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Tallydon posted 03-08-2002 09:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tallydon   Send Email to Tallydon  
I just hooked up the boat, loaded it, and will be out in the Gulf tomorrow. Its suppose to be in the mid-eighties. I don't know how you guys up north survive the winter and being off the water for so long. Nothing like preparing for the trip and expecting good weather the next day. The trout and redfish are in the rivers and may be moving into the oyster bars. Life is good! I only hope you guys can get out there asap and you have an early spring.
fireball posted 03-08-2002 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for fireball  Send Email to fireball     
I hate to tell you folks but north florida is too cold-Marathon, Florida Keys is my next residence. There is a year round season there, and maybe I'll get tired of fishing-NOT...Bigshot-the turbine- fired "Whales Tail IV" is going there to terrorize the waters permanently. My newest custom prop, according to my prop inventor down here may sqeeze 70 mph out of the looper & the double deuce Outrage.
Talleydon: the big sheepshead are coming in on the jettys here, but my moving will probably cancel fishing in Fernandina for me. My buddies here are still catching big reds in the creeks and rivers as the shrimp stayed in close this year with this warm weather/water. g
Dick posted 03-08-2002 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I had 4 inches of snow at my house in Seattle yesterday but it looks like it may be over. Way to late in the year for snow here. Hard to look out the window at the Montauk covered in snow when it should be in the water.
scottfarm posted 03-08-2002 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for scottfarm  Send Email to scottfarm     
Hey Tallydon, I live in Sneads Florida about 45 miles west of you. Do you put in at Alligator point. I usually put in at Appalachacola, Panama City, or Mexico Beach. Good to see a home boy here.
Tallydon posted 03-08-2002 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tallydon  Send Email to Tallydon     
I put in at the St. Marks River, which is mostly freshwater, then run two miles south to the Gulf to meet saltwater. Sometimes I put at Carabelle and fish between Dog and St George Islands too. But St. Marks is only 18 miles from my home and about 30 minutes travel time. The St. Marks River opens into a bay near the St. Marks Lighthouse and on to the flats where is stays shallow for several miles off shore. During the spring, there is nothing better then drift fishing with the Bimini top up and spending the day in the warm Florida sunshine.

The St. Marks area is relatively undeveloped and is surrounded by conservation land. You can almost imagine what Florida used to be before all of the rampant development that now characterizes most of the state's coastline.

After a day on the flats, and after the boat is on the trailer, we usually stop by Posey's Oyster Bar located on the St. Marks River, for a beer and a smoked mullet (the best in all of Florida) and tell tall fish tales. The place has real character and is part of "old Florida," circ. 1920s.

triblet posted 03-09-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The season started the first weekend in
January. The Montauk's hitched up to go
diving today (will be dives 30 and 31 this
year, all but four of the Montauk).

Gotta go, time to awaken the Admiral.


Jerry Townsend posted 03-09-2002 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
There oughta be a law against such talk when there is still that white stuff on the grass in the northwest around Idaho and the water is still a tad rigid. Know what Talleydon, we hope for an early spring too - gosh, we hope, and hope, and ... Well, some of the big water in northern Idaho, like lake Couer d'Alene and Pend Orielle (Pond-d-ray) which is, I believe the deepest lake in the U.S. are open nearly year round. But being out on Pend Orielle in an Outrage in the winter with some blowing snow is not my favorite way to have fun.

But, any way that it cut, those of us in the northern climates are abused and mistreated - but that's alright. We know spring is coming, then summer and a beautiful fall - and then we try to stay warm. --- Jerry/Idaho

MikeK posted 03-09-2002 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for MikeK  Send Email to MikeK     
I hear St George Island mentioned and as a flatlander from Indiana I think of April and...pompano...what a fish...what a fight..what am doing here!!!
TightPenny posted 03-09-2002 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
Spring is sprung here in New Jersey, the daffodils and croci are up, I just went to the store wearing only a teeshirt. Current temperatures are in the high 50's to low 60's if I can believe my home page.

