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.
Understanding the Differences between the Tidewater LXF vs. CC Adventure Models is easy!
By Capt. Ted Lund
When buying a new boat, some of the terminologies that manufacturers use can be somewhat confusing. Thanks to some innovative thinking by innovative marine manufacturer, Tidewater Boats, the naming process for models has become a lot easier, allowing boat owners to find the perfect fit for their family-friendly adventures and fishing.
Tidewater Boats LXF and CC Adventure Models: The ABC’s
Two great examples of how this works are with two members of the Tidewater LXF and CC Adventure series. Each Tidewater boat share similarity like a dry chine ride thanks to greater widths chine-to-chine than other boats in the similar size range. The result? Smooth, dry performance and allowing models to operate efficiently with a variety of single and dual engine installations.
Each Tidewater Boat also features the company’s unique Carolina flair that helps deflect spray making your day drier. Tidewater’s hull system also features a proprietary Spray Relief Point which directs water down and away from the side of the hull. Coupled with the Carolina Flair, it helps make each Tidewater one of the driest boats on the water. No-wood, all composite construction makes all Tidewaters among the strongest and safest boats in the industry. Plus, each of the models are built around the company’s proprietary corrugated grid stringer vertebra which provides super strength and support throughout each boat.
By Captn. Ted Lund
Approaching the dock — particularly in front of a crowded marina — can be one of the most nerve-racking experiences on the water. But it really shouldn't be. I've got ten simple rules that, if followed to the letter, will not only make you better at close-quarters maneuvering and docking but will also make you a better all-around boater.
Rule No. 1: Never approach the dock faster than you are willing to hit it.
Rule No. 2: There is room for only one captain on your vessel.
Rules No. 3-10: See rules 1 and 2; when in doubt, refer to rule No. 2.
Well, there's actually a little more to it than that. But by taking a measured, methodical approach, boaters can tackle even the most challenging docking situations and come out looking like a pro — even as the local peanut gallery looks on with their scorecards.
Try this for big Swordfish, Get into Day Dropping
By Ted Lund
It is time to get into day dropping for swordfish if you want to enhance your catch. Daytime dropping for swordfish is becoming more and more popular with anglers from Texas to the Outer Banks. Some truly large broadbills are being taken, as evidenced by Capt. Nick Stanczyck’s recent catch of a 757-pounder.
Traditional Methods vs. Day Dropping for Swordfish
In the Spotlight: Atlantic Marine Highlighting Tidewater Boats Treasure Coast Dealer
By Amy Lignor
Finding a great boat dealer is as important as finding the right boat and today’s In the Spotlight: Atlantic Marine, highlights many key reasons they have been a great Tidewater Boats dealer on the Treasure Coast. For Over 25 years…………..
Above all, this company understands that serious fishermen need serious boats, which is why they have a variety to choose from. Among the lines that include: Grady-White Boats, Jupiter Boats, and Southwind Boats, comes the Tidewater Boat lines—all of which can handle the roughest of offshore demands, near inshore and backwater needs.
Get in on the Summertime Action with Tony Alexander on South Carolina’s Lake Murray
By Capt. Ted Lund
Summer isn’t the only thing heating up for anglers on Lake Murray, SC — home waters to one of the nation’s top boat manufacturers in the marine industry — Tidewater Boats.
Located just outside Columbia, SC, it has some of the best fishing for striped bass, white perch (crappie) and trophy catfish of almost any lake in the south.
“This is one of my favorite times of year here on the lake,” says Lake Murray legend and expert, Tony Alexander.
“We’re still getting water temperatures in the 70s on the surface, but night time our air temps are still dipping into the 40s,” says Alexander. “So it’s making it difficult for us to target (but not impossible) the world-class, 20-pound-plus stripers we are known for.”