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Time to call a pro, but who?

March 13, 2015
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

After removing the access hatch door, I then laid on my side between the console and bench seat legs to put a drop light in through the opening. Using double-sided tape, I went back in and stretched as far as I humanly could and pressed a small mirror on the side inside wall of the console, silently cursing the designer.

If I adjusted my body angle just right I could just see the fill caps on the farthest battery in the mirror as my back and hip started to ache from the awkward position.

Stealing the turkey baster from the kitchen and using duct tape, I rigged a 24-inch piece of tubing to it to extend its reach. A gallon of distilled water within reach, I was ready to start filling three batteries.

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I reached in to take off the fill covers but the previous mechanic/rigger had wires running in every direction over the tops of the batteries. It made it nearly impossible to remove them let alone do anything in this over-cramped, nearly impossible to access, poorly designed interior center console.

Now I'm cramping as I reach in with pliers to blindly start removing nuts and wires to access battery caps that I can't see, only feel. It's already hot as August, I'm soaked. I'm angry. Nearly 40 minutes and not one battery cell yet filled.

Enough of this stress, I thought, as I painfully got to my feet gathered my tools and decided to stop the mental and physical torture. I had two choices, rewire the whole mess or call in a pro.

Be careful of the word "pro" as a supposed pro wired this nightmare without a care in the world about me or future battery maintenance. Pretty sad at a 100 bucks an hour.

Time is of the essence and it needed to be done, but who do I call? I could wing it, but needed it done right, first time. Best to get a recommendation or two and then check some more if you don't already have someone you can trust to do things correctly.

I made the right choice and called our local mobile marine electrical wizard, Dockside Dennis, explained I'm in a jam, have booked clients, need help. (Dennis Doherty 239-541-1497)

Long story short when he was finished the wiring was correct, neat, thoughtfully laid out, a work of art to those that appreciate the mechanical arts and design and I was at peace.

Dockside comes to you and charges a very fair fee for his expertise. Hard to beat and highly recommended.

Fishing is heating up as the water temps rise, causing everyone to put on their feed bags. Snook are winter hungry and looking to eat your plug, jig, or spoon as they make their annual march to the Gulf, which means they might be encountered almost anywhere between the locks upriver to Captiva Pass.

Oyster bars and mangrove shorelines both with current flowing will be the hot spots with a topwater plug that doesn't hang on the shallow oysters.

Topwaters really shine on cloudy, overcast days. Bright days I'm using chrome. On dark days we use gold or darker patterns. At night I'm a fan of black lures on dark nights and glow or chrome on dock-lit areas or in moonlight.

For topwater fans looking for something different, check out the many freshwater choices that easily can be adapted to saltwater duty by simply changing to beefier split rings and stronger treble hooks.

Trout fishing is coming on strong as well. Remove the tail treble from your favorite trout top plug and tie on eight inches of 20-pound fluorocarbon to the eye. Add a small plastic curly-tail jig and lob cast so it doesn't foul. Surprising results.

Higher tides put reds under the brush looking for your shrimp and ladyfish steaks.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or, or



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