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About FullThrottle

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  • Birthday 05/05/1949

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    Virginia Beach
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    Fishing, Boating, Beach, Swimming.
    Grandkids and their interests.

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    R207 (sold 6/2018)

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  1. FullThrottle

    Striper Article

    I got this off of a response to this article on the Sailfish site. Sure hope it leads to better striper catches and at the same time, I hope that there are some commercial and recreational limits to ensure the fish stock don't get severely impacted. Although all my efforts and the efforts of of a lot of other people have not impacted the menhaden limits yet, hoping that the Virginia legislature will at least use the ASMFC limits or even something more restrictive in the bay. Here's some good news on the front: The data are in and the results are official: Juvenile striped bass numbers are healthy in the Chesapeake Bay and its major tributaries. Virginia and Maryland say seine surveys conducted over the summer show young-of-year stripers – those spawned this past spring – top historic averages and signal good fishing for commercial and recreational anglers in a few years. Mary Fabrizio, who heads Virginia’s survey, said annual sampling has important economic and ecological value and helps in managing the species. “By estimating the relative number of young-of-year striped bass, our survey provides an important measure of annual and long-term trends in the bay’s striped bass population,” Fabrizio said. Fabrizio is with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, which conducts the survey for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. VMRC manages nearly all the state’s fisheries. David Blazer, director of Fishing and Boating Services at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, called their state’s results “encouraging” for their efforts to protect and maintain the striped bass fishery. “Consecutive years of healthy reproduction is a great sign for the future of this iconic species,” Blazer said. Virginia began monitoring striped bass in 1967, and Maryland in 1954. Researchers scoop up samples using 100-foot beach seine nets at designated sites, or index stations, several times throughout the summer. VIMS samples the James, York and Rappahannock river watersheds, while the Maryland DNR samples the Choptank, Potomac and Nanticoke river watersheds and the Upper Chesapeake Bay. This year, VIMS collected and measured 1,875 juveniles, logging a mean value or recruitment index of 10.72 fish per seine haul. This is greater than the historic average index of 7.7. Maryland’s DNR collected 1,951 juveniles, with an index of 14.8 – higher than the historic average of 11.8. At the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation, senior regional ecosystem scientist Chris Moore called the resurgence of young striped bass a “promising sign.” “Hopefully, these fish will grow and thrive in the bay in the coming years as a result of the improving water quality we’re seeing under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint,” said Moore. Striper abundance can ebb and flow dramatically from year to year depending on predation, fishing pressures, disease, weather and environmental factors. The bay stock hit historic lows in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but when Virginia, Maryland and Delaware enacted fishing bans in the ’80s, the population began to rebound. Today, it’s considered recovered. Striped bass are a top predator in the bay ecosystem and an important sport fish. They can live around 30 years, migrating in a vast range from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to the St. John’s River in Florida. Females mature around age 4 and males around age 2. Adults swim up coastal rivers to spawn, then their fertilized eggs drift downstream and hatch into larvae that rapidly grow into juveniles. Juveniles stay in nursery sites such as the Chesapeake for up to four years to mature, then swim to the Atlantic Ocean to join the migration. Read more: http://sailfishownersforum.proboards.com/thread/407/striper#ixzz5We2oHWsx
  2. FullThrottle

    Striper Article

    Although I like to blame Omega for the lack of striper, this article in today's Virginian Pilot lists the other part of the problem. forecast fishing Lee Tolliver Illustrations courtesy of Duane Raver Fishing for striped bass has always been a fall tradition, even though catching the species the past few years has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Let’s face it: we were all spoiled by the days several years ago when stripers were big and thick in the lower Chesapeake Bay and along the coast. Catching them typically was as easy as getting on a boat and putting out some lures. Casting, trolling, it didn’t matter. The fish were so plentiful that it was rare to ever get skunked. About the only thing that took pressure off the massive schools of striper was bad weather. And it had to be some serious bad weather to stop us. Those big fish don’t come around legal waters inside of three miles of the coast much anymore. The fish that make northeastern waters now head straight south on their migration and end up around offshore wrecks and structures around the Chesapeake Light Tower. You’re not supposed to even practice catch-and-release out there. Bigger fish that make northern regions of the bay their home most of the year rarely make it to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. While some come close, the past couple of years, they’ve made it to points west of Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore. And the number of fish topping 25 pounds – you know, the ones we used to throw back – isn’t what it used to be. So what happened? How did a world-class fishery simply turn off? Look in the mirror. We crushed them and gave them little chance to keep their numbers high. Both recreational and commercial fishermen share equal blame – all those big breeding females taken for trophies and freezers full of meat. Only time will fix things. The rockfish have made a dramatic return once before. Hopefully, they will once again.
  3. FullThrottle

    console rebuild wish list

    Sounds like quite a project. Look forward to the pics.
  4. FullThrottle

    New Floor Coating

    Looks good. Hopefully I'm years away from needing to coat the deck, but good to know information.
  5. FullThrottle

    Macerator fuse

    Not sure where the fuse block is, but this diagram shows the fuse on the fuse block (from panel kit Robalo support document).
  6. FullThrottle

    WTB R 227 or R 247

    Nice looking boat. I was extremely close to getting one, but it was my wife's turn to pick out the boat and she fell in love with the Sailfish 245DC. Only issue I have with the 245DC is it only comes single engine. It's so much easier to dock with 2 engines and they provides a little bit of a safety factor in offshore trips. Glad you are enjoying the boat.
  7. FullThrottle

