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About SCFD rtrd.

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    Live Baiter


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    Retired Fire Dept.
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    Fishing and Building stuff
  • Location
    Maitland / Englewood, Fl.
  • Full Name
    Steve Hiers

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  1. SCFD rtrd.

    Question about boat lift (sling or cradle)

    Never seen anything like that on a boat lift, but I haven't seen everything. How would you drive the boat into the slip with a spreader bar?
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    Fastening Acrylic panel to console

    Remember your acrylic and fiberglass expand and contract at different rates, so drill your screw holes slightly oversize to keep the acrylic from cracking in very cold or hot weather. You want the panel to be water tight, so some type of caulk is necessary on all edges.
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    Random power loss- Outboard only

    What about the battery switch? Sometimes they just fail from fatigue. Did you run the boat/motor for a significant time after the "power loss", just to make sure it's not a fuel issue?
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    Question about boat lift (sling or cradle)

    Mod is correct. The straps will droop in the middle when empty. The longer the boat is off the slings, the more they will droop. The length of the slings may also be an issue. They may be longer than necessary. The slings and where they attach to the cables, only need to clear the gunnels by a few inches when driving the boat into the slip.
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    Red Tide

    Back in Englewood again. Been getting about 3 or 4 Pompano per day. We haven't had any cold fronts lately, so the water temps are warming up and the Pompano are moving back out to the Gulf. Got 3 this morning, one was 17" long.
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    Red Tide

    Yep, the water temps were in the 65 degree range, so I'd guess their metabolism has slowed way down. I switch to chunk bait fishing in the winter (ladyfish or mullet chunks). That sent gets them fired up.
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    No fishing for a while

    Dang flatsdoctor, is all that apparatus temporary or permanent? Either way, wishing you a fast and full recovery.
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    FWC Weekly

    We need more cops on the water and in the woods. There are so many people knowingly violating our game laws.
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    Fly fishing from your bay boat?

    I use to fly fish a lot, but not anymore. The answer to your question is yes, everything gets in the way, but you learn to deal with it. Back in the day, two of us use to fly fish out of a 16 ft. john boat and after snagging your fishing buddy's ear a couple times, you learn quickly about which way to back-cast. That's what your trolling motor is for. Position the boat so you can fling that fly line in both directions.
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    Hydraulic Pumps and Controls for Accesories

    What about an Atlas jack plate? Everything except the relays and switch are mounted outside the boat, between the transom and jack-plate.
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    Question about frying fish

    Ok, I only use my oil once, then I chunk it. So, after reading the replies, I'd guess the oil is not the problem. Geeviam described my problem more correctly when he said the oil "foams up", that is exactly what happens. It seems that the double dipping is the problem by trapping, then releasing moisture. Going to try straight up Andy's fry batter. Thanks for the help. geeviam, when you say Mazola or Wesson, you are talking about vegetable oil, right?
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    Red Tide

    Late report from Englewood. Was there about 3 weeks in January. Had lots of projects and some meetings, then lots of wind. But got to fish about 4 days and caught lots of Pompano. Mostly shorts but managed some keepers. It's only going to get better as the water temps drop. NCTribute, how was your fishing trip to Charlotte Harbor in January?
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    Friction hinges 2500 hybrid

    Never thought about it like that, but it seems that you are right about all the stress is being transferred to the few small screws that connect the hinges to the fiberglass.
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    Question about frying fish

    I like my fish fried. I use an electric deep fryer at 350 degrees. I fill the fryer about 1/3 full of vegetable oil, then add fish to about the half full mark, but sometimes I have a problem with the grease boiling over. It only happens after cooking several batches of fish (maybe 30 min. of cooking). The oil starts expanding, rises to the top and boils over. Anyone have a clue what causes this? I do double bread my fish by dipping the pieces in egg and heavy cream, then fish batter, then another dip in egg and heavy cream, then panko crumbs.
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    2009 Suburban Lt

    Thanks, sold it to a Magistrate Judge from Jasper, Ga. Texted him last night to make sure he and wife go home ok. He sounded really excited. I'm happy and they are happy.
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