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Signed up getting the boat ready and booked my hotel all in one shot.

I sure hope it is worth it all of my DLB boater friends tell me it will be worth the 11 hour drive towing our boat.

I heard I need a good map and GPS and I should be good to go:)devil.

This will be an interesting trip hope to meet more of the DLB people so far they are awesome boaters and great peeps:).

The BIG CAT poker run has been on my bucket list for awhile we were gonna wait until next year to go but figured we need to at least scope it out this year.

If it turn out to be a lot of fun we will make it an annual event on our calendar.

KAP

P.S. Hulshot hope your around that weekend as well as Rik and a few others:).
 

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Signed up getting the boat ready and booked my hotel all in one shot.

I sure hope it is worth it all of my DLB boater friends tell me it will be worth the 11 hour drive towing our boat.

I heard I need a good map and GPS and I should be good to go:)devil.

This will be an interesting trip hope to meet more of the DLB people so far they are awesome boaters and great peeps:).

The BIG CAT poker run has been on my bucket list for awhile we were gonna wait until next year to go but figured we need to at least scope it out this year.

If it turn out to be a lot of fun we will make it an annual event on our calendar.

KAP

P.S. Hulshot hope your around that weekend as well as Rik and a few others:).

I just bought some 2x4's and plywood to add enough length to participate. LOL.

Where does it take place?
 

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I just bought some 2x4's and plywood to add enough length to participate. LOL.

Where does it take place?
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Hey you show up you might get a prize for the underdog in a big cat fight.....ha ha.

What are talking about we only have a 28ft boat which makes it a kitten compared to all the big cat hardware showing up.

You can get all the info. by typing www.bigcatpokerrun.com the website is updated every so often and has all the information.

Judging by the response thus far it does not appear to be heavily attended by PB online members.

KAP
 

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HI KAP.

you should not have any trouble in your 28' boat on the delta. That is unless you have size envy. :p :D

I think my cronies and myself will be going but not running in the event. I've always wanted to check this out. I haven't been to this event but we are looking forward to it also.

The DLB should be along shortly to give us some info. They are probably still recovering from their last run. :D :)devil

BTW; The GPS is key. you can get a Delta map from West Marine (if not you can probably find one upon your arrival). Then its no problem. If not I have 20 copies in my boat. But don't follow me, you will never make it. :D

Hope to see you there.

WINSPEED; its in discovery bay.
 

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I have done the Big Cat 4 times in a 26 cat with no problems. Just have to pay attention and let it hang out. Been a while since I took my boat on this run. Maybe this wouldbe a good year to do it again? Hmmm

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kap when are you coming up ????, i'm gonna go run the first two stops in the morn then a boys football game at 2pm then off to a wedding at 6pm so my day is packed .like too hook up maybe fri at ski beach or garlic bros for a coldie !!!!
 

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HI KAP.

you should not have any trouble in your 28' boat on the delta. That is unless you have size envy. :p :D

I think my cronies and myself will be going but not running in the event. I've always wanted to check this out. I haven't been to this event but we are looking forward to it also.

The DLB should be along shortly to give us some info. They are probably still recovering from their last run. :D :)devil

BTW; The GPS is key. you can get a Delta map from West Marine (if not you can probably find one upon your arrival). Then its no problem. If not I have 20 copies in my boat. But don't follow me, you will never make it. :D

Hope to see you there.

WINSPEED; its in discovery bay.
Hey DaveC:

Did you say size envy....love double D's C's etc...:D are you talking boats;).

I have a great sense of direction and can use a GPS and plotter. However, I'm kinda old school and love a great detailed map chart.

We look forward to this trip it really has been on my list for a long time.

kap when are you coming up ????, i'm gonna go run the first two stops in the morn then a boys football game at 2pm then off to a wedding at 6pm so my day is packed .like too hook up maybe fri at ski beach or garlic bros for a coldie !!!!
Ola Tunnel T:

We should be arriving on Thursday early so we can get our bearings straight. Booked a hotel in Brentwood I am going to talk to Rayzor and Rik hopefully they will be around. I would also like to meet up with you and Hulshot and a few others.

This is an adult trip just the wife and I the kids are staying with their arbuelos:D. Friday is definitely open and maybe we can get everyone together for a pre poker run excursion. I am all about burning some fuel that weekend and hitting the bar afterward---hell no kids and a weekend of boating with my wife/wingman it's gonna be fun.

