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Five Long Sleeve UV Fishing Shirts to Wear While Boating
Imagine this: You’re heading out on a fishing trip, and you’re looking forward to reeling in your next trophy fish. You lather up with sunscreen, but once you get on the water and start casting, you forget to reapply. We’ve all been there – on those perfect fishing days, the last thing you want to do is put down your rod. However, even the best fishing trips can be ruined by a sunburn, which means staying protected should be your top priority....
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Five of the Best Florida Boat Shows to Attend in 2021
Boat shows are a great place to connect with other boaters and professionals in the industry,  check out the latest technology, and – most importantly – shop for your own vessel. Whether you live in Florida or are planning a vacation here in 2021, stopping by a boat show is a great way to spend the day. Why Attend a Boat Show? Shopping for a new boat? Looking for ways to upgrade an outdated vessel? Just want to spend a day by the water with yo...
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The Best Boat Deck Shoes for Slippery Decks
No matter what kind of boat you’re setting sail on, you can expect some amount of water to get on the deck – whether from fishing, swimming, or waves. Even a non-slip deck has the potential to become slippery when you add water to it. Therefore, you need the right shoes to keep you comfortable and safe while you’re cruising or reeling in a catch. Looking for the best boat shoes for slippery decks? First, you’ll need to look for something with ...
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What Degree Rod Holder Do I Need for My Boat?
When you’re adding rod holders to your boat, what kind you get and where you place them differs based on the type of fishing you plan on doing. The angle of the holder also depends on placement and the kind of rod you are using. In addition to selecting the right degree rod holder, you should always buy the best quality product for the type of fishing you will use it for. For example, you don’t want to purchase a rod holder for light fishing o...
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How to Install A Dredge Boom on Your Boat to Catch Bigger Fish
When you want to increase the productivity of your trolling speed – and bring in bigger fish – try fishing with a dredge boom. This boating accessory helps you attract your catch from a distance by simulating a school of fish. Billfish, wahoo, kingfish, and Mahi will all come closer to your boat when you use a dredge boom for fishing. Gemlux carries a complete dredge boom kit that includes electronics, or you can purchase the parts you need if...
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Choosing The Right Boat Hinges and Latches For Your Boat
If you're like most new boat owners, you're looking forward to spending many happy hours on the water, and naturally, you plan on taking the best possible care of your vessel — and this means meticulous attention to functionality as well as looks. Well-cared-for vessels don't just show it on the surface. Even small components without high visibility, such as marine hardware like hinges and latches, are chosen with both appearance and performan...
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Picking the Right Wahoo Fishing Tackle for Your Charter
Wahoo is a fish prized by sports fishermen found in tropical and semi-tropical waters. As a fast fish that puts up a good fight once caught on the line, Wahoo can grow as large as 50 pounds and are found just a short distance from land. The season that’s best for catching Wahoo runs from summer through fall in the waters around the Hawaiian islands. However, on the other side of the Western Hemisphere in the Bahamas, ideal Wahoo fishing occurs...
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How to Rig a Fishing Outrigger to Your Center Console Boat
While there are many types of fishing boats on the market, center consoles are some of the most common. Center console boats feature a steering station in the middle of the vessel, with open space and sometimes seating surrounding it. These boats are popular due to their 360-degree access to the water, increased visibility, stability, and more – and all of these benefits make them a particularly great option for fishing enthusiasts.  However, ...
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Why Are Boat Steering Wheels on the Right Side?
If you’re like most people who are just beginning their adventure with recreational boating, you may be wondering why steering wheels on boats in North America aren’t placed on the left side. After all, cars, buses, and other road vehicles have steering wheels on the left side, so it only makes sense that boats should, too.
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Where to Mount Rod Holders on a Boat
Every fisherman knows that it isn't always possible to keep their hands on their rod at all times—after all, boats need to be steered, hooks need to be baited, and sandwiches need to be eaten. If you're like most fishermen, you already know that the moment you set your rod down to attend to something else is when the fish are most likely to bite.
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Where to Mount Boat Cleats
Otherwise referred to as mooring clears, boat cleats are fixtures that are used to secure vessels to docks. Ideally, cleats should be sturdy, resistant to corrosion, and securely positioned on areas of the boat that offer optimal functionality.
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What Supplies Do I Need for My New Boat?
Few things are more exciting than buying a new boat – except for taking it out on the water for a fishing trip for the first time. However, if you want to have the best possible experience, it's important that your new boat is properly outfitted before heading out.
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