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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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  • Important Safety Tips for Boating

    Jul 02, 2018
    Before you leave the dock, it’s important to take a moment to review some crucial safety reminders.
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  • Versatile, Affordable, Durable Sea Skiff

    Jun 27, 2018
    Carolina Skiff is known for making the pickup trucks of the skiff world. They can go anywhere, do anything and provide years of dependable, reliable boats at an affordable price. What can be made better? Upgrades and improvements matter at Carolina Skiff. The Sea Skiff Series from Sea Chaser is a result of that mission for 30 years and growing.
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  • Carolina Skiff JVX CC Perfect Rig for Summertime Inshore Fishing

    Jun 26, 2018
    Now is the time to be fishing inshore waters for the tastiest saltwater species of them all, the flounder. Getting into flounder territory takes a boat that can run in the skinniest of water while handling bay chop. Traversing ultra-shallow flats and maneuvering turns in tight channels sum up the demands of a boat for flounder fishing. The 20 JVX CC by Carolina Skiff gets you there in style, safety, functionality, and performance. With a length overall of 20 feet and a beam of 78 inches, this boat provides a great balance of functional size and performance. Weight overall is 1,230 pounds, and with a draft of about 4 inches, the 20 JVX CC is made for cruising the flats without the worry of running aground. A maximum horsepower rating of 90 H.P. makes the perfect setup for matching fuel economy with performance. You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking
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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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