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They need to move the run to warmer weather .
I'm getting to old for this sh*t !

29* and I'm setting by a good fire with a hot cup .
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Saltwater Reports
11/12/18 11:40 AM
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Repeat customers, Luke Beattie, along with Kim once again chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The first thing we did was grab a few Goggle Eyes live baits from the marina - they are excellent kite fishing baits. We started the morning trolling the reef in 120 ft. of water – we had cool weather (75 degrees) with the winds blowing from the north of Fort Lauderdale. The ocean was very calm with a teal green color. We put out 3 Ballyhoos for bait, rigged to swim on the surface, and two lures, along with two long baits and two short baits with one flat line close to the boat also with two deep planner lines with a sea witch strip bait diving 50 feet down.

We trolled from 120 ft. of water out to 300 ft. and found a nice color change in 200 ft. of water. The color change had bait fish hanging around it along with a little bit of current - we concentrated on this area. We slow trolled the Ballyhoo baits along the edge of the color change to the north of Fort Lauderdale and started catching Kingfish. Both Luke and Kim took turns and we caught 4 nice size Kingfish. Our next bite was a big one with screaming drag. Kim was the angler, and with a good battle, caught a large offshore Jack Crevalle.

Next, we put two kites up in the air with 3 live baits and one dead bait. We set up in 130 feet of water just outside of the reef line. With the last hour left on the trip, we were hoping to hook up with a Sailfish or something hungry for the Goggle Eyes. Unfortunately, we did not have any takers, and it was now time to head home.

On our way back to the dock, the anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to Bahia Mar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. I look forward to having Luke back again next year.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at Website:

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News & Announcements
11/09/18 12:22 AM
Navionics News....
What It Takes to Win Back-to-Back World Walleye Championships

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Navionics Pro Team member Tommy Skarlis and his fishing partner, Jeff Lahr, are at the top of their game. Last week, they accomplished a huge feat by winning back-to-back World Walleye Championships. Skarlis, with over thirty years of experience and countless championships under his belt, is thrilled about the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit 2018 World Walleye Championship win. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge with others and hopes to use his platform to inspire the next generation of pro anglers. When we recently caught up with the highly decorated walleye pro, he was more than willing to share some of his secrets for success.

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Bathy and other updates for 2 Texas lakes

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Recent work has been done on Lake Grapevine and Fayette County Reservoir and will certainly be noticed by all the recreational boaters and anglers that frequent them. Improvements can be found in: bathymetry and navaids such as moorings, buoys and names.

The depth information has been updated by integrating highly accurate multibeam survey data. This technology is being adopted more frequently by Navionics as part of a continuous product enhancement plan. Bathymetry is a chart feature appreciated by boaters of all kinds and expertise levels, but anglers are the most interested in it because it helps identify productive fishing spots, where fish are most likely to feed or hide.

Lake Grapevine, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is a very active lake, frequented by kayakers, boaters, sailors, anglers, and paddle boarders. The lake does not present much vegetation, in fact the bed is quite rocky. Likely catches are largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, white bass, white crappie, channel and blue catfish.

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Fayette county reservoir’s waters stay warm most of the year and this contributes to the fact that they are absolutely packed with interesting fishing spots and a rich aquatic life, the most common species are catfish, largemouth bass, and sunfish. See the improvements now

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Missed a Navionics webinar you wanted to attend?

If you missed a previous webinar you can now watch passed webinars on the Navionics YouTube page. Just follow this link:

OEM Bundle Cards with Free Navionics+ Upgrade

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A number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) plotter bundles – Humminbird, Raymarine, Lowrance & Sinrad now have a free upgrade of a Navionics+ with a purchase.

When a customer plugs in a card that is eligible they will be shown a graphic allowing them to update from their preloaded content to Navionics+. Each of these bundles has a region already attached to it, meaning that the user is confined to the region set by the card.

Each of the bundle offers an upgrade path to Navionics+ with Freshest Data updates free for the first year provided the card is registered through the Chart Installer within 2 months of the bundle purchase. With some cards you will be advised that preloaded chart data will be removed during this process and the user will have to select and download the areas of coverage needed.

Bathymetry improvements in Canada

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As part of our ongoing product enhancement, we recently added new high definition bathymetric data collected by a 3rd party for Canada.

The survey data has been collected using a multibeam technique allowing for a more precise reading of the seabed which results in higher quality depth contours. These additions enrich the already detailed information present on our SonarChart layer that are integrated with data from the best sources, as well as from Navionics’ own survey and sonar logs contributed by our users.

The result is an incredible level of detail and superior bathymetric charts that will increase your awareness of water depths and will help you locate the best fishing areas. If you’re an angler, take full advantage of these high definition contours by color-customizing the different depth ranges on your Boating app. This feature allows you to easily locate fishing spot at a glance!

Why and How to Update your Navionics Charts

FLW Tour Pro & Navionics Pro Team member Josh Douglas shows you how to update your Navionics charts and explains why it's something you should stay on top of. This video is courtsey of FLW Fishing.
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Improvements to contours for 3 US southeastern lakes

All three of these lakes are generated by dams. Fontana and Tellico both impound the Little Tennessee River while Tims Ford is situated on the Elk River.

