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Summer Dolphin Tactics

 

Summer Dolphin Tactics

By Capt. Gus Cane

 

Dolphin, Dorado, mahimahi. No matter what you call them these neon green, yellow and blue speedsters are perhaps the perfect pelagic game fish. Why? Because they fight extremely hard, they are common in warm waters around the world, they grow super fast, and they taste delicious. That’s why Dolphin are such a popular summertime target.

 

To get in on the fun, start with the computer. Satellite forecasting services can help pinpoint likely zones based on water temperatures, underwater structure, currents and temporary features like color changes and weed lines. Reports from the local tackle shop, marina or fishing forum will help narrow the search too.

 

On the water, the boat’s electronics will be invaluable tools. The chart plotter will identify ledges, humps and depth contours that concentrate bait. Some units offer real-time data overlays. Dial in the radar to paint frigates and other birds hunting for bait and keep a pair of binoculars handy to confirm the blips. The sounder will show the differences in water temperatures. Dolphin love hot water, so even a degree or two of change could mean a concentration of fish.

Having a mixed tackle set-up will expand your dolphin opportunities. Big plastic chugger and jet head lures on trolling combos run several waves behind the boat will cover plenty of water. A heavy Nylure lead jig in bright yellow trolled way back is a surefire bet. It often produces when nothing else will. A heavy spinning outfit with a large surface lure like a Sebile Popper can be cast quickly whenever the birds are working bait, or you run across a nice weed line or floating debris. Dolphin love to hang around anything, from wooden pallets, oil drums, trees and other flotsam. These “surface structures” attract small baitfish, which in turn attracts hungry dolphin. Another spinning outfit with a stout live bait hook and a chunk of ballyhoo is great enticement when that gang of gaffers does show up.

Dolphin typically travels in packs so once one is hooked, keep it in the water as long as possible. The thrashing and commotion will pull its school mates into casting range. If, after catching a couple the fish seem to lose interest, throw a handful of small cut ballyhoo pieces overboard. That will usually fire ‘em up again. Another trick is to use the raw water washdown hose and spray a light shower near the boat. The noise and dimpling water often triggers another feeding frenzy.

After a fun fight comes the best part—eating the catch. Dolphin filets are very mild and can be cooked a variety of ways. It’s hard to beat a big slab hot off the grill, however.

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features

 

Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features

By Craig Lamb

Are you looking for a family friendly, center console fishing rig in the 23-foot class? Your search is over with the 230 LXF from Tidewater Boats.

The all-new 230 LXF has a centerline of 23’ with a wide beam spanning 8’ 10.” The boat weighs 3,200 pounds and has a fuel capacity of 95 gallons for peace of mind on long trips. Best balance of performance and fuel economy is with a 250 horsepower outboard, with a maximum rating of 300 h.p.

 

Click here for the spec sheet.

This beauty is decked out from bow to stern with the luxury that defines all Tidewater models. Comfortable, plush upholstery, family friendly cushioned bow seating, and a large transom door are just a few of the luxury features.

What else makes the 230 LXF a standout in its class is the attention to detail made by the designers. When it comes time to rig up for a fishing trip, the 230 LXF delivers with many standard features, all made from high-quality materials. You get a boat with good looks and features that make moving about the cabin easier, safer and more convenient for the angler.

LED lighting in the 30-gallon aerated live wells with insulation for those and the fish box keep bait and catches cooler all day long. Vertical and recessed rod holders made of stainless steel keep rigs at the ready when it comes time to cast.

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Tidewater owners appreciate the choices of options to create the perfect boat to fit their needs. The list of options is long for the 230 LXF. For convenience, you can add a Porta Potty, pump out head, raw water washdown, ski pole and more. T-Tops, Taco Outriggers, Garmin electronics, on board 12-24 volt charging system and hydraulic steering upgrades are just a few of the fishing options.

Family friendly features also mean peace of mind in design and quality construction of all Tidewater Boats.

Top off the above features with foam floatation, all composite, no wood construction and a hand-laid fiberglass boat, and you get the most reliable, dependable boat in its class.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

 

The 230 LXF delivers everything and more in a 23-foot class boat with a family-friendly design, luxury appointments, and peace of mind from Tidewater’s commitment to build the most dependable, reliable and safe saltwater boat available.  Visit Tidewater Boats Today for Adventure of a Lifetime

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Sea Chaser 26 LX Does it all for Summer Fun

 

Sea Chaser 26 LX Does it all for Summer Fun

By Craig Lamb

Snorkeling, cruising, beach combing, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff is rigged and ready to do it all. When summer fun combines all of the above activities, this boat will easily make your short list of choices for an all-purpose center console boat.

