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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
    11/13/18 11:55 PM
    Looking for a responsible person who would be interested in swapping deer hunting in Ohio for saltwater fishing. Allegiant has cheap flights. I pick you up and take you back to airport plus put you up. No guarantees but deer usually end up in the freezer. Private message me and we'll see if we click.
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    Offshore Fishing
    11/12/18 11:47 AM

    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

    Repeat customers, Luke Beattie, along with Kim once again chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    The first thing we did was grab a few Goggle Eyes live baits from the marina - they are excellent kite fishing baits. We started the morning trolling the reef in 120 ft. of water – we had cool weather (75 degrees) with the winds blowing from the north of Fort Lauderdale. The ocean was very calm with a teal green color. We put out 3 Ballyhoos for bait, rigged to swim on the surface, and two lures, along with two long baits and two short baits with one flat line close to the boat also with two deep planner lines with a sea witch strip bait diving 50 feet down.

    We trolled from 120 ft. of water out to 300 ft. and found a nice color change in 200 ft. of water. The color change had bait fish hanging around it along with a little bit of current - we concentrated on this area. We slow trolled the Ballyhoo baits along the edge of the color change to the north of Fort Lauderdale and started catching Kingfish. Both Luke and Kim took turns and we caught 4 nice size Kingfish. Our next bite was a big one with screaming drag. Kim was the angler, and with a good battle, caught a large offshore Jack Crevalle.

    Next, we put two kites up in the air with 3 live baits and one dead bait. We set up in 130 feet of water just outside of the reef line. With the last hour left on the trip, we were hoping to hook up with a Sailfish or something hungry for the Goggle Eyes. Unfortunately, we did not have any takers, and it was now time to head home.

    On our way back to the dock, the anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to Bahia Mar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. I look forward to having Luke back again next year.

    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. - 954-309-7457 or email us at Website:
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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
    11/09/18 11:40 AM
    * Available in weights: 5/16, 3/8 & 1/2 oz
    * Mustad Ultra-point, black nickel, 5/0 extra wide gap hooks or 5/0 2X heavy wire flippin hook (make your choice from the pull down men).
    * Heads are powder painted and baked... very durable.
    * Full 50 strand count, 100%silicone skirts with trailer keeper and hand tied with wire to reduce twist and pull down.
    * Double Rattles and custom rattle/skirt band wire tied.
    * Quality components and hand crafted.
    * $2.99 each for out standard swim jig and $3.79 each for out "Tournament Model" (Double rattles with a custom wire tie band and rattle holder) .
    Best prices and quality you will find anywhere. Get your jigs at
    Charge your purchases at to Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express in addition to PayPal and direct payment with money order or personal check.
    When you visit my store at take a minute and register….it will make your next order much easier and we maintain a record of all your purchases so you can look back on your orders to buy your favorite bait. Thanks….Michael
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    News & Announcements
    11/09/18 12:22 AM
    Navionics News....
    What It Takes to Win Back-to-Back World Walleye Championships

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    Navionics Pro Team member Tommy Skarlis and his fishing partner, Jeff Lahr, are at the top of their game. Last week, they accomplished a huge feat by winning back-to-back World Walleye Championships. Skarlis, with over thirty years of experience and countless championships under his belt, is thrilled about the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit 2018 World Walleye Championship win. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge with others and hopes to use his platform to inspire the next generation of pro anglers. When we recently caught up with the highly decorated walleye pro, he was more than willing to share some of his secrets for success.

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    Bathy and other updates for 2 Texas lakes

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    Recent work has been done on Lake Grapevine and Fayette County Reservoir and will certainly be noticed by all the recreational boaters and anglers that frequent them. Improvements can be found in: bathymetry and navaids such as moorings, buoys and names.

    The depth information has been updated by integrating highly accurate multibeam survey data. This technology is being adopted more frequently by Navionics as part of a continuous product enhancement plan. Bathymetry is a chart feature appreciated by boaters of all kinds and expertise levels, but anglers are the most interested in it because it helps identify productive fishing spots, where fish are most likely to feed or hide.

    Lake Grapevine, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is a very active lake, frequented by kayakers, boaters, sailors, anglers, and paddle boarders. The lake does not present much vegetation, in fact the bed is quite rocky. Likely catches are largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, white bass, white crappie, channel and blue catfish.

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    Fayette county reservoir’s waters stay warm most of the year and this contributes to the fact that they are absolutely packed with interesting fishing spots and a rich aquatic life, the most common species are catfish, largemouth bass, and sunfish. See the improvements now

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    Missed a Navionics webinar you wanted to attend?

    If you missed a previous webinar you can now watch passed webinars on the Navionics YouTube page. Just follow this link:

    OEM Bundle Cards with Free Navionics+ Upgrade

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    A number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) plotter bundles – Humminbird, Raymarine, Lowrance & Sinrad now have a free upgrade of a Navionics+ with a purchase.

    When a customer plugs in a card that is eligible they will be shown a graphic allowing them to update from their preloaded content to Navionics+. Each of these bundles has a region already attached to it, meaning that the user is confined to the region set by the card.

    Each of the bundle offers an upgrade path to Navionics+ with Freshest Data updates free for the first year provided the card is registered through the Chart Installer within 2 months of the bundle purchase. With some cards you will be advised that preloaded chart data will be removed during this process and the user will have to select and download the areas of coverage needed.

    Bathymetry improvements in Canada

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    As part of our ongoing product enhancement, we recently added new high definition bathymetric data collected by a 3rd party for Canada.

    The survey data has been collected using a multibeam technique allowing for a more precise reading of the seabed which results in higher quality depth contours. These additions enrich the already detailed information present on our SonarChart layer that are integrated with data from the best sources, as well as from Navionics’ own survey and sonar logs contributed by our users.

    The result is an incredible level of detail and superior bathymetric charts that will increase your awareness of water depths and will help you locate the best fishing areas. If you’re an angler, take full advantage of these high definition contours by color-customizing the different depth ranges on your Boating app. This feature allows you to easily locate fishing spot at a glance!

    Why and How to Update your Navionics Charts

    FLW Tour Pro & Navionics Pro Team member Josh Douglas shows you how to update your Navionics charts and explains why it's something you should stay on top of. This video is courtsey of FLW Fishing.
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    Improvements to contours for 3 US southeastern lakes

    All three of these lakes are generated by dams. Fontana and Tellico both impound the Little Tennessee River while Tims Ford is situated on the Elk River.

    Fontana is the deepest lake in North Carolina and the temperature of its waters is quite low, these conditions make it a very interesting habitat for a variety of fish species such as muskie, walleye and smallmouth bass.

    Tellico lake offers the beautiful landscapes of the Great Smoky Mountains and 51 different fish species, among which bass and trout are common catches. Ramps, marinas, docks and other services are available for the boating community.

    Tims Ford is considered a highly picturesque lake and it offers many facilities for anglers. It is a bass fishing destination, in fact the Tims Ford Bass Classic is held here every year in spring.

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    Locate fishing spots at a glance with multiple depth ranges in our Boating app!


