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APRIL 2021
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Choosing the Right Batteries for Your Boat

Between the engines, helm displays, trolling motors, live wells, sound systems, lights, and other gadgets, marine batteries are the unsung heroes of boating. Your boat’s batteries serve two primary functions: starting engines and running accessories. Some batteries are built for one function while others can do both, so it’s important to know your marine battery basics.


How to Back into a Slip with a Single Outboard

Whether you’re stopping for lunch on the water or ending your day at the marina, you may face the somewhat daunting task of backing your boat into a slip. With some very basic knowledge, you can make it look like a piece of cake. Check out these helpful how-to instructions for getting your single-engine outboard boat into the slip.


Avoid Making 5 Common Towing Mistakes

One of the biggest perks of boating in Southwest Florida is that we can go boating year-round. Because our boats don’t have to leave the water for winter, our towing and trailering skills can get a little, well, rusty. Before you and your boat hit the open road, make sure you won’t be the driver committing these common towing mistakes.



Why Shark Survival Is Important

Sharks are apex predators that play an important role in our marine ecosystems. Practicing shark-safe fishing techniques and releasing sharks in a way that increases their chance of survival is key to achieving and maintaining healthy, sustainable shark populations.

Know Our Shark Species

FWC regulations specify which sharks are harvestable and which are prohibited. We highly recommend all anglers spend some time getting to know our local shark species and how to identify them.

Best Practices for Shark Fishing

Study up on fishing gear and catch-and-release requirements. For example, if you hook a prohibited species, you must keep the shark in the water with the gills submerged while you safely remove the hook and release it. Get complete shark fishing requirements and proper shark handling guidelines here.


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