By Capt. Gus Cane
A variety of baits—live or dead—will entice redfish, which have a keen sense of smell. But artificial enthusiasts can get in on the fun, too. These three lures consistently put red drum in the boat:
The Go-To lure for guides and tournament anglers is the venerable weedless spoon. Designed to flutter like a scuttling crab or wounded baitfish, a spoon is an effective search bait to locate the fish since it can be fan-cast in all directions to cover a lot of water. Find one redfish and others are usually in the vicinity. Spoons should be retrieved at a slower pace to impart the most action and to cover the lower part of the water column. The twisting action does tend to twist the line, so adding a ball-bearing swivel to the lure itself or the leader will help eliminate problems. Gold is the top color choice, although don’t discount silver or chartreuse patterns for clearer water or pink in tannin-stained areas.
Capt. Mack Farr Striper Guide at Lake Lanier Shares Details about his Tidewater Boat
Fisherman earning a living on the water know what features to consider when you are buying a boat.
For over 35 years, Capt. Mack Farr has been guiding fishing trips on Lake Lanier for landlocked stripers and bass. Guiding and fishing 200 days plus on Lake Lanier on his Tidewater 2410 Bay Max, Capt. Mack knows what works and what doesn’t in order to consistently put customers on the best bite effectively, efficiently, and comfortably.
When you are considering a boat for your fishing lifestyle, understanding the reasons guides and pro anglers like Capt. Mack Farr selects a specific manufacturer, and the model is a solid resource of information for consideration. After all, he makes his living fishing, plus typically, spends more days on the water than the average angler.
Capt. Mack has been a big fan of Tidewater Boats for some time. He can be seen traversing and fishing all over Lake Lanier on his Tidewater 2410 Carolina Bay. “ I have been fishing with other manufacturers boats for several years, but when I had the chance to really examine the benefits, quality, and fishability of the Tidewater 2410, I knew this was a perfect boat that meets virtually every need to put clients on fish “ states Capt. Mack. Spending a few hours with Capt. Mack chasing a deep winter striper bite, we had the opportunity to discuss his reasons why he loves his Tidewater 2410 Bay Max.
Running out, Capt. Mack discussed the great performance of his Tidewater 2410 Bay Max. “I love this boat, and it’s performance on the water,” stated Capt. Mack. “It handles the roughest of water, weather and provides a safe and dry ride. Plus, powered with the Yamaha 300 H.P outboard, the combination of the well-designed hull and power is awesome. Right now, we are making excellent time to our first spot, and I know we have plenty more speed if needed. This boat is so well designed, it easily glides through the water, is very stable, provides a very safe and dry ride for all of my customers too.”
By Amy Lignor
Paul Zamoyta Talks About the Value of Service
Coastal Boat Sales is a company that’s all about offering incredible products and excellent service to their customers. Being an authorized Tidewater Boat dealership, they are proud to carry a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory. So when people in Brick, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas are looking to invest in that ultimate craft, the Coastal Boat Sales’ friendly and knowledgeable staff makes sure to provide them with an outstanding boat buying experience.
Paul Zamoyta, the owner of Coastal Boat Sales, sat down with us and talked about his experience being a Tidewater dealership and the ultimate value of providing the best customer service available.
Thank you for taking the time to be with us today, Paul. How long, exactly, have you been a dealer of Tidewater Boats?
Paul Zamoyta (P.Z.): I have been a Tidewater Single Line Center Console Dealer since 2009.
When selling or presenting a Tidewater boat to potential customers, can you tell us a ‘typical’ reaction of the consumer to the product in regards to the quality of materials, design, storage, power, performance, etc.?
By Capt. Gus Cane
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Southeast, autumn is the prime time to round up the “bulls” or extra large red drum. These over-slot Brahmas move in to spawn in places like Pamlico Sound or enjoy the baitfish buffet lines along the Charleston Harbor jetties or Pensacola and other Gulf passes. Known for their powerful runs and voracious appetites, bull reds are a favorite target of coastal anglers. Here are some of the best ways to get in on the fun.