    A new tool for anglers to quickly and easily locate fishing spots! In our Boating Marine & Lakes app is now possible to customize the chart view with multiple depth ranges simultaneously, for bottom understanding at a glance!

    The Fishing Ranges feature allows to customize and display on our SonarChart™ map layer up to 5 depth ranges at the same time! The app interface makes it really intuitive to set: choose a color, select the depth values and name your range: the map will show depth gradients with different color shadings.

    Have a clear view of bottom depths and choose your fishing area depending on the fish you want to catch. Then move quickly on the water telling with a glimpse holes, submerged islands, steep ledges and drop-offs.

    Go fishing in multicolor!
    - If you have our Boating app, go to Menu > Map Options and start customizing your maps! To use the new feature, you need an active Navionics+ subscription.
    - To renew your subscription go to Menu > Me.
    - If you haven’t our Boating app yet, download it for FREE and have a 2-weeks trial. Then, subscribe to the 1-year Navionics+ subscription to continue using Fishing Ranges and many other features!

    Download the Boating app today for a two-week free trial!

    Overall update to Lake Candlewood, Connecticut

    Lake Candlewood, the largest lake in Connecticut, is a true paradise for the recreational boaters and for anglers, that have a choice of bass, bluegill, catfish and a variety of other species to fish in the many spots, coves and islands. To serve the growing boating and fishing public, Navionics has performed an overall update that includes: bathymetry, buoys, underwater structure, lake shore objects and in general of all the surrounding land area geographical names.

    See the improvements now?


    Navionics Web Site has improved...

    We are improving our web site monthly by making it easier for everyone to manuever around. Now you can click on the “features” tab and a drop down box will appear and you can select the feature you want to learn more about.

    Updates to the bathymetry of Keuka lake in Western New York

    As part of this efforts to continue improve our mapping at Navionics, we recently updated the bathymetry of Keuka Lake in Western New York.

    Keuka Lake is part of a system of glacial water bodies called the Finger Lakes and has a unique “Y” shape. The improved depth contours will surely be appreciated by anglers of all levels of expertise that frequent the lake fishing for a variety of species. The pristine waters remain quite shallow and are home to: Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Landlocked Salmon, as well as Pike, Pickerel, Lake Trout and Yellow Perch.

    See the improvements now?
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    News & Announcements
    11/08/18 11:42 PM
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    Lowrance Goes 'LIVE' with New Flagship Fishfinders
    Marine Electronics Leader Brings Live Sonar, Live Charting and Live Smartphone Connectivity to Anglers

    Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today the release of its new high-performance line of fishfinder/chartplotters, HDS LIVE™. A significant leap forward in fishfinding technology, HDS LIVE delivers powerful real-time sonar, charting and connectivity features including Active Imaging™, LiveSight™, Genesis Live and LiveCast™ smartphone integration.

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    Active Imaging Sonar

    See structure and cover with a new level of refined detail and at a range unmatched by any other structure imaging technology with Active Imaging.Offering industry-leading clarity without sacrificing range, it delivers unmatched image quality of structure, fish and bottom composition. Active Imaging 3-in-1 sonar combines Lowrance CHIRP, with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ allowing anglers to quickly search fish-holding structure, and enhances FishReveal™ with higher-level clarity and target separation. Active Imaging 2-in-1 sonar includes Side and DownScan Imaging™ and is perfect for use with a separate traditional sonar transducer. Simple to use without the need to change frequencies while fishing in most conditions, Active Imaging 800 kHz provides crystal-clear detail with uncompromised range. For anglers needing to see further than 120 feet, Active Imaging can also operate at 455 kHz. Active Imaging enhancements — including greater resolution, a cleaner 3D view and a new Custom Depth Shading feature — are coming to existing StructureScan® 3D modules in the Fall of 2018 through a free software update.

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    LiveSight Sonar

    Sonar interpretation made simple, LiveSight™ sonar delivers the most detailed views of fish, down to every turn and flip of the tail, as they swim in and around cover. You’ll be fishing in real-time as you watch fish react to your lure, see how they are relating to structure and gain insight on what will work, what won’t and what to do next.

    Perfect for drop-shotting, vertical-jigging or lure-tracking in front of your boat, LiveSight helps you pinpoint fish locations, so you’ll know whether they are actively feeding. Mount the transducer in a front-facing position to cast toward the fish, or mount it in a down-facing position to do some vertical-jigging below your boat.

    When using LiveSight forward in conjunction with the Lowrance Point-1 GPS antenna, an innovative on-chart indicator shows the direction the transducer is pointed, allowing anglers to line up on a waypoint or pinpoint the structure they are trying to fish.

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    Genesis Live Charting

    Delivering real-time, custom-mapping capabilities, HDS LIVE harnesses the power of Genesis Live charting, which uses digital depth to create depth-contour overlays on charts. Incredibly easy to use, users can control contour transparency, density of contours drawn on the screen up to unprecedented ½-foot intervals, depth and safety shading color palettes, and more. Charts can quickly and easily be saved to an SD card for continuous use.

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    LiveCast Smartphone Integration

    HDS LIVE allows anglers to display important fishing information and entertainment from their smartphones on their 12- and 16-inch sunlight viewable displays. Users can view their smartphone in full-screen or split-screen windows via HDMI connection allowing them to stream video, view Google Maps and fishing data on the HDS LIVE touchscreen — all while their phone is safely stowed.

    “After 60 years, Lowrance continues to be the No.1 fishfinder for America’s biggest freshwater tournaments — more than all other brands combined,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO and president, Navico. “Today, HDS LIVE takes fishfinding to a whole new level — delivering new sonar, charting and connectivity features that will make the most of your time on the water. Once you experience it, you won’t want to fish without HDS LIVE.”

    HDS LIVE features a stunning new low-profile design with edge-to-edge glass; a SolarMAX™ HD screen; bracket, flush and rear mounting options; user-programmable keys; and an optional fully-programmable Bluetooth® remote. Available in 7-, 9-, 12- and 16-inch display sizes, HDS LIVE ranges in price from $949 to $4,499. Active Imaging can be purchased as a bundle with HDS LIVE or as a separate accessory for $299; the LiveSight transducer is priced at $999.

    For more information about the all-new, high-performance Lowrance HDS LIVE, the complete line of Lowrance marine electronics, or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer.

    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 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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    News & Announcements
    11/08/18 11:26 PM
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    Soft Plastics Enter the Twenty-First Century
    The "Nature of Competition" in soft plastics design drives LIVETARGET to develop industry-first process: Injected Core Technology (ICT)

    Let there be no doubt, soft plastic lures are effective fish tempters. Available in profiles ranging from simple to gaudy and colors that vary from muted to other-worldly, soft plastics are well-established staples in the arsenals of bass, walleye, and panfish anglers in fresh water, as well as those chasing a wide range of finned predators in the salt. Yet, the majority of soft lures that we thread on hooks and dress on jigs have changed little since the advent of grubs and worms in the 1950s. Warm polymer stews, steeped with colored dyes and glitter, are injected or poured into metal molds; when the whole operation cools, soft lures emerge.

