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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/23/2015 :  22:56:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wanted to make a report. My third year participating at Islamorada BPS/WWS since funaments were reintroduced by BPS Mako. Extremely well run with great food and drink about 200 attendees for awards night. Islamorada is the best BPS/WWS Mako funament locale IMO. Calm seas on Friday, rougher seas on Sat. 46 registered boats but unknown how many were classic makos. Fishing was somewhat slow as for quantity (especially the lack of usual early fall dolphin run) but a few special fish were caught by the field notably a 150 lb blue marlin (from a 22 ft boat out 26 miles), a 70 lb white marlin, a sail, top dolphin was 38 lb, 22 lb wahoo, lots of blackfin, AJ's and skippies at the hump, etc, etc. Surprisingly George Poveromo did not personally have remarkable catches as he almost usually does.

Notably I had a serious engine problem that caused me not to fish on Friday. Had a small 1/8 " fuel hose split on its barb on the crankcase. I believe it split when I squeezed the fuel primer bulb on Thursday cold start launching when I moved boat from ramp 50 feet to slip. Fuel line was obstructed by the oil injection tank and was part of the accelerator pump boost circuit (1998 2+2 merc 115) so no lean condition or engine damage occurred. Repaired in shade with help of resort manager and $5 in parts but not back in water until 3:30 pm.

All fishing was done by my 7 year old granddaughter (I captain and rig, bait only). Saturday was blowing 10-20 from SW so fished in Florida bay and caught usual small sharks and snappers. Went out oceanside downsea to Cheeca Rocks nearshore in PM. Anchored and chummed outside SPA and caught nonstop juvenile yellowtail, grunt, grovers, and one strawberry grouper. At 4:15 PM with a strict 5 pm deadline to physically turn in the catch cards at the WWS fuel dock, I rigged my largest live bait (8" hornbelly) on a circle hook with 7' 80 lb mono leader on 30 lb hi vis mono on a 6500 baitrunner in attempt to get a barracuda on the last cast. First cast over reef no joy. Made a long side arm cast off edge of reef causing bait to skip a couple times, engaged baitrunner freespool and within 3 seconds a school of about twenty jack crevalles (looked like 10 pounders) rose on bait and one slurped it. I let him take it 5 seconds before engaging drag. Handed rod to granddaughter and my wife put the fighting belt on her. By the time I had anchored pulled and stowed about 150 yards of line was out (no BS). Chased fish down then circled it 3 times before grabbing its tail. Fish weighed 21.5 lbs and was 40 inches long (very thick fish but had no gut on him). Released fish and hauled butt back to WWS fuel dock. Made it funament fuel dock by 4:55 PM.

Her one day catch total was enough for her to win top junior female angler award (girls under 16). This was her 5th BPS Mako Funament top junior female award (she was overall top junior female angler for the 2014 BPS funament series as well). Islamorada is a premier fishing locale (my wife also won top female angler in Islamorada 2013 with several dolphin including a 18 lb bull and a large shark) and if any of you want to do a funament this is probably the best one for fishing diversity (Fla bay backcountry, reef, wreck, offshore, humps). Be advised the mid Sept date for the Islamorada funament is in prime hurricane season so low pressure systems could impact (so far they have had 3 perfect weather funaments).

I can highly recommend all BPS funaments as they are very well run and a great fun/value and kid/family friendly. We are definitely going to Ft. Myers Beach as it is my granddaughter's favorite and Estero Bay has decent snook and redfishing when using live pilchards under cork (chumming live pilchards helps a lot) . If you make it to Ft. Myers Beach look for the Rusty II from Jupiter with Ms. Maddy the 7 year old fishinggirl and say hello.

TheFishTank
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Posted - 09/24/2015 :  09:35:44  Show Profile  Visit TheFishTank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great report! I would love to attend one of the funaments, but am trailer-less and towing vehicle-less.

BUT I could run down to Islmorada on the water...maybe next year.


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Sailor
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Posted - 09/24/2015 :  11:30:25  Show Profile  Visit Sailor's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Excellent report! Sounds like you guys had a good time.

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bluewater poser
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Posted - 09/25/2015 :  18:46:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to hear, I chimed in when i read Mercury 115 2+2.
I have a 96 model, runs awesome. 31 @ 5250.

Nice report.
BWP



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Doc Fees
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USA
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Posted - 06/25/2016 :  12:32:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone up for 2016?

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snappergapper
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Posted - 06/28/2016 :  21:14:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When are the dates?


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Doc Fees
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Posted - 06/29/2016 :  07:54:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by snappergapper

When are the dates?



http://funaments.com/islamorada-fl.php

I'm seriously considering

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BadFish261
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Posted - 06/29/2016 :  08:40:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Might try for the one in October (ft Meyers) all of my stars will have to align.
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snappergapper
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Posted - 06/29/2016 :  09:35:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think I am in. The dates right now line up. Just have to check kids Softball schedule.


