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    Coast Guard Foundation Pacific Northwest Event Slated for September 19th FFF Staff 09/11/19 06:02 PM
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    Coast Guard Foundation Pacific Northwest Event Slated for September 19th
    Helicopter Crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles to be Recognized for Heroism and Mission Excellence

    The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and well-being of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its Pacific Northwest Awards in Seattle will take place on Thursday September 19, 2019 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. At the event, the Foundation will recognize helicopter aircrew CGNR 6596 and Coast Guard Foundation Life Trustee and long-time supporter Bart Eaton. Keynote speakers will include Admiral Karl Shultz, commandant United States Coast Guard. Additional remarks will be made by Admiral Charles Ray, vice commandant; Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, Pacific Area commander; and Rear Admiral David Throop, District 13 commander.

    At this year’s event, the Coast Guard Foundation will recognize the heroism and professionalism of helicopter crew of CGNR 6596 for events that occurred in the evening hours of July 4, 2018. The crew of CGNR 6596 – LT Jacob Marks, LT Caleb Wadsworth, AMT3 Ryan Taylor and AST3 Richard Nestler – were dispatched after local emergency medical services reported a 62-year old hiker had fallen down a 100-foot cliff. Paramedics performed over 20 minutes of CPR before the helicopter arrived. Under total darkness, aided by night vision goggles, the crew brought their helicopter to a hover over the survivor’s position which was surrounded by 200-foot tall trees that limited the hoisting area. Rescue Swimmer AST3 Richard Nestler was lowered to the scene. The extent of the patient’s injuries had left her unable to breathe on her own and continuous manual breathing was required. AST3 Nestler recommended a litter augmented double pick-up. This rarely used and never trained maneuver near the maximum capabilities of the aircraft would allow Nestler and the survivor strapped to a rescue litter to be hoisted simultaneously. To make this maneuver possible, the crew jettisoned fuel and all unnecessary equipment to improve the helicopter’s flight characteristics. During the hoist, Nestler held an oxygen tank in one hand while manually breathing for the patient with the other. The crew of CGNR 6596 exemplified the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard through their heroic efforts involving precise aircraft movements, selfless bravery and seamless coordination with local EMS, and ultimately saved the life of the hiker.

    “The brave men and women of the Coast Guard are trained for completing sometimes seemingly impossible missions,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “These individuals exemplify a selfless professionalism that allows them to not only perform in the harshest of conditions, but sometimes to go beyond their training and improvise for the safety of those they are sworn to protect. By honoring the crew of CGNR 6596 we are trying to honor every member of the Branch.”

    In the last two years, The Coast Guard Foundation has supported more than 22 morale, wellness and community projects in the Pacific Northwest, including a playground for Coast Guard families stationed in remote Neah Bay, Washington and fitness and recreation gear for the nation’s last remaining polar ice breaker, POLAR STAR. During the unprecedented government shutdown in late 2018 through early 2019, the Coast Guard Foundation provided $20,000 in morale support to Coast Guard members stationed in Washington and Oregon. In addition, in the last two years, the organization’s scholarship program has awarded scholarships to 27 students from the Pacific Northwest.

    The Coast Guard Foundation’s Pacific Northwest Awards in Seattle will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington. A cocktail reception will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner and program following at 6:30 p.m.

    To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit

    WHO: The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families
    WHAT: Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner
    WHEN: Cocktail reception 5 p.m., Dinner and Program 6:30 p.m. –Thursday, September 19, 2019
    WHERE: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA.

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    IFA Kayak Tour Championship Set for Grand Isle, Louisiana FFF Staff 09/09/19 11:23 PM
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    IFA Kayak Tour Championship Set for Grand Isle, Louisiana
    Championship features increased payouts

    The IFA Kayak Tour will head to Grand Isle, Louisiana, September 13-14 for the 2019 championship event. The two-day event will feature increased payouts and contingency prizes while bringing together the best inshore kayak anglers from Texas to the Carolinas.

    The championship event will begin with registration on Thursday, October 18, from 6-7 p.m. at the Bridge Side Marina (1618 LA-1, Grand Isle, LA 70358) followed by the captain's meeting. Anglers will launch Friday and Saturday from the location of their choice and return to the marina for each day's weigh-in. Check-in times will be announced at the captain's meeting on Thursday.

    All anglers who entered at least two regular-season kayak events and competed in one event will qualify for the $50-entry-fee championship. First-place prize regardless of field size is a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak valued at $3,649. Second and third place finishers will be awarded cash prizes of $1,500 and $750, respectively.

    In addition, the Divisional Anglers of the Year will square off during the championship for the Overall Angler of the Year award. The winner will receive $1,000 and paid entry fees for the 2020 season.

    IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Mercury Marine, Garmin, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

    For more information or to become a member of the IFA, the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournament series in the United States, go online to
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    New Lowrance PSI-1 Performance Sonar Interface Brings LiveSight Sonar Support to HDS Carbon Displays FFF Staff 09/09/19 11:17 PM
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    New Lowrance PSI-1 Performance Sonar Interface Brings LiveSight Sonar Support to HDS Carbon Displays

    Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, recently announced the launch of the PSI-1 Performance Sonar Interface, a sonar module that brings LiveSight™ Sonar capability to HDS Carbon fishfinder/chartplotters.

