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Lobster Miniseason Results

Published August 2nd, 2021 by Bernardo

For most South Florida divers, it took a lot of effort to try to catch a limit of lobsters during the recent miniseason, which was July 28-29.

Get Ready For Lobster Miniseason

Published July 10th, 2021 by Bernardo

Florida’s annual lobster miniseason is July 28-29 this year, which means now is when divers need to make sure that they and their scuba gear are ready for one of  South Florida ’s biggest events of the summer.

What is a Deck Boat

Published July 8th, 2021 by Bernardo

As the name implies, deck boats are vessels that have been designed with large decks. The bow is bigger than it would be on many other different types of boats, and this additional space makes room for plenty of seating and an open floor area. If you want to put it very simply, you might say that a deck boat is somewhat like a bowrider boat that has been stretched out.

About Windy Boats

Published July 8th, 2021 by Bernardo

Windy Scandinavia AB is owned by a private holding company in Norway now, but it still stays true to its roots. The boats are built in the city of Västervik on the coast of Sweden as well as in Ostróda, Poland. In both cities, Windy has modern facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and some of the most skilled boat makers in the world. This is where they produce the Windy Sport Series, Windy SR Series Chase Boats, and yacht tenders. Their models range from 26 feet to 60 feet, which means there’s a windy boat for almost every situation.

Goliath Grouper

Published July 2nd, 2021 by Bernardo

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working on developing a proposal to allow anglers and spearfishers to take goliath grouper, which have been protected in Florida state and federal waters since 1990.

The FWC’s commissioners voted 6-1 to come up with rules and regulations to allow a limited harvest of the groupers, which can weigh several hundred pounds. Reaction to the vote was split.

Anglers who lose hooked fish and divers who lose speared fish when goliaths eat their catch were in favor of the proposal. Charter diving operators who take scuba divers to view and photograph the big fish around artificial reefs were against the proposal.

Boating Safety

Published June 25th, 2021 by Bernardo

Holidays are a busy boating time on South Florida waterways, which means boaters need to pay extra attention to what’s happening all around them, especially during the upcoming July 4 th weekend.

Summer Slam Kayak Tournament

Published June 8th, 2021 by Bernardo

Kayak fishermen will be targeting dolphin, tuna, kingfish, wahoo and cobia, among other species, for the opportunity to win major cash and prizes in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam set for June 19 out of Pompano Beach.

Navigating the Florida Keys by Boat

Published June 7th, 2021 by Bernardo

The Florida Keys is a stretch of magnificent archipelagos (also known as island groups or island chains) that are unique to the United States. Exploring this part of the world by land is an amazing experience in and of itself, and it’s easy to see why so many tourists want to visit. Taking it all in by water is truly the experience of a lifetime, though. The string of tropical islands stretches roughly 120 miles from the Southern tip of Florida, giving boaters so much to find as they navigate the waters between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

C'mon Ladies! Own Your Boat With Confidence!

Published June 7th, 2021 by Bernardo

Some people think of boating as something of a boy’s club, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In recent years, we’ve seen more and more women buying boats here in South Florida, and we’re excited to see that all genders are starting to confidently engage with our favorite pastime. Choose a spacious boat and go on party cruises with your friends, or opt for something faster and treat your family to some water sports. All you have to do is decide what you want from a boat, then go get it!

How to Impress the Ladies - The Boats

Published June 7th, 2021 by Bernardo

Let’s face it, guys, many men who buy boats are doing so (at least in part) because they want to impress the ladies. There’s no shame in it. After all, winning the approval of the fairer sex has been arguably the single largest motivating factor throughout all of history. With that said, this handy guide will help you determine which type of boat you should buy to get the right kind of attention.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Owning a Pontoon Boat

Published May 30th, 2021 by Bernardo

What is a pontoon boat? A pontoon boat is a large, beamy boat built on two air-filled tubes with a large plywood deck. It has lots of seating and plenty of room to bring along passengers and gear.

Why Choose Windy Boats for your next Yacht Purchase?