    24 ft robalo

    If I read the number right (and the contrast on the number makes that tough for my old eyes) hindecoder says: The HIN or CIN you have entered meets the Straight-Year HIN format. It might also be a type that contains the country code and thus the boat comes from USA or Other . The serial number of the HIN is 51022 and is set by the boat builder. This boat or vessel has a Certification Date of (1977) and a Model Year of 1977 with month of build (June) based on the formatting of your hull_identification_number (HIN) . The manufacturer identification code (MIC) of your craft identification number (CIN or HIN) is SLK. This MIC (SLK) stands for the company name Silver Lake Fabrication which is currently In Business. This boat manufacturer has other company names (SLK sometimes goes by these name(s) , Amf Powerboat Oob, Amf Slickcraft Oob, or Amf Robalo Oob). This company (Silver Lake Fabrication) is owned by Aaron Leclerc and is located at 29 HOT HOLE POND in CONCORD state of NH. It manufactured this vessel and placed your HIN or CIN on the hull. The Parent Company for this boat maker is (). Silver Lake Fabrication has started making boats, yachts and other watercraft as of 11/19/2014.
  8. FullThrottle

    Granddaughter fishing

    Me too on hearing about the cobia fishing, after I took her out of course. Looks like today is other grandkids out for a ride on 'big mable' and time at the beach, so no fishing. I'll have to see what the wife says about tomorrow.
  9. FullThrottle

    Granddaughter fishing

    Weatherman was wrong about the heat index only going to 105 yesterday. Heat index was 107 when we were out fishing at the CBBT 1st island. Granddaughter had a great time anyway. No flounder, but lots of croaker, some fish I haven't figured out yet (think it's a grunt), and small spot. I will say it was warm while washing the boat, but great out on the water. Used the fresh water hand shower on my head a few times while fishing as did my granddaughter.
  10. FullThrottle

    I can't catch a break - follow up to lost post

    Glad you got through it and are on the mend. Surgeries are never fun, but you sure did have a bad one. Look forward to hearing about your boating and fishing trips soon.
  11. FullThrottle


    Just got an answer to the email..Webinar won't help: The August 31 conference call and webinar is solely for stock assessment purposes. Specifically, the Menhaden Stock Assessment Subcommittee is meeting to discuss indices of relative abundance for the 2019 benchmark stock assessment. No management or policy issues are on the agenda. An agenda for the conference call will be posted to our website sometime next week.
  12. FullThrottle


    I'm not sure how many people are aware of the menhaden issue in Virginia where the Virginia Legislature has turned over all fishing management to scientists except for menhaden. It may have something to do with farmers wanting cheap fertilizer (menhaden) and the company that does the menhaden fishing (Omega) doing a lot of campaign donations. The sad news is Omega attacks the menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay primarily as Virginia is one of the only East Coast States that allows menhaden fishing in state waters. Anyway... I ran across this at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries web site. Can't seem to find out anything other than they are having an open webinar on menhaden. I have sent an email to ask what the purpose of the webinar is. It would be nice if it was to educate Virginia Legislators in fisheries management, but I'm pretty sure they are not educatable beyond counting Omega campaign donations. www.asmfc.org/calendar/08/2018/Atlantic-Menhaden-Stock-Assessment-Subcommittee-Webinar/1273 An article explaining more about the ASMFC regs and Virginia's failures is at: www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/asmfc-puts-virginia-on-notice-regarding-menhaden-limits-in-chespeake-bay
  13. FullThrottle

    20180720 152842

    Picture is upside down at times. Sorry, but unable to correct.
  14. FullThrottle

    Back Up?

    Quite the effort on your part and at a bad time too. Happy you are recovering from the operation and that you were able to get the board back online.
  15. I could write a small book about buying the Sailfish and the problems I had related to dealers. Just will say that the only in-state dealer wouldn't deal at all and his price was too high, he had NO service staff and it was 80 miles from my house by car or boat. Ended up buying for a good price from a dealer in Georgia, but he made many promises and has only kept one or two. Hoping I don't have any serious warranty issues! So, now the difference. My original order included a windshield wiper, but it wasn't on the boat I got. Dealer said "no problem, I'll either install it or get you one" and I agreed I'd install it to save time (I needed the boat to the boatel in short order, or I'd lose my space). Three emails/messages to the dealer and still no response. So, I contacted Sailfish. My contact at Sailfish got me all the part numbers needed and asked if I wanted to buy from them directly, or order myself. I bought thru Sailfish and a week later have the wiper kit and the price was very reasonable. When I tried getting trim tabs my Robalo dealer said he couldn't get them from Robalo and after multiple attempts of calling Robalo I finally got someone. He promised he'd get me the tabs or the information I needed to order them - and disappeared from the face of the earth. After many more unanswered calls to Robalo I finally called Lenco and got the blade P/N in 15 minutes (only took that long as they had to look up which P/N for my HIN). So, short of it - some dealers suck and you don't find out until too late. Doesn't matter the brand of boat. Manufacturers are different in how they deal with their customers. Robalo ignores theirs and forces the owner to the dealer regardless of the issue. I now know Sailfish as well as Albemarle will talk to their customers and help them.