” Photographer and pilot Wayne Davis shot these amazing aerial photos over the open ocean of giant tuna swimming in beautiful formations. Flip through all the images and you’ll even see the surprise shark and whale join them. You can view more images from Wayne Davis and contact him at his website:www.OceanAerials.com. “
Marlin Magazine has nearly two dozen more spectacular photos … see them here
” This is the age of the super-sized center console. Based on big, beamy hulls and boasting plenty of power – usually in the form of multiple V-6 or V-8 outboards – these offshore fishing machines are suitable for a wide range of angling pursuits – from sailfish to swordfish, kingfish to cobia, tuna to tarpon and more.
What defines a big center-console fishing boat? We think 30-something-plus feet LOA (length overall) serves as the benchmark, though today you’ll certainly find multiple boats over 40 feet in this genre. And there are some spectacular models – not just because of their size, but also because of their great designs, features and style.
We’ve scoured the market to find today’s top models, great center-console boats that have earned the respect of serious offshore anglers. So if you are looking for a new blue-water boat, start your search here with 25 Great Center-Console Boats Over 30 Feet. (Listed alphabetically by manufacturer.)
” The EdgeWater 318CC continues to be a favorite among saltwater anglers. This center-console boat’s 10-foot, 2-inch beam offers plenty of fishing space for you and your crew without feeling crowded. The unsinkable design of EdgeWater’s SPI (Single Piece Infusion) all-composite construction enables a safer, stronger and well-performing hull.
The outboard-powered 318CC features a 28-gallon livewell and two fish lockers – one forward and one aft that can double as a livewell. It also offers tackle storage in the leaning post and rod holders aplenty. Rated for 700 hp and boasting 300-gallon fuel capacity, the 318CC has the power and range to fish far offshore and return you safely.”
See the others including entries from Contender , Hydra-Sports , Everglades , Intrepid and much more …
Viking 92 Convertible
” The largest Viking to date in its 50-year history is its new 92 Convertible.
It launches late summer 2014. The first boat will be an enclosed-bridge model, and this will be followed by open-bridge versions. The project was handled by Viking from design, the building of the molds in-house with the aid of a pair of five-axis profiling milling machines and all of the construction aspects.
The 23-foot beam not only opens the salon, but transforms into a living room with built-in furniture and appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all countertops feature custom-selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.”
Length Overall (LOA): 93′ 4″ (28.45 m) Beam: 23′ 5″ (7.03 m) Draft: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m) Gross Weight*: 195,000 lbs. (88,450 kg) Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals. (15,141 l) Water Capacity: 450 gals. (1,703 l)
” The 92 Convertible has six staterooms, each with its own private head and shower. The full-beam master suite features a king-size walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his-and-her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full-beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.
Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU. The communication, navigation and entertainment electronics package will be designed and installed by Viking’s sister company, Atlantic Marine Electronics. The first open-bridge boat will have a tuna tower designed and fabricated by Palm Beach Towers, another Viking subsidiary.
If Viking is not your cup of tea , how about a Hatteras ?
” Hatteras’ largest sport-fishing boat is the 90C. The boat was built in 1995, with the first boat delivered in 1996. This was a series of convertibles Hatteras produced at the time, the first one was in 1992, which was an 82C.
There were a total of 23 boats from the series built and sold from 1992-1998. At the time, it had largest diesel engines on a sport-fishing boat — the Deutz 16v-620 engine with 2,900 break hp.
Another unique feature of the 90C is that Hatteras built a bridge upon a bridge, meaning a flybridge on top of an enclosed bridge. There was only one like this built in its fleet.
The biggest challenge with the build process was the draft of the boat due to the large horsepower. Hatteras Engineering and Michigan Wheel designed a hybrid propeller specific for this model.
