A Balancing Act
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 2293 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: June 22, 2012
"So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left."
-Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You'll Go
Time. It has been a very precious commodity for me over the past few weeks. Whether your passion is (like mine) tournament fishing, or some other outlet, managing a job, a family, and serious pastime is no small endeavor. I have fished seven tournaments in the last seven weeks. That in and of itself is not too big of a feat, but I simply can't m...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 21, 2012
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Posted: June 21, 2012
General Announcements
AICW to Close at Gilmerton Bridge:
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THERE WILL BE A FULL CHANNEL CLOSURE ON THE SOUTHERN BRANCH OF THE ELIZABETH RIVER AT THE GILMERTON BRIDGE (36.775082° -76.294999°) ON SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012 FROM 5 A.M. TO 12 P.M. CONCERNED TRAFFIC SHOULD CONTACT GILMERTON BRIDGE TENDER ON VHF CHANNEL 13. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID TRANSITING THE AREA. (5th District Bridge Branch)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Okeechobee Waterwa...... Read More

Flagler’s Folly
Contributed by kismet - This blog has been viewed 2026 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: June 15, 2012
By James Favors
While heading down to the Florida Keys this winter Lisa and I had two options. We could either cruise from Fort Myers Beach on our boat, or trailer Kismet from the west coast of Florida driving across, then south down the Keys, all the way to Key West. Ultimately we chose the latter. We wanted to have our own transportation available to us once we reached Key West Harbour Marina on Stock Island where we had booked a month’s dockage. Our desire was to relax, and soak up the sun and eclectic lifestyle of the most southern, tropical local in the United States. After our shor...... Read More

Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: June 14, 2012
Feel Free Sails to Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
By Liz Tosoni
Sailing along the coast of Nicaragua close to shore was fast, exhilarating. Our log book indicates that from Bahia Santa Elena in Costa Rica, and all the way to Corinto, Nicaragua, said to be the northern end of the Papagayo wind area, a distance of about 150 miles, we got nothing less than 15 knots, often 20- 25 knots, gusting to 30 and 35, occasionally 40.
A constantly changing, moving picture show of sand dunes, jutting cliffs, hills the color of rust, small rural settlements and bold volcanoes was always on view to...... Read More

Tarpon time is now!
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Posted: June 11, 2012
The spring/summer migration is in full swing. Each spring tarpon migrate through the Keys up into the gulf and along the eastern seaboard. Being partial to having the first shots annually, we Keys residents and guides have been having a great season.
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Make the Call!
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 2111 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: June 11, 2012
I've been very busy this year in what has been a hot and cold season as far as fishing!Weather plays a significant role in fishing. This year, wind and rain has made the water muddy and has affected the tides. For this, I have had to be very creative and had to pay very close attention to the conditions. Simply put, depth and speed have been imperative this year.
I preach this all the time and refer to my lures as "tools" to achieve depth and speed. But when water temps drop 10 degrees and visibility is less than a foot, it takes persistence on my part to keep my clients encouraged t...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 7, 2012
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Posted: June 07, 2012
General Announcements
Opsail 2012:
The final event for Norfolk Harborfest/Opsail 2012 on Tuesday, June 12 will be a parade of ships leaving Hampton Roads and sailing up the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore. They are expected to pass Smith Point at the mouth of the Potomac around sunset on June 12. Baltimore's Sailabration will take place June 13-19 (http://www.starspangled200.com/baltimore). The next event will be in Boston June 30-July 5, for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations. Connecticut will host the final event from July 6-9 (http://www.opsail2012ct.org/) in New London/Groton...... Read More

Toms Tips About Bridges and Other Boats
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1751 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: June 05, 2012
1. When you’re waiting for a bridge opening NEVER assume that the bridge will open when it’s supposed to.
2. Sometimes vehicular traffic won’t stop (and they’re usually violating the law when they don’t), sometimes an emergency vehicle (fire, ambulance) has to race across, sometimes the bridge breaks and sometimes the bridge operator isn’t doing his job properly.
3. Some bridge tenders want all pleasure boats to group up dangerously close to the bridge before they’ll start the opening. This is probably because some boaters take so long to get thr...... Read More

Maestros in the Wheel House
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: June 05, 2012
The Tug Evelyn Doris started calling Wrightsville Beach Bridge long before it was going to need an opening. This busy bridge crosses the ICW at the town for which it is named. The ICW is lined, south of the bridge, with marinas and a dense collection of boats. The current runs swiftly through the narrow channel; Masonboro Inlet is near. The wind often blows strong off the nearby Atlantic. The tug had every reason to call early. Pushing a huge barge, with flat cliff-like sides towering high above the marshes, the captain had to carefully plan and execute every move. With a tow like that, you ca...... Read More

Everglades Detour
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: June 01, 2012
By James Favors
After leaving Moss Marina, the site of the Ranger Tug, 2012 Southern Rendezvous, we took our boat out of the water at the Punta Rassa boat ramp, not far from the marina in Fort Myers Beach, we then negotiated our trailered rig onto I-75 heading south. It was a short 54 miles before we relaunched in Goodland, (gateway to the Everglades). We had our sights on taking a little cruise to Everglades City to visit the famous Rod and Gun Club before we continued our road trip further south to the Keys. We were excited about going to Goodland, only three miles southeast, as the crow fli...... Read More