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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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    Cooked up some blackened Sheepshead with basil - lime cream sauce last night. www.chilipeppermadness.com/chili-pepper-recipes/seafood/blackened-sheepshead-with-basil-lime-cream-sauce/
  2. Shimano Teramar Inshore Series 7’6” Medium Heavy, Extra Fast 10# to 20# ½ oz. to 1 ½ oz. Great plug rod (long casts with floating or suspending baits, etc). TC4 construction (double inner horizontal layers of fibers with inner and outer spirals of high modulus IM-7 graphite). Durable, crisp, yet light weight. Shimano Teramar Inshore Series 7’ Medium, Extra Fast 6# to 15# ¼ oz. to 5/8 oz. Perfect rod for soft plastics, other small baits. TC4 construction (double inner horizontal layers of fibers with inner and outer spirals of high modulus IM-7 graphite). Durable, crisp, yet light weight. Both are in very good condition. $75 each. Local South Florida pickup or you pay the shipping. Thanks.
  3. No popping corks! Mostly soft plastics rigged on weedless keel weighted hooks but many caught on a ML 17 (it was brand new when the day started!). The big girl ate a Slayer Lure SST paddle tail in "cockroach" color. We also threw white buck tail jigs (Mike's a believer now!) and some live shrimp on jigs.
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    Dan James Custom Rods

    Anybody know if Dan James is still in business? I have been unable to reach him.
  5. Epic day in the 10K Islands with my fishing partner Mike on his HPX Mirage 18. Over 25 snook, 10-12 reds, too many trout to count, couple of smaller grouper, several snapper, shots at tarpon but no hook ups, hooked the largest triple tail ever but lost at the boat, and my PB snook--over 40". What a day! EE3D3386-BFD4-4385-8252-204B1424A3AF.heic
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    My completed project. Before and after.

    That's really nice--and a perfect name!
  7. Big Dave

    Minn Kota i-Pilot Terrova Install Questions

    So, wire the puck directly to a battery? What about on/off switch? I would be concerned about battery drain. DINO: would it be better to take off the factory power cord (not sure if there is access--is that area sealed) than to make a connection using more wire?
  8. Just bought this new trolling motor from a friend. I have a couple of quick questions. First, the power cable is too short to reach the Battery Tender plug that is mounted on the forward bulkhead. Do I just use more 10 gauge wire and heat shrink connectors to extend the power cable, or should I disassemble the unit, detach the factory power cable, and install a longer cable directly to the trolling motor? Any issues doing that? Second, the unit came with a Heading Sensor Assembly that looks like a white hockey puck. It is supposed to provide boat heading information to a Bluetooth compatible i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link equipped Minn Kota motor. It contains a compass that senses the boat's heading. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this? What applications does it give me that the i-Pilot remote and Terrova i-Pilot trolling motor do not? Thanks in advance.
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    Moving back to FL. Miami or Jacksonville?

    I'd look in the JAX area. South Florida has gotten too crowded and expensive.
  10. Big Dave

    Trying to Buy a Pathfinder

    Captain Geoff Page is selling his 2019 25' Hybrid. 250 SHO, Dual PowerPoles, Lowrance, Minnesota iPilot, lot of options. 300 hours on the motor. $86K.
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    Minn Kota Remote $80

    Which model does this work with?
  12. Big Dave

    WTT '75 Bronco

    I'd like to learn more. DM me please and we can connect. Thanks.
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    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Hope the dove hunt was good! Missed seeing you.
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    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Yikes--so sorry that happened but glad it wasn't worse. I know a trailer guy in South Florida if you want to get some work done. Or maybe Caribee has the parts?
  15. I am considering selling my trolling motor to upgrade to a newer model. A friend of mine got a good deal on one and wants to sell it to me. This is a Minn Kota Riptide i-Pilot 24 volt, 44 inch shaft. It has a Kipawa 4 blade Propeller that is 99% weed free and more powerful than the stock prop. I also have two i-Pilot controllers, one of which is brand new. It also has a composite quick release bracket and the Battery Tender plug. This is not a brand-new trolling motor, so there are the usual chips on the lower unit (which is finished in black bed liner coating) but it runs fine, has been rinsed after every trip and stored in the garage. The i-Pilot uses GPS satellite signals as well as a digital compass to know where it is. So, the user can create tracks for navigation, and it has memory for up to six individual tracks. It also has Spot Lock and can store six individual Spot Lock locations. Spot Lock uses a single point as reference for the spot you want to stay on (like an electronic anchor). It also has Cruise Control, to automatically control the motor speed to maintain a constant GPS speed. I would like to get $500 for the trolling motor. Send a DM with any questions. I'm in South Florida. Thanks.
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