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May 09, 2011


The Hannibal Bank Fishery
You'll find many harnesses on the market designed for fighting fish, especially since the advent of stand-up game fishing, but only a select few designed for use on heavy tackle in a fighting chair. The preferred harnesses for fighting really big fish on heavy tackle in a chair are generally referred to as bucket harnesses.
An angler need not be aware of the engineering details of a proper fighting chair in order to use one correctly, but it helps. And for anyone shopping for one, it's imperative to know and test a chair to see how well it will support your efforts when you really need it. The cross-pin or bolt that supports (and vertically adjusts) the gimbal is one of the most critical components. If any part of this team of components (generally the gimbal or the bracket) is made of aluminum, corrosion or wear between dissimilar metals may eventually lower structural integrity.
* Side gimbals or rod holders (one or two mounted on each armrest, allowing rods to be fished out of the chair) * Cushions* "Flip-up gimbals" that allow either straight- or bent-butt rods to be used by merely flipping over the gimbal* Striking rod holders that allow the rod to be moved to strike the fish without removing it from the holder* Rocket launchers and rigging trays that replace the back rest to support light-tackle rods and bait-rigging chores* Safety lines that secure expensive tackle (and even anglers) to the chair pedestal* Covers that protect that bi
Bluewater Chairs240 SW 33rd CourtFort Lauderdale, FL 33315954-522-4238 Fax: 954-522-0883Web site: www.bluewaterchairs.comLarge marlin chair/unlimited midrange chair, helmsman chairs, rocket launchers with rigging trays, custom tablesLee's Tackle Inc.8227 NW 54th St.Miami, FL 33166305-599-9324 Fax: 305-599-0830E-mail: sales@leetackle.comWeb site: www.leetackle.comFighting chairs; pilot chairs, side chairs; rocket launchers; bucket harness; trigging trays; tablesMurray Products1306 53rd St.West Palm Be
Apelco676 Island Pond RoadManchester, NH 03109603-647-7530Autohelm676 Island Pond RoadManchester, NH 03109603-647-7530Brookes & Gatehouse7855 126th Ave. N.Largo, FL 34643813-536-1400Cetrek640 N. Limerick RoadLimerick, PA 19468610-495-0671Datamarine7030 220th SWMountlake Terrace, WA 98043; 508-563-7153Eagle12000 E.
Manufacturer Model Length w/Handle Hook Size Hook Diameter HookComposition Handle Composition Point Style Grip Material Flying Gaff MSRPAccurate DG-2 4' 2" 5/16" stainless steel aircraft alumnium cutting point hypalon $69.95 Accurate DG-4 4' 4" 3/8" stainless steel aircraft alumnium cutting point hypalon $74.95 Accurate WH-3 5' 3" 3/8" stainless steel aircraft alumnium cutting point hypalon $87.95 Accurate WH-4 5' 4" 3/8" stainless steel aircraft alumnium cutting point hypalon $87.95 Accurate SH-3 6' 3" 3/8" stainless steel aircraft alumnium cutting point hypalon
Accurate Gaffs 3528 E. 16thLos Angeles, CA 90023 213-269-4985; fax: 213-269-1205AFTCO 17351 Murphy Ave.Irvine, CA 92614714-660-8757; fax: 714-660-7067Mengo Ind.4611 Green Bay RoadKenosha, WI 53144414-652-3070; fax: 414-652-9910Offshore Angler1935 S.
Ask an angler to choose one region of the world with the greatest variety and action, and it's a good bet he'll say Florida. Indeed, the nation's No. 1 saltwater fishing state should get more attention in a national magazine than just one article in an issue - a suggestion our readers in the Sunshine State constantly herald. We hear you loud and clear. Starting this issue, Sport Fishing provides coverage of the many varied game fish and fishing styles off Florida's magnificent coastlines from Jacksonville to Key West to Pensacola.
Those who appreciate fish acrobatics agree: When it comes to tail-walking, jumping and greyhounding, nothing is in the same class as a souped-up sailfish. Indeed, ol' Istiophorus platypterus takes the cake for visual thrills, and the fun doesn't stop from the moment of hookup until release. Although most sailfish release tournaments in Florida take place from November through January, experts know that sailfishing in February is hot, too. The tail-end of the southward migration offers plenty of action off Palm Beach and Ft.
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