Fishpond Unveils News Website

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Fishpond, inc., creators of high quality fly fishing and outdoor travel gear and accessories, reveals a new website to foster a stronger connection to its customers.

Fly fishing enthusiasts and anyone with a passion for the outdoors will enjoy the incredible imagery throughout the site by fishpond founder and designer, John Le Coq, who is also an accomplished photographer. In addition to stunning photos from Colorado and other great fishing locales, the new site features easy navigation. Users will find all products including new products for 2014 under the heading Products.The Pond section allows users to dive deeper into news, events, product reviews, environmental news, and more about our ambassadors. The site is designed to allow customers to feel a closer connection to fishpond and what it stands for beyond building the best products on the water and in the outdoors.

“Every aspect of the new site is geared for users to learn more about fishpond, its products and its commitment to spreading the spirit of the brand,” comments fishpond co-owner, Ben Kurtz. “We are especially excited about The Pond section as it will allow our consumers to learn more about the issues, news and people that make fishpond what it is.”

About fishpond:

Fishpond is a worldwide brand of products designed and manufactured for fishing and outdoor enthusiasts. Fishpond was created with the philosophy that innovation, design and a responsibility towards the environment from which we draw our inspiration is critical to our success.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Skiff Republic

We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends and maybe even sneak out to run the skiff a little.  Happy Thanksgiving to you from Skiff Republic.

Maverick Boat Company Joins Coastal Conservation Center as Corporate Sponsor

The Center for Coastal Conservation recently announced that four new boat builders have joined as corporate sponsors. They include major marine industry players Grady White Boats, Maverick Boats, Regulator Boats and Sea Hunt Boats.  Read the extended press release. [Read more…]

Florida Gulf Snook Season Closes Dec 1

SNK-112710-100The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and
federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will
remain closed through Feb. 28, 2014, reopening to harvest March 1, 2014. Snook
can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.

This and other regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during
vulnerable times such as cold weather. Atlantic state and federal waters
including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River will close Dec. 15 through
Jan. 31, 2014, reopening to harvest Feb. 1, 2014.

New Exsul Fleece Gear from frogg toggs

Utilizing a 3-layer fabric system consisting of a polyester soft shell outer, polyester fleece inner, and waterproof and breathable DriPore™ 2126281[1]membrane, the Exsul Fleece products are extremely water and wind resistant and offer great insulation from the cold.

The Exsul Fleece Jacket, Vest, and Pants are stylish enough for everyday casual wear, tough enough for hard use, and are exceptional when used as an insulating layer underneath frogg toggs rainwear or wadewear on those tough winter days afield.

Jacket – Men’s and Women’s available
• Relaxed fit raglan sleeve
• Adjustable cuff with hook and loop closure strap
• Zippered side handwarmer pockets
• Zippered chest storage pocket
• Wind-blocker collar design
• Shock cord adjustable waist
• Water and wind resistant

Pants – Men’s sizes only
• Side seam pockets
• Zippered rear security pocket
• Tapered ankle cuff with secure elastic opening
• Shock cord adjustable waist
• Water and wind resistant

MSRP Jacket $109.95 (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
MSRP Vest $69.95 (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
MSRP Pants $69.95 (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)

License Free Fishing Days

Several of the remaining 2013 FWC license free fishing days are coming up around the Thanksgiving Holiday.  It’s a great opportunity to introduce a friend to fishing.  On the days below, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents) but size limits and seasons still apply.

Freshwater license free day – November 29

Saltwater license free day – November 30 (this is the final saltwater license free day for 2013).


Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Attendance Up 28 Percent

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) – Five days of ocean breezes and sunshine set a spirited tone over the 54th annual2125262  Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Oct. 31st to Nov. 4th.

Show organizers reported that gate  attendance for the entire show was up 28 percent from the prior year and the highest since the 2006  show, and that exhibit space was the largest it has ever been, with returning exhibitors expanding  their show presence over 2012. [Read more…]

Everglades National Park Quarter

2014-Everglades-National-Park-Quarter-and-Coin-Design-300x2991Final designs for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters have been announced by the United States Mint and an Everglades National Park coin is among the final versions to be released.  Two water birds are shown on the reverse design of the Everglades National Park quarter and five ounce silver coins. An anhinga in the foreground is depicted with outstretched wings on a willow tree while a roseate spoonbill is further in the distance.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted from the United States Mint in 2010 and was authorized by congress under the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. Five new strikes are released annually as part of the series with each honoring a different site of national interest from around the United States and its territories.


Getting on the Same Page as Your Guide

If you’ve had the same angling partner(s) for a while, you probably instinctively know right where he’s looking when he says 11 o’clock, 50ft, and if you’re really used to fishing together, you can probably tell exactly where he’s looking just by the sound of his voice.  But when you’re fishing with a new partner or client, being on the same page in terms of casting distance can be a challenge.  Often before any real fishing has begun, I like to pick out a stick or pothole within casting range and ask how far to that particular spot, it’s a great way to get a good feel for how you and your guide/partner perceive distance.  The first shot you get could be your best chance of the day, take the time to be prepared.  Here are a few other tips from Deneki Outdoors on how to make sure you’re on the same page as your guide.

Flats Skiff vs Technical Poling Skiff

Scott DealScott Deal of Maverick Boat Company talks about the differences between flats skiffs and technical poling skiffs.