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About Drummer

  • Rank
    Captain Dave
  • Birthday May 21


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  • Bio
    2000 Hewes Light Tackle 18, 2000 Yamaha 130 2-stroke
  • Occupation
    Drummer, USCG licensed captain, fix it dude for various companies
  • Interests
    fishing, hunting, golf, shooting, outdoor fun
  • Location
    Waxhaw, NC
  • Full Name
    Dave Yelverton
  1. 1999 Hewes Light Tackle 18

    Might be a good idea to post some photos. This is a great hull. I know - I have one!
  2. Red tide

    I had to run back to NC for a few days, returning to Sanibel tomorrow. Not sure about the accuracy of all the bad reports, as we are seeing and catching fish all over the place. Ran up to Marker 64 looking for bait, large schools of threadfins are around. Hooked a tarpon in Captiva pass. Had a barracuda take a grouper boatside in Captiva pass. Lots of snook on the beaches. Bay water is dark, no doubt, but fish are biting. Trout active on the flats. Have not hooked a redfish, but did see a couple renegades swimming near the shore. Noted a sweet smell coming from Cayo Costa land breeze about half way up, not sure of the origin. Tons of boats anchored up on Gulf side of South Cayo Costa over the weekend. Water was nice. I'll report more in a few days.
  3. Red tide

    Water outside Cayo Costa from about half way up south to Captiva Pass is nice. Snook on the beach, bait everywhere. Water is moderately clear on high tide. Nothing like this time last year, but the water then was as clear as I have ever seen it. Bay water is dark, but fish are biting. In the pass we have caught snapper, short grouper, Spanish mackeral, hooked a tarpon, and had a large barracuda eat a grouper at the boat. Have hooked several fish I could not handle - maybe Goliath Groupers, not sure. Tarpon are thick in ~32 feet of water about 4 miles off Redfish Pass. Found the large pilchards under the trees on North Captiva, Gulf side. Today we fish the flats. Another Captain buddy loaded his boat yesterday with trout up to 6 pounds. I believe the red tide is waning. Not so sure about Lake O dumping. Time to fish.
  4. Red tide

    Yes, that new sandbar is pretty incredible. You can walk out to what used to be the island. The last storm moved a lot of sand around for sure. Cayo Costa is OK. We have been having lunch up near where the shelling tours come through from the inside. Water is nice, bait is abundant. Snook are in the shorebreak. The pass is super active right now with grouper and mangrove snapper. Also some huge barracuda in there to rob you blind. We boated a 25 inch gag yesterday while trolling lipped plugs in about 32 feet of water off RF pass. Estuary is teeming with bait, mullet, snook, and others. We are not working hard to find fish, but have not run north of Cabbage Key and probably won't. More to come.
  5. Red tide

    OK anglers, I spent the day in and around Captiva today. Here's what I found. No red tide apparent, anywhere. I found some weeks old dead fish about half way up Cayo Costa on the gulf side. Inside was loaded with snook and mullet. Saw a couple redfish. Lots of small bait, typical 4 inch pilchards were non-existent. Tons of pinfish on the flats. Lots of bait on the flat inside Redfish Pass. All small. Tons of snook in the Gulf shorebreak from Cayo Costa to RF Pass. Snook were thick inside both passes. Saw some monsters. Ran out to natural bottom about 5 miles out RF Pass. Bite was hot. Lots of schools of large bait out there. Menhaden maybe? Bay water is tannic, but I have seen it much worse. Gulf is surprisingly clear. Put your boat in the water and go fishing!
  6. 1997 Hewes Redfisher Tunnel

    Cool skiff for sure.
  7. Red tide

    I will be in the water tomorrow and can give a report tomorrow evening.
  8. Trolling Motor Batteries

    Did you check their resistance with an ohm meter, or with the one built into your eyes?
  9. Trolling Motor Batteries

    I would check the resistance in your wiring. Older cables can draw a lot of current. I have an 80 pound MinnKota with 2 Advance Auto Parts group 27 deep cycle batteries on a closed circuit. I can fish all day with them, in pretty good current and using spot lock, with no problem. You're losing amperage somewhere along the line is my bet.
  10. Redfisher 18

    You picked a great boat! I am certain it will serve you and your family well. I fish that area often in my Hewes LT18, which is very similar to your RF, and love it. I would not flush mount anything. You should have room on top of your console for bracket mounts. If you flush mount, you're locked in to that size unit. Bracket mounts give you flexibility.
  11. Guide for Captiva needed

    Nelson Diaz, fishes out of Jensen's. He's awesome. I'll be there but with my Hewes I can only take 3 anglers. Good luck!
  12. Guide for Captiva needed

    Sent you a PM.
  13. Red tide

    Eager to learn about this - we are headed down just after the 4th of July for a month. I have fished through red tide multiple times. It's challenging.
  14. Fishing shoes

    Both my brother and I fish flats boats in Simms flips. They are great. Super grip, very comfy. And they look cool.
  15. 2005 Pathfinder 2400V *** SOLD***

    Nice rig. Love this boat.