IGFA Captains Program in 10th Year

March 15, 2011 · Posted in Links · Comment 

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Captains Program is in its 10th year. We currently have 300 captains in 39 countries and territories plus 31 U.S. states. The program continues to grow with new captains signing up every week.

In order to qualify as an IGFA captain/guide, applicants must pass a written test, provide references, and pay a $150 annual membership fee.

Some of the first captains/guides accepted by IGFA under their new program include Red Bailey of St. Thomas; Al Anderson, Rhode Island; Juan “Tito” Martinez and Mike Benitez, Puerto Rico; Laurie Wright, Australia; Bouncer Smith, Miami Beach; Roddy Hays, United Kingdom; Ron Hamlin, Guatemala; Gene VanderHoek, Kevin Nakamaru and Rob McGuckin, Hawaii.

Benefits available to IGFA captains/guides include:

  • Official designation as “IGFA Captain”.
  • Official IGFA Captain I.D. Card.
  • Listing in IGFA World Record Game Fishes book by area and phone number.
  • Listing on IGFA web site.
  • Listing on “GO Fish” touch screen directory in IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
  • Listing on IGFA Mobile – the official IGFA App for iPhones and iPads.
  • IGFA Captain decals for boat and vehicle.
  • IGFA Captain embroidered patch.
  • IGFA Captain fishing hat.
  • Referrals from IGFA when inquiries are received pertaining to the captain’s area.
  • Authorization to use IGFA Captain Logo on ads, business cards, and brochures.
  • Discounts on ads in Special Travel Section of IGFA World Record Game Fishes book (50% discount first year, 20% discount after that)
  • Five (5) free IGFA annual memberships (value $200) to give to your best clients.
  • Quarterly Captain updates from IGFA headquarters.
  • Special e-mail news on items of interest to captains who have email. (For fishery management and conservation issues)
  • 15% discount on IGFA catalog items and gift shop.
  • 10% discount on scale certification and line testing

    If you’re interested, learn more about the program here

Gigantic Sale @ Boat Depot up to 65% Off

March 10, 2011 · Posted in Links · Comment 

BoatDepot.com, the fastest growing marine dealer in the world, is currently offering up to 65% savings on over 75 different items from top manufaturers such as Tracy International, Todd, Kodiak ProFlow Bait Tanks, Aquaworld Livewells, Pompanette and more.

Visit www.BoatDepot.com to cash in on these spring savings.

Transform an Old Center Console

March 10, 2011 · Posted in Links · Comment 

The vast majority of center console boats produced these days feature leaning posts rather than old fashioned pedestal seats at the helm. Leaning posts are simply more comfortable and versatile.
Now owners of older CCs with pedestal seats that are past their prime can swap them out for a leaning post without any of the hassles formerly associated with this type of upgrade. Todd has developed a Universal Leaning Post™ which is, essentially, a pedestal seat replacement system. The brilliant part of this system is that is allows boat owners to utilize existing pedestal for installation Todd tell us that installation should take no longer that 10 minutes.



Here’s a link to video showing how simple it is to swap old worn out pedestal seats for a new leaning post-

Trolley Fishing?

March 3, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is something completely new to me. I must confess that I had never even heard of this type of angling

Some of my early memories are of fishing with my dad and brother on Montrose Pier. In those days it was a common practice to fish from the pier with a “trolley”.  That practice is far less common these days. The last time I was there was in the 70′s and even then I saw only a few trolley anglers. A trolley was quite a complicated setup. You needed a spider anchor, about 100 yards of anchor line, a 2-3 ounce trolley, a 6 foot long sturdy wood pole, a 6-8 foot long piece of fish line with a snelled hook every foot or so attached to 100 yards of fish line, and a “bell’. read more

Block Island Striper Fishing

March 1, 2011 · Posted in Events · Comment 

Capt. Mike Neto has been fishing Rod and Reel for over 35 years. In 1990 he started commercial fishing for Stripers, Tautog and Giant Blue Fin Tuna. 11 years ago he took what he learned from commercial fishing and decided to teach people how to catch these fish with much lighter tackle. He is the owner and operator of Adrianna Charters, a 28 foot Ocean Runner with a straight inboard Volvo diesel, center console, a 360 degree fishing machine.
Captain Mike will be talking about Striper Fishing Block Island with Light Tackle and how to entice Stripers to bite when most anglers are experiencing the fish are in a “lock jaw” stage. He will also discuss some of the gear we uses to land these monster fish. During the past 11 years the Adrianna has landed 23 Stripers over 50+lbs and two Stripers over 60 pounds, topping the scale at 65.2 pounds, all on 6 lb,15 lb and 20 lb spinning tackle.
Capt Mike Neto owns and operates Adrianna Charters based in Point Judith, RI. He is a USCG licensed captain, experienced tournament angler, outdoor writer, seminar speaker, and has been featured on TV and in print. He has vast experience both inshore and offshore.
Now you can learn some of the tricks Mike’s experiences have uncovered by visiting with him at The New England Saltwater Fishing Show March 11 – 13 at The Rhode Island Convention Center.
For more information on the show, visit their website

Zeldin Pushes to Repeal NY State SW License

March 1, 2011 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

State Sen. Lee Zeldin announced at a news conference yesterday that he would introduce legislation tomorrow to repeal the state’s controversial saltwater fishing license fee.
Zeldin (R-Shirley), speaking to some 50 supporters and fishermen at the Suffolk County Boat & Sport Fishing Show at Suffolk Community College, said he wanted to replace the tax with a free online registration compliant with federal regulations. “We shouldn’t have to pay for an activity that generations have always enjoyed for free,” said Zeldin, who spent summers as a youth fishing on his father’s boat in the Great South Bay.

See the Newsday article and 27East.com for full coverage

Fun With “Fishing” Movies

March 1, 2011 · Posted in Links · Comment 

Candus Thomson, one of our favorite writers anywhere, if always an entertaining read. Here she muses regarding films with a fishing theme.
What is your pick? Do you have a favorite?

Have a look at some of her nominees -

Hammerhead “Hammers” A Small Boat

February 25, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Hammerhead Smashes Boat

This video, posted on YouTube shows a large hammerhead shark chasing after a hooked lemon shark. Watch very carefully at the .24 second mark and you’ll see the hapless lemon shark!

Grady White Flagship Offers Improved Enclosure

February 25, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Greater weather protection that extends the boating season is now available for one of the most popular cabin models made by Grady-White Boats, the Express 330. An all-new integrated hardtop enclosure option makes this possible. Now boaters in the Northeast, Northwest and all around the country can enjoy an extended cool weather season of boating activities thanks to this hardtop safety glass enclosure and a temperature control system that helps warm the enclosed helm area. In hot weather and in southern climates, the Express 330 hardtop enclosure provides increased protection from direct sun as well as a cooler ride, thanks to the well-designed windshield and overhead ventilation and an optional 12,000 BTU air conditioning system designed for the helm area.

Read more. . .

Don’t Be This Guy!

February 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Frightening video from the BoatDepot.com FB page

Have a look here

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