Fontana is the deepest lake in North Carolina and the temperature of its waters is quite low, these conditions make it a very interesting habitat for a variety of fish species such as muskie, walleye and smallmouth bass.

Tellico lake offers the beautiful landscapes of the Great Smoky Mountains and 51 different fish species, among which bass and trout are common catches. Ramps, marinas, docks and other services are available for the boating community.

Tims Ford is considered a highly picturesque lake and it offers many facilities for anglers. It is a bass fishing destination, in fact the Tims Ford Bass Classic is held here every year in spring.

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Locate fishing spots at a glance with multiple depth ranges in our Boating app!


A new tool for anglers to quickly and easily locate fishing spots! In our Boating Marine & Lakes app is now possible to customize the chart view with multiple depth ranges simultaneously, for bottom understanding at a glance!

The Fishing Ranges feature allows to customize and display on our SonarChart™ map layer up to 5 depth ranges at the same time! The app interface makes it really intuitive to set: choose a color, select the depth values and name your range: the map will show depth gradients with different color shadings.

Have a clear view of bottom depths and choose your fishing area depending on the fish you want to catch. Then move quickly on the water telling with a glimpse holes, submerged islands, steep ledges and drop-offs.

Go fishing in multicolor!
- If you have our Boating app, go to Menu > Map Options and start customizing your maps! To use the new feature, you need an active Navionics+ subscription.
- To renew your subscription go to Menu > Me.
- If you haven’t our Boating app yet, download it for FREE and have a 2-weeks trial. Then, subscribe to the 1-year Navionics+ subscription to continue using Fishing Ranges and many other features!

Download the Boating app today for a two-week free trial!

Overall update to Lake Candlewood, Connecticut

Lake Candlewood, the largest lake in Connecticut, is a true paradise for the recreational boaters and for anglers, that have a choice of bass, bluegill, catfish and a variety of other species to fish in the many spots, coves and islands. To serve the growing boating and fishing public, Navionics has performed an overall update that includes: bathymetry, buoys, underwater structure, lake shore objects and in general of all the surrounding land area geographical names.

See the improvements now?


Navionics Web Site has improved...

We are improving our web site monthly by making it easier for everyone to manuever around. Now you can click on the “features” tab and a drop down box will appear and you can select the feature you want to learn more about.

Updates to the bathymetry of Keuka lake in Western New York

As part of this efforts to continue improve our mapping at Navionics, we recently updated the bathymetry of Keuka Lake in Western New York.

Keuka Lake is part of a system of glacial water bodies called the Finger Lakes and has a unique “Y” shape. The improved depth contours will surely be appreciated by anglers of all levels of expertise that frequent the lake fishing for a variety of species. The pristine waters remain quite shallow and are home to: Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Landlocked Salmon, as well as Pike, Pickerel, Lake Trout and Yellow Perch.

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News & Announcements
11/08/18 11:42 PM
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Lowrance Goes 'LIVE' with New Flagship Fishfinders
Marine Electronics Leader Brings Live Sonar, Live Charting and Live Smartphone Connectivity to Anglers

Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today the release of its new high-performance line of fishfinder/chartplotters, HDS LIVE™. A significant leap forward in fishfinding technology, HDS LIVE delivers powerful real-time sonar, charting and connectivity features including Active Imaging™, LiveSight™, Genesis Live and LiveCast™ smartphone integration.

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Active Imaging Sonar

See structure and cover with a new level of refined detail and at a range unmatched by any other structure imaging technology with Active Imaging.Offering industry-leading clarity without sacrificing range, it delivers unmatched image quality of structure, fish and bottom composition. Active Imaging 3-in-1 sonar combines Lowrance CHIRP, with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ allowing anglers to quickly search fish-holding structure, and enhances FishReveal™ with higher-level clarity and target separation. Active Imaging 2-in-1 sonar includes Side and DownScan Imaging™ and is perfect for use with a separate traditional sonar transducer. Simple to use without the need to change frequencies while fishing in most conditions, Active Imaging 800 kHz provides crystal-clear detail with uncompromised range. For anglers needing to see further than 120 feet, Active Imaging can also operate at 455 kHz. Active Imaging enhancements — including greater resolution, a cleaner 3D view and a new Custom Depth Shading feature — are coming to existing StructureScan® 3D modules in the Fall of 2018 through a free software update.

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LiveSight Sonar

Sonar interpretation made simple, LiveSight™ sonar delivers the most detailed views of fish, down to every turn and flip of the tail, as they swim in and around cover. You’ll be fishing in real-time as you watch fish react to your lure, see how they are relating to structure and gain insight on what will work, what won’t and what to do next.

Perfect for drop-shotting, vertical-jigging or lure-tracking in front of your boat, LiveSight helps you pinpoint fish locations, so you’ll know whether they are actively feeding. Mount the transducer in a front-facing position to cast toward the fish, or mount it in a down-facing position to do some vertical-jigging below your boat.

When using LiveSight forward in conjunction with the Lowrance Point-1 GPS antenna, an innovative on-chart indicator shows the direction the transducer is pointed, allowing anglers to line up on a waypoint or pinpoint the structure they are trying to fish.

