunate that we had no flooding in our neighborhood. The Rockport house is a second home so no concerns with making it liveable right away. There are a number of permanent residents in our RP neighborhood that have much more damage and have lost most everything. Our hearts go out to them and we will help anyway we can.
  9. Possibly moving to Houston

    Hi Larry, Texas has a very good fishery and you will have a lot of options. I am not too far from Spring and Galveston Bay is doable for day trips. I have fished in the West and East Bays and have found the Top Spot maps to be very helpful in identifying shell reefs and structure to fish. There are a few other folks on here that fish Galveston frequently so am sure they will chime in. There are a lot of great options along the coast - from the LA border all the way down to the Mexican border. The water tends to be clearer the further south you go. I spend most of my time sight fishing in shallow water so fish the central coast area (Rockport) as the water tends to be clear and there are many shallow flats and back lakes to fish. Rockport is 200 miles south so about a three to four hour trip from North Houston. Good luck with the move!
  10. Thanks everyone. I was able to book a trip with Capt. Willy Le (on his HPX) on Monday morning. Can't wait!!!
  11. I have business meetings in the Orlando area next week but decided to fly in this weekend with the wife. We will be staying in New Smyrna Beach but would be interested in a site fishing trip in the goon either Sunday or Monday. Any recommendations? TIA!
  12. Loose console help!!!

    I had the same problem on my 04 22V. Tried Loctite but didn't last long. Tried going up a size on the screws and re-tapping the backing plate - didn't last. Thought about glassing the console to the boss but just removed all the screws, rocked the console back, and ran a wavy bead of 5200 around the boss. Put the console back down, put the screws back in (with the 5200 they had friction to hold them in place) and the console never moved again - even after 4 years of frequent use. Could be a challenge if there was a need to remove the console in the future but expect low probability of that type of repair.
  13. Non-skid repair

    I have had reasonable success by filling the holes with slightly thickened gelcoat (used cabosil as well as the gelcoat with wax) and then using a small foam roller, or dabbing the repair with a small piece of foam, to get a textured finish. Wasn't perfect but was pretty close.
  14. last day of spring break

    Very nice! Love the smile!! We spent spring break in Rockport. The week started off cool but relatively calm and progressively got warmer and windier throughout the week. Of coarse Saturday and Sunday were beautiful but had to leave Saturday morning for a biz trip - why is the day you leave always the best conditions? We did see quite a few fish on the flats and got enough in the box for a couple of fish dinners - before the water turned to a milk shake...