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Bill Blanton

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About Bill Blanton

  • Rank
    lure plunker
  • Birthday 02/26/1942

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  • Bio
    I guide two locations, the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands out of Chokoloskee and Pine Island Sound out of Fort Myers. My favorite thing is shallow-water fly fishing for snook, redfish and tarpon.
  • Homepage
    www.flyfishtheglades.com
  • Occupation
    journalist, fishing guide
  • Interests
    fly fishing
  • Location
    Fort Myers, FL 33919
  • Full Name
    Capt. Bill Blanton
  1. 2016 HPXS

    That's Andrew Bostick's skiff. Lots of fish have flopped in that boat. Sure to be in primo condition.
  2. Cracked Bottom

    If you can trailer your boat to the Fort Myers area, Jeff Chesnes is your man. He's an independent who does work for the local Maverick dealer, Fort Myers Marine. He's tackled worse jobs than this. Number: (239) 292-6611 Email: ifxbts@aol.com Good luck with your repair. Bill
  3. 2000 hpxt refurb

    I had a 2000 HPX-T that I bought new back then. Used it for seven years. They're bad to take on water through the seals under the rub rail, especially back toward the stern. Those rails can be underwater at time when you're running, especially if you trim the boat to one side or the other to lessen the effect of a chop. When you remove the rub rail, inspect the seams carefully to make sure there are no gaps in the connection. Seal everything very thoroughly before installing the new rub rail. Hope you enjoy your "new" boat. Bill
  4. Sea Claw Anchor

    What size to you recommend for 17 HPX-V?
  5. Question??

    Still fishing the long rod. These guys are from Pine Island Sound. Best, Bill
  6. Thoughts on this 2007 18 HPX-V

    If you're not dead-set on an 18-foot boat, you can find lots of 17 HPX-Vs in your price range. The 17 HPX-V was introduced around 2002, so there are quite a few around. It was updated a couple of years ago, but the changes aren't as significant as the changes in the 18 HPX-V post 2009. The older 17s are still great. You could expect to find a good one in the $20K to $25K range or maybe less if the boat needs a little work. Good luck in your search.
  7. '99 Mirage II vs '06 HPX 18

    You should note that the 18 HPX-V in the ad is not the version that you see on the water today. That's the older boat, which was first labeled a Hewes product. It's heavier than the current version and drafts more. The new boat is an improvement in every way.
  8. FS: New-in-Box Garmin GPSMap 840xs

    Through a shopping/warranty mix-up, I ended up with two gps units, so I'm selling one, a new-in-box Garmin 840xs. This is a very capable GPS with CHIRP sonar capability (no transducer included with this deal). Here's what Garmin says about it: 8-inch Keyed Chartplotter/Sonar Combo for Cruising, Sailing or Fishing Keyed chartplotter/sonar combo with 8-inch color SVGA display Preloaded U.S. LakeVü HD and BlueChart® g2 coastal maps Built-in Garmin HD-ID™ and supports CHIRP and ClearVü scanning sonar with CHIRP technology High-sensitivity internal 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver Supports all Garmin marine radar The GPSMAP 840xs keyed chartplotter/sonar combo has a 8-inch color SVGA display and comes with preloaded U.S. LakeVü HD and BlueChart g2 coastal maps. HD-ID 1 kW sonar, CHIRP and ClearVü with CHIRP sonar technology are built-in, allowing you the flexibility to choose from several optional transducers. It also provides media integration and autopilot compatibility, radar support, and NMEA 2000® and wireless connectivity. There's more complete info at: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/138028/pn/010-01181-01 Retail price without transducer is $1,499.99. $1050.00, including shipping. As a bonus, I'll include a Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision chip, the 2014 version. Bill
  9. FS: Garmin BlueChart g2 HD for Florida Gulf Coast

    The link came from the discussion of a different chip, but the compatibility with Garmin chart plotters is the same for all the HD chips. I'l selling the west coast chip which covers the area shown in my original post.
  10. FS: Garmin BlueChart g2 HD for Florida Gulf Coast: This new HD chip offers high resolution views of the Florida Gulf Coast and portions of Everglades National Park.. It's essential if you use a Garmin GPS and want to navigate in the Park. It shows countless creeks and bays that don't appear on the standard charts, plus satellite view of most land areas. Compatible with many Garmin chartplotters. Here's a link that shows which ones will take the chip: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/maps/on-the-water-maps/bluechart_g2_hd/bluechart-g2-hd-with-high-resolution-satellite-imagery-florida-everglades-keys/prod548580.html Here's the area covered by the chip: Retail for the ship is $249.99. I'll sell for $175, including postage.
  11. FS: Garmin BlueChart g2 HD for Everglades & Keys: This new HD chip offers high resolution views of Everglades National Park and the Keys. It's essential if you use a Garmin GPS and want to navigate in the Park. It shows countless creeks and bays that don't appear on the standard charts, plus satellite view of most land areas. Compatible with many Garmin chartplotters. Here's a link that shows which ones will take the chip: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/maps/on-the-water-maps/bluechart_g2_hd/bluechart-g2-hd-with-high-resolution-satellite-imagery-florida-everglades-keys/prod548580.html Here's the area covered by the chip: Retail is $249. For sale for $175.00 including postage. Bill
  12. HPX-V F-90 Prop

    I use two PowerTech props in my 17 HPX-V with F90, the PTR 3-blade 19 pitch, and the PTR 4-blade 18 pitch. The PTR 19 is the best all-round prop in that it gives me the best cruising and top speed and is the most fuel efficient to run. When I know I'm going to be fishing mostly in Everglades National Park, I prefer the 4-blade 18 pitch. That's better in the twisty creeks I sometimes frequent and gives a little better hole shot. Both work fine. There's a Yamaha prop that's better than both, but Yamaha props are really expensive, about twice the cost of a PowerTech.
  13. SeaDek vs. Non-Skid

    The non-skid surfaces on my 2004 17 HPX-V are starting to show extensive wear. Instead of applying new non-skid, I'm considering covering all horizontal surfaces with SeaDek. Anyone have experience with such an extensive Sea-Dek application? One concern I have is, how difficult is to keep SeaDek surfaces clean? Thanks for any information you can provide. Best, Bill
  14. From Outdoor Resorts in Chokoloskee to the mouth of the Shark is 40 miles. That's running on the outside. It's longer if you take the backcountry route, and you still have to hit the outside from Broad River on. It's a much shorter and more protected journey from Flamingo since you can cruise up Whitewater Bay. Still, I wouldn't let that me from making the run from Chokoloskee. Just pick your day and make sure you have enough fuel. Bill
  15. HPX T repower

    The old gauges will be compatible. Bill
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