Yamaha Marine Endorses Ocean Debris Cleanup Bill

 

Yamaha Marine Endorses Ocean Debris Cleanup Bill
SAVE OUR SEAS ACT IS GOOD FOR BOATERS, ANGLERS, AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES

Yamaha Marine Group today announced its endorsement of S. 756, the bipartisan Save Our Seas Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ.)  The bill aims to strengthen research and international coordination of anti-debris efforts to protect America’s oceans, coastlines, and inland waterways.  In addition to reauthorizing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA®) Marine Debris Program, the bill allows for additional funding to assist with debris cleanup, and encourages the executive branch to engage with the nations responsible for the majority of marine debris.

sea polluted with plastic garbage

“When Senator Sullivan told us about the Save Our Seas Act in mid-March, we were eager to support it,” said Martin Peters, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Yamaha Marine Group. “Keeping America’s oceans and waterways clean is very important to boaters and anglers, and we encourage the entire industry to send letters in support of this bill to their Congressmen through Yamaha Marine Advocacy or BassforSalt.com.”

Boaters and anglers are encouraged to send prewritten letters of support to their legislators through Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation, which can be found at BassforSalt.com.

The Save Our Seas Act was unanimously passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on April 5, 2017, and now awaits action on the Senate floor. It has also been endorsed by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Thom Tillis (R-NC.)

“The Charm of Fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope” John Buchan

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

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. * Helm Master available on select new twin, triple and quad Yamaha outboards installed on new boat packages manufactured by participating boat builders and sold by authorized dealers only.

Original Source:  Yamaha Outboards.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

Consider Small Plots for Future Dove Hunting

 

Consider Small Plots for Future Dove Hunting

By Darren Shepard

BFMG Staff

Just about every dove hunter has put up their cash and took a chance on a paid dove shoot.  Many times, the hunt is great and others, well not so much. If you don’t have a farm or buddies, who enjoy a “shoot,” finding a spot for an early fall dove shoot can be tough. Another option to consider might be your own deer hunting property or lease and an existing food plot depending on your geographic location.

Image: Ceil Chapman

One of my best dove shoots was on a tract of land that was barley 2 acres. There was a small pond, a gravel pit, and enough sunflowers to bring in birds. In fact, with just 3 of us on this “spot” a limit was taken in very short order by everyone. It certainly is not a hunt in Argentina or South Texas, but it was a lot of fun!

Creating a dove field at your deer club may be a by- product of your existing food plots for the coming season. If the crop is not right for dove, developing a small area is not difficult and may pay big dividends. Plus, creating a small dove shoot brings a few club members, buddies or family together for a good day plus an opportunity to harvest a few birds.

Get busy and check it out today but first consider a few questions.  Do you have a plot that is not performing well? Perhaps a field that needs to be burned if legal?  What about a water source?  Have you seen many doves on your “club” over the past few seasons?  What equipment, seed and supplies will I need? Is it worth it?  At my hunting club, just about all the equipment is on hand, so creating a small dove shoot is easy to do.  But you need to get started, now!

May is the perfect month for planting. With certain practices for plants such as “Sunflowers’, they need to get into the ground now since it will take about 100 days for sunflowers to reach their full potential. This year our field is planted with Peredovick sunflowers. These grow about 3 feet or so in height and produce small sunflower seeds which are perfect for dove, quail and other species. A 50 LB bag is inexpensive and will cover an acre easily. Row planting is best but, with this seed, if the soil is prepared correctly, can be broadcast across the plot. The next step would be to cover the seed with a solid “drag” behind the tractor or 4 -wheeler and keep hoping for summer rains!  Planting other crops such as brown top millet, corn or sowing fall wheat work well too.  Make sure your food source is ready and check the best times for planting in order to gain the best yield. It is very important to do your research and check both state and federal regulations regarding legal “planting and farming “practices for dove.

