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Old 01-29-2008, 06:51 PM
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Does anyone here remember the yellow "Shooting Star" out of Destin, FL?? I was wondering what happened to that boat. We use to fish that boat with Capt. Dave Rojas back in the late 70's through late 80's.
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:43 PM
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Man, you go way back. "Chubby" Destin bought the Shooting Star back in about 65. I think Tommy Browning bought "Finest Kind" at about the same time and painted it Blue and white. If I remember correctly, The Reville ll was pink at that time.

Those were "The Good 'Ole Days" when there were a lot of long pointed fish off Destin. My best day was 9 White Marlin in my 16' Whaler. Yeah, we kept them all back then. Once we figured how to get them to eat the bait, we were top hook on Whites for a while. I was a pup back then.

Those Carolina hulls raised fish well and were wonderful to fish from. I haven't been back to Destin in a while.

Call Kelly Dock Service in Destin at 1-(904)837-2343. The last time I talked to Chubby's widow, she was running the charter service at Kelly's. She will definitely know who has The Shooting Star.
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So Capt. David Rojas was the second owner of the Shooting Star. I did not know the history. I did hear that at one time, the Shooting Star was the #1 billfish boat in Destin. What make boat was the Shooting Star??

We use to fish back when everbody caught Kingfish on purpose - TO EAT? What were we thinking. Things sure were different back then. Destin was just a small fishing town. I remember when the first "big" hotel was built. It had a rotating restaurant on the top floor overlooking the Gulf. I believe Capt. Rojas ran charters until about 3-4 years ago, then sold the boat. I heard the Gulf fishing license was worth more than the boat at the time.
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When I started docking at East Pass Marina in 1963, my slip was $35/month with shore power and water. I'd leave the dock, pull up under the old Destin bridge, drop a 3'X10' bait gill net over and, in 30 seconds have more Cigar Minnows and Spanish Sardines than I could use in a day. If you bought Cigar Minnows, they were $3 for a 25# flat. Diesel fuel was $0.11/gallon and some thought that it was highway robery because you could get Diesel for 8-9/gallon in Mobile.

Several times I saw 50 or more White Marlin in the baits and, more than once totally blew it when all they wanted to do was play.

Those were definitely "The good ole days."

I don't remember who built "Finest Kind." I do know that it was built in NC.
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May be the same boat, maybe not.
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This goes back a long, long way. I remember when the Shooting Star was being built. She was built by a man named Lum Thompson in a little yard he had behind his house in Garniers Beach Fl. He used to build a lot of the net boats of the time. I guess this was around 1966. Years later before David bought the Shooting Star I worked as his Deckhand on the Blue Marlin owned by David Marler Jr. I guess I was 16-17 back then. I can not think of a better place to have spent a good part of my life or a group of old timers that would treat you right - work like a man get treated as a man. Lots of good memories from back then.
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Grew up on those docks in the late 80's; a bit beyond the good ol days, but still rite. Lots of good memories there. I'd nearly forgotten that old little boat yard at Garnier's beach. Not hijacking the thread; but it's good to share the memories with those that remember.
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David Rojas told my dad that the Shooting Star is now in Fourchon. Anyone see it down there? Would be hard to miss if it is still yellow!
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Good Thread! I wasn't around back this early, but I lived in Destin back in the mid 80's before the CONCRETE REVOLUTION and remember fishing on the BREAKAWAY with capt. Stokes Walker and Shaun Dahlke. These were the days when you threw the amberjack in the trash cans or used them to bait the pinfish traps after you cleaned the grouper and snapper at the end of the day. We used to ride up on top of the fly bridge on the way out and back in and take turns shooting flying fish with the shotgun. They would fly up in front of the boat like a covey of quail. There also was some other old boats down there named OLD SALT and GLORY. Does anyone know any history on them?
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