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Mollie Brings 2017 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship to Florida

  Mollie Brings 2017 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship to Florida   The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama: For the first time in its seven-year history, a charter boat has won the prestigious Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship. Mollie, a 66 G&S operated by Capt. Jeff Shoults of Destin, Florida, captured the title after competing in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship that just concluded. Eric Hayles and Chance Young are the two mates working the cockpit of the custom sportfisher. Unlike previous years where private yachts earned top billing, Mollie had different sets of anglers for each event. “It is a little more difficult dealing with different teams each tournament,” Shoults said at the awards presentation. “But my crew makes it easy by explaining what’s going on and keeping everything together. We worked hard this season and I’m confident we’re going to win some more money in future tournaments. But at this point in our careers, it’s very gratifying to win this trophy and to be recognized among our peers.” The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship consists of five events in the central Gulf of Mexico and is sponsored by American Marine Brokerage. The affiliated tournaments include the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. The Triple Crown is scored on a hybrid system that includes both weight and release points for the top three finishes in the blue marlin divisions only. Bonus points are also accrued for series participation, weighed marlin lengths and tournament marlin records.  The winning team receives The Championship Trophy, a seven-foot tall, one of a kind masterpiece handcrafted by metal artist Frank Ledbetter that is valued at $18,000. In addition, the Triple Crown Champion earns bragging rights amongst the region’s top big-game contestants.

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In winning the exquisite marlin sculpture and honors this season, Mollie placed second in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic with a blue weighing 654.2 pounds and was also named the top release boat with four more blue marlin credited. The team also earned bonus points for fishing the circuit and length allowances, for a total of 410 points. Lyon’s Pride, a 62 Viking owned by Bob Lyons, with Capt. Daniel Menard and mates Robert Eliason and Kendall Sauls finished second in the standings with 350 points. Team Supreme was third with 285 points. The 76 Viking is owned by Allen Krake, with Capt. Chase Lake and mate Rodney Johnson as the crew. The Triple Crown Championship has now made its way across the Gulf. Patron took it home to Texas in 2011 and Done Deal captured it twice in 2012 and 2013 to represent Louisiana. Sea Mixer put Alabama on the map in 2014, while Relentless Pursuit gave Louisiana another showcase in 2015. Breathe Easy (Alabama) was last year’s winner.

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“The Triple Crown Championship trophy will be right at home in Destin with its long sport-fishing heritage,” says GCTC Director Scott Burt. “Congratulations to Capt. Jeff, Eric, Chance and all of Mollie’s anglers for an outstanding year. This boat is always a contender in the Gulf tournaments, and now they have the hardware to match that skill and dedication.”  

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

 

Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

Any hunter will tell you the most important choices to make when going for that ultimate successful hunt comes from the little things. Yes, the guns, the location for the hunt, the clothing that’s best for the winter and/or summer hunt – all of these things are on the hunter’s ‘must-buy’ list. But there is one other thing that is just as important: the binoculars.

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As you slowly develop into an advanced hunter who is all about success, quality optics will become highly important to you. And the cheaper the binoculars are, the chances become greater that they will not survive to even ‘see’ the next season arrive.

Purchasing high quality optics is a long term investment for the avid hunter or outdoorsmen who knows they will be out in that field or in those woods tracking the perfect stag for many years to come. They need high-performance binoculars that are engineered from the best materials so they will last a good, long time.

There are three tips when it comes to making that purchase. Research is the first. Like any piece of equipment, there are a broad range of binoculars out there with all different types of features. They each are focused on one type of activity or another. Such as, some of the greatest binoculars for hunting deer will be different from ones created specifically for birding. Therefore, to get the best value for your money, the research must be done to find exactly what it is you need the most.