Published May 30th, 2021 by Bernardo

Windy Boats is a Scandinavian yacht manufacturer out of Sweden and Norway, producing a wide array of vessels ranging in size from 27 to 60 feet. These boats will debut in America at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2021 with the first model arriving to be the SR44 SX. Let’s take a look at what sets Windy Boats apart from all others in its class.

The Windy Boats SR44 XS to make American Debut at FLIBS 2021

Published May 30th, 2021 by Bernardo

Windy Boats is a premier Scandinavian boat manufacturer based in Norway offerings an extensive line of vessels ranging in size from 26 to 60 feet. The first boat by this builder will arrive in the United States in time for the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. At forty-four feet in length, the SR44 XS Blackhawk offers a surprising mix of outboard power and interior luxury. Let’s explore why Windy Boats and Nautical Ventures chose the SR44 SX as the US inaugural vessel.

Your Ultimate Guide to Buying and Owning a Deck Boat

Published May 24th, 2021 by Bernardo

A deck boat is a family boat designed for optimal function. A deck boat will most usually be built on a V-hull that flares outward near the bow to create a large deck space. Deck boats offer lots of bow seating as well as spacious and comfortable aft seating. As the name implies, deck boats offer lots of deck space because of the clever hull design.

Kayak Fishing Incident Leads to a New Fashion Accessory

Published May 19th, 2021 by Bernardo

Earlier this May 2021, Captain Eric McDonald of Deep Blue Kayak Fishing LLC experienced an unprecedented event while kayak fishing in the ocean off the coast of Boynton Beach, Florida. McDonald is always careful to assist his clients when reeling in large billfish and this day was no different. While reeling in a 50-pound-plus sailfish, McDonald felt a huge KNOCK in the side of his Hobie Mirage Outback and noticed the tip of the sailfish’s bill was broken about six inches from its tip. The fish got away and the commotion quieted, so McDonald jumped in the water in disbelief to see if there was any damage to his kayak. He couldn’t find anything, and no water was coming aboard, so he brushed it off and finished up the Hobie kayak fishing charter. Sailfish in Florida reach about 60 pounds, so this was a pretty large fish, and McDonald was relieved to realize there was no damage.

Gifts for the New Boat Owner

Published May 17th, 2021 by Bernardo

Beyond looking at all of those countless videos, you can play a part in the big moment by getting a gift for the new boat owner. Buying a new boat will probably make your new friend want all of the bells and whistles to go with their new purchase, but they may not be interested in spending more money than they already have. That’s where it really helps to have friends who can help supply some of the additional toys. As an added bonus, buying a gift for your friend will almost guarantee that you get invited to hang out on the new boat as soon as possible!

Deck Boat vs. Pontoon Boat - Your Ultimate Guide

Published May 13th, 2021 by Bernardo

Deck boats and pontoon boats are some of the most versatile boats on the market. With huge, spacious designs, plenty of seating, and tons of storage, it’s no mystery why so many Americans enjoy these family-friendly crowd-pleasers. Although these boats have vastly different structural designs, they often attract the same type of clientele due to their similar capabilities. Let’s explore the fine details that will help you decide if a deck boat or a pontoon boat is better suited for your family and lifestyle.

Swordfish Tournament

Published May 10th, 2021 by Bernardo

For Capt. Bouncer Smith, the inaugural Gray Fishtag Research Swordquest tournament was a highlight of his long, legendary career as South Florida’s most respected charter fishing captain.

Pontoon or Tritoon - Which one is right for you?

Published May 6th, 2021 by Bernardo

A pontoon boat, as you may know, is a beamy vessel constructed of a spacious platform atop aluminum tubes, or “pontoons.” These boats are quite popular for those who want to enjoy the lake or ocean with their families on a well-rounded boat. While the pontoon boats of the past may have been simple and designed to be basic fishing and cruising platforms, that is no longer the case. Today’s pontoon boats are versatile sports vessels designed with many different applications in mind from fishing, to cruising, to watersports.

Aluminum Hulls vs. Fiberglass Hulls

Published May 4th, 2021 by Bernardo

Inflatable yacht tenders come in all shapes and sizes intended for use with a variety of different yacht programs. With so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming for yacht owners and captains to decide which make and model to purchase for their yacht. That decision will primarily be driven by the intended use of the vessel and performance requirements. The initial decision to make will be to choose fiberglass or aluminum hull construction.

