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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
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    Fishing, cruising on the Harley, Outlaw Country Music
  • Location
    Plantation, Florida
  • Full Name
    David Stoots

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  1. Big Dave

    Replacing Trailer Jack Wheel

    Thanks, Ralph. I think Collin used a piece of tubular steel. Guess it could be painted with poxy primer and 2 part coating or have it powder coated? I'll get it off the trailer and over to you.
  2. Big Dave

    Replacing Trailer Jack Wheel

    @theoutlawcan we make this happen?
  3. Big Dave

    Replacing Trailer Jack Wheel

    The last picture is the final installation of my friend's wheel. He used something he had on hand; I think I'll have to have something fabricated. The new wheel is a Steelex D2581 Swivel Heavy Duty Industrial Wheel. Here's the description from the web site: "These all-terrains, knobby-treaded rubber casters glide quietly and efficiently over hard flooring, cement, asphalt, gravel, hard dirt and small debris, as well as uneven ground – and they will not mar your more delicate floor surfaces. Featuring a precision double ball bearing assembly, directly integrated into the hub of the caster, allowing for the even distribution of weight. This, along with the wide profile of the wheel, effectively minimizes rolling friction, and provides a more fluid ride. Made of superior black rubber, molded onto the rugged steel hub, this sturdy workshop accessory delivers the utmost in durability and high utility. They work hard but roll easy."
  4. Big Dave

    Replacing Trailer Jack Wheel

    I have a Fulton F2 Swing-Up, Wide-Track Trailer Jack with an 8" single wheel. I have trouble moving the trailer on certain surfaces, including my brick paver driveway. So I want to replace the wheel with something that will make it easier to maneuver. A friend used the wheel in the photo for his replacement and is very pleased. It looks like I will have to find some way to secure the new wheel to the jack. He used a rectangle shaped steel piece that he had on hand--I will either need to find something that will work or have something fabricated. Any ideas?
  5. Big Dave

    Looking for a TFO Mangrove 8 Wt.

    Thanks, but I was only looking for the Mangrove.
  6. Big Dave

    Vacation Child Care in the Keys

    Might be helpful to mention exactly where in the Keys you will be and when.
  7. Big Dave

    Back in MBG Family with new boat

    Beautiful! Congratulations! I love the color. And you are going to love the 12" Simrad, especially the FMT chip.
  8. Big Dave

    New Smyrna info

    Check out Mosquito Lagoon Fish Camp. Fish early in the day and you'll be fine. Afternoons after the rain cools things off and injects the water with oxygen, fishing is good again.
  9. Launched Captain Tom's Master Angler out front at Flamingo at first light. High tide was at 7:37 a.m. so we would have falling water all morning. It was slick calm with mostly clear skies and no wind. We fished one of the keys near Flamingo, using mostly live shrimp on jig heads, though I did toss a twitch bait some and threw some soft plastics on a keel weighted, weedless hook under the mangrove over hangs. We spent most of the morning there, and then moved up into the East Cape area and Lake Ingraham to fish the last of the falling tide. We planned to be off the water by 3:00, and headed back to Flamingo around 2:30. We found the triple tail in Florida Bay, with five of them hanging under a floating tree limb (kind of like dolphin fishing offshore!). Unfortunately, Tom had some engine issues so we had to get a tow back to the marina. Thanks to the two guys in the Hewes that helped, and to Tom's two friends from Merritt's who towed us most of the way back. For the day, we caught over 30 reds, mostly rat-sized; a dozen snook including two slot size and one really big girl that jumped once and cut me off; grouper; black drum; trout; mangrove snapper; triple tail; jacks; ladyfish and a couple of catfish. Here are a few pictures from the day.
  10. This was some of the best news I've read in a long time. That was a principal reason for my support. He "gets it".
  11. Big Dave

    Tibor push pole mount

  12. Big Dave

    1990 Maverick MA 18.5

    Buy this one and re-power--would be a terrific rig. GLWS!
  13. First time on the water in 2019. InTheSlot12 (Mike) and I launched his Maverick HPX-18 from OR before first light. Weatherman was asleep at the wheel again--brisk winds from the NW blowing in the mild front that was on its way, overcast skies and cool. Outgoing tide until the tide change at about 9:10 a.m. with a negative low on the new moon. We had 10-12 small to slot size reds in the boat before the sun came up good over the east side of Chokoloskee Bay. Moving to some of the points on the rivers, creeks and bays on the inside, we both closed out the inshore slam by about 10:30. Most of the snook were small, but we caught some really nice trout. During the course of the day, we also brought snapper, grouper, jacks, sheepshead, ladyfish and of course a sail cat or two to the boat! Most of the fish were caught on live shrimp on jig heads or soft plastics--paddle tails and jerk shads.