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Tournament Dates & Information
07/15/19 12:11 PM
Matt Martin; Last night was a great event. Our 2 objectives was 1st raise money for the Cline family. 2nd raise awareness of what the #AHSBA is doing with the youth fishing in our area. All of this couldn’t have been done without the support of our fishing community. We thank each & every one of you that supported our cause.
Lastnight was TOUGH fishing we started off with some rain & light storms but the weather was soo. To pass.43 boats came out to battle the weather
1st 11.25 John Gregory
2nd 10.03 nick tunny
3rd 9.25 Chris Hilburn
4th 9.41 Brian Cox
5th 9.25 Bill Payne
6th 8.10 Chris money
7th & 8th Kyle Young
Josh Hampton
Big fish 3.87 Kyle young
90% of the anglers donated their winnings back to the Cline family
With the out pouring support for everyone we all raised a grand total of $4156.00 with last-nights event & donations even today.
From My family & the AHSBA we can’t thank everyone enough
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07/10/19 06:13 PM

Frabill Brings Big Bad Bait Station to ICAST 2019

Frabill has blown up the Magnum Bait Station and increased its capacity from 19 to 30 quarts of live bait storage. The New Extra-Large, 30-Quart Frabill Magnum Bait Station is unlike any other portable live well.

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Built much like today's top branded heavy-duty, molded coolers, the 30-Quart Magnum Bait Station has an injection-molded base with a heavy-duty, non-slip bottom. One inch of commercial-grade, foam insulation helps control the temperature even in extreme conditions. A waterproof and airtight gasket creates a perfect seal between the lid and well to keep bait healthy and lively regardless of the weather.

Designed to be the ultimate, fully-integrated bait box, the 30-quart station has dual two-speed, water-resistant aerators built right into the lid, making other similar sized units with a single, side-mounted aerator seem obsolete. In addition, the integrated aerators eliminate leaks from air hoses and plumbing, making cleanup after transport a distant memory. Powered by D cell batteries or the included 12V power adapter, the 30-Quart Frabill Magnum Bait Station provides live baits with the bubbles they need to stay fresh. For longer bait storage needs, a 110V adapter is sold separately.

The 30-quart station is large enough to support all types of live bait. Whether it's large shiners for freshwater or big goggle-eyes for saltwater, the 30-quart station can handle it. Included in the new station is a removable divider that allows users to split bait 50/50 or 70/30 for even more flexibility. Now fisherman can store two types of bait or even baitfish with crustaceans without fear of one affecting the other, each supported by their own aerator.

The 30-Quart Magnum Bait Station has two large and comfortable handles that make relocating the station easy. Oversized, durable, composite latches keep the lid shut tight and won't ever corrode or rust. Another convenient feature of the 30-quart station is an integrated ruler molded into the lid. A tethered drain plug built right into the side makes clean-up a breeze. Just open it up and hose it out.

See Frabill's New Extra-Large 30-Quart Magnum Bait Station along with their other new products in booth #4618 at ICAST 2019, July 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Product Features:
30-quart capacity with bait-friendly rounded internal corners and center divider
Heavy-duty, injection-molded base with non-slip bottom
1" of commercial grade foam insulation
Dual integrated, 2-speed, waterproof aerators
Runs on (2) D-Cell batteries or included 12v plug
Durable composite latches that won't rust
Large comfortable side mounted handles
Integrated ruler on top

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07/10/19 05:55 PM

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Lowrance Named Major League Fishing Official Trolling Motor Sponsor

Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today that its recently introduced Ghost trolling motor will be incorporated as standard equipment in the 2020 and 2021 Major League Fishing® (MLF) Cups. As a result, competing anglers will use the new Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor throughout the series, as well as in the MLF World Championship, which airs on CBS Network.

Reliable, rugged and built to last, the new ultra-quiet Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor helps anglers fish longer, run faster and move in closer without making a sound. Ghost has a specially designed brushless motor with the most thrust and the longest run time of any trolling motor on the market, plus other benefits including integrated Lowrance sonar options, waypoint anchoring and a three-year warranty.

