Versatile 2500 Custom Carolina from Tidewater Boats

 

 
Versatile 2500 Custom Carolina from Tidewater Boats

By Craig Lamb

There is so much more to like about the new 2500 Custom Carolina Bay from Tidewater Boats than its head-turning good looks.

Tidewater Boats is known for designing boats for serious anglers, with serious features, using luxury appointments you find in a fine yacht. Wrap luxury around a performance hull and you have the newest model, 2500 Custom Carolina Bay.

As the name implies, this customized Tidewater is loaded from bow to stern with standard features.

This new Carolina Bay is a full-featured high-end, family-friendly bay boat with high-performance features. Fishermen will appreciate the open cockpit with abundant storage and plenty of room to move about the cabin to rig up and fight big fish.

2500 Custom Carolina Bay has a centerline of 25′ 2″ and a 9-foot beam. The boat has a fuel capacity of 74 gallons and rates for a maximum of 350 horsepower.

Here are standard features for the boat.

Electronic Power Steering

Pull up cleats

Raw water wash

Tilt steering

Wrap around seating with cushions

Aluminum Leaning post with backrest standard with 6YC

Information Station Digital Gauge

Compass

Windshield

Hydraulic Jack Plate

Trim Tabs

2 (30) gallon live wells

Built-In “Icehouse Cooler.”

Lockable rod storage for (8) 7.5’ rods

Under gunwale rod storage for over 8-foot rods

Console with room for a Porta Potty

Rear deck with jump seats

Rear deck with storage

Rear deck with pump/bilge access

Bow deck storage

Bow deck anchor locker

Floor bucket storage

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Come to Tuna Town for the Best Offshore Fishing

 

Come to Tuna Town for the Best Offshore Fishing                       

By Craig Lamb

Take a short drive south of New Orleans, and you come to the southernmost point in Louisiana. It’s Venice and being at the end of the road is just the beginning of your trip for world-class yellowfin tuna fishing at Home Run Fishing Charters & Lodge.

The business’ phone number even includes the fish: (504) 909-TUNA.

“It’s why everybody wants to come to Venice,” said John Pisa.

He shares with his guide clients more than 20 years of experience of fishing the area.

“You might say that saltwater runs in my veins.”

Read more here about Pisa and his fellow captains at Home Run Charters.

What makes the trip to Venice worthwhile is the relatively short run it takes to get to the tuna water. The migratory tuna come within 10 miles of the Mouth of Passes or point where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico.

The action gets hot when the yellowfin take flight. The aerobatic displays are unforgettable. So is hooking up with tuna up to 50 or 150 pounds cruising through. Some grow even bigger. This spring an angler landed a yellowfin tuna weighing 226 pounds. The fish caught from 300 feet of water ranks as the 10th heaviest yellowfin tuna ever brought to the scales in Louisiana.

Pisa says trolling for deep fish and setting lines behind a chum line are two popular methods his clients can expect to use on a day of fishing. So are topwater fishing and chunking baits at schooling tuna.

The day typically begins at 6 a.m. and runs 12 hours. The charter rate is $1,700 plus fuel for up to 6 anglers.

You’ll do that in style aboard some of the fastest and best-equipped boats in Venice. What that means is getting to the tuna water ahead of everyone else. Home Run Charters operates two 36’ Yellowfin 36 center console boats that are powered by 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards. The fish can’t hide, either. The boats are rigged with the latest GPS mapping and sonar devices available.

Click here to view more about the offshore fleet of boats.

Fast boats, world class fishing and knowledge you gain that makes you and even better angler the next time out. What could be better?

After a long day on the water, you find out upon returning to the dock. Home Run Lodges is no ordinary Venice end-of-the-road fish camp. Stylish Tommy Bahama furnishings set over rich hardwood floors. Separate living and dining rooms with a bar and kitchen.