    With the PSI-1 and a LiveSight transducer installed on an HDS Carbon system, anglers will enjoy the capability to track lure and fish movements in real time with wider coverage and at greater range with LiveSight Sonar. Perfect for drop-shotting, vertical-jigging or lure-tracking in front of the boat, LiveSight Sonar helps anglers pinpoint fish locations, and know whether they are actively feeding.

    When mounted on a trolling motor looking forward, LiveSight Sonar, anglers cast a lure into the sonar beam and track the lure’s presentation, as well as fish movement – turning every cast into a sight-fishing experience.

    When mounted downward-facing on the trolling motor or transom, LiveSight Sonar provides anglers with a real-time as well as a traditional sonar view. The combination of Lowrance’s trusted traditional sonar and the new innovative LiveSight Sonar images showing target and lure movement provides the ideal view when targeting fish swimming around structure beneath the boat.

    Adding the PSI-1 and LiveSight Sonar transducer to an HDS Carbon network with Active Imaging™ transforms a boat’s network into a complete fishing system with trusted Lowrance CHIRP sonar, industry-leading DownScan and SideScan imaging and now real-time sonar views for whatever the fishing situation requires.

    “We are pleased to bring the benefits of LiveSight Sonar to HDS Carbon users around the world,” said Knut Frostad, CEO, Navico. “The launch of the PSI-1 Performance Sonar Interface offers proof of our commitment to the long-term support of our customers.”

    HDS Carbon displays require the compact, PSI-1 module to work with the LiveSight Sonar transducer. The PSI-1 module can be connected directly to the display via its sonar port and Ethernet connection. The Ethernet connection can also be run to the boat’s Ethernet network to share sonar with multiple displays.

    In conjunction with the release of the new module, Lowrance has released its new 19.1 software update for HDS LIVE and HDS Carbon.
    The free software (available now at is required for the PSI-1 to connect with HDS LIVE. The update also greatly increases refresh speeds and improves noise rejection and target sensitivity.

    The PSI-1 is priced at $299 and is scheduled to start shipping in early September. For more information on the PSI-1 Performance Sonar Interface, LiveSight Sonar or the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please visit

    About Lowrance: The Lowrance®brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP. Navico has approximately 1,800 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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    HOBIE: Passport to Fishing Fun FFF Staff 09/05/19 04:11 PM

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    Your Passport to Fishing Fun

    Hobie® performance and angler-friendly pricing merge in the all-new Mirage® Passport 12 pedal-driven fishing kayak

    Building on the wildly successful launch of the Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 earlier this year, Hobie is proud to introduce the new Mirage Passport 12 for 2020, a longer, larger and more fishing-centric Passport. Powered by the original MirageDrive® Classic with ST Fins, this highly manageable 12-foot pedal kayak takes kayakers where they want to go with ease and world-class Hobie performance.

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    “The Passport 12 is an expansion of the simplicity, ease, and versatility we created in the original Passport 10.5,” says Jason Kardas, Director of Engineering Product Management for Hobie. “As it was with our introduction of the Passport 10.5, the ultimate goal of the Passport 12 is to be able to bring the premium experience that Hobie’s MirageDrive technology has delivered for more than 20 years to a broader audience than ever before. The Passport 12 does that while offering more room for fun and even more fishing-specific features at an attainable price point.”

    Those features begin with tried and true, legendary MirageDrive performance for hands-free propulsion and smooth and efficient cruising through the water. Rudder Control provides intuitive and effortless fingertip steering of the rudder that easily deploys and stows. The additional length supports a host of angling situations, while extra width provides additional stability while both sitting and standing. When sitting, anglers will appreciate the Suspended Mesh Aluminum Frame Seat that’s lightweight and comfortable. Angler-friendly ergonomics continue with an EVA Padded Standing Platform, which accommodates comfortable and confident standing and casting on the redesigned cockpit. The boat is H-Bar-ready, with two forward recesses that provide precise placement for simple H-Bar setup.

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    The Hobie engineering team also built in loads of storage options, including an 8” Twist and Seal Hatch directly in front of the seat for ample and secure in-hull storage. The bow offers a generous cavity with Bungee® and optional Twist and Seal Hatch for below-deck storage. In front of the seat, both right and left, are two recesses with Bungee closures to keep tackle boxes or other items close at hand. Two built-in rod caddies keep rods within easy reach just behind the seat.

    Accessorizing the new Passport 12 couldn’t be easier. It comes complete with Accessory H-Track Mounts for infinite mounting options for your phone, GoPro or similar items. A Forward Accessory Mount stands ready to accept the Hobie Mirage Sail Kit or Bimini Sunshade. And, of course, Passport 12 is also fully electronics ready, with a handy transducer cavity and mounting plate, making it easy for anglers to add their favored sonar/GPS. Additionally, Passport 12 is equipped with a recessed mounting pad to quickly install a Power-Pole® anchor system.

