Russ Garufi had his first boat when he was 14 years old. It was a 16 footer with 35 horsepower that he’d purchased from Sears. He took that boat out in the South River off the Chesapeake Bay until he was 16, when he upgraded to a 21-foot Reinell with a V8 inboard/outboard, also from Sears.
By Ben Bergovic
They say a picture tells a thousand words. If “they” are correct, the photo of a traveling angler with grin from ear to ear aboard The Hooker releasing blue marlin under the watchful eye of Capt. Skip Smith speaks volumes. It’s an exotic image like this snapped off the beaten path that triggers the adventurous spirit in all of us.
Although they are seemingly indestructible, Lindgren-Pitman’s SV-1200 and SV-2400 electric reels shouldn’t be neglected altogether. You generally only need to rinse thoroughly with water to wash away salt and grime. Sometimes soap is in order, but the one-piece aluminum frame is anodized to prevent corrosion so there’s never a need for harsh cleaners.
As NMMA’s full lineup of consumer boat and sport shows launch in January under Discover Boating, each will feature the brand’s identity, extending digitally to provide a more connected experience for attendees and exhibitors with the launch of the Discover Boating Boat Finder. This enhanced, added-value tool—for both consumers and the industry—empowers customers to begin the boat-shopping process weeks ahead of the show they plan to attend.
By Nichole Osinski
For boat builder Michael Rybovich & Sons, one could say there is not a single hull number one but several hulls that can be given the title. While the core of the Rybovich legacy—a family-run company committed to expert boat craftsmanship—has stayed true since the beginning, the company has had to reinvent itself throughout the years.
By Brandon Cotton
Ask any SoCal angler about fishing for bluefin tuna, and you’ll likely get conflicting answers ranging from “They are the hardest fish to catch” to “They chewed the paint off the boat!” and “We couldn’t stop them, they were so big,” among many more—and they’d all be right. Our bluefin can be tough to catch, but they are the best eating of any of our local species. No fish has garnered the attention and excitement over the past half-decade as the larger models that have taken over the offshore scene along the Southern California Bight.
Production of the latest addition to the Valhalla Boatworks V Series—the V-55—continues to gain momentum. Join Viking President and CEO Pat Healey for an update on hull No. 1 of our new flagship as well as details about the tremendous progress our boatbuilders are making throughout the entire V-55 production line. As Pat says: “We’re ramped up for good reason—we’ve sold 50 of these boats!” Established by Viking in 2019, Valhalla Boatworks has quickly become the marine industry’s premier builder of world-class high-performance center consoles. With the addition of our new flagship, the fleet now consists of five models from 33 to 55 feet: the V-33, V-37, V-41, V-46 and V-55.
Valhalla Boatworks has also released a video update showcasing the V-55.
InTheBite is featuring these revolutionary new gear products for professional sportfishermen everywhere. Below are descriptions of each item with a link to the online store page where it is available for purchase.
The newly launched ElectroStrainer from ElectroSea is made to prevent marine growth from its strainer basket and through all seawater lines. ElectroStrainer provides yacht owners with peace of mind, letting them know that their strainer basket and seawater pipes remain free of marine growth, with optimal flow rates so the A/C blows cold and they’ll never have to descale again.
By Winslow Taylor
There are many “good,” but far fewer “great,” captains and mates floating around the industry. The age-old question from owners, captains, and aspiring captains is how to make it to the top echelon, make a name for yourself and maintain that status as a great captain or a great crewmate. For many, the answer might not be what you expect: a symbiotic relationship amongst all the members of the crew, even the owner.
Bajío Sunglasses and Captains for Clean Water are partnering together to raise funds for Hurricane Ian relief. As part of their “Artists for Ian” campaign, Bajío will auction off original pieces by renown tattoo artists Casey Anderson and Drew Wilson, the proceeds of which will go to the Captains for Clean Water Emergency Disaster Relief Fund.