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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

    Best inshore baitcaster

    Related to this--right hand retrieve versus left hand retrieve? I've tried bait casters in the past, but they were right hand retrieve and I could not get used to switching hands after the cast.
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    Congratulations Bubba! Thanks for all of your years of service. Now let's go fishing!
  3. Solo trip to Chokoloskee to fish the Ten Thousand Islands yesterday and check out some areas I have not fished. 3:57 a.m. high tide meant only a little bit of out-going water to fish before the slack tide. I launched at OR around 6:15 a.m. to one of the most beautiful sunrises ever. Fishing mostly to the south on artificial baits (plugs, soft plastics on jig heads or twist-lock hooks, GULP! shrimp), I caught a mixed bag: rat reds and a couple at the lower end of the slot; half dozen snook--mostly small; couple of nice trout; some jacks; and I found the Big Uglies! This one was hefty and measured 24" so it was fun on light tackle. The water was as high as I've seen since the hurricane upon my return to the dock (which was underwater!).
  4. Big Dave

    Reels and Extra Spools For Sale

    Bump. Anybody want the Battle? Need an extra spool for a Shimano reel?
  5. Big Dave

    Reels and Extra Spools For Sale

    Looks like the two Shimano reels are sold. Thanks!
  6. Big Dave

    Reels and Extra Spools For Sale

    Prices and other information posted. Thanks for looking!
  7. Shimano Stradic C3000. Like new. 9/10 mechanically and cosmetically or better. Fairly fresh braid (I think it is Suffix 832 10 lb.). $100 Shimano Stradic 4000FJ. 9/10 mechanically and cosmetically. Fresh braid (I think it is Daiwa J-Braid, 10 lb.). $75 Penn Battle 3000. Mechanically, 8/10; cosmetically 6/10 (little boat rash you can see in the pictures). Not sure about the braid line. $50 Extra spools, all Shimano: Sustain 4000 FB; 3000FJ; 4000 FI; 4000 FI. $10 each Will ship at your cost or local pick up in South Florida. I take really good care of my gear...fresh water rinse after every use, dry, spray with Lemon Pledge, cover. The Penn Battle came with a used rod that I bought, so I can't attest to how it was cared for, but it seems fine mechanically.
  8. Big Dave

    Permit Recipes

  9. Big Dave

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Hope everyone has a great time and the weather cooperates. Mike and I won't make it this year and will miss being there. Make sure you say "hey" to my friend Captain Tom Ross and his beautiful bride Anne.
  10. Big Dave

    Permit Recipes

    Permit? Like Chuck suggests, I guess that might taste like pompano but I don't know of many who take them for the table. I still want to grill a manatee one day.
  11. Pleased to have Captain Tom Ross join me for a trip to Chokoloskee to fish the Ten Thousand Islands yesterday. Weather forecast was sketchy for the afternoon so we knew we'd have to get it done in the morning. We launched at Outdoor Resorts at 6:15--low tide at Chokoloskee was at 8:39 a.m., so we'd have just a couple of hours of falling water. Turned out to be a solid day, fishing no farther than 4-5 miles from the ramp. Tossing top water lures, soft plastics, jigs with live shrimp or GULP! shrimp--when we found moving water and structure we found fish. Reds, snook, trout, juvenile Goliath Grouper, mangrove snapper, whiting, jack crevalle, and more. Saw a dolphin jump all the way out of the water like he was at Sea World. Made it back to the ramp around 1:30, just before the skies opened up. Quite a day. Here are a few pictures from the day.
  12. Big Dave

    New EVO & FMT. First impressions.

    Thanks for the comprehensive review.
  13. Big Dave

    Key Largo Guide Recommendations

    Captain Randy Towe. He's out of Tavernier, which is just South of Key Largo. He can take you inshore or offshore. Has been a guide for 30 years. Runs two boats--a 34' Pursuit and an 18' Action Craft. 305.394.2667. Tell him Dave Stoots, Captain Tom Ross's buddy suggested you call.
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