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Summer 2013

Photo of a BoatUS Member fueling his boat Membership Matters


BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program, "Weigh-to-Win" Tournament Incentive Program, Win an "Elite Fishing Experience" with BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staffer and Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Kurt Dove.

Photo of a Choctaw Bass There's a New Bass In Town


Scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have discovered a new species of black bass in the southeastern U.S. The American Fisheries Society must approve the suggested name of the species, but that appears to be only a formality.

Photo of the casting pond at ICAST ICAST Show Draws Flies


ICAST and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association shows joined forces this year in Las Vegas, terming it a “co-location,” and they’ll do it again next year in Orlando, Fla. AFFTA maintained a separate “new product showcase,” and fly fishing booths were located in one section of the Las Vegas Convention Center floor. But what was previously two trade shows at different dates and locations was blended seamlessly into one.

Photo of Hayne Smith fishing from an Aquaquad No Launch Ramp? No Problem.


Developed in South Africa where there are few improved launch ramps and lots of avid fishermen, the AquaQuad is an outboard-powered hybrid PWC/RIB built for fishing in areas requiring surf launches or put-in and take-outs without the benefit of a traditional ramp. The easily trailerable watercraft weigh less than half that of comparable-sized jet-powered PWC, and are twice as stable, thanks to inflatable pontoons that flank the fiberglass hull.

Don't Mess With GPS logoDon't Mess With GPS


Two years ago a cell-phone business start-up, whicht could have disrupted Global Positioning System (GPS) signals for boaters and everyone else, was denied a broadcast license, thanks in part to an ad-hoc coalition that told the Federal Communications Commission, “Don’t Mess with GPS.”

Photo of a 1992 Mirage boatHow Not To Sell A Boat


A California craigslist ad for a 26-foot 1992 Mirage ski boat sounded good. An $8,000 asking price ("runs great, looks awesome, ready to hit the water"), and the seller was even willing to barter, offering to accept a 215 trade plus cash, or just cash.

Lighthuse iconVirginia Passes Boater-Friendly Title Law


The state of Virginia became the first state in the nation to adopt a boat-titling law instigating consumer protection mechanisms already commonplace for motor vehicles. In passing the Uniform Certificate of Title for Watercraft Act in February, lawmakers gave Virginia boaters a tool that makes it easier to identify previously damaged boats, recognize the legitimate owner in a boat sale transaction, and prevent the sale of stolen boats.

Photo of Steve McDonals holding a peacock bassPeacock Bass in Miami Offer A Bit Of The Amazon


Trolling in the heart of Miami, Steve McDonald waits for a bite. His target is a rare fish known for its bright colors, a fish that in the U.S. can only be found in this huge canal system.

Photo of the replica ship Titanic IIWhat Could Possibly Go Wrong?


China Daily reported in February that a state-owned shipyard there was gearing up to build a ship for Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer. The 885-foot ship, scheduled for a maiden voyage in 2016, is a replica of its famous namesake, and will be christened Titanic II.

Photo of a tarpon swimming near a pylonTarpon and Bonefish Now Catch and Release Only


Because of the economic and fishing value of bonefish and tarpon, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made the species catch-and-release only, while also proposing to modify gear used by anglers when targeting tarpon in Boca Grande Pass. The changes go into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida.

Old photograph of the Hanna M. BellCentury-Old Wreck Identified


Maritime archeologists got a positive ID on a shipwreck off Key Largo popularly known as “Mike’s Wreck,” thanks to some sub-surface sleuthing by members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers. The wreck, now confirmed as the Hannah M. Bell, is popular with snorkelers as well as scuba divers because it’s in only 25 feet of water on Elbow Reef, six miles offshore.

Photo of boat captain holding a giant amberjackReel Powerful Lunch


Kevin Shiotani and a Mexican crew weren’t thinking record when they landed an amberjack that might have rivaled the 156-pound IGFA world record. No, they were thinking lunch. Lots of lunch.