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Product Review COBRA MARINE JUMPACK XL H2O The JumPack XL H2O is Cobra’s most versatile and powerful portable power source and jump starter yet. It enables you to jumpstart your car, truck, RV or marine engine and charge your mobile devices in all weather conditions. It is designed to jump start marine outboards, large V8 gasoline and diesel engines direct-from-the-battery or from the 12V port, and it is compliant with the latest safety UL standard. Most jump starters only work with cables connected to the battery. The JumPack can also jump a battery via the 12V port inside the vehicle, which means the user can stay safely inside the vehicle while the battery charges. The rugged and waterproof design makes it the perfect portable power device for any adventure. This compact unit is lightweight and powerful, with a lithium-cobalt battery that holds a charge longer and is smaller than traditional jump starters. An easy to view tri-color LED indicates the status of the JumPack and when it’s safe to start the vehicle. It runs its own self diagnostics to make sure the cables are attached properly, and if not, the JumPack will not allow itself to be used. This protects the user and the vehicle. Dual 3 Amp USB ports allow for rapid charging of two portable devices simultaneously, and it has a built-in super-bright LED flashlight, strobe and SOS LED. The unit includes jumper cables with clamps, a 12-volt charger cable, AC charge adapter and a neoprene carrying case.

Paired with video-enabled sonar units like Raymarine’s new Axoim Pro or eSeries, an Aqua-Vu underwater camera becomes the ultimate fishfinding machine. Whether it’s under ice or on open water, watching the fish and your lure in real-time takes the excitement of sight fishing to another level. It also gives obvious advantages to the angler. With Aqua-Vu, you’ll know exactly what fish is down there and be able to adjust the presentation to home in on what action triggers the fish to bite. But that’s just the beginning. All anglers know how important water temperature is to finding feeding fish. Probes equipped on the camera reveal water temperature at the depth you’re fishing, which can be markedly different from the temperature at the surface. With that information, it is easier than ever to find the conditions you’re looking for. Aqua-Vu can be plugged directly into a Raymarine sonar unit and viewed on the screen. This sonar, GPS and video combination is a powerful tool to make you a better angler, and they can all be viewed at the same time. Identify structure with sonar, drop a camera down to see exactly what it is and what species are holding on it, and then mark it on the GPS. It can all be achieved on the same unit.

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Product Review FURUNO INTRODUCES NEW DUAL TOUCH-SCREEN BLACK BOX OFFERING Furuno set a new standard for touch-screen technology when they introduced NavNet TZtouch2, the first multi-function display (MFD) to utilize edge-swipe technology. In February, they raised the bar on innovative navigation solutions with the introduction of a Black Box NavNet TZtouch2 system, the TZT2BB. This next step in the NavNet series takes the feature set of the award-winning TZtouch2 and packs it into a brand-new black box configuration with dual-display capability. The TZT2BB packs enough processing power to drive two separate touch-screen displays, delivering twice the navigation potential from a single, compact black box unit, for the most technologically advanced all-glass bridge available. TZT2BB can drive two independent monitors such as Furuno’s 17”, 19” or 24” Multi Touch Displays, which allows you to seamlessly move from one screen to the other. It has the capability to handle different monitor resolutions and aspect ratios, which is convenient if you want to utilize existing monitors of different sizes. It also supports full HD video input in HDMI format, for surveillance cameras, sonar or entertainment systems. The TZT2BB operates with the same intuitive Multi Touch interface as the current TZtouch2 MFDs. You can add an optional external keyboard. Customers looking to upgrade from a NavNet 3D Black Box system will be happy to learn that the external TZT2BB keyboard is the same size as their existing keyboard, making it an easy swap, with no cutting. A retrofit kit will be available as an option to convert NavNet 3D’s MFDBB keyboard for use with the new TZT2BB. Similar to the 12.1” and 15.6” NavNet TZtouch2 models, the TZT2BB leverages Furuno’s award-winning network products, including a variety of NXT

