The 2018 Silver Sailfish Derby West Palm Beach Fishing Club January 11-13, 2018 Final Results
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The 2018 Silver Sailfish Derby West Palm Beach Fishing Club January 11-13, 2018 Final Results
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Tournament Runs Jan 10-14, 2018. 24 Teams, Ft. Pierce, Florida
Here is the latest update: Friday Jan 12, 2018
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InTheSight 2017/2018 Crew Hunting Gallery sponsored by Cotton Mesa Trophy Whitetail Lodge.
Who has bagged a trophy this hunting season? We want to see it. Please e-mail your images to Editor Elliott Stark- email@example.com
We’ll be publishing the crew gallery in an upcoming issue of InTheBite- The Sportfishing/Hunting Magazine.
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The first GT59 is under construction at Hatteras World Headquarters in New Bern, N.C., and is scheduled to launch later in 2018.
Spares to Bring When You Take Your Operation off the Beaten Path
by Steve Katz
I am writing this column during peak tournament season in the mid-Atlantic area. During these tournaments, it seems that there is a service truck for every marine trade in the parking lot or service yard at the tournament marinas. Engine mechanics, propeller companies, fiberglass and paint contractors, electrical and electronics companies – just about all the trades and parts you would need to build a boat are readily available day and night during tournament season. While this is convenient for captains and crews, it is not the normal way of getting parts or service. Many of us have become accustomed to the abundance of parts and service companies that are available quickly and reasonably to help keep your boat in top condition. This is especially true for those whose home port is South Florida, Oregon Inlet, or other popular sportfishing destination. What happens when you travel away from the mainstream areas or off the beaten path?
Travel Case in Point
A sportfish captain recently returned from a summer fishing trip in the northeast, staying on Nantucket Island for a few weeks. While Nantucket is only 100-miles from Boston, it feels like millions of miles away when you need parts and supplies. He indicated that getting things like oil absorbent pads by the case and even refueling the boat was difficult and expensive. Travel farther south, towards the popular fishing destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean and the availability of parts and service becomes much more scattered. Next time you are at a South Florida airport, a quick scan of the parking area will often reveal service trucks of mechanics and trades people flying off to distant location to perform service for their customers. Importing parts or technicians is not the fastest or least expensive way to keep your boat running when away from your home port. Carrying a good cross selection of spare parts can allow you to make temporary or permanent repairs while away from your home port. One boat owner who prided himself in his spare parts inventory mentioned that, “Finding a technician was easier than getting the parts needed for the repair.”
Pack It Up!
When heading out for an extended trip, most professional crew prepare the boat with the important fishing supplies and food provisions for the voyage and destination. What about the spare/regularly consumed parts that you may need to maintain the boat while away? What if something critical breaks – do you bring a spare? What spare parts should you bring? What parts can I get at my destinations? How can I ship parts to my destination? How fast and how much will it cost? Do you have room to bring all of this with you? What to Bring? Let’s skip the typical spares and supplies. Such items as filters, oil, bulbs, fuses, screws, nuts and bolts, oil pads, bilge pumps and the other expendable supplies should be a no brainer on your pre-trip shopping list. How do you determine the other parts you should bring on your trip? The first way to be prepared is to bring parts that your boat………………. to read the rest of this article and the entire issue click here
Lights, Camera, Action!
by Steve Katz
While we are not in the movie making business, cameras of all types have become required equipment for most sportfish boats. A typical tournament sportfish boat usually houses cameras, and lots of them. The camera systems for sportfish boats commonly include those for monitoring of machinery spaces, interior spaces, low light or thermal cameras for navigation, cameras for vessel safety and security, cameras for recording the fishing action, underwater cameras for fishing and boat maintenance as well as remote access cameras systems. The following provides a breakdown of the camera systems available for the common sportfishing applications.
Machine Spaces – A look from the inside
One of the first uses for cameras was to permit remote monitoring of the machinery spaces from the helm. Often consisting of cameras in the engine room, lazarette and pump room, the video signal from these cameras is sent to a dedicated monitor on the helm. As equipment evolved, a multifunction chart plotter eliminated the need for a dedicated video monitor. Today these below deck cameras are small and compact and can include infrared lighting to allow the camera to see in the dark, though usually black and white.
The ability to remotely monitor the engine room is a great way for the captain to quickly review the boat’s major systems. Engine room monitoring also provides an early alert if something is out of the ordinary. For a quick solution or temporary use, a Garmin VIRB wireless camera can be used in the machinery space to send a live video feed directly to a Garmin MFD on the helm. Though a camera system is not a substitute for the traditional engine room inspection, most of these cameras provide reasonable detail and can reveal major issues in a machinery space. Machinery space cameras can also benefit you while performing an inspection—permitting the captain on the bridge to monitor the crew member while in the machinery space and know that they safely completed the task.
A camera in the interior of the boat in a public space, such as the salon is popular for boats that travel often. With limited crew and safety in mind while traveling to distant fishing grounds and ports, knowing where your crew is any given time is important. Often a camera in the salon can allow the captain at the helm a quick way to find the location and status of the crew. The captain may need to know if the crew is ready for a vessel speed change or if the crew has safely made it to a given location aboard the boat.