Red drum, or redfish, is one of the most sought-after saltwater species for summertime angling. Narrow your choices to these five patterns and get the most from your summertime angling for this hard-fighting fish.

Redfish, Home Run Charters, Saltwater Fishing, Lodge, Base camp,

Jetties

Save these rocky structures until late summer. That’s when trophy reds begin congregating around jetties. Focus on the deepest water around the jetties and find those fish magnets using your electronics.

The redfish will school in deep holes and ambush baitfish swept across the neighboring shallow water. For artificial lures use lipless crankbaits and jerk baits fished with an erratic action to draw the attention of the redfish.

Marshes

In South Louisiana these grassy estuaries are ideal for sight fishing. Look for tailing redfish moving along the marsh lines. That is a sign of redfish feeding on small crabs and shrimp. Oyster and grass flats near a marsh line are top targets.

Marches nearest open water, river channels and cuts are best bets in the summertime. Key on areas where bottoms change and have irregular features, like oyster beds, sand flats or mud.

Rig up with jigs and live shrimp or crab for active fish. On calm days add a popping cork to live bait rigs or use a popper type topwater plug to create attention.

Beaches

Keep a big, splashy topwater rigged and ready whenever your boat is beached for an outing with friends and family. Big redfish will herd baitfish, such as mullet, and push them toward the beach. The presence of diving birds is always a good sign of redfish action.

The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff and its shallow draft are ideal for accessing redfish territory. Length overall is 25’ 11 with a beam of 103.” Weight is 3,432 pounds with a transom size of 25 inches. The boat is rated for a maximum 350 horsepower. This boat is ideal for bays, rivers, lakes and even venturing offshore.

The 26 LX is loaded with a long list of standard features. Some of those are twin forward locking rod storage boxes, locking fiberglass hatches, gunwale rod storage with combing boards, storage locker with 5-gallon cast net bucket and lots of LED lighting.

Spacious raised decks offer plenty of space for fishing at bow and stern. Up front is a pair of tackle trays to keep essentials organized, and twin latches at port and starboards open to storage compartments. There’s a 25-gallon Livewell that keeps bait within easy reach.

At the helm is a leaning post with bench-style seat, complete with backrest, fold-down footrest, four-rod rocket launcher and a sizeable cooler and storage netting. Add an optional T-top for shade and to mount electronics and add more rods.

The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff has been designed with a stepped hull to ensure unrivaled tracking, turning, fuel efficiency and acceleration. Constructed of 100% composite materials, you get peace of mind knowing this boat carries the legacy of the best-built boat available in the class.

Visit  Carolina Skiff.com  today and review all the different Sea Chasers models.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Five Proven Rigs for Dolphin

 

Five Proven Rigs for Dolphin

By Craig Lamb

Dolphin, sometimes called the mahi-mahi, are one of the tastiest, sporting game fish in the sea. This species is especially fun to catch during summer, when schools of dolphin congregate around drifting objects like grass, floating debris or offshore drilling platforms.

Hook up with one dolphin and others will follow your catch back to the boat. One or more larger fish might even blitz the bait with your fish on the line. The iridescent blue, green and yellow hues of the species make it even more prized by saltwater anglers. So do the acrobatic leaps of the fish when hooked.

Photo: Home Run Charters

Here are five proven rigs for summer success with dolphin.

Ready rig

This is just a catch phrase to explain the importance of always having a spinning rod and reel always at the ready. Dolphin can appear from nowhere around drifting grass, floating debris or other isolated habitats.

Spool up with 20-pound test line on a medium/heavy reel and rod combo. Use a weedless ballyhoo rig. Make it by running the hook point through the gill and out the throat of the ballyhoo. Insert the hook into the belly to make it weedless. You can also add a small skirt over the nose of the ballyhoo for additional strike appeal and to deflect weeds.

Keep the ballyhoo rig in a bucket of saltwater and be ready when the fish show up.

Real thing

You can also set a drift along a weed line using live bait. The rig is simple but effective. Just tie a 2/0 or 3/0 live bait hook to 20-pound line on a spinning reel. Pitch the lure to the edge of the weed line. The weightless and simple rig lets the bait swim enticingly into the weeds.

Go deep

If a school of dolphin suddenly disappears have ready a 3/4-ounce jigging spoon rigged to a casting outfit. The rig can be dropped vertically along the edge of the weed line and worked at various depths. Use a snapping action with your wrist to impart the action of a wounded bait fish.