That sounds great thus far I am very impressed with the DLB peeps they have great hospitality and class. Wish we had a Southern Calif Branch of DLB...a SCLB but I have found it is the people that make the club and not the title.

Midwest boaters are the same way tons of hospitality and love to go fast in any type of boat.

Hope to cultivate more performance boating friendships and get to see some nice catamarans.

Tunnel T, I will PM you contact information as it gets closer.

KAP

P.S. The name of our boat is Miss Silver Bullet:).
 

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Hey DaveC:

Did you say size envy....love double D's C's etc...:D are you talking boats;).

I have a great sense of direction and can use a GPS and plotter. However, I'm kinda old school and love a great detailed map chart.

We look forward to this trip it really has been on my list for a long time.



Ola Tunnel T:

We should be arriving on Thursday early so we can get our bearings straight. Booked a hotel in Brentwood I am going to talk to Rayzor and Rik hopefully they will be around. I would also like to meet up with you and Hulshot and a few others.

This is an adult trip just the wife and I the kids are staying with their arbuelos:D. Friday is definitely open and maybe we can get everyone together for a pre poker run excursion. I am all about burning some fuel that weekend and hitting the bar afterward---hell no kids and a weekend of boating with my wife/wingman it's gonna be fun.

That sounds great thus far I am very impressed with the DLB peeps they have great hospitality and class. Wish we had a Southern Calif Branch of DLB...a SCLB but I have found it is the people that make the club and not the title.

Midwest boaters are the same way tons of hospitality and love to go fast in any type of boat.

Hope to cultivate more performance boating friendships and get to see some nice catamarans.

Tunnel T, I will PM you contact information as it gets closer.

KAP

P.S. The name of our boat is Miss Silver Bullet:).
sounds great a weekend of boating with the wife and no kids !!!
normally fri there is a lunch run for some of the big dogs but we (the dlb ) can definately take you on a little tour .keep in touch!!!TUNNEL T
 

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Yep I will be attending this one as well. I will be in a 27 eliminator with Waffleman, supportin the DLB entries. Dont worry Kap the run will be a good turn out of all types of boats. A few years ago I ran it in a 21 eliminator. Good New Travels fast ran it one year in a 20 stoker and made it 2 stops, water was just too big that day but I think he got the biggest balls award and Racer got I think some prize money for broken boat award for blowing off his engine hatch while sailing through the air over a big wake at some insane speed...
 

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Yep I will be attending this one as well. I will be in a 27 eliminator with Waffleman, supportin the DLB entries. Dont worry Kap the run will be a good turn out of all types of boats. A few years ago I ran it in a 21 eliminator. Good New Travels fast ran it one year in a 20 stoker and made it 2 stops, water was just too big that day but I think he got the biggest balls award and Racer got I think some prize money for broken boat award for blowing off his engine hatch while sailing through the air over a big wake at some insane speed...
Hey Hullshot:

Should I put the cleaver combination on :D or leave the Bravo setup the cleaver has better midrange, holeshot and planing ability and the Bravo has the top end and fuel economy.

Is this a fast event or a mid-range cruise get around a lot of traffic event. For Example: the LOTO poker run is all about top speed hanging it out for like 40miles to the first card stop then look for more fuel somewhere:))eek:)).

Look forward to meeting up we should be in town on Thursday late afternoon I will PM you contact information.

KAP

P.S. I feel better knowing you ran it in a 21 Eliminator I thought our little boat at 28ft was going to be a dinghy:).

P.P.S. Where is the best place to launch we are staying in Brentwood at the Hampton Inn hoping to run on Friday. We have never been to the Delta so any and all information is appreciated by the veterans. Is VP110 fuel available anywhere at the pump or am I dellusional?
 

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Hey Hullshot:

Should I put the cleaver combination on :D or leave the Bravo setup the cleaver has better midrange, holeshot and planing ability and the Bravo has the top end and fuel economy.

Is this a fast event or a mid-range cruise get around a lot of traffic event. For Example: the LOTO poker run is all about top speed hanging it out for like 40miles to the first card stop then look for more fuel somewhere:))eek:)).

Look forward to meeting up we should be in town on Thursday late afternoon I will PM you contact information.

KAP

P.S. I feel better knowing you ran it in a 21 Eliminator I thought our little boat at 28ft was going to be a dinghy:).

