zcoker

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About zcoker

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  • About Me:
    Easy going, carefree, always willing to help others, give advise to anything related to fishing, fishing locations, tackle and so forth. Florida is a fishing mecca and it's easy to get lost amid the fishing chaos. It's a big plus to know someone who is willing to share and share alike their own experiences in a friendly, knowledgeable way.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing! I fish ALL the time ALL over the state of Florida for all kinds of fish. I tag sharks for NOAA's apex predator program. I work full time and have a wife who enjoys fishing as much as I do. I live a modest life and take the days as they come...or take the fish as they come LoL. I specialize in fishing for BIG sharks from the surf but enjoy other types of fishing as well, Snook, Tarpon, etc. I enjoy hooking up with others, going on fishing trips, doing whatever it takes to score the fish!
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  1. Well, thanks for clarifying. But no one said anything about the "ghetto". Nice to know that there's a 600k "ghetto" threshold in your neck of the woods. Happy retirement LoL.
  2. Those are absurd rents! Nasty rents LoL. Part of the reason no one can find a place to live in this country lol. I'd never charge a tenant that craziness...even though I could on the water. I base my rent off what a tenant can afford and in return I get longevity and dedication, loyalty and commitment. I'm not held accountable for every single little issue. It's a trade off that works very well: I get a fair rent and the tenant has money to live off of. Has worked well for years, for me, at least. Besides, if rents are kept below margins in the US, landlord's aren't taxed on the income. No brainer there. Only saying this because I'm not the ONLY landlord who thinks this way. So, like I said up there somewhere, gotta get out and hunt around and don't ever assume that the waterfront homes are off limits. Might be surpized.
  3. I have a home in Safety Harbor right on the bay. Could sell it in a heartbeat, no problem; could rent it before I even left town (which I've done), huge lot with plenty of space--massive space with big oaks, reasonable property taxes, story book town made of dreams......lotta this stuff said on here is just not in sync with reality. You CAN find that special place. Just gotta hunt them down. Same thing with fishing, gotta hunt them there fish down. Takes time, dedication, and a lotta effort but, in the end, usually pays off.....IMHO.
  4. Sharky weekend with the Blacktips! Migration in full swing down here in S. Florida. Just a typical day at the local beach, as always. Enjoy.
  5. I yak there all the time near the Sebastian Inlet (not fishing from yak, only taking baits out 300-600 yards) and it can be downright brutal if not forecasted correctly, even in an Ocean Frenzy. That area is known for some massive ground swells that can sneak up and obliterate ANY yak. My best advice would be to follow the fronts, the wind direction, ground swell activity, preferably launching with a favorable wind, which would be westerly with few ground swells or moderate easterly. Monster Hole is also a swell generator, so be mindful of that. Knowing the weather and the swell activity, the shelf layout is your best mate for that area, IMHO.
  6. Yeah, man, you'll be down soon! Oh, remember this? Lotta sharks on the beach but what about that release....nice and clean, the way it's supposed to be LoL
  7. SHARKY WEEKEND POPPER ACTION Does not get ANY better than this from the surf...period! The day was perfect. Florida perfection at its finest. Sharks everywhere! They hit and hit and hit. Epic explosive shots of sharks hitting poppers...thanks to the quick action of the wife. Don't leave home without her LoL. Nothing like it, guys, nothing at all compares to these gals going at it top-water. Enjoy! Now this next sequence follows the popper as the shark sneaks up and then jumps at it!! Didn't I say never leave home without that wife! LoL
  8. Florida on fire. Big blacktips everywhere nailing the lures. Simply the best it gets when fishing for these gals
  9. Hey, man, always welcome. I have a lot of guys on this forum that I have introduced to some sharky action! Even a few from Europe. Always willing to share and share alike this exciting sport! Do look me up when you get yourself situated. I fish all over the place lol.
  10. Good point here: I don't believe for one minute that Shimano USA will give people sugar coated feedback "over the phone" for a Stella purchased overseas. Why would they? LoL. Just send it in! I, too, know many guys who just send their reels in (purchased overseas or not) and don't have any issues with service. Seems to me that Shimano's stuck with it, so to speak, when they get a reel in the mail, and proceed with the service procedures, no matter where it came from. Never have had them squawk to me about the reels origin. Just comes back with a service card showing the parts replaced. Sure would love to put this BS to rest. In my opinion, to save hundreds of dollars, is worth the service confusion...or chances...or gamble.....however one wants to look at it.
  11. One thing I found that may make a difference (to service or not service) is to be sure to register your Stella with Shimano USA once it arrives. Unlike some here, ALL my so called JDM Stellas get serviced by Shimano USA with no issues whatsoever. Never a problem or negative report. Reels comes back as good as new. Very streamlined. So there must be some reason why other people get the boot when they send to California for service. Strange.
  12. Was just down there at Bahia Honda...it's all open now, all beaches. Can fish 24/7 on the other side of the old Flagler bridge. If you wanna fish inside the park off hours, gotta camp there.
  13. It’s pretty much cleaned up down there, back to normal for the most. The bridge parking is 24/7 and was never really affected. When I go down, whatever bridge I’m on is my hotel for the night(s) lol. Some of the campgrounds are closed, sections of them, at least. I do know that Bahia Honda recently opened its whole park (lot of it was fenced off). But I only use that place to shower and look at some of the female scenery strutting around lol. All in all, the Keys has recovered very well...as usual. Very resilient mentality down there.
  14. I fish either the long key bridge or the seven mile bridge (depending on tidal phases) with Bahia Honda thrown into the mix. The long key is closer to you. Fishing either end early AM produces. There's also the channel 2 bridge and the channel 5 bridge even closer. Same thing, either end early AM except for channel 5 or the seven mile (both east ends are closed on those bridges).
  15. Well, I wouldn’t recommend walking/wading out to the bar. I mean, sure, it’s doable....just puts your gear at risk. The troughs throughout Broward into Dade are quite deep, even during low tide. Might have to swim a little. Just fish the high tides/deeper water. They come up close in those conditions. Or just use a kayak. Lot safer compared to wading out there...IMHO.