The combination of reliability, power, efficiency and quiet performance give the Ghost trolling motor a winning combination that ticks all the boxes for what anglers want in a premium trolling motor.

“We are proud to enhance our sponsorship of the MLF Cups in the trolling motor category,” said Knut Frostad, CEO, Navico. “With its unique format, Major League Fishing has set a new standard for audience engagement with competitive bass fishing. Along with HDS LIVE and C-MAP charts, the addition of the Ghost freshwater trolling motor will give competing anglers the Ultimate Fishing System, allowing them to make the most of their time on the water during these made-for-TV events.”

MLF Cup participants are determined by angler performances in the Bass Pro Tour Stages, where its 80-angler roster includes the top and best-known professionals in the sport of bass fishing. MLF’s unique catch, weigh and immediate-release format, in which all scorable bass (typically a one-pound minimum) count, has proven to be appealing to the wide and diverse television audience watching MLF programming.

According to Nielsen ratings, “Major League Fishing” has been Outdoor Channel's top-rated show four years in a row. MLF also airs on Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Discovery Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

“Lowrance has been a valued sponsor of MLF since the beginning, and we appreciate their support,” said Jim Wilburn, President and CEO, MLF. “Our anglers benefit from using the latest and greatest innovations in fishing, and I’m confident they will enjoy the new Ghost freshwater trolling motor.”

For more information on Lowrance and its tournament-winning fishfinding technology,

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07/09/19 02:40 PM
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Lowrance Launches Ghost Trolling Motor

Quiet by Name. Powerful by Design. Never Spook a Fish Again.

Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, announced the next step in Lowrance’s delivery of the ultimate fishing system to the serious angler – the new Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor.

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Reliable, rugged and built to last, the new ultra-quiet Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor helps anglers fish longer, run faster and get in closer without making a sound. Ghost has a newly designed brushless motor with the most thrust and the longest run time of any trolling motor on the market, plus other benefits including integrated Lowrance sonar options, waypoint anchoring and a three-year warranty. The combination of reliability, power, efficiency and quiet performance give the Ghost trolling motor a winning combination that ticks all the boxes for what anglers want in a premium trolling motor.

“Because Ghost is Lowrance's first trolling motor, we started completely from scratch, which gave us a unique opportunity to ask anglers what was most important to them in a trolling motor,” said Lucas Steward, Navico’s Trolling Motor Product Group Owner. “To get the quality we needed, we had to design and build it in-house. That resulted in the production of a trolling motor that delivers exactly what our consumers want: the most power, greatest efficiency and quietest performance – the ultimate trolling motor versatile enough to fit any bass boat.”

Brushless Motor
Ghost’s unique propulsion technology in its brushless motor generates thrust that is 25-percent greater than current competitors and delivers 45-percent longer run times on the same charge – equivalent to nearly one additional day of operation. The combination of precision manufacturing, rare earth materials, and a cutting-edge weedless prop design provides high-output thrust with long running efficiency.

Zero Sonar Interference
Ghost’s brushless motor helps eliminate noisy operation and unlike common brush motors, has no brushes to wear out, ensuring greater reliability and longer life.The brushless motor emits no electromagnetic interference – giving anglers the clearest sonar views possible with zero onscreen interference.

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Users can steer, adjust speed, set up route navigation or anchor at a current location with touchscreen control from a Lowrance display using the SmartSteer™ interface. Ghost pairs easily with HDS LIVE, HDS Carbon and Elite-Ti2 displays via a simple NMEA 2000® connection.

Plug-and-Play Lowrance Sonar
Ghost offers two integrated sonar nosecone options, including HDI (CHIRP and DownScan Imaging™) and optional Active Imaging 3-in-1 (CHIRP Sonar, SideScan and DownScan Imaging) transducers. All motors ship standard with an HDI transducer, but can be upgraded with a different nosecone at any time.

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Fly-By-Wire Steering

Instant and smooth fly-by-wire steering control gives Ghost the feel of a cable-steer motor, but without the mechanical cables that can wear out over time. Regardless of the brand of trolling motor used before, anglers will quickly get comfortable with the innovative Ghost foot pedal, which is completely user-configurable. The pedal can be customized to suit any preferences with programmable shortcut buttons and a Flip Switch that can be moved to allow the trolling motor to be engaged from either side of the pedal. The mode buttons have LED lights and an indicator beep to provide feedback when a mode is engaged. The foot control also features a battery-level indicator.

