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by Capt. Patrick Sciacca

Quantum Leap

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted February 2008 | Add a Comment

A call out from a crewmember standing on the dock with a drag scale in hand broke the steamy August morning's silence: "Six pounds." Another crewmember stood in the 57-foot sportfisherman's behemoth cockpit with a 30-pound-class reel secured to a rod set in the rocket launcher and, after hearing the number, dropped the outfit's smooth-sliding lever drag back to

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The Horsepower Equation

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

"But I like the 1,300-hp motors," my friend Tom says emphatically while discussing his new 50-footer. "They give me a 33-knot cruise. The 1,050-hp ones will only keep me somewhere between 28 and 30," he adds with a sigh. "What's wrong with 30 knots?" I retort. "Nothing," he replies, "but the bigger motors give me 33 knots!" You can see where this conversation was going. Tom is also restoring a

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Destinations To Die For: Key West, Florida

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2007 | Add a Comment

Sunsets like this are a virtual sure thing at Mallory Square. The hot, orange-hued ball in the sky melts into the sea while my eyes record the sky's constantly morphing colors. In this sublime postcard moment, the knots that seemed forever housed in the tops of my shoulders...

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Epic Battles

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2007 | Add a Comment

It was the first minutes of the tournament, and the moment I set the hook, the line started screaming. This fish was for real, and he'd eventually lead me into a give-and-take, stand-up battle that would last three hours.

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Tag Today, Save Tomorrow

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2007 | Add a Comment

I'm a product of the Jaws generation, and while I was growing up on Long Island's south shore, my head was filled with dreams of catching big sharks. The standard gameplan was to make for the deep onboard my dad's boat and hook up a monster. After we caught the toothy critter, he'd be turned into steaks and then grilled over an open flame with some lemon while we all celebrated our victory

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And the Winner Is...

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2007 | Add a Comment

Congratulations to our neighbors to the north, Dave and Don Young, brothers who were looking to tag team on a boat test. They are the PMY "I Want to Test a Boat" winners. Allegedly, they're both experienced boaters: Dave has skippered charter vessels, and Don is a lifelong dock rat, doing everything from pumping gas and working on motors to selling bait and boats. Dave wrote the letter and

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The First Fish

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2007 | Add a Comment

When it comes to sportfishing, the names are legendary: Michael Lerner, Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, and Van Campen Heilner. But in 1897—a year before Hemingway was born, while Lerner and Heilner were still learning their ABCs, and Grey was just entering his mid-20s—enthusiastic angler, naturalist, and Massachusetts native Charles Frederick Holder was un-locking the door to big-game

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Intro to the Edge

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted February 2007 | Add a Comment

Something special happens between early summer and late fall off the East Coast of the United States. My friends and I call it “canyon season.” It’s a time for many tuna- and billfish-chasing anglers to spool up the Momoi, check drags, sharpen hooks, rig baits, break out the spreader bars, run the boat a hundred miles plus to far-flung waypoints, and prepare for greatness. That is, if you

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Follow That Bill

By Capt. Patrick S...photos by Richa... | Posted February 2007 | Add a Comment

Angler. Competitor. Adventurer. These words come to mind as I listen to Capt. Norm Isaacs talk about his life on and off the water, and it’s been quite the journey for this big-game top gun. But unlike most great stories of blue water and behemoth fish, this one starts out in Kansas.That’s where Isaacs was born, but he grew up in Texas, where he began fishing from riverbanks for freshwater

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2007 Marine Engine Roundup

By Elizabeth Ginns...Jeffrey MoserCapt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2006 | Add a Comment

Inspiration is a funny thing. At one time boatbuilders looked to on-road engine designs for the newest technologies. Then, as the popularity of boating exploded, they discovered powerplants designed just for marine applications, whether hanging off the transom or rumbling under the deck of an inboard cruiser. But as many of us know, everything works in cycles, and for 2007 a number of engine

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