Feb 27th 2010
Today being so rainy and nasty out side (what else is new right?), I was packing for my trip next week and catching up on things for the day. I got a call from Dale telling me that there will be a Grand Opening event at the Flint Creek Outfitters in Riverview, Fl their new store. Many of the people I know would be there so I decided to put things on hold and go check it out.
The store as been open there for a few months and many of my friends had urged me to check them out. For what ever reason I keep forgetting to go by there. When I got there the parking lot was packed! They were serving food, there were book signings, fly tying lessons, casting seminars, the place was happening despite the terrible weather. The store to my pleasant surprise was pretty large. They probably had abut 3000 square feet. I started shaking hands with old friends and new acquaintances right away. I check out many of the things they carry. They are mainly an out fitter.
They are an Orvis store, meaning they carry all the Orvis fly gear and clothing. They had lots of high end clothing. Some of the brands I have used and really like are Simms, Yeti, Native, Costa Del Mar, Victorinox, Exofficio.
I was especially fond of the Exofficio under garments. To me they make the best underwear for outdoors man there is. You could latterly travel the world with 2 pairs of under wear. You could wash one and let it dry(super quick drying and breathable) and wear the other and start the cycle every day. They are very very comfortable, super durable and has lasted for years. Many of the travels do carry these Exofficio underwear on many of these expeditions.
The Exofficio rep happen to be there and there was a sale today and tomorrow. To my luck they had buy one and buy get the 2nd pair at 50% off. I had to buy 2 and get the other 2 for 50% off.
There ya go, my underwear review.. .. sorry no video review this time.. lol
Flint Creek Outfitters
13425 Fishhawk Blvd.
Riverview, FL 33569
One of our good customers bought this gorgeous Shimano Calcutta 250DC and wanted a custom rod to match its quality. We’re doing our best to meet that high expectation. I just completed sanding the handle on the lathe, and this is what it looks like so far. This is about as fancy as we get with inlays and multiple materials. Any more fluff, and we would be missing out on some much valued R&D!
Feb 26th 2010
Tri Shear line cutting tool video review. This is my first video review of a product, as just writing about it will not do it justice.
I came across the Tri Shear by Innovative Fishing Tackle at the 2009 ICAST in Orlando Florida this past July. I was pretty impressed. The tool is light weight aluminum that will cut just about any line you could possible used on a fishing boat. It cuts mono obviously but it cuts mono up to 600lbs. It cuts braid all the way up to 200lb test. The most impressive is seeing it cut steel leaders all the way up to 600lb test, single or multi strand. It never gets dull so the next cut after cutting steel can be 10lb braid.
If it does get dull the company said they would replace it. For about $80 bucks, it comes with a lanyard and a holster plus a lifetime warranty. Not a bad deal.
I couldn’t get a hold of one and I’ve been looking for them in the stores ever since. Well, I started to see them in stores lately and got a hold of one. I sat in the garage and started to look for things to cut up. I got a hold of steel shark leaders, dacron, small diameter braided line. I have to say it did it’s job nicely. This tool will be staying with me almost every time I get on the water.
I will be putting up 2 versions as some people can’t view Youtube.com on their work computers.
Malibu Stealth 14 Kayak to put some Sea Dek material on the casting platform. Spending most of my time poling, the hard plastic deck of the Stealth 14 made for some sore feet. So I got some prepackaged Sea Dek material from Sam and planned out my project.
First I started out by making some templates of the casting platform and side hatches. Simple construction paper works really well for making the templates.
I then cut the material, which came in separate pieces. Sea Dek comes in several different sizes and colors.
Its very easy to cut with a razor blade, you can even cut it with a pair of scissors. I recommend using a razor blade or razor knife, and make your cuts against a hard edge. This will make a nice clean cut.
I had chosen to cover the side hatches, as I don’t use them at all and wanted the full padding while standing. It gives you additional traction support when pulling yourself up to stand, provides some padding for your feet, quiets noise from dropped objects and looks really cool.
This Sea Dek material is very easy to work with, but be forewarned. Be ready to apply it once you peel off the backing. Its very, very sticky and does not come off very easily.
Team Malibu site and shortly afterwards I got a call from Capt. Alex Gorichky
He is also on the Malibu Pro Staff and had been thinking of putting some of the Sea Dek on his Stealth 14 also. Shortly after talking with Alex I got a call from Tyler Shealey of Castaway Customs
Castaway Customs “We specialize in custom SeaDek applications. What is SeaDek? SeaDek is a closed cell EVA foam formulated for the marine environment. It comes in a variety of colors and thicknesses to suit any application. What is the purpose of SeaDek? The original purpose was to provide traction. Along with the great traction it also reduces fatigue, protects your boat, covers up chips and scratches, dampens sounds, and most of all looks great.”
Tyler was able to scan a Stealth 14 and cut some custom pads for the casting platform, side hatches and foot well area. These are really great in reducing pain and fatigue on the bottoms of your heels on those days you spend a long time on the water.
