‘Pit Players

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Dark-tanned skin. Rough, calloused hands. Raccoon eyes. All are telltale signs. Line up any big-game fishing team at the weigh scales with a trophy fish and you can immediately spot the mate. He’ll be the one off to the side, always in a complementary role. But even team sports have standout players and in this arena, the mate is an unheralded All Star. He’s also the hardest-working member of the crew.

“I’ve been happily together with Joey since 2008,” explains Stan ...

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Goodbye Bill, Hello Bills

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Tropical Storm Bill dumped more rain on soggy Texas, but here in sunny Florida it’s clear skies and big fish on tap, as the 13th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic gets underway. At total of 79 boats had signed up to fish with big stakes and spirited competition on the line.

“We’ve had a slow star this year, but as long as Kate [Ferrera] is rolling with us, we’re good,” says Capt. Mike “Whappo” Roberto, the skipper of Reel Fire, ...

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Bring the Power: Baytowne Marina Gets an Upgrade

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It’s a common scenario in marinas around the world: as boats get larger and more complex, they require more power. When Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina was first constructed, 90 percent of the slips were set up for sailboats, which require very little in the way of power. But flash forward to 2015 and 90 percent of the marina’s slips are occupied by a mix of sportfishermen and cruisers, which need significantly more power.

Gulf Power conducted a survey where they determined ...

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