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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
  1. Did you camp at the Flamingo campground? If so, are the bathrooms and showers open and in working order?
  2. 3 Batteries in HPX 17 Console?

    It's tight with two--not sure it's possible to get 3 in there!
  3. Lbs Test Leader - 20,30,40 ?

    Mostly use 20 lb. Yo-Zuri Disappearing Pink fluorocarbon leader, but move up to 30 lb. or even 40 lb. when fishing for snook around structure.
  4. So sorry. My son and daughter-in-law lost their pup, Kai, around the same time under similar circumstances. We had her for almost a year while my son was in school before they married. It's sad--they are with us but for a short while, yet they make such an impact on our lives. God bless.
  5. Bow Casting Platform "Cage"

    Any idea what this weighs?
  6. Snook

    All good in the ENP. See my fishing report in the Flamingo/ENP section. Hope all is well with you.
  7. InTheSlot12 (Mike) and I fished his beautiful 18' HPX-V on Sunday, leaving the marina at Flamingo at first light. It was windy with temperatures in the high 40's to low 50's. Water temperatures were in the low 50's as well. But, there was a warming trend and favorable tides--high at East Cape was around 5:30 a.m. The forecast was for clear skies and a high of almost 70 degrees. We were hopeful the fish would be ready to eat after last week's cold snap. Although I am primarily an artificial bait fisherman, we figured the shrimp would be big and hearty so we stopped at Don's and filled the bait well. We thought the snook would be in the deeper canals, creeks and rivers in the East Cape area, holding in structure on the down current side on that falling tide. What a great day! We brought between 25-30 snook to the boat--most slot size, a few smaller and 3 or 4 that were over slot. All of the fish were bright and shiny silver, fat and healthy and all were carefully handled and safely released. It's great to see the snook population in such good shape. We also had a nice black drum and a big (for Flamingo) trout. Overall, a great day. Here are a few pictures of the snook we caught, almost all with shrimp on jig heads. Just beautiful fish. There were also some HUGE crocks enjoying the sunny day!
  8. Still available. The buzzards will be eating up the rubber and plastic on trucks at the marina in Flamingo--and I think the tarps are gone.
  9. Inshore1: give me a shout via DM if you're interested. Thanks.
  10. Sorry I failed to update the ad. Yes, it sold a while back.
  11. Older model Shimano Sustain. Mechanically excellent; cosmetically 8/10 (some very minor boat rash, etc.). Always rinsed, dried, wiped down with Lemon Pledge after use; stored inside with cover. Local South Florida pickup or delivery. Will ship for cost. Will consider trade for Shimano Terramar SE Spinning Rod--7', medium/fast. Message me with questions or to buy or trade. Thanks.
  12. How about $50 for the nice one with the lining? I think it was about $75 new and it's hardly been used. Wouldn't be a custom fit on a Jeep, but it would definitely cover it. I'm in Plantation.
  13. Igloo Mariner 94 Cooler for Sale: SOLD

    You got it DC! It's in the garage. I like Sculpin IPAs! Give me a call if you want to pick it up or I can just bring it over whenever we can get out again.
  14. Raul, just to make sure--you have a RTIC 65? Give me a call. I'm in Plantation and you can come by just about anytime to pick them up. $15 ok for both (wire basket and divider)?