Rugged Construction
The 360-degree breakaway mount is designed to take the brunt of any impacts and will automatically realign itself once clear of impacted structure. A composite shaft with lifetime warranty assists in with standing impacts, and an integrated stabilizer bar reduces bouncing when on plane in rough water. The foot pedal cable is secured to the mount with robust clips, preventing it from moving around on the deck, damaging rods and reels and blocking the view of Lowrance fishfinders installed nearby. Ghost is currently available in a 47-inch shaft model with future shaft-length options coming soon.

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Installation versatility
The motor weighs six pounds less than brushed-motor equivalents, making it easier to install, deploy and stow. Ghost is designed to work in either 24- or 36-volt systems with up to 97- and 120-pounds of thrust, respectively, and allows for future battery and charger upgrades.

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Tournament Dates & Information
07/07/19 03:34 PM
We had a full field last night. In fact I had to turn away four boats (you have no idea how I hate to tell my friends that I cannot let them fish because we are at our limit!!), This COE insurance thing is just wrong in my opinion, but it's something I have no control over. If I knew that we would frequently have that kind of turnout, I guess I would have to raise the entry fee to cover it. As of right now it has only happened twice (both times this summer) so I am betting that the turnout is more of an exception than the rule.
It was hot at the start of the event and the weekend boating crowd were pretty evident. It did finally cool down that the boat traffic finally died down making for a really nice evening/night to be on the water!
here are some numbers from last night: 97 anglers weighed 141 fish for a total of 238.22lbs (average was 1.69lbs per fish, down a little from the last tournament!). Of that total there were 13 Largemouth bass weighed in, including the Big Bass. 22 entries did not weigh any fish in (I suspect they had fish and just didn't think they could compete with the weight). Anyway, here is the part you are most interested in:
6th place for $100 went to Nick T. and Nick with 5 fish for 10.62lbs
5th place for $200 was Jimmy C. and Brian C. with 5 fish for 10.81lbs
4th place for $340 went to Jeff G. and Thad with 5 fish for 11.05lbs
3rd place for $400 went to Monty and Kris with 5 fish for 11.07lbs (sorry for the confusion last night!)
2nd place for $460 went to Corey and Wayne with 5 fish for 12.47lbs
1st place for $500, the Side Pot of $490, and Big Bass for $500 (5.55lb Largemouth) with a total weight of 17.26lbs (extremely humbling!) went to Danny and Daniel Thurman. What a show!

It was great seeing all of you out there last night, and I regret having to turn away my friends at the ramp, I really do. The next one is on July 27th, 2019 out of Gatewood. Please try to make it out to Gatewood on July 13th for the Jacob Cline charity event put on by Matt Martin on behalf of the High School Bass Fishing group (that Jacob is a member of). $60 entry fee with half of that going to the family to offset accumulating medical cost associated with Jacob's recovery. There will be some Bar B Que or something prior to the tournament start so try to make it out there (I plan on fishing it as well, it's for a great cause!).

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News & Announcements
07/05/19 05:30 PM
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America's Boating Club Meeting Needs of Growing Segment with Spanish-Language Course Offerings

Popular America’s Boating Course Offered Online to Spanish Speakers

United States Power Squadrons® – America’s Boating Club® announced that its comprehensive, all-encompassing America’s Boating Course is now offered in Spanish. Produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Course provides Spanish-speaking boaters with education on a variety of boating and boat handling topics.

A 2017 study published by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Discover Boating revealed that Hispanic boaters represent a fast-growing, emerging market of first-time boat buyers. To meet this growth and expand on its mission to provide education to responsible boaters, America’s Boating Club’s popular America’s Boating Course is available online for the first-time to Spanish speakers.

