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  • What do “Fishing Guides” Look for When Buying a Boat?

    Oct 02, 2018
    When you make a living on the water, nothing is more important than finding the right boat. But what do professional guides and fishermen look for when building and purchasing a new boat? We had a chance to catch up with Central Florida fishing guide Alex Gorichky (; 321-480-3255) to find out what he looks for in a hardcore fishing machine. Gorichky spends more than 200 days a year guiding along Florida’s Space Coast for targeting trout, redfish, tarpon, and snook, as well as pelagic species like king mackerel and red snapper.
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  • Try Live Baits to Target Gator Trout

    Sep 27, 2018
    There’s no doubt that one of the most popular game fish from the Carolina Outer Banks to the Gulf Coast of Texas is the spotted seatrout. One of the crowned jewels of light tackle angling is landing and releasing a trout over 28-inches, known as gator trout for their stocky build and large fangs. But targeting these larger trout — fish in the 15- to 18-inch range are generally known as eaters and perfect for the grill — requires different tactics. Science tells us that as trout leave the smaller eater range and enter the gator class
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  • Get Social with Carolina Skiff

    Sep 25, 2018
    Looking for fun, new ways to experience and learn about the skiff life? Join legendary boat manufacturer Carolina Skiff on social media and the Internet. The company is active on both Facebook and Twitter as well as Instagram , LinkedIn, and YouTube, sharing boating and fishing tips as well as news and updates on new offerings. But the company has also expanded its offerings on the Carolina Skiff website as well. In addition to a new, interactive Boat Builder interface that allows prospective new boat owners to put together their dream boat, the company hosts its Carolina Skiff’n blog.
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  • Spotlight: Carolina Skiff Dealer Castaway Marine in Melbourne, Florida

    Sep 19, 2018
    We sat down with Greg Fenwick – co-owner of Castaway Marine in Melbourne, Florida – to discuss why he and his brother Bob sell Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats.
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  • Build Your Dream Boat with Carolina Skiff

    Sep 18, 2018
    Building a dreamboat just got easier thanks to the interactive tool developed by boat building legend, Carolina Skiff. The Carolina Skiff Boat Builder ( allows boaters the opportunity to go through the step-by-step process of selecting one of Carolina Skiff’s 60 different models — including Sea Chaser and Fun Chaser — from the comfort of their home, online and chose the best options to suit their individual needs.
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  • Key Reasons Fall May Be the Best Time for Speckled Trout

    Sep 07, 2018
    Speckled trout or spotted seatrout. Cynoscion nebulosus goes by both names depending on where you live. What is universal, though, is this prized saltwater game fish is one of the easiest to catch and most delicious for the table. Fall is the best time of year for doubling up on number and size of big speckled trout. There are several key reasons why fall is a great time to target speckled trout:
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  • Carolina Skiff to Host Three-Month-Long Photo Contest Beginning Sept. 10 through Nov. 30, with Fan Voting in December.

    Sep 07, 2018
    We’re excited to announce our “Family, Fishing & Fun” photo contest, beginning Sept. 10!
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  • The Real Lobster Season is Open!

    Sep 06, 2018
    Florida’s lobster mini-season is over and the mad dash to tickle bugs from out of coral heads is over. But now, the REALlobster season is here, and it’s time to start putting some meat in the freezer! The Florida Wildlife Commission sets the mini-season as the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year. The regular lobster season runs from August 6 to March 31 each year.
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  • Captain’s Notes: Tips for Spooling Braided Line

    Sep 05, 2018
    The advent of braided line has been a boon for anglers all over the world in both fresh and saltwater. Whether vertical jigging for big grouper or snapper, ice fishing for lake perch and walleye or trolling for billfish, braided line offers a number of advantages to anglers. But there are a couple of things anglers should know before they start spooling this high-tech angling solution on to their fishing reels.
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  • Carolina Skiff JV-TH Series: Simply a great little fishing & runabout boat

    Aug 29, 2018
    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci It’s hard to believe that the best-known artist and inventor of the Renaissance could have predicted the rise of leading boat manufacturer Carolina Skiff to the forefront of the marine industry. But nearly 450 years after his death, one look at the company’s popular JV-TH Series makes a pretty convincing argument. The JV-TH Series are rigged with tiller handle engines, belying its true working watermen’s heritage. Built with 100-percent composite materials, owners have the peace of mind knowing there is no wood and no rot. Each JV-TH is backed by Carolina Skiff’s industry-leading five-year limited warranty against delamination and separation.
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  • Stalking Tripletail “One for the Bucket List”