Choose from non-inclusive or all-inclusive. With that, you get a decadent five-course meal, breakfast and a lunch to take on the boat.

Eat, sleep, fish. Repeat.

The perfect fishing vacation is waiting for you at Home Run Charters & Lodge.

Got questions? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. Ready to book a trip. Go for it by clicking here. Got more questions? Call (504) 982-8862, or (504) 909-TUNA.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Sea Chaser 26 LX Does it all for Summer Fun

 

Sea Chaser 26 LX Does it all for Summer Fun

By Craig Lamb

Snorkeling, cruising, beach combing, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff is rigged and ready to do it all. When summer fun combines all of the above activities, this boat will easily make your short list of choices for an all-purpose center console boat.

Red drum, or redfish, is one of the most sought-after saltwater species for summertime angling. Narrow your choices to these five patterns and get the most from your summertime angling for this hard-fighting fish.

Redfish, Home Run Charters, Saltwater Fishing, Lodge, Base camp,

Jetties

Save these rocky structures until late summer. That’s when trophy reds begin congregating around jetties. Focus on the deepest water around the jetties and find those fish magnets using your electronics.

The redfish will school in deep holes and ambush baitfish swept across the neighboring shallow water. For artificial lures use lipless crankbaits and jerk baits fished with an erratic action to draw the attention of the redfish.

Marshes

In South Louisiana these grassy estuaries are ideal for sight fishing. Look for tailing redfish moving along the marsh lines. That is a sign of redfish feeding on small crabs and shrimp. Oyster and grass flats near a marsh line are top targets.

Marches nearest open water, river channels and cuts are best bets in the summertime. Key on areas where bottoms change and have irregular features, like oyster beds, sand flats or mud.

Rig up with jigs and live shrimp or crab for active fish. On calm days add a popping cork to live bait rigs or use a popper type topwater plug to create attention.

Beaches

Keep a big, splashy topwater rigged and ready whenever your boat is beached for an outing with friends and family. Big redfish will herd baitfish, such as mullet, and push them toward the beach. The presence of diving birds is always a good sign of redfish action.

The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff and its shallow draft are ideal for accessing redfish territory. Length overall is 25’ 11 with a beam of 103.” Weight is 3,432 pounds with a transom size of 25 inches. The boat is rated for a maximum 350 horsepower. This boat is ideal for bays, rivers, lakes and even venturing offshore.

The 26 LX is loaded with a long list of standard features. Some of those are twin forward locking rod storage boxes, locking fiberglass hatches, gunwale rod storage with combing boards, storage locker with 5-gallon cast net bucket and lots of LED lighting.

Spacious raised decks offer plenty of space for fishing at bow and stern. Up front is a pair of tackle trays to keep essentials organized, and twin latches at port and starboards open to storage compartments. There’s a 25-gallon Livewell that keeps bait within easy reach.

At the helm is a leaning post with bench-style seat, complete with backrest, fold-down footrest, four-rod rocket launcher and a sizeable cooler and storage netting. Add an optional T-top for shade and to mount electronics and add more rods.

The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff has been designed with a stepped hull to ensure unrivaled tracking, turning, fuel efficiency and acceleration. Constructed of 100% composite materials, you get peace of mind knowing this boat carries the legacy of the best-built boat available in the class.

Visit  Carolina Skiff.com  today and review all the different Sea Chasers models.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Five Proven Rigs for Dolphin

 

Five Proven Rigs for Dolphin

By Craig Lamb

Dolphin, sometimes called the mahi-mahi, are one of the tastiest, sporting game fish in the sea. This species is especially fun to catch during summer, when schools of dolphin congregate around drifting objects like grass, floating debris or offshore drilling platforms.

Hook up with one dolphin and others will follow your catch back to the boat. One or more larger fish might even blitz the bait with your fish on the line. The iridescent blue, green and yellow hues of the species make it even more prized by saltwater anglers. So do the acrobatic leaps of the fish when hooked.

