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

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  1. Big Dave

    Flats Advice

    Where will you be fishing? Do you plan to sight fish and pole the boat? How important is shallow draft? All of these (and others) are important considerations. You can find a nice Maverick Master Angler or an HPX-V 17 or 18 on that budget.
  2. Captain Tom and I fished Saturday out of Chokoloskee. We launched at OR at first light, sunrise at 6:37 a.m. Low tide was at 9:46 a.m. so we had a few hours of falling water to fish before the tide change. Full moon on the 19th, so I was a little anxious about the prospects for the day as the overnight was clear. Weatherman predicted scattered rain and winds from S/SE. It was 66 degrees in the morning as we launched, so the jackets came out of the hatch. Turned out to be a beautiful day. We fished within 10 miles of Chokoloskee for most of the day, casting live shrimp on jig heads, GULP! shrimp on jig heads, soft plastic jerk shads and paddle tails, and hard baits. This turned out to be one of the best days in a long while, with best guess 100 fish brought to the boat. Dink size snook plus 3 slot size (including a just short of 30" fish caught early in the morning), numerous smaller reds and a few slot size reds, several trout, a mixture of jacks, mangrove snapper (including 2 real nice ones that came home for tocos!), 3 whiting (which is unusual for this time of year), and several other species. Last catch of the day was a 22" triple tail that also got invited home for dinner. I seldom do really well on the days around the full moon. So, the only explanation I have is perhaps the fish felt the pressure from a tropical storm that is well offshore and were feeding hard before the storm. Otherwise, who knows? Regardless, it was an epic day! Here are a few pictures from the day.
  3. Big Dave

    Cast Net Bag

    Walmart has them really cheap and they work great.
  4. We ran Captain Tom's Master Angler on Saturday, launching at Outdoor Resorts Chokoloskee at first light. The schizophrenic weatherman had it wrong again-6 to 8 from the SE turned out to be 10-15, so we stayed in the backcountry. Tide was outgoing. Water temps are going up--low 80 degree range most of the day. Throwing soft plastics (pink Saltwater Assassin Sea Shads seem to work best), live shrimp on jig heads, and GULP! Shrimp on jig heads (mostly New Penny, but the white ones with pink tails worked well too), we caught more than a dozen snook--mostly drinks--a handful of reds including a couple slot size, several nice trout, a decent sheepshead, a juvenile Atlantic Goliath Grouper, and a mixture of jacks, ladyfish, snapper, sail cats. Moving water and structure were keys to success. As the tide slacked, we looked for pinch points between small islands where the wind channeled the water and bait and usually found fish on the down current side. Overall, a very nice day. Here's a couple of pictures of me and Tom.
  5. a "large seal"! More like a large sea lion! Wish that was on video!
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  7. Weatherman said it was gonna be beautiful and this time he/she got it right! Windy start to the day, but the winds laid down around 10:00 a.m. or so and I was blessed with a big sky all day. I fished the flats and bights to the East and South of Flamingo, so the tides were not a major concern. This was primarily a scouting trip. Started the day with a few nice trout, headed back to the west to look for reds and snook. I polled several flats where I have found fish before and was pleased to land a nice snook that ate a topwater lure and then 10-12 reds that seemed to love the pink Saltwater Assassin paddle tail. At one spot between two small islands I found 6-8 reds under a mangrove that acted like mangrove snapper! And then, a pot hole with 5-6 snook laid up in it. The water in the pot hole was only a little deeper than the flat, but it was a place for them to lay up. Overall, a really nice day in the Park. Here are a few pictures from the day. ca4bxDtiQvqDPQs9cMot3Q.MOV
  8. Big Dave

    non skid

    The middle one. Won't reflect as much light back in your eyes.
  9. Big Dave

    No More Muffs Fo Me !!!

    Qt. of Salt Off every time you flush? That'll get expensive!!
  10. Big Dave

    farewell Abbey

    I am so sorry. There are no words to adequately comfort at a time such as this. I looked at the picture of her tiny hand holding your fingers for the longest time--treasure that. There is nothing that can alleviate that pain except for consolation from the Lord, the love of family and friends, and the passing of time. Matthew 5:4 says "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted". Part of our human condition and existence is the fact that we will suffer loss during our lifetime. In this- and other passages called "the beatitudes", the Lord reminds us that all those who mourn will be blessed and comforted. If he takes care of the animals, birds and fish, how much more will he offer us consolation when we need it. May you feel the peace and love of God during this most difficult time.
  11. Big Dave

    farewell Abbey

    Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:14-16). May God bless your daughter and newborn granddaughter and guide the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are providing care. May you and your family feel the presence of God's peace at this time. God bless and keep little Abby. Amen.
  12. Great day in the Park yesterday on Mike's HPX-18 (In-the-Slot 12). Clear skies, cool temp's, big moon/big tides, nice breeze to keep the skeeters away. Low tide at Shark River entrance was at 10:30 or so, so we had several hours of falling water to fish in the morning. Both anglers finished the day with slams, dozens of snook and rat reds, some nice sea trout, and a mixture of other fish. We fished soft plastics, live and GULP! shrimp on jig heads, and plugs. Water was cold (around 68 degrees all morning) and murky. Here are a few pictures from the day.
  13. Big Dave


    I'll take 'em! Sent you an email message.
  14. Big Dave

    Tire Question

    Maxxis is the only brand I would put on my trailer.
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