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  Annual trip with Capt Bouncer Smith
Posted by: Jack Hexter - 04-21-2019, 09:27 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - No Replies

Bob , Gary, Tom and I departed the Tampa area on 4/16, traveling to Miami for our annual fishing trip with legendary Capt. Bouncer Smith. This is, I believe the 10th or 11th year we have made this pilgrimage. After a little confusion upon arriving (I had made reservations at a motel down the street from the one we usually stay) we visited two of the largest tackle stores in Miami, Capt. Harry’s and Crook & Crook, both well worth a visit if you have never been there. We then proceeded to dinner at Havana Harry’s. If you like Cuban food and are ever in Miami, this is one of the BEST, yet unsung Cuban restaurants in South Florida. Returning to the motel, we retired for the evening. Bright and early we met for breakfast and then drove to Miami Beach Marina where we met Bouncer and his long time mate Abie. We took off in Bouncer’s Dusky, a 33′ Dusky center console, out Government CUT and into 15 MPH winds which produced a short 2-3′ chop. In spite of the short chop, it was a comfortable ride. The day before, Bouncer’s clients had caught 8 sailfish, a 50-60# wahoo and 2 dolphin along with several non-edible fish and we were expecting to continue this hot streak. But, alas, it was not to be. Undecided Bob was up first and caught a 15# blackfin tuna, not exactly a sail, but good eating. Second up was Tom, who did catch a sail. Gary was third up and put another blackfin in the box. Finally it was my turn and I managed a bonito. Tongue We all agreed that the bonito did not count as a fish or turn, so I reeled in the next fish, also a bonito. Tom caught the next fish, another tuna. I managed the next fish, a blackfin that broke me off   I then reeled in a barracuda, and a grand finally to end the day, a double header with Gary and myself, both of us reeling in some BIG Jack Cravelles. Though we were hoping for a lot more sailfish, and maybe a dolphin or three, the blackfin tuna steaks will make a fine substitute. After returning to the motel and showering, we went to dinner at 94th Aero Squadron and had a fine Prime Rib dinner Gary elected a Crab Luis Salad instead, stating he had had the Prime Rib for several years before and could not finish it. He did not finish his salad either. Thursday morning we finished breakfast and drove home.
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Tom's sailfish, his second

For those interested, Bouncer has a book being published in May depicting his many memories of his illustrious career

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  Happy Easter and welcome back!
Posted by: duff - 04-21-2019, 06:35 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (8)

Friends,

Please accept my apologies for the time it has taken to get the board back up and running.

When it first broke, I tried reconfiguring it to work with the mandated security updates that caused the problem to begin with. As the version of vBulletin that we were on was very outdated, support was not available. I did what I could but after spending a good deal of time and realizing much more was probably needed, I came up with a new plan... reassembling everything in a "Docker" container with the older operating system and software configuration. That turned out to be a frustrating endeavor just getting all the components setup and working together, and then finding that Docker just would not work with the older configuration no matter how much I tried to find a workaround.

So I tried new forum software, but had trouble importing from our old system. The new vBulletin does not get very good reviews, so I was trying other systems. Finally, I found this one, and over the holiday weekend was able to finish importing SOME of our threads and attachments. I'm going to keep trying, and hopefully will be able to import many more historical posts and pics.

I am hopeful that you will like this new forum software. It is actively developed and should hold up well going into the future. Please let me know what you think and how it should be tweaked and improved. Your accounts and passwords should all be working as they were in the old system - let me know if you have any issues.

For those who are tech curious, here are some details I can share:

We are on the latest and greatest of everything now - hardware and software. The server is a 28 core Xeon with 256GB of RAM on a 2 gigabit connection. It is one of hundreds that I have setup and manage for companies in the financial industry. I put us in the coveted Equinix NY4 location, which is actually in Secaucus, New Jersey. I have a 24/7 direct Skype connection with the hands in the datacenter.

I'm looking forward to hearing what y'all have been up to!

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  Happy Thanksgiving all
Posted by: JD - 11-23-2017, 10:17 AM - Forum: GreenGrouper - No Replies

Enjoy the day. And fish ever on:



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  Swordfish on fly
Posted by: Jack Hexter - 11-17-2017, 07:22 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (4)

For those interested, here's the video of Roy Cronacher's swordfish caught on fly. Only the 3rd time in the US it's been done. Roy is well on his way to a Royal Slam of billfish on fly. My son is the Captain in the blue shirt. This was the result of 21 trips over 2 years to learn, and refine the technique for this fish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw5PROoLzn8

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  Sure was noisy in Galveston today
Posted by: JD - 11-03-2017, 02:55 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (6)

Lone Star Rally

http://www.lonestarrally.com/

Then of course there's a Miss Lone Star Rally contest Smile

http://www.lonestarrally.com/miss-lonestar.php

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  big night for Houston
Posted by: Mont - 10-21-2017, 11:20 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (5)

World Series bound. Altuve for MVP. That kid can play ball.

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  hay JD...do you still have one of these
Posted by: PK - 10-15-2017, 03:14 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (1)

from the early-mid '90's Outer Banks, NC it was the 'world of Mo' Smile Smile still have the t-shirt.. it was buried in the deep dark corners of the closet so decided to pose for a Mo-photoshoot a lil' while ago-- what the heckBig Grin Big Grin

looks like the Mo Board is still going.. first time I've checked it out in ages
http://fishmojo.com



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  Whats next?
Posted by: Bryan/BC - 10-15-2017, 12:29 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (4)

Hurricanes one after the other in the Atlantic and Gulf, nasty tornados from Texas to Canada, no rain for months in BC leading to largest firestorm on record EVER, Texas getting hit with major flooding, California burning with devastating effects from SoCal to NoCal with HUGH numbers of homes and businesses destroyed, The deaths are still being tallied Sad Wa and Or have not been missed either by the fires...now go ahead and tell me that climate change is FAKE! Our grandkids will pay the price in future years for our unwillingness to address the issue.

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  Happy Thanksgiving --Bryan
Posted by: PK - 10-09-2017, 01:36 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (2)

and to all my friends in Canada .. have a great day Smile

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  Harvey in Rockport
Posted by: SpeckTackler - 09-23-2017, 12:25 PM - Forum: GreenGrouper - Replies (2)

We have been working from dawn to dusk rebuilding our home.We have a 7 pm curfew or we would work later. There were five of us working on it, but now we are down to three.Three of us are hippy carpenters and two labors. Lots of damage to my place, but I am one of the lucky ones.My house is livable, but I lost my detached garage to a cotton wood tree We now have electricity, water, phone service and internet, spotty ,but it works.The town of Rockport that we live in looks like a war zone. Forty percent of the full time families are homeless. I do not think there is a house that does not have some type of damage. People have brought in bags of clothes and put them in parking lots and town people are going there just to find something to wear.People are living in tents and there cars.They have free bbq everywhere to eat ( I have eaten some of the best bbq ever)with water and supplies. One company has come to town and they sharpen chain saw blades for free.I had to use them a few times.I need to find a new site so I can post pictures if y'all have one please let me know. The good news we came to Fort Worth yesterday waiting for our first grandson that will be here any day now. Life is good!

Rusty

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