Photo: Home Run Charters

Here are five proven rigs for summer success with dolphin.

Ready rig

This is just a catch phrase to explain the importance of always having a spinning rod and reel always at the ready. Dolphin can appear from nowhere around drifting grass, floating debris or other isolated habitats.

Spool up with 20-pound test line on a medium/heavy reel and rod combo. Use a weedless ballyhoo rig. Make it by running the hook point through the gill and out the throat of the ballyhoo. Insert the hook into the belly to make it weedless. You can also add a small skirt over the nose of the ballyhoo for additional strike appeal and to deflect weeds.

Keep the ballyhoo rig in a bucket of saltwater and be ready when the fish show up.

Real thing

You can also set a drift along a weed line using live bait. The rig is simple but effective. Just tie a 2/0 or 3/0 live bait hook to 20-pound line on a spinning reel. Pitch the lure to the edge of the weed line. The weightless and simple rig lets the bait swim enticingly into the weeds.

Go deep

If a school of dolphin suddenly disappears have ready a 3/4-ounce jigging spoon rigged to a casting outfit. The rig can be dropped vertically along the edge of the weed line and worked at various depths. Use a snapping action with your wrist to impart the action of a wounded bait fish.

Chunk of bait

When all else fails, you can rig a chunk of ballyhoo to a 6/0 live bait hook. Use a stout, heavy action rod and reel spooled with 50-pound test. Use a long leader, at least 20 feet, so you can snip off sections as the line becomes frayed without having to retie the entire rig. Add a few ounces of weight and complete the rig with a balloon. Allow it to drift along the edge of the weed line.

Chugging along

To fire up a school of dolphin, you can’t go wrong with a noisy topwater bait. Chugger-style plugs make a great choice for the splashing action imparted when the lure is worked across the surface.  

A center console boat designed for hardcore offshore fishing without sacrificing luxury features is the unbeatable combination found in the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure.

Here’s a preview of how luxury meets performance in a center console rig. Flip out the comfy back rests on the cushioned forward bench seating and you get a bow rider experience. A new center console mounting system and standard hardtop set this rig up for serious fishing.

What else sets the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure apart from the rest are the specs of the boat. It has a length overall of 24’ 8” and a wide beam spanning 9’ 3” for a solid ride and plenty of interior room. The boat weighs 4,150 pounds with a fuel capacity of 126 gallons for making long runs offshore. Twin 115 h.p. outboards are recommended for optimum fuel economy and performance, with a maximum of 300 h.p. A 21-degree deadrise at the transom creates a soft ride in waves and chop. Cockpit depth rises from 27.5” to 33.5” inches at midship and bows for a safe, drier ride. 

Top off the above features with foam floatation, all-composite, no wood construction and a hand-laid fiberglass boat and you get the most reliable, dependable boat in it’s class.

Split fishing boxes, storage for terminal tackle utility boxes, abundant rod storage, and fresh water wash down adds to the fishing features. A 25-gallon aerated live well is designed with round corners to reduce fish stress and finished in blue to keep bait calm.

Hardcore anglers and discriminating boaters like to customize their rigs with options that suit their needs. The Tidewater 252 CC Adventure delivers with the best quality accessories available. Leaning post options are many. Choose from a deluxe drop bolster version, or a leaning post with a sink or a live well. A LED lighting package, Taco 280 Grandslam outriggers, and underwater lights are among the many other options.

A luxury experience with a performance edge. That’s what you get with the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models,  at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Originl Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Catch Spring and Summer Stripers with these Tactics

 

Catch Spring and Summer Stripers with these Tactics

By Craig Lamb

Fishing between seasons is a time of transition, and especially between spring and summer. Game fish species migrate from shallow spawning grounds out into the comfort zone of cooler, deeper water.

Dialing into where those fish might be, can be tricky and especially so for the nomadic striped bass. Stripers like a cooler thermocline where they follow and feed upon schools of baitfish.

