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    Forum banded words

    I think the filter is kind of stupid... but M2 makes good point and "PS: There are plenty of fishing/boating forums on the internet that are out of control. And copious negativity on various forums and social media sites. If anyone prefers chaos and such uncivil sites, please feel free to utilize them. This site will not be allowed to fall into that realm! " I REALLY Appreciate this position and the role of Moderators and MGB folks. So guess I'll put up with stupid (see, that's an ok word) filters.
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    West Marine BOGO this weekend

    WM brand of 'salt away' BOGO... makes it affordable. Check your dates, the Flare gun with flares.. $50 (deal) The W&P electronic flare at $70 is a real deal. Few years ago wholesale for a dozen was $75. I bought one from W&P at Miami show this spring, think it was $80. At 50% off most stuff at WM is pretty reasonable
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    Years back Capt Benny and another guy, Scott? (on this forum) created a summer project called "Fishing High School' in the keys. Well my bride and I been out of high school lots of years, but I did have cash. So we headed to Islamorda and enjoyed 3 days of instructions. Learned a lot. Had a blast. Was great to see Benny on TV with Flip. Can't find next episode either but might be posted up on Facebook.
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    SeaDeck Cost?

    I paid $2200 for an 18RF a number of years ago. Important is how THICK you get. I went 8m which is extra thick. Used to be you could get custom made and installed (Castaway) for about the same as the retail cost of product direct from SD. The installers buy so much they get a discount, their design, cut, install brings it to about retail price per sheet used. (or used to).
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    Local knowledge for Mosquito Lagoon

    i do NOT fish ML that often, so general: North of Haulover canal is ramp Beacon 42, small skiffs only. Go East cross river to pole/troll zone. Pole between and edges of islands. Haulover Canal ramp (west of bridge). Good parking. can go west to river or east under bridge to Lagoon. I think you may need a permit (FREE).. it's like a piece of paper with rules that you fill out and keep on your boat. Nobody checks, but pretty sure you should have. Seems most of the guides are searching redfish, some fly, some spin and lots with chuck bait (so their clients hook up) In my limited experience I've caught many more reds than trout there. You can also enter from the north (or east) up near New Smyrna, but I live south in Merritt Is, so closest for me is Titusville. Wish I could be more helpful.. now you remind me I need to drive up and explore again
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    too long since been on forum. Trip bite has been either fantastic or none existent. Watch the water temps. COBIA here now, mostly nearshore and on the rays. Kingfish came streaming back in about a week ago. Sheepshed around. Trips are being found on anything floating.. there is a dredge working in the bite. EARLY, before they get to work, fish the buoys and pipe. Once they start work they will run you off (and btw, not safe being near the pipe just in case). remember min size now 18", most of the fish being caught in the 5-6lb range, but a very few solid 12-15lb fish are being found. Ramp at Jetty Park is good, though parking a real PIA as there is construction. Weekends with nice weather a mess, but weekdays pretty easy to find parking. Few places to leave boat in water (if its a skiff). Cape Marina and Scorpion (now known as Port Canaveral Marina) have temp slips, but mostly for larger vessels. Best to trailer.
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    Selling boat: online options.

    an MBG product: first list here. You can do the Craigs List thing (and Boat Trader) and you will have the challenge of tire kickers, etc.. but both those sites get views. Trick My Skiff is still on FB, also there is an independent Hewes/Maverick page on FB. (we spend a LOT of money advertising boats, lots of paid and some low cost sites - boats this size gets most paid views on Boat Trader, my experience).
  8. Among the dumbest things I did this year was sell my Lappy. Let’s see if I can be smarter in the new year. happy New Years to all the great folks at MBG and everyone on this forum.
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    What did you do to your boat today?

    Washed her.
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    Poling platform mounting

    on my older Hewes platform was held with lag bolts. When we modified (taller to fit engine) guy who reinstalled did poor job.. so, drilled 2 extra holes in transom mounting plate, oversized all the lag bolts and 4200 the heck out of it. Solid platform to pole from after that. (it was NOT bolted thru. If yours is, a large backing plate might be a better solution)
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    Yamaha 40 HP 4 Stroke Motor

    contact info? have a buddy looking
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Much to be thankful for. Happy thanksgiving
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    Insurance Renewal Question?

    My insurance guy told me 2 months ago rates had already gone up and for those with older larger boats in marinas they can no longer purchase inexpensive policy covering just the vessel, need $1M liability to. The insurance companies got hammered in the TX storms last year. Many exited market. There was more, but that's what I remember.
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    1997 Maverick Mirage 2

    Seatrial Tuesday afternoon. I’ll let you know.
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    Yep..it’s in full mode

    We ran from launch pads to Cocoa Beach pier. Everywhere. On Sunday the port was full too..but we ran deep unsuccessfully looking for dolphin
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