Three New Fishing Records Set In Florida

Three New Fishing Records Set In Florida

Three new fishing records were recently approved by the The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Mark John Gibner set a record for scamp during a fishing expedition near John’s Pass Marina on June 11th. Gibner’s 29.6-pound scamp beat the previous record of 28.38 pounds set by Braden Douglas Pursell in 2002.  The additional two records set were for a Gulf Kingfish at Santa Rosa Beach and a schoolmaster in Broward County. Anthony Mastitski set the record for schoolmaster with a 2.07-pound fish on July 27th.  Do you have a state record to claim? Right now, there are no records listed for white grunt or blueline tilefish. There are also a ton of vacant fly-fishing tackle categories.  For more information and to view current records, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com and click “Records,” contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com, or call 850-487-0554. ...
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Emerald Coast Powerboat Week

Emerald Coast Powerboat Week

The Florida Powerboat Club usually takes off summers...and due to the suffocating summer humidity in the Sunshine State, that makes sense. However, the club’s Emerald Coast event, which typically takes place in August, is the one exception to this rule. This year, the club’s 4-day Emerald Coast Powerboat Week will take place from September 22-26. This event will include a fun run and a poker run, and 75 boats are currently registered.  The date change has several advantages. The new September dates will hopefully make for a cooler, less humid experience. In addition, less recreational boaters will be on the same waterways as performance-boating club members during the event.  Another new change, in addition to the fall dates, is the club’s partnership with the Legendary Marina facility, which will provide complete services to FPC members. They’ll do everything from receiving boats on trailers and unloading and launching them to providing daily shuttle services for guests.  And don’t forget about the infamous Friday Fun...
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Electric Boats Are On The Horizon

Electric Boats Are On The Horizon

The boating industry has historically lagged behind the auto industry, weighed down by low-horsepower engines and batteries. That’s about to change, though.  Electric boats are now faster, with smaller batteries, and have zero emissions. They used to only be useful for cruising around, but now they have more power and their batteries last longer.  Vision Marine has helped lead the way with electric boats. In 2015, they began working on developing a more powerful electric outboard motor. That’s when the E-Motion 180 came to life, the first electric boat engine to use lithium batteries. The electric outboard can reach speeds of 60mph, and the engines are noiseless, odorless, and smokeless. Sales began in May, with delivery expected later this year.  Electric boating has been embraced by celebrities like Drake and Robert De Niro, according to Vision Marine. Many tour operators and cities that have rental boats and water taxis have turned to electric boats.  Due to the pandemic, boat sales have increased significantly. Boat...
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Basic Boating Safety and First Aid

Basic Boating Safety and First Aid

Boating injuries are often minor, like a cut from a fishing hook or too much sun exposure. However, even small injuries can become severe issues if they aren’t addressed appropriately. Here are three vital first aid topics to know about.  CUTS AND PUNCTURESStop the bleeding first. If the wound is worse than a small injury, you’ll need to apply pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. If the bleeding doesn’t easily stop, continue to apply pressure and seek medical assistance.  Once the wound stops bleeding, use water to irrigate the cut or puncture. This helps to clear out debris and bacteria, which lowers the risk of infection. Don’t use sea water or lake water, as this can introduce new bacteria into the wound. Flush it out for a full minute with fresh, clean water.  Clean appropriately. Don’t immediately put soap inside the wound, as this can irritate the tissue and delay healing. On that same note, don’t use hydrogen peroxide right away.  Apply a...
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Safe Diving Practices

Safe Diving Practices

Mini Lobster Season takes place during the final Wednesday and Thursday of each July. Tens of thousands of divers take to Florida’s waters and search eagerly for spiny lobster. They hope to return safely. Unfortunately, those who don’t make it often suffer cardiac events. Lobster diving is fun and exciting, but it’s also very strenuous. Knowing how to stay safe is key. Mini Lobster Season might be over, but it’s still good to be aware of safe diving practices. Keep reading to learn more.  What common mistakes do divers make? Avoid overexertion.Cardiac arrest while underwater is one of the most common causes of divers drowning. Swimming against a current might not seem like a big deal, but swimming 100 yards back to the boat can exhaust just about anyone. Anyone with a chronic or acute illness should not participate.  Only dive to your experience level.If you only dive during lobster season and stay above water the rest of the year, don’t try to...
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5 Boating Outfits For Your Day On The Water