    Easy to transport and store, every Passport 12 comes complete with an aluminum two-piece paddle to negotiate beaches and rocky inlets. Convenient carry handles are provided at the bow and stern.

    At home in both freshwater and saltwater, the Passport 12’s excellent value, transportability, simple and sleek design and durable Thermoform construction makes it an exceptional choice for any angler – from novices purchasing their first fishing kayak to experienced anglers looking to add an additional boat to their fleet. It is the ideal kayak for casual recreation and family outings, but stands ready for all kinds of adventures on the water.

    The new Hobie Mirage Passport 12 can be purchased at Hobie authorized dealers beginning in late November, 2019 at an introductory MSRP of $1,599 (excluding taxes and shipping). Learn more at

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    Aug 2018 New Smyrna Daytona Beach Backcountry Orlando Capt Michael Savedow 08/24/19 10:21 PM
    School is starting, summer vacation season is over, the waters are less crowed with fewer boats and fishermen as fall is approaching, the annual mullet run will be starting soon with migrating bait fish schools moving south down the coast and in the intracoastal waterway with schooling game fish to follow. But for now late summer patterns continue as cooler temperatures are still a couple months away here in Florida. Summer variety catching is still the usual in the backwaters here at Mosquito Lagoon and New Smyrna Beach, many different species on every trip, including good numbers of Speckled Seatrout, Mangrove Snapper, Whiting, Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish, also still biting a few along the way are Snook, Black Drum, Redfish and Pompano, and surprise catches of more unusual fish for this area like small size Permit, Bonefish, and Mutton Snapper. Some fish even have a natural freak anomaly, like this nice size Snook, caught and released by Hamp from Georgia, a split, double lateral line on the front end of the line, this is the first Snook I’ve ever seen with this ……………...

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    Spotted Seatrout are an every trip, year round fish here in my area of the backcountry, many schooling size fish are widespread through the area, and better size specks are also a regular catch, longtime client Joe from Tampa with one of the nice Trout from a recent live bait trip, this “over the slot” fish was released ………………

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    I do trips all the time with families and young kids along, I bring push button Zebco outfits for the younger kids to make it easier for them to cast and fish, young Miles hooked up this nice Snook on his Zebco rod, a great battle with the fish pulling drag over and over and jumping many times, then a great Photo and Release …………….

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    Repeat husband and wife clients from Canada were out with me again on a good Seatrout trip, Nathalie with her best Trout of the morning …………………

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    ……..and Martin hooked up a 5 lb Jack Crevalle sight fishing with an artificial lure out of a school of surface striking jacks chasing mullet ……………..

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    Black Drum are also a year round fish here in the Lagoon, Jordan with a nice one ……………

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    Speaking of unusual fish for this area, all through this year I’ve had several young Permit caught on the boat, they are usually more southern Florida fish so not an expected catch her, Joe had a great light tackle battle with this little Permit ……………..

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    Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Backcountry and Flats Fishing
    Near Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Orlando, East Central Florida

    CALL OR TEXT ME ANYTIME 386-689-3781
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    Off Shore Fishing Topshotfishing Happy Day Today topshotfishing 08/24/19 02:44 PM
    Troy Caraway and his wife, Lindsay, along with their sons, Liam and Colby, and their daughter, Blake, were vacationing in Fort Lauderdale from Houston Texas. While in Fort Lauderdale, they chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep-sea charter boat sport fishing trip. As the Caraway’s boarded the boat, they were greeted by Captain Zsak, and his mate.

    Before we left the dock, it started raining, so we gave it a half hour. As the rain slowed down to a trickle, we left the boat slip, and the by the time we put out the lines for fishing, the rain had stopped altogether.

    We started out our fishing trip catching baitfish, and we got a handful in the boat using small jigs. There was a strong current, so we started trolling south of Fort Lauderdale into the current in 100 ft. of water with two deep planner lines and 4 surface lines. I trolled from shallow to deep waters and back to shallow again when I marked a school of fish on the depth sounder. I made a turn on the fish, and we had 4 lines come down at once - three surface and one deep line - all of them were pulling drag. Everyone on the boat grabbed a rod and started fighting the fish. After all the smoke cleared, we had three large Bonitas in the boat with one getting away. We went back to trolling and working the same area in 130 feet of water. The deep planner line went off, and we hooked a nice Kingfish. I stayed in that area, and we got one more Kingfish bite.

    The group wanted to try for something larger, so we decided to put the live baits out. We put out two surface baits and one deep bait. I slow-trolled the baits out a little deeper to 200 ft. of water. As I worked this real nice edge, all of a sudden one of the baits started getting scared, and we had a fish on. The mate fed him more line, and within a couple of minutes, the line became tight – we had a Sailfish on! The Sailfish started jumping and tail-walking. After a long and hard fight, we got the Sailfish up to the boat, removed the hooks and released the Sailfish. As soon as I got up to the bridge, the reel started peeling out line, and this time we had a Barracuda on, which gave us a good fight.

    After a great morning fishing, it was time to head back to the dock. The happy anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

    For a successful and adventurous deep-sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-439-8106 or email us at
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