The course has helped thousands of boaters across the United States achieve state boating licensure and seeks to ensure that new boaters are well-prepared and practicing safe standards on the water. Throughout America’s Boating Course, students will receive a detailed education in Spanish on topics such as basic boating terminology, weather situations and rules of responsibility to name a few. Through the online format, students will learn using interactive videos and graphics for a fun, innovative learning experience. The printed full-color, 288-page guidebook serves as an important supplement to the online course that offers expansive imaging and broad coverage of all topics that boaters will be able to keep with them on their vessels for reference.

“America’s Boating Club tries to adapt to an ever-changing, growing boating community,” said Gary Cheney, chief commander, United States Power Squadrons. “As soon as we learned of the recent NMMA study, we knew that we wanted to try to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking boaters. America’s Boating Club, with the help of the Coast Guard, wants to extend necessary boating knowledge to as many people as possible and this is one step towards that overall goal. If we can get new boaters excited about spreading their knowledge and joining their local Squadrons, this is a bonus for us.”

The Course can be accessed online through the America’s Boating Club website. Those interested in taking the course don’t need to be members. With a low cost of $34.95 in most states, America’s Boating Course includes an online exam that assesses a thorough understanding of covered material before course completion – proof of education that is a pre-requisite to some state operating permits.

To learn more information and to register for these courses,
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The registration page gives users the option of Spanish translation.

For more information about the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard,
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07/05/19 05:18 PM
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Lowrance Anglers Named FLW Angler of the Year and MLF Bass Pro Tour Points Champion

David Dudley and Edwin Evers Claim Season Points Titles

Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, solidified its hold on America’s tournament-fishing circuit this weekend as Lowrance Pro David Dudley won his fourth Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tour Angler of the Year and Lowrance Pro Edwin Evers won the first Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Points Championship. Both Dudley and Evers are equipped with Lowrance HDS LIVE displays.

Dudley, of Lynchburg, Virginia, locked in the prestigious title on Saturday at the T-H Marine FLW Tour held on Lake Champlain. He is the first angler in the history of the event to claim four titles (2019, 2012, 2011 and 2008). He narrowly edged out John Cox by just 17 points in a tightly contested race that was too close to call until Cox’s 28th place finish. Dudley, who received $100,000 for the title, will also receive an automatic berth into the 2020 FLW Cup.

Evers, from Talala, Oklahoma, started the season with four consecutive Top 10 finishes (including a win at Stage Two), and entered the Evinrude Stage Eight MLF event held at Green Lake, Wisconsin with a three-point lead in the standings. The Points Championship for the MLF Bass Pro Tour is the latest on a list of accomplishments that makes him one of the most successful tournament bass anglers in the history of the sport. He is one of only five competitors in history to pass the $3 million mark in career winnings and has recorded 11 wins, 73 Top 10s and won the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.

“To lead in a points competition after a season of fierce competition means that you are able to perform at a level that few are capable of,” said Knut Frostad, CEO, Navico. “Year after year, the list of accomplishments acheived by our Lowrance professional anglers grows. We are very proud of all of our competitors for their consistent dominance of the tournament standings.”

For more information on Lowrance and its tournament-winning fishfinding technology, please visit

About Lowrance: The Lowrance® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP. Navico has approximately 1,800 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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07/05/19 05:03 PM
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CrossTimbers Marina Open For Business

Suntex Marina Investors LLC (Suntex), the premier owner and operator of best-in-class marina properties, announced today that the CrossTimbers Marina is still open for business in spite of historic flooding of the Skiatook Lake. The property has remained at full service through record-breaking flooding.

“Considering the conditions, we are proud to be fully operational in repair service, cabins, club, rental, slips, fuel and on water dock shop,” said Hank Spencer, general manager, CrossTimbers Marina. “Due to increased rain forecasted in the near future, we expect to see continued flooding for another several weeks, but with a combination of additional manpower, an experienced staff and the support of our entire company, we have found solutions that provide our customers the ability to still enjoy the lake.”

CrossTimbers is open for full service providing boat repair and maintenance, cold drinks, sun screen, rentals and boat club. Due to the launch ramps being closed, the marina is offering 30-day slip leases. The marina’s staff will assist members with getting their boat from the trailer to the slip.