5 Boating Outfits For Your Day On The Water

Preparing for a boat day but not sure what to wear? Fortunately, lots of outfits can get the job done! Here are a few clothing ideas for different types of boating situations. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable. FOR A CASUAL DAY ON THE WATERIf you're a mom, this outfit might be the perfect option. Imagine white jeans, a comfortable tank top, sturdy wedge sandals, a colorful beach bag, and protective sunglasses. The beach bag is perfect for carrying your sunscreen, makeup, wallet, and your family's belongings. Wedges are a great option if you want to dress up your outfit but still wear a practical shoe. IF YOU'LL BE SWIMMINGAfter a swim, nothing compares to sitting on the edge of a boat with a light summer dress. The looseness of the fabric allows you to embrace the ocean’s wind and stay cool in the warm sun. Scrunchies are simple and perfect to hold your...
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Orlando Boat Show Will Take Place August 27th – August 29th

Orlando Boat Show Will Take Place August 27th – August 29th

The Orlando Boat Show is returning this summer! The show will take place from August 27th to August 29th and will include hundreds of boats from 17 boat dealers and 50+ manufacturers.  Visitors will find a variety of boats, ranging from bowriders and center consoles to fishing boats and pontoon boats. Some dealers offer service packages, extended warranties, and other enhanced packages for those who buy at the show.  According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 2020 was a record year for boat sales. Since Summer 2020, new boat sales have been average 31,000 units per month.  Attendees will be able to browse boats, attend boating seminars, and enjoy performances from Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel.  DetailsAugust 27th & 28th, 10am-8pmAugust 29th, 10am-5pm9800 International Drive, Orlando, FLTickets are $9/person, FREE for 12 and younger Convention Center parking is $10orlandoboatshow.com ...
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This October, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Will Return

This October, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Will Return

This October, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will return to South Florida. The 62nd annual event will take place at the Bahia Mar Yachting Club from October 27th to the 31st, showcasing more world debuts than any other boat show in the country.  Tickets for the event are already on sale and can be purchased by clicking here. Over 80% of the event will be held in open air spaces, but additional COVID restrictions are not known at this time.  ...
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5 Unique Experiences To Elevate Your Time On Your Boat

5 Unique Experiences To Elevate Your Time On Your Boat

Are you searching for ways to get creative and enhance your time on the water? Look no further! Keep reading to learn about five things you can do to elevate your boat time, whether on shore or on the water. 1. Do yoga on the water.Yoga is a very calming and positive way to start your day. The sound of the waves and the colorful sunrise on the horizon is the perfect complement to a morning yoga session. Either on the deck of your boat or at the marina, a yoga session is the perfect way to bring your group together and start your day on a serene and tranquil note.  2. Hold a paint party. The views on a boat are unbeatable, and what better way to take them in than by holding a paint party! While these scintillating views are hard to capture at sea, it's easier when your boat is docked at a marina. Bring your group together...
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5 Ways To Avoid Summer Boating Accidents

5 Ways To Avoid Summer Boating Accidents

You might feel completely safe in your boat. With the sun shining on your face, the joyful sounds of children playing in the water, and low music crooning overhead...it’s hard to believe that anything could go wrong. However, boating accidents are more common than you think. Here are some tips to help keep both you and others on the water safe.  1. Never drink and drive on the boat.It only takes a split second to make a life-altering decision behind the wheel of a boat. Always stay sober when driving a boat. If you’re planning to drink, have a designated driver to navigate the boat back to the dock. 2. Make sure everyone wears lifejackets.The majority of fatal drowning accidents happen amongst people who aren’t wearing lifejackets. Wearing a life jacket is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others while out on the water. 3. Take extra caution with small boats.If you’re in a kayak or small motorboat, be cautious...
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