There are many things you will research and read up on: from prism design to lens coatings to total weight and more. But the first tip to zone in on is understanding magnification. 8×42 and 10×42 are the most popular sizes of binoculars for hunting. Power and light gathering capability is what you need to understand – what combination is best when thinking about hunting in low light conditions. Take the 8×42: the first number in magnification means ‘8 times’ closer than with an unaided eye. If you hunt mostly in woodsy areas where visibility is limited, the 8×42’s are the binoculars that are best; whereas, if hunting in open fields, the 10×42 become better.

The second tip comes in the pricing of binoculars. It is very true in life that you get what you pay for. In other words, buying binoculars under $100 will not get you the best on the market. You also do not need to ‘sell the farm’ to buy a pair either. Middle range ($300-$600) is a good range to look into.

The third tip is in regards to checking out the widest field of view, and judging whether or not you will need extras, such as, waterproof/fog proof lenses, and how lightweight you wish the binoculars to be.

To help you begin, here are some top-notch choices, made by hunters, when it comes to the best and highest quality optics on the market today:

The 8×42 Vortex Diamondback binoculars are perfect when it comes to deer hunting. Whether you are a hunter who likes the woods or setting up in the open fields, these binoculars are a great choice to help spot that whitetail. High magnification with a solid field of view, even bow hunters should think about investing in these. Now…don’t roll the eyes. Even though you bow hunters can only shoot an animal 25 yards away, binoculars can help you track the animal’s movements.

For those hunters who are interested in purchasing “compact hunting binoculars,” look no further than the Bushnell H20. Compacts are popular with hunters, but to achieve the compact design the lenses are smaller in diameter. What this means is, if needing the same magnification as the larger models, you may need to move down in magnification to 6x when it comes to the compacts. With the Bushnell H20 you are looking at roof prisms made from Bak-4 glass, with fully-coated lenses, and can be used in all kinds of weather because of the waterproof and rubberized housings.

Lastly, if money is one of those thing that is no object for you, Bushnell Fusion are the binoculars of choice for the avid hunter who loves having a rangefinder. Worth every penny, this sophisticated technology measures the exact distance to the target. The reflection return of the rangefinder’s laser back to the binoculars displays a perfect target range reading. What does that mean? A chance for even more success.

Just remember, when you’re torn about the gun, the clothing, the outdoor gear and more – make sure you also spend time purchasing the right binoculars as well. Let’s face it, no matter what other products you have in the back of that truck, none will matter if you can’t actually ‘see’ what you’re shooting at in the first place.

Happy Hunting!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

 

Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”

 

Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”

 

When it comes to Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. (ITB), making the perfect whitetail hunt possible for any and all bow hunters is literally their mission, not just a slogan. ITB is one of those companies that has fine-tuned every aspect of the deer hunt in order to maximize the chances of bow hunting success for all their visitors.

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Since ITB is 100% fair chase, a buck cannot be guaranteed, but when looking for elite service and guides who have a long experience in the bow hunting realm, the opportunities to land a trophy whitetail deer are extremely high with ITB. Managed for trophy quality deer (125” P&Y or better), ITB’s archery hunts are a full 6 days of hunting; unlike 4 or 5, which are offered by most other Illinois deer hunting outfitters. This extra day in the field can mean a great deal for the hunter if the weather has not cooperated during the week in the great state of Illinois. Coming together to increase your personal opportunity for success, ITB is a proven combination of trophy managed land, longer hunts, hunting the rut, experienced bow hunting guides, and fewer hunters to deal with.

 

For almost 25 years, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. has provided unmatched bow hunting experiences. Founder Steve Phelps, back in 1991, wanted to share his passion for whitetail deer hunting with others, thus sparking the creation of ITB. The original concept was to control approximately 5000 acres in Pike County, Illinois, to judge just how good bow hunting could get if managed the correct way. Guided deer hunts would only be allowed during the rut – just three weeks out of the entire year. This made the land ITB managed more of a refuge for the remaining part of the year, which means more bucks were available when those three weeks of hunting came into play.