and X-Class radars, fishfinders, multi-beam sonar, instruments and other sensors. Radars are available ranging from a compact, 4kW Solid-State Doppler Dome to a super powerful 25kW Open Array. For fishfinders, the TZT2BB includes a built-in dual-frequency Furuno Fish Finder with RezBoost, which creates images 4 to 8 times sharper than a conventional fishfinder. In addition to the built-in Fish Finder, Furuno has impressive add-on options that include the DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar and DFF1-UHD TruEcho CHIRP Fish Finder. You can both the internal fish finder and the DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar simultaneously. The unit comes preloaded with raster, vector and fishing charts for the Western Hemisphere in MapMedia’s MM3D format. The U.S. NOAA raster and vector charts are free, while the preloaded Navionics and C-Map charts are available for purchase. Furuno also provides free satellite photography for the U.S. that can be downloaded from their website. As with the TZTL12F and TZTL15F models, tablets and smartphones can be accessed via built-in WiFi, with several free apps available on both Apple and Android platforms, allowing you to remotely view and control your navigation network. Furuno continues to break new ground with their latest Black Box, the TZT2BB. The TZT2BB is perfect for larger helms to display all navigation, radar, fishfinder and instrument sensors across dual displays. For more information on the NavNet TZT2BB, contact Furuno at (360) 8349300 or visit them online at www.FurunoUSA.com.

WWW.FURUNOUSA.COM ON OR OFF THE WATER, GARMIN ACTIVECAPTAIN KEEPS YOU CONNECTED Staying connected on and off the water is important to mariners. The new Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app delivers the ultimate connected boating experience by keeping you connected to your Garmin electronics, cartography and the marine community. Plus, a suite of smart notifications is available to stay connected to the world, too. ActiveCaptain is a free all-in-one mobile app for mariners that delivers a seamless content management system with unlimited access to cartography, automatic delivery of the latest software available, off-vessel planning capabilities, connected services and so much more in one simple, yet powerful application. ActiveCaptain blends features our customers know and love from our existing apps – Garmin Helm and BlueChart Mobile – and adds enhanced connectivity, community and planning functionality for the ultimate connected boat ecosystem. Whether out on the water or planning the next trip, you can utilize the ActiveCaptain app as a one-stop-shop to manage their experiences from nearly anywhere, including: • OneChart – Access, update and purchase maps and charts from the OneChart storefront from a mobile device at any time. • Smart Notifications – Stay connected to the world with calls, text messages and more shown on the chartplotter display while the phone is stowed away, safe and dry. • ActiveCaptain Community – See what others are saying with access to up-to-date feedback from the boating community. Get feedback on marinas,

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he warm summer months are upon us, which means lots of boating, diving and, of course, the annual Abaco Lionfish Derby! Friends of the Environment is calling all fishermen to participate in our annual effort to decrease numbers of this invasive species in our waters. Striving to eliminating an entire fish population may seem strange for an environmental organization, but in The Bahamas’ case, it is crucial for our natural marine ecosystem. The red lionfish, Pterois volitans, is an alien invasive species in our waters. They are not native and have harmful impacts to the ecosystems that they are introduced to. This is of particular concern to island nations like The Bahamas due to our heavy reliance on native species such as the Nassau grouper and snapper in the fishing and tourism industry. Lionfish not only eat a lot of our native species, but also compete

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recently got the chance to hook up with good friend Jose Martinez. He invited me out to target big yellow jacks on light spin tackle, possibly getting one on fly among other species in Biscayne Bay. Just after sun up, we poled around looking for bonefish after not seeing any tarpon roll, but the tide had started to change and it was time to look for those big yellow jacks. Equipped with both light and heavy spin tackle, our offerings included live shrimp and crabs, plus a small arsenal of soft plastic baits by Monster3XUSA. We started to find them working the soft plastic shrimps over live bait. I had one take my fly but I wasn't quick enough to strip set, literally seeing my fly spat out. Stupid jelly legs and deer in the headlight syndrome, along with constant man giggles probably didn't help. Soon after, I did manage a jack on fly but it turned out to be the only crevalle in a big school of yellows. Not the target species on fly but my first decent jack on the long rod either way. However, the light tackle spin action with a soft plastic shrimp was the ticket. These big yellow jacks can hit like a ton of bricks and can easily be confused for hooking a freight train. Much like big snook, they will attempt to dump your spool with blistering runs towards structure and hard head shakes. We were on several schools of mostly big yellow jacks for what seemed like an entire tide. The winds picked up and we decided to scout a bit before it got too rough to cross the Bay. During the drive home, we reflected on our day and the fun we had. In fact, we had so much fun we decided to make another quick trip a couple days later. Saturday morning rolled around and we got an early start to beat the weekend warriors. On the water way before sun up, the plan was to hit the big jacks and get back in before the traffic got bad and more risky with inexperienced

boaters. At the first spot we each hooked into something huge and unstoppable on light tackle. Our best guess was tarpon or huge yellow jacks, much like the twenty pounders Jose has landed in the past. The action died soon after and the jack bite was not happening. After putting in some time and making a few bait changes without much luck, we decided to change

