Fishing Update From Your Central Florida Marina

Fishing Update From Your Central Florida MarinaTop updates from your Central Florida Marina: Activity has been sluggish this week, mainly because fishermen are exhausted under extreme temperatures.The biggest news this week? The best tarpon fishing in the county may be from Doctors Lake to Green Cove Springs. The tarpon are being followed south into the river by jack crevalle and ladyfish. This saltwater activity in a freshwater river is unusual, but it’s becoming more common.Catfish are still spawning, and some giant ones are being taken out of Lake George. The big lake also has the best bluegill and shellcracker fishing in the area. Bass fishing is slow.It’s been tough on the Intracoastal Waterway. Guides are picking up a few fish, but nothing impressive. The flounder numbers remain high, but the fish are tougher to find. The trout bite is slow, but the fish are a nice size. The mangrove snapper bite is getting better.The Atlantic: The kingfish that disappeared last...
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Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In Palmetto

Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In PalmettoAdventure Landing Water Park is often packed with families. According to the Department of Children and Families, Florida loses more children under the age of five to drowning than any other state in the nation. News4Jax spoke with the Jeremy Christian, Manager at Adventure Landing, about how they keep families safe in the water. If you're not a strong swimmer, but still want to cool off in the water, wear a life jacket. Floaties and tubes won't cut it when it comes to water safety. Adventure Landing has dozen of lifeguards on duty in case of an emergency, but Christian said it's the parents who are the first line of safety, by keeping an eye on their kids. Parents should also make sure they're in the right pool for their age and swimming abilities. Each pool at Adventure Landing is different, with some being shallow for young children, while others are...
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Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In Palmetto

Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In PalmettoSummer’s finally here! In Palmetto, that means summer camp, pool days, beach visits, vacations, and spending plenty of time on your boat. While you’re having fun, don’t forget to stay safe outside this Summer in Palmetto.Staying Safe in the Heat The most prominent concern for summer safety is heat and dehydration. While eight glasses of water a day might be fine for office workers, an active child needs a glass of water every 20 minutes. Hydrate before, during, and after exercise.Be aware of these signs of dehydration:-Chills-Nausea-Poor heart rate-Pale, moist skin-Headache-Thirst-Weakness-Muscle crampsIf you think you or someone else is dehydrated, get the victim in the shade or indoors, sponge their body with cold water, drink cool beverages, and get medical assistance immediately.Hidden DangersDuring the summer, we often hear news about children accidentally left in hot vehicles. Never leave your child alone in a car. Earlier this year, Florida legislature passed a law...
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How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a Hurricane

How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a HurricaneTow Captains are among the most experienced marine professionals on the water. They have seen the horrendous damage that can happen to boats when a hurricane hits, and they know how to prevent it. With this in mind, Sea Tow Services International, Inc. offers boaters the following six tips to prepare your vessel for a hurricane. When hurricane season is at it's peak, here are some great ways to protect your Palmetto boat from terrible weather.1. Remove all loose items from your boat, such as sails, cushions, fishing poles, electronics, and antennas. Lash down everything you can’t remove. Don’t leave important documents on board.2. Disconnect the shore power. If your boat is in a slip, be sure all power is turned off and all power cords are stowed securely.3. If your boat is on a trailer, secure it. Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground, let the air out of...
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Don’t Ruin Your Day At The Beach In Palmetto