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Doc Fees
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Posted - 08/02/2016 :  12:35:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm registered for Islamorada.

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Doc Fees
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Posted - 08/22/2016 :  08:48:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This one is getting closer.Anyone else going?

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dodge
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Posted - 08/22/2016 :  19:33:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you have a full boat?

Nick Dodge
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Doc Fees
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Posted - 08/25/2016 :  08:39:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is gonna be good.Got a wild crew on board Loan Shark.

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snappergapper
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Posted - 08/25/2016 :  13:01:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am hoping for install on the 9th or 10th for new motor. If so I still have the time reserved off. I have partial crew on stand by. If not I may make a road trip north to see Brando's way of fishing


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Doc Fees
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Posted - 09/08/2016 :  08:11:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One week away

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Jupiter231
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198 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2016 :  21:44:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Docfees,

I am registered for Islamorada. Good news is the tropical wave will not strengthen and exit the area before Fridays fishing. Marine forecast looks decent for the funament. Fishing reports have been mixed this summer in the keys with slow dolphin. An epic sailfish bite occurred last week on the edge off islamorada to read about it check out BudnMary's marina website fishing reports. The humps and BFT are guaranteed but large sharks abound but you may run over decent fish on the ride out while humping it out there 22 miles. Catching live bait (white bait-pilchards) is not easy in the keys but can be the answer. Good news is Capt. George P. and BPS Capt. Jimmy Wicket will prefish the area in their new 31's and are happy to give you the intel at the captains meeting (seriously ask them what how where and when).

Say hello at the funament I will be the only guy with two cute fishing catching 4 and 8 year old granddaughters in tow.
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Doc Fees
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Posted - 09/12/2016 :  08:42:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to it Jupiter.I've heard about the sailfish bite and really anxious to see if it's still hot.I will certainly keep an eye for you and stop by if you spot me first.

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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/12/2016 :  19:17:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doc Fees,

Will lookout for you. I will only have the 4 y/o with us at captains meeting the 8 y/o coming down after softball practice so she is missing the captains meeting.

Have you seen George or Jimmy's new 33 Mako's yet they are pretty darn nice with trip 350 verados. Jimmy's is grey and has the tower and both dock right next to the tiki bar restaurant. BTW they both will out run you at 65 mph WOT.

Friendly reminder is that skippies (skipjack tuna) are fairly common catches mixed in with BFT at hump. They are a great fight and quite a beautiful fish but require a federal tuna species permit to keep whereas BFT do not. I would not risk an issue if you do not have a permit as FWC are federally deputized in the keys and do check randomly-just a friendly reminder.

BTW your 300 yamaha is bad to the bone but you will be in mercury sponsorship town at WWS. See ya there.
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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/12/2016 :  23:08:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doc Fees,

Did not know how familiar you are with South Florida traffic. As a general rule you do not want to travel through Miami Dade County between 6:30-10AM and 3 PM-7:15 PM due to crazy rush hour traffic and some of the most discourteous drivers you will see anywhere. Palm Beach and Broward I would say avoid 7-915AM and 4-615PM. Rainfall can screw up traffic at anytime.

Also You want to take the turnpike extension west of Miami not the regular turnpike. Route would be Turnpike starting in Jupiter to the 869 (formerly called the Sawgrass expressway) which then ends at 595 and turns into I75 South to Miami. Roughly 10 miles on I75 you will see exit to turnpike extension (signs will say to Key West) which you take (dont miss it as driver will not allow room for last minute lane change). Hopefully you are this southbound BEFORE evening rush hour as everyone is commuting south starting about 3PM. Get a sunpass if dont have a transponder.

If you dont have the free app called WAZE I highly recommend you get it before heading down. There is a even further WEst bailout route at 595 to get on US 27 then onto Krome Ave to Homestead if WAZE shows a disaster on the turnpike.

Not to be doom and gloom but really try to avoid rush hours (I refuse to drive in Dade county after 3 pm).

Finally be super defensive on US1 in the keys people pulling out, sudden stopping, etc just leave room although this is off season.

Finally, usually cheapest (i think around $2.79 now) Rec 90 ethanol free is at a Marathon in South Key Largo Mile marker 98.2 on left in the large median (not great but decent direct access) of that divided section of road. Once South of there fuel prices go up significantly for Rec 90 and regular fuel. Tank up on land marinas are very high.

