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by Capt. Patrick Sciacca

A Tuna Story

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2010 | Add a Comment

How many anglers does it take to catch one 70-pound yellowfin? On some days, it takes all of them.Illustration by Scott PollackIf you walk into any seaside pub, you’ll probably see fishermen chatting amiably as cold pints slide across a scarred bar top, each nick in the heavily varnished wood representing a beer

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Designing the Future

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted September 2010 | Add a Comment

One New York college is creating tomorrow’s boatbuilders.Four college students designed this battlewagon.So how do you design a 64-foot convertible sportfisherman that makes 50-plus mph, sports eye-catching lines, and runs in a seaway? Just hire four bright college students. Barely out of their teens, a quartet of

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Inboard Performance Sportfishing?

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2010 | Add a Comment

Volvo Penta’s pod-drive technology is finding a home into an ever-growing number of anglers’ engine rooms.Spencer Yachts built the first sportfisherman to be powered by Volvo Penta's IPS. She's equipped with twin 435-hp IPS600s.When Volvo Penta first developed its Inboard Performance System (IPS), with its articulated,

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A Memory-Making Marlin

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2010 | Add a Comment

A South Carolina-based crew goes toe-to-toe with its first grander.Photo courtesy of White Marlin OpenThousands gathered to see this once-in-a lifetime fish.“Tom, do you have the binoculars?” I asked as the 58-foot Viking No Problem calmly cruised into Ocean

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Walker Engineering

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2010 | Add a Comment

Walker Engineering has been making diesels breathe better for more than two decades.I used to crew on a 43-foot sportfisherman that was powered with twin 625-hp Detroit Diesel 6V-92s, and those engines were tank-like. In fact, the current owner of that boat has 3,000-plus hours on those original motors and they’re still going strong. But after

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The Fish Bucket List

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2010 | Add a Comment

Ten must-do events for serious big-game anglers.Throughout their lives, most anglers will spend a majority of their time fishing tournaments in their local waters.But one of the great appeals of heading off to blue water is the unknown. So perhaps it's time to spread your tournament wings and try trolling those baits across some new fathom lines. Here, in no particular

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Cheoy Lee Serenity 59

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2010 | Add a Comment

A Peaceful Easy FeelingThis Asian import is aimed at cruising your worries away.With more than 5,000 vessels delivered, to say that Cheoy Lee is an experienced boatbuilder would be a massive understatement. The company has constructed bluewater sailboats, fishing trawlers, tugboats, and of course, yachts. For the last several years,

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From the Tackle Box

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2010 | Add a Comment

A "Memorable" SeasonPhoto by: Kary Ann NixonIt all started last June when my brother Chip showed up to the boat as we departed for our first tournament of the year in a sling. "What happened?" I asked. "Work," he replied. "I'll be alright, I took some Advil." We left for four days and Chip did his best, sling and

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The Kid Can Fish

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2010 | Add a Comment

Richard DeMarte is an old salt—at only 15-years old.It's not unusual for professional anglers to be sponsored by gear manufacturers and boat companies. But typically those anglers aren't 15-years old. Meet Richard DeMarte. DeMarte has caught and tagged more than 550 striped bass.Like many

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Making It Her Way

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted January 2010 | Add a Comment

Cindy Garrison never let adversity keep her down.Garrison has fished from Alaska to Africa.If you want to succeed as a professional fisherman, all you need is the dream and a cow. Or two.Okay, maybe there’s a couple of other ways to go about it, but for adventure angler, TV show host, and

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