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CONTENTS Law on the Water Some tips for boaters being boarded.
Expert Advice Mate on a big boat shares best cleaning tips.
Yes/No The do’s and don’ts of playing on and in the water.
Three-Hour Tour Don’t leave the dock without these essentials.
Spear-o Credo Five things to understand about spearfishing.
Turtles Clear Hurdle Population increases in the Florida Keys.
Retail Therapy The latest gadgets for the coolest sailors.
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Whistles, horns, fire extinguishers and flares are just a few of the items captains will be expected to produce upon being boarded.
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SO, YOU’RE BEING BOARDED?
arine patrol presence is heightened during boating season. Even for a completely blameless captain, the thought of being boarded is intimidating. And, like being pulled over in a vehicle, getting stopped by the marine patrol is bound to happen.
In the Keys, there are many types of law enforcement on the water — the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. (A few of the cities also have a limited presence.) There are ways, however, in which you can prepare for this event to make things go smoothly and swiftly and, most importantly, get you back to enjoying the water. After a law enforcement officer hails the boat to be boarded, the captain should put the boat into the “lay-to” position — or idle. The officers will then approach the boat and tie up. Listen for instructions and remain calm. And, just like your mother told you, manners matter — so be polite and patient. Belligerence is bound to prolong the process, which is the last outcome you’d want, right?
Here’s what you should be prepared to produce: • Registration: This seems obvious, but keep your updated version on the boat. There is nothing worse than a feverish scramble through stacks of paperwork to induce stress. • Display of registration: Would you slap the pricey little sticker that’s meant to go on your license plate on the hood of your car? No. Make sure, depending on the type of registration, that your numbers are displayed in the correct spot! • PFDs: Another obvious, often overlooked, item on the list: the lifejacket. Have enough jackets aboard for every person on your vessel. Planning is everything. • Navigational lights: Port and starboard. Red and green. Make sure these bulbs are burning bright. If marine patrol stops you and these simple little lights don’t work—the ticket will cost much more than a box of bulbs. • Fire extinguishers: Simple enough, right? Most recreational vessels require only one or two extinguishers. Keep them in a spot that is easy to find and everybody will be happy. The list varies depending on the size of the vessel. The full USCG boarding checklist can be found at www.uscg.mil.
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work on a 14-year-old sportfisherman. Almost every charter client we take fishing comments on “how clean she looks!” Keeping your boat looking clean and new is not from lack of effort. However, following these simple tips will guarantee your rig is turning heads and blinding eyes. Remember: wash, dry, wax. Top-down; forward-aft.
• Don’t over-bleach! Repeated soaping and bleaching can fade that freshly painted deck of yours before you know it. If you’re an avid boater, you’ll soap more than the weekender. However, unless the deck is absolutely filthy, soap every other trip. • Always blast fresh water on everything that touches saltwater. The very liquid we love to play in and on happens to be seriously caustic, and will corrode whatever it can with head-spinning speed. • While she’s dripping wet, chamois any aluminum or painted surface you don’t want mineral deposits on. Failing to chamois even once results in a vessel looking visibly dull. Tip: this is where you strategically employ everyone who thought they were getting a free boat ride, as wiping the boat takes no skill. No excuses. • Take care of your chamois, and your chamois will take care of you. This will keep you from spending a small fortune on them every few months. Don’t just crumple it up and stuff it in the container. Fold it; don’t roll it. Every month or so, soak your chamois in some soapy, bleachy water for an hour—rinse thoroughly. You don’t want to smear soap residue all over your windows. • Sheila Shine is aluminum’s best friend. This stuff is affordable and the results are immediate and jaw-dropping. Make sure your aluminum is dry and wipe liberally. Your aluminum will be punishingly bright. And you don’t have to chamois again until it starts to wash off!
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Do check the weather, know where your winds are coming from and when the tides are changing. When in doubt, don’t go out.
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Do be on the lookout for wildlife — beware of manatees, sea turtles and dolphins especially. Do have a life ring, fire extinguisher, air horn, whistle, first aid kit and pocket knife.
Do purchase and register an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). This device, when activated, sends a distress signal to a satellite, helping rescue crews pinpoint a person's exact location in the event of an emergency.
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DO’S/DON’TS There’s a lot of moving components to a day on the water Being a mariner isn’t just turning the key and hitting the open water. In the Florida Keys, navigating the shallow waters and islands by boat takes not just experience, but also a lot of common sense. Here is a reminder of boating Do’s and Don’ts when headed out in the turquoise near shore waters. — Hays Blinckman Don’t drink and drive the boat, it is a vehicle. Don’t overload your boat. Unless its safety gear; don’t leave that behind. Don’t jump a wake. If crossing a wake, cross at low speeds and keep a close lookout for divers and towables. Don’t put fuel into the water fill, or vise-versa.
