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Posted on Aug 29, 2008 in Top Shots
"Top warning! ... we just find out that there are some people in S.E Asia copying our products and trying to sell in the market without go through our authorized agency." Granted, the king's English may not be perfect, but the gist of this email i found the other day in my inbox, from a Japanese tackle manufacturer, offers a reminder of what has become something of an epidemic in the tackle industry - as has long been the case in many industries where consumer goods are the end product. Read More
Posted on Aug 11, 2008 in Top Shots
From Sund's Lodge Record Breaking Halibut Caught and Released! Read More
Posted on Jul 25, 2008 in Top Shots
Recently back from the annual ICAST tackle trade show in Vegas, then even more recently packing up rods/reels for a trip to fish northern Gulf in a couple days - jigging, throwing big topwaters, some trolling - those waters often do have it all. Those two events reminded me just how significant braided line has become. Read More
Posted on Jun 6, 2008 in Top Shots
Just back from a couple days waaaay out on the northern Gulf of Mexico and I thought I'd share a few interesting moments and observations. Of course, you'll read and see more in a Sport Fishing feature next year, but in the meantime.... We left Destin about dark on Capt. Gary Jarvis' Back Down 2 and traveled southwest until about 9 a.m. That put us somewhere off Alabama, I guessed, and in about 400 feet. (Yes, much of the Gulf is indeed a pretty shallow body of water.) Our first objective was to do some deep dropping and there, in 400 feet, we did. Read More
Posted on Feb 26, 2008 in Top Shots
Just one rotten fish can taint a whole cooler filled with a fresh catch. An unscrupulous crew on just one charter boat can raise a red flag for other charter operators throughout the area, the vast majority of whom are honest and work hard to engender public trust. That trust can be set back all too quickly when local headlines warn anglers/visitors who would charter an offshore boat to be cautious lest they find themselves ripped off in a taxidermy scam. Read More
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