P.P.S. Where is the best place to launch we are staying in Brentwood at the Hampton Inn hoping to run on Friday. We have never been to the Delta so any and all information is appreciated by the veterans. Is VP110 fuel available anywhere at the pump or am I dellusional?
Either Orwood or Discovery Bay would be your best bet for launch. I would run which ever props that set you up for the best all around handling. There is a marina (Bullfrog) about four miles from Disco that sell race fuel on the water. Hope this helps and look forward to seeing you on Fri.
 

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Hey everybody! The Big Cat is def a must-do event for anyone! The dlb guys are a great bunch and it'd be great to see a lot of you there.
As many of you know, I shoot photos of these events, and I try to cover my costs by selling prints, and if lucky, I make a little bit of $ for my time. So far I surely don't get rich at this, but I love what I do and I enjoy capturing these events for you all! It's not about me but it's about the whole group, and a fun and safe event.

Here's the scoop: Brett Bayne from this fine magazine expressed interest in coming up here, so maybe he'll write something up. My partner and I have a helicopter "penciled" in on reserve and this magazine expressed interest in helping us with the cost of the helicopter in exchange for great shots, particularly good head-on angle shots (more than just a bunch of side angle shots). If they decide to cover the event there is a chance for some of you and your boat to be published in the magazine - it's all up to the editorial staff.

So we need to cover our costs for the other half of the helicopter. To commit to doing this we need to get an idea of how many people would be interested in us getting great shots of them on their boats during the run, and we'd sell prints at a fair price. If we don't get enough interest then we cannot run this at a loss (I have before, many times, but in this economy I just cannot afford to run at a loss). So, connect with me and send me email to express your interest and we'll give you all priority over anybody else and you'll get a nice print (13x19 size - a very nice size to hang on the wall), and maybe even a chance to see your boat in Performance Boats Magazine! The latter is up to the editing staff and layout artist, not us, but I'd submit the photos. A lot of the folks I've snapped photos for have appeared in various magazines, but still, many of you have not. Would that not be cool to show off to your friends, a photo of you in this magazine?!

Many of you have seen the work I did for Desert Storm in Havasu (2009 & 2010 covered here in PerfBoatsMag!).

Call me, email me, yell at me, let me know... Thanks all - I really enjoy doing this for you all, especially the dlb gang - they're the best!!

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Kap, run the Bravo not for speed just milage. Orwoods is about 2 miles from Discobay marina and should be less congested when putting in or pulling the boats out, but Disco Bay mairina is where all the action is and festivities will be to start and end the day... Both ramps are within a few minutes of your hotel.
 

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Hey Hullshot:

Should I put the cleaver combination on :D or leave the Bravo setup the cleaver has better midrange, holeshot and planing ability and the Bravo has the top end and fuel economy.

Is this a fast event or a mid-range cruise get around a lot of traffic event. For Example: the LOTO poker run is all about top speed hanging it out for like 40miles to the first card stop then look for more fuel somewhere:))eek:)).

Look forward to meeting up we should be in town on Thursday late afternoon I will PM you contact information.

KAP

P.S. I feel better knowing you ran it in a 21 Eliminator I thought our little boat at 28ft was going to be a dinghy:).

P.P.S. Where is the best place to launch we are staying in Brentwood at the Hampton Inn hoping to run on Friday. We have never been to the Delta so any and all information is appreciated by the veterans. Is VP110 fuel available anywhere at the pump or am I dellusional?

Big Cat is a great poker run and you will have a blast. It's more of a social poker run than other poker runs that I've been to - You tie up and get out of the boat at each spot. Be prepared to raft up the boats at the stops, have your fenders ready to go and you'll be fine.

For props, I'd bring whichever props let you turn the best, since there are lots of turns on the river. Be sure to get a map of the delta, you can pick them up locally once you get there. Also, if you have a GPS make sure that you have the maps of the delta installed since it's easy to get lost up there.



I always launched out of Discovery Bay, but the locals will be able to steer you in the right direction for sure.

Here are some pics from the Big Cat a few years ago.
 

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Either Orwood or Discovery Bay would be your best bet for launch. I would run which ever props that set you up for the best all around handling. There is a marina (Bullfrog) about four miles from Disco that sell race fuel on the water. Hope this helps and look forward to seeing you on Fri.
Thanks for the input Boatmaster glad to know there is race fuel. I will leave the Bravo setup on it is easier to run.