Another key advantage of a small field or plot is the fact it is inexpensive to adjust the soil ph, and the use of lime and fertilizer is a key. Check the soil ph and adjust accordingly with goal to reach a 6.5-7.5 level if possible. Purchasing lime or fertilizer is not expensive when you are planting a couple of acres or less. Plus, this will help your dove field now but, enhances the future crop growth you may be planting in this same field for winter or spring deer plots later in the year. A great side benefit as well!

A small plot could be worth the time for a late afternoon shoot or taking the kids after school during a short season.  The small dove plot provides a good chance to increase your odds for a little “filet mignon of the sky” for the grill and is just another way of getting the most out of your time afield.

It is worth a shot, isn’t it?

 

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

Gage Outdoor Expeditions Provides a “Wingshooter’s” Paradise

 

Gage Outdoor Expeditions Provides a “Wingshooter’s” Paradise

 

When it comes to gorgeous scenery, colorful culture, and a list of wild species that are among the most amazing in the world, Argentina leads the way for South America in all of these categories. But there are other facets the country of Argentina scores high in, which include delicious cuisine and hunting/fishing trips that create the most incredible sights, sounds and memories for anyone wanting to partake.

Argentina, hunting/fishing trips, Dove Hunting, Gage Outdoor Expeditions, Bolacua Resort, no flight connections, Buenos Aires

One of the most popular trips comes in the form of dove hunting. Not only is the trip luxurious because of the incredible surroundings but, because of the region’s climate that consistently produces a multitude of corn, wheat and other grains, Argentina boasts abundant bird populations. In other words, a successful dove hunt is bound to be had.

 

If looking for a fantastic guide that provides exceptional hunting year round, Gage Outdoor Expeditions is definitely one of the names that stands out. With an estimated 20 million birds, booking your dove hunt with experts like Gage is a great idea. This one-of-a-kind location is located just 2.5 hours north of Buenos Aires. With the Argentina Dove Hunting trip originating in the USA, you and your party will receive a non-stop flight to Buenos Aires and upon arrival you will clear customs easily and be met by a Gage agent. From this point on, you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking host and taken to the beautiful lodge for an exciting afternoon of dove hunting. Just think…with no flight connections needed, you will save both money and time allowing for more fun to be had.

 

A variety of dove hunting packages are provided: 3 Days for $1,495; 2 Days for $1,000; and a 1 Day Package for $650 (per hunter). And all the packages include a full menu of extras for each person in your party. Not only is your Argentina dove hunting experience fully-guided, but you receive a bilingual host from the time you arrive in Buenos Aires until you depart for home. All ground transportation, as required by the itinerary is provided, as well as assistance with the paperwork to clear the guns at customs; ground transportation in and out of the hunting area; accommodations in a luxury estancia; all meals while in the hunting area (including soft drinks, beer and wine); and one guide for each hunter.

 

But if you want to “go big,” Gage is now offering its 2017 All Inclusive Luxury Dove Hunting Package that allows you to enjoy the shoot without having to pay an exorbitant shell bill at the end of the hunt. At only $3,295 per hunter, you receive all the benefits of the above packages including 3000 rounds of ammunition as well as gun rentals and hunting licenses.

 

(Not included: shells beyond 3,000 in package = $12 per box, airfare, and extra transfer charge for groups less than 4.)

 

When it comes to accommodations, the Bolacua Resort is a true luxury Argentina estancia. After the exciting day of dove shooting winds down, you can swim or simply relax with a cocktail while you and your hunting party are catered to. The lodge can host both small and large groups, and first-class hospitality is always provided. In addition, if you are looking for more intimate lodging while on your trip, the Palacio Santa Candida ($300 Surcharge) specializes in groups of 4-8 hunters. The same luxury and hospitality can be found as you choose from the 7 rooms with private baths, as well as 2, two-bedroom apartments with private baths. This historic estancia includes breakfast and dinner served in the Great Hall and provides an authentic Argentinian experience.

 

When it comes to the hunting schedule, after an early morning breakfast, you and your party will be driven approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the area where Gage guides have blinds set and cases of shells at the ready. Around a half-hour after day breaks, the Argentina doves begin swarming overhead and continue to fly until the sun sets. A midday break is also taken in the field to enjoy some of that delicious cuisine.

