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    sylvestermax got a reaction from tof_team in Trolling For Grouper   
    Is there anymore word on this event? The last post was by Gary back in March. No follow-up since then.
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from cyrusd40 in Strange Day In A Bay?   
    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.
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    sylvestermax reacted to poyssick in Trolling For Grouper   
    Do any of you want to learn how to catch keeper grouper inshore and nearshore?
     
    We are thinking of doing a class. In a classroom first and then on the water. You need a boat or you need to work with somebody who has one.
     
    The participating boats will need downriggers.
     
    It's gonna be a while yet, but stay tuned and let us know if you are interested. It is not gonna be free but it ain't gonna cost a lot, either. I can assure you it will be well worth it. If you have ever attended one of Vance Tice's seminars, you will have a taste - a small one - of what we are going to teach.
     
    Again, let us know. We will be giving you dates in the next few weeks.
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    sylvestermax reacted to bassin assassin in I'm Seriously Curious   
    True beef. He is good. One of the young fishing studs like yourself that consistently caught big fish. So sad to lose all those good anglers. Hopefully some will come back some time and grace us with their angling insights. I like the free exchange of ideas, theories and the sharing of fishing exploits. I love reading about an angler's day on the water or watching a good videos like yours beef. Many who can't get out live vicariously through these reports. A fishing forum allows for that and has a lot to offer. We need more reports from all the members. We have too many lurkers that don't contribute anything to the site. Too many are just looking for new and better places to fish rather than being part of making TOF better than all other Tampa fishing websites. It could be the site to go to for the best angling reports and fishing advice. The wealth of fishing knowledge of the members here is incredible. We just need more people to get involved and participate/contribute to make the difference between a good site and a great site. We don't want to go the way of Captain Mel.
     
    One problem I see is the lack of responsiveness of the site. I sent a PM to the "TOF Team" regarding an article I wanted to publish, but retain rights to, regarding fishing docks with artificials. I might write a book someday. It is 7 pages long and extremely detailed. I sent my PM to them on 12/28/15 and didn't receive a response until 1/12/16. Basically I wanted to make sure that Gary wasn't going to claim that he owns the article since it is published on his site and to contact him about it. They said they would talk to Gary and get back to me. I am still waiting for a response. It is stuff like that that alienates members.
     
    You are still here Andy. Aren't you?
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    sylvestermax reacted to andys in I'm Seriously Curious   
    Yes I'm still on the TFO fishing site. I like to read all post/reports. I still have FL. in my blood. Thanks!
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    sylvestermax reacted to barrynfla in I'm Seriously Curious   
    Mike hit the nail on the head.  In particular the following paragraph sums it all up to me:
     
    The site sponsored/initiated numerous educational and TOF "member get together" type events locally every year for awhile - and this merging of real world and online in such a unique way created a true "community" feel among those who had become involved. Members met in person and knew and fished with each other in large #s - so you knew exactly who you were posting a response to - because you had met that person before and/or they were your occasional fishing companion. It wasn't just chatting among fishing enthusiasts online behind a user name and avatar - it was talking with and sharing info, fishing reports, stories, posing questions etc. with multiple people that you actually knew (and liked in most cases).
     
    That's exactly what I miss the most.
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    sylvestermax reacted to pickgrin in I'm Seriously Curious   
    Here's the truth of the matter as I see it - and Chris Boggs is fairly close to the crux of it.
     
    Initially this site (and in particular the forums) was focused on a relatively small geographic area - Tampa Bay and immediate surrounding areas. Most everyone who was involved and commenting and active on the forums lives in the Tampa Bay area or at least within 50-75 miles.
     
    It was a newish option - and a much better/nicer one for those who wanted to "chat" and learn about fishing online than the "other site" that had been pretty popular among FL West coasters - but after its well known owner died, those who took it over treated commentors on their forums like children to be scolded (and worse - belittled) for any # of "offenses" - and they pretty quickly ran off many good fishermen who were only trying to participate and join a localish online "community".
     
    In the 2010-2012 time frame, TOF was like a breath of fresh air because it was cool, laid-back, most members on the forums were nice and respectful to each other and lots of good info began to be shared by many who had real world fishing experience and good knowledge to share.
     