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Top things to know when spearfishing in the Keys By Kristen Livengood
oing under the water free diving or tank diving can be dangerous with shallow water blackout, ropes and lines to be tangled in, and gear malfunctions â€” adding a dead fish dangling beside a diver doesnâ€™t help. Here are five tips to stay safe while spearfishing.
1. This is the most important rule of all – always have a dive buddy. Be it free diving or tank diving, having a buddy at your side can save lives in situations like shallow water blackout or running out of air. 2. Know your gear. Where is the safety on the speargun? How does your dive computer work? Knowing the ins and outs of the gear will keep you safer underwater. 3. Speaking of spearguns, there are a couple common unwritten rules everyone should follow. Don’t load the gun on the boat, don’t hand a loaded gun over the side of the boat, and don’t bring a loaded gun back on the boat. 4. Know the rules. There are bag limits, size limits and slots, and seasonal closures of certain fish like grouper. There are also some fish you can never shoot, like snook, and some places you can never bring a speargun, like the Dry Tortugas National Park and other special protected areas as well as by most Keys’ bridges. Knowing these things will keep your karma good while out on the water. 5. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t push the limits. That grouper under the rock may look like the most amazing thing you could ever land, but it’s not worth blacking out over, or using the last drop of air and getting decompression sickness. Play it safe – there will always be another fish another time. ALESSANDRA HALLY/alessandrahally.com Spearo AJ Hally of Into The Blue Spearfishing Charters out of Key West knows how to safely bring up the big fish while freediving.
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uring the worm hatch at the end of May, more than 100 boats can be found lining Bahia Honda Bridge with hopes of hooking up with the tarpon migrating through the area. Starting in late March through May and sometimes into the summer months, the Florida Keys are home to one of the greatest catch and release fights known to man and reel – the silver king.
Catching hundreds of tarpon each season, around the 400 number, No Slack Sportfishing’s James “Bucko” Platt knows local waters and how to reel in the mighty tarpon. He’s been fishing tarpon in the Keys for 25 years and his personal record stands at a 200 pounder. Fishing with 20-30 pound test with a 50-80 pound fluorocarbon leader with mullet, pin fish, or big blue crabs, he rarely leaves his charter clients without a great fish story to tell, sometimes including giant hammerhead sharks and tales of novice tourists spooking the tarpon. “We’ve been seeing a lot of smaller hammerheads recently,” said Platt. “They usually chase the tarpon down until it breaks our line. Last year, the big ones could bite a 160-pound tarpon in half.”
Melissa Bennett of Marathon hooks a tarpon while bridge fishing in the Keys.
He said anchoring up current on an incoming tide, and dropping the bait back into the fish school is the best way to hook up with a tarpon. Once the angler is hooked up, he will pull anchor to chase down big ones from his 25-foot SeaVee. No Slack starts the early season in the shallow banks by the Seven Mile Bridge and ends the season by Bahia Honda. “We are usually home right after dark, fishing from 4 to 8 p.m.,” Platt said. “Then, we usually grab a bite to eat at Keys Fisheries and call it a day.”
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By Karuna Eberl Before tyrannosaurus rex roamed the earth and plants grew their first flowers, green sea turtles swam the oceans. For more than 200 million years they persevered, withstanding global mass extinctions and ice ages. Now there is hope they might be able to survive us humans as well. Just a few decades ago, green sea turtles were on the brink of extinction in Florida. Today they have rebounded enough to make our state the second largest green turtle gathering place in the hemisphere, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife. They have made such a comeback that in April this year Florida’s green sea turtle population was downlisted from endangered to threatened.
Many attribute their recovery to the determination and cooperation of countless scientists, citizens, fishermen, nonprofits and local and international governments who joined together to save one of Florida’s iconic creatures. One of those groups is Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, which has been rescuing, — Karuna Eberl writes, photographs rehabilitating and releasing sea and creates marine canvas and turtles into the wild for 30 years. upholstery from Cudjoe Key with her Turtle Hospital Manager Bette Zirkelbach says that while it’s heartening to see increased nesting populations in the Keys, she is still far from celebratory.
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“We are not in agreement with the downlisting of the green sea turtles in Florida,” says Zirkelbach. “[We have] seen a 100 percent increase in juvenile greens admitted with the Fibropapilloma virus. I feel strongly our Florida Bay is in trouble and the green sea turtles are an indicator species.” Fibropapilloma causes debilitating and often deadly tumors on green sea turtles. On top of disease, turtles also still face an uphill struggle against pollution, fishing bycatch, propellers, development and global warming. But for the moment at least, the recovery of our large, peaceful neighbors offers a beacon of hope in the quest of ocean conservation.
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ome-improvement fans know him for his gigs hosting on HGTV (“Hammer Heads,” and “Designed to Sell”). Locals may recognize him as a face on the street — his family is connected to the Conch Harbor Marina in Key West’s historic seaport. Marcus Hunt is a self-described geek, fisherman, and, most recently, an inventor. Hunt’s Fishing Buckle is similar to the fighting belt, but it’s smaller and lightweight. And it keeps your pants up — it’s a regular belt and buckle when closed, but when flipped open (one hand) it eliminates the need for an angler to jam the rod into an armpit, stomach or thigh to reel in the catch. “I wanted to create a small, simple tool that can be worn all day, is always ready for action and provides great fishing rod support,” Marcus said.