 

All year long there are more birds in Argentina than any one hunter can possibly ask for. In other words, it is time to plan your trip today.

 

For more information, head to: http://www.gageoutdoor.com/argentina-dove-hunting/

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

Yamaha F90 Outboard Named One of Boating Industry®’s 2017 Top Products

 

Yamaha F90 Outboard Named One of Boating Industry®’s 2017 Top Products

THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR FOR RECOGNITION FOR YAMAHA OUTBOARDS

Yamaha Marine Group announced today that its new F90 outboard has been named one of Boating Industry’s® 2017 Top Products. The publication’s fourth annual Top Products list was published in the May edition of Boating Industry®magazine. This is the third consecutive year that Yamaha Outboards has made the list.

“This year, we’ve selected 50 of the best new or updated products and services for the marine industry, ranging from accessories to boats to engines and more,” said Boating Industry® editor in chief Jonathan Sweet. “To be eligible, products had to have been introduced or significantly updated since January 2016. From hundreds of nominations, the top products stood out for impact on the industry, innovation and how they advance their product category – or create a new segment.”

“We are honored that the F90 has been recognized amongst Boating Industry’s®Top Products for 2017,” said Dale Barnes, Division Manager, Marketing, Yamaha Marine Group. “The all-new F90 leads its class in torque and acceleration, and the improvements made to this outboard make it a great choice for a variety of boats.”

The new F90 employs a single overhead camshaft to drive four valves per cylinder, which saves weight while increasing volumetric efficiency – and makes more power. Weighing in at 353 pounds, the F90 is thirteen pounds lighter than its predecessor and displaces 1.8 liters versus 1.6 liters.

The F90 is not just quicker, it’s also quieter, which means a better boating and fishing experience for consumers. The outboard can be paired with several Yamaha propellers with the exclusive Shift Dampener System™ (SDS™), including Talon® (GP and Pontoon), for even greater quiet and comfort.

The F90 is compatible with Yamaha’s Variable Trolling RPM Switch

(VTS®) for slow trolling and better fishing. It can be rigged for use with Yamaha’s award-winning multifunction tiller handle, and features improved charging, with 35 amps of power over the previous 25 amps. The F90 is also compatible with Yamaha’s Command Link® 6Y8 and 6YC digital gauges, as well as Yamaha’s Y-COP®, for increased theft protection and security.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

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: Yamaha Outboards.com

Young Guns From College Bass-Fishing Ranks Storm Onto Bassmaster Elite Tour

 

Young Guns From College Bass-Fishing Ranks Storm Onto Bassmaster Elite Tour

Bass fishing is one of the fastest-growing high school and collegiate club sports in the country. Recent high-profile wins by young anglers who got their start in college are making the world take notice. In the past month, Lowrance Pro Jordan Lee, a 25-year-old professional angler from Guntersville, Ala., won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Championship on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas. A few weeks later, Lowrance Pro Dustin Connell won the Bassmaster Elite tournament held at Mississippi’s Ross Barnett reservoir. The 26-year-old professional angler from Clanton, Ala., is the first College Series angler to win an Elite tournament. Connell’s winning four-day total catch of 64 pounds, 13 ounces moved him up to the top of the Rookie of the Year standings.

Image by: Garrick Dixon.

For both Lee and Connell, college not only taught them how to fish, but how to maneuver through the unique challenges of tournament fishing and the nature of the business of being a professional athlete. One of the advantages these young professionals possess is that they already have a strong understanding of the technology required to be at the top of the standings. At the Classic, 15 of the top 25 competitors, including seven of the top 12 anglers, were using Lowrance HDS fishfinder/chart plotters to navigate and find key fish-holding areas, and Lee and Connell were no exception.

During practice at Lake Conroe, Lee used HDS-12 Gen3 with StructureScan® 3D imaging to identify an underwater “point” with a hard-bottom area that he thought would hold fish. He returned to the location on the final day, where he was stranded by mechanical issues on his boat, which held him in the same spot all day. Staying in the same spot proved to be the difference as Lee jumped from 15th to first place with a 27-pound, 4-ounce, five-fish limit, the biggest single-day catch of the tournament.