Many southern reservoirs offer great opportunities to catch stripers. Best of all, stripers are a landlocked version of their saltwater kin. Without taking a long road trip to the coast, you can land a big catch.

Shane Watson has spent decades on Lake Lanier, the Georgia impoundment located outside Atlanta that is known for it’s incredible striped bass fishery. As spring turns to summer, you can count on these tips from this expert.

For any Southern manmade impoundment with stripers, he suggests beginning the day shallow and working deeper.

“In the early morning the stripers congregate around main lake points, humps and high spots,” says Watson. “Why they do that is to herd baitfish up in the shallow water to feed.”

Watson guides his clients to success by free-lining live blueback herring on a split shot rig. Cast the rig into the shallow water and allow the bait to drift across the strike zone. As a general rule, he suggests keeping baits in the 5- to 10-foot depth range on the points and humps. Reef poles are specific targets when fishing Lake Lanier.

Another option, and a heart pounding choice at that, is to cast topwater lures in the same areas. Top choices for Watson and his guides are the Heddon Zara Spook or Cotton Cordell Redfin. Use a slow, waking to retrieve to mimic the live action of the baitfish.

“Always have a topwater ready for schooling stripers early in the morning,” he suggests. “You never know when or where they will come up to feed.”

Move deeper after the sun gets higher and the topwater and shallow feeding bites subside.

“After the sun gets up the stripers move out into deeper water,” continues Watson.

To reach the fish use a simple down line rig. Make it by tying a live bait hook to the end of a 3- to 6-foot leader. To the opposite end of the leader line tie a barrel swivel. Insert a 1- to 3-ounce egg sinker through the main line and then complete the rig by tying it to the leader. Use live blueback herring or whatever commercially available live bait is best suited for your area.

Watson suggests setting up a trolling path between 20 and 30 feet over points and humps in 30 to 60 feet of water. Use your depth finder to find schools of baitfish and stripers for best success.

As the weather continues to moderate and water temperatures warm the stripers move into creek channel mouths intersecting the main river channel.

The reason is most manmade reservoirs in the South are used for hydroelectric power generation. The resulting current stimulates baitfish and game fish activity. So checking power generation schedules is a wise idea when fishing for summertime stripers.

Watson operates Shane Watson Guide Service (phone: 770-235-9829, lakelanierstripers.com). His fleet of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats operates with six full-time guides averaging 300 days of fishing on Lake Lanier and elsewhere around Atlanta. Watson is also an inductee of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

For decades, Watson has fished from Sea Chaser and Carolina Skiff, having owned up to 20 of the boats over the years.

“Carolina Skiff builds a quality boat with all the features an angler needs,” he says. “They are great people, have a fine dealer network and will help you find an affordable boat with the most value.”

Watson’s personal boat is the Sea Chaser 26 LX. At 25’ and 11” in length the boat has an extremely wide beam of 103”. That offers plenty of deck space for guide clients to move around the deck while trolling lines are out, or for casting to surface-feeding fish. His fleet also includes a full line of Carolina Skiff models, including the roomy 238 DLV, at 22’ 8” and the 218 DLV, at 22’ 10”.

See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats at carolinaskiff.com. With 60 different options and models, you can use the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff fans and owners on Facebook.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Want to get Paid to go Fishing? Here’s How

 

Want to get Paid to go Fishing? Here’s How

By Craig Lamb

When your weekend ends, the workweek begins. If you are tired of that cycle and want to get paid when launching the boat then maybe the life of a saltwater charter captain is for you.

Long hours, unpredictable pay due to weather and economics, and a lot of hard work. There is much more to making a career of taking others fishing. Sometimes the bad times outweigh the good. Finding rewards in sunrises and sunsets, watching others enjoy the thrill of the catch. Those some of the upsides of running your own charter business.

