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SHARK TESTED OPTICS Not just any eye gear will do in a saltwater environment. Take the Native Eyewear sunglasses for instance — they reportedly block more infrared light then their brethren, provide better UV protection, and reduce blue light. So, yes, take these fishing. Shark Tested Optics also sells Bushnell binoculars, favored by hunters everywhere. The accessories are sold at booths U&V.

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HOOK’D UP There’s a reason the dry-fit, long-sleeve T-shirts are favored by sailors and fishermen — they provide superior sunblocking. When the fish are biting, or the wind is blowing, or the spear-gun game is hot, most watermen won’t take a break from the sun. Plus, these shirts, shorts and hats come with really exceptional outline graphics that make a fashion statement. Find them at booths 20-22.

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You know that smell that — no matter what — stays on your hands after catching a fish? Here’s the answer: Florida Keys Salt Scrubs. The exfoliation from the local salt and soothing lime smells can take even the fishiest hands and make them smell so fresh and so clean again. Many local commercial fishermen and charter boat guides around town swear by the stuff, and their wives thank them. The Keys Salt Scrub at booth 167.

ON BOARD BAND-IT Marathon High School graduate and On Board Band-It owner Josh Gratton came up with the idea for the spearfishing fix kit after too many of his speargun bands broke while out on the boat. The kit can save a spearfishing trip, and the On Board Band-It swag (like “portable shade devices”) is very popular. They’re at booth 47.

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