When and Where to Fish

Little Things Mean a Lot When you fish is just as important as where you fish. One early truth we all learn as anglers is that nearly every aspect of our fishing approach can be improved. I’ve been at this over five decades now, and I still learn something different or come up with a […]

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Z-Man ‘Immortal’ HerculeZ: Toughest Swimbait Ever?

Z-Man ‘immortal’ HerculeZ exhibits astonishing action and toughness Ladson, SC (January 26, 2023) – Admittedly, bite force is a concept best understood by anglers whose fingers accidently slip into the mandibles of powerful gamefish. With an audible snap—not unlike an angry alligator maw—aquatic predators like snook, tarpon and striped bass can all crush baitfish (or […]

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Nine Cool Pontoon Boat Features

The transformer bar, as seen aboard the Sylvan L5 DLZ Bar, lets you turn the back of the boat into a social focal point. Bill Doster Sometime between the era of your grandparents’ nightly putt-putt around the lake and the more recent trend of 20-somethings partying at the sandbar, pontoon boats became cool. Cool because […]

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Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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NSEDC Says ‘No’ to Buying Winter Red King Crab

Image: Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. The Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. (NSEDC) will not purchase crab from the 2023 red king crab winter commercial fishery, in what the corporation has described as a difficult decision based on concerns for the long-term health of the fishery. While the stock appears to be rebounding, NSEDC believes […]

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Yamaha Introduces 450 hp V-8 Outboard

In addition to offer 25 more horses than its predecessor, the XTO Offshore 450 offers a host of upgrades that increase performance and ease of ownership. Courtesy Yamaha Yamaha Marine has debuted an updated XTO Offshore V-8 outboard that delivers 450 hp, as well as enhanced technology and greater conveniences. It features the same 5.6-liter […]

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Massive Blackfish Smashes Record

Jennifer Zuppe’s soon-to-be record blackfish ate a white crab fished in 110 feet of water. Jennifer Zuppe It seems if you want to catch a big tautog—as in world-record big—you need to be on the Fish Bound IV with Capt. Kane Bounds out of Ocean City, Maryland. In 2015, Kenneth Westerfeld caught the world record […]

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UW Study Shows Parasite Decline in Puget Sound

Image: University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. A University of Washington fisheries scientist says her research shows that fish parasites in Puget Sound have been in decline over the last century. “We all have this sense that as climate change proceeds that what we get is increased parasite outbreaks; that we are […]

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2023 Formula 387 CCF

The 387 CCF mixes performance with fishability. Courtesy Formula Boats For a company that hasn’t built a center-console since the 1980s, Formula will impress anglers with its 387 Center Console Fish (CCF). Its thoughtful design and clever innovations set it apart from the cookie-cutter boats that abound in the center-console genre. Stepping aboard the 387 […]

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Uncharted Waters: North vs. South

Tackling the Classic U.S. Boating Debate of North Versus South. A couple weeks ago, I attended a yacht club dinner at the invitation of a friend and had a fine time, in spite of the fact that I’m about as yachty as an aluminum canoe. Toward the shank of the evening, as coffee and other […]

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So Others May Live

Reflections from a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Portraits by Keith Carlsen After a Long, Wild Ride, Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Shannon Scaff Ponders a Storied Career and Plots His Next Big Mission. On January 25, 2000, the conditions off Elizabeth City, North Carolina were simply terrible. A cold-front-spawned low off Florida had inhaled a plume […]

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2023 Starcraft SVX 230 IO

The SVX 230 IO serves up an agile, stable and responsive ride. Bill Doster Overview Boatbuilders have long attempted to blend the size and space of a deck boat with the look and style of an open-bow runabout, but results are often mixed. Starcraft’s SVX 230 IO pulls off the challenge with aplomb. Hullsides carry […]

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Ocean Reef Club Vintage Weekend

Classic Conveyances Ocean Reef Club’s 26th Annual Vintage Weekend A transportation trifecta took over the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, as a wide array of extraordinary classic cars, yachts, and aircraft were on display for guests to admire at the 26th Annual Vintage Weekend, December 1-4, 2022. With blue skies above, the festivities began […]

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Tested: Numarine 22XP

A cruise in an ancient city aboard the Numarine 22XP proves this yacht is equally at ease on pleasure cruises or bluewater voyages. Tested: Numarine 22XP A cruise in an ancient city aboard the Numarine 22XP proves this yacht is equally at ease on pleasure cruises or bluewater voyages. Spring in Istanbul casts a spell. […]

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Oru Bay ST folding kayak review

Oru Kayaks pioneered origami-style boats – easy-to-transport craft that come flat-packed and fold out into sea-going freedom machines – and the Bay ST is the most versatile of the fleet The Oru Bay ST folding kayak turned many heads at this years Southampton Boat show. I tested it out on the water and here’s what […]

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