 

Detailed plans were made: ITB determined the exact spots where stands should be placed, and the approach to the stands based on various wind conditions. Shooting lanes were then also developed that would not exceed 25 yards in order to minimize wound rates and increase kill percentage. With all the professional work, research, and thought put into the plans, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. reaped the rewards from early on and grew to become a highly respected Illinois deer outfitter, with guided deer hunts that are more popular than ever in 2017.

 

Each year, the best buck ITB takes, scores in the 190 – 200 inch range. The ITB hunting camp success rates can be as high as 90% for shot opportunity and 70% for kill rates! The stage is most definitely always set for the opportunity to achieve these numbers on any day during the three weeks bow hunting is practiced.

 

One of the most important achievements – not to mention a true compliment for ITB – is the fact that bow hunters return for 5 to 10 years in a row after their first booking. Rebooking rates have averaged around 70% for the last 10 years because hunters know that the next day they spend in the woods with ITB guides could have them scoring the best buck of their life. Thousands of satisfied deer hunters praise Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. for the work they do that goes above and beyond the call of most outfitters, which is why they book their guided tours with them – whether it be for family and friends or business events.

 

A guided deer hunt is a dream hunt for many and can be an awesome trip. For many, the hunt in Illinois becomes an annual journey they look forward to and a tradition that might last for several years in a row. However, if the wrong Illinois outfitter is chosen, dream hunts can end up being nightmares. The right choice is made by choosing a company with almost 25 years in the industry that is filled with experienced guides and plans to get the job done right by supplying all avid bow hunters with the unforgettable experience of coming face-to-face with those Midwest monster bucks.

 

In other words…when that excitement builds for the bow hunt, and the dreams grow bigger to bag that unforgettable whitetail, look no further than Illinois Trophy Bowhunters!

 

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Yamaha Pro Hamilton Comfortable Competing in Aluminum Boat

 

Yamaha Pro Hamilton Comfortable Competing in Aluminum Boat 

Young Rookie Angler Using Xpress® X-21 In Bassmaster® Elite Series

 

Skylar Hamilton has been bass fishing since he was six years old, primarily on rivers and lakes in southwestern Virginia and East Tennessee, and nearly always in an aluminum boat. He’s only 22 now, but last year when the young Yamaha Pro won the Bassmaster® Central Division Open on the Arkansas River while using an aluminum boat and went on to qualify for this season’s Elite Series, he saw no reason to change.

“I’m fishing in a 21-foot Xpress® X-21 powered by a Yamaha 250 SHO outboard, and couldn’t be happier,” exclaims Hamilton, whose Open win last year also qualified him for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® where he finished 41st. “Today’s aluminum boats are far different that they were just a few years ago.

“The message I’m working hard to send to today’s high school and college anglers who want to start a career in professional fishing is that they can catch just as many bass, and sometimes more, fishing from an aluminum boat than from a fiberglass boat, and they can do it far more economically. There are places you can go in an aluminum boat that you can’t in a heavier fiberglass boat, which is why even some experienced pros have chosen aluminum boats for certain tournaments in recent years.”

Hamilton’s parents kept a camper parked on nearby Douglas Lake in Dandridge, TN while he was growing up, and that’s where his father and grandfather taught him the basics of bass fishing, and it’s where he lives today. In 2011, at age 16, he fished the Bassmaster® Central Division Open held there on Douglas and finished in a remarkable 22nd place.

“I wasn’t that nervous,” remembers the Yamaha Pro, “mainly because I didn’t know the caliber of anglers I was fishing against. That was probably the best thing that could have happened to me, because I just went fishing, working a plastic frog over a grass bed all three days.”

With that success, Hamilton firmly decided to become a professional angler. He had already watched several Bassmaster Classics® on television, and he began preparing himself to one day compete in the Classic himself. That happened this past March at Lake Conroe.

“What I will always remember is catching a 9-pound, one-ounce largemouth the second day, just half an hour before I had to check in at the ramp, and showing off that fish to the crowd during the weigh-in,” says Hamilton. “I could have had a 30-pound catch that day, and I wouldn’t have been more excited that I was with that big fish.