Chunk of bait

When all else fails, you can rig a chunk of ballyhoo to a 6/0 live bait hook. Use a stout, heavy action rod and reel spooled with 50-pound test. Use a long leader, at least 20 feet, so you can snip off sections as the line becomes frayed without having to retie the entire rig. Add a few ounces of weight and complete the rig with a balloon. Allow it to drift along the edge of the weed line.

Chugging along

To fire up a school of dolphin, you can’t go wrong with a noisy topwater bait. Chugger-style plugs make a great choice for the splashing action imparted when the lure is worked across the surface.  

A center console boat designed for hardcore offshore fishing without sacrificing luxury features is the unbeatable combination found in the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure.

Here’s a preview of how luxury meets performance in a center console rig. Flip out the comfy back rests on the cushioned forward bench seating and you get a bow rider experience. A new center console mounting system and standard hardtop set this rig up for serious fishing.

What else sets the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure apart from the rest are the specs of the boat. It has a length overall of 24’ 8” and a wide beam spanning 9’ 3” for a solid ride and plenty of interior room. The boat weighs 4,150 pounds with a fuel capacity of 126 gallons for making long runs offshore. Twin 115 h.p. outboards are recommended for optimum fuel economy and performance, with a maximum of 300 h.p. A 21-degree deadrise at the transom creates a soft ride in waves and chop. Cockpit depth rises from 27.5” to 33.5” inches at midship and bows for a safe, drier ride. 

Top off the above features with foam floatation, all-composite, no wood construction and a hand-laid fiberglass boat and you get the most reliable, dependable boat in it’s class.

Split fishing boxes, storage for terminal tackle utility boxes, abundant rod storage, and fresh water wash down adds to the fishing features. A 25-gallon aerated live well is designed with round corners to reduce fish stress and finished in blue to keep bait calm.

Hardcore anglers and discriminating boaters like to customize their rigs with options that suit their needs. The Tidewater 252 CC Adventure delivers with the best quality accessories available. Leaning post options are many. Choose from a deluxe drop bolster version, or a leaning post with a sink or a live well. A LED lighting package, Taco 280 Grandslam outriggers, and underwater lights are among the many other options.

A luxury experience with a performance edge. That’s what you get with the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models,  at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Originl Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Skeeter SX210

 

Skeeter SX210

By Craig Lamb

After buying a bay boat, why spend more time and money getting it rigged out for your needs?

With the Skeeter SX210, you get a boat already factory rigged with the standard accessories and features serious anglers want in a bay boat. Best of all, you get the extras, dependability, and durability that make it a Skeeter for an affordable price.

Affordable doesn’t mean any corners were cut. That’s not the Skeeter way. The SX210 even looks bigger than its size. The spacious interior provides plenty of room to move around, cast baits to surface feeders, and set rigs for trolling.

The SX210 has an overall length of 21’ 6” with a wide beam spanning 98”. Interior depth at the console is 18.5”, providing plenty of depth needed for functionality and safety. The SX210 weighs 2,300 pounds with a draft of 10” for shallow water accessibility and is powered by the most dependable saltwater outboard available. You can choose between the Yamaha F150, VF150, F175 or F200.

Check out these standard features that put you into the action with the first trip.

  • Yamaha multifunction gauges
  • Horizontal rod storage
  • Removable windshield
  • Seastar® hydraulic steering
  • 25-gallon rear live well
  • Vertical rod holders (14)
  • Retractable boarding ladder

Shopping for a bay boat usually means also shopping for a trailer. Not with the SX210, which comes standard with a trailer equipped with these standard features.

  • I-Tube Aluminum Trailer with tandem axle
  • Swing-away tongue
  • Fulton® jack stand and winch
  • Tuff Coat fenders
  • Spare tire and carrier

Also standard is a Lowrance® HDS-9 Gen3 Touch with internal GPS, Structure Scan®, and temperature gauges. The dash-mounted unit is factory installed by skilled technicians for dependable, worry-free operation.

From stem to stern the SX210 is rigged and ready to make a long run to the bay or into shallow flats. For that task, the SX210 comes standard with 8-foot Pro-Series II Power Pole®, the best available shallow water anchoring system. An anchor box, front deck storage, bait wells and more round out the fishing features.

The SX210 is designed and made with Skeeter’s Torque Transfer Transom and Stringer System. This unique system transfers the vertical torque and energy from the engine to the stringer system in the bottom of the boat, virtually eliminating stress on the transom, deck and hull sides, while providing lift along the entire keel of the boat.