“We want to remind everyone that this beautiful destination is still open for business and without the crowds, you can come down to take full advantage of a virtually private lake,” continued Spencer.

In addition to the open facilities, CrossTimbers has several events planned to entertain guests.

The Suntex portfolio of 43 marinas are located in California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia. For more information on Suntex Marina Investors LLC, or the complete portfolio of Suntex marinas, visit

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07/05/19 04:47 PM
Frabill Brings Leverage To ICAST 2019

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The beginning of summer is here and soon to follow are the four biggest days in recreational fishing. It's the time of year when the industry unveils its newest product offerings, technology, and innovation.

The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) conference and exhibition is back in session, and Frabill's new batch of products are going to be the scoop.

"Upgrade" doesn't do the overhaul of Frabill's new line fishing nets any justice. The new Trophy Haul Net Series gives anglers all the leverage to tame just about anything with fins. Live bait storage has come a long way as well. The company that gave anglers the first insulated, stainless-steel minnow bucket, once again delivers unmatched innovation and functionality. See the features of the revolutionary new series of nets and the new 30-Quart Magnum Bait Station at ICAST.

Frabill's fishing products will be on display at ICAST in the North/South building at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl July 9-12. Once inside, you can find Frabill representatives on hand at booth #4618 to discuss the advantages of using Frabill products.

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07/03/19 07:33 PM

Pond King Honors the Men and Women of the U.S. Military
Patriots for Patriots – a video contest

Gainesville, Texas, July 3, 2019 — Pond King, Inc, a small manufacturing company just outside of Gainesville, Texas, is putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to honoring the men and women of the U.S. Military by giving away 5 Patriot pontoon fishing boats, one to a patriot from each branch of the U.S. military.

Inspired by an order placed as a gift for a WWII Navy Veteran, Pond King has decided to do more than just get more Americans fishing with this pontoon boat. Pond King is conducting a video contest, Patriots for Patriots, where anyone can nominate an active duty serviceman or woman or veteran of the U.S. Military to win a Patriot two-man fishing pontoon boat.

David Terhune and his dad Dan Terhune, a WWII Veteran

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David Terhune, the customer who ordered a Patriot for his dad, WWII Veteran, Daniel Webster Terhune, had this to say referring to the Patriot, the contest, and his nephew, Captain Eric “D-Ring” Terhune, who lost his life while serving in the Marines: “What you are doing with this boat and its connection with “patriots” and veterans and sacrifice … and the FACT that freedom is not free but comes with a price … will be a HUGE encouragement to my dad and to the other patriots who win these boats. Every time my dad steps off our little dock and onto this boat, he will be reminded of his 34 years with Eric … the wonderful times they had fishing and hunting together … and the heroic sacrifice Eric made.”

Submissions can be made at starting July 4 at 8:00 A.M (CST). Winners will be selected by public voting at the same location. The Nomination video with the most votes in each branch at 11:59 P.M. (CST) on October 27, 2019, will be the winner. The five winners will be announced on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019, and each will receive a Pond King Patriot fishing boat customized with their name, along with a fishing gear package to help them fully enjoy their boat – all shipped for free.

Pond King Staff with “D-Ring” Patriot Pontoon Boat gifted to Dan for his 94th birthday

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“We are grateful to the men and women who have served our country and are pleased to provide an opportunity for more people to share their stories” said Owner and Founder, Brad Metzler. “The entire staff is excited to be a part of Patriots for Patriots and we want to give a shout out to our partners who are getting on board by donating fishing gear to help make these boats even more enjoyable; Whisker Seeker Tackle and Xcite Baits”

Daniel and David Terhune enjoying the “D-Ring” Patriot Pontoon Boat

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Pond King, Inc. is a small company just outside of Gainesville, Texas, that specializes in designing and manufacturing products that help people get more from their “down at the pond” experiences, including mini and small pontoon boats, floating docks and artificial fish habitat.
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06/23/19 07:14 PM

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EP Carry to Participate in Inaugural SALISH 100

Innovator in Portable Electric Propulsion to Promote Green Propulsion in Long-Distance Small-Boat Cruise

PropEle Electric Boat Motors, the innovation leader in portable electric propulsion, announced today founder Joe Grez will participate in the first-ever SALISH 100 regatta to promote environmentally friendly propulsion. Joining more than 100 watercraft, Grez will pilot a boat powered by PropEle’s EP Carry electric motor. To extend the range of his vessel, the 13-foot tender/runabout Swe’pea, and meet the distances covered, Grez will be powered directly by sunlight during the daytime hours and will have solar panels recharging battery packs while underway.