By cutting the side hatches in this manner, they are still readily accessible. They can be cut to cover the whole hatch if you so choose.
Plans are underway to scan other kayaks; Native Ultimate’s being the next one Tyler will be doing. Kits for the various kayaks will also be available, give them a call at 321-537-2039 for your custom creation.
Sea Dek, its not just for boats anymore.
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We specialize in custom SeaDek applications. What is SeaDek? SeaDek is a closed cell EVA foam formulated for the marine environment. It comes in a variety of colors and thicknesses to suit any application. What is the purpose of SeaDek? The original purpose was to provide traction. Along with the great traction it also reduces fatigue, protects your boat, covers up chips and scratches, dampens sounds, and most of all looks great.
Feb 24th 2010
Last night I crashed at a house here in Islamorada, Key Florida. I met up with Robert Moore, Fred Hannon and their friends Chris and Scott from up north. The plan was to do some offshore fishing in the morning. The weather wasn’t so hot but we already had the plans.
We woke up at 6am to get out on Robert’s 23′ Andros Boatworks, a panga like hull. We got some ballyhoo and headed off to do some trolling. Fred had brought down some of the big offshore trolling Sebile Lures.
We got into some Blackfin tuna’s almost right away. The real surprise was getting a Wahoo on the troll using the Sebile in the mackerel color. A nice 30lb fish went into the box for dinner. We ended day using the same plug for cudas near one of the towers before the weather forced us in. For whatever reason they would eat the ballyhoo we had but didn’t want anything to do with the skipjacks we threw at them.
Photo notes: as you can see the skies were way overcast so the photos had gray tinged to them.
Feb 23 2010
Today at 2am I woke up and made the four and 1/2 hour drive down south to do some fishing and multi media shoot of Maverick’s New redesign tunnel hull, the HPX-T. With me was Captain Benny Blanco and Captain Steven Tejera.
After some breakfast at the local Cracker Barrel we made the drive down to Flamingo to do some shooting. The water was slick calm and we got som great stuff. It’s 11pm right now and I’ve been up since 2am so I only had time to put together a couple of photos befored needing some sleep.
Feb 22 2010
If you are around Tampa in 2 weeks. March 5th to the 7th, the Tampa fairgrounds will host The best outdoor show in the West Coast of Florida.
If you only have to pick one show to attend you should go to this one.
With everyone having some type of blog these days you might want to try this website I stumbled upon today.
It checks your blog for just about everything.
It’s called is “my blog working.com”
Just put in your URL and it there you have it.
Tomorrow I will be heading to do some shooting of Maverick’s new redesign HPX-T 2010 in the Everglades with Capt. Benny Blanco. It has the new Yamaha 70hp 4 stroke on it. Apparently that is like the rave in the small motor world.
Hopefully I can get my laptop on the network after wards to get you some pics from the shoot.
Went fishing today and braved the winds but the fishing was poor. The house project was getting on my nerves and I needed to get out. It sure did feel good to hang out with some buddies, have a few millers and really enjoy the day. My friend Jon has a big Eagle’s nest by his house so I decided to see if the big bird was there; to my luck he was in. I got some really neat photos but the bird was just to far and the pics don’t fill the frame like I had hoped. This is a shot as it went by for a close up
Feb 22 2010
I bought my East Cape Caimen in 2008. The boat has only 105 hours on it the 1.5 years I’ve owned her. The 100 hour service was done at 80 hours. Out of all the skiffs I’ve been in through out the year the ECC Caimen is the best riding, driest skiff I have ever ridden in, in this price range. I use to fish like crazy a couple years a go but now I’m doing more shooting videos and photos than I actually fish. The Caimen is an awesome fishing machine but it lacks storage that I need. I got so much gear I carry with me now that a skiff is no longer practical to own. So today I am putting her up for sale. I wanted to put it on Saltyshores for a couple days first before I put it on other websites hoping she will go to someone that fishes her more than I.
I spoke to Kevin over ECC a couple weeks a go about selling her. I was glad to hear that ECC will extend the warranty to the new owners no problem. Go check out their forum, they have a great family of skiff owners there.
The boat has been garage kept the entire time. It has seen the waters of Tampa bay all the way to the Keys. It has gone deep in the everglades to places that’s not even on the charts. From redfish, snook, bonefish to 100lb Tarpon in Miami she has seen it. I hope the fishing Mojo go with her.
2008 East Cape Caimen (Upgrades Galore)
50 HP Honda Electronic Fuel injection.
Full Hydrolic Steering.
Power Coated Black Ramblin Trailers
Lenco Trim Tabs
Boat is fully custom Seadek by Castaway Customs
Tibor Push Pole holder
Wang Anchor Bracket system
Blue under gunnel LED for night fishing
Cigarette lighter power
Stainless steel steering knob
Pivoting back rest for those long runs
Shark Eye lights
Minnkota removable trolling motor mounts
Recess push pole clips
Raised floor under the front deck
Upgraded 12 gallon gas tank