Of course the comparison above is not quite fair as the Viking 92′ is a current production boat while Hatteras , at present , “only” makes sportfish up to 77′ in length … see below .
|Length Overall||76’10″/ 23.42 meters|
|Length Overall with Bow Pulpit||80’2” / 24.43 meters|
|Beam||22′ / 6.71 meters|
|Draft||5’3″ / 1.60 meters|
|Freeboard Aft||3’5” / 1.04 meters|
|Headroom Most Areas||6’6” / 1.98 meters|
|Freshwater Capacity||380 gallons / 1,438 liters|
|Fuel Capacity||3,000 gallons / 11,356 liters|
|Holding||255 gallons / 965.28 liters|
|Weight Displacement||175,000 lbs / 79,348 kilos|
|Height Above Waterline to top of Console||20′ / 6.10 meters|
|Waterline Length||66’ / 20.17 meters|
|AVAILABLE OFFERED AS ENCLOSED BRIDGE ONLY|
Other fine fishing machines represented in the Marlin Magazine article include Jim Smith , Merritt , Rybovitch , Paul Mann and others . See them all here .
” Yellowfin tuna are normally a deep-water, roaming fish found far offshore. The last time Alex Hare, a 22-year-old angler from Destin, Florida, caught a yellowfin tuna it was on rod and reel in the Gulf of Mexico near oil rigs — in 6,000 feet of water. His most recent yellowfin catch happened Sunday, August 3, when he free-gaffed an estimated 100-pound yellowfin tuna in the 8-foot deep boat basin of a Florida Keys resort.
Hare, who was staying with friends at Angler’s Reef, located near mile marker 84.5, spotted the fish swimming in the resort’s small harbor for about 20 minutes.
” At first, we saw a wake, and thought it was a tarpon,” Hare says. “We couldn’t believe that it was a yellowfin.”
” Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat.”
” Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.”
See the other 23 pictures at SportFishing Mag
” Dwindling in numbers, whale sharks are protected in China – and black market salesmen are punished with hefty fines. But when fisherman Cai Chengzhu, 48, spotted this 16-foot-long, two-tonne beast, he could not resist having a go. He heaved it to shore and dragged it to the street.Then, incredibly, he dumped it onto a truck – and drove it for half-an-hour to the nearest market.
Regulation states the valuable whale sharks, which can live for up to 100 years, should be set free immediately if caught. But Cai, from Xianghzhi, in the far-eastern province of Fujian, admitted he planned to sell the creature from 10,000 to 20,000 yuan (around £1,000 to £2,000). “
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” A new record for blue marlin released in one year by a single boat has been established, according to Capt. Josh Temple, and within just five months.
Reporting from home port of Los Suenos, Costa Rica, Temple tells Sport Fishing that anglers aboard the 60-foot Carol Libby— a Spencer and American Custom Yachts hybrid — on June 26 released billfish number 430.
That breaks the record of 422 releases previously set by Capt. Bobby McGuinness on the Cazador out of Golfito in 2010. “
Enjoy this video of some of last year’s action aboard the Carol Libby …
This is how they make those long casts in Russia … LOL
” A large shark bumped into a fishing boat off a popular Long Island beach over the weekend in what may have been the third sighting of a great white in waters off the New York and New Jersey coasts this week.
Greg Grodecki was out with fishing buddies 15 miles off the shore of Fire Island Sunday when a wide-mouthed fish sidled up to his boat. Grodecki said he thought it was a great white shark.
” It was just amazing to see it, so beautiful and powerful,” Grodecki said. “It’s just a great experience.” “
More sightings reported here:
” When a shark emerged from the water with an open mouth and triangular 2-inch teeth, fisherman Steve Clark knew he was having a close encounter with a great white. The chance meeting, he says, happened about 5 p.m. Saturday at 28-Mile Wreck, the site of a World War II shipwreck off of Cape May, New Jersey.
” We were worried that it was going to harm the engine. It started to mouth it, but it wasn’t actually biting down,” said Clark. “I think it was just feeling it. It was just cool because she stayed around the boat for so long and really let us look at her.
Clark’s team of fishermen spotted the 16-foot great white shark swimming toward their 35-foot-boat, the 35 Everglades.
The shark swam around the vessel for about 20 minutes before ripping a chum basket of fish right from the side of the boat — the only time Clark felt nervous during the encounter. Members of the crew took photos and videos as the shark swam nearby.”