“Electric power and solar charging are gaining in popularity with some of the larger yachts,” said Grez. “Our EP Carry is designed for small boats. I am taking on this trek using our motor to demonstrate that it is an effective and, in many ways, preferable alternative to combustion engines.”

The event, held June 22-28, 2019, will be a small-boat cruise running the length of Puget Sound – 100 nautical miles from Olympia to Port Townsend, Washington. Participating vessels range from stand-up paddleboards to kayaks, rowing boats to pocket-cruising sailboats and about 15 larger support boats. Organized by the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters group, the SALISH 100 will be run in day-long legs with planned overnight stops along the route, including Henderson Inlet, Penrose Point Marine State Park, Gig Harbor, Blake Island Marine State Park, the Port of Kingston and Mats Mats Bay before reaching the final destination in Port Townsend. Boaters from all over the country will participate in the event, which is touted as the largest, organized small-boat cruise in North America.

The EP Carry electric motor is the lightest and easiest to use outboard. It is designed specifically for dinghies, tenders, small rowing and other craft under 13 feet and 600 pounds. The EP Carry product line delivers ship-to-shore simplicity and quiet electric power with unique, patented features for easy control, comfort and safety. Engineered for maximum efficiency, the EP Carry features a patented water-lubricated gear system that requires zero maintenance. Owners of the EP Carry can enjoy safe operation due to its innovative high-aspect ratio and slow-turning prop design; as well as a low-force grounding kick-up, a well-protected skeg and an electronic shear pin. The motor is available in three shaft lengths – Mini, Standard/Short and Long, and is the easiest electric motor to charge at home and from the mothership.

To learn more about EP Carry or PropEle Electric Boat Motors, please visit
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06/23/19 07:03 PM

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Coast Guard Foundation Presented with the United States Coast Guard's Distinguished Public Service Award

Honor Received at the Coast Guard Foundation’s June 4 Event in Washington D.C.

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and well-being of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it was presented with the Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award. The award, presented by Admiral Charles Ray, Vice Commandant, and Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, is given “in recognition of notable services that have greatly contributed to the advancement of the missions and goals of the Coast Guard”.

“We are deeply honored to receive the Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award,” said Will Jenkins, Coast Guard Foundation Board Chairman. “The recognition that it confers on our Foundation, our people who lead and administer it, and our many thousands of supporters will always be a source of honor, pride and appreciation. The countless examples of dedication, commitment, integrity, service and sacrifice that we routinely see in the men and women of the Coast Guard and their families are truly inspirational. This special award from such a very special organization of patriots, rescuers and guardians is a major highlight in the history of the Coast Guard Foundation.”

Aside from the Gold and Silver Life-Saving Medals, the Distinguished Public Service Award is the highest public recognition that the Commandant of the Coast Guard may give. It is given to recognize extraordinary heroism in advancing the Coast Guard's mission, exceptional coordination and/or cooperation in matters pertaining to the Coast Guard's responsibilities, or personal and direct contribution that has a direct bearing on the accomplishment of the Coast Guard's responsibilities to the public.

The award was presented at the Coast Guard Foundation’s 15th Annual Tribute to the Coast Guard in our Nation’s Capital on June 4 at the National Building Museum. At the event the Foundation recognized its 50th anniversary and showed appreciation for those who have made its work possible.

“Fifty years ago, our founders saw the need for extended support for those who wear the uniform. We continue to build upon that vision and expand our work in ways that impact more Coast Guard members and respond to the expanded and evolving mission of the service,” continued Jenkins.