If you’ve given it lots of thought, or just want to know more about what’s involved, then read on.

The biggest commitment, of course, is the time it takes to earn a living on the water. There are two paths the wannabe can follow. Those are specializing in inshore charters or taking trips offshore, more than three miles into the blue water.

To make it legal, you must hold a valid license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The entry level and most popular license for inshore guides is an OPUV, or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel. It is often called a “six pack” because it allows for up to six passengers per trip. Tour cruising, SCUBA diving, and charter fishing are covered under the OPUV. The licensee is limited to 100 miles offshore, and the boat must remain in U.S. waters.

You can study on your own or follow the easier path. That is taking an organized course taught in a classroom setting by qualified experts. Find what works best through a Google search for courses offered in your area. Expect to pay about $1,000 for a course. The cost typically includes drug screening, a physical and CPR/first aid training. The time it takes to complete the requirements varies, but most guides take about a year to attain the license.

Many states require a charter captain license in addition to the USCG issued license. Check your state fish and wildlife agency’s regulations for more information.

Got the license? Now you need the boat. Tidewater Boats are a trusted name with saltwater captains and here are the reasons why. Relying on a dependable boat is a key reason.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Down time is costly Tidewater skippers don’t face it. Customers also get treated to a smooth, dry ride in a boat rigged for serious fishing.

Combine the ride, handling and performance of a bay boat with a rig ideal for fishing in shallow water and you get the Tidewater 1910 Bay Max.

Shallow water draft and Tidewater’s unique Carolina Flair hull design make the 1910 Bay Max a best of two worlds boat for coastal anglers.

The 1910 Bay Max has length overall of 19’ 2” with a draft of about 10 inches. The boat is rated for a maximum 150 horsepower, although you can get optimum performance and fuel economy with 115 horses at the transom. A fuel capacity of 56 gallons makes long runs easy while setting a balance of weight for shallow water performance.

Most of all, the 1910 Bay Max provides the most value and affordability in a 19-foot Class bay boat. Dual casting decks, a wide range of live well options, hydraulic steering, and abundant gunwale rod storage are standard features.

A bay boat stacked with fishing features makes customizing the 1910 Bay Max a must to fit the needs of the coastal angler. Tidewater delivers with a long list of available options. Choose between three value packages starting with a compass and swim platform (Package 1). Add raw water wash down (Package 2) and dual batteries (Package 3) that combine the features of the other packages.

To those packages, you can customize the 1910 Bay Max even more with luxury features setting the boat apart from the rest. Bow casting chairs, Bimini Top, LED interior lighting packages, Garmin electronics and trolling motors are available.

Best of all, the accessories are installed by skilled technicians at the Tidewater factory in Lexington, S.C.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Have the Perfect Fishing Vacation with Home Run Charters

 

Have the Perfect Fishing Vacation with Home Run Charters

By Craig Lamb

Are you looking for a picture perfect, bucket list trip to fulfill your ultimate fishing fantasy?

Run these scenes through your mind.

The rod bent double as you fight a 100-pound yellowfin tuna in the offshore waters of Louisiana. The drag screaming on your spinning reel as a bull redfish makes a freight train run in the coastal marsh. Hooked up as a school of iridescent blue, green and yellow bull dolphin follows as you bring your catch back to the boat.

Walk out of your luxury condo that is just steps away from a fast boat. A boat with 300 horses that get you to the fish before anyone else. A boat rigged out with the latest electronic fish finding bling. Fantastic food. Lifetime memories.

All of the above is realty with a trip to Venice, Louisiana, at Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge. Experience it once, and you’ll return again and again, just like the regular customers who filled bucket list trips only to come back for more.

Service is what sets Home Run Charters apart. Fish with the most knowledgeable captains, stay in the most all-inclusive luxurious accommodations in Venice, and experience the tastiest food around.

