The Internet Police

The Internet Police

Despite the extensive collection of vessel tracking and monitoring systems available from reputable manufacturers, boat burglary is still a highly con

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Safe Travels

Few things are better than a day on the water, right? The sun and wind in your face, water lapping calmly against the hull. It’s peaceful. Relaxing. S

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Safety isn’t an Option

With any activity or event, safety is of utmost concern but when boating is involved the level of preparedness should increase exponentially. And if c

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Perilous Passageways

While Florida is blessed with temperate weather and welcoming sea conditions during all seasons, there are times when the waters around the Sunshine S

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Out of Water

When enjoying time on the water, every boater is thrown a curveball or two sooner or later. Common culprits like out-of-nowhere storms and unforeseen

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Sandbar Safety

From Crab Island in Destin to Peanut Island in Palm Beach, and nearly every other sandspit along the coast, boaters of all ages enjoy their time at th

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Tender Love

Whether you are making a quick trip to The Bahamas or long distance cruise to the Caribbean, dragging a tender along for the ride can enhance angling

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Risk vs. Reward

I recently made a long‑range trip out of Venice to fish the offshore oil rigs and drilling platforms deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It was a long haul, b

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Avoid That Sinking Feeling

Fishing and boating are enjoyable pastimes, but even with the proper safety precautions accidents happen. While it might seem straightforward, boats s

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Port Authority

Florida is a true boater’s paradise providing access to thousands of miles of navigable waterways that lead the way to the open ocean. And although it

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All Aboard

Whether setting up at the local sandbar or dropping the hook at your favorite reef, anchoring is a fundamental task that all mariners must be able to

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Save Our Souls

The United States Coast Guard requires signal flares to be replaced every 42 months. For a piece of safety equipment you hope to never use, that’s not

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Cover Your Assets

Many view fishing and boating as a fun and enjoyable way to spend time on the water, but if you do it day in and day out you’ve probably dealt with so

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Time Will Tell

It’s been more than four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and it seems that the Gulf’s pelagic fisheries have been largely unaffected. What

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To the Horizon and Back

With hundreds of long-range canyon trips under my transom since the mid-70s, I have learned a thing or two about tweaking maximum range out of my outb

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Rules of the Road

I just purchased a 34-foot center console and plan on trailering it to Louisiana for a SKA event later this summer. Are there any special permits I ne

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Preventing Pandemonium

It seems that it’s never too difficult to find a crew willing to get out and wet a line, but there will be times when you’ll have trouble finding a fi

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Licensed To Drive

With year-round warm weather and thousands of miles of navigable waters, it is no surprise Florida is the undisputable fishing and boating capital of

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Sun Protection

Florida’s intense sunshine makes statewide shallows a sight fishing paradise, but it’s important anglers stay covered on the water. While typical cott

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Overpass Ordinances

“I recently purchased a bay boat and want to start fishing my local bridges. I know there will be times when it will be advantageous to drift, but wha

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Poseidon’s Revenge

Spend enough time fishing and you’ll eventually get hooked. Even worse, you may accidentally give your fishing partner an unwanted earring. Like it or

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Aquatic Parasites

“We were throwing a cast net on a school of pilchard and within our catch we found a juvenile mackerel. While analyzing the fish a small crustacean-li

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Shore Power Sense

It’s obvious water and electricity don’t mix, even though electrical power is crucial to the everyday, safe operation of any vessel. However, there ar

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Medium Rare

Do you enjoy steak, BBQ chicken and grilled burgers as much as I do? If so, you’ve at the very least thought about it, or have at one time or another

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Talk Time

Need to stay connected with family, friends and emergency services when venturing beyond cell phone range? Unfortunately, there are dead zones everywh

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Name Game

Like tax season and Valentine’s Day, there are some things in life that simply cannot be avoided. Hurricane season is one major inconvenience Florida’

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Boating Etiquette 101

After spending most of my life on the water, I’ve come to realize that no matter how much I want to believe everyone on the water is a safe, experienc

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The Cat’s Meow

A rugged set of weatherproof marine binoculars is absolutely essential for successful offshore fishing and safe navigation. If you don’t already, you

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Let It Slide

Providing safe and secure docking solutions, TideSlide will change the way you look at dock lines. Incorporating the benefits of a floating dock, Tide

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Keep The Wheels Turning

As an avid boater one must be adept and proficient in a variety of facets to overcome the numerous obstacles that come along the way. Call it an ongoi

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Miraculous Maneuverability

As our relationship and close association with advancing electronics and technologies continues to grow, anglers have more at their fingertips than ev

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Dressed To Kill

I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am to live in the great state of Florida. Fertile waters both inshore and off combine with tropical weather yea

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Heart Attack!

