Major League Fishing (MLF) Tournament Coverage - 01/30/2019
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Major League Fishing:
Day #1 of the Bass Pro Tour

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Yesterday was the first day of the first Major League Fishing tournament (MLF) series. During the last six months or so the promoters of this new league – with the promise of huge purses -- have signed up most major anglers on the bass fishing circuit. With that, almost overnight the MLF got the sponsorship of virtually every bass boat builder, outboard engine maker, plus virtually every tackle and related gear manufacturer. The money is pouring from all directions, ensuring the success of this new tournament venture, roughly patterned after the NFL. The venues are all made for cable TV viewing, so it looks like a win-win for all concerned.
40 anglers and their ride-along judges departed early yesterday morning on Lake Toho near Kissimmee, Florida after a frigid cold front passed through making the skies clear and the air cold. See the Leaderboard and find out more about this exciting new tournament series. More...

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Hampton Yachts Endurance 720:
Skylounge Yachts w/Large Crew Quarters

Hampton Yachts Endurance 720
Hampton Yachts Endurance 720

The Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 was designed for both owner/operators and owners with a small crew. The result is a three stateroom motoryacht with a full beam master and one of the largest VIPs in class. Abaft the engine room, as can be seen above, is a large crew cabin that can obviously be used as a fourth – and very comfortable – stateroom on an owner/operator vessel. With the advent of bow and stern thrusters, these large motoryachts are easier to operate than most people realize. More...

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Jeanneau Leader 33:
Galley Design w/Atrium-type Lighting

Jeanneau Leader 33
Jeanneau Leader 33

The galley of the Jeanneau Leader 33 comes standard with a cooktop, sink with faucet, refrigerator, and the option to include a microwave. Just above the galley is a large smoked glass panel to port of the helm on the main deck which brings natural light below. The opening port-light helps vent the cooking area. A sliding door separates the galley from the sitting area, which becomes part of the master for overnights, creating double use for the same space. More...

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World Cat Glacier Bay 2740:
Clever, Compact Jump Seats

World Cat Glacier Bay 2740
World Cat Glacier Bay 2740

Some flip-down transom “jump” seats seem almost a designer afterthought, but that’s not the case with those in the World Cat Glacier Bay Edition 2740. The seats, separated by the access door to the swim platform, have the same thick, multi-density foam bases and high quality, heavy-gauge embroidered vinyl covering as the rest of the boat. Battery access is located under these seats. There’s a pair of 125-quart insulated fishboxes in the floor adjacent. More...

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RANGER® 2510 Bay:
Standard Jackplate for Shallow Water

RANGER 2510 Bay
RANGER® 2510 Bay

The RANGER® 2510 Bay includes a 12” jackplate as standard equipment, a big plus on a 14” (.35 m) draft bay boat designed to run the flats. The ability to raise the outboard (in this case an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300) vertically -- rather than simply trimming up -- allows much shallower operation since the thrust is in line with the water surface and doesn’t cause the stern to “squat.” The black Power-Pole shallow water anchors have become increasingly popular. More...

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Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover:
Premium, Comfortable Helm Seats for 3

Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover
Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover

The three-across helm seating in the Formula 400 SSC is covered in high-quality weather-resistant vinyl with a Pre-Fixx coating and Tenara UV-resistant thread. Under the surface is multi-density DriFast foam on Starlite XL synthetic marine substructure, which will never rot or soak up water. These materials and the construction, are considered “Best Practices” in the marine industry. The cut out in the seat backs are for air flow on the riders’ backs on a hot day. More...

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Launch Ramp Diaries

What to Do When
Things Go Wrong

Launch Ramp Diaries
This picture demonstrates boat launching at its very worst. Let’s see how our hapless boater got out of this pickle.

First-time boat launchers quite understandably approach the maneuver with trepidation. There are so many things to remember, and then there are all of the things that were left off the check list, or the how-to article. It’s sort of like a lot of things in life; you have to actually do it to understand it. But even then, there can be a curve ball, which is what happened here. Find out what happened, and how the problem was solved. The great escape...

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