“It’s what every fisherman dreams about, and it happened to me in my first Classic. I still can’t believe it.”

The young pro readily admits the 2017 Elite Series season has been a huge learning experience for him, but he’s also gratified at the serious attention he’s attracted by fishing in the aluminum Xpress.® Virtually every venue has been new water to him, so he’s not only having to learn each lake or river but also how to manage the schools of fish he does find for a full three or four days. He finished 22nd in the season opener at Lake Cherokee and followed with a 48th at Lake Okeechobee, but he’s also struggled at other lakes.

“My message to every young angler I meet is the very same lesson I’m experiencing myself,” concludes the Yamaha Pro, “which is that you have to be willing to learn from every day on the water. I tell the high school and college kids to fish with as many different people as possible because that’s how you’ll learn and grow in this sport.

“I tell them even today’s most experienced tournament pros were beginners themselves once, and virtually everyone I have met has been more than willing to help me, and that’s what they’ll discover if they stay in the sport.” Y

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

Preparation is Key for that Perfect Venison Stew

 

 

Preparation is Key for that Perfect Venison Stew

 

Although you can find a gazillion recipes all across the Internet on how to prepare the best of the best venison stew (i.e., there are 25+ best ideas located on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/explore/venison-stew/), what most people don’t realize is that when it comes to venison, the only way to create a delicious stew that takes out the ‘gamey’ taste of the venison and makes the meat tender and delicious begins with the preparation of the meat. And that preparation actually begins in the field, itself. If things aren’t done correctly at the very beginning of it all, no stew is going to taste good.

Although you can find a gazillion recipes all across the Internet on how to prepare the best of the best venison stew (i.e., there are 25+ best ideas located on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/explore/venison-stew/), what most people don’t realize is that when it comes to venison, the only way to create a delicious stew that takes out the ‘gamey’ taste of the venison and makes the meat tender and delicious begins with the preparation of the meat. And that preparation actually begins in the field, itself. If things aren’t done correctly at the very beginning of it all, no stew is going to taste good.

From the second that kill is made, a plan should already be in place as to getting the deer dressed. By doing this you will remove any possibility of tainting the meat, so when you arrive at your processor’s door there will be a walk-in cooler set at the perfect temp (34 to 37 degrees/with 88 percent humidity) to age your deer meat correctly. (*If not using a processor and are going to be more than a few hours before processing the meat, quarter the deer and get the deer on ice ASAP.)

 

Aging the deer is, above all, the most important step to achieving tender meat. In addition, there are two methods to aging meat: dry aging and wet aging, so make sure to research and then pick the one that best suits your individual needs. If you have not aged your venison, you can also place the unpackaged venison on a cooling rack on your own kitchen counter and point a fan directly at it for about a half hour. By doing this, your meat will brown easier and the venison will be far more tender.

 

It is important to note that aged venison is not gamey. It, like any other meat, simply has its own flavor. Deer forage for food, taking in everything from grass to herbs to berries to nuts, which means that it only requires a simple amount of seasoning in order to enhance that flavor. From the tenderloin to the backstrap of the deer – salt, pepper and olive oil are an easy trio that will bring about an excellent taste.

 

The right way of cooking venison is to make sure that it is not overcooked. If overcooking occurs, the meat will chew like rubber, so it’s important to know that venison cooks faster than beef. Therefore, when cooking rare, it only needs to reach a temp of 130 degrees. If any higher, the venison will begin to grow tough.

 

A cooking technique that many absolutely love is braising, in which the main ingredient is seared and then seared in liquid on low heat in a pot. Slow-cookers and Dutch ovens are the main choices when it comes to making perfect venison stew – by cooking low and slow. But always make sure to match the cut of meat to the cooking method. What that means is you will want to use the correct method in order to produce the tenderest meat possible. While some cuts will naturally be tender (loins and tenderloin, for instance), other cuts will be extremely tough and stringy. When it comes to that low-and-slow method for stews and soups, the shoulders, shanks and neck should be braised.

