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Bruce J

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About Bruce J

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    Maverick and Pathfinder Owner
  • Birthday 03/11/1956


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  • Bio
    I fish mainly around Rockport. Prefer to fly fish for red on the flats, but will chunk just about anything anywhere.
  • Occupation
    oil & gas insurance broker
  • Interests
    fishing and guitar
  • Location
    Houston and Rockport,TX
  • Full Name
    Bruce Jefferis
  1. Steering wheel wrap

    So it’s not even two bills, but to each his own of whether that’s worth it. I’d like to learn how to do that too just for fun, but those turk’s heads alone would almost certainly take me a couple hours and I’d probably still not do anywhere near as nice a job as on this wheel.
  2. Steering wheel wrap

    It looks like the three bills includes the wheel, knob, etc too, not just the wrapping.
  3. Rust spots

    Thanks everyone. This should keep me busy!
  4. Vacuum lock

    The small oval livewell on the front deck of my 2400TRS seems to get some sort of vacuum lock where I can’t get it open. The first time it happened I thought the latch had failed in a locked position somehow. I started to take off the hinges, and when I loosened one suddenly the lid could be opened normally. There was nothing wrong with the latch at all. I thought it was just a one-off weird thing, but now it’s “locked” again. I’m assuming it’s some sort of vacuum lock, but don’t know what to do about it. Anyone else run into this and figure out a clever solution. i should add that I’ve only noticed this while the boat is on the lift. Otherwise I would have tried running the pump to see if I could change the pressure in there.
  5. Rust spots

    I finally have my boat back after Hurricane Harvey. While it was sitting for months in the damaged Cove Harbor drystack in Rockport, it had small bits of metal on the floor that had been blown in by the storm and then rusted. The spots are all pretty small and I thought they might clean up pretty easily, but they have resisted my initial scrubbing with some bleach. Any good ideas out there?
  6. Texas Coast

    Port O'Connor and Rockport are both great inshore fishing areas easily accessible from San Antonio. Rockport might be a little closer, but not by much. Rockport offers much better amenities like restaurants, hotels, etc than Port O'Connor. Although Rockport was hit dead on by Harvey, it has recovered pretty remarkably. Almost all the restaurants are open again. Curtiss Cash is a great guide in the Port O'Connor area for conventional gear. Tom Horbey is the top fly guide in that area. In Rockport, I really only know the fly guides and Eric Knipling is top notch.
  7. Solo Fishing on Flats Boats

    I suspect that hiring guides is actually a cheaper - probably much cheaper - way for the vast majority of us to fish once you factor in all the direct and indirect costs of boat ownership. To me, boat ownership is great for the immediate convenience (not having to book at good guide months in advance), but also for the satisfaction of doing it myself. I also love to use my boat for just "being on a boat", which I love whether I have a fishing rod with me or not. But for pure fish caught per dollar spent basis, I know I could do much better just hiring guides.
  8. Is the HPX-T a goner?

    I might have missed this from other conversations, but notice that the HPX--T is not showing up on the website any longer. What's the scoop?
  9. Solo Fishing on Flats Boats

    I'll echo these comments. I pole my HPX-T often by myself and I fish in the Rockport, Texas area. I put the ice chest on the front platform to help a bit with the weight balance. I usually pole a bit then drift and spin fish. I might have a fly rod on the front deck with the line stripped out, but as someone else said, it's pretty hard to pole yourself and expect to fly fish. Often I'll pole into an area and then wade from there, particularly if the water is our usual Texas-skinny. Then the fly rod is very handy, of course. Even though I have a trolling motor for my boat, I rarely use it because I'm most often in water less than 18" or so.
  10. Boat lift with remote control

    I use the GEM Remotes too and they are amazingly convenient. It makes single-handling your boat so much easier. I just pull in, hold the side of the dock to keep the boat in position and then hit the switch. Simple. It’s not an inexpensive addition to your lift, but worth every penny.
  11. Brand new boat-Live wells flooding

    I had that issue with my 2400. Some suggested I just close the valve a little to slow the intake, and that fixed it for me. I probably moved the shut-off lever just an inch or so.
  12. Care and Maintenance

    Replace your water/fuel separator every year. Use some fuel stabilizer whenever you add gas.
  13. Storm Shutters

    It's interesting to read how many of you prefer French doors to sliders. During Harvey in Rockport our sliders (4 of them) didn't let in a drop, but the French doors were a problem for us and many others I talked to after the storm.
  14. Ideas for new fish cleaning stand

    Rob, just stop in that shop in Wharton that was right across the freeway from Hinze's BBQ (before it burned down). They have tons of used restaurant equipment in there including dozens of stainless tables, at least when I stopped there once.
  15. Coastal Texas

    Sorry to hear that your RP home got that much damage, but you sure have the right attitude. That's also great news that your Houston home stayed dry. I'm sure if our little garage-bound HPXT's got together for a beer, they would have some great stories about how they rode out the storm! Prayers for all of our Bahamian and Floridian brothers and sisters...