Don't Ruin Your Day At The Beach In PalmettoWhen you think of the beach, you probably think about palm trees, bathing suits, and sand castles. But a day in the sun can pose many unexpected dangers. Here are some things to keep in mind to avoid ruining your day at the beach in Palmetto.HeatstrokeThe body typically cools itself off by sweating. But sometimes, that’s not enough. During heatstroke, the body’s temperature rises rapidly and quickly. This can damage the brain and other vital organs.Heatstroke often happens when humidity is high. Other risk factors include old age, young children, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, sunburn and alcohol use. Symptoms include red, hot and dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness.Algal bloomsWho knew something so small could be so dangerous? Algal blooms, also known as red tides, happen when a colony of algae grows out of control. These blooms can release toxins that harm people and marine life.One...
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Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety TipsCarelessness and lack of attention are the leading causes of boating accidents in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Pay careful attention to your surroundings while on the water for a safer, more enjoyable outing.1. Wear a life vest. Modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Don’t complain that it’s uncomfortable or unattractive. Wear one. It could save your life.2. File a float plan. Leave it with a person who you can depend on to notify officials if you do not return from your journey as scheduled. If you are delayed, and it is not an emergency, tell those with your float plan to avoid unnecessary panic. Also, make sure those on the boat with you are familiar with the plan.3. Have safety equipment on board. All recreational vessels are required to have safety equipment on board. Make...
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Swimming, Boating, Wildlife Safety In Palmetto

Swimming, Boating, Wildlife Safety In PalmettoSummer is right around the corner! This is the perfect time to think about summer safety, whether you’re planning to hit the beach, take the boat out, relax in the sun, or take a walk in the woods. Here are some of our top tips for being safe this summer in Palmetto.SWIMMING SAFETYBeach visitors should notice a flag warning system to alert swimmers about water conditions. Red flags indicate a high hazard, including strong rip currents. If two red flags are raised, deadly rip currents are threatening the area. A yellow flag indicates medium hazard, including moderate currents. Green means low hazard and calm conditions. A purple flag indicates dangerous marine life in the area.Local police and safety officials constantly monitor water conditions to adjust the flags. But keep in mind that flags might not always be placed correctly or in a timely manner. It’s wise to exercise caution any time you enter the water.In...
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Top Tips For Towing Boats In Florida

Top Tips For Towing Boats In FloridaA center console boat over 32’ used to be a rarity, but now you see them at the boat ramp more and more often.The biggest concerns about towing boats in Florida are adhering to state requirements and having the right size tow vehicle.First, let’s sort out the legal stuff. Florida state law requires any trailer over the weight of 3,000 lbs to have brakes on each axle, and if the beam of your boat is over 8’ 6”, you’ll also need an over-dimensional permit. Many of the boaters I’ve spoken to who own an oversized center console in this category don’t have a permit, but this is a risky decision. The DOT (Department of Transportation) issues permits in an attempt to protect motorists from traffic hazards from oversized loads and to prevent traffic delays. Obtaining an over-dimensional permit is a simple process by going to the Florida State DOT website and filling out an...
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Top Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Top Palmetto Boating Safety TipsEach time you take your boat out on the water is a new adventure. No matter how many voyages you’ve taken, it’s best to freshen up on boat safety before each journey. Be sure you and your passengers follow these safe boating tips and practices to help ensure a safe trip. Here are some of our top Palmetto Boating Safety tips to make sure that you are safe on the water. Before Setting Out on Your Palmetto Boat-Share your destination and expected time of return with a friend or relative.-Check fuel levels, and fill up, if necessary.-Check your engine. For in-board engines, open the hatch to look for fuel or fluid leakage or excess water in the bilge. For outboard engines, check the fuel system for leaks or heavy gas odor.-Make sure all lights are functioning.-Check for any electrical issues, such as loose or corroded conductors.-Test radio/communications devices.-Run blowers to evacuate fumes and vapors from the bilge...
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Uber Is Now Renting Party Yachts

Uber Is Now Renting Party YachtsUber has benefited our lives by making everything from taxi rides to puppies just a simple click away. On Saturday though, the ride-sharing app will launch its latest convenience, UberYACHT, which will allow users to request a party yacht through the app.UberYACHT will allow customers to reserve a yacht two days in advance, CNN reported. The luxury boat comes equipped with food, drinks and an on-board DJ—for just $82 per person.Unfortunately, the service will only be available in Dubai, since UberCHOPPER has been so successful there. Here is to hoping that this will take off in the Palmetto area to see this around our marina as well.Not interested in using Uber to brave the ocean? The app will also let you rent a helicopter in Dubai, and get kittens, ice cream or food delivered in other locations around the world.Of course, if you are not in need of an UberYacht because you already have a...
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