Kap, run the Bravo not for speed just milage. Orwoods is about 2 miles from Discobay marina and should be less congested when putting in or pulling the boats out, but Disco Bay mairina is where all the action is and festivities will be to start and end the day... Both ramps are within a few minutes of your hotel.
I look forward to rafting up--- then chatting and catching up---if the DLB crew is going out on Friday that would be awesome as I could play follow the leader.

Big Cat is a great poker run and you will have a blast. It's more of a social poker run than other poker runs that I've been to - You tie up and get out of the boat at each spot. Be prepared to raft up the boats at the stops, have your fenders ready to go and you'll be fine.

For props, I'd bring whichever props let you turn the best, since there are lots of turns on the river. Be sure to get a map of the delta, you can pick them up locally once you get there. Also, if you have a GPS make sure that you have the maps of the delta installed since it's easy to get lost up there.

I always launched out of Discovery Bay, but the locals will be able to steer you in the right direction for sure.

Here are some pics from the Big Cat a few years ago.
Thanks Steamin Rice I like the social poker runs better as they seem to have less ego's and more people that just like to boat and have fun. I have a screen GPS and it needs to be updated in a bad way should be OK.

I will get a map for sure that is always tried and true.

The only thing that will suck is the 9.5 hour drive:mad:.

Any restaurant/bars that are recommended i.e...so when I come back to Diego and tell people I was in the Delta/Discovery Bay. I don't want them to say hey! whatya mean you didn't go to the X or Y establishment:).

KAP

P.S. Ummm this Poker Run is in freshwater or saltwater? I was told freshwater to brackish water those photos depict saltwater. Last time I saw Alcatraz from the outside it was surrounded by ocean???
 

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Thanks Steamin Rice I like the social poker runs better as they seem to have less ego's and more people that just like to boat and have fun. I have a screen GPS and it needs to be updated in a bad way should be OK.

I will get a map for sure that is always tried and true.

The only thing that will suck is the 9.5 hour drive:mad:.

Any restaurant/bars that are recommended i.e...so when I come back to Diego and tell people I was in the Delta/Discovery Bay. I don't want them to say hey! whatya mean you didn't go to the X or Y establishment:).

KAP

P.S. Ummm this Poker Run is in freshwater or saltwater? I was told freshwater to brackish water those photos depict saltwater. Last time I saw Alcatraz from the outside it was surrounded by ocean???
That is a long drive from San Diego - I used to live in Orange County and it wasn't too bad of a drive, and we would always caravan with 10+ other boats. You may want to post something on the SCOPE website (www.scopeinfo.com) to see if you can meet up with people and caravan if you're interested in that.

Again, the locals will steer you in the right direction as far as places to stop, but here are a few places I remember stopping at:

Lost Isle
Outrigger
Moore's Riverboat
Humphrey's

There are lots of places to stop at, best bet is to hook up with the locals especially for your first time there.

The poker run is in freshwater - The pics that I posted were from a lunch run we did the day before the poker run one year. We started in Discovery Bay, had lunch in Tiburon, then went under the Golden Gate bridge, around Alcatraz and back. We also stopped to check out the mothball fleet on the ride back. It was one of my favorite trips boating, but I was ready to get out of the boat at the end of the day. I think we covered around 180 miles that day and the water around Alcatraz was really rough. The water on the river is mostly smooth so you will have no problems.
 

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Steamin Rice:

I appreciate all your responses it echos what everyone has been telling us. I briefly reviewed some simple maps of the area and it looks like a friggen maze of canals or sloughs it should be fun exploring.

Your right about following locals that seems to be the ticket as you can get lost real easy and our boat does not have the range most of the offshore boats do. We carry 80 gallons of gas good for about 45-60 miles depending on how much I am on the boost. That 8.3litre blower is always thirsty:D.

Next year we will have the right boat for the Alcatraz lunch run this year we have the river boat. Gotta tell you my wife saw the pictures of the water around the Alcatraz photo and told me don't even think about it:):D. I was like come on honey wouldn't it be fun to fly our boat over that rough azz water---answer death look:mad:.

Looking forward to this event it should be a lot of fun going to get the boat tonight and get things ready.

Hope the weather cooperates.

KAP

P.S. FYI---The New Jersy poker run is sold out that is the first one of the year I heard about that is sold out---it is a limited entry event:)sphss.
 
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