 

Using that perfect dry rub or marinade will also tenderize your meat, allowing you to cook the tough cuts to infuse flavor and create a tender, juicy result. When thinking about a dry rub to use, think about the endless combinations of dry herbs and spices that can be put together. Then massage the meat with the rub, place into a glass container, and refrigerate overnight for 24 hours to let that rub truly sink in to the meat.

 

One of the easiest recipes to use when creating that unforgettable venison stew is to heat oil in a Dutch oven. Brown the meat (that was perfectly prepared at the very beginning), and then add onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper and water. Add in your potatoes and carrots and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender (approximately 30-45 minutes). Mix flour and cold water, place into the stew, and then cook and stir until thick and bubbly.

 

Then all you have left to do is enjoy!

 

For more information, you can head to a list of websites that offer all different varieties of truly unforgettable venison stews. In fact, check out ‘Taste of Home’ at www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/venison-stew) and begin drooling now!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Phil Dyskow Appointed to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

 

Phil Dyskow Appointed to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Immediate Past President to fill Recreational Fishing Seat

 

Yamaha Marine Group announced  that Immediate Past President, Phil Dyskow, has been appointed to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council.) Nominated for a Recreational Fishing position by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Dyskow’s appointment underscores his diverse knowledge of marine fisheries and proven business leadership.

“Phil Dyskow will offer a great deal of insight to the Council. He has a diverse knowledge of marine fisheries issues, and brings a unique perspective to the Council process through his extensive experience in the fishing and boating industries,” said Ben Speciale, Yamaha Marine Group President. “Phil is well prepared to address the challenges facing our federal fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and will provide a balanced, educated, and effective voice for the great state of Florida on the Council.  I congratulate Phil on his tremendous efforts and thank him for his continued dedication to advocate on behalf of the marine industry.”

Dyskow was the first Yamaha boat dealer in the United States. He joined Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. in 1981 as one of the first employees involved in the initial research, planning, and introduction of Yamaha outboards into the U.S. market.  In 1997, he became President of Yamaha Marine Group and held that position until he retired in May of 2010.  During his tenure, Yamaha Marine’s business in the United States grew dramatically.

A longtime advocate for boater and angler rights and marine conservation, Dyskow was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) in 2011, which advises NOAA® on fisheries issues, and in 2012 he began serving on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC).  Established in 1971, the NBSAC is responsible for advising the U.S. Coast Guard on developing and promulgating standards and regulations pertaining to the construction of recreational boats. He is also a member of the Kenai River Sports Fishing Association Board of Directors, and a CCA® California legacy lifetime member.

The Gulf Council is one of eight U.S. Regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans designed to manage fishery resources in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  These plans impact user access to the Gulf of Mexico’s public fisheries resources.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training, and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

 

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Original Source:  Yamaha Outboards.com 

 

 

Let’s Go Camping!

 

Let’s Go Camping!

 

There are many different “types” of camping. Some believe in the primitive way. Such as those who still believe that the discovery of fire was the best thing that ever happened to mankind and want nothing more than to “rough it” out there in the Great Outdoors. Others, more often than not, believe that summer camping is definitely a great thing if (and only if) an RV filled with all the needs of modern life is the transportation to their base camp out there in the wilderness.

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Choosing either primitive or luxury camping is just fine. But now the “lists” have hit the market (from Time Magazine to Cabela’s and so much more) letting you know exactly the gear that should be brought along no matter what in order to make your 2017 summer camping trip a whole lot of fun!

 

Picking out some of the best and most exciting gadgets and gear that will provide you with the perfect excursion, below are just a few top inventions that will allow you to enjoy your outdoor fun without having to leave luxury and technology at home.

