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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Keeping Your Skin Protected from the Ravages of UV Radiation

Naples fishing charters want anglers visiting Florida’s southwest coast to not get burned by the sun’s intense rays

They don’t call it the “Sunshine State” for nothing…

While the sunshine is a welcome site for many visitors to Naples, it carries some risks that you need to be mindful of to ensure your skin isn’t burned. A severe enough sun burn that leads to blisters can be incredibly painful. Prolonged exposure can lead to wrinkly skin and premature aging.

If you expose yourself to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays long enough, you can eventually develop cancerous melanoma cells, which left untreated, can be fatal. In 2005, over 1 million Americans were diagnosed with skin cancer.

Although the sun’s rays can be harmful if you go out on the water without protection, there are precautionary steps you can take to ensure you still have a good time but not suffer from painful blisters and peeling after you return.

Monday, April 25, 2016

8 Tips for Gaffing a Fish Offshore and Getting that Monster into the Boat

Boca Grande fishing charters explain how to use this common tool for getting your trophy catch out of the water

If you’re fishing for larger offshore species like Wahoo, Dolphin or Marlin off Boca Grande, you’ll probably want to keep a couple to filet, take home and cook up. Boating smaller fish like a Red Drum, Trout or some other inshore species is relatively easy – just reel the fish in and either scoop it up with a net or lift it into the boat.

However, if you’re reeling in large gamefish, you’ll need to use what’s called a gaff to hook the fish and lift it into the boat.

You’ve probably seen videos on a fishing TV show or online of a couple of anglers gaffing a large Tuna or Wahoo and think “Gee, that doesn’t look very hard.” Once you’re out on the water though, you’ll soon learn why it’s more difficult than you initially think. The seas are rocking and rolling and the fish is thrashing about.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Recreational Kayaks

Let’s talk recreation kayaks. Many may not even know what types of kayaks fit into this category, myself included. So I did some researching. Turns out, according to Wikipedia, “A recreational kayak is a type of kayak that is designed for the casual paddler interested in recreational activities on a lake or flatwater stream; they presently make up the largest segment of kayak sales.” Hmmmm, wouldn’t all kayaks technically fit this category? My answer would be yes, so what I have decided to do is to discuss some of the things to look for when purchasing your “recreational kayak."

Monday, April 11, 2016

7 Common Courtesies All Hilton Head Fishing Charters Ask Their Customers to Observe

While always “following the rules” can get a bit dull in some areas of life, there are certain common courtesies that anglers need to keep in mind when on a fishing charter.

The charter boat captain has a myriad of laws and regulations he needs to follow. For anglers, any official rules are rather minimal.

However, that doesn’t mean you can just come on board and do as you please…you wouldn’t go into a restaurant and start pounding your fists on the table, right?

Monday, April 4, 2016

6 Tips for Maximizing your Snook Catch When Fishing in Florida

Courtesy of Wikimedia

Of all of the fish in the inshore waters around Florida, the Common Snook is considered one of the most popular to catch. Like the Tarpon, the Snook delivers a feisty fight and makes a noticeable thump when they hit a lure or bait.

Unlike the Tarpon though, Snook can be eaten. In fact, the Snook has a higher proportion of edible filets than most fish. Their mild flavor makes them a favorite for many.

Found in bays and close coastal waters throughout North and South America, the Common Snook is also referred to as the Linesider, Sergeant Fish, Robalo and more.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Fishing Coolers

                Coolers are just like everything else in the fishing industry: constantly changing. Technology, cost, size and weight are all driving factors when it comes to choosing a quality cooler to not only hold the day’s catch, but to also keep the post fishing beer cold. There are soft-sided and roto-molded, 20 quarts all the way to 350 quarts, as well as tons of features and accessories! So how do you know which cooler is right for you?