    While the sizes and shapes of soft plastic lures are limited only by the bounds of anglers’ imaginations, they all suffer from precisely the same shortcomings: stated simply, most soft baits don’t look anything like the natural forage that predator fish eat, and few behave like a vulnerable prey item that is about to play its part in Nature’s food web.

    But that’s changing, thanks to Injected Core Technology (ICT) from LIVETARGET, the leader in lure design and forage replication.

    Injected Core Technology welcomes soft plastic baits into the twenty-first century, uniting artistry with engineering to deliver unprecedented levels of soft plastic form and function. Lures manufactured with Injected Core Technology are effectively a bait-within-a-bait, featuring a vibrant, biomimetic, forage-profile interior that is fully encapsulated and intimately linked to a clear, soft polymer exo-skin. Matching anatomical features are aligned on both the interior core and its protective shell, producing unique three-dimensional, flash-generating textures that are both robust and ultra-realistic.

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    ICT Skip Shad in Silver Pearl (134)

    By carefully controlling the density of both the interior core and the outer shell during the molding process, Injected Core Technology lures are instilled with perfectly-balanced, strike triggering actions – right out of the package.

    Nose hook a lure and fish ICT baits unweighted, and witness a soft plastic with a remarkably slow descent, its body on a horizontal plane as it falls, perfectly mimicking the behavior of an injured baitfish descending to its demise. Injected Core Technology lures don’t tumble or spiral, they simply drift tantalizingly downward with a gentle shimmy along their length until they come to rest on the bottom – or are consumed by a predator.

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    ICT Twitch Minnow in Silver Green (952)

    But that simple unweighted rig is just the beginning. Soft lures manufactured using Injected Core Technology are extraordinarily versatile, and can be rigged and presented in every way imaginable. From traditional Texas and Carolina rigs, to drop shots and Neko rigs and everything in-between. For example, while ICT was tested, schooling, shad-based bass slurped up Skip Shads when other classic baits put up zeros. In another case, shallow, inshore ranging trout and redfish pounced on weightless, freefalling ICT baits...and in aquarium clear water!

    Unveiled at ICAST 2018 and soon appearing in tackle shops across North America, Injected Core Technology lures from LIVETARGET will be first available in two bio-inspired profiles: the slender Twitch Minnow and the full-bodied Skip Shad. Each of these two lure families stands ready to tempt and trigger your favorite predator fish, whether it feasts on a diet of shiners, smelt, sardines, or shad.

    Let the era of realistic soft plastics begin…thanks to LIVETARGET’s Injection Core Technology.

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    Saltwater Reports
    11/08/18 01:43 PM

    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

    Chase, Pedro, Nick and Alex chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the morning trolling the reef system in 100 to 200 feet of water south of Fort Lauderdale. I could see schools of baitfish around the wreck structure. Our reef system stretches to the north and south of Fort Lauderdale along the coastline which averages two miles off the beach. I was using a two plainer rods with sea witch strip baits and four surface ballyhoos and lure spread. Shortly after starting the trip, we started catching Kingfish in 150 feet of water. The rigger line came ripping down, and we had another Kingfish on.

    I started working the deeper side of the drop off in Fort Lauderdale, and we hooked a few Black Fin Tunas. I continued driving over wreck structures and over the drop off, which produced the best catch. Fishing over the wrecks, we picked up another few Tunas. To finish off the trip, I concentrated on Kingfish, and we picked up another five Kingfish, all of which were caught on the deeper lines and a few on the rigger lines. We spent the last hour of the trip trying to catch a Shark, but we did not get one.

    After a total of eight Kingfish and three Black Fin Tunas, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed 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. - 954-309-7457 or email us at Website:

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    News & Announcements
    11/07/18 07:06 PM
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    Crappies on the Side
    Tips for locating and catching crappies in the waning weeks of autumn

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    Fall is feeding time for predators of every flavor, and crappies are in full-on gorging mode; keenly aware of winter’s lurking. Knowing this, Seaguar and Raymarine pro Troy Peterson knows that finding the food means finding crappies. The fish are mostly suspended this time of year, but dialing in the likely bait-holding areas helps him narrow the search.

    “We have a pretty big river system with the Wolf River (Wisconsin) and all the minnows, shiners and other baitfish are up in the rivers, scattered amid the timber, in some of the deep holes and behind dock posts,” Peterson said. “So we’re basically driving up and down the river, looking for giant schools of baitfish. They’re typically in the wood, whether it be brush or dock posts and the crappie are typically right behind them.”

    Beyond the river scenario, Peterson says he employs a similar strategy for crappie on lakes where crappie will be pursuing pods of baitfish that are making a seasonal movement out of the weed beds. Expanding in size, these baitfish will be holding over deeper flats.

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    Raymarine and Seaguar pro Troy Peterson

    “It’s more of an afternoon bite,” Peterson says. “We’re just using the Raymarine DownVision to look for weed edges, brushpiles and cribs (artificial habitat features comprising a rectangular log frame dressed with brush and other accents). Crappies like to sit over wooded structure, making it easier to drive across lakes and reservoirs and make a grid to find out which cribs the fish are sitting on.”

    As Peterson explains, local fishing clubs build these cribs to provide habitat in otherwise barren areas of the lakes. Typically weighted with cinder blocks, these fish attractors are dropped beyond the zone of natural cover. On many northern waters, a permit is required to introduce habitat, like cribs and brushpiles. Opposingly, on southern lakes and reservoirs, ardent anglers sink their own structure, refreshing productive brushpiles, as they erode over time. (There’s an Arkansas guide who has over 2,000 brushpiles marked on a single reservoir!)

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    Oftentimes, all you need is a bucket of minnows to clean up on fall crappies. (Photo courtesy of St. Croix Rod)


    With Raymarine Axiom Pro 12 and 9 units on his dash and an Axiom Pro 9 on the bow, Peterson lauds the crisp clarity of traditional 2D sonar and DownVision images. From a simple time-management perspective, this amazingly sharp detail allows him to immediately recognize what he’s seeing and respond accordingly.

    “Raymarine’s signals are so clear that when you get fish suspending over deep water, you can almost count the minnows in the bait school versus a giant blob or who knows what.” Peterson says.

    Also, Raymarine’s interaction with Navionics SonarLogging and SonarChart Live takes scouting to a new level. Particularly critical on previously unmapped waters, the ability to record and store what he graphs proves invaluable for open water pursuits, as well as ice fishing.

    “This allows me to grid out a lake and create my own maps,” Peterson says. “I can find the deepest holes or the basin, I can find the sharp breaks, I can use SideVision to find and mark the cribs.”

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    Marking weed edges, wood piles and rock structures before first ice provides key perspective that guides his decisions while he’s standing on the lake. Again, it’s time management, born of understanding.

    “When we’re ice fishing, we don’t have the ability to scan, we have to just go and drill holes and you have to be right on top of spots,” Peterson said. “That’s the beauty of using the SonarChart Live feature.”

    For optimal imaging, Peterson offers these tips:

    “I’ve found that on certain types of water, you need to play with the settings a little more,” he says. “If you have murky water or really clear water, settings are a big deal. I’ll play with the contrast a lot to try and identify the types of species that are mixed in with the bait.