    Aug 28, 2018
    Lobotes surinamensis are aptly named. More commonly known as tripletail, leaf fish or blackfish, these strange looking critters feature the dorsal, caudal and anal fins all close together at the rear of its body, hence its name. Camouflage with a mottled brown or dark color, these ambush predators can be found anywhere from nearshore depths to the Gulf Stream. Tripletail are prized for their fighting ability almost as much as their delicate flavor. Tripletail ambush their prey by lurking near structure, often on their side. They can often be found around channel markers and other navigation aids, crab trap floats, pilings, and flotsam. They will even use the shadow of dead seabirds to hide and seek a meal. Offshore, tripletail will hold around sargassum and other weed lines, logs, pallets, and debris.
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  • Carolina Skiff 198 DLX is a stable, efficient option for flats and bays

    Aug 27, 2018
    Anglers shopping for a stable hull that runs well on less horsepower and floats shallow should take a Carolina Skiff 198 DLX for a test ride. It offers many desired features that won’t break the bank and is a great fishing boat. Sporting a flat bottom design, the DLX skiffs incorporate splash guards on the bow to keep passengers dry. The running surface also has tracking keels, so handling is sure and predictable, even in sharp turns. With its 93-inch beam and 4-inch draft, the 198 floats extremely shallow, giving access to the wariest backcountry fish. Maximum horsepower rating is 115, but the easy-to-plane running surface performs well with less horsepower. It can accommodate outboards with 20- or 25-inch shaft lengths and the hull tip the scales at just over 1,500 pounds.
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  • Cattle Drive Brawny and Plentiful, Bull Red Drum

    Aug 17, 2018
    From North Carolina’s Neuse River and Outer Banks to Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and passes all across the central Gulf of Mexico, late summer and autumn are the prime times for inshore “cowboys” to hitch up their rides and set off for the annual bull round-up. By bulls, we mean the coppery/bronze variety with spots on their tails, broad shoulders and snorting-in-the-chute attitudes.
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  • Captain’s Notes: Chumming Tips

    Aug 15, 2018
    There are several ways to effectively release chum without making a mess of the boat. The key is to disperse the material into the water at a steady, even flow rate. Release too much and the targeted fish stuff themselves on the chum instead of the baits. Release too little, and they might not feed at all.
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  • Grouper Diggin’

    Aug 08, 2018
    Grouper are one of the tastiest fish in the ocean, and as an added bonus for anglers, they pull as hard as a John Deere tractor. They are not too difficult to find and can be caught on a variety of baits and lures. What’s not to love? Grouper are bottom-dwellers that frequent structure or relief where they lie in wait to wolf down a passing meal. Rock piles, wrecks and artificial reefs, ledges and even cracks in the ocean floor will hold these scrappy game fish. Grouper will move around some depending on the water temperatures, but usually, they hold in certain areas with plenty of food. Preferred depths are usually 150 feet or less, but gag grouper in particular along Florida’s West Gulf coast can often be caught in water as shallow as 12 feet.
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  • Announcing the Winners of Our July Photo Contest!

    Aug 06, 2018
    To accompany the launch of our new Instagram page @carolinaskiffllc, we surprised CSkiff fans with a July Photo Contest – inviting anglers and boaters to submit photos of themselves, family, friends and furbabies with a Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser or Fun Chaser boat.
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  • Press Statement About Watson Guide Service

    Aug 02, 2018
    Carolina Skiff LLC is aware of the criminal and civil actions pending against Shane Watson and his guide service. Mr. Watson was never an employee or sales agent of Carolina Skiff LLC. He was not an authorized independent sales representative for Carolina Skiff LLC. Carolina Skiff LLC was never aware of any business dealings Mr. Watson had with any of those who claim to be defrauded by Mr. Shane Watson.
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  • Captain’s Notes: Finesse Fishing

    Jul 30, 2018
    One of the best ways to shorten a fight is by keeping the fish coming towards the boat whenever possible. Hooked fish generally counteract against the line to relieve the pressure. To keep them swimming in the right direction, reel and lift the rod with smooth, consistent strokes rather than jerky motions. Constant pressure helps offset lateral or downward movement. If the fish is taking drag while going away from the boat, use that opportunity to rest. Once the fish starts coming toward you again, resume steady pressure.
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  • Spotlight: Carolina Skiff Dealer Boat-Max in Pompano Beach, Florida

    Jul 26, 2018
    We sat down with Carolina Skiff dealer Christian Tremblay, who owns Boat-Max in Pompano Beach, Florida, to discuss why he loves Sea Chaser boats.
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  • 10+ Hurricane Season Dos and Don'ts for Boats

    Jul 18, 2018
    What can you do to prepare your boat for a hurricane emergency? The BoatU.S. Foundation compiled a comprehensive list of the best, and worst, ways to prep your boat for a hurricane.
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