NBCPhiladelphia has more
” A huge 2.7-metre-long great white shark was eaten by an even bigger “mystery sea monster”, according to scientists.
Researchers had tagged the healthy shark to track its movements as part of a study, but were shocked when the tracking device washed up on a beach in Australia four months later, just four kilometres away.
Data captured on the device showed there was a rapid temperature rise along with a sudden, sharp 580-metres plunge.
The researchers believe the data proves it was eaten by something much bigger, saying the temperatures recorded indicate it went inside another animal’s digestive system.
The only theory they have so far was that it was gobbled up by a “colossal cannibal great white shark”.
The case is detailed in an upcoming documentary by the Smithsonian Institute, called the Hunt for the Super Predator, which draws from an earlier ABC documentary The Search for the Ocean’s Super Predator.”
Sploid.Gizmodo offers this answer to the mystifying question of what ate a three meter Great White .
” John Sims, a mate on the boat Reel Worthless out of Pensacola, Florida, tells Sport Fishing that they spend the summer traveling and fishing billfish tournaments. During the recent Orange Beach Billfish Classic, they had a double header on bluefin tunas in the Gulf of Mexico, while live-baiting for blue marlin.
After the first hour and half, they caught and released the first bluefin, which they estimated to be 700-pounds. Then after three and half hours, they released the second, which they estimated to be 900-pounds.”
‘ A group of south Florida fishermen reeled in a rare sawfish over the weekend, capturing the exciting feat on video.
It took Dustin Richter and pals more than two hours to wrangle the 11-foot long, 500-pound creature during a midnight fishing trip on Sunday morning, ABC’s West Palm Beach affiliate WPBF reported.
“ Catching a fish like that is like once in a lifetime,” Richter said.
Richter and his friends, from Boynton Beach, Fla., let the sawfish go after bringing it to shore and filming a video.
“ It’s just one of those prehistoric-looking animals,” he said. “If you see them you’re lucky to see them and if you catch them you’re even luckier.” “
” Fishing with dynamite is illegal in Lebanon. These guys posted their video on their Facebook page, and will be found soon after that video was shown in the news.
Blast fishing or dynamite fishing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection. This often illegal practice can be extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys the underlying habitat (such as coral reefs) that supports marine life.”
” A Maine fisherman caught an uncommon crustacean last week, but he was forced to throw it back because its length was less than legal.
Lobsterman Ben Murdock caught a rare two-toned lobster near Monhegan Island, but he tossed it back because it was too short, his little brother told the Huffington Post. “No matter how rare, a good lobsterman throws back an illegal lobster,” Kyle Murdock said.
Last year, the Bangor Daily News reported that officials at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute said that “split-colored lobsters are estimated to occur only once out of every 50 million or more.” According to the institute, white-colored lobsters are the rarest of the rare and only make up one out of every 100 million of the crustaceans.”
” A 13-foot long female megamouth shark weighing nearly 1,500 pounds caught off the coast of Japan was dissected before thousands of onlookers at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City Thursday. The creature was caught by fishermen from a depth of 2,600 feet.
The first specimen of a megamouth shark was caught off Oahu, Hawaii, in 1976, and megamouth sightings are extremely rare. According to the Japan Daily Press, this catch in Japan marks just the 58th occasion when a megamouth was actually seen by people.”
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” This awesome footage shows that the unexpected can happen even to the best. Stewart Campbell is one of the best professional fisherman in the world and came close to death. He is the international world record holder. Many times a year, a person is taken overboard and when clipped to the rod, go straight down behind the fish they caught, never to be seen again.”
” A new study shows how sailfish use their deadly sword-like bills to hunt and capture schooling prey fish. Any angler who pursues sailfish knows that they are one of the fastest and deadliest apex predators in the seas.
Sailfish, along with marlins and swordfish, are equipped with a long sword-like bill that they use to hunt prey. A study published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B provides a unique look at how sailfish use their deadly bills to hunt and capture schooling prey.”
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