    “We have walleye, pike and bass mixed in with these bait pods. Once you get good at it, you can determine the actual species of fish by the soundings you’re getting. Darkening up the contrast and increasing the gain a little bit will give you better definition.”

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    Once Peterson locates the crappie-friendly structure, he takes a simple, yet undeniably effective approach to tempting the fish. Inspired by old-school cane poling, Peterson equips uses a telescoping 14- to 16-foot pole rigged with 8- to 10-pound Seaguar AbrazX fluorocarbon to deploy a minnow on a No. 2 long shank Tru-Turn hook with a 1/4-ounce weight, all under a slip bobber.

    “On the river system, crappies tuck behind brushpiles and vertical structure like dock posts and stumps, staying out of the current and just sucking in anything that gets eddied back into where they’re hiding.

    “There’s nothing more effective than cane poling and dropping your bait directly on top of them without worrying about casting to them or feeding the line back. You want to get your bait as close to that vertical structure because eddies suck whatever they’re eating to the back side of that structure.”

    As Peterson explains, the 1/4-ounce weight serves as an escort for his bait. Precision placement is the key ingredient, so he wants to know exactly where each bait goes.

    “I want it to drop perfectly straight down; I don’t want any whip or resistance in that line,” Peterson says. “I want to be able to suck that bait as tight to the structure as I can, especially when I’m fishing really thick brushpiles. When I see a pocket on the screen, it’s really important to drop down in there quickly and get the fish out.”

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    LIVETARGET's lipless Golden Shiner Rattlebait is deadly on fall crappies.

    Now, if Peterson’s fishing more around docks in the river system, he switches to a tube or a craw tube presentation. Skipping or flipping works and he’ll match his jig head size to water flow.

    “When the current is strong, you want to get your bait down there, so we may use a 1/16- or a 1/8-ounce head,” Peterson said. “But in average current, a 1/32- to 1/16 is what I use.”

    Successful southern reservoir crappie masters will mark a brushpile, throw a marker, quickly back off, and make long casts with light jigs. 1/16th ounce is a standard, shifting up with winds and down with a still surface.

    One particularly effective combination is a Z-Man Finesse ShroomZ jighead with a Z-Man ElaZtech Finesse ShadZ or Trick ShotZ. The inherent buoyancy of ElaZtech slows the fall, while the material’s durability stands up to fish after fish.

    If you prefer hardbaits, LIVETARGET’s lipless Golden Shiner Rattlebait is a proven crappie slayer. Cast over the brushpile, let the bait sink a couple seconds, and retrieve straight back to the boat. (A new, smaller Golden Shiner Rattlebait will be available soon, too.)

    Crappies don’t leave the lakes, rivers and reservoirs in late fall. In fact, if you locate fish, there’ll likely be throngs of them. Look for wood structures on the edges of current and brushpiles positioned on points and breaks, and feed them live minnows, finesse jigs and miniature rattlebaits. You’ll be glad you did…

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    News & Announcements
    11/07/18 06:45 PM
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    Power On and Fish Fast
    Plano's new KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags and Speedbags deliver KVD-level performance

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    Kevin VanDam's all-time record for national tournament wins is proof positive of an ability never before seen in the competitive bass realm. He's a seven-time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year and has won bass fishing's highest and most prestigious tournament - the Bassmaster Classic - an unprecedented four times.

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    KVD's secret - his angling superpower, if you will - is his capacity to quickly master nearly any technique necessary to catch bass. He's never been a specialist when it comes to fishing methods; his strength stems from his versatility.

    For VanDam, tackle organization and management is one of the keys to unlocking his next-level versatility. "Ultimately, it's all about operating efficiently," the bionic basser says. "I build all kinds of systems around my fishing that will help me make and implement decisions quickly. When it comes to tackle, I need to know what I have and where to find it so I'm using my time as efficiently as possible. If you're looking for something, you're not catching bass, and that's a problem."

    Like millions of other anglers, KVD relies on Plano to keep his fishing gear protected and well organized - at home, in the truck and on the water. And for 2018, Plano's new KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags and Wormfile SpeedbagsTM pack all-new levels of KVD-grade performance and efficiency.

    Plano KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags

    Available in 3600 and 3700 sizes, these professional-grade tackle totes begin and end, literally, with the ultra-functional Utili-Tackle Rail System. As a lid, the rigid system sports four over-molded rubberized corners to secure a StowAway Utility Box in plain view and within easy reach. Solid, molded-in attachment points allow these bags to easily be secured to boat decks, truck beds, ATVs, trailers or kayaks. Further, the rail itself offers 17 different attachment points to hold every accessory known to the sport. Forceps, lanyards and clippers? Of course. But there's also room for split-ring pliers, a Line Saber, fishing towel, retractable ruler, hook file, wacky rig tool and more - not stowed in some far recessed compartment, but right at your fingertips.

    Moving to the underside, a second rigid, molded Utili-Tackle Rail System forms the KVD Signature Series Tackle Bag's base. The addition of elevated and rubberized corner "feet" keeps these bags firmly planted wherever they're placed, while also creating ample clearance to keep both bag and precious contents out of standing water. Ingenious. Throw in attachment points for another 17 accessories, and you now possess the most resourceful tackle bag in existence.

    But we've only covered the top and bottom.

    In between, Plano Engineers have wrapped these new KVD bags up in a high performance Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) coating to help protect contents from rain and spray. Failsafe looped zipper pulls provide access to the bag's generous main compartment, which comfortably holds five StowAway boxes in the 3600 size, or six in the larger 3700 size. A bright red interior improves visibility in low light.

    Of course, both sizes of these stunning KVD Signature Series tackle bags in black with red accents offer a variety of additional specialized pockets for secure and efficient storage. A true, waterproof pocket is optimized for storage of a smartphone or wallet, while a large mesh back pocket and compartmentalized front pocket are ideal for line spools, soft plastics or smaller StowAways packed with hooks, weights or other terminal tackle. A sturdy Velcro plier holder adorns the bag's right side, while MOLLE attachment points offer additional external storage options. A padded adjustable shoulder strap completes the package for reliable and comfortable transport.

    "I've relied on Plano throughout my entire professional career, and these new KVD Series Tackle Bags are the most advanced soft bags you can put on your deck. The Utili-Tackle Rail System tops and bases work with the TPE waterproof fabrics to keep contents dry, while the unique architecture and clever componentry make for really fast access. These bags provide multiple options for keeping the lures and accessories you need right now accessible on the outside of the bag where you can see them and get to them immediately."