 

We begin with Time Magazine’s “Invention of the Year.” The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter (only $20 at Amazon.com) is simple, lightweight and completely reliable for the camper. Containing no chemicals, and needing no batteries, this water filter has absolutely no parts that wear out. Whether camping or hiking, the LifeStraw meets EPA standards for water filtration and has already been proven as being the best, as it has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. It takes just 3-5 seconds of drinking out of the straw to start the flow of water through the filter, making it easy, convenient, and incredibly healthy.

 

Here’s an invention you’ll love. Not only do you receive help with your technology from it, but you also receive a great cooking station. The Biolite BaseCamp is a stove that works fairly quickly. Taking only thirty minutes to heat up, you can not only cook dinner for those campers out there, but the heat also provides the energy for a charging station. Nope, not kidding at all. By using this cooking station, you turn the twigs and branches you’re burning into electricity to power any USB-connected devices that you just “have to have” while having fun in the wild.

 

What about a little music, you ask? The Eton Scorpion II is a piece of gear that, whether you’re at home or out there in the woods, is a must have. A hand crank-charged AM/FM radio with NOAA weather band radio stations, for only $59, the Scorpion II doubles as a power bank and an LED flashlight, making it the safety gadget on the market today. Small and able to hook onto your pack, it can also collect power from its solar panel, so there’s no need to stuff it in the bottom of your bag.

 

And for those pictures that you must have for the scrapbook back home, there is the GoPro Hero4 that will not take up much room in that backpack of yours at all. Shooting everything from 30-frame-per-second 4K video to those still photos that people still love to take and put in pictures frames all around the room, this is the must have camera for all ages. One of the most expensive camping gadgets of 2017, at $499, the camera is still one of those necessary pieces of equipment when it comes to capturing memories that are absolutely priceless.

 

Now that we’ve pointed out things to put inside that backpack…what about the backpack, itself? Well, the Osprey Atmos AG backpack actually has “anti-gravity suspension.” May sound a little like marketing shtick, but the facts are clear that people who wear this backpack swear that their 35-40 pound load feels no heavier than 20 pounds while on their back. Made of a lightweight mesh that hugs the body from hips to shoulders is what brings about this miracle “suspension.” By allowing the fit to extend down the body instead of centering it up high, there is no longer that weight pulling down on your neck and shoulders.

 

Remember, there are lists and lists out there on the Internet offering the newest in lanterns, chairs, flashlights – even head-lamps for those extreme cave-divers – but these products give you a solid starting point when it comes to having a great camping trip, without having to give up the luxuries of home.

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

Don’t Blink Earns 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

 

Don’t Blink Earns 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Championship With a 553-Pound Blue Marlin

 

Miramar Beach, Florida — Cindy tried her best, yet even a tropical storm couldn’t deter the perseverance and skills of the committed fleet of 36 boats competing in the 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. The final outcome was decided by only two pounds, with Don’t Blink named the 2017 tournament champion. Angler Mike Hickey, Capt. Skip McAllister, mates Sid Little, Wayne Riles and the crew of the 56 Viking boated a 553-pound blue marlin to claim first place. Bill Horn added the top wahoo weighing 67.5 pounds and those two fish, plus jackpots earned the boat a total payout of $90,600. Jason Benton of Tallassee, Alabama, is Don’t Blink’s owner.

 

“We’ve fished this event since 2003, but this is our first weighed marlin,” he said after Monday’s awards brunch. “The ECBC is my favorite tournament—I rate it a 10. None of this was by coincidence. It all worked out, and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Sixteen-year-old Alex Krake and his veteran crew aboard Team Supreme, a 76 Viking based in Destin and run by Capt. Chase Lake (mates James Arnold and Rodney Johnson), made a late challenge only to come up 32 ounces short. Krake whipped a 551-pound blue to take second-place marlin honors, plus jackpot money for a consolation prize of $124,785. There were only two marlins weighed this year.