Gear Up: Overslot reds are strong so gear up accordingly. Medium-heavy spin or conventional tackle with 30-pound braided line or 50-pound monofilament will suffice, matched with about three feet of 50- to 60-pound test fluorocarbon leader. Rods should have plenty of backbone with a softer tip to toss baits and feel the strikes. For conservation and legal purposes, only use non-stainless circle hooks sized to match the bait.
by Craig Lamb
Tried and proven Tidewater Adventure Series just got better with the all-new 272 CC Adventure Custom.
Adventure Series is a center console lineup of models that offer comfortable, dry rides and the ability to add options to suit the needs of families and saltwater anglers. Whether you are looking for open water adventures or lazy days at the sandbar, the 272 Adventure Custom can do it all in style, performance, and functionality.
Tidewater Boats is known for designing boats for anglers and families, with serious features, using quality materials. Wrap luxury around a performance hull with tons of fishing room and you have the newest model, the 272 CC Adventure Custom.
By Capt. Gus Cane
There are several ways to effectively release chum without making a mess of the boat. The key is to disperse the material into the water at a steady, even flow rate. Release too much and the targeted fish stuff themselves on the chum instead of the baits. Release too little and they might not feed at all.
A mesh bag with a drawstring top is the most popular choice for dispersing frozen chum blocks. Various sizes are available—just make sure they are large enough to hold the block. Mesh bags require minimum effort and they can be reused; to clean, tie off on a cleat and drag it through the water during the run back in. Disposable ones are also now available from various tackle shops. Cheap mesh laundry bags from discount retailers are another disposable option.
A Perfect Match for the Tidewater Line of Boats
By Amy Lignor
When learning about the state of Maine, the motto is one thing that truly stands out: “Dirigo.” This Latin word meaning “I Direct” or “I Lead” certainly fits perfectly when speaking about a true leader in the boating community that can be found in Maine by the name of Yankee Marina & Boatyard.
A family-owned, full-service marina, YM&B is now in its’ sixth decade of granting to boaters the highest quality marine and specialty technical services they could possibly want. Located on six acres along the protected west bank of the Royal River, boaters are not only enthralled by the menu of services offered, as well as the staff that’s available all year long, but they are equally thrilled to dock in this location and find themselves bowled over by the beauty of Yarmouth.
“Providing Quality Products for Work or Play!”
By Amy lignor
When it comes to shopping for those “dream” outdoor items on everyone’s bucket list, Wilson Marine is one place to go for those adventurers who want to have fun outdoors.
This locally, the family-owned and operated business has a fantastic background. Part of the Wilson Tractor family established in 1984, also in Newberry, South Carolina, Wilson Marine has built a solid customer base from their ability to provide quality products to make outdoor living easier and more enjoyable. By consistently offering experience, fair prices, and an extremely friendly atmosphere, Wilson Marine fits in the category of being big enough to cover the broad range of equipment needs their customers may have, yet small enough to greet every customer on a first-name basis.
By Capt. Gus Cane
A sudden emergency situation on the water is the absolute worst time to realize your boat’s safety gear isn’t up to standard or functioning properly. With the busy summer boating and fishing season here, thoroughly inspect all safety gear before hitting the water to make sure it’s compliant. It could save your life.
Look Good & Keep Safe from UV Rays With Tidewater Boats & AFTCO
By Amy Lignor
When it comes to Tidewater Boats, the knowledge that they are experts in Marine Craftsmanship is known far and wide. But what many should also be aware of is the fact that Tidewater is not only focused on their “rise” in the industry as they make the best saltwater boats on the market; nor, are they only interested in the fact that, since 2006, they have developed into one of the fastest growing companies while utilizing the best materials and the skilled labor to produce boats worthy of ownership. They are also extremely concerned about continuing to provide you and yours with as much protection and durability as you can receive while out on the water. Whether you are a die-hard fisherman or a boating enthusiast, Tidewater has created other products that will keep you safe and help you look your best when you participate in the sport you love.