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Outriggers Can Make A Big Fish Story More Than A Tall Tale

| Marine Blog | April 2, 2012

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At BuyMarine.com, we believe that all fisherman need an edge to have that extra special day on the water. We want that fantasy to grow into fact. Well, your fish stories may sound more believable if you are  including the fact that you were using outriggers.

Outriggers Enhance Bait Performance

There are effective methods of separating multiple lures and trolled baits in a pattern — both vertically and horizontally. Not only does this system result in a wider spread, but it also offers the ability to enhance a lure or bait presentation by using outriggers to enhance their action.

The concept of outriggers shouldn’t be over-complicated. They are merely a tool that enables both vertical and horizontal separation of lure or bait presentations using release mechanisms that are are variable and often adjustable.

The advantages of outriggers are:

  • They get lures / baits outside the boat’s wash into clear water, increasing the spread of lures / baits, allowing more lures / baits to be trolled and cover more area of water.
  • They allow one to target depths where the fish are holding (thermocline)
  •  They allow baits to look alive even though they’re not. Trust us, it’s a difference.

Outriggers should not just be seen as a way of separating lures in width but also in height. There are many set-ups where an outrigger is mounted on the cabin or bridge where a line (called the shot-gun or whiskey line) is run high and back behind the rest of the lure pattern. Many set-ups use multiple tag lines of the same riggers to add height to corner lures or baits and or run teaser lines.

There are a huge variety of bases, holders, and boat configurations. Though small boats can be equipped with outriggers, they may create problems, since there is more crew work required when a strike occurs. There often isn’t enough room to move comfortably or safely (or a big enough crew) for this purpose.

Also,  outriggers are great for flying those little red flags flags on the way home from a fishing trip.

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Please visit us at BuyMarine.com and find the outriggers and accessories that will make your big fish story a reality. If you’re looking to acquire or sell marine-related equipment, drop on in to BuyMarine, where you can shop for equipment or post an ad to relieve yourself of those extra items that are taking up space. Thank you.

 

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Deep Sea Fishing 101

| Marine Blog | March 6, 2012

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Deep sea fishing can be recreational or commercial. The fish get lofty  prices at market that make them very desirable to catch. Deep sea fishing is tough and strenuous. It requires a fairly large boat and a good working knowledge of the waters to be fished.  The equipment used is heavy and more complex than that of in-shore gear, and is usually just amped up a notch in terms of durability and strength.

3 Basic Types of Deep Sea Fishing

  1. Anchoring and chumming is a type of deep sea fishing that relies heavily on the use of a chum bucket. The bait, or chum, is often made up of crushed crabs or netted fish. The fisher anchors in one spot, releases the chum into the current, and lets the chum naturally filter into the water using the current as the driving force behind its dispersal.
  2. Bottom trolling uses a cannon ball as its tactic. The cannon ball is drug around the bottom where it stirs up mud and causes noise. This stirs up the fish, provoking them to bite the bait.
  3. Trawling is used to catch many fish at once. It involves a net with weights and wheels attached to it. This net rolls along the bottom and scoops up fish. In some areas, this is controversial because of how it digs up all kinds of sea life, not just what the fisher aims for.

Deep sea fishing takes skill and some preparation. Fishing at the bottom comes with its own problems. Fishers do not want to keep pulling up their line to check bait or move to a different location. Planning the type of deep sea fishing is also important, so you are prepared with the correct equipment. A little planning and patience will make for a good deep sea fishing experience. It might be a good idea to hire a skipper to take you out the first time, as they will know where to find fish and will be able to help clean the catch!

Your source for Fishing 101. Buy Marine.

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Boat Collisions: Rules of The Road

| Marine Blog | February 7, 2012

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Boat collisions can be prevented easily if every vessel operator fulfills three major responsibilities.

1. Practice good seamanship. It is the responsibility of every boat operator to take all necessary action to avoid a boat collision, taking into account the weather, vessel traffic and the limits of other vessels. Such action should be taken in ample time to avoid boat collisions and at a safe distance from other vessels.

2. Keep a proper lookout. Failing to keep a sharp lookout is the most common cause of boat collisions. Every operator must keep a proper lookout, using both sight and hearing, at all times. Watch and listen for other vessels, radio communications, navigational hazards and others involved in water activities.

