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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. 2500 Hybrid LOADED!!

    Can't believe you're selling her! She's beautiful. GLWS.
  2. Went with my buddy Captain Tom Ross on the madden voyage of his new to him 2003 Maverick Master Angler. We launched at OR at dawn, ran the twisty turn, out the pass and headed south. Early morning high tide, so we had outgoing water all morning. Light winds from the S-SW. Blue skies with some clouds during the day, but no rain (and even nicer, no lightning!). The water was murky in most places, but we were able to sight fish in real shallow water. We were throwing soft plastics paddle tails and GULP! jerk shads in new penny for the most part. Seems like dark colors with chartreuse paddle tails worked best. We probably caught 60-70 fish, mostly trout and snook, with the occasional jack, sail cat and snapper in the mix. The boat ran great, and plowed through the afternoon chop on the run back with no problem. A very nice day.
  3. Never Forget

    On the anniversary of the terrorist attack there are so many stories of true heroes who responded. Here’s one about the Captains of private boats, ferries, commercial Fishing vessels, and others who answered the USCG call for “all available boats” to help people evacuate lower Manhattan. God bless them and God bless America.
  4. ALL QUIET AT THE MOMENT

    Prayers lifted up for all in the path of the storm. My son is with the Pilot's Association in Virginia Beach. He may have to stay with the Pilot boats over in Cape Charles so I'm concerned for him and lot's of friends in Virginia Beach and in the OBX area of NC.
  5. Updated *Its UP* Little blue house that could

    Amazing! Must be very gratifying. You did a great job.
  6. So Will I

    God destined the earth and everything it contains for all peoples and nations. A few weeks ago at my Church (Calvary Chapel), Pastor Andrew Wooddell (Worship Ministry Leader) presented a topical message about the heart and purpose behind worship, what true Biblical worship looks like, and what our response should be to His revelation. Our closing worship song that day was "So Will I", a song written by Joel Houston, Benjamin Hastings and Michael Fatkin and recorded by Hillsong United among others. This message and the lyrics to the song have been on my mind in my prayers since that Sunday. The song glorifies God as Creator who "spoke to the dark and fleshed out the wonder of light", who created the stars and galaxies with the "vapor of Your breath". The writers suggest that if the stars were made to worship, if creation sings Your praises, if every painted sky obeys You, if the mountains bow in reverence, if the oceans roar Your greatness, if the wind goes where You send it, if the rocks cry out in silence, then "So Will I". Like the song says, I find God's heart in everything He has done, but especially in the beauty of nature and his creation. I am so blessed to be able to explore, camp and fish on the waters all over the state of Florida. I've seen some amazingly beautiful places and things in the course of my journeys and I am so thankful. So, I created this little slide show to honor God and to bring awareness to the ecological disaster that has hit our state. The creation belongs to humanity as a whole. Yet the current pace of environmental degradation is seriously endangering the supply of many natural resources, not only for the present generation but more important for generations yet to come. The situation in South Florida has become particularly acute. Florida's estuaries are at tremendous risk. The cyanobacteria blooms discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers have created significant health risks for all of us here in South Florida as well as our visitors, pets and wildlife. Thousands of acres of grass flats have been destroyed. Millions of fish and other aquatic life have been poisoned. Voters in 2014 voted overwhelmingly (more than 75%) to set aside one-third of all real estate transaction fees to purchase and manage conservation lands. The initiative should generate nearly $800 million annually over a 20-year period. But, the money is being wasted by our elected officials who have instead spent the money on existing operating expenses. This violates the spirit of the voters' mandate. A major goal is to build reservoirs to capture some Lake O water instead of releasing it to the coastal estuaries. There, the nutrient rich water could be cleaned over time and the natural sheet flow southward to Florida Bay could be restored bringing much needed clean, fresh water to the Everglades, the South Florida aquifer and Florida Bay. One solution is waiting on Congress for a vote--the EAA Reservoir and the Central Everglades Project will provide approximately 50% reduction in Lake O discharges. We need action now! Do what you can to support the organizations that are advocating sound water management policy for our state's waters. Support candidates who are in favor of this legislation. And pray. Without ceasing.
  7. Expired Flares

    I put mine in the truck to use in road way emergencies.
  8. In use now in 2nd season. Very good condition. New price $399. Super high-modulus SCVI graphite with FRS in lower section for maximum power and strength with reduced weight. High-modulus/high-strain SCV graphite with FRS and carbon-matte scrim for unparalleled strength, durability and sensitivity. Designed specifically for inshore saltwater angling. Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides with zirconia rings and titanium frames for the ultimate protection against saltwater corrosion. The sloped, wide leg design prevents line tangles with mono, fluorocarbon and super braid lines. Fuji® SK2™ split reel seat for the ultimate in light weight and sensitivity. 15-year transferable warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service.
  9. Well I've been replaced lol

    This one got started early too. All he has ever wanted to do was be a Captain. He was using my john boat (after he got the old Johnson motor running) by himself when he was 10 or 12 (after going through the Coast Guard Safe Boaters course!). He want to the Maine Maritime Academy, had a job with the Military Sealift Command before he graduated (with a degree and an Unlimited Tonnage CG license), was one of the youngest to ever make Master in the history of MSC. He recently was accepted into the Apprentice program with the Virginia Pilot Association. Best thing you can do for a kid is get him/her involved in boating and fishing.
  10. Lightning

    I was on the Lostmans River yesterday when the rain storms came. I waited that out, but conditions looked bad back towards Chokoloskee. After a long wait, I ran through the Wilderness Waterway, and almost stopped at the Plate Creek Bay Chickee to shelter from the storm, but it looked like things may have been clearing, so I continued on. I stopped at the old house in Huston Bay after seeing a couple of other boats at the dock--figured I would ride things out there. The guys there must have been the owners. I was surprised when they did not ask me to tie up and stay for a while. When the lightning got bad again, I anchored in a creek leading to Sunday Bay. Thankfully, I made it back safely to Outdoor Resorts. Anyway, I'm curious how others handle things when you get caught on the water in a bad storm. I put the rods away, and tried to stay out of the open bays when it got bad. Other than that, what do others do?
  11. Mahi out of Jupiter Inlet (Way Out)

    Wow! That's quite a day.
  12. Chokoloskee update?

    New moon. Nice tides, but opposite of what I would prefer (8:38 a.m. low at the Lostmans).
  13. Inlet Snook

    Wow! What a morning!
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