Grouper Season Opened May 1

Published May 2nd, 2021 by Bernardo

Grouper season opened May 1 after a four-month closure, and many South Florida anglers and divers will head offshore to try to catch or spear what is considered to be one of the region’s best-tasting fish.

Kayak fishing - Fueling your passion for fishing in a new and exciting way.

Published April 29th, 2021 by Bernardo

Florida fishermen and boaters can’t seem to get enough of the water. While lots of these men and ladies will be found fishing from a center console all weekend long, many of them have found themselves hopping in a kayak when a full boat trip is not warranted. A quick weekday evening fishing trip or a speedy paddle between dropping off the kids at soccer practice is ideal in a kayak.

How to select a pre-owned boat

Published April 29th, 2021 by Bernardo

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic saw many boat builders temporarily halt manufacturing for a number of reasons. Many areas were forced to “shelter in place” causing builders to limit employee presence. Builders also experienced a shortage of building materials causing a backup in production. Across the country, Americans found themselves forced to slow down, cancelling travel plans and family reunions, and instead choosing to social distance on the water. The combination of these two circumstances had many new boaters searching for used boats for sale in Florida. Now, purchasing a brokerage vessel is more popular than ever, but some boaters are still concerned that purchasing pre-owned is the wrong decision. Let’s check out some ways you can be certain you are purchasing a used boat that is a quality vessel and will provide you with years of fun on the water with family and friends.

Lionfish

Published April 20th, 2021 by Bernardo

April is a tough time for local scuba divers. The lobster season closed on March 31 and doesn’t re-open until August 6. And the seasons for grouper and hogfish, which are among the prized targets of spearfishers, don’t open until May 1.

Packing a boat lunch - Best lunch foods to pack for a day on the boat

Published April 16th, 2021 by Bernardo

Sinking your teeth into a fresh sandwich crafted from a soft hoagie bun with crisp lettuce and tomatoes, filled with thinly sliced deli meat is the epitome of satisfaction during a hot, sandy, salty day on the boat.

Basic Marlinspike Seamanship - the top five knots you need to know to get started on the water

Published April 12th, 2021 by Bernardo

The old adage, “If you don’t know a knot, then just tie a lot,” speaks volumes about recreational boaters and their relationship to marlinspike seamanship. It seems that many mariners underestimate the importance of tying proper knots while out on the water and don’t understand the consequences of tying improper knots. The improper use of ropes while underway or at a mooring can cause vessel damage, a boating accident, serious bodily injury, and even knots that are too tight to untie.

The Axopar 37 Sun Top- Most versatile center console in its class?

Published April 12th, 2021 by Bernardo

Versatility is an overused word in the boating industry, with many brands trying to be all things to all boaters. But the reality is, most boats are designed for a specific function, such as fishing, skiing, or diving, and shoehorn a few features to try and broaden its appeal. One European builder has broken this conventional mold to design a multi-function, multi-purpose boat that pushes all the right buttons for the boater looking to use their vessel in a multitude of ways... and this builder has all the awards to prove it.

Offshore Fishing in Florida

Published March 31st, 2021 by Bernardo

For boaters, and especially for fishing enthusiasts, offshore fishing is as good as it gets. If you’re new to the experience, though, you may want to prepare yourself a bit to ensure you can enjoy yourself as much as possible. There are plenty of deep-sea fishing opportunities not too far from the Florida Coast, and we highly recommend that you participate in these boating adventures at least once. Let’s get started as we cover everything you need to know about deep-sea fishing near Florida.

Boating Basics

Published March 31st, 2021 by Bernardo

Some of our customers have spent most of their lives in and around boats to the extent that it’s a big part of who they are. Others have always been interested in boating, and they finally decide it’s time for them to make the dream a reality. No matter your age, there’s never a bad time to start enjoying the freedom and joy you can find on the open water.

Weekly Fisherman by Steve Waters

Published March 19th, 2021 by Bernardo

Amberjacks don’t get much respect from South Florida anglers, but they should.

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