    Plano KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags Features and Specifications
    • Available in 3600 (Model PLAB36700) and 3700 (Model PLAB37700) sizes
    • Molded top holds one StowAway® secured by elastic bungee for quick access
    • TPE coating surrounds bag with water-resistant protection
    • Utili-TackleTM Rail System includes 34 accessory attachment points, plus tie-down slots
    • Waterproof base with elevated, rubber feet
    • MOLLE attachment points offer additional storage options
    • Waterproof pocket specially sized for cell phone, wallet, etc.
    • Sturdy Velcro plier holder
    • Bright red interior improves visibility in low light
    • Large mesh back pocket and compartmentalized front pocket
    • Four StowAway boxes included (3600 size holds five, 3700 size holds six)
    • Model PLAB36700: 3600 / 14.5"L x 12.5"W x 12.5H" / MSRP $99.99
    • Model PLAB37700: 3700 / 19.5"L x 10"W x 11H" / MSRP $119.99

    Plano KVD Signature Series Wormfile SpeedbagsTM

    Today's soft plastic baits come in an ever-increasing number of styles, sizes and colors to cover a range of presentations and applications. That means that even casual anglers carry more soft plastics with them than ever before. But carting around a selection of bulky plastics takes space, and simply piling them into a single bag makes finding what you're looking for a challenging and time consuming proposition. KVD doesn't go that route, so why should you?

    Plano's new KVD Signature Series Wormfile Speedbags come in two different sizes, small and large, optimized for storing up to 20 or 40 individual bags of soft plastics, respectively. "These fast-access zippered bags keep individual bags of soft plastics upright and uniformly oriented so you can find what you need fast," says VanDam. "And Plano's patented fold-down design allows them to be fully opened to reveal wide interiors for even greater visibility, while remaining sturdy and self-supporting." KVD Signature Series Wormfile SpeedbagsTM are constructed with the same TPE waterproof fabric shell found on KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags for durable, water-resistant protection.

    Use affordable KVD Speedbags
    TM to organize your soft plastics by style, size or color and label the exteriors to make finding exactly what you need ever easier. These classy black bags feature bright red accents and interiors, failsafe looped zipper pulls and side-carry handles for transport. Ultra-efficient storage of soft plastic baits has never been easier... or looked this good.

    Plano KVD Signature Series Wormfile SpeedbagsTM Features and Specifications
    • Available in two sizes
    • Model PLAB11700 Small holds up to 20 packs of soft plastics
    • Model PLAB12700 Large holds up to 40 packs of soft plastics
    • Patented fold-down, easy-access bag
    • Fold along threaded line to reveal wide interior
    • TPE coating surrounds bag with water-resistant protection
    • Bright red interior improves visibility in low light
    • Side carry handle for easy transport
    • Model PLAB11700 / 9.5"L x 4.5"W x 6.25"H / MSRP $14.99
    • Model PLAB12700 / 14"L x 4.5"W x 5.5"H / MSRP $19.99

    It's no coincidence the world's most successful competitive angler trusts Plano to protect and transport his gear. These new KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags and Wormfile Speedbagsprovide avid anglers with customizable storage, premium-grade protection and unmatched organization and access. So be like KVD; power on and fish fast. These exceptional new bags will take care of the rest.

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    Bass Fishing
    11/05/18 05:03 AM
    Hit a local lake here in Texas today. Lake Cooper. It’s a fairy tale turned bad due to the water levels fluctuating so much. Was projected to be the next Lake Fork when it was impounded. Now it’s a mud hole with very unfavorable fishing for bass.
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    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

    Steve and Sue Bayabirch and Gray and Nancy Gizinski chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the morning trolling in 150 feet of water with our best spread of 4 surface lines which included three Ballyhoos and one surface chugger bait along with two deep planner lines with Bonita strips and a green sea witch in one and the other with a blue sea witch. We started getting bites around the southern side of the sea buoy. We had a northerly current and were trolling to the north of Fort Lauderdale, but we were not getting any bites. When we started heading back to the south of Fort Lauderdale at a slower speed, we started getting more bites. What also worked was heading from shallow water to deep water diagonally and then back to shallow water again. This works especially good when we are working a group of fish.

    The first fish we caught was a Black Fin Tuna, and we found him in 600 ft. of water. We headed back into shallower waters, and started catching Kingfish with the average weight being 8 to 9 pounds. Next, we headed out to deeper waters continuing to head south of Fort Lauderdale working the weed patches and searching for birds which will fly over schools of fish. We arrived in an area with bait and live action on the surface with bait fish crashing and birds diving. We set up a kite with three live baits from the kite and one dead bait on the surface. I also put out one bait on the bottom using a circle hook with a Bonita cut in half. We were set up and fishing for a very short amount of time when the bottom rod got a strike – it was a large Bull Shark. Steve and Gary both fought the Shark, and brought the Bull Shark to the side of the boat. Pictures were taken and the Bull Shark was released.

    It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed 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. - 954-309-7457 or email us at Website:

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    10/29/18 02:09 PM

    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

    One of our good repeat customers, Mike Macosko and Hilda Booze, chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water due to our extreme drop off.

    We started the morning trolling the reef system in 100 to 200 feet of water. The reef system stretches to the north and south of Fort Lauderdale along the coastline which averages two miles off the beach. I put out a couple of deep lines with sea witch strip baits and 4 surface lines with Ballyhoo for bait and lure spread. Shortly after starting the trip, we started catching Kingfish. Both Mike and Hilda took turns reeling fish in. I also worked the deeper side of the drop off, and we hooked a few Black Fin Tunas.

    I fished over wreck structures and over the drop off which produces the best catch. Fishing over the wrecks, we picked up another few Tunas and Skip Jack's. To finish off the trip, I concentrated on Kingfish, and we picked up another 6 Kingfish, all of which were caught on the deeper lines.

    It was time to head back to the dock – our catch on this trip totaled 8 Kingfish, 3 Black Fin Tunas, 1 Bonita and 1 Skip Jack. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed 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. - 954-309-7457 or email us at Website:

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    10/25/18 05:51 PM
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    St. Croix Rod and Hobie Pro Adds Another Win to Impressive Competitive Track Record
    Benton Parrott Takes Tops at 2018 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship

    Three-time IFA Kayak Tour Champion and Team USA member Benton Parrott has added another win to his already impressive competitive track record, taking tops at the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship held October 19-20 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. This most recent win makes it Benton’s fourth IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship win.

    The Navarre, Florida-based angler narrowly edged out competitor Aaron Clay’s two-day, four-fish score of 120.125 inches of redfish and speckled trout with 120.375 inches, taking home a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 boat and PowerPole Micro Anchor valued at $4,450 retail combined, and $420 cash in the Anglers’ Advantage program.

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    While Parrott had planned to pre-fish the day before the event, fierce winds kept him and others off the water. Nonetheless, Friday, October 19th, saw competitors launch to compete in Day One of the 2018 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship, although fishing conditions were described as terrible.

    “It was a grind to catch decent trout on Day One given how the wind had stirred up and dirtied the water,” says Parrott.

    Still, Parrott persisted. “On Day One I started in the marshes by working points, flats, and reefs. The key was jumping spots, hitting seven different areas and working baits through the three main areas of the water column. I threw topwaters; Rapala Ripstops to work the midrange; and also bounced bottom with soft plastics. But after jumping seven spots, I only had a 16 ¼-inch trout. I decided to drive the half hour down to Grand Isle where I launched out into the Pass and was able to land a 43-inch redfish working depths anywhere from 20 to 60 feet of water. With three hours left in the tournament I pulled out of the Pass and went back to the marsh to try to upgrade my trout, which I did with a 17-incher.”