pace and work some mangroves for snook and a mixed bag of fun. It turned out to be a great decision as we both worked a new area and found some frisky snook in all sizes, with some big girls in the mix. I lost a slot snook to some old hanging rope dangling off a mangrove. Jose hooked up and landed a solid snook shortly after. The action was great and we stayed at this spot, mapping the area mentally and saw how the tide played her role. We kept working the mangroves rigged with M3X flukes tied weightless, skipping them under hanging branches. We saw many mangrove snapper

coming out to pop our baits but not with much size and nothing out of the norm, until a big reddish blitz came out from the shadows. I thought it was a redfish because of the size and color. Jose initially thought it was a big snook, especially after flushing some hidden ones. This fish came out ten to fifteen yards away from the mangroves, popped my fluke on top and missed. I made a twitch and he adjusted to strike. One more twitch and it was fish on! We quickly realized it was a huge mangrove snapper that took me around the boat once before Jose scooped my personal best shallow water mangrove snapper at twenty four inches. We also caught small black groupers, a yellowtail snapper, mutton snappers, jack crevalles and barracudas. Eight species total, all on Monster3XUSA shrimp or flukes both days. Please visit my website or social media links for more information or to book your South Florida trip in Miami, Florida. Come down for the chance to knock off several bucket list species, from freshwater to inshore and more.

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he month of May is full of possibilities. Before you head out, you'll need to ask yourself two questions. First, what do you want to target? Second, what type of weather and conditions will you encounter? The list of targets is quite extensive. Offshore, some of the largest mahi of the year will begin to show up. If you’re fishing the edge, you may come across blackfin tuna and smoker kingfish will be quite possible aside from a possible cobia or two. Also, some pretty hefty sailfish will still be hanging around for added excitement. Inshore, some of the largest tarpon of the year will be taking up residence off the beaches, around inlets, and bridges. Lastly, if bottom fishing is your game, you’ll be able to catch (and keep) grouper, along with most varieties of snapper and jacks. As you can see, the possibilities are endless. So how exactly should one prepare? One thing I learned early in my charter fishing career was to expect the unexpected. Sure, I may carry several rods and a lot of extra bait and tackle that I may or may not use but having it on the boat increases my odds of putting fish in the box. On a typical day on the water, I will carry (6) kite fishing

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anchor fishing wrecks in the 80’ to 130’ range. Again, just like drift fishing you can target both pelagics as well as bottom fish when anchored. Imagine soaking flat lines, bottom baits and kite baits all at once. It is not only possible, but a great way to cash in on all of the opportunities that may arise. If I decide to anchor, I like to put out some chum or bonito chunks to help fire things up. Like with any type of fishing, it is important to network with other area captains and pay close attention to the VHF radio for the latest fishing reports. Knowing what others are catching should give you an idea what you should be targeting. Running and gunning for mahi may not be a great idea if no one has seen or caught any recently. Remember, time on the water is limited, so it is always best to focus on the species that are most likely to cooperate if you're looking to succeed. Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that I will be conducting a FREE seminar (Topic TBA) on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00

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our responsibility to take care of this valuable resource and to use all the knowledge we have to release these fish ethically, in the best shape possible and with the best chance for survival. In the Atlantic Ocean, it is illegal to remove any billfish from the water, prior to release. The purpose of releasing these fish is to make sure they can continue to spawn and provide fishing opportunities for future generations. Here are some tips to ensure your next billfish catch has the best chance for survival, while still getting great pictures. Use Circle Hooks: When using live bait or rigged dead bait, always use circle hooks. Circle hooks are designed to prevent gut hooking and to hook fish in the corner of the mouth, where the hook does the least amount of damage. Survival rates have soared since they became the hook of choice among the top tournament billfishermen. Hook up and catch ratio have also greatly increased

GoPro Camera / Selfie Stick: GoPro cameras and accessories for your smart phone enable you to get fantastic pictures and video of that “catch of a lifetime” and still keep your crew and the fish safe. Attach the camera to a long selfie stick and have a designated crew member hold the camera out away from the boat. A GoPro set up also allows you to take pictures of the fish from under the water and of it swimming away upon release. In the water billfish pictures are always better quality and much safer than pictures holding a fish on deck. De-Hooker: If the hook is clearly visible and not too embedded in the fish’s mouth, a long handled de-hooker can be used to remove the hook. Be sure to have the proper sized de-hooker for the hook size and type you are using. Make sure to slide the device all the way down onto the hook. De-hookers that allow you to push and twist the hook out seem to work best. A good de-hooker will also have a small hook on it that allows you to slide a lure up the leader for easy retrieval.