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Genesis Live Charting

Delivering real-time, custom-mapping capabilities, HDS LIVE harnesses the power of Genesis Live charting, which uses digital depth to create depth-contour overlays on charts. Incredibly easy to use, users can control contour transparency, density of contours drawn on the screen up to unprecedented ½-foot intervals, depth and safety shading color palettes, and more. Charts can quickly and easily be saved to an SD card for continuous use.

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LiveCast Smartphone Integration

HDS LIVE allows anglers to display important fishing information and entertainment from their smartphones on their 12- and 16-inch sunlight viewable displays. Users can view their smartphone in full-screen or split-screen windows via HDMI connection allowing them to stream video, view Google Maps and fishing data on the HDS LIVE touchscreen — all while their phone is safely stowed.

“After 60 years, Lowrance continues to be the No.1 fishfinder for America’s biggest freshwater tournaments — more than all other brands combined,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO and president, Navico. “Today, HDS LIVE takes fishfinding to a whole new level — delivering new sonar, charting and connectivity features that will make the most of your time on the water. Once you experience it, you won’t want to fish without HDS LIVE.”

HDS LIVE features a stunning new low-profile design with edge-to-edge glass; a SolarMAX™ HD screen; bracket, flush and rear mounting options; user-programmable keys; and an optional fully-programmable Bluetooth® remote. Available in 7-, 9-, 12- and 16-inch display sizes, HDS LIVE ranges in price from $949 to $4,499. Active Imaging can be purchased as a bundle with HDS LIVE or as a separate accessory for $299; the LiveSight transducer is priced at $999.

For more information about the all-new, high-performance Lowrance HDS LIVE, the complete line of Lowrance marine electronics, or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer.

About Lowrance: The Lowrance® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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News & Announcements
11/08/18 11:25 PM
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Soft Plastics Enter the Twenty-First Century
The "Nature of Competition" in soft plastics design drives LIVETARGET to develop industry-first process: Injected Core Technology (ICT)

Let there be no doubt, soft plastic lures are effective fish tempters. Available in profiles ranging from simple to gaudy and colors that vary from muted to other-worldly, soft plastics are well-established staples in the arsenals of bass, walleye, and panfish anglers in fresh water, as well as those chasing a wide range of finned predators in the salt. Yet, the majority of soft lures that we thread on hooks and dress on jigs have changed little since the advent of grubs and worms in the 1950s. Warm polymer stews, steeped with colored dyes and glitter, are injected or poured into metal molds; when the whole operation cools, soft lures emerge.

While the sizes and shapes of soft plastic lures are limited only by the bounds of anglers’ imaginations, they all suffer from precisely the same shortcomings: stated simply, most soft baits don’t look anything like the natural forage that predator fish eat, and few behave like a vulnerable prey item that is about to play its part in Nature’s food web.

But that’s changing, thanks to Injected Core Technology (ICT) from LIVETARGET, the leader in lure design and forage replication.

Injected Core Technology welcomes soft plastic baits into the twenty-first century, uniting artistry with engineering to deliver unprecedented levels of soft plastic form and function. Lures manufactured with Injected Core Technology are effectively a bait-within-a-bait, featuring a vibrant, biomimetic, forage-profile interior that is fully encapsulated and intimately linked to a clear, soft polymer exo-skin. Matching anatomical features are aligned on both the interior core and its protective shell, producing unique three-dimensional, flash-generating textures that are both robust and ultra-realistic.

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ICT Skip Shad in Silver Pearl (134)

By carefully controlling the density of both the interior core and the outer shell during the molding process, Injected Core Technology lures are instilled with perfectly-balanced, strike triggering actions – right out of the package.

Nose hook a lure and fish ICT baits unweighted, and witness a soft plastic with a remarkably slow descent, its body on a horizontal plane as it falls, perfectly mimicking the behavior of an injured baitfish descending to its demise. Injected Core Technology lures don’t tumble or spiral, they simply drift tantalizingly downward with a gentle shimmy along their length until they come to rest on the bottom – or are consumed by a predator.

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ICT Twitch Minnow in Silver Green (952)

But that simple unweighted rig is just the beginning. Soft lures manufactured using Injected Core Technology are extraordinarily versatile, and can be rigged and presented in every way imaginable. From traditional Texas and Carolina rigs, to drop shots and Neko rigs and everything in-between. For example, while ICT was tested, schooling, shad-based bass slurped up Skip Shads when other classic baits put up zeros. In another case, shallow, inshore ranging trout and redfish pounced on weightless, freefalling ICT baits...and in aquarium clear water!

Unveiled at ICAST 2018 and soon appearing in tackle shops across North America, Injected Core Technology lures from LIVETARGET will be first available in two bio-inspired profiles: the slender Twitch Minnow and the full-bodied Skip Shad. Each of these two lure families stands ready to tempt and trigger your favorite predator fish, whether it feasts on a diet of shiners, smelt, sardines, or shad.

Let the era of realistic soft plastics begin…thanks to LIVETARGET’s Injection Core Technology.

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