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How Are Small Boats Made?

Small watercraft are becoming quite the rage nowadays and there’s no sign of it slowing down. Small watercraft have been around since the dawn of time and have been made out of all sorts or materials. Everything from tree trunks, to bamboo rafts and even stretched animal hide have seen the water. All served their purposes with pros and cons for each different material and that same principal continues today. Although the processes and materials are much more technologically advanced, it all boils down to functionality. Let’s have a look at some ways of how small watercraft manufactures  are making their boats. Continue reading “How Are Small Boats Made?”

Tampa Tarpon Fishing

It’s that time of year in Tampa where the Tarpon begin to show up in numbers. Starting in May and usually lasting most of Summer, Tampa anglers flock to Tampa Bay for some epic battles with the “Silver King”. Continue reading “Tampa Tarpon Fishing”

Marlin Fishing NC

When it comes to fishing in North Carolina, many types of fishing may come to mind, but did you know that this state has a killer billfish fishery? It sure does. This is due to the position of the coastline in relation to the Gulf Stream and the continental shelf. While this does bring the ingredients together for an overall epic offshore fishery, the Marlin fishing is what we want to talk about today.  Continue reading “Marlin Fishing NC”

Weather in Ketchikan

Everyone has their own idea when it comes to Alaska, especially if they have never been there. Some think of how it’s always cold and snowy, some think about how it’s dark for half the year and light for the other half. Some think about the ruggedness of the terrain or the northern lights or even the immense amount of wildlife. Alaska is a vast place—663,000 square miles vast, and depending on where you are in the state, all the above holds true. But there is a small area to the southeast that often gets overlooked when thinking about Alaska. One place in particular located within that region, called Ketchikan, is one such place. Although Ketchikan is known for its rich culture and history, its incredible fishing, and countless outdoor activities, there is something else unique to its area: the weather. I know, I know, how can weather be exciting? Well let’s find out. Continue reading “Weather in Ketchikan”

How Hurricanes Can Be Disastrous for Near- and Inshore Fish

Charlotte Harbor fishing charters explain how Florida’s most common natural disaster affects popular gamefish nearshore

For us Charlotte Harbor locals, August 2004 and Hurricane Charley will forever be etched into our memories. This particularly strong Category 4 hurricane packing 150 mph winds hit us pretty much spot on. Forecasters were expecting the hurricane to hit farther north around Tampa, but at the last moment, it veered northwest and hit Captiva Island and communities around Charlotte Harbor.

Charlotte Harbor fishing - hurricane landfall
Image courtesy of NOAA

For fishing charters and other community residents, the storm left a lasting mark in our respect for the power of Mother Nature.

The storm and others during that infamous hurricane season made national and even international headlines. Scenes of destruction were seen by millions on TV, but what most of the networks were not talking about was the storm’s impact on popular gamefish.

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Understanding the Fascinating Process for Making High-End Fishing Coolers

If you’re over the age of 30, the advances in technology for a host of things has been astounding.

When we were kids, we still had to find a land line to make a phone call. Some of us even remember having to use a rotary dial phone. Today, telephones are pretty much like mini-computers and allow you to do so much more than just talk.

Amazingly, fishing coolers have also undergone incredible advancements.

In the past, basic Styrofoam or plastic/foam coolers were the best you could do. While they would suffice in most circumstances, they weren’t exactly the best for long-term storage. On a hot day, the ice could melt over the course of day, requiring you to refill it daily.

What makes today’s high-end fishing coolers so much more durable?

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Identifying the Fins on a Fish and Understanding their Function

Fishing charters around Mosquito Lagoon explain the types of fins commonly found on a fish and their function

Fins are by far the most readily identifiable part of a fish’s body. If you were shown a fin and nothing else, chances are you will know that you’re looking at one of a fish’s most valuable body parts.

While fins are easily recognizable, their function for the fish is not that well known even among the most experienced anglers.

As we’ll show below though, taking the fins off of a fish would be like taking the nose off of a bloodhound – they just won’t be the same. The fish’s fins serve a vital purpose for helping it move, navigate, stop or remain stationary. They can still swim without them, but the fins help the fish maintain stability and direction.

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Forty Mile Trail

I pulled into the little store just outside of Copeland fl, once an old house I know it had gone through the storm of twenty eight. A cardboard beer flat was nailed to the fade white wash cypress planks. The sign read “boiled peanuts” painted in black paint.  The humidity was thick and engulfing as the saccades singing their first daylight song. The screen door was bowed and awkward to open because the wood was sop full of what they call “liquid sunshine.”

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8 Exciting Things You Can Do in Ketchikan Besides Fishing

Although you may have traveled to Ketchikan for some of our world-class fishing, it’s likely you don’t want to spend your entire time here searching for Salmon and Halibut.

While we may live and breathe fishing and are known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, there’s so much more to Ketchikan. Our location at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage and in the midst of the Tongass National Forest puts us right in the middle of the some of the most scenic wilderness in the world. Continue reading “8 Exciting Things You Can Do in Ketchikan Besides Fishing”

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