What else sets us Home Run Charters apart is the fleet. You will get to the best fishing areas first in boats designed for speed, safety, and comfort. Home Run Charters operates two 36′ Yellowfin 36 center console boats that are powered by 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards. The fish can’t hide, either. The boats are rigged with the latest GPS mapping and sonar devices available.

Leading the fleet is Captain John Pisa. He brings two decades of South Louisiana fishing experience to the helm. That says a lot, considering the undeniable fact the area defines the state’s nickname of Sportsman’s Paradise.

Fast boats, world class fishing and knowledge you gain that makes you and even better angler the next time out. What could be better?

After a long day on the water, you find out upon returning to the dock. Home Run Lodges is no ordinary Venice end-of-the-road fish camp. Stylish Tommy Bahama furnishings set over rich hardwood floors. Separate living and dining rooms with a bar and kitchen.

Choose from non-inclusive or all-inclusive. With that, you get a decadent five-course meal, breakfast, and lunch to take on the boat.

Eat, sleep, fish. Repeat.

The perfect fishing vacation is waiting for you at Home Run Charters & Lodge.

Got questions? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. Ready to book a trip. Go for it by clicking here. Got more questions? Call (504) 982-8862, or (504) 909-TUNA.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifesyle.com

Redfish for Beginners

 

Redfish for Beginners

By Craig Lamb

The red drum—or redfish—is the most popular coastal game fish from the Chesapeake Bay south to Texas. Red drum favors shallower water that makes this sporting gamefish easier for beginning saltwater anglers to find and catch.

Follow these basics for tackle, locations and tactics to get in on the action.

Rigging up

Redfish are strong and can put tackle to the test. For beginners, a good choice is spinning tackle. You get fewer backlashes and better fingertip lure control than with a casting reel.

Photo Courtesy: Home Run Charters

Rig up with quality monofilament or even better, fluorocarbon if you plan to fish around shoreline cover like a jetty, bridge or anywhere else abrasion can weaken the main link between fish and angler.

Tying it on

Smell and hearing are the senses that attract red drum to their favorite foods. Favorites on that menu are hard-shelled creatures like crab and shrimp. The crushers found in the back of their throats and a downwardly turned mouth provides the visual evidence why crustaceans are a high priority food.

 Red drum are oriented to the bottom and will target shrimp and crabs accordingly. As predators these aggressive fish will ambush mullet, ladyfish and other shallow water fish.

For warmer months—and especially during a summer vacation to the coast—go natural with live bait. Live shrimp and crab are ideal when rigged on a popping cork. You can rig your own or find pre-rigged popping cork outfits at the same tackle shop where you purchase the live bait.

You can also use the popping cork when all else fails. The chugging action of the cork is an attention grabber. The rig is fun, easy to cast and beginners get the thrill of watching the cork disappear as the popping cork rig gets pulled the opposite direction by a red drum.

The most universal artificial rig for red drum is the jig head rigged with a scented soft plastic lure. Remember the key is the scent. Red drum feed by smell and the lure must be impregnated with a scent. Berkley Gulp! and D.O.A. Shrimp are popular choices.

For a reaction strike, the soft plastic stick bait is a good bet. Popular choices are the Zoom Salty Super Fluke and Berkley Gulp! Minnow.

Topwater and subsurface casting plugs the action can provide the most fun of all. The classic Heddon Saltwater Super Spook and MirrOlure should be inside the tacklebox of any red drum angler. The twitching, splashing and diving action make these lures irresistible for hungry red drum.

Casting targets

Red drum of all sizes inhabit brackish creeks, grass flats, mangroves, oyster beds, bridges, passes and even beaches. The key is the presence of food. In shallow, calm water look for the telltale sign of the tail of a red drum slicking slowly through the surface.

Choose baits based on the mood of the fish. Use topwater plugs when the fish are actively feeding. Switch to popping rigs when the water is calm or under slight breezes. The deeper the water, the heavier the rig should be.  

