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Capt. Troy

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About Capt. Troy

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    master angler
  • Birthday 10/01/1959


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    Florida Native<br /> Fishing Guide 15 years<br /> First husband and wife team to ever make the top 5 in the FLW Redfish events.
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    Fishing and Hunting
  • Location
    Tampa Bay Area

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  1. Capt. Troy

    Windy Sunday

    Rental pontoon from Care free boat rental at Port Tarpon. Left the marina with 8 on board. Stopped at the park and picked up 5 more as the rental company would not permit the over load. They also added a lot more gear at the park. 8 PFD's only and some non swimmers and 5 of them were kids. Had it not been for a larger boat see them go down it would have been bad. Pasco County LEO on scene first. Their newest boat did not have a boarding ladder. Had them stepping on the trim tab to get people on board.😏 Rumor has it some alcohol was involved and the boat was torn all to heck. Dumb luck made this a rescue and not a recovery. Investigation is ongoing! There are so many faults in this it's crazy.
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    Windy Sunday

    Man was it ever blowing. Caught bait some how and picked up a 9 am. Winds were at 20 plus gusting to 30. Told the clients no going on the outside and we could cancel if they wanted to. They said lets have at it. We stayed on the main shore line and it was still brutal trying to fish. Went to run up to the north and see this pontoon boat headed for the sand bar across the sound. I made the comment that boat looks over loaded and they must be idiots to try and cross the sound. Soon after I see all types of LEO boats running with lights flashing. Get back to find out they capsized with 13 on board, none with life jackets on and all in the water. All saved and 2 transported to the hospital. We stayed in the back and managed some snook, reds and jacks. Young mans first snook.
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    4 years on the Sams Duracell. Heavy usage. Best bang for the buck. I have 7 of them.
  4. Capt. Troy

    Outboard air intake & pollen?

    If your motor starts sneezing the pollen is the least of your worries. If pollen were bad for it ,my truck, boat and everything I own would be tore up this past year. Fighting lady yellow is and has been for a month the color of choice for everything around here ! If you need to put a sock/protection on it, I would skip that date!
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    Finally made the plunge - look what arrived in the mail :)

    Make sure when you take the drug test you enroll in a random drug testing program and keep the consortium paperwork with you if your going to use the license. I have heard first time applicants are going to have to provide this before you can get the license now. It seems it's the new rage for a boarding inspection. Non Compliance can result in fines of over 5K. I got asked recently for the first time in 20 years as have some other area captains. Make sure you check that. Also, check TWIC card for first time applicants. As mentioned, the application form must be perfect. My last renewal was painless. Took 3 weeks. It only took me 5 renewals to figure it out. 🤕
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    farewell Abbey

  7. Capt. Troy

    Chassahowitzka river questions

    This is the time of year we used to fish it a lot. These late cold fronts drive the fish back into those creeks that have the deeper holes with dark bottom. It was like fishing in a barrel. Used a lot of top water rapala's with the lips on the front so you could drag them down just barely sub surface with a rod twitch. As I said before there was weird vegetation growths way back in them creeks. The stuff almost looked like grape vines. Kinda of crazy for me but we never fished any live bait. Didn't need it.
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    yamaha keys are universal????

    You better choose wisely.
  9. Capt. Troy

    yamaha keys are universal????

    Doesn't really matter. A thief can buy a key switch assembly with key and simply plug it into the harness and away you go. Takes about 5 seconds.
  10. Capt. Troy

    Recovery mode

    Yes, no Joy. No Rays either but the water just got out of the 60's and more weather coming this week with wind. Very few days were even right for looking. The water has been dirty around the power plant. Triple tail last week in the first trap line offshore. Saw 20 caught 9 and all short.
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    2000ish 16 red fisher vs. 17 ma

    It will still fit fellas. They are both great boats and the comparison is not fair. They are totally different purpose built to meet certain needs. The 21 MA is gone for a REASON. And it isn't the boats capability. It's what the market demands in general.
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    2000ish 16 red fisher vs. 17 ma

    For stability, ride and storage it is going hard to beat the MA. A 16 redfisher would fit inside a 17 MA.
  13. Capt. Troy

    Chassahowitzka river questions

    I used to fish that area a lot from a air boat and a jon boat. It had some amazing fishing. We used a lot of top waters as there is some weird growth in those feeder creeks. Big snook, reds and trout. We would come from the Bayport ramp and run north. Very seldom see another boat back in there and man did we put some dings in the equipment. You mess up back there ain't no one coming to get ya!
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    Here they are! had them 10 years now! https://www.amazon.com/TH-Marine-SS-1-DP-Hydraulic-Steering/dp/B000KKD30O Dino, notice the warning label in the pic.😊
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    Don't know what their called but I have these blue plastic things that snap on the steering ram and prevents the motor from laying over. If I didn't it would hit the poling platform when tilted up. Takes 5 seconds to put on and off. Here, There like these but much sturdier than these here. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/marinetech-trailering-stabilizer-clips?hvarAID=shopping_googleproductextensions&amp;affcode_c=&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI94zyzOGB4QIVFonICh1vbQTIEAQYAiABEgJSlPD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds
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