December 11, Results Location Palm Beach, Florida Congratulations to Weez in the Keys
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December 11, Results Location Palm Beach, Florida Congratulations to Weez in the Keys
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Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, whatever the weather, not matter the weather, always bring a SPOT! At least that is Frank Rawley’s motto after an incident he had sailing from North Carolina to Pensacola, Florida.
Frank Rawley is an avid sailor and said he always checks the weather prior to setting sail. Although conditions were listed as fair, he and his crew found themselves in bad weather on the second day of their journey from North Carolina to Pensacola. The forecast had been wrong in both directions and the wind grew extremely rapid, damaging the sails and rigging. It was then that Frank activated the S.O.S. on his SPOT Gen3, alerting GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center of his location.
“If the boat had been parallel with the waves, we would have capsized,” said Frank. “We were 63 miles offshore in 30 foot breaking seas with wind gusts at 50 miles per hour. We deployed a drogue, but eventually the waves ripped it off.”
Within two hours of S.O.S. activation, both Navy and Coast Guard helicopters had located the damaged vessel. Due to such poor weather conditions, it was not an easy rescue. One, by one, the crew jumped off the boat in life jackets, each carrying a strobe light to assist with visibility.
Thanks to the courageous efforts of both the crew and the rescue teams, all four individuals were brought to safety. According to Frank, “No other piece of emergency gear would have helped us survive our ordeal. Self-rescue is not always possible and getting the professionals on the way is the only option. I will not go offshore or into the wilderness again without a SPOT Gen3.”
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The first GameBoat built by Bayliss Boatworks was delivered to her owners in October 2017.
The Bayliss GameBoat concept was created, simply and directly, to chase fish; it is everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The GameBoat is not a charter boat, nor a production boat. As far as construction, fit, and finish, the GameBoat is no different than Bayliss Boatworks other builds. This is a high-quality, custom-built concept with a confined group of layouts for the owner whose main priority is fishing. By design, these boats have a simple interior layout, and include a concentration on rod and tackle storage, fishing efficiency, low maintenance, and speed.
The 60’ Mama C is the product of over 30,000 man-hours and nearly 16 months of labor; she will be spending much of her time at southern latitudes, chasing sailfish.
Mama C’s profile is unique with no front mask or tower; fishing efficiency and low maintenance are her main priorities. Her Matterhorn White hull pairs effortlessly with her custom blue bottom paint and boot stripe. A faux teak toe rail and half round adds pristine detail to the topside.
The flybridge layout draws from the classic center console style, complete with a faux teak helm pod, full electronics and plenty of storage. Bench seating is built-in on both port and starboard sides, in addition to seating forward of the console. Built-in teaser reels nest above the helm in the bridge hardtop.
The cockpit is adequately stocked with custom refrigeration boxes, plenty of tackle storage, and a large ice bin. The teak deck, cover boards, coaming and built-in transom fish box complete the functionality of Mama C’s cockpit.
Mama C’s interior lacks no detail or functionality. Synthetic flooring keeps with the minimalistic maintenance program, and is installed throughout the galley and salon. Every cabinet is faced with horizontally laid ¼-sawn grain teak veneer. The galley is clad with quartzite countertops, and fully equipped with a Viking microwave, two-burner Wolf induction cooktop, and two Subzero double-drawer refrigerators. Copious amounts of storage throughout the galley and in the dash make for a travel-ready boat.
Down below, her two stateroom/two head (with tackle room) layout ensures plentiful accommodations; each stateroom features two extra-large bunks and a central companionway. Above each bunk is a custom cubby for electronics storage and charging, while vast tackle storage is built-in under each bunk. In the forward stateroom, the carpet lifts to reveal covert indeck storage in the machine tunnel, intended for additional provisioning on longer fishing trips.
Both heads, one forward of the galley, and one forward of the forward stateroom, boast quartzite countertops and sturdy, attractive fixtures. The second day head, located just aft of the galley, ensures easy and quick access during a busy fishing day.
A custom-designed tackle room, complete with a reel locker, perfectly fits the fishing storage needs of Mama C’s owners. The neighboring full-size chest freezer ensures a well-stocked fishing program that is equipped to travel.
