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Century 32 Center Console

When Allcraft Marine purchased Century Boats from Yamaha Motor Corporation back in 2012, they said of the company “We’re Back,” but with an 80-year history in the marine industry Century never really left.

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Belzona 325

The Belzona 325 is full of innovations accented by luxurious styling. Its LOA is 32-feet, 6-inches and has a beam of 10-foot, 8-inches with a max horsepower rating of 700. Standard fuel capacity is 280 gallons and the fresh water tank holds 41 gallons.

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Camping Via Kayak

No bugs, no sweat, and an actual use for campfire besides cooking. Most outdoorsmen agree: Camping in Florida is best done in the winter time. Kayakers and other fishermen that use paddle craft are ideal candidates for camping trips.

In a recent Forum thread, FS Member spadoc79 contributed this picture of a young lady with a big Lake Jackson bluegill caught on a grasshopper popper. The article is a reprint from our back issues, which we thought appropriate given the time of year.

Bluegill Moon

When the light’s up, bream go bump in the night.

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The Grass Anchor

Spoil the reed and spare the fish. Let’s face it. Dropping even the smallest anchor in a tidal creek or wilderness canal can turn off the fish. Whether it’s the splash, or simply because fish sense your presence, they can be frightened by anchors, particularly in tight quarters.

Jenna Helfferich, of Oak Hill, landed this Mosquito Lagoon redfish measuring 22 inches.

Lighten Up on the Lagoon

Paddle, pole or troll your way to world-class flats fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon before it’s too late. Heighten pressure from reckless boaters may trample a once-glorious seagrass estuary.

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Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay

The Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay has a LOA of 21 feet, 4 inches and an 8 feet, 6 inch beam. The deck layout leans more toward the fisherman but there are some very nice family features as well.

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Best Places to Catch Crappie

Crappie are among the most popular freshwater fishes in Florida. Their deep body with nearly symmetrical dorsal and anal fins and a speckled pattern on the body make them easy to distinguish.

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Bahama 41

The Bahama 41 has a LOA of 41-feet, 3-inches and beam of 11-feet. With the same computer-aided tooling and all-composite construction as the smaller boats in the Bahama fleet, the 9,500 pound hull can support four 350 horsepower outboards and carry up to 634 gallons of fuel and 65 gallons of fresh water.

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Peacock Bass Fly Fishing, South Florida-Style

Equatorial natives survive on the edge of the subtropics. During my high school cross-country running days, practice was held at John Prince Park, in Lake Worth, Florida. We trained around Lake Osborne.

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Landing Fish in a Paddle Craft

Proper technique allows kayak and canoe fishermen to land large fish without getting dumped overboard. Offshore kayak fishing is a relatively new technique, and many anglers are learning on the fly. Safety must always be the first priority.

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Small Lakes Can Offer Big Incentives

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) works hard to maintain our status as the “Fishing Capital of the World” by actively managing fishery resources to foster the best fishing opportunities possible.

Marlin is a lab and is officially FS member jimmy-d’s first mate, but in charge of the chill-meter.

West Marine Dog Days of Summer Social Media Contest

West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife retailer, today announced its “Dog Days of Summer” social media contest. Starting July 29 and ending September 2, West Marine is honoring the water-loving dogs in our lives.

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Bug Light: Popular Artificial Reef and Live Bait Spot Demolished

South Florida anglers got a shock this past weekend when they went to catch live bait at perhaps the most popular artificial reef in the region: Bug Light, a decommissioned navigational marker in Biscayne Bay off Cape Florida that has served as a haven for bait fish and roosting sea birds for decades, was gone.

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Pop the Top on Big O

Classic summer Okeechobee bass-bugging at its best. By early June last year, Lake Okeechobee was low, 11 feet, three inches, so low bass and panfish were jammed into natural depressions and manmade canals around Belle Glade.

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Contender 39T

The largest center console in the Contender fleet is their 39. It’s available in three different models depending on your mission. The Tournament, which is aimed at the competitive circuit anglers.

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Bluegill Fishing on the Fly

Tricks to take big bream on fly. Several years ago, I caught a mixed bag of four dozen bluegills and shellcrackers during a single, glorious afternoon. While that was practically all the law allowed, the real kicker is that these fish weighed close to a pound apiece.

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Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic ICAST 2014

A 7.7-pound bass and a blistering score of 18-under par took top honors at Florida Sportsman’s Bass & Birdies Classic. The unique excitement of combining golf with fishing prior to the annual ICAST show proved to be popular for 60 participants from the fishing industry.

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DIY Kayak

Build a wooden boat for fishing. Catching a fish on a homemade lure or rod is a real thrill. How about catching a fish from a boat you’ve built for yourself?

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Finesse the Pads

Lily pads make great sunshades for late-summer largemouth, but they are difficult to fish without snagging. One solution that works very well is casting small, weedless-rigged soft plastics along the outer edges of shoreline pads.