3. Maintain a safe speed. Safe speed is the speed that ensures you will have sufficient time to avoid boat collisions and can stop within an appropriate distance. Safe speed will vary depending on conditions such as wind, water conditions, navigational hazards, visibility, surrounding vessel traffic density and the maneuverability of your boat. Always reduce speed and navigate with extreme caution at night and when visibility is restricted.

Careful out there! Boat collisions are yours to prevent. For all your boating gear needs, see us at BuyMarine.

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GPS: Don’t Leave Port Without It

| Marine Blog | January 27, 2012

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Like many technologies that we commonly use, the GPS system was developed by the U.S. military.

Originally designated the NAVSTAR (Navigation System with Timing And Ranging) Global Positioning System, the GPS system was developed by the US Department of Defense to provide all-weather, round-the-clock navigation capabilities for military ground, sea, and air forces. Since its implementation, GPS system has also become an integral asset in numerous civilian applications and industries around the globe, including recreational uses (e.g. boating, aircraft, hiking), corporate vehicle fleet tracking, and surveying.

GPS Originates in Space

The GPS system employs twenty-four spacecraft in 20,200-km circular orbits inclined at 55 degrees. These spacecraft are placed in six orbit planes with four operational satellites in each plane. All launches have been successful except for one launch failure in 1981. The full 24-satellite constellation was completed on March 9, 1994.

The first eleven spacecraft (GPS Block 1) were used to demonstrate the feasibility of the GPS system. The Block 2 spacecraft began the operational system.

GPS was designed as a dual-use system with the primary purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of U.S. and allied military forces. GPS is rapidly becoming an integral component of the emerging Global Information Infrastructure, with applications ranging from mapping and surveying to international air traffic management and global change research. The growing demand from military, civil, commercial, and scientific users has generated a U.S. commercial GPS navigation systems equipment and service industry that leads the world. Augmentations to enhance basic GPS services could further expand these civil and commercial markets.

GPS Receiver Technology Grows More Powerful

GPS receiver technology has developed by leaps and bounds over the last few years. GPS receivers were initially the size of a suitcase with the antenna the size of a kid’s blow up swimming pool. Over time, the system has been developed into a civilian friendly program, and GPS receiver technology has miniaturized as well. Automobile GPS receivers are the size of a deck of cards. The gps receiver used in hand held devices is not much larger than a small cell phone. Many newer cell telephones have a GPS receiver integral in their hand set. As manufacturers develop the GPS receiver, they will have to work through display, power use, and dexterity limitations. An individual will need a screen with a size that can be viewed from any angle and at a reasonable distance.

The GPS receiver is generally always on while in use, so managing power will continue to be an on going problem. The ability to push the small buttons will limit just how small a GPS receiver can be. As touchscreens develop and other input systems are introduced, we will see the GPS receiver continue to change in appearance and use.

At BuyMarine.com we know not everyone is a rocket scientist, but a GPS device is one item you must have on the high seas. Be safe on the water, and if you need to buy or sell marine-related items, our online classified ads site is bar none.

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Use The Lunar Phases To Catch More Fish, More Often

| Marine Blog | December 27, 2011

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Every fisherman knows that the best fishing times are when the fish are feeding. This tends to be during dawn and dusk. But, moonrise and moonset, and lunar phases, affect a variety of factors — including the live fodder they hunt — and trigger feeding.

By understanding this, and choosing times when sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset coincide with new or full-moon lunar phases, you’ll increase you chance of a good catch. Assuming there are fish in the area, of course.

Choosing The Best Fishing Times

There really is nothing complicated about this at all; it’s just a matter of knowing ahead of time exactly when the sun and moon will rise and set. Fish are most active during 90-minute windows surrounding each of these four daily events; that’s 45 minutes before and after these four daily points.

Fishing during these four periods will help increase your catch. Planning wisely so that you’re out there on the days of new or full moon can help you use these windows of opportunity to catch more fish. If you have to choose between sunrise/sunset and moon rise/set, always go with the moon, as the moon is the stronger influence.

