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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. You made me do some research. OXE lists 200HP at 771 pounds (350kg). If you go to the oxe-diesel.com site there is a lot of information including the fact they are aiming at commercial and government business - not the recreational market. I rather think this quote sums it up best: I suspect the engines (Diesel outboards) can have a big impact with outfits like the Coast Guard, in commercial applications or for recreational boaters who run the heck out of their boats. Weekend warriors will never make up the cost. Jeff Moser, Power and Motoryacht I'm also struck by the upper HP being 200. That works good for a lot of dual engine boats, but it wouldn't really work good as a replacement for my 250. I'd love to have the economy of a diesel, but the extra weight and lower horsepower (not to mention the initial cost) are real drawbacks. Let's hope this is a start in the right direction and future diesel technology will make this comparable to gasoline outboards.
  2. Sorry for the bad luck and hope the engine problem is minor. My son-in-law was out striper fishing a few days ago and was bringing in 20-24 inchers out near the container ships anchored near Cape Charles. Oh, real near... He said about 15 feet from the ships he saw water breaking and went over and there were striper. They were not taking the stretches, but 4 inch Livewire Swim Shad (he bought me some for Christmas). The large striper are few and far between and being caught off eels trolled on planers up near river entrances from the reports I've gotten. Son-in-law said he knows they were catching striper in another area near Cape Charles, but he saw over 100 boats there and started looking for other places to fish. Sure hope we don't over fish the striper before they start a good recovery and I agree with him not going where 100 boats are. Tough to fish in those conditions.
  3. Glad you're still among us! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. We had a very good Christmas and are looking forward to New Year's. Planning to get out Saturday for striper fishing. Have to test out the new lures I got as presents.
  4. Planning on it happening again. Looked back at some of my striper pictures and it appears the latter 200x years were pretty good. Boat was in the shop during the winters of 2010 and 2011 so didn't catch any then, and it appears except for eeling off Cape Charles it's only been a stray striper here and there since. The reports on small striper are encouraging. Let's hope.....
  5. Glad you got out - and got fish! Due to some family health issues I only get out about once a month now. Went out a week ago and trolled by the CBBT high rise. Beautiful marks of bait balls, and what I guess were individual fish on the edges of the balls. Had mojo's and stretches out, but nothing. Tried every angle, in and out of gear, etc. Not even a knock down. Current was running so hard that the lines got tangled once when I took it out of gear. Only action I got (untangling the lines). Nice to know there are fish out there, I guess I was just in the wrong place for striper this time of year,. I was hoping to catch them rounding Smith Island like in years past, but it didn't happen.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Sounds like quite a project. Look forward to the pics.
  9. Looks good. Hopefully I'm years away from needing to coat the deck, but good to know information.
  10. Not sure where the fuse block is, but this diagram shows the fuse on the fuse block (from panel kit Robalo support document).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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