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    Day Two of the tournament saw conditions greatly improved with reduced wind and drastically improved water visibility. “The water cleared up significantly and we had calm conditions—it was really a perfect day weather-wise,” says Parrott.

    “On Day Two I decided to start in the marsh, strictly fishing for trout. But the trout bite was almost non-existent, and I had to work really hard for them. I threw soft plastics, working them on the bottom; a Rapala Ripstop for the mid-range and topwaters, too. I had several large trout blow up on top but not take the bait. That’s when I made the decision to go and fish an old camp with lots of old pilings and oysters, working the Ripstop through the pilings where I was able to pull out a 19-inch trout. I immediately drove the half hour down to Grand Isle, launched out into the Pass and then spent the rest of the day culling through reds, finally hooking into a 41 3/8-inch red throwing a Hogy Pro Tail on a St. Croix Avid Series Inshore rod.”

    Speaking of rods, the seasoned kayak pro credits his equipment as a mainstay in keeping him competitive against the finest kayak anglers from Texas to the Carolinas. “It sounds kind of funny, but with St. Croix I know what my rods are, what they’re doing and what they’re capable of, so I know what baits I want to throw with what rod and what I’m comfortable fishing. The confidence in that alone makes a world of difference,” says Parrott.

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    Depending on the application, Parrott uses a number of different St. Croix models ranging from new Mojo Yak models to Legend Xtreme Inshore, Avid Series Inshore, and Tidemaster Inshore.
    In this event, his primary rod for speckled trout was an XIS70MF (7’ medium power, fast action) Legend Xtreme Inshore spinning rod paired with a Shimano Stradic 2500 CI4+ reel spooled with 15-pound Seaguar Smackdown braid and a 12-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader. For targeting the bull reds, Parrott’s primary rod was a VIS76HF (7’6” heavy power, fast action) Avid Series Inshore spinning rod paired with a Penn Slammer 5000 size spinning reel, also spooled with Seaguar Smackdown braid and fluorocarbon leader. “Given the size of the redfish we catch around Grand Isle and the schools of jacks you can get into, I definitely size up. That rod and reel combo handles bull reds like nothing else,” says Parrott.

    He also sings the praises of the new Mojo Yak, which he’s been fishing since day one. “The Mojo Yak rods have been great. I started playing with the prototypes—some of the first ones that came out—and I’ve been out fishing everything from bull reds to bass with them and they’re great overall rods for kayak fishing a number of species. From the comfort and ergonomics of the custom Winn split grip handle to their unique combination of sensitivity and backbone, they’re ideal for kayak anglers.”

    Parrott also notes that when competing internationally he turns to St. Croix Legend Trek spinning models, three-piece rods comprised of high-modulus/high-strain SCIV graphite that come with a rugged travel case.

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    Besides his rods, Parrott stresses the importance of his actual watercraft and how without easy to transport, fast, and stable boats, he has no idea where he’d end up on the leaderboard each year.

    “I’ve been with Hobie since 2010 and they’re always outfitting me in the top-of-the-line, new Hobie Mirage kayaks. Being comfortable out on the water in tough conditions and being able to hold your position makes all the difference in the world. For example, on Day One I was fighting 18 to 20 mph winds in the Pass but was still able to go out in big water and get the job done,” says Parrott.

    In tournament situations, he says that typically means fishing from the Hobie Mirage Outback. “The Mirage Outback is my utility vehicle. I use it for everything from inshore to offshore fishing. Twelve feet nine inches and only 103 pounds fully rigged, I can get it in and out of my truck quicker for tournament situations. It may hold less equipment but I don’t carry a lot with me when I tournament fish. I try to carry the minimal amount of gear as possible.”

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    Other times, especially when weight and size isn’t at a premium, Parrott prefers the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14. “I’ll swap from the Outback to the Pro Angler 14 if I’m out fishing with my son, or if I’m going to be standing all day fishing on the flats. I also use it a lot at night sight-casting bull reds or tarpon. When you’re tossing baits to 150-pound tarpon a very stable platform is essential because when you hook up you have to drop down and set the hook all at the same time. The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 is a great tool for situations like these.”

    When asked how it feels to have a fourth IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship under his belt, Parrott just laughs and shakes his head.

    “To be honest, being able to say I ever won one IFA Kayak Tour Championship is still a shock to me and that was in 2012. Then, to go back to back Champion and National Angler of the Year in 2014 and 2015 was an even greater shock. To win it again this year, I’m just really happy and excited about winning another one. During the Championship I’m just able to get out on the water, focus on the task at hand, and somehow do what has to be done to finish well. I try to fish hard and part of that is thanks to companies like St. Croix Rod, Hobie, and all the others who’ve been so awesome in supporting what I do as a competitive kayak angler. It really means a lot.”

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    10/25/18 01:42 PM

    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

    Cory, Randall, Jordan, Joe and Henry chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water due to our extreme drop off. We started the trip catching baitfish, Bonitas, at the sea buoy - they were biting good, and we caught a half a dozen of them. Next, we trolled the reef in 150 ft. of water north of Fort Lauderdale - we were targeting Kingfish. The first fish we caught was a Kingfish on the on the planner rod. We continued trolling the reef and caught another Kingfish. I was fishing over wrecks and structures, which is where these fish feed the best. We headed to the fishing grounds north of Fort Lauderdale, and caught another nice Kingfish.

    I decided to use the live bait on a wreck that is in 300 ft. of water. Using a circle hook rig with a 2 pound lead, we rigged up the live bait and sent the bait down. Within a few minutes, we caught a nice Red Mutton Snapper. Trying again, we rigged another live bait and sent it down. This time it took longer, but we caught a nice Black Grouper. With a couple of nice fish in the box, we tried a third time. I dropped the rigged bait, but unfortunately, this time we did not get a bite.

    I went back to trolling only in deeper waters trying to catch Black Fin Tunas. I was working an area in 300 ft. of water with a few artificial wrecks, some of which are sunken ships. Making a few passes over these wrecks, we caught a Black Fin Tuna. I next went into shallower waters, and we finished off the trip with a Cero Mackerel in 135 ft. of water.

    It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed 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. - 954-309-7457 or email us at Website:

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    10/23/18 11:13 PM
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    Gateway, Evinrude to Host Grand Opening of New Lab to Train Technicians

    Gateway Technical College and Evinrude announced today an official opening of the BRP Evinrude Technology Institute. The event will be held at 10 a.m. October 15, 2018 in Room T107 of the college’s Technical Building on its Racine Campus, 929 Lake Avenue. The public is invited to attend this event, which will include a short presentation and tours of the lab.

    There’s a need for qualified technicians in the motorcycle, marine and outdoor power products industry, and the lab features the many modern engines, outboard motors, motorcycles, personal watercraft and other equipment students can train on to become proficient in the skills needed for them to succeed in their career.

    Evinrude and BRP contributed the many different pieces of equipment as well as brought industry knowledge to ensure the lab provided cutting-edge technology and curriculum for this in-demand career field.

