Safe is Sober

We’ve all seen ad campaigns focusing on drunk driving, pleading with viewers to stay sober if they plan on getting behind the wheel of a car. Yet, som

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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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