During Connell’s practice, he caught a 4- and a 5-pounder right away and then spent the rest of his time scouting for similar spots with his Lowrance sonar and GPS units. “The accuracy of the Lowrance sonar units is incredible,” said Connell. “The speed and detail of my displays allow me to find exactly where the fish are. Lowrance makes no compromises, and I can take their innovation to the bank.”

One of the many of the innovations that top anglers use too lead the pack is Lowrance DownScan Imaging™. With more than 60 years of innovation behind the brand, Lowrance has perfected an approach and reputation for sonar performance that no other company has been able to match. For example, giving a more realistic view of what is below the boat, DownScan Imaging reveals life-like images with crisp detail, so rocks look like rocks, trees look like trees and fish look like fish. It is a true representation of game-changing sonar technology.

“The key to delivering products that provide meaningful benefits to our professional and recreational anglers is our refusal to accept shortcuts when it comes to giving our customers what they want,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “Whether taking the lead at one of the largest tournaments in the world or going out for a relaxing weekend on the water, Lowrance anglers count on their fishfinders to be accurate, reliable and easy to use.”

With DownScan Imaging becoming such an important tool for anglers, it’s important for fisherman to understand that not all down imaging sonar solutions are made alike. Recently, Lowrance tested its DownScan Imaging technology against the Garmin’s ClearVu, and the differences on the water were quite revealing.

As this summer’s tournaments progress, look for more exciting performances from these young rising stars. They have the technology. They have the talent. And right now, college-athletes-turned-pro are taking the bass fishing world by storm.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Bait Magnets

 

Bait Magnets

By Capt. Gus Cane

Live bait enthusiasts know you can never have too much bait on board and one of the fastest ways to “black out” a live well is by chumming. Several methods are effective, but soaking frozen blocks of chum is the most popular.

Available at tackle shops and marinas, frozen chum typically consists of ground-up menhaden or shrimp trawl by-catch. It usually comes in 6-pound blocks in wax-paper boxes. The block slips easily into nylon bags with mesh openings from 1/4 to 3/8 inch and a drawstring closure. To activate, simply lower the bag into the water, give it several good shakes to start the flow and tie the bag off on a boat cleat. The current and occasional shake will do the rest. Before stashing the container box in a bucket or hatch, dip it in the water to remove any residue and add to the slick.

As the chum starts to thaw, oil and tiny particles (scales, bits of flesh, skin) will slowly drift behind the boat in the current, forming a noticeable slick on the water’s surface. The combination will soon attract different kinds of bait depending on the water depth and location. Pinfish, blue runners, ballyhoo, pilchards, herring, and sardines are the prime baits attracted by the chum. Once the bait arrives, small jigs, Sabiki® rigs or a cast net can be used to gather the bounty.

Dry commercial chum, typically menhaden pellets in burlap bags, is another alternative. Dry Chum is vacuum-bagged and can be stored indefinitely, so there’s less mess and waste.

Some anglers prefer to make their own chum using ground-up fish carcasses and frozen menhaden or mackerel. A grinder mounted to plate and placed in a stern rod holder can pulverize this raw or frozen concoction directly overboard. Although more labor-intensive than soaking the frozen blocks, this method does work well. There are also products like the chum churn.  that hangs over the side. The long slender tube is filled with fish parts, and the internal blades chop and dice as the handle is pumped.

Do-it-yourself frozen blocks aren’t difficult to make either if a large chest freezer is available. Dry cat food or oatmeal soaked with water and generous splashes of menhaden oil can be poured into quart-size plastic zip bags and frozen. On the water, put them in a mesh bag and soak over the side just like the store-bought blocks.

Mesh chum bags can be bought in bulk and then thrown away after the trip. If you prefer to recycle, however, tie the empty bag off the transom cleat, so it dangles in the water on the run back in. The waves and splashes will scour it clean for the next time you want to chum for bait.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.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.”

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com