Mama C is a swift mover. Her top speed is 44 knots, and her cruise can range from an easy 32 knots at 1800 rpm (90 gallons per hour) up to 38.5 knots at 2100 rpm (132 gallons per hour). Of course, she is equipped with a Seakeeper 9.
Mama C Specifications
Start Date: June 2016
Draft: 4′ 6″
Engines: (2) MTU 10V2000 M96L @ 1600 hp each
Genset: (1) 21 kW Phasor Generator
Fuel Capacity: 1,350 gal.
Water Capacity: 200 gal.
Water Maker: 1,800 GPD Dometic
Holding Tank: 75 gal.
Bayliss Boatworks has been building custom sportfishing yachts since 2002. Three additional builds are in progress at the company’s facility in Wanchese, including the 64’ Lor-A-Di, a 75- footer and one GameBoat, sized at 62 feet.
InTheBite’s Dale Wills and Elliott Stark were on hand at the awards ceremony of the Fish Heads Invitational Tournament in Stuart, Florida to present the 2016 Contender Florida Division Captain of the Year Award to Capt. Scotty Fawcett. Fawcett, who runs a 31′ Contender Off the Chain based out of Stuart, had a remarkable 2016 season. His 1,300 points were tallied on two different private boats on which he was hired to fish tournaments.
The event was a festive affair, full of many distinguished captains and crews. Just how distinguished? On hand were six InTheBite Captains of the Year. Joining Fawcett were Capt. Rob Moore of the Fa La Me, Capt. VJ Bell — the first Captain of the Year, Capt. Mike Brady of the Cowpoke, Capt. Glenn Cameron of the Floridian, and Capt. Wink Doerzbacher of the Showtime.
Congratulations to Capt. Fawcett on the award. For the up to date tally on this year’s highly competitive Florida Division, see the results.
Editor’s Choice Sportfishing Gift Guide 2017
At InTheBite, we’re really excited about the holidays this year. In the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled what we believe to be the ultimate package of gifts for people who really enjoy boating, fishing and hunting (and their significant others). Selecting gifts for the passionate outdoorsman can be difficult. Our approach involved thinking about what the places we’d most like to fish, the animals we’d most like to shoot, and the ways we’d most like to travel to get there. We then thought about the tackle and equipment we’d like to be using while making it all happen.
We’ve also included some really great (and highly practical) gifts that will come in handy on the boat. These include some of the latest and greatest in marine electronics, dock toys that will help you get around the Bahamas in style, and even some new boats themselves. We’ve broken down the gift options into categories. Included are both products and experiences. Some are ideas for yourself and your friends, but we’ve also included a few pointers for your wives and girlfriends, as well. Here are the categories: Hunting Trips, Fishing Expeditions, Guns, Tackle, Dock Toys, Boats, Aviation, Automotive, Clothing, Electronics, Culinary, Gifts for Her, and Last-Minute Gifts.
We had a good time putting this together and hope that it’s a good, useful read. One more thing…Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the best during the holiday season from your friends at InTheBite.
What do you get for the guy that has everything? How about a gun-toting trip to chase wild beasts in some majestic outdoor locale. Here are a few ideas.
Capt. Brad Philipps’ Toro River Lodges – Whether with a Camera or a Rifle, Bring your African Safari Dreams to Life
Get up close and personal with the Big 5 animals and a multitude of Southern Africa’s wildlife. All-inclusive photo safari rates average about $600 per person per day, with groups of 4-8 being ideally catered to. Visit www.tororiverlodges.com
Bienville Plantation – Trophy Gator, Big Bass Combo Trip
A combined trophy alligator hunt/big bass trip is sure to fit the bill. Add fine dining and luxury accommodations, this is a gift anyone would love. Visit www.bienville.com
Idaho Elk Trip of a Lifetime: Richie Outfitters
Fly into base camp. Pack in, pack out. Combination elk, deer, wolf and bear hunting trips in the Idaho wilderness. Giant elk and excellent fishing, too. Experience of a lifetime. From $5300, www.richieoutfitters.com
Texas Trophy Wonderland – Cotton Mesa: Whitetails, Exotics and More
From giant whitetails to exotics from around the world, Cotton Mesa Ranch is a hunting destination of epic proportions. Exotics include axis, blackbuck, bison, gemsbok, fallow deer, kudu and more. Visit www.cottonmesawhitetail.com
There are lots of great fishing experiences around the world. Black marlin in Australia? Sign me up. Halibut and salmon in British Columbia – awesome. Peacock bass in the jungle…you get the point. Here are a few of our favorites.