    “The marine industry needs young, talented technicians,” said Tracy Crocker, senior vice president and general manager of Evinrude and president of the BRP Marine Group. “There is a lack of awareness of the ample opportunities in our field that Evinrude’s new partnership with Gateway will help to address.

    “Through the BRP Evinrude Technology Institute, students will not only develop a better understanding of the array of career options available to technicians but will develop the necessary skills to help them succeed as marine technicians,” continued Crocker. “Our goal is to help solve our technician shortage while also creating more jobs and contributing more to the local economy.”

    “We are excited to partner with Evinrude to build a skilled workforce for the marine and outdoor power technician industry,” said Bryan Albrect, president and CEO, Gateway Technical College. “The advanced technical skills need to repair today's outdoor power equipment is dependent on partnerships to support our students with technical expertise, equipment and career opportunities.”

    “There’s an enormous need for professional in this industry and Evinrude helped make sure we were able to provide this new program through industry knowledge, equipment and donating resources toward a related scholarship,” said Joe Fullington, dean of the School of Business and Transportation, Gateway Technical College. “Evinrude has helped create a solid future for students in this career field and made sure this program is successful in many ways. I don’t think we could have launched this program without their partnership.”

    Students in Gateway’s Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Service Technician technical diploma program will train in the lab. Service technicians in this field maintain, diagnose, and repair two- and four-stroke engines, hydraulics, outboard and inboard engines and transmissions. Engines include those such as boat motors, motorcycles, ATVs, boats and personal watercraft.

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    10/23/18 11:03 PM
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    FLIR Systems Announces Big Thermal Savings and Raymarine Superior Savings Sales Events
    Consumers win with significant savings on FLIR 232 thermal cameras, Evolution autopilots and multiple radar packages

    FLIR Systems, Inc., is announcing some big news that will have boaters, anglers, and mariners of all stripes making exciting upgrades to their marine electronics. Starting now, Raymarine and FLIR are delivering their Big Thermal Savings promotion, which offers consumers significant savings on FLIR M232 thermal cameras. Concurrently, the Raymarine Superior Savings Sales Event provides major savings on Evolution autopilots, as well as HD, Quantum and Quantum 2 Radomes and Magnum series radars.

    Big Thermal Savings

    If you’ve thought about outfitting your vessel with a thermal camera or new MFD, now is the time. Big Thermal Savings starts with a $250 rebate on FLIR M232 thermal cameras, but the deals don’t end there. Buyers can receive an additional $500 rebate when a nine-inch or larger Axiom, Axiom Pro or Axiom XL multifunction display is purchased with their new FLIR M232.

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    Raymarine Superior Savings Sales Event

    For a limited time, Raymarine is also offering big incentives on some of its most popular radar and autopilot systems. No matter the vessel type or your style of boating, Raymarine Superior Savings means great deals on the technology that’s right for you.
    • Earn $200 on your purchase of an EV-100, EV-150 or EV-200 autopilot system.
    • Earn $400 on your purchase of an EV-300, EV-400 or EV-DBW system
    • Earn $100 on your purchase of HD, Quantum or Quantum 2 Radomes
    • Earn $300 on your purchase of Magnum Open Array Radars

    But act fast; the Big Thermal Savings Promotion and Raymarine Superior Savings Sales Event only run until December 31, 2018.

    To download the Raymarine Big Thermal Savings Promotion rebate form,

    To download the Raymarine Superior Savings Sales Event rebate form,

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    Inshore Fishing
    10/23/18 12:28 PM
    We are already getting east breezes off the ocean early in Autumn 2018, this starts the process of clearing the water in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Backcountry after a long Florida summer with the usual cloudy warm water. Easterly winds push in more clear ocean water at nearby Ponce Inlet on each incoming tide which filters through the intracoastal waterway resulting in clearing water through the fall. The fall mullet and baitfish run is going strong this year with a flood of finger mullet schools moving south through the area with game fish in tow feeding on the bait fish, schools of good size Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Ladyfish and Spanish Mackerel to name some, also Tarpon of varying sizes from 10 to 20 lb. teenagers up to 50 plus lb. adults are also in with the baitfish schools. The Jacks and Blues frequently are surface attacking mullet in the morning as they push mullet up to the surface and strike in white water splashes making for great sight catching, a bait or lure cast in the action is usually a sure thing, multiple hook ups are common with these schooling Jack attacks, Wayne from Ohio caught some this way, lots of fun on light tackle…………………..

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    Black Drum have been a regular catch here all year in the backcountry, catching them on shrimp, sizes from pretty little ones of 1 lb. up to nice drag pulling 5 lb. fish which are a good battle on my light tackle outfits, Timothy from Georgia with a nice one………………..

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    Seatrout are also a year round, almost every trip target species, they school up more in the cool months and are more scattered in the warm months, we catch smaller school size specks on shrimp and small lures, larger ones usually on live bait fish and larger lures, Stephanie from Orlando with a nice Mosquito Lagoon Trout………….

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    My backcountry variety mixed bag catching trips always have lots of different species, it makes it interesting never knowing what will bite next, on a recent fun trip with a family from Atlanta, Katie caught and released a nice Redfish…………..

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    ………..and her brother Cray with a fun Jack Crevalle which was surface attacking with it’s school first thing in the morning on our trip…………………

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    Had a group of guys from South Dakota recently, they had a blast catching all the different fish, Riley got the highlight of the trip with his Shovelnose Hammerhead Shark……………….

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    This has been the summer of Pompano here in the back waters as we have been catching them all year, not the norm for here, they usually move north for cooler water in summer most years, has has been a nice addition to this summers species list, Isabel from Orlando with a nice one………………..

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    Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Backcountry and Flats Fishing
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    10/22/18 08:53 PM
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    Raymarine by FLIR next generation automatic identification systems will enable vessel traffic awareness and encrypted communication between U.S. Coast Guard vessels. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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    FLIR Systems Awarded US Coast Guard Contract with Value of $9.9M to Support Encrypted Automatic Identification Systems

    FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Second Generation Automatic Identification System (AIS-2) program. The indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $9.9 million to provide second generation Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders, associated peripherals, and spare parts for nearly 1,774 boats and 282 cutters in the USCG’s active fleet.

    The government anticipates the purchase of vessel class-specific kits and spare parts to equip all USCG vessels with AIS-2 over the next five years.

    “We are pleased to provide AIS hardware and software technology to support the US Coast Guard’s mission,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR. “Our technology will provide enhanced levels of secure communication and coordination between Coast Guard boats, cutters, and shore stations. This award further extends our technology partnership with the Coast Guard, providing next-generation communication capabilities to complement their Raymarine SINS-2 navigation systems.”

    The contract will be managed and executed by the FLIR Commercial Business Unit in the Nashua, New Hampshire facility.

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    10/22/18 08:38 PM
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    Lowrance Introduces Link-9 Fixed Mount VHF Radio

    Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today the release of Link-9, its latest VHF radio. Designed as a replacement for the current Link-8, the Lowrance Link-9 VHF radio features a sleek, industrial design with a large, intuitive interface, removable fist microphone, built-in AIS receiver and a front-mountable mechanical design for easy installation.