Across the marine environment, dealing with emergency situations on the water is normally centered around responding to collisions, fires and navigati

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The Perfect Pickup

This article isn’t about buying a boat, nor is it about how to rig deadly strip baits. This feature delves into the latest innovations in tow vehicles

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Patience Please

From naïve boaters rudely shoving their way through a bridge opening when they don’t have the right of way, to inconsiderate captains approaching a br

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Complete Coverage

As the boat product manager for Progressive Insurance, I’ve helped many boaters land policies to keep them worry free on the water. While spending tim

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Hard Over

While routine and scheduled maintenance are typically determined by annual usage and environmental conditions among other factors, boats need care and

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Empty Handed

The sport we enjoy so much is actually quite dangerous to our health—perhaps the reason why hardcore anglers go to such extremes to get their next fix

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Sizzling Sensation

Although the Sunshine State often times lives up to its tourist-inviting nickname, the tropical sea breeze and humid climate enjoyed by so many combin

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Florida’s Best Marinas

Whether you’re taking on fuel and ice, looking for a weekend getaway or investing in a permanent wet slip, marinas play a key role in the boating life

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Save Yourself

After careful consideration, it has come to our attention that many boaters put too much reliance on life jackets and inflatable life rafts. Without a

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Gone With The Wind

If you’ve spent enough time on the water then you are well aware of the fact that flats fishing is forever interlocked with the wind. A part of life w

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Inflatable Life Rafts

Interested in learning more about your favorite pastime? Anglers and boaters rarely consider the tremendous effort required to design and manufacture

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Battle The Elements

Although the approaching winter season brings unruly conditions that force many anglers to seek shelter, with the appropriate foul weather gear you wi

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Jam Packed

Fortunately, most people around the world haven’t had enough close encounters with jellyfish to really build up a grudge. Free-swimming predators that

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Off The Starboard Bow

Many anglers and boaters may not know it, but with a few strategic clicks on the Internet you can have access to near real-time oceanographic measurem

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Jump In!

Grab your snorkel gear and capitalize on Florida’s readily available fresh seafood, that’s what. Depending on your location around the state, wonderfu

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Gone In 60 Seconds

Sadly, boat and trailer theft is a serious issue. According to BoatU.S. statistics, approximately 12,000 trailerable boats are stolen annually across

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Navigate At Night

To the inexperienced, safely navigating a boat at night can be a truly hair-raising experience. Without sufficient light, everything appears different

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Locked & Unloaded

The days when Black Beard ruled the savage seas are long gone, although modern day marauders do exist in poverty-stricken areas of the world. Not to s

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Slam On The Breaks

When it comes to getting connected and staying connected, it should be fairly obvious that it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.

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Ditch Your Dinosaur

It seems that not too long ago we were all toting around beepers, with the select few outfitted with cumbersome cellular telephones the size of bricks

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Shallow Minded

Picture yourself perched atop a casting platform overlooking a lush grass flat as the sun peeks over the horizon. There isn’t a ripple on the water ex

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A Tidal Affair

While many things in life are uncertain, there’s one thing you can always count on. Tides will rise and fall due to the combination of the sun and the

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She Likes It Rough

It’s Friday afternoon and NOAA just upped the ante with their latest advisory. SATURDAY: SEAS 4 TO 6-FEET. SEAS HIGHER IN THE GULF STREAM. DOMINANT PE

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Keep Kids Connected

While enjoying a beautiful day on the water is a great way to spend time with children, it’s extremely important to promote basic safe boating practic

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Zero to Hero

Technology has certainly evolved over the last decade. Yet, even with state-of-the-art multi-function displays at our fingertips, some things are stil

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Peace Of Mind

Although modern propulsion systems, sophisticated GPS units and onboard safety equipment offer peace of mind on the water, it’s always a good idea to

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Life Rafts

While it’s common knowledge that life vests and signaling instruments are essential safety devices required by the United States Coast Guard, most boa

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Theft Prevention Tips

Boat and marine-related thefts are on the rise and with over 1-million registered vessels in the state of Florida, criminals have plenty of options to

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Inflatable Life Vests

There’s no arguing the fact that life vests save lives. However, the truth of the matter is that most boaters purchase U.S.C.G. approved personal flot

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Dynamic Duo

Of all of the innovations introduced over the years, it is possible that two in particular stand out as the most useful pieces of shallow water fishin

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EVA Non-Skid

Have you ever wondered what goes into producing the tackle, gear and accessories we use today? Anglers and boaters often take for granted the tremendo

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Seasickness?

Nothing can spoil a great day on the water faster than a severe case of seasickness. While a common problem for many, this uncomfortable condition occ

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Personal Locator Beacons

Heading offshore in pursuit of angling glory, even on a seemingly calm day can entail risks that may lead to a life-threatening situation. And while y

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High & Dry

If you’re serious about protecting your favorite investment, it’s time you consider a boat lift. In doing so, the following overview will provide a ro

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Terror On The Highway

Whether you’re a novice angler or seasoned seaman you need to remember that corrosion doesn’t discriminate. Repeated immersion in saltwater, as well a

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White Knuckle Nightmares

If you’ve spent enough time on the water you’re well aware that conditions can change in a matter of minutes. Far too often small to mid-size boaters

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Essentials

If you’ve spent enough time on the water you’re probably well aware of the fact that our favorite pastime is not easy on the wallet. Whether it’s a fu

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‘Abandon Ship!’

What is there to know about fire extinguishers? In the event of a fire, you just grab one pull the trigger and shoot, right? Unfortunately, this casua

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Seas 2 Feet or Less

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) is a division of the United States Department of Commerce. NOAA enriches life through sc

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