He grew up fishing in the Keys and says it fills in the gaps the traditional belt creates — such as beach fishing or bridge fishing or casual, Sunday afternoon fishing. “It’s good for a light-spinning rod,” he said. “I’ve caught everything from a 36-pound mahi to a 60-pound sailfish using the buckle.” The belt will be available in a variety of finishes and the snap-on belts are easily interchangeable with an array of color combinations. Hunt also said the buckle can be customized with a logo or name. Right now, the buckle’s manufacture plans are still in development. For more information, visit www. thefishingbuckle.com.
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Bait & Tackle Get hooked up in six stops or less By Gabriel Sanchez • Since 1986, KEY WEST BAIT & TACKLE on Margaret Street in Key West has provided extensive rod, reel, tackle, and bait to not only local charter captains looking to equip themselves for the sea, but guests who may be first time fishermen. The shop carries live bait and boasts a variety of frozen bait including squid, shrimp, mullet, ballyhoo, chum, flying fish, silversides, and Spanish sardines. Look for local captains sharing their favorite fishing stories over a cold beer at the Live Bait Lounge, too!
• BUD AND MARY’S MARINA has endured the test of time and has been operating since 1944. Located at 79851 Overseas Highway, in Islamorada, Bud and Mary’s is home to 40 of the saltiest captains and backcountry guides in the entire Florida Keys. On-site you’ll find live bait and tackle, boat rentals, slips for rent, an outdoor café, hotel accommodations, diving equipment, and name brand apparel.
• At CAPT. HOOK’S you’ll find a friendly staff ready to assist with your next ocean adventure. The marina and dive shop are conveniently located at 11833 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The marina has 20 rental boats ranging from 18 to 27 feet long, sells gas, and offers fishing charters for visitors who want to reel in their next trophy fish. The dive shop contains live bait and tackle, diving and snorkeling equipment, paddleboard, kayak, and Jet Ski rental, as well as apparel. Capt. Hook’s custom collection of tackle and outdoor apparel, has special cachet in the Keys. • LOWER KEYS TACKLE carries rod and reels and lures from quality brands like Penn, Owner, Shinamo, Gamakatsu, Inland Lures, Bomber, and Mustad. Located at MM 29 on Big Pine Key, the shop has live bait, including shrimp and pinfish, frozen bait, on-site rod and reel repair and information about local charter fishing trips. It can also issue state fishing licenses, a big plus. Lower Keys Tackle works hand-in-hand with trusted charter captains who are happy to accommodate guests with half day and full day fishing trips.
• WORLD WIDE SPORTSMAN, located at 81576 Overseas Highway, in Islamorada, is home to one of the most diverse and extensive collection of saltwater, fresh water, and fly fishing equipment in the Upper Keys. The enormous two-story shop (think department store big) has marine and apparel departments for every fisherman’s needs, and is conveniently located on a beautifully landscaped waterfront property. The marina also is home to many experienced fishing guides ready to assist visitors on the next angling trip.
• Big things come in small packages at the TACKLE BOX, located at 1901 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The Tackle Box has every sort of hook, line, and lure necessary for your next saltwater fishing trip. Boasting one of the largest selections of fishing products brands in the area, the Tackle Box also has a full service rod and reel repair center for guest seeking knowledgeable and experienced assistance. Check out The Tackle Box’s custom Triple D lure — a pre-rigged lure ready to catch large Mahi without the hassle of rigging live bait.
Marine Science Camp for teens 12-17
18 day sessions: June & July One week sessions: August Day Camp: Weekly Mon - Fri for ages 10-13
CAMP ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: • Marine Science • Sailing • SCUBA • Snorkeling • Windsurfing • Kayaking 305-872-2331 • www.seacamp.org 1300 Big Pine Ave. Big Pine Key, FL 33043 • email@example.com
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5450 MacDonald Ave. No. 5 Key West, FL. 33040
9709 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL. 33050
91831 Overseas Highway Tavernier, Florida 33070
FARO BLANCO RESORT & YACHT CLUB 1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050 | 305.434.9039
The sunsets can’t be improved so we upgraded our marina.
At Hawks Cay Marina, we believe being the best means always getting better. Which is why we recently enhanced up our dockside store and added Angler & Ale, a new restaurant where hook & cook is the name of the game. Like always, the amenities of Hawks Cay Resort are just steps away. It doesn’t get any better (though we’ll keep trying). While you’re here, pick up your “Duck Card” and start earning points towards Repeat Guest Discounts on every visit.
Visit HawksCay.com/Marina or call (888) 974-8469
Published on May 23, 2014