B.O.A.T * 6

March 1st, 2013
by simonet

Stuck Piston

Anyone familiar with boats knows BOAT is really an acronym, which stands for Bring On Another Thousand. In my current case, make that six thousand. Over the 6 years I owned my boat, I have replaced or repaired also everything on my boat. The very first thing I replaced was the onboard battery charger and radio, shortly after that came the batteries twice, trailer tires, lights, bilge pump, throttle cables… Most of these replaces were minor expenses. Then, I got into a costly upgrade of a long needed 80lbs thrust trolling motor. That was my last repair/upgrade for about 18 months, until now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stranded Super Bowl Sunday

February 4th, 2013
by simonet

On Super Bowl Sunday, Mark, Mark’s Brother Guy, Jason and I planned a fishing trip to our current hot spot for a Speckle Trout fishing trip. We were really excited about going fishing on game day, since we knew not many folks would be on the water since the Super Bowl was being played only a few miles away in the Super Dome. We were correct! We decided on a later start since reports stated the fish were biting in the afternoon. We arrived at Sweetwater around 8:30am. They were only 5 other boat trailers in the lot. Captain Jack said it was a very slow day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another Speckle Trout Fishing “CATCHING” Trip

November 10th, 2012
by simonet

Box shout!

Days after one of my best fishing trips, I was ready to go again while the fishing was good. I initially talked my dad into joining me on the following weekend to go get them. The plan was to go to the same spots and repeat the process. Unfortunately, my dad backed out in the middle of the week. That didn’t deter me. I was resolute on catching more trout. I convinced Mark and Jason to do it, again. This time we decided to make it a Sunday trip.
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Speckle Trout Fishing “CATCHING” Trip

November 4th, 2012
by simonet

Box shout!

It has been some time since I went fishing. My hiatus from fishing was due to a combination on life activities and bad weather. I had been reading reports of anglers catching limits of trout everywhere. I was tweaking to get on the water, so was the rest of my regular fishing buddies. Mark was able to break free on a Wednesday with his son and brother. They hammered the trout, caught over 100 Speckled and White Trout. That was too much for me to handle. So, I decided I had to make time to get out to the marsh. Mark, Jason and I planned a trip for Sunday, the following week. As usually, the day started at our usually 2:00am. We picked Mark up at 3:00am. The whole 3 hour ride, the only thing Mark talked about is how we were going CATCHING, not fishing on this trip. He guarantees a limit of Speckle Trout. That is 75 Speckle Trout for the recorded, 25 per person. Far be it for me to questions Mark, I learned a lot from him, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. True fisherman know the saying, “The best days to catch fish are yesterday and tomorrow!” How ever, Mark wouldn’t let up. “Shrimp going to be flying all around the boat!” “Trout will be jumping in the boat!” “It going to be a slaughter fest!”
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New Patio Cave – The Cover

July 17th, 2012
by simonet

Patio Material Load

The first phase of my new Backyard Man Oasis was completed. The slab was given time to cure for a few weeks. Now, it was time to start on the second phase of the project. I needed to build the cover. My new design is twice as large and consists of a wall on one side of the patio to protect from the rain. The wall would have a large window to allow in light. The outer wall would be covered with vinyl and beaded plywood in the inside. The cover would be framed with wood and covered with vinyl. Three round columns would be used to support the cover. I also planned to install two ceiling fans to provide airflow and light. So, I started by doing my additions and takeaways to come up with my initial material list for the rough framing. Then, I was off to Home Depot for the first of what would become many shopping sprees. On the first trip, I purchased the material for the framing of the wall and roof.
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