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  • Islamorada Funament 2016

    I'll start by saying "man,what great time!" I couldn't be happier with how the first time ever in the Keys with my own boat went.Loan Shark felt right at home and it was certainly a bucket list item for me.I had an awesome crew with me too.The trip started Wednesday afternoon with a stopover in Fort Lauderdale.Thursday morning we picked up Nick Dodge near airport and rolled out to Islamorada.Dropped the shark in around 12 and started geting acclimated .We cruised the back country a little and trolled through some cool mangroves.Then headed offshore for a quick look.Then it was on to the captains meeting and social.Met the legend Tred Barta.I was pretty excited about that.He looked great and fished as well.Friday morning we headed out to the humps.Was a little bumpy at first but then cleared out.We trolled for a while but the bite was slow.Caught one cuda.Then sat on top of humps jigging and caught a few amberjacks.again,the bite was slow.We started trolling again and found a nice weedline that produced a few dolphin.We headed back in and chummed for yellowtail.Caught a few of those,but were too small to keep.Called it a day and headed to the dock to clean fish.We went over to BPS for a brief stop and then to our new favorite hang out...the Lorelei.They cooked our fish and we ate like kings.Awesome sunsets and great entertainment.Next day we headed out early again with basically same plan in mind.Except,this time we started with a nice treble hook in the hand of my buddy.I had to get the side cutters out and pop the barb off and then dab a little iodine on it.Good to go.Started trolling then moved on to jigging.Caught some mighty fine blackfin and Nick hooked up with a 2985lb mermaid.Took all his line and then popped it after about 30 minutes of fighting.We headed back to the sandbar for while to check out the scenery.It was decent and even had moments of shear entertainment when the rookies tried to anchor their big boats.Obviously,$500k center consoles do not come with instructions.After watching that for a bit,we headed back to the dock to clean fish and get ready for the banquet.We gave ourselves a pat on the back as a young family from NY was there and seemingly have never seen the ocean before.Little dude was intrigued by our fish and maybe learned a thing or two.The banquet was up next.They claim to have had 72 boats registered.I'm certain most of them fished on a charter boat or hired a guide to fish on their boat.I wasn't too pleased with how that all went down.Needless to say,the awards ceremony was a little tilted.We still had a great time and can't wait to do all again next year! 1175 miles round trip and everything went off without a hitch.I'll post pics as soon as possible.
    1985 Mako 21B w/ 2013 Yamaha F300[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=42046 [br]1967 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]1971 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]Richmond Hill,GA[br]

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    Dropping in





    Cruising the mangroves







    Showing some CM



    BPS







    Tred Barta



    Fishing and cruising















    Nick's mermaid



    The sandbar



    The spoils at Lorelei



    More to come
    1985 Mako 21B w/ 2013 Yamaha F300[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=42046 [br]1967 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]1971 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]Richmond Hill,GA[br]

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    • #3
      Misc



















      Coast Guard cutter plowing







      The crew!


      1985 Mako 21B w/ 2013 Yamaha F300[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=42046 [br]1967 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]1971 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]Richmond Hill,GA[br]

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      • #4
        Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing. Too bad you didn't get pics of the "2985lb mermaid".

        Maybe one year I won't have 2 soccer games and a football game, and can mark off my bucket list too.
        \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
        \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by ChuckB


          Too bad you didn't get pics of the "2985lb mermaid".



          It was 3125lbs
          1985 Mako 21B w/ 2013 Yamaha F300[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=42046 [br]1967 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]1971 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]Richmond Hill,GA[br]

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          • #6
            Awesome job! Very jealous and sorry I could not join this year. I will book next year with you so you can teach the ropes to the freshman
            [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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            • #7
              3250lbs
              ..........
              Nick Dodge[br]Maysville, GA[br]1990 Mako 261 Broken Arrow[br][br]Project Thread- http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56182&whichpage=1

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              • #8
                Awesome! Looks like it was a blast
                Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian. -Henry Ford[br]1988 Mako 261 \"Stroken\" Project Thread: http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=26203[br]1992 Mako221B project thread: http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=48747[br]1992 Mako 261B \"Reel Impressive\" project thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56286[br]

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