Learn more at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

This document contains many of Skeeter’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Introducing the all-new Tidewater 320 CC Adventure

 
Introducing the all-new Tidewater 320 CC Adventure

By Craig Lamb

Luxury appointments and the durability, toughness, and fishability required by serious saltwater anglers. Combining the comfort and style of a yacht into a boat designed for offshore fishing is a tall order. But the engineers and designers at Tidewater Boats did it all in the all-new 320 CC.

From the premium upholstery to the highly refined seating and spacious storage, the Tidewater 320 CC delivers it all in style. The boat is loaded with high-end fishing features that meet the needs of any saltwater angler going miles offshore for a day of fishing. Back at port, the 320 CC turns into a masterpiece suitable for cruising the bays, canals, and inlets in style.

The 320 CC has a centerline of 32′ 2″ with a beam width of 10′ 4.” With a weight of 8,200 pounds, the 320 CC has a capacity of 2,200 pounds. Deadrise at transom is 22 degrees and the boat drafts approximately 23 inches. With a recommended 700 horsepower the 320 CC is ideal for ultimate offshore four stroke. That, of course, is the 5.3L V8 F350C, the most reliable and powerful in its class.

Inside the 320 CC is an abundance of space. Aft cockpit depth is 27” with a midship depth of 37.” Bow depth is 37, ” and the 320 CC has a bridge clearance of 108.” 

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog,  and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

 

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

Water and boats go together, but you don’t always find both at a boat show. You can now find those and more at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Shake the winter blues and head to Miami to get your boating season kicked off early. You can do that by visiting Booth B147—B Tent, where Tidewater Boats will display the latest models. Dealer reps and factory experts will be on hand to meet, greet and help visitors turn their dream into reality of enjoying an ultimate day on the bay and elsewhere. 

Visit the booth and find front and center the new Tidewater 320CC, the premier model in the lineup. The 320CC center console boat is designed for smoothing out pounding waves on long offshore runs. With a length of 32 feet and a beam spanning 10’ 4” the boat can handle big water and is loaded from bow to stern with features for the serious blue water angler.

Luxury and functionality are unique in a center console fishing boat, and you get both with the Tidewater 220 LXF. A boat designed for fishing with ultra comfort features for cruising and family outings.

Find luxury from stem to stern in this boat with a centerline of 22′ 2″ and a ultra-wide beam of 8′ 10.” With a transom height of 25″ and 18-degree deadrise the 220 LXF is built for performance with a smooth, dry ride. The 220 are part of the LXF line. Read more about the models here.

Tidewater Boats engineers succeeded in a designing a boat with comfortable, spacious family seating, abundant storage and all the features serious anglers seek in an offshore center console rig. Best of all, the design is family friendly when it comes time to welcome aboard passengers for a cruise. 

You can also check out the 280 CC Adventure, 230 CC Adventure, 210 CC Adventure, 2500 Carolina Bay and the 252 LXF.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, the most in class, that provides a softer transition between chop and big waves. That sets up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Read more about all the performance details and features here.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog, and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Advance Planning Will Enhance Your Next Fishing Vacation

 

Advance Planning Will Enhance Your Next Fishing Vacation

By Capt. Gus Cane

Hot summer fishing and vacations go together like hot dogs and watermelon. The action is fast-paced, and it’ s the perfect opportunity to enjoy time on the water with family and friends. To maximize the enjoyment, though, plan ahead to take full advantage of your valuable leisure time.

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Long before you arrive, start by doing as much research as you can about the area you’ll be fishing. Even if you’ve been there previously, conditions change from season to season, and you’ ll want to be prepared. Sport-fishing magazines and the internet are two good sources of information. Pay special attention to trends, locations or conditions, techniques, and baits/lures. For example, an archival search of a magazine website (or hard copy back issues) might reveal a new tactic for catching trophy striped bass. Another might describe a wreck that’ s attracting flounder or flats that are especially productive for tailing redfish.

Local fishing forums and guide websites are more excellent sources of information with real-time updates. By surfing through those, you can learn what the best baits or lure patterns are for the current conditions. Check out the latest reports to see what tides have been producing, the best depths and the current water clarity. Be sure to check the state fisheries agency too. They’ll have the latest on bag and size limits, special license needs or any area closures.

Pick up the phone and make a few calls before you go. The marina where you’ll be keeping the boat or launching is a great source of local knowledge. So are the local tackle shops. They’ll also have all the tackle, bait and ice you’ll need for that specific area.