The urge to uncover the Montauk is becoming overwhelming, but since I can't depend on the weather staying the way it is, I guess I will wait until the beginning of April.

dchris2 posted 03-09-2002 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for dchris2  Send Email to dchris2     
65 degrees today on Long Beach Island, N.J. Water is still 42 degrees. Another 5 weeks and the whaler will be in the water. Can't wait for Aug when the Gulf is like a bathtub. I lived on the Gulf for 5 yrs. What we have to bear in winter you pay for in summer. True you can still go boating in Aug and we can't in Jan. I'm a little jealous, don't rub it in.
whalernut posted 03-09-2002 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
75 degrees here in Pgh,PA. today!!! My boat is in a Barn up at Lake Erie, so I am looking at about another month, I am in no hurry as I am selling my engine and controls and probably the interior to turn my Currituck into a Montauk!!! Jack.
Dr T posted 03-10-2002 02:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
When I got home from the office yesterday evening, it was about 11 degrees F. Tomorrow it is supposed to be about 60. Denver is a bit schitzo.

I think we are still looking at Mid-April before we can reliably count on getting on the water up in this part of the Rockies (without frostbite, at least).

Here, spring begins by definition when Daylight Savings Time begins. Of course that does not preclude getting 2 ft of snow in mid-April (like we did last year).

At least we don't have hurricaines.


Tallydon posted 03-10-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tallydon  Send Email to Tallydon     
Yeah, one good hurricane and Posey's Oyster Bar will be history. Well, yesterday was perfect with the exception of no fish. The weather was in the high 70s, almost no wind and the seas were like glass. Went off shore by myself (wifey didn't want to get up early) in my D16 approximately 8 miles and trolled for Grouper. No such luck but did de-stress a lot.

Unfortunately, there was accident yesterday where a woman became missing. In today's newspaper there was an account of what happened. Four individuals in a 14' John boat took on water and sunk in one of the rivers that feed into the Gulf. Three of them were recovered and they are still searching for her today.

I know there are major disagreements about the virtues of various whalers, but the main thing should be coming back in alive. Thats why I own a whaler.

North Beach posted 03-10-2002 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    

We whale in LBI too, but in a lowly 15--need bigger whaler to go out this early. Where do you boat?

whalernut posted 03-10-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
30 degrees today in Pittsburgh go figure!! 75 one day 30 the next!!! Jack.
Chesapeake posted 03-10-2002 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Chicago is earning its' name this weekend. Bitter cold and winds over 50MPH. Still wish we were putting in... just somewhere else.
Tallydon posted 03-10-2002 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tallydon  Send Email to Tallydon     
Oh yeah, posey's website is

There are a few photos of the St. Marks River. One Category 3 or more, and this place is likely history.

PMUCCIOLO posted 03-11-2002 01:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
Pontiac Aztek....Hmmmm....perhaps an AMC Pacer?

No, seriously, I suggest letting someone else try out the new design prior to spending your hard-earned money. I had a less-than-positive experience with a new 15 Dauntless in 1995. I prefer not to elaborate here; it's too painful! I'm back to the classic hull now, and I shall not depart from its design and performance characteristics. Learn from my mistake!

If you can, perhaps you can amend your sales agreement to include your satisfaction with the boat on a test ride, or cancel it and wait for someone else to be the lab rat.


PMUCCIOLO posted 03-11-2002 01:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
I just realized that I typed this response on the wrong thread. Sorry.
KeysNole posted 03-11-2002 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
Hey Fireball, I'm in Marathon. It's a good lifesyle down here-I can't complain. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to email me at

I'm likely going to purchase another house down here...I'm already wishing I had done it a few years ago. Property values are through the roof!

Salmon Tub posted 03-11-2002 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
My boating season ends the weekend before Duck Season, and for three months my boat is out of commision. My boating season begins the weekend following the close of Duck season. There is always something to be caught in the SF Bay and Pacific. Oddly enough, torwards the end of September, I dread the hassle of boating, the launch, the load, the wash-down and the cleaning (fish), and anxiously await the comming Duck season. Torwards the end of Duck season, I am burnt out of the 2am wake-up, the long haul, the miserable weather, the sloshing through the fields, the half awake return drive home, and the feather plucking through half the night, and look forward to the day when I can get back to the boat. Go figure! If there is a weekend that I take off from this cycle and actually rest, I later hate myself for sitting around and not having gone anywhere to fish or hunt - You know could have caught that fish of a lifetime if I would have gone, or had that hunt of the season if I went. No rest for the weary, I guess.
Bigshot posted 03-13-2002 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Just got back from LBI NJ. Place is like "Groundhog Day".....nothing changes. Colder than I could stand and nasty wind, etc. Great to be back in the way, when did the season end?

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