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by Capt. Patrick Sciacca

2011 Engines Review - Outboard

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2011 | Add a Comment

The Alpha OutboardA group of Midwestern engineers think they’ve built the great white shark of motors.The 557 puts out about 60 percent more power than the next nearest outboard.Is this evolution or revolution? That’s what I thought to myself when the press release in my

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Electric Purple

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2011 | Add a Comment

It’s what happens when mother nature gets an attitude. Lightning is not my friend. Sure, cloud-to-cloud bolts can be a spectacle to behold; they’re like a Fourth of July display but without the cleanup afterwards. (Ooh, and it’s so romantic, say those log-cabin-in-the-woods diamond commercials on TV.) And cloud-to-boat lightning can be a spectacle too, unless it’s your boat lighting up, and then it’s more of an—oh, say, heart stress test. Depending on where you fall on the lightning-enthusiasm scale, I’ve either had the fortune or misfortune to have several run-ins with Mother Nature’s electrical discharge.

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Cold-Molded Carolina Boats

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2011 | Add a Comment

Cold-Molded CarolinaLooking to build a custom battlewagon?Maybe it’s time to consider a jig boat.Photos Courtesy of Ritchie HowellA five-axis router is used to cut the frames that are laid out and become the jig.I’ve heard many boaters tell me that someday they’d

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The South Jersey Shark Tournament

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Chasing SnaggletoothThe South Jersey Shark Tournament gives anglers an introduction to biggame competition and impressive paydays too.Photos Courtesy of South Jersey Shark TournamentThe acrobatic mako is the superstar at this tournament.Most boat owners don’t start by

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Tips for easy boat maintenance

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Most boaters are conscientious enough to perform the familiar annual maintenance chores involving things like zincs, bottom panting, tune-ups, and the like. But over the years, savvy owners also pick up their own tips and tricks that can make it a lot easier to keep their vessel shipshape. Below you’ll see some of mine as well as those from knowledgeable boat-owner friends, family, and colleagues that can help you keep your boat running right and looking good with minimal effort.

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From The Tackle Box

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

The Screamin’ DragI’ll never forget the first time I heard the song that changed everything.It was 1980, and my family was taking a vacation to the Sunshine State. I had just finished the school year and was excited to go on my first airplane ride. The flight was very cool, but even more awesome was when my dad, my brother, Chip, and myself

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Fishing head-to-head

By Capt. Bill PikeCapt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

He Said, He SaidTwo anglers go head-to-head at the Bertram-Hatteras Shootout and offer the final tally as they see it.Capt. Bill Pike (with camera) onboard Screamin Eagle.Triumph of the Geezer

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Customized 52-foot Viking

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

Just Do It   When this owner decided to run and fish his battlewagon himself, nothing was going to stop him, not even muscular dystrophy. Easygoing Virginian Steve Jones loves to chase big fish. He also has a hereditary and slowly progressing form of muscular dystrophy that severely limits his mobility, especially in his legs. And since boats don’t come rigged and

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On Greatness and Agony

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

On Greatness and AgonyIllustration by Scott PollackThe sea was glass-calm. A mid-summer’s sun shone bright over cobalt waters that featured hints of purple. Our Blinky IV fishing team was trolling a 500-fathom contour line that lies about 65 miles offshore of Ocean City, Maryland. The scene was set for magic to

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Shimano Tekota 500

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

Here’s a Swiss Army knife of rod and reel combos.I have separate reels and rods for fishing tuna on the chunk, while jigging, and for trolling. I have other gear for white marlin, blue marlin, shark fishing, and more. So last season I decided to simplify at least my inshore setup by finding a rod-and-reel combination that I could use for a variety of

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