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Big Dave

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About Big Dave

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    fish slayer


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    2007 Maverick 17 HPX-V, Yamaha 90 HP 2 Stroke, PowerTech 17 PTR 3, Carbon Marine Loop Push Pole, Caron Marine custom casting platform, Tibor Push Pole Caddy, Cobra Marine VHF, Minnkota Riptide 80 lb 24 volt trolling motor, Fushion MarineStereo, Garmin GP
  • Occupation
    HR & Benefits Consulting
  • Interests
    Fishing, cruising on the Harley, Outlaw Country Music
  • Location
    Plantation, Florida
  • Full Name
    David Stoots

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  1. Big Dave

    Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo Contest

    Thanks everybody!
  2. Big Dave

    Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo Contest

    She's 11 months.
  3. Well, I think I did that correctly! Thanks Marcus!
  4. Maggie has been entered into the Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo contest and you can vote for her! Here is the link: http://wshe.es/7gyOdgEz. Thanks a bunch! And, like Democrats in South Florida, you can vote as many times as you like!
  5. Big Dave

    An addition to your boat tools

    Yikes! Yes, I learned the hard way too (hard lesson are best, aren't they?). Fishing solo in the Everglades National Park (100 miles from my house to the ramp at Flamingo, so that means getting out of bed at 0300., leaving at 0400, launching at 0600). First cast of a top water lure with two sets of 4X treble hooks a big mangrove snapper eats the bait. I reached over the gunnel to grab the fish when, of course, he went nuts and the treble hook went through my left index finger. The fish is still hooked and so is my finger. I couldn't reach my pliers, the fish is flapping all over the deck (embedding the hook even deeper in my finger), slinging blood all over me and the boat. I finally ripped the lure from its mouth and threw the fish overboard. I did not have wire cutters on board, so my only thought was to remove the hook from the lure and then cable tie it to my hand so I could continue fishing (after all, I had gotten out of bed at 0300, driven 100 miles to the Park, etc.). I made a cast or two before realizing I could not continue and had to call it a day. Stopped in Homestead at the ER and spent a couple of hours (and a couple thousand $'s). Two young doc's almost killed me (had a reaction to morphine, which they injected for some reason) before a "seasoned" physician was able to remove it. What a day! Needless to say, I bought a high quality pair of cutters the next day and keep them on board.
  6. Big Dave

    Bahamas Relieft

  7. Big Dave

    Bahamas Relieft

    Try this: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/hurricane-dorian-relief/
  8. Big Dave

    Spinning or Baitcaster

    Related to this: what does everyone think is the "easiest" bait casting reel to use?
  9. Big Dave

    Bahamas Relieft

    I just received this handmade, one-of-a-kind Bahamas Bonefish license plate art from My friend Cody Richardson out in Colorado. Cody, a fellow fisherman and former firefighter, makes license plate artwork (bass, bonefish, permit, Tarpon, rooster fish, red fish and dolphin) rod racks and other cool stuff. This one is 43” x 17”. Retail price is $500 plus shipping. This one is particularly special because the plates are all from Abaco and Grand Bahama. We all know what a tragedy the folks there experienced with Dorian. So, I have decided to do two things: first, I am making an additional donation to Samaritan’s Purse in an amount equal to the cost of this piece of art work. Second, I will “raffle” off the Bonefish to a random winner chosen among those 20 or more people who make and confirm with me a donation of at least $500 to Samaritan’s Purse. You can find Cody’s artwork and other items at www.codysfish.com and you can make donations to Samaritan’s Purse at www. Samaritanspurse.org/donate. Thanks in advance.
  10. Big Dave

    Get your cash out now !!!

    I thought everybody kept a few thousand $'s in their safe.
  11. Big Dave

    What will clean this up?

    Someone told me to put automatic transmission fluid on the rams after washing the boat, then turn the wheel as far to port and then starboard as you can. This will lubricate the seal and also keep salt from adhering to the rams. That's what causes the pitting over time.
  12. Big Dave

    Florida marine tracks

    This is the best marine industry product I've seen in years. In my experience, the tracks are spot on and the customer service is excellent. I highly recommend FMT.
  13. Big Dave


    Yep, not much better than seeing a topwater lure get thunked!
  14. Big Dave

    Florida marine tracks

    What I mean is, if I have a Simrad NSS EVO3 and a friend has a Lowrance, will my FMT chip work in his machine? Or, if someone has a 7" Lowrance and another person has a 12" Lowrance with FMT, will his chip work in the 7" machine?
  15. Great timing. I too have a EVO3 9". I ran into a Regional VP at the BWI Airport on Saturday afternoon. He was doing his expense account. I saw his business card on his briefcase, and asked if he worked for the company that makes Simrad. He said yes, and then I said, "well, I have a Simrad NSS EVO3 9"..." and he stood up like he was going to walk away! Anyway, I pretty much told him the same thing, and suggested they have a great opportunity to do a better job of educating consumers--whether videos, seminars, etc. He did say that a tackle shop in the Annapolis area does regular seminars that are very well attended. Seems like a great opportunity for an enterprising person.
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