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  • Captain’s Notes: Game Planning

    Jun 20, 2018
    Seek structure: People feel safe in their house or apartment, and fish do, too. The marine food chain begins with structure, so find those sanctuaries, and the larger predators won’t be far away. Don’t be judgmental—a three-foot high rock on an otherwise barren bottom can be productive. While underway, watch the sounder for spots that may be unmarked on the charts. If floats are bunched together after a storm, the wayward traps below are likely hung up on structure. Check with state fisheries agencies for a list of artificial reefs and wrecks.
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  • Offshore Trolling Tactics for Bay Boats

    Jun 07, 2018
    Losing sight of landmarks and shoreline is the loose definition for entering offshore waters. The blue water is also the transition zone for what separates the men from the boys in boats. Center consoles from 27 feet and up and powered by trips and quads are desired for power, safety and subtracting travel time to keep lines wetter, longer. That’s all good news if you have the money and time to invest in a mega-offshore boat. What about the majority of anglers whose rigs and budget fall at or below the 27-foot length of boat ownership?
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  • Proper Care of Your Carolina Skiff Will Pay Off During the Season!

    Jun 06, 2018
    Carolina Skiff owners expect their boats to last for years and years, and why not? The fact is, Carolina Skiff has been manufacturing quality boats for over three decades and owners have been enjoying their boats for generations. There are several key reasons proper care of your Carolina Skiff is important. Proper care means your boat will last for years and provide endless days of satisfaction on the water for you and your family. Maintenance is simple but an extremely important aspect of owning a boat for better performance as well as maximizing the “value” of your boat when you seek to upgrade to a larger Carolina Skiff model in the future.
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  • Captain’s Notes: Shrimp Kabobs

    May 07, 2018
    From the Carolinas all the way to Texas, it’s hard to top live shrimp as bait for nearshore game fish. Here are three ways to rig these tasty crustaceans: 1. For free-lining or drift fishing with realistic action, hook the shrimp in the top of its head. The hook point should go through the harder “horn” or ridge just above the eyes, so the bait stays on while casting. Avoid the dark spot (the brain), or the shrimp will quickly perish.
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  • Getting Ready for the Primal Pull with Carolina Skiff

    May 04, 2018
    Getting Ready for the Primal Pull with Carolina Skiff By Capt. Ted Lund Spring is the time to enjoy the primal pull along Florida’s South East Coast. Each spring, amberjack, African pompano, blackfin tuna, grouper, snapper and a host of other species begin ganging up on wrecks and reefs of South Florida and the Florida Keys from 100 to 350-feet of water. It’s a perfect time for anglers to enjoy some of the most brutal tugs-of-war ever on light tackle thanks to the invention of super-braid lines and a wide range of metal vertical jigs. The set up for vertical jigging is fairly simple; anglers require a stout 61/- to 7-foot spinning or conventional rod with a high-speed ratio reel loaded with 50-to 80-pound test braid. At the terminal end, a rod length of 60-pound fluorocarbon is attached via a Bimini Twist. Then, to protect your weighty investment, install a short trace of 64-pound single strand wire with an Albright Special. The jig is then attached with a Haywire twist, which allows for a small loop to impart more action in the jig.
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  • Time is Now to Begin Preparing for Boating Season

    Apr 18, 2018
    With boating, the excitement can begin long before you get to the water. That goes for preparing for the season just around the corner. Here is how you can have fun, and be ready when the forecast calls for the first balmy days of spring. If an avid boater, you are familiar with a boating safety checklist. Ensuring PFDs are available for all passengers, creating a float plan, and making sure you have all of the required safety items required by law. Those are the givens for that checklist.
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  • Springtime for Inshore Fishing

    Apr 17, 2018
    The answer is similar to how the change of seasons stirs animals into action. Warming water temperatures equate to the same transitional behavior now that inshore saltwater species anticipate and anglers enjoy in spring. Many popular inshore species are in migration mode. This transitional period means the fish are actively feeding in preparation for spring and summer when metabolisms increase. Simply put, now is the time to rig up and take advantage of a great fishing time of the year.
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  • Sea Chaser HFC Series by Carolina Skiff the Best Boat for Families, Anglers

    Apr 16, 2018
    Hardcore anglers face a challenge when shopping for a boat to fit their needs when family is involved. After all, boating ultimately is a family and friends affair. These questions come to mind when narrowing the choices. Can I find a boat already equipped with features for serious inshore and near inshore fishing? What about when it comes to family time? Can the boat be easily converted to a family-friendly cruiser? Yes to all the above is the answer when it comes to the Sea Chaser HFC Series by Carolina Skiff. You get 30 years and growing brand legacy of dependability, reliability and unparalleled customer loyalty. With peace of mind on your side, you then get a boat rigged and ready for serious saltwater fishing for you and your buddies.
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  • Carolina Skiff 198 DLV the Boat for Shallow, Deep Inshore Fishing

    Feb 05, 2018
    Are you looking for an inshore boat with a shallow draft for skinny water and a deep hull for venturing outside the bay? Look no further than Carolina Skiff and the 198 DLV. From the backwater to the bay, the unique, modified Tri-V hull tames choppy water, and a draft of about 6 inches gives you access to shallow water inaccessible for bay boats. Get the best of both worlds and more with the 198 DLV.
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  • Let the Ride Decide When Shopping for a Bay Boat

