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Everything posted by sylvestermax

  1. Will this be part of what was mention in this thread about an on-water class ( ) or will this be in-class only? I've done a couple of Vance's great in-class grouper trolling seminars but I'm really looking forward to the on-water class.
  2. Will this be part of the class mentioned in the beginning of this thread, or will this be in-class only? I've done a couple of Vance's in-class grouper trolling seminars and I'm really looking forward to the on-water class.
  3. Is there anymore word on this event? The last post was by Gary back in March. No follow-up since then.
  4. One thing to keep in mind, MotorGuides will only connect to Lowrance units and Minn Kota will only connect to Garmin units. But as SSS said, they are full function as long as you get the Xi5 with GPS built in..
  5. I second the XI5. I have a 24 volt 80 lb thrust on the boat and it's tied to my Lowrance as well. It works great. I use it to get bait and it holds the boat on a dime, even in a stiff wind. I also use it in conjunction with my Power Pole to keep my boat facing in a certain direction. It took a little getting used to the wireless operation but it works like a dream. I can control it from any part of the boat. I can go all day on a full charge.
  6. ctcap2000, If you don't mind me asking, what general area were you fishing. I was out near FD Sunday and had similar luck. I didn't see trout sitting on the bottom, but there was no fish movement at all and I didn't see fish where I normal do.
  7. I'm up for it as well. Especial for trolling the ship channel in the bay. I did the Tarpon class a couple of years ago. I learned a lot and had a good time. We even hooked into a couple of tarpon during the on-water part of the class. I sure hope this comes to fruition.
  8. You know, I used to love this place. I read, posted and participated in this forum quite a bit. I still log on every now and then. I don't agree with sharing particular fishing spots with the public, but don't mind giving advice (Not spots)to a beginner that will help them learn to fish for themselves. But to be honest, the magic that made this forum what it was, IS Gone. Between the in-fighting among members/moderators, the lack of forum sponsored activities like we had a couple of years back, the format changes the forum went through a while back when everyone's screen names and other info got scrambled and it took weeks of PMing moderators and administrators to get our info straightened out. I have seen a lot of newbies get blasted/flamed off this forum instead of being politely advised to proper fishing forum etiquette. All of this, as well as other things, has turned a lot of people off and made people leave the forum or not join in the first place after reading a few threads. I've spoken to a few of the regulars that used to call this forum home and they share the same sentiment.
  9. The fish are out there. Tammy and I went out last Saturday and she got one slam and I got a double slam. 8-10 snook, 3reds, and a mess of speckled trout were caught. We fished where the flats meet the mangroves. You mentioned the mullet guys heading out. Yeah, I've seen a few boats that are heading out in the evening with nets stacked on the front of the boats, and they aren't cast nets. Cast nets aren't that big. I couldn't see any reg numbers on the boats either. One of the boats, on trailer, pulled out onto hwy 41 from the lot next to the big house that is next to the Kitchen kayak launch in Gibsonton.
  10. This looks like a great event for a great cause. Tammy and I will be going if our schedule allows. I think it would a be a great way to meet some new faces even if you don't participate in the auction. Who else will be going? Here is the link to the article. www.theonlinefisherman.com/reel-news1/the-real-ladies-of-fishing
  11. Thank you for all, for the nice comments.
  12. D. here is what I have used in the past. It merges Google earth and Navigation charts together. The more you zoom down, the more detail is shown. http://earthnc.com/online-nautical-charts I also use the Navionics web app.
  13. Tammy and her mother sent me out on a guided charter trip with Capt. Jason Prieto for my birthday. He is a fishing guide in the local area. We left the dock shortly after 7:30 and blacking out the live-well with bait in short order. We then hit many spots along the eastern shoreline of Tampa Bay. He did an amazing job of putting me on quality fish. The first fish was caught within minutes of hitting the first spot. It was a 24 inch or so Spanish Mackerel and the second was a really nice Snook. We attempted to measure the snook with a yardstick but it was 4-5 inches longer than the yardstick. We stayed on quality fish throughout the day but the second fish caught was the largest.
  14. Hello all, It's been a while since I've posted here. I've lucked into a Brand new 2016 JACKSON CUDA 14 kayak and I have it listed over in the Classified section. http://www.theonlinefisherman.com/forum/index.php/topic/27164-new-2016-jackson-cuda-14-kayak-newnever-used-1300/
  15. ****SOLD**** I've lucked into a Brand New 2016 JACKSON CUDA 14. The same kayak that I often fish from, just brand new. $1300 Or Best Offer. It's $1450 in the Kayak shops before taxes. This kayak has never been in the water. The kayak is set up for hard core fishing. Super stable, tracks well, and easy to stand and fish from. Color: Dorado (Green, Blue & Black camo) Shoot me a PM if interested. Or give me a call, Cell: eight one three-seven three two-eight five four two Work: weekdays 7am-4pm: 813-529-8652 Features: Hinged center hatch with tracks for mounting rod holders and other accessories Center hatch storage bin Sea Deck, padded standing area High/Low adjustable dry seating with lumbar support pad Three rod holders, one front & two rear Self-bailing deck Large front hatch Rear hatch Large rear tank well/deck Stand-assist strap Rudder Ready Replaceable rear keel skid plate Adjustable foot rests Rod Tip Protector GoPro camera mount Easy to stand and fish from.
  16. Outstanding Cody. It sounds like your making the best of it. You need to do some skiing this winter. Are you down at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs? Before I went into the Air Force, I lived in Colorado for 3 years. Half of that time was in Colorado Springs. There is a lot to keep you busy.
  17. Congratulations Tony & Britt! Way to go. It sounds like it was an awesome day for you two. I was wondering how the tournament was going to turn out, being that the fishing hasn't been all that great lately.
  18. What an epic night David. What a great time you had with your nephew. I'm happy to hear the motor cleared up for you and you weathered the storm. Tammy and I usually night fish the Dock's off the intracoastal in St Pete. Lately they’ve been loaded with fish, mostly Speckled Trout. We were out Thursday night and had a Cobia swimming around one of the deeper lights. I threw a small eel lure to it and got it to follow but it wouldn’t eat. We have yet to catch a Redfish at the docks at night. Plenty during the day, but none at night.
  19. Aw Honey, Don't be jealous. Congratulations Pam, Nice job!!!!
  20. Saturday night, I took a friend from work with me on a little dock fishing excursion in the St. Pete area. We hit the water at 8:30 PM and were off the water by 7-7:30 AM. We concentrated mostly on docks with underwater lights. I was surprised by the number of Speckled Trout around the lights. I've fished the docks out there a few times, but never saw trout around the lights like that. Although we saw other species like Mangos and Snook around the lights, only the specks would bite. We used shrimp and pinfish as bait. All trout caught were between 14 and 21 inches and we took a few home for the dinner table.
  21. Thanks for all of the positive comments guys. We really appropriate it.
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