Getting there

You can’t expect to have the skills, tackle, and luck without the right boat. Inshore fishermen, and especially redfish anglers, need a boat with plenty of gear storage and space to move around and make pinpoint casts to the fish. You get all of that and more in the Tidewater 2400 Bay Max. This boat is big with lots of room to roam. Large fish boxes for bull reds, dual live wells for keeping shrimp and bait alive, and lockable rod storage for peace of mind. Add gunwale rod holders for quickly grabbing a rig and a console with room for a marine head, and you get the storage needed for the long hauls.

Click here for the spec sheet about the 2400 Bay Max.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Louisiana’s Best-Kept Fishing Secret is Offshore

 

Louisiana’s Best-Kept Fishing Secret is Offshore

By Craig Lamb

Go to New Orleans for the obvious reasons. Jazz, food, the French and Cajun-infused culture. Drive 2 hours south and arrive at a completely different world. Here you will encounter some of the world’s best saltwater fishing that begins in Grand Isle.

Located on a barrier island of the same name, Grand Isle is a remote oasis where the mainland ends and the Gulf of Mexico begins. What makes it so productive for fishing is the nutrient-rich flow of the Mississippi River. The mouth of the river is not far away.

All those reasons explain why Grand Isle is the hub of saltwater fishing for South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Every saltwater fish known to man is found here. And in size and abundance. Pull up near a deepwater oil rig, toss a live bait rig or cast a lure and hang on. What’s on the other end of the line you won’t know until it breaks the surface or nears the boat.

Capt. Lance Walker grew up here. Like his grandfather and uncle, Walker and his family owned fishing camps around Grand Isle. Walker has spent a lifetime on the water and over a decade ago started Fish Commander Charters.

“I’ve always said that if you are making a living doing something you love, then you must be doing something right.”

Walker spends over 150 days a year guiding his clients and taking them to world-class waters filled with tuna, snapper, grouper, amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, dolphin, marlin, wahoo and more.

His charter business demands using the most reliable, dependable, safe and functional gear available for days and weeks at a time. Downtime means lost business, and during the peak season, he can’t afford it.

Walker’s personal choice for a boat is a 32-foot Twin Vee catamaran that is designed for commercial charter fishing. It features a wide beam, with stable deck that gives up to six customers plenty of room to fish and relax.

“I have captained boats from 20 to 60 feet, and this is the best riding fishing rig that I have ever been on.”

To get his clients on fish—and sometimes that takes hours of run time out into the Gulf—Walker depends on Yamaha. His boat is powered by class-leading V6 4.2L F300 outboards.

Why Yamaha? Here’s why.

“I started out with the 250 four stroke, and after about five good years with those, the 300 horsepower came out.”

“The fuel efficiency is just as good, and the speed is incredible,” continued Walker. “The light weight is very consistent with what I need to make the catamaran hull perform at it’s best.”

That is a lot of bragging but it’s true. When cruising at 4000 RPM the F300’s speed is up to 19% faster than other 300 h.p. brands. That is achieved by technology that results in an outboard that is lightest in its class with the largest displacement.

Walker has reason to brag about fuel economy. He might run 100 miles—or more—one-way, on an average trip. The F300 features up to 17% better long-range fuel economy than comparable 300 h.p. four-stroke outboards. That is due to Yamaha’s class-leading technology.  [just make sure you have all the data to support these claims]

Here is the most impressive statistic of them all. Walker’s twin F300s have 5,600 hours* and counting of dependable operation in all kinds of weather, fishing conditions, and for weeks at the time. 

“Without the dependability of Yamaha, we can’t feed our families, get the trips off and keep our customer’s happy.”

Click here to see an interactive view with all of the benefits of the Yamaha V6 Offshore Four Stroke.

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*Results are based on commercial use, and may vary for traditional retail consumer use.  This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Never Strike Out with Home Run Charters

 

Never Strike Out with Home Run Charters

By Craig Lamb

“We had our limit of red snapper in about 15 minutes.”

