Cellular devices seem capable of doing almost anything thanks to the advent of smartphones and downloadable applications. This versatility and cell phones’ portability are leading many recreational boaters to have too much faith in them as the sole means of communication on the water, especially in emergency situations.
Clarifying some light confusion over vessel light requirements. There are minimum lighting standards for boating in Florida waters— in fact all U.S. coastal and inland waters, outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters.
Identify optimal hull design for the waters you plan to fish. What separates similar boats more than anything is the design of the hull, or more importantly the running surface. Know going in when you start your search for that perfect boat, you may have to give up a shallow draft to get a softer ride.
Don’t forget to flush! The salt suspended in the water that recently floated your boat—and cooled its engine—is hazardous to your rig’s health. Long after the water has drained or evaporated, the corrosive chloride particles left behind will degrade any metal they come into contact with.
Chasing big fish in tight quarters? Rig a quick-release float to get off the anchor quick. While the finest braided lines, high-speed reels, situation-specific rods and marine electronics do a great job of putting us into position, getting out of a sticky situation is just as important.
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