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PCW oils are designed for air-cooled engines that...

PCW oils are designed for air-cooled engines that operate at higher temperatures than outboards. They contain low or medium ash detergent packages that provide better protection at high...
07-10-2019, 01:23 PM
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Lower units are a general maintenance item around...

Lower units are a general maintenance item around here.

Crystal River is a much easier run out to and from the Gulf. The channel is wider and there are fewer turns and rock bars. I always...
07-10-2019, 12:53 PM
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Are there at least private aids? There are...

Are there at least private aids?

There are PVC pipes that mark both the Little Ho and St. Martin's River channels. They mark passes between the Salt River and Rock Island channel, which runs...
07-10-2019, 07:57 AM
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I need to run that channel on a regular basis...

I need to run that channel on a regular basis since my Grady can't make it up the Little Homosassa that many other locals use in their bay boats to avoid the main Homosassa channel. Pontoons and...
07-09-2019, 06:49 PM
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Because we have been diving the 30ft depths for...

Because we have been diving the 30ft depths for many years including this year and there are no scallops. At that depth between Hudson and Crystal River the bottom is sand or hard lime-rock. The sea...
07-08-2019, 12:56 PM
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They have definitely moved deeper than in...

They have definitely moved deeper than in previous years. We used to get them in 55' but those spots have been dry for the last 2 summers. Last summer the best areas for us were in 65'. This year...
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07-07-2019, 07:44 AM
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I use Shimano Trevala TVC-66H rods as my go to...

I use Shimano Trevala TVC-66H rods as my go to bottom outfits with Torium 20 reels spooled with 65 lb braid. Any lighter action jigging rod isn't quite heavy enough for bottom fishing. They all can...
07-07-2019, 07:05 AM
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If you want to fish out of Homosassa this time of...

If you want to fish out of Homosassa this time of year to make up for poor scalloping, your best bet would be to deep drift for trout in 15'-18'. They are near the outer edges of the grass flats. Use...
07-07-2019, 06:40 AM
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Finally had a good day on Friday in 72-75 ft SW...

Finally had a good day on Friday in 72-75 ft SW of Homosassa. We left at 6:00 AM and were done fishing by noon when the bite quit. Didn't hit the storms on the way back until the mouth of the...
07-06-2019, 06:42 AM
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The standard downrigger rod for salmon trolling...

The standard downrigger rod for salmon trolling is an 8-9' parabolic action rod specifically designed for that purpose. I've used these trolling in Florida, but they are less than ideal. Salmon...
07-06-2019, 06:22 AM
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My buddy just picked up a 1998. It's an amazing...

My buddy just picked up a 1998. It's an amazing backcountry boat. With a 50 hp Honda, the skeg only extends about an inch below the bottom of the hull. He scares the hell out of me running that...
07-04-2019, 07:16 AM
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I don't know if they are still doing manatee...

I don't know if they are still doing manatee stuff since it's scallop season. But give these guys a call:

River Safaris (https://www.facebook.com/riversafarisandgulfcharters/?__xts__[0)
07-02-2019, 06:38 AM
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There are generally few scallops when you go...

There are generally few scallops when you go north of Crystal River. The water clarity gets poor and the seagrass is spotty.

There is really no scalloping once you get to the blackwater rivers...
07-02-2019, 05:54 AM
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Scallops might me fine off of Steinhatchee. We...

Scallops might me fine off of Steinhatchee. We are talking about Crystal River and Homosassa where the pressure has been much greater. Totally different area.
07-01-2019, 09:16 PM
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Same thing in Homosassa down the Chass. Folks are...

Same thing in Homosassa down the Chass. Folks are very disappointed and several found no scallops at all. They need to have an emergency shutdown very soon or it will be even harder for the stock to...
07-01-2019, 06:21 PM
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You will find that one of the most useful tools...

You will find that one of the most useful tools for anticipating a battery failure in boats is a load tester. These can be pretty inexpensive but even the cheap ones will do an OK job. What they do...
07-01-2019, 10:24 AM
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Views: 276
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I've had a battery fail in a boat after 1 month...

I've had a battery fail in a boat after 1 month and 2 fail just before their 18-month warranty ran out. I've had 2 others fail after 3 years (one exploded!), but lots of others that made it to my...
07-01-2019, 10:13 AM
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From the Seastar FAQ page:Can I substitute...

From the Seastar FAQ page:Can I substitute Transmission Fluid (ATF) for the recommended SeaStar Fluid?...
07-01-2019, 08:09 AM
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The Yamaha Internal Engine and the Ringfree did...

The Yamaha Internal Engine and the Ringfree did the job. But don't overdo it on additives. More is not better.

Marvel Mystery oil is mostly solvents that lower the viscosity of your oil and...
06-29-2019, 05:34 AM
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Views: 781
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The instructions in the manual are not very...

The instructions in the manual are not very helpful. I can see why the OP is confused.

The issue is that there is no "enter" option.

Maybe somebody should just help him out here.
06-28-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 29,605
Posted By DocStressor

Homosassa River. Marker 57A has Million Dollar...

Homosassa River. Marker 57A has Million Dollar Rock just to the north.
06-28-2019, 06:53 AM
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I've found the sonar charts and community edits...

I've found the sonar charts and community edits to be completely worthless in the Big Bend area. They use an algorithm to draw contour lines that have nothing to do with the actual shape of the...
06-26-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,070
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Most manufacturers use assembly lubes on the...

Most manufacturers use assembly lubes on the internal parts while engines are being put together. These typically contain high levels of molybdenum based compounds that give a dark color to the oil...
06-25-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,377
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We are all fishing pretty much the same year...

We are all fishing pretty much the same year class of ARS in the Big Bend area. They have been getting fewer, larger, and deeper each year. There are more fish further west in the Carrabelle...
06-25-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
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Short choppy wave action has more of an effect on...

Short choppy wave action has more of an effect on side imaging than a slower roll. I find my side imaging to be pretty useless in the Gulf of Mexico with the typical 2' short chop. It's fine on...
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