Navionics Releases Nav Module for iPhone, iPad APPS

Navionics just announced an in-app purchase of the Nav Module for its Navionics iPhone and iPad HD Applications.

The Nav Module expands the navigation capabilities of the Navionics App by providing users the ability to enter routes and analyze vital details such as estimated time of arrival, distance to arrival, heading to waypoints and fuel consumption. Editing can be done underway while receiving real time route data, or planned off the water, syncing to your other mobile devices.  Boaters can elect to upgrade to Nav Module via Apple’s In-App Purchase for a one-time charge of $1.99 on iPhone and $4.99 on iPad with most recent software version of 3.2.

Scratched Crankbaits

image by Podnox

Todd Kuhn writes in Outdoor Life about the magic of scratched lures, reminding me of the care that I’ve always taken to be sure a plug that caught fish ended up back in the box.  Those were the “reliables,” to be pulled out when the “preferred” lure mysteriously stopped working, and they almost always made a difference.  The same is true of flies.

“I’ll never use a bait without first taking some sandpaper to it and scarring it up. I postulate this gives the fish a visual cue that what they are looking at is wounded and not in any shape to flee. In other words, an easy meal.”

Tampa Boat Show Sept. 28-30

Tampa Boat ShowThe 47th annual Tampa Boat Show at the Convention Center is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and features a DIY learning center, fishing center seminars, a new boat buyer clinic, and show discounts for attendees.

“The 2012 boat show has a wide range of activities to entertain and educate all ages interested in the boating lifestyle, whether you’re a new boater in need of some on-the-water training, a DIY boater who’d like to sharpen your skills, or an adventurer looking for some underwater fun,” said Larry Berryman, show manager.

“How (Not) to Pole a Flats Boat”

How to Pole a BoatFinback Films producers Tyler Hughen and Kahlil Hudson poke fun at themselves with this short video about the difficulties of poling.

“It takes a light touch,” says Kahlil.  True that.
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IGFA Profiles Steve Huff

Steve Huff GuideThis new video from the International Game Fish Association profiles south Florida guide Steve Huff, who began guiding in 1968.   Remarkably, Steve is the only guide honored by the IGFA in its Hall of Fame–and that honor came only after years of campaigning by clients, friends and fellow fishing experts.

Tomorrow Skiff Republic will publish its first interview with Steve, who talked to us last week about skiff design history and his role in the development of some of the first technical poling skiffs.

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Smuggling Booze Under Sail and Via Skiff: “The Real McCoy”

It wasn’t the picture of the Colt-Browning machine gun on the deck of Arethusa, a Prohibition-era smuggling vessel that ran between Nassau and Rum Row, a floating dept off the U.S. coast, that piqued my interest.  It was the history of Bill McCoy and his dangerous work under sail and in high-powered skiffs.  Charles J. Doan writes for Sail Feed about McCoy–whose teetotalling ways and insistence on being an “honorable” smuggler gave rise to the phrase “The Real McCoy.”

Bill McCoy, the “honorable smuggler.” photo from The Mariners’ Museum

Sloan’s article is focused on a newly republished book, The Real McCoy by Frederic F. Van de Water, which “recounts the career of a rather personable and flamboyant Rum Row pioneer.”

Here’s an excerpt: “Only seamen could have brought them out through the weather they often encountered. Wind and waves never stopped them. In storms there were always two men aboard them, one to steer, the other to pump and keep her afloat. Any other breed but these Jersey lads would have added a third to holler for help, but they were reckless and seamen to the backbone. They always came out full speed ahead, and you could hear the old wagons smacking along over the waves a mile away. Their exhausts were under water, and when running slowly, no one could hear them.”

It Doesn’t Take a Fancy Skiff to Catch Fish

Award-winning outdoor writer Tom Keer recently did a quick piece on the joys of fishing out of simple skiffs in the Northeast for  He mentions guides like Captain David Bitters of The Baymen, who does very well, thank you, fishing out of very simple fiberglass or aluminum-hulled boats.  “Our group was founded around a very old concept of life lived on the bay.  Our Founding Fathers were the Pilgrims, and they fished and fouled in the intertidal zones.  Like them, we keep our rich maritime history alive by focusing more on the way that life is lived as opposed the quantity in which it is lived.”

Yellow East Cape Fury with 60 Evinrude E-TEC

East Cape Yellow Fury“This is a sweet fighting lady yellow center console Fury headed to Texas. The customer chose to power her with a 60 Etec, and added accessories like East Cape stake out system, trolling motor package, and more.” [Read more…]

After Years of Decline, Fishing Among Kids Increasing

According to two new national surveys, fishing participation among two important age groups–6-12 and 13-17–is rising for the first time in several years. Increases were also seen among age groups 18-24 and 25-44.  “More than 33 million people went fishing in 2011. They spent $41.8 billion on trips, equipment, licenses and other items, an average of $1,262 per angler, the [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service] survey said.”

A First For Female Anglers

Lund Boats announced this week that Marianne Huskey is the first female angler to win their Angler of the Year title.

“‘It means so much to be the first woman to ever accomplish this,’ said the Lund Boats pro about being the very first woman to win angler of the year in either a professional walleye or bass circuit. (Think about how many years, tournaments and tours that covers.)” From