Please get the WAZE app if you dont have it.
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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/12/2016 :  23:12:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Forgot to mention Key Largo has some of the cheapest fuel prices South of Jupiter. I always end up there low on fuel to tank everything up.
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Jupiter231
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USA
198 Posts

Posted - 09/12/2016 :  23:24:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just in case you are not jazzed up enough here are few Islamorada funament pics.
[URL=http://s1101.photobucket.com/user/jupiter231/media/Funament%20Morada/2013-09-21111441_1280x960_zpsc9168a18.jpg.html][/URL]
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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/12/2016 :  23:26:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[URL=http://s1101.photobucket.com/user/jupiter231/media/Funament%20Morada/2013-09-21145118_1280x960_zpsff162744.jpg.html][/URL]
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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/12/2016 :  23:28:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[URL=http://s1101.photobucket.com/user/jupiter231/media/Funament%20Morada/2013-09-21191402_1280x960_zpsf43e8cf6.jpg.html][/URL]
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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/12/2016 :  23:30:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last pic.
[URL=http://s1101.photobucket.com/user/jupiter231/media/Funament%20Morada/2013-09-21111018_1280x960_zpsbfb37279.jpg.html][/URL]

[URL=http://s1101.photobucket.com/user/jupiter231/media/Funament%20Morada/2013-09-20173318_1280x960_zps34004dca.jpg.html][/URL]
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Doc Fees
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Posted - 09/13/2016 :  07:53:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jupiter,
Thanks for all the information.I plan to travel to Fort Lauderdale Wednesday afternoon.Staying with a buddy that will be fishing with us.Thursday morning,we have to make a quick stop on the way out of town to pick up a fellow CM member at the airport(or a safe distance away).Planning to take the turnpike as you suggested.I have confidence in "local guide" that will be riding shotgun.He fishes Islamorada pretty often and is excited about this tourney.It's gonna be a lot of fun.That last pic,is that Kon Tiki? That's where we will be staying during the tourney.Oh,and I don't mind being surrounded by black anchors.My Yamaha is quite confident in his manhood

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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/13/2016 :  11:42:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah looks like we'll neighbors at the "resort". FYI I try to keep the resort name very quiet and never on a public forum as it is an endangered species in the keys. The place is a bargain and a treasure of what the keys used to be as long as your boat is less than 25 foot. Be sure you ask me or locals about little basin and running yellow shark channel out to bridge and oceanside (marked "channel" but low light condition (requires some eyeball water reading) you can easily get shallow really fast. With your T-top you have to go to center bridge span do not even think about shortcut low bridge next to BudnMarys. I would try to follow someone if light conditions prevent you from clearly reading water.

Regarding FLL pickup, your guide will help and know that Broward SO deputies which are all over that place are ultra strict about vehicle standing and traffic at curbside during peak hours is wild. Advice is stay left lane through terminals and maybe make pickup between terminals where no mobs. It is definitely doable as long as you stowaway is ready to hop in fast. I know your rig will not fit in the cell waiting lot so you could hang out at Bass Pro <15 min door to door via Griffin Road waiting for the call or get on Perimeter Road off Griffin Road and circle there until called. Note the left to terminal entrance off perimeter road is funky, tight 90 and easy to miss so local knowledge is recommended.

A safety note is you may want to update your registered NOAA Beacon (PLB or EPRIB) website page in the comments section to advise of dates boating offshore Islamorada to prevent delay in an extreme circumstance. Also if you think you may lose boat among all other attempts to save yourself and boat be sure to dump your catch and bait ASAP so its well away from you before you cling to hull (when the you see the shark activity on the BFT you'll understand). I know this sounds extreme but I have personal knowledge of a restored 1990 mako 231 whose hull developed a 5 foot long longitudinal crack inboard of the starboard stringer without known impact offshore (boat was not babied though) and barely made it in as water flowed up and out bilge access and up and over the enclosed transom while running for their lives and the inlet while keeping it on plane until running onto a sandbar inside the inlet.

May the hub/bearing and fish God's smile upon you.

Mike and Cindy

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Doc Fees
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Posted - 09/13/2016 :  12:01:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not driving to airport.My buddy is gonna have to catch a cab to a "safe zone" well away from the airport.

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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/13/2016 :  12:27:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Forgot to tell you and guide I would leave FLL via 595 and take turnpike south from there if after 9:30ish AM and before 2:35 PM. Then Absolutely exit main turnpike and get on turnpike extension just before Miami Dolphins Stadium as signs will say to Key West/Homestead.

Otherwise if in rush hour or WAZE shows trouble go west to I75 South route.
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Jupiter231
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Posted - 09/13/2016 :  12:41:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good call on safe zone-just saw post. Bass Pro Shops best standby locale for sure. Departure advice from safe-zone is same as FLL. Please do not take I95 South.
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Doc Fees
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USA
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Posted - 01/03/2017 :  15:57:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
2017??

Never too early to start chatting about.My crew has already committed to being there again.

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snappergapper
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Posted - 01/03/2017 :  16:23:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Start a new thread! I believe I have two committed on my vessel. It seems it conflicts with Brandon's NE bash weekend.


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