    With its integrated GPS receiver, Lowrance Link-9 now has four ways to ensure GPS reliability in the event of an emergency. A GPS antenna in the face of the radio is perfect for open-air installations, and the SMA connector can be coupled with a GPS-500 antenna. NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 connections allow the user to get GPS data from a chartplotter or from another antenna that’s already in the system.

    Lowrance Link-9 also answers the call for increased situational awareness on the water. The built-in dual channel AIS receiver monitors the position of nearby AIS-equipped vessels to assist in collision avoidance in crowded waterways. The information is clearly viewable on the Link-9 built-in screen or can be overlaid on top of a chart or radar through a compatible multifunction display. Share recreational cruises and sportfishing trips with up to five friends using Track Buddy, which requests the location of another VHF radio using a digital selective calling (DSC) position request.

    A number of other features have been added including Navigation mode, which displays speed and course, and Man Overboard (MOB) function, which drops a waypoint in the current location and provides distance and steering instructions to retrieve a person in the water. The waypoint is also transmitted over NMEA 2000 to the rest of the network.

    Lowrance Link-9 is simple to install with a low-profile, front-mount design that matches perfectly with Lowrance MFD’s. A start-up wizard, easy channel scan and a favorites’ option enhance the user-friendly functionality of the large, clear white dot-matrix LCD screen. The remote mountable fist mic can be connected to the front or rear of the radio, and optional extension cable allows the radio and mic to be mounted separately. This offers a simple, cost-effective solution without cable clutter.

    The Lowrance Link-9 VHF Radio is available November 2018 and priced at $499. For more information on the Link-9, the brand’s entire line of marine electronics,or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please

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    Saltwater Reports
    10/22/18 03:15 PM

    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

    Tim Hoot along with his friends chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tim is a repeat customer who is down in South Florida for his kid’s college soccer game.

    Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the morning trolling using two deep lines with bait strips and 3 surface lines with Ballyhoo. We trolled from 100 feet of water out to 300 feet of water heading to the south of Fort Lauderdale and offshore looking for birds and baitfish. There was a lot of seaweed, so we fished up the current edge and back over the reef, avoiding the scattered weeds as best as we could.

    We got our first bite in 130 ft. of water – it was a 10 lb Kingfish. I worked around the area and caught another Kingfish. The next fish we caught was a nice Barracuda, and he ate the Ballyhoo bait. We kept on trolling catching another 10 lb Kingfish. The next two fish we caught were Barracudas, which we got on the 3 inch drone spoon. We kept trolling over wrecks and rock piles along the reef line - the best area with the most action was in 150 ft. of water. We got a bite on the surface rigger line, and it was another Kingfish.

    I went out to deeper waters at 400 ft. fishing over wrecks. I was searching for a Black Fin Tuna, and we got caught a nice one on the deep planner line weighing 8 to 9 lbs. As I continued working the area, we got another Tuna on the rigger line –a bit smaller – weighing 6 to 7 lbs.

    With 7 Kingfish, 3 Barracudas and 2 Black Fin Tunas, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed 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. - 954-309-7457 or email us at Website:

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    Inshore Fishing
    10/20/18 03:26 PM
    Well back at it today I just had the last week off to welcome my new son Beau into the world! He was born Tuesday and he and mom are both happy and healthy. I had Andrew, Jim, and Jay today and they have me booked Sunday as well. The winds were ripping a little out of the east, and I told the guys we'd probably be best leaving later and catching our pilchards to have the most options for fishing. We black the well out with one toss on the bait so that was nice and easy. We ran out into the backcountry and caught the last few hours of incoming tide. First stop we got a nice big tripletail along the shoreline which was a cool surprise, as well as a nice sheepshead! Second stop we got the snook going a little and Jay caught a nice 10 lb fish. Also a few redfish and some jacks and ladyfish here too. We then ran further back and caught the last bit of tide there. A few more snook around an island, and then one more along a shoreline that we worked pretty hard. Things seemed to slow down a little as the tide got to its peak. But we hung with it and once it started falling we tried another area. We had to try some different baits, but we did get some more snook and redfish fired up here and some nice trout as well. It was a good rally for about 20 minutes then slowed down again. We had a good bit of time left and tried a couple more spots on the way home, getting one more snook in one spot. The last stop though payed off big, we got another five or so snook, and mostly all nice size fish in the 6 to 9 lb range. It was great with our last dozen or so baits too! Andrew even got lucky and the last bait out caught a nice 15 lb tarpon, but he didn't want to cooperate for a picture though. Really good day and I was a little worried it'd be tough with the ripping wind and me not having been out in the last week or so. But great to see. Taking tomorrow off and then have these guys again Sunday. But I do have some days available at the end of the month starting the 26th or so. There are still some big tarpon around but to be honest unless the conditions look really good, it's been more productive going with pilchards like we did today as you get shots at a lot of other fish instead of being all in on tarpon. But I'll definitely point you in the right direction as I want to put you on the fish as best I can! Give me a shout if you want to go!
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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
    10/20/18 01:21 PM
    Years ago bass jigs were one of the lures I fished with but I fished other baits too. As time went on I seemed to still fish jigs, perhaps less often, and fished the latest bait that just came out on the market. Now, as you can probably remember, back then there seemed to be a problem with most of the “store bought” jigs and I would end up fishing with the best of those and not necessarily the best possible jig. My bass fishing with jigs started just a little over 60 years ago.
    Things have changed over that time but a renaissance in the use of jigs for bass came back around and gained favor. This was probably due to the bass pros either telling about their use of jigs which they had been using all along or a re-birth with new bass anglers. Either way manufacturers picked up on it and started making more jigs and providing them to their pro fishermen for use. This greatly helped the availability and the quality of these baits but………………………………........ There was still something about each that could be improved to make a “better jig” and this is where the custom builders came really came in greater numbers offering customizations for the fishermen .
    Almost 20 years ago I was going through this and decided to build my own jigs and include the features and components I thought would help me catch more and bigger fish and I still believe today, along with many others, that jigs do catch bigger fish. Below I have listed some of the problems observed with jigs of 20 years ago and through today, that I have noted and the solutions I have incorporated into both my fishing and business. A large amount of credit goes to my customers for contacting me and letting me know what was wrong with my products or how they could be improved. Thanks to you all!

    * Hook style and quality could be improved I use only Mustad, black nickel,
    while still being affordable. ultra-point and are the largest I can
    adapt my molds to take.
    * Head paint woud chip and peal. Jigs I make are powder painted and baked
    for durability.
    * Skirts were either twisted & kinked rubber jigs4bass skirts are 100% silicone, life like
    or stiff vinyl. and durable.

    * Skirt bands were gum rubber and I now use an industrial O-ring and
    deteriorated quickly. additionally all skirted are hand tied with
    wire including a special custom wire
    harness for rattles. Skirts remain secure
    with no pull downs or pull offs.

    My jigs are made with quality components and are more than competitively priced. I am real picky about what I fish and I use baits from my store at :
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