    The focus of the site (both on the front page and in the forums)was its home base. Tampa Bay area and the surrounding west coast of Florida with an emphasis on what most "locals" are interested in - good info, news and fishing reports about Tampa Bay area saltwater fishing.
     
    The site sponsored/initiated numerous educational and TOF "member get together" type events locally every year for awhile - and this merging of real world and online in such a unique way created a true "community" feel among those who had become involved. Members met in person and knew and fished with each other in large #s - so you knew exactly who you were posting a response to - because you had met that person before and/or they were your occasional fishing companion. It wasn't just chatting among fishing enthusiasts online behind a user name and avatar - it was talking with and sharing info, fishing reports, stories, posing questions etc. with multiple people that you actually knew (and liked in most cases).
     
    But then things started to change and the site as a whole started to attempt to focus (particularly on the front page) on a "wider audience" and to "spread its influence" to every corner of the state and beyond. This was deemed important to give the appearance of a wider scope of "influence" than that which actually existed. (at least in an organic sense). High end monetization was the goal - and there's nothing wrong with just rewards for creativity and hard work in creating something special and unique - that is unless you kill the golden goose in the attempt which is basically what ultimately happened - (regarding these forums at least).
     
    The forums chugged along for awhile maintaining its "local feel" for the most part despite the obvious shift in focus up front to attempt to reach a "wider" audience - but somewhere along the way the magic was lost. That which made this fishing forum "special" was not fostered nor nurtured nor paid much attention to by those who make decisions for TOF - so the forums kind of became an afterthought for the site and with that result - the feeling of "community" which is exactly what made it so great here was quickly lost (and is unlikely to be recovered IMO).
     
    I don't believe that very many people stopped participating here because too many "spots" were being openly talked about as has been contended. Some perhaps - but certainly not the majority of so many "lost forum members". I never thought the "talking about spots" thing was all that prevalent nor big of a "problem" from what I could see (which is everything that gets posted). I think rather that many forum members who had been active for some time continued to see the ever increasing change in focus of the site and gradually just kind of lost interest because it didn't feel much like their own personal online fishing community anymore. Less reports by members (which were quite prevalent in TOF forums heyday) led to even less reports which of course led to less interest, less traffic and less members.
     
    There were other factors - the obsession with other forms of social media has likely played some roll in fishing forums' demise - But in particular, there was the incredibly painful switch-over to the "new forums format" here on TOF and all the problems that went along with it (some of which still haven't been addressed years later). So whether it was the problems people had getting functions of the forums to work right - or just a generalized revolt among quite a few about being forced to learn a brand new (though largely improved) format to be involved at that time - along with the aforementioned shift in focus of the site as a whole - that time frame (18-24 months ago) was kind of the dagger in the heart of these TOF forums from which it has never recovered.
     
    Just my opinion - but I've been pretty damn involved with this site from early on - so I'm sure there's at least some validity to those observations.
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from thefishingbuddha in I'm Seriously Curious   
    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.
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from captjack_1 in I'm Seriously Curious   
    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.
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from fishinchick in Real Ladies Of Fishing   
    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
     
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from fishinchick in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from navigator in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from phil030 in Channel Markers And Google Earth   
    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.
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from fishinchick in Channel Markers And Google Earth   
    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.
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    sylvestermax reacted to Tammy in Birthday Charter   
    I love you, for more reasons then I cannot explain. This was a good experience.You always put me first when it comes to fishing, which puts us up against a brick wall. I hope to see more post like this from you in the future.
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from flaswimbaiter in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from barrynfla in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from andys in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from phil030 in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from sunbked in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from at last in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from Tim in Birthday Charter   
    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.

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    sylvestermax got a reaction from phil030 in New 2016 Jackson Cuda 14 Kayak New/never Used $1300   
    The Kayak has been Sold.
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    sylvestermax got a reaction from phil030 in New 2016 Jackson Cuda 14 Kayak New/never Used $1300   
    ****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.






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    sylvestermax got a reaction from codys in Starting Over Again   
    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.
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