Thermal and Low Light Camera Applications
Cameras are a great way to add to your situational awareness when used for navigation. The most popular camera for navigation is the thermal (or infrared) camera manufactured by FLIR. Using thermal imaging, the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum we perceive with our eyes is dramatically expanded, helping us “see” the thermal energy emitted from an object.
Unlike visible light, in the infrared world everything with a temperature emits heat. Visible light doesn’t affect the thermal world, so you can see equally well in highly lit and totally dark environments – the thermal camera does not know the difference. The thermal camera picture is a representation of the radiated heat (and not visible properties) of objects in its field. This allows the thermal camera to identify objects that may not be seen by the naked eye, such as a person in the water, buoy or the hull of a boat.
“Low light” cameras use an imaging device that is extra sensitive, requiring a small amount of visible light to produce a video image. A low light camera does not use thermal heat to form a picture; it uses the visible light spectrum like a traditional camera. These devices work well in dark environments. Taking in whatever small amounts of visible light exist, low light cameras magnify and project the image on a display. Some of these devices are easily recognizable by their greenish image and are often called night vision. Some are packaged as hand held goggles.
The use of thermal cameras has also moved into the engine room. FLIR has designed an easily mounted, compact camera, the AX8, that is ideal for monitoring engine and machinery performance. Such cameras not only permit checking temperatures but it can be used to quickly identify a leak of fluids or other unusual events. These thermal cameras are often attached to a monitor or multifunction display on the main helm.
Using a thermal camera for navigation or vessel monitoring may seem intuitive but it is wise to practice using the thermal camera in multiple situations, allowing you to learn the heat pattern of the typical objects in your environment. This way you will be more likely to notice and analyze any unfamiliar image in the cameras field of view.
Security Footage and Capturing the Fishing Action – Above and Below the Waterline
Cameras can easily be used for safety and security. Cameras mounted on the exterior of the vessel, particularly on the upper decks, are ideally suited to monitor the entire perimeter of the vessel and its exterior spaces. Some of these cameras offer the ability to pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) on specific areas or threats. Depending on the type of system, some of these cameras can provide and alert or alarm if something enters a pre-defined area in the field of view. Using a thermal camera for security has become one of the best ways to detect threats. Objects such as people and small boats show up easily in a thermal cameras video screen in almost any situation.
Recording a video of your fishing trip has always been a good way to capture memories and in some tournaments, document your catch. There are a lot of ways to record the fishing action, it seems that many people use the video camera in their Smartphone to skillfully record the fishing action. While most of us have a smart phone handy, it may not be the best device to use in a wet harsh environment.
The advent of action cameras, such as the GoPro and Garmin VIRB, have made it easy and affordable to record fishing action. These cameras are hand held and self-contained. They are battery powered, enclosed in a rugged waterproof case and can be easily operated quickly. The resulting video provides exceptional results for a small simple camera. The Garmin VIRB is one of the few cameras that can be connected to a power supply while in its waterproof case. This allows you to have the camera on and ready throughout the day without needing to change batteries. Additionally, the VIRB can be remotely controlled from a Garmin MFD, allowing one button recording on multiple cameras simultaneously.
Another great way to record the fishing action is with permanently installed cameras that feed video to a centrally located video recorder. For the permanently installed cameras that record the action in the cockpit, there are a number of mounting options – on the outriggers, the cockpit and bridge overhang. Many of these systems feed video into a constantly running video recorder.
The Latham camera system is one of the most popular options. Latham Cams include special mounts on the outriggers, giving you a great view of the spread. Since this system is always on, you do not need to remember to turn on the cameras to record the action. At the end of the day, you can download the digital video from the fishing trip to a USB drive or other media for preservation or give to the anglers.
A wireless camera that works on land will not work underwater. The traditional wireless signal, such as that incorporated into a GoPro does not travel underwater. While using an action camera to record the fishing in the dredge or near the boat is a great idea, streaming live video from an underwater camera will not work. There are, however, recreational cameras that are designed with a heavy tether and cable that can be towed behind the boat and can send a video image to the boat. There are also thru-hull cameras, similar in size and shape to underwater lights that can provide an underwater video image.
Video File Organization
Maybe you already have all the cameras you need on the boat but capturing and recording the video can be a problem. Though they may be unknown to the sportfishing market, there are many products that record and allow remote video viewing. These programs are commonly marketed as home surveillance systems. While these are great at home, they may not be the best choice onboard a boat. The devices made for marine use often include low voltage power so it can run off a 12-volt battery source, (no shore power required). Most importantly, a good marine device will not require a broadband internet connection for remote viewing or image transfer.
One of the newest products available in the marine market is the GOST Watch HD XVR. This product is a small white box that can accept video from up to eight traditional analog or digital IP cameras and record up to three months of video footage. This device uses a GSM SIM data card to access mobile data networks, allowing you to use a Smartphone app to connect to your boat. You can then see the real-time video footage or review historical video stored in the machine hard drive. You can even transfer video clips to your phone or to a connected USB drive. GOST, which specializes in security, developed this product with vessel security in mind. The features of the XVR, however, also make it great way to record and share fishing action from the cockpit.