Geaux Deep (Capt. Joe “Fish” Hebert) won the top crew and top release team recognition with five fish scoring 1,600 points. JD Hebert was named the top release angler. The team’s efforts earned a check for $37,905. Traders Hill (Capt. Billy Blount) was second in the release division with 900 points, followed by Liquid Apple (Capt. Blake Applewhite) with 600 points. Liquid Apple won $22,965 for a weekend’s worth of fishing.

Angler Dana Foster, who owns Born2Run, a 72 Viking, scored the largest tuna of the week. His 169-pound yellowfin, plus second place crew honors and jackpot money totaled $47,850.

Chris Crosby, fishing on Black Tip, a 61 Buddy Davis skippered by Capt. Sparky McCann, boated the second-largest tuna, a bigeye at 142.90 pounds. Combined with a 34.70-pound wahoo jackpot, the crew is taking $39,735 back to Key West, Florida.

Chad Postle, aboard Breathe Easy, a 68 Viking run by Capt. Patrick Ivie, also scored a double-header with the third place tuna (142.3 pounds) and the top dolphin, a bull that tipped the scales at 27.9 pounds. Owner Matt McDonald and his seasoned team scored $47,850 for those catches.

The extended family team on Trader’s Hill, a 105 Broward guided by Capt. Billy Blount, is $35,876 richer. Drew Marshall won the top junior billfish angler title, and the team racked up three billfish releases overall and jackpot entries for its winnings.

Pullin’ Wire, another 61 Buddy Davis run by Capt. Steven Gay, caught the second-largest wahoo for the week at 48.5 pounds. That finish, along with jackpot money, earned $9,450 for the team. Angler Wesley Carpenter, on Get Reel, a 60 Hatteras (Capt. Cheeze Alawine), rounded out the wahoo division with a speedster scaling 44.2 pounds, good for $12,885 with optional entries.

 Only two dolphins met the 20-pound minimum weight and Justin Guidry on Emerald Grande, a 73 Donzi, wound in the second 26.7-pound qualifier. Counting jackpot money, that dolphin was worth $37,200 for the team.

In addition to Hickey and Marshall, other special awards went to Caroline Robinson for the top lady angler trophy (Sea Mixer/Capt. Devin Potts), Guidry earned top gamefish junior angler recognition and Don’t Blink will be representing the ECBC in the 2018 Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica.

Out of the 36 boats competing, 22 earned payouts, mostly for optional jackpot entries. The 238 anglers were competing for $624,675 in overall prize money and boated 2,163.4 pounds of fish. All of the catch was cleaned by Harbor Docks and donated to the non-profit Harvest House to help feed the area’s less-fortunate families. Other charitable recipients of the ECBC include The Sandestin Foundation for Kids and The Billfish Foundation.

Tournament host, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and presenting sponsor Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore were joined again this year by tourism partner Visit South Walton, tournament partner Mojo Sportswear and emerald sponsors Coca-Cola, Galati Yacht Sales, Gulf Coast Yacht Group, Hatteras Yachts, Hook & Tackle, Monster Energy, Southern Line, The Grand Marlin and Viking Yachts. Larry Rackley was the 2017 tournament artist.

“Wow, what an intense week,” says Tournament Director Adam Alfonso. “We dealt with our share of adversity due to the storm, but I’d like to thank all these dedicated teams for sticking with us and bringing in some exceptional fish. Thanks also to our loyal sponsors for ensuring such a world-class event and my team for pulling it all off. We’ll be primed to break more ECBC records next year, and I’ve already ordered clear skies, calm seas, and a couple of grander marlin.”

The 16th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is set for June 20-24, 2018, at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at Miramar Beach.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort:
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages and was named the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is Essential for Anglers on the Road

 

Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is Essential for Anglers on the Road

ACCESS TO YOUR OUTBOARD’S INFORMATION AND NEAREST YAMAHA DEALER LOCATION ARE JUST TWO OF THE FEATURES YOU’LL USE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

By Dean Rojas

Yamaha Pro Staff

On my way to the last Bassmaster Elite Series event on Toledo Bend, I realized that I didn’t pack my back-up prop. I like to carry two props at all times, just in case I hit something and ding the prop on my boat, I can easily change it out right on the water. It can be the difference between just getting home or making the weigh-in in time, so it’s a standard practice for me.