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06/23/19 03:33 PM
Danged Warm is what we started with yesterday evening. It slowly cooled into a tolerable, but slightly muggy night. the water temps are creeping back up with 82 degrees being the normal on the main lake with about a 3-4' visibility in most areas. The fishing was pretty decent until the final two hours for Stan and I. Then it slowed considerably. I am sure other folks have a different story to tell.
We had a really good showing last night with 40 paid entries (41 boats including mine). There were 81 anglers weighing 123 fish for 215.33lbs (an average of 1.75lbs per fish!). Of that number there were 12 largemouth bass weighed in, Big Bass was a largemouth also. 15 boats did not weigh fish and I would bet they just didn't think they could compete with their fish so they threw them back in the lake.
Anyway, here is how the money paid out this morning:
Big Bass went to Chris and Noah with a 4.86lb Largemouth for $400
6th place went to "Possum" and Stacy with 5 fish for 9.43lbs and $80
5th place was John and Lonnie with 5 fish for 9.45lbs for $160
4th place was Jonathan and Josh with 5 fish for 9.67lbs and $272
3rd place was Scott, Daniel, and Dylan with 5 fish for 10.14lbs and $320
2nd place went to Scott B. and Derrick L. with 5 fish for 10.24lbs and $368
1st place and side pot went to Brian B. and Greg H. with 5 fish for 11.41lbs for $400 and the side pot of $410
Total payout last night was $2410! Not bad for a bunch of local yocals having a little derby on our home lake!

Those of you who know me know that I despise the yachts and huge cruisers on this lake and feel that they are the cause of our eroding shorelines, and cause immeasurable danger because the owners do not consider the hazards they cause for the thousands of smaller boats on this lake. One of the reasons for night tournaments (besides the restriction of daytime tournaments by the CoE) is to avoid these monsters. Last night about midnight or a little after we literally got swamped by one had their music cranked up and partying like there was no tomorrow. These people are oblivious to everyone else on the lake and very dangerous. Please keep your eyes open when running or fishing the main lake (they leave a rolling wake for about a mile behind them and you cannot see it after dark). I only wish there was something we could do to stop them after dark.
There you have it, my rant!!
We will see you guys on July 6th, I know it's the 4th of July weekend but try to come on out and suffer with the rest of us! LOL
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Inshore Fishing
06/21/19 09:32 PM
Water temperature up to the 80’s F as summer is in full swing, scattered fish is the warm water normal pattern with less schooling than in cooler water, however some areas will have more fish than others in locations and holes more favorable to the fish at any given moment with presence of bait ( food ), tidal flows, water levels or temperature. Open water fun inshore game fish like Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish are usual summer rod benders, other fish are more structure oriented, in the back waters staying near drop offs, creek mouths, points, downed mangrove branches, oyster bars, and holes, like Seatrout, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, and Black Drum. Summer vacation season has lots of charter trips with families and kids, which are always lots of fun, making memories for them to remember for years to come, catching fish, seeing our Bottlenose Dolphins and Manatees up close and personal here in the Backcountry at New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito Lagoon on the Indian River. Young Grant from Kentucky out on a trip with his dad and grandfather caught and released a fun Black Drum ……………..

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Snook are always a sought after backcountry fish in Florida, we are in the northern reaches of their range on the east coast and an occasional winter freeze can lessen the numbers of these sub tropical species which don’t fare well in very cold water, Cory from Orlando caught a fun size one with me recently ……………..

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Brett from Indianapolis with one of the nice Black Drum caught on a back waters mixed bag variety fishing trip with lots of other types landed also ……………………

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Spotted Seatrout are an every trip staple species along most of coastal Florida saltwater, young Mauris caught a nice one along with more smaller ones with me recently, larger Trout are important spawning fish so CPR, catch photo release especially on bigger Specks ………………

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I have lots of good local clients from Central Florida and the Orlando area like Tyler with a fun sized Black Drum ………………

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Never know when a less common fish may come aboard, like this Cutlassfish aka Ribbonfish which struck an artificial lure along a deep drop off in the backcountry …………...

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Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Backcountry and Flats Fishing
Near Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Orlando, East Central Florida

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Capt. Michael Savedow
Edgewater River Guide, Inc. Since 2003
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