“We were headed back to the dock by lunch time with about 700 pounds of fish.”

“Woody and Reece had us limiting out in no time.”

“The accommodations were outstanding.”

Actual customers at Home Run Fishing Charters & Lodge made all of the above comments in TripAdviser. The reason why these satisfied customers keep coming back is the fastest, best-equipped boats whose captains know more about the Venice area than anyone else. Top it off with the most luxurious lodging just steps away from the boat slips, great food, and hospitality, and you have it all at Home Run Charters & Lodge. 

Wahoo, marlin, dolphin and tuna. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead, and tripletail. Inshore or offshore. Venice, Louisiana, is one of few places in the world where you can go from fishing skinny water to blue water in the same trip. Every month is great for inshore fishing.

If going deep is more your style, you can do that, too. That’s what makes rig fishing off the shores of Venice, Louisiana so exciting. In addition to targeting shallow-water reef fish, Home Run Charters can also take you out to the deep end of the Gulf to go after some truly unique creatures.

Click here for more about the offshore fishing offered by Home Run Charters.

A specialty charters for yellowfin tuna, one of the most sporting and tasty fish in the sea. Yellowfin congregate in massive schools, so when you hook into one, there are many more of the big fish. Click here for more about the yellowfin charters.

If you want to hook up with a fish that will make the reel scream as line peels away, then a wahoo charter can please you. Wahoo is the fastest species of mackerel and provides more of a sporting challenge and reward than most fish that swim. Click here

Another sporting fish is the dolphin, or mahi mahi. The fish travel in large schools, so when you catch one, others oftentimes follow it back to the boat. Toss in a bait rig and hang on. Repeat until cooler is filled. You get the idea. Click here for more about the charters for one of the most sporting—and tastiest—fish in the sea.

For a bucket list offshore trip the marlin charters are a good bet. The Marlin is a smart, pelagic predator and one of the most prized saltwater fish in the world. Sheer power, acrobatics and a long fight are the rewards. Find out more by clicking here.

Louisiana’s marshes and inland waters are among the most productive in the world. And especially so for redfish and speckled trout. Take in the beauty of coastal Louisiana while fishing for some of the gamiest fish that swim. Click here for redfish and find out more about speckled trout charters here.

No matter the choice you will do it in style. Home Run Charters runs two 36’ Yellowfin 36 boats designed for smooth, dry rides in the blue water, and powered by a trio of fast, dependable 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards. What that means for you is a boat that skims across the water at 50 mph or more. You will be first to the best fishing while arriving safely.

Click here to view more about the offshore fleet of boats.

The boats are rigged with the latest navigation and fish finding electronics. Hook a big tuna near an offshore petroleum rig in 1,000 feet of water? No problem. For deep dropping the Yellowfins are equipped with electric reels. You provide the cooler, and Home Run provides the expertise. 

Meet that expertise. The team of captains is among the most experienced in the business. Click here to meet the team. 

What sets Home Run Charters apart is the Home Run Lodges. The lodges are located within the very same marina where you will meet your captain and board their boat. You can have a tasty breakfast and be out the door and into the boat within minutes.

This is no ordinary Venice fish camp. Call it a luxurious lodging experience. From the stylish Tommy Bahamas furniture to the ornate fixtures and rich, hardwood floors, our accommodations offer a more refined way to relax after an exciting day of inshore or offshore fishing. The lodges can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people at one time, which makes our property the perfect venue for corporate gatherings, bachelor parties, and other special events.

Luxury living means the same experience for dining at the Lodge. The all-inclusive plan includes a decadent five-course meal, breakfast, and a to-go lunch for the fishing day. Check out details about the lodge and dining here.

Got questions? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. Ready to book a trip. Go for it by clicking here. Got more questions? Call (504) 982-8862, or (504) 909-TUNA.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com