    Feb 05, 2018
    Bay boats in the 20-foot range open the gate to a wide-open, new frontier of saltwater angling. Out in that new world is the excitement of adding species favoring the fringes of offshore waters. You get the better of both worlds with inshore along with a taste of the blue water. Going out farther also means going bigger with the boat and unfortunately the price. If you have been shying away from bigger bay boats due to the sticker shock, then a solution is available. Best of all, it’s affordable, and you won’t break the bank from adding optional must-have accessories needed for serious angling.
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  • Time is Now to Begin Preparing for Boating Season

    Feb 01, 2018
    With boating, the excitement can begin long before you get to the water. That goes for preparing for the season just around the corner. Here is how you can have fun, and be ready when the forecast calls for the first balmy days of spring.
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  • Rigging Your Skiff for Saltwater Fly Fishing

    Dec 27, 2017
    Like anything else these days, you can make your fly fishing saltwater game as technical as you wish. Rods, reels, and lines are all high tech. You can also add boats to the high-tech equation. Flats boats even have a hybrid version called the technical poling skiff. Whatever name you choose the fundamental truth remains. A common skiff was the predecessor to them all. That is good news if you own a Carolina Skiff and want to access the same inches deep water as the high-tech rigs. Since the beginning, Carolina Skiffs were designed to be lightweight and rugged enough to stand up to the rigors of maneuvering into shallow waters.
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  • Carolina Skiff Makes Perfect Small Boat for Work and Play

    Dec 27, 2017
    Keelboat and multihull sailors rely on dinghies to shuttle between anchorage and marina. The boats are mainly used to transport gear and passengers and not much else. If you or another boater owns a sailboat, sport-fishing or cruising yacht why not add a yacht tender of a different kind to the personal flotilla? Owning a Carolina Skiff is the answer. The J-Series is a no-frills series that is budget friendly, reliable and ideal for fishing, sight seeing, wildlife viewing and of course, functioning as a small work boat for chores around the marina.
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  • Rig Up with These Baits and Tactics for Cold-Water Fishing

    Dec 18, 2017
    Not everyone has the luxury of living in warmer coastal climates during winter. Snowbird or full-timer, these baits, and tactics are proven successful this time of the year. Do the jig It doesn’t get much simpler than tying on a bucktail jig. Tip it with a soft plastic trailer like a Berkley Gulp! Shrimp or Swimming Mullet. Keep it simple by alternating between the jig and trailer or just using the soft plastic bait on a jig head. You can find out which combination is best based on success.
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  • Anchors Aweigh for Better Fishing

    Nov 29, 2017
    Some saltwater anglers have a one-dimensional mindset when it comes to anchors. They are meant to keep the boat in place. Savvier anglers use their anchors as a tool for catching more and bigger fish. For inshore fishing that means being able to stay put and move again quickly. Being able to stay put and move again quickly is the norm for inshore anglers. One spot might be a reef or wreck and the next move could be shallower around a creek mouth or flat. All that moving necessitates the need for other options besides the ball and chain anchors used by recreational boaters. Those traditional anchors are noisy and can create more commotion on the bottom than necessary when they dig in.
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  • Time is Now for Seasonal Sails in South Florida

    Nov 29, 2017
    Black Friday signals the official beginning of the holiday sale season. About that same time in late November another great deal begins evolving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As shoppers rush to grab great deals after Thanksgiving, the winter sailfish season is warming up on the east coast of Florida. Colder weather in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic bring the sails south. The colder it gets, the better the fishing. Long after the sales are over and the Christmas trees disappear the sailfish season is just picking up, peaking in March in south Florida.
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  • Winterizing Tips for Your Boat

    Nov 29, 2017
    Now is the least favorite time of the year for avid boaters, unless you live in Florida. It is time to put the boat away for the winter. There is more to the unwelcomed task then just tarping the boat. Before you get started now also is the time to have the outboard winterized, unless you are a do-it-yourself expert. Schedule any maintenance with your boat dealership to avoid trouble come the spring thaw.
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  • Shallow Water Anchor Systems for Better Inshore Fishing

    Nov 15, 2017
    Back in the day, staying put on a productive inshore spot meant quietly slipping an anchor overboard to secure the boat. Or impaling into the bottom a push pole tied with a line to the boat. Either way, a clanging anchor chain against the hull, or the crunching noise of the push pole into a shell bottom could send the fish scattering. Now there is a nearly foolproof solution. Shallow water anchor systems make the jog easy with the touch of a finger to a key fob worn around the neck. The mainstay brands are the Power-Pole and Minn Kota Talon.
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  • In the Mood to Drift with Carolina Skiff

    Nov 15, 2017
    Haley Dame Bechet is a typical mom with two boys, a husband, and the family pug. The Tampa, Florida, resident is also a working mom. In her case that covers a lot of busyness on top of her mom duties. Haley is a hair stylist, author and trained exercise instructor of Pilates, aqua fitness, senior fitness and even mommy fitness groups. She teaches yoga to kids and adults. You name it, and if it involves physical fitness and personal wellness, she likely has a hand in it. Writing songs is another talent. So is spending time in a Carolina Skiff
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  • Fall for ‘Marsh Madness’ in the Carolina's

    Nov 15, 2017
    What March Madness is to basketball, Marsh Madness is to red drum fishing in the Carolina's. One happens in March, and the latter happens throughout fall. In the Carolina marshes, from the Low-country of the south to the barrier islands and beaches of the North, the food becomes plentiful and so do the biggest red drum of the season.
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