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Pictured: Shannon Discount & Capt. Michael O'Conner of Boatsitters

Offshore, football-sized blackfin tuna have been pretty easy to get ahold of in about 200-400’ of water. You can use small daisy chains or troll with feathers, but quite a few have been caught trolling with small-skirted bonita strips as well. We had a lot of success with neon green and white skirts this week, but colors are a game that changes by the minute, so try a few different ones and switch the rest out as you go if your target fish is tending to a particular color. Dolphin have been in the same areas as blackfin, and wahoo have been non-existent. On the first cold front that rolls through, we’ll have our local favorite Junkanoo Lures ready. Regardless of our lack of cold

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Years ago, only larger sailboats, trawlers, and yachts crossed from Florida to the Bahamas, but with modern technology and engineering, center consoles as small as 25-30 feet have been making the trip with ease.

Between Florida and the Bahamas lies the reason behind Florida’s world-class fishing- the Gulf Stream. This warm and powerful current rushes from south to north, and while crossing the open ocean can be daunting to a newcomer, it’s entirely possible with the right amount of preparation and research. Here are a few considerations when attempting to make a safe crossing.

Proper Equipment

Regardless of the current weather, the boat should be large enough and built well enough to safely travel over open ocean when the wind and seas aren’t

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This past weekend, Bluewater Babes Fish for A Cure celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a bang- literally! The usual festivities at Sailfish Marina were not only over the top, but the series of events culminated with a grand fireworks show over Peanut Island.   When it comes to fishing, SPICED RUM's Sherry Beswick took first place Kingfish with 42.7 lbs, Stacy Maderal of LUNATICO took second with 20.5 lbs, and Gwen Belcher of PRETTY WORK won third with 19.3 lbs. Tasha Ford of TEMPTATION won first place dolphin with 20.2 lbs, Tina Martin of THANKS GIRLS won second with 15.6 lbs, and Shannon Discount won third with 15.3 lbs. Billfish Champion Angler went to Emily Riemer of DAYSEA with 2 sailfish releases, Billfish Champion Boat went to DAYSEA…
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Boat show season in South Florida begins with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) in October, and ends with the Palm Beach Boat Show in March. Here are the dates for the 2018/2019 boat show season in South Florida.

 

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October 31 – November 4, 2018

801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

 

Stuart Boat Show

January 11th – January 13th, 2019

54-290 NW Dixie HWY, Stuart, FL 34994

 

Miami International Boat Show

Februrary 14th – February 18th, 2019

3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149

 

Palm Beach International Boat Show

March 28th – March 31st, 2019

101 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Grouper caught on a dead sardine bottom fishing for snapper, Photo Courtesy of Reel Intense Fishing

With the mullet run being the highlight of the past couple of weeks, most fishing has been geared toward snook, large tarpon, and amberjack chasing schools through inlets, inshore, on the beach, and at the Juno Pier. Your trustiest bait is live mullet itself, which can be found during low light periods of the day away from boat traffic. If you’re looking for a little more fun in exchange for less reliability, using top water plugs creates some exciting action as snook will strike these much harder, sometimes becoming airborne exploding on the surface.

Reef anglers should be catching some kingfish and snapper this time of year, but this week has

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According to U.S. News, Florida residents can breathe easy knowing they live in the state with the best natural environment in the nation, placing number one overall for drinking water quality, urban air quality, and low pollution health risk.

The World Health Organization states that air pollution is a major environmental health risk, and by living in areas with high air quality, people can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic and acute respiratory diseases, and even dementia.

While the sunshine state may be best known for gorgeous beaches, oranges, and Hawaiian-shirted retirees, Florida also leads the country with lowest air and water pollutants. With the sea breeze sweeping over mostly flat terrain in

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It would be idyllic to boat, bike, drive or walk to a South Florida restaurant with great food, signature drinks, friendly waitstaff and unforgettable views?  Look no further for the perfect waterfront watering hole with delicious cuisine in Delray, try Deck 84, just adjacent to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge, on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Deck 84, 840 East Atlantic Avenue, is that relaxing waterfront restaurant with resort style indoor and outdoor dining with tropical landscaping.  Deck 84 has a casual, happy vibe with impeccable views of the water, hosting live music, as well as casual and epicurean favorites. The owners have mastered direct Intracoastal Waterway alfresco dining with dock access and impeccable views of the water.

Deck 84 is

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The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Fourth of July Celebration is one of the biggest family events in South Florida. With lots of things to do for both the kids and adults, the beachside party is a fun day for everyone.

It all kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. at El Prado Park in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. It starts on El Mar Drive, led by the Broward County Sheriff's Office in their police cruisers and fire trucks. Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam are also of course in the parade announcing the celebration of our nation's birthday and passing out candy to the kids (make sure they bring a bag).

Don't forget a bathing suit either- the park is right on the beach and there's a good chance the firemen will have some fun with the fire hoses too. Other fun-filled kids

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The Funky Buddha Brewery has a new annual tradition to celebrate the return of their popular Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. 

This "breakfast in a glass" is a craft beer brew was names one of the best in People Magazine and rated world's second best porter by BeerAdvocate.com. It became famous upon its release at Funky Buddha's original brewery in Boca Raton in 2011. Each year since, the brewery hosts a full-on festival to mark the limited bottle release. 

The festival includes live music, street food from local trucks, and more than 100 specialty beers from Funky Buddha and guests.

The party is on Saturday, January 13th from 1- 5 p.m. at Funky Buddha in Fort Lauderdale.

Be safe, book an Uber and a hotel and stay the night. In the morning, head

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 Fort Lauderdale is often known as the “Yachting Capital of the World”, being home to the two largest cruise ship ports in the world, as well as being home to the world’s biggest boat show.

This November, Fort Lauderdale is hosting their 58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The show will take place at 7 locations throughout Fort Lauderdale, on November 1st through November 5th, featuring over 1500 boats from over 1200 exhibitors from around the world.

A large variety of boats will be on display in the water and on land ranging from runabouts, high performance boats, center consoles, sailing yachts, cabin cruisers, motor yachts, catamarans, canoes, super yachts and much more.

The show will feature exhibits from yacht builders, exotic car

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