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few extra minutes swimming the fish with its mouth and gills underwater can be the difference between life and death. A large marlin that is extremely tired can take up to 45 minutes to an hour to fully recover. It is also important to hold the fish upright so that it can regain its strength and recover proper blood flow. With smaller species like sailfish, spearfish and white marlin, be extremely conscious of holding the bill. It is very easy to break a bill or cause trauma to the root or area where the bill grows from the fish’s head. Catching and releasing a fish should be as quick as possible. The heavier the tackle, the faster you can catch and release the fish. Touching the fish should be kept to a minimum as not to disturb its protective slime coat. Keep your ego in check and release the right way by always keeping these magnificent creatures wet and in the water where they belong.

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Release Knife: The easiest and safest way to release a billfish is to cut the leader without removing the hook or hooks first. A safety release knife can be attached to the end of a tag stick or small gaff so that you can reach the fish without getting to close. Be sure to cut the leader as close to the hook as possible as long trailing leaders will continue to irritate the fish and cause it to continue to panic. This device can also save the life of a leader man if he gets wrapped or tangled in the leader. Always have a safety knife on your person when dealing with heavy leader and large billfish.

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are not presented correctly. Even though I will be targeting blackfin tuna in the month of May, I will always catch some monster kings while fishing for them. You can catch some solid 20-30 lb kings in 80-180 feet of water and even jig up a slob 40 pounder off the deep wrecks. When using live bait, I use the same rig as stated above. I have caught my personal best mahi mahi in late May. The

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fish weighed over 30 lbs and was caught in only 200 feet of water. This time of year, there will be some small schools of 20+ pounders cruising around in 300350 feet. Make sure you have a pitch rod ready to throw a bait at them. Jigging the deep wrecks in May produces so many different species of awesome fish in our area this time of year. Try getting to the deep wrecks in 200+ feet

for the amberjack bite. If you’re the first one to the wreck, you are sure to get nailed on the first drop with your jig. For me, the best jigs for catching monster amberjacks are the orange tiger striped and the glow in the dark jig. You can also get lucky around the moons and jig up a solid a 40-50 lb wahoo off the same wrecks. For anglers that want to stay in close, the spanish mackerel bite just off the beach by the piers has been on fire. I’ve caught all my mackerel on live pilchards and light tackle. Make sure to use a small stinger just in case. Get ready for the highly anticipated Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam Series in Pompano Beach. For more information and how to get involved go to www.extremekayakfishing. com. Find us on Instagram @ extremekayakfishing for some of the hottest kayak fishing photos.

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This will make you a better and more well rounded angler. Now on to how and where we are catching numbers as well as trophy fish. As the water continues to drop in the Florida Everglades, the fish will need to abandon the flats and move into the canals. This makes the fish easier to target. Now's the time to go after your trophy fish. #1 - Holiday Park: Fishing has been extremely awesome

Ace in green pumpkin, june bug and black is a good bait to throw. For those of you who do not know they have a boat rentals that are very affordable. #3 - Mile Marker 35: All the baits mentioned above are working. Be careful when going around the weirs as they are very shallow right now. #4 - Holey Land: Fish the east canal. That's the largest one and the one holding the most and best quality fish. #5 - Lake Okeechobee: Bass are starting to pull out to the outside edge. Some of the best techniques for the big ones are flipping and pitching creature baits. Swimbaits, swim jigs, spooks, hollow bellied frogs, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits make for excellent search baits. Also keep your eyes peeled for schooling bass on the outside edges. Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, rattle traps and spooks will keep your rod bent. When you come across improperly discarded fishing line while out fishing, please dispose Capt. Neal wins of it properly. Nature can get 2 day in the tangled up in this line very easily. Bassin Fools Help to keep our shorelines and tournament and Big fish. waters cleaner for generations to come. Remember why we are free to fish and Thank a Veteran! Till next time...Fish On! for quality fish. Key baits are top water, frogs, spooks, hard swimbaits, plastics, swim jigs, flipping, pitching, and worming Capt. Neal Stark the bottom. (954) 822-1481 #2 - Sawgrass Recreational Fishing with America’s Finest, Inc. Park: Fishing at the park is off the "Changing Lives One Cast at a Time." chain with 100 + fish days. The 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization, FEIN #45-5494005 quality is not necessarily is there www.FishingwithAmericasFinest.org but the numbers are. Top baits fwaforg@gmail.com are jerkbaits, top water such as American Everglades Guide, Inc. spooks, poppers, bladed baits www.AmericanEvergladesGuide.com and soft plastics. The Gambler aeguideinc@gmail.com

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