Thursday, January 29, 2009

1/29 - So what's the best day? // Experiment over.



Well, obviously today I was supposed to be out at 10am with Dave C. from Virginia Beach. But...we decided to not go in the rain. Good call!

So, here comes some cold weather again, into N.E. Florida. Heck, I don't mind the cold, it's the wind that makes it mesirable. No wind + cold = usually a good day!

FRIDAY NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. INLAND WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.

SATURDAY NORTH WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. INLAND WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.

SUNDAY LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS. SEAS 2 FEET OR LESS. INLAND WATERS SMOOTH.

MONDAY SOUTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. INLANDWATERS CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS.

But here's the deal......Dave's a Trout man and can be a "keeper man", no problem.
And "as of now" the best day looks like Sunday.....damn the luck!

Here's Dave and I last year.

Me and my buddy, D.O.A. Rob were talking. As long as the Trout are REALLY BIG, we don't mind catch & release. But when ya have those perfect 18-20 inchers...Ohh, that's the tough days, during the Trout closure.

I usually do so well on SuperBowl Sunday's.
And I usually end up going by myself, though.

I'm no football fan. So, here's the deal!

$50.00 OFF FOR ANYONE WHO RESERVES SUPER BOWL SUNDAY FEB. 1ST. MAX: 3 PASSENGERS, ADVANCED DEPOSIT VIA :http://www.captdaves.com/Policy%20Page.html, WITH POLICIES READ SUBMISSION.

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HAILING ALL JETTY FISHERMAN...

You may have read awhile ago I gave up on "jetty anchors". Ya know the type, rebar welded into a pipe, four tines that grab and then bend out. The reason I gave up on them, is because I need a big one! And when ya talk big jetty anchor that means one that will hold a 26' boat. Which inturn means it takes up along of space. And if you don't have an anchor locker that's enormous as 99.99% of most boat do not, then it sits on the deck. I have space, but then again I like to carry a regular "Fluke" style anchor too.....now were pushin it!

So I cameback to the ole 1/2 -Cinder block method. A throw-back idea from when I used to use 5 holed bricks in my first boat, a 1974 14' Aluma-Craft. But recently on this boat I have now, I ran my anchor chain around the middle of the cinder block. This worked okay, but the pull point was sloppy and it would hold one minute, then pull out of the jetties the next.

So, I kept thinking....what if the point at which I attached my chain was more solid. So I went to the mega-mart and found just what I needed. A 1/2 cinder block, with a slot directly in the middle. "Oh, how the smoke was flowing, now!"

And here's what I came up with. The Jettywolf Industries LLC. "Economy Anchor"

A threaded eye bolt, 2 plate's and a few nuts, made the difference. On a 1/2 rectangular block.

Then, on the end of my anchor chain, I have a S.S. heavy duty Alpine snap, which can snap to either anchor I need to use, the block or the fluke anchor.

If you read the last few reports (where I was messin up the big fattie Trout with Carl, Nick and by myself) These were a few of the days I was using this anchor exclusively. Check it out big time.

It's not a chuck it and forget it anchor, which by the way isn't how you should anchor in the jetty rocks anyway. I see many people walk to the bow of the boat, and chuck the rebar jetty anchors. This is a good way of never seeing it again. Pull up, drop it over the side and let it fall under some sort of command. as the boat drifts back, hold tension, so only the tines catch.

Same deal with the block. It has to wedge between a rock and hard spot down there, which isn't hard to do, now the pull point is secure. I have found, it may take twice to get it stuck right.

This maybe a "my boat size only" deal, and certainly isn't for everyone. I know some folks use a jetty anchor for their main anchor all the time. I did too, when I had a smaller boat. But I found this works good enough to pass on the info.

Plus, it takes up not nearly the room a Jetty anchor uses. Goes down like a "brick", and best thing of all comes out of the jetty rocks with minimal hassles. That's what I like best!

I'll have it tied off to my massive welded cleats, and just drive away. Or if I don't have room to do that, I just get over the top of it, shake it and it pops right out.

For me the pull point, where I snap on the alpine snap, that eye bolt....was the ticket. Running my chain through the middle of the block didn't work as good, for me. So what do I have invested in my "Economy Anchor"?

1/2 cinder block- $1.50 - It's a GREEN anchor...add to the jetty rocks, don't try to drag them off the pile!

Hard ware - $3.00? I believe if I had too, I could maybe break the block and still get my hardware back, leaving the block down there.














I'm not bored.

I'm not rich.

I'm not thrifty.

But I am focused.

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