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Automatic Charging Relay Systems for Boats…

An automatic charging relay (ACR) system represents a simple way to charge all of your boat batteries on the fly, so to speak. As long as the engine alternator is churning out amps, like when you’re trolling or moving from one fishing spot to another, the ACR can re-direct excess ...

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Grundéns Gear Prepares Anglers for Anything…

When a buddy introduced offshore angler Peter Lopez to the flats years ago, he never imagined how much he would enjoy the new challenges of inshore species or how it would shape his career. Watch to learn more about Peter’s conversion to the flats and how his Grundéns’ gear gives ...

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Atlantic Menhaden Need Improved Management…

“No man is an island.”—John Donne Nor any fish either, or really any living plant or animal. We are all bound together in a mind-bogglingly complex web of life, in which what happens to one species affects multiple others. Yet up to now, we have governed many of our natural ...

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Scanning Sonar Uses and Options…

Capt. Jeff Jones knows scanning sonar inside and out. Not only has he used these systems for more than 30 years to find fish, but he has also installed them — most recently aboard the 36-foot Fresh One that he regularly skippers off Southern California. Soon after completing the intricate ...

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Lack of Common Sense in Fishing Conservation…

I am a commonsense kind of guy. I’m pretty sure the sun will rise tomorrow in the east and will keep that up until, in the words of Shakespeare, I “shuffle off this mortal coil.” It also seems to be common sense that in the natural world there are predator ...

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Safety Checklist for Boat Trailers…

There’s no quicker way to ruin a long-planned fishing trip than to break down on the side of the road with a trailer issue. Regularly adding waterproof grease to the hubs will help prevent one of the most common failures. But there are other simple checks that can be done ...

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Guide to Batteries for Boats…

In the realm of digital outboards, trolling motors and amp-sensitive electronics, power is everything. We expect things to work, and when they don’t, not only could the trip be ruined, but you and your loved ones could also suddenly find yourselves in an ­uncomfortable or even risky situation.That’s why the ...

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Types of Trolled Ballyhoo Rigs…

During the infancy of my offshore trolling, I rigged my ballyhoo modified-headboat-style: that is, a dual O’Shaughnessy hook with the point of the second hook inverted back into the bait. Even if a fish breathed on the bait, I just had to catch it.   Enter time on the water ...

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Why to Use the Biggest Marine Electronics Possible…

Fishing friends and acquaintances often ask me about the best marine electronics for their boats. One thing I always tell them: Buy the biggest components you can afford and/or fit on your boat. This applies to everything from multifunction displays (MFDs) to chirp transducers. Internal micro-processing components continue to shrink, ...

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