The ever-presence of cameras in fishing has had the effect of making the once unbelievable fishing story into an epic video. Whether recording video of your fishing trip, monitoring the engine room or securing your vessel using a high-quality video camera system, the options for camera systems on sportfish boats are as diverse as their applications. From recording your fishing to ensuring safety while navigating and keeping an eye on the engine room, camera systems are a must-have on the modern sportfishing operation.
Captain Steve Katz is the owner of Steve’s Marine Service Inc in Ocean City, Maryland. Katz holds ABYC Master Technician certification, NMEA AMEI, NMEA2000 certificates along with factory training from many manufacturers. To contact Steve, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 6th Annual Operation Sailfish tournament made landfall on December 6th in West Palm Beach at host venue, Sailfish Marina. A total of 42 teams showed up to compete for a purse in excess of $720,000 and pay tribute to our United States military. The tournament got underway with its signature ‘Take a Hero Fishing Day’ where 30 veterans, wounded warriors and active duty military had the opportunity to pair up with the best sailfishing teams in the world for the fishing trip of a lifetime. For many, it was a bucket list trip catching their first sailfish ever. Captain Skip Dana and his crew aboard Sir’ Reel won the ‘Take a Hero Day’ with an impressive tally of nine releases. Tyler Wells caught his first two sailfish ever while fishing together with his brother-in-law Chris Lemieux on board Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen. His two sailfish releases were enough to earn him the Top Hero trophy as well. Gator One won the trophy for the heaviest meatfish with a 14.6-pound dolphin.
On Friday December 8th, the tournament action kicked off when the 8am lines-in call was made for Day 1 as teams looked to kick start the first leg of the Quest for the Crest with a bang. Team Doing it All/Hard Way found the fish early in their 39’ Contender. They released five sails before noon to take the early bite and a bonus $1,000. Team Kona Blue and their 39’ Mercury powered SeaVee was hot on their heels at the midday turn with four releases of their own. With just an hour to go on Day 1, Captain Chris ‘Zig’ Zelienski and his Weez in the Keys team caught fire releasing five fish to propel themselves into a first place daily and the late bite worth $77,950.
Day 2 fishing was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to severe storm warnings associated with an approaching cold front. A forecast for winds off the north and temperatures in the mid-forties on the backside of the front had teams fired up for the potential of an epic bite on Sunday. The morning started slower than expected for most, but newcomers to the tournament, team MDALA, got into a groove early releasing five sailfish before 11am to claim the early bite. As the day pressed on, teams Free Bird and Utopia got on the fish and continued climbing the leader board as well.
The first half of Day 2 had to seem like an eternity for Day 1 leaders, Weez in the Keys. By noon they had not called a fish in and their lead was rapidly diminishing. Sure enough, at 12:54pm team Utopia called in release number 12 and took the lead in the tournament with only two hours of fishing to go. Shortly after that, Free Bird released another fish to leap frog Weez in the Keys for the second place spot with 12 releases. At 2pm Captain Zig knew he needed to make an aggressive move. He did just that and Weez in the Keys went on a tear releasing three fish in the last hour to reclaim the lead and win the tournament with 14 releases and a $210,000 payday! Utopia finished in second with 13 releases and $75,150 in prize money. Team Seraphim finished strong on Day 2 releasing 10 fish to win the daily. Their 13 fish two-day tally was enough to bump them into third place overall in the tournament with total winnings of $122,180. The Top 5 were rounded out with Free Bird in fourth with 12 releases followed by Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen in fifth with 11 releases.
Doing It All/Hard Way cruised through the first two rounds of the Release Roundup competition in the tournament releasing five fish in the first round and three in the second round, although they only needed one release in the second round to advance. On the start of Day 2 and Round 3, lucky number two was pulled and the $196,200 jackpot was getting closer and closer to a reality for the team. Unfortunately, they ran out of steam releasing one fish in the third round. So the jackpot rolls forward into the next leg of the series, Sailfish 400, where it is expected to exceed $225,000 for a $1,000 buy in!
Captain Ray Rosher and his Miss Britt II crew put Stephanie Choate on the fish once again as she claimed the Top Lady Angler title for the second year in a row with seven releases. Wes Stevens took the Top Male Angler title aboard Weez in the Keys with seven releases as well. Stephanie edged Wes out on time to earn the Master Angler title in the tournament and a beautiful handmade American flag trophy.
In addition to the great payouts to teams, a check for over $7,000 will be presented to the tournament charity, Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting military families as they transition from service back into civilian life. To learn more about how you can help support their mission, visit www.operationhomefront.org.
Three more legs remain before the top sailfishing team in the world is crowned. Leg 2, Sailfish 400, takes place January 17-21 in Miami, with a third stop in Fort Lauderdale on February 21-25 and the grand finale in Key West on April 17-21. For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for Operation Sailfish, visit www.operationsailfish.com For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com
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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.