Winter Bonefishing

Published December 15th, 2021 by Bernardo

Now that winter is here in South Florida, the vast majority of flats anglers won’t bother fishing for bonefish when a cold front drops the water temperature.

NVM December Grouper

Published November 29th, 2021 by Bernardo

According to Capt. Bouncer Smith, who does the Tackle Tips segment on the Nautical Ventures Weekly Fisherman radio show, which airs from 6-8 a.m. Saturday on WINZ 940-AM and live-streams on the Nautical Ventures Facebook page, one of the best ways to catch grouper this time of year is by trolling skirted ballyhoo along shallow coral reefs.

NVM Fall Lobster Season

Published November 21st, 2021 by Bernardo

If you can wait out the cold fronts and the rough seas that they stir up, you can enjoy some good lobstering when the ocean calms down according to Jim “Chiefy” Mathie.

November offshore fishing

Published November 15th, 2021 by Bernardo

Now that the first cold fronts of November have moved through South Florida, get ready for red-hot offshore fishing.

Date night ideas on the water in Florida

Published November 3rd, 2021 by Bernardo

Dates nights are an important aspect of a healthy relationship, and if you are lucky enough to live on the Florida Coast, you have the opportunity to take your dates on the water. The location is stunning, especially at sunset when the blue of the water contrasts with the pink, yellow, and orange sky as the sun sinks below the horizon. If you want to spend some quality time with your significant other where the two of you have complete privacy, here are a few unique date ideas for you to try.

Upcoming Fishing Tournaments

Published November 3rd, 2021 by Bernardo

Competitive fishermen in south Florida have a variety of tournaments open for registration for 2022, including old traditions and newer challenges.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (October 27-31)

Published October 12th, 2021 by Bernardo

The International Boat Show is back in Fort Lauderdale for 2021. This year, experience one of the biggest boat shows in the world and see gorgeous new models from Nautical Ventures. Fort Lauderdale is the "Yachting Capital of the World" and the prime location for boaters, yachtsmen, and sailors to see the newest and most exciting products in the marine industry. South Florida is the perfect location to make your dream of owning a family boat or large yacht a reality. Nautical Ventures will be showcasing the best from the marine industry. Stop by our booth and see what we have to offer.

Sites to see when Kayaking

Published October 12th, 2021 by Bernardo

Kayaking in the beaches and inland waterways of South Florida has some of the most beautiful and breathtaking sights and sounds you will ever experience. From the tranquility of Intracoastal waterways and mangroves to the gentle shoring of waves and shimmering blue water to your left and right, kayaking has something for everyone. Learn more about the top tips for the safest, most successful, and memorable kayaking experience and where to look for all your kayaking goods and gear before you head out on your next adventure.

Driving Safety

Published October 9th, 2021 by Bernardo

The combination of tropical disturbances and the first cooler cold fronts of the fall make for good lobster diving in South Florida in October, as the tasty crustaceans congregate around shallow coral reefs and sometimes walk in the sand when the water is churned by strong winds.

Mullet Run

Published September 27th, 2021 by Bernardo

While people head north to catch the fall foliage, local anglers head to beaches, fishing piers and jettys to catch the annual fall mullet run, which happens in late September and October.


Published September 18th, 2021 by Bernardo

As captain of the United States Spearfishing Team, Francisco Loffredi has high hopes for his freedivers who are competing this week in the 2021 Spearfishing World Championship in Arbatax, Italy.

Dolphin Fishing

Published September 6th, 2021 by Bernardo

It used to be that May and June were the prime months to catch big dolphin in South Florida. But now, September and October are best for catching dolphin over 20 pounds.

The Health Benefits of Boating

Published August 24th, 2021 by Bernardo

Many people who visit our marine superstore and marina say they enjoy their time on the water as much as just about anything else in life. From exciting activities like fishing and water sports to relaxing dinner cruises and overnight getaways, boat ownership has a lot to offer for people from all walks of life. Of course, some might hesitate to buy a new boat because they don't want to commit to the cost, or they receive resistance from other important people in their lives who don't think it's a good investment. The truth is that there are several great health benefits to owning a boat.

Landlocked? No Problem!

Published August 10th, 2021 by Bernardo

Boat owners who need boat storage, dockage, and service find it at Nautical Ventures marine center and service yard in South Florida. The main reason experienced boat owners invest in professional storage is to maximize their enjoyment of the experience with superior safety and maintenance. After all, South Florida residents by boats when they want to enjoy themselves, not find new things to worry about! That's where marinas and professional storage come into play.

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!

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