Other Considerations When Fishing by Lunar Phases

When planning your fishing by lunar phases, there are certain other factors that should also be considered.

  • Weather – Severe weather changes have an impact on the way fish feed. When a storm’s brewing, or just after one has passed, is a good time. If this happens while you’re in place, you’ll be in for a treat! However, if there’s a cold front approaching, the fish are likely to move deeper into the water and become inactive.
  • Season – Most fish are more likely to bite willingly during seasonal transitions. The transition from winter to spring and summer to fall are the two best fishing seasons.

Now that you know that lunar phases fishing really works, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use this knowledge to increase your catch by being ready with your rod during the best fishing times available. It’s easy and it works!

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How To Set and Maintain Drag

| Marine Blog | November 29, 2011

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Do you have a story about the big one that got away? What happened? Did the line break? Did a snap open? In any case, a correctly set reel drag may have meant the difference between a story to tell and a catch to show off.

We’d like to outline for you the correct way to set and maintain drag on your reels.

The Procedure

The correct amount of drag is measured in pounds. You find the correct number by dividing the test weight of your line by four, or 25 percent, of the line-breaking value. When you buy line, the line weight is marked on the package. Take, for example, a 20-pound test divided by four — it would have a drag setting of 5 pounds. To get this setting, run the line through all the rod eyes as you normally would and connect the line to a spring scale. The other end of the scale should be connected to a fixed object. Pull on the line with the rod tipped and adjust the reel drag, allowing it to slip, until you see 5 pounds on the scale. It may feel a little light to some anglers, but it will allow the fish to be played without pulling the hook out of the fish.

Remember, the rod should play the fish and not the reel. Do not crank up the drag to pull the fish in with the reel. This will only lead to lost fish and disappointment.

Good luck!

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Take Me Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide

| Marine Blog | November 22, 2011

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Fish are the last thing you’ll need on a fishing trip. Well, they are literally the last thing you’ll be in contact with to have a successful expedition. Before that, it takes preparation, people, and tools.

Preparation: Tools

Start with a tackle box and fill it with:

  • a variety of lures, hooks, snap swivels, and weights
  • nose pliers and wire cutters, for starters

You may also need:

  • live bait container (such as a minnow bucket or a worm box)
  • a stringer or an ice chest to keep your catch fresh
  • a landing net
  • rod-and-reel cases
  • a first-aid kit for minor emergencies.

Other handy items include a scaler, hook remover, tape measure and scale, and a filet knife.

Quick Tips and the Golden Rule

A good angler respects our natural resources and wants to conserve them for others to enjoy. The Golden Rule is: always carry out what you brought in — never leave behind plastic containers or packaging. Fishing line can tangle birds, fish, and other wildlife, often fatally. Bring old or tangled fishing line to a fishing tackle store to recycle it.

Fish should never be wasted. If you catch a fish that is under the legal or minimum size or that you do not want to keep, release it quickly. If possible, keep the fish in the water and handle it carefully, pushing the hook back through the lip. If the fish has swallowed the hook, do not tear the hook out. Simply cut the line as close to the mouth as possible. You can revive a fish by gently moving it back and forth in the water so that water runs through its gills. When it begins to struggle and can swim normally, let it go.

For More Information, Locally

There are many sources of information on where and how to fish. Fishing is regulated by each state government, so try looking on state Internet home pages. Most states have an aquatic resource education program that teaches fishing skills along with conservation education. Here are some places to look:

  • State Fish and Wildlife Conservation Agencies
  •  State Departments of Natural Resources
  • Recreation and Tourism Agencies
  • State Parks and County and Local Government Agencies
  •  Chambers of Commerce
  •  Fishing tackle and sporting goods stores
  •  Fishing clubs

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Do You Need A Fishing Guide? | Offshore Fishing Tips

| Marine Blog | November 1, 2011

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Often, when one is planning a fishing trip, the question of a fishing guide comes up. They’re costly, so the first reaction is to forgo a guide. After all, you already know how to fish, right?

This may or may not be true. You might very well be an expert fisherman that can get along quite well without a guide, but if you are traveling to a far away area and are not familiar with the fishing condition, then a guide could really come in handy.

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