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Speaking of tackle, don’t wait until the night before your first outing to check over your gear. Give it a thorough inspection long before leaving the homestead. Check drags, guides and reel seats. Re-spool the reels with new line and make sure they are operating smoothly. If not, have them serviced or do it yourself. Don’t forget to pack the other necessary gear as well, like landing nets or gaffs, coolers, leader material, de-hookers and other tools, plus the tackle bag/box with all the terminal gear you might need including hooks, sinkers, crimps, and swivels.

Start a list and write out everything and check it off as each item is being packed so nothing is left behind. Redundancy is always a good policy, especially if the vacation spot is remote. Carry enough rods and reels for all contingencies. You may anticipate fishing offshore, but wind and weather may force a change of plans by the time the trip rolls around. An arsenal of light-tackle could easily save the week if you have it with you, though.

It’s always a good insurance policy to carry a full spare hub assembly and spare tire in case there’s a problem on the road.

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Vacations are the perfect chance to try out some new fishing and with the Carolina Skiff Ultra-Elite Series 23, you’ll have the versatility and features to make that happen. This model has plenty of room and the range to carry the entire family to that special spot and all the amenities for putting fish in the boat once you drop anchor. With a capacity for 16 rods, coaming pads, an insulated live well and three-tray tackle storage, you’ll be able to fish in style and maximize your well-deserved break from the daily grind.

Once the battles are over, cool off with a refreshing dip. The swim platform and transom shower on the 23 make it easy to re-board and rinse off afterwards. And then sit back and relax on the folding rear bench seat or the flip-back leaning post, enjoy a cold beverage using one of the cup-holders and take in the sunset for the perfect ending to another fun-filled summer vacation.

Visit Carolina Skiff.com Today!

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Tidewater 2400 Bay Max a Leader in Coastal Hybrid Category

 

Tidewater 2400 Bay Max a Leader in Coastal Hybrid Category

By Craig Lamb

Take a close look at the Tidewater 2400 Bay Max and you will discover a bay boat with inshore and offshore capabilities. What is more, this coastal crossover offers family comforts, too, in a full featured bay boat from Tidewater Boats.

The 2400 Bay Max is a big boat with lots of room to roam when a spacious deck is needed for casting big baits, setting trolling rigs and fighting big fish.

When the catch comes aboard, there are large fish boxes to handle the job. Dual live wells keep baits separated and healthy for a long day on the water. Lockable rod storages provide security and keep unused rigs aboard the boat instead of back home. For rigs at the ready, you can store those at quick-access gunwale rod holders. And a spacious XLT console is laid out with controls at the fingertips, with plenty of room for mounting electronics and even storing tackle and gear. 

The 2400 Bay Max has a centerline of 24’ 4”, and a wide beam spanning 8’ 8.” A fuel capacity of 77 gallons provides peace of mind when making long runs offshore. The 2400 Bay Max is rated for 300 horsepower with a recommended 200 h.p. for optimum performance and fuel economy. View the full spec sheet here.

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Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

2400_bay_max5Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Tidewater 252 Adventure CC

 

Tidewater 252 Adventure CC

By Craig Lamb

A center console boat designed for hardcore offshore fishing without sacrificing luxury features is the unbeatable combination found in the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure.

Here’s a preview of how luxury meets performance in a center console rig. Flip out the comfy back rests on the cushioned forward bench seating, and you get a bow rider experience. A new center console mounting system and standard hardtop set this rig up for serious fishing.

What else sets the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure apart from the rest are the specs of the boat. It has a length overall of 24’ 8” and a wide beam spanning 9’ 3” for a solid ride and plenty of interior room. The boat weighs 4,150 pounds with a fuel capacity of 126 gallons for making long runs offshore. Twin 115 h.p. outboards are recommended for optimum fuel economy and performance, with a maximum of 300 h.p. A 21-degree deadrise at the transom creates a soft ride in waves and chop. Cockpit depth rises from 27.5” to 33.5” inches at midship and bow for a safe, drier ride.

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Top off the above features with foam floatation, all-composite, no wood construction and a hand-laid fiberglass boat, and you get the most reliable, dependable boat in it’s class.

Split fishing boxes, storage for terminal tackle utility boxes, abundant rod storage and fresh water wash down adds to the fishing features. A 25-gallon aerated live well is designed with round corners to reduce fish stress and finished in blue to keep bait calm.

Hardcore anglers and discriminating boaters like to customize their rigs with options that suit their needs. The Tidewater 252 CC Adventure delivers with the best quality accessories available. Leaning post options are many. Choose from a deluxe drop bolster version, or a leaning post with a sink or a live well. An LED lighting package, Taco 280 Grandslam outriggers, and underwater lights are among the many other options.

A luxury experience with a performance edge. That’s what you get with the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models,  and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com