KEKOA: Great Barrier Reef Heavy Tackle Black Marlin Charter
KEKOA is a custom built 56-foot O’Brien Boat fishing live aboard trips for the giant black marlin season September to December on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns. Visit www.kekoa.com.au
Tropic Star Lodge – World Class Fishing, Incredible Tradition
From giant black marlin to trophy roosterfish and incredible tuna and big dorado fisheries, Tropic Star has it all. No angler’s resume is complete until they’ve fished Zane Grey Reef. Visit www.tropicstar.com
Sailfish Oasis, Guatemala – Experience World Class Fishing from a Private, Boutique Resort
The Sailfish Oasis is a luxury, boutique lodge that makes Guatemala’s incredible sailfish and marlin fisheries accessible on fly and conventional tackle. The lodge boasts year-round fishing with an average of 15-releases per day. Visit www.sailfishoasis.com
West Coast Fishing Club: British Columbia’s Premier Luxury Fishing Experience
The West Coast Fishing Club operates three luxury fishing lodges offering the world’s best salmon and halibut fishing experience in majestic Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. Visit www.westcoastfishingclub.com
Fish Colombia – Rainforest Expedition for Giant Peacock Bass
Nine-day rainforest camping expedition in search of giant peacock bass to a remote Indian reserve that holds some of the largest peacock and payara in Colombia. $2,750, www.fishcolombia.com
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An international press conference, an exclusive Hatteras Club party, and a christening also highlighted the boat show for Hatteras owners, customers and their families. “The new boat sales we made and the great customer interest in all our models we experienced at FLIBS have further contributed to our company’s growing momentum and strong sales position,” said Hatteras Yachts President and CEO Kelly Grindle.
Both the Hatteras GT45X Flybridge and M90 Panacera officially were launched with a champagne toast led by Grindle at a press conference held at the Hatteras Yachts display on the opening day of the show.
November 28, 2017 Stuart, Florida The Fish Heads “Quickie” is underway with 17 boats. Stay tuned for updates and what we all hope is the beginning of a great Florida sailfish season.
November 29, 2017
Thank you to all that participated in Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie! It was a great few days! Cheers to the entire fleet for your tireless efforts. 3rd place goes to Challenge, 2nd place Miss Victoria and 1st Showtime! Nice work and cheers to the kickoff of the season!!
3:30PM update for the 2nd Day of the Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie Total 28
Fa La Me 1
Lisa K 1
Lo Que Sea 1
Miss Victoria 1
Martha D 3
Sea Hag 2
Old No. 7 1
3PM update for the Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie Total 35
Old No. 7 1
Lisa K 2
Miss Victoria 7
Sea Hag 2
Martha D 1
Champagne Lady 2
The International Billfish Tournament (IBT) of Club Nautico de San Juan has been rescheduled for December 7-10 to support Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts and keep the tradition alive of the longest consecutively held big game fishing tournament in the world, 64 years.
“We are moving forward with our favorite sport and giving a boost to the local economy that needs all the support that we can give,” said Salvador Egea, Jr. chairman of this 64th edition, rescheduled after hurricane Maria hit the Island on Sept. 20.
The tournament in itself is a booster. It provokes that boat owners and anglers to invest in boat preparedness purchases as fishing equipment, supplies, provisions, fuel as well as restaurants, hotels and others.
Registration and pre-event meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8, followed by a two days fishing competition on Saturday Dec. 9 and Sunday Dec. 10, when the awards ceremony will be held on the evening to the tune of “Boricua” Christmas Party.
“We are ready to fish and continue with Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts”, said Egea. For more information please visit www.sanjuaninternational.com or send an e-mail to email@example.com