When you’re on the road, you can’t just swing back by the house and get whatever you need, which is one of the reasons I have the free Yamaha Outboards Mobile App on my cell phone. One of the features of the App is that you can quickly access the location and hours of the nearest Yamaha dealer, which is what I did. I ran over to the dealer and picked up one of the props from their inventory and replaced it later. As a boat owner, the Dealer Locater feature is really nice, particularly when you’re on the road or travel to other towns to fish. It gives you a map from your location to the dealership, along with all their contact information and the products and services they provide. It can save you time and effort by keeping you from going somewhere that isn’t open or doesn’t handle your motor issue. 

The Dealer Locator is a really practical feature for all boat owners that are on the road, and if you drive to fish certain lakes on a regular basis, you can save the information, so you have quick access to the dealers if you need it. Before the season ever starts, I go through the Dealer Locater and save the contact information for all Yamaha Dealers in scheduled tournament areas. I’ll also use it to find a dealer anywhere else on the road.

The Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is free and works on Apple® or Android devices. You can visit iTunes® or Google Play to download.

When you open the App, it takes you to four options: My YamahaDealers, Performance and Stays Hooked. Each of these buttons has a unique feature for Yamaha owners. You can go into the My Yamaha option and register your outboard motor using your PID Number. From there, it will access the information on the motor and give you the start and end dates of your current warranty along with a countdown clock on how much longer you have to get an extended warranty before that option runs out. If it’s a new motor, you can log and track the break-in period along with scheduled maintenance.

Because the App stores information such as the Hull ID# and Yamaha Outboard PID, I’ll use it when I’m filling out information for my boat insurance or registration. It’s just a quick access system to everything about your boat.

As I said before, the Dealers option will help you find the nearest dealer if you’re ever in a jam and need parts or service, or provide you with contact information if you’re just looking to call and order something.

The Performance option allows you to access all the Yamaha Performance Bulletins, which are records of boat and motor combinations that Yamaha Application Engineers test and evaluate, like speed and fuel burn at different RPMs, along with other pertinent data, such as the prop they were using. It’s great to be able to quickly access the criteria the Yamaha Technicians utilized to help get maximum performance from the boat and motor combination they tested.

I know a lot of guys who look at Performance Bulletins regularly just to know what prop they should buy. You can bookmark any of the Bulletins for future reference or share them with friends who may want to utilize that information as well.

The last button on the Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is the Stay Hooked option, which basically provides quick access to all the Yamaha Social Media sites, which I check on a regular basis, because people are always sharing information about their boats and motors. I’ve gotten some really great tips from Yamaha Outboard owners on those sites.

There’s also a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the Answers to those questions so that you can keep track of any news related to your Yamaha Outboard. This feature is really cool because if there’s an issue with an outboard model or new way to troubleshoot a problem, you’ll hear about it first in this section.

It’s kind of funny, but when I first downloaded the Yamaha Outboards Mobile App I figured I’d never use it, but it’s something I refer to on a regular basis and use to track my maintenance on my motor. When I sold my last boat and motor (I get a new one every year), I could show anyone who was interested all the information about the break-in and maintenance, so I had a great source of information about my personal outboard motor. When I’m at a tournament and filling out the paperwork, I’ll refer to the App for my boat and motor numbers.

The Yamaha Outboards Mobile App is super simple and easy to use, and if you get in the habit of playing with it on a regular basis, you’ll find inputting the information really takes only a few minutes of your time. But when you need information, the answers are right there in your pocket. Check it out. It’s free and really does have some great features. 

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Original Source: Yamaha Outboards.com