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Liquid Fire Fishing Team Completes Two KMTs in One Weekend, Advancing to 3rd in Kingfish Cup

It was an exciting weekend for the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, who competed in back-to-back fishing tournaments – ultimately nabbing both a 2nd and 6th place finish. These finishes catapulted the team into 3rd place overall in the Kingfish Cup series, with one tournament to go in the battle for the “Team of the Year” title.

On Friday, Oct. 19, Captain Mark Henderson, with wife Audrey, sons Crockett and Joshua and brother-in-law Chris Waters, began their weekend early at the Swansboro Rotary Five-O King Mackerel Tournament in Swansboro, N.C. – angling against 49 other boats for a chance at one or more of 10 cash prizes.

After catching a 41.28-pound King Mackerel, the Liquid Fire Fishing Team solidified their standing on the leaderboard as second overall, second heaviest on Day 1, second heaviest King Mackerel overall and second overall High Roller. The team was presented with a check for $21,667.

LFFT with their winning check from the Swansboro Five-O KMT
The Liquid Fire Fishing Team with their second-place check from the Swansboro Five-O KMT.

“The Swansboro Rotary Five-0 has been a very good event to our team since its inception,” said Mark, who started competitively fishing in 2004. “It’s a huge event for the community and a high-profile event for sport. The competition in the event is very high, and some of the best fishing teams in the country participate. It’s an honor to be able to compete in this amazing event; and to be on the leaderboard is definitely exciting.”

But instead of basking in their 2ndplace finish in Swansboro, team Liquid Fire hauled their Sea Vee 390Z out of the water to their next competition – the Rumble in the Jungle King Mackerel Tournament in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Up against a whopping 155 boats, the Liquid Fire Fishing Team reeled in a solid 6thplace finish with a 34.70-pound King Mackerel – earning the team a check for $11,001.

LFFT at Rumble in the Jungle
The Liquid Fire Fishing Team with their catches at Rumble in the Jungle.

“Fishing this event definitely made for an exciting and challenging weekend,” Mark continued. “This event was over 100 miles away from the other event we participated in. We were up at 2 a.m. to be ready for the 6:30 a.m. checkout. This is a hard-fought, high-paying king mackerel tournament with some tremendous competitors. It was nice to get a solid fish, be on the leaderboard and help our position in qualifying for the Kingfish Cup championship.”

Rumble in the Jungle was the third installment toward this year’s Kingfish Cup – a limited-entry series with four qualifying events toward the invitation-only championship tournament, which is taking place Nov. 1 through 4.

Because of Liquid’s Fire 6thplace finish at Rumble in the Jungle, their series average for the Kingfish Cup is 83.73, landing them in 3rdplace overall with just one more qualifying event to go – the Ocean Isle Fishing Center’s annual Fall Brawl in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. this weekend.

“It was a great weekend,” reflected Mark. “The inconsistent weather this year, combined with Hurricane Florence, pushed a lot of events on top of each other because of postponements. Having to fish numerous events on the same weekend certainly isn’t the most ideal circumstance. However, it worked out well for us. But we were definitely tired Sunday night. We’ve got several more events before the season ends. We’ll keep working hard to perform the best we can.”

As a long-time sponsor of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, which uses our Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts and Carbon Fiber Tele-Outrigger Poles, we’re proud of the success of Captain Mark, Audrey, Crockett, Joshua and Chris. We wish them luck in this weekend’s Fall Brawl and next weekend’s Kingfish Cup!

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Important Boat Safety Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

As Hurricanes Florence makes it way toward the east coast of the United States, we are reminded how important it is to heed the warnings of the National Hurricane Center and prepare for emergency.

While it may not always be possible to remove boats from the water, there are precautions you can take to prepare your boat ahead of a major storm.

BOATS IN WATER

Whenever possible, choose a marina or dock that has some protection from the elements, such as a barrier island or an inland river away from the coast. Also, docks with high pilings can also provide added protection from storm surge.

BoatUs states that floating docks with high pilings tend to fair better during major storms than those without. But keep in mind, BoatUs recommends looking for pilings as tall as 18 feet.

“Floating docks allow boats to rise and fall with surge without stretching and stressing lines,” BoatUs states. “There have been instances where boats at floating docks have been largely unaffected by hurricanes, while some boats at nearby marinas with fixed docks were badly damaged.”

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, who is based in North Carolina (one of the states Florence is predicted to hit), said removing loose items on the boat is important.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team advises boaters to remove anything not permanently attached to a boat ahead of a major storm.

“Anything that is not truly attached, such as cushions and Isinglass, should be removed so it doesn’t get destroyed,” he said. “Isinglass will be blown out.”

Henderson said store loose items in a hatch or on land somewhere in a safer location.

If your boat is moored, check with your harbormaster to see if the mooring is helical – a corkscrew-like mooring that is screwed into the seafloor.

Unlike traditional mushroom and dead-weight mooring anchors, a BoatUs Foundation study found that helical mooring anchors withstood more pull during major storms.

Illustration from ABC Diving. www.abcdiving.com.

“A 500-pound buried mushroom anchor could be pulled out with 1,200 pounds of pull (supplied by a 900-hp tug); an 8,000-pound dead weight (concrete) anchor could be pulled out with 4,000 pounds of pull,” reports BoatUs. “A helical anchor, however, could not be pulled out and the strain gauge recorded 12,000 pounds of pull — its maximum — before a shackle burst apart. (In an earlier test with a larger tug, a strain gauge registered 20,800 pounds before the hawser snapped.)”

BOATS ON LAND

If you can remove your boat from the water, there are various storage options to consider.

BoatUs said dry-stack storage facilities built after 1992 are great options for storing boats during major storms. Dry-stack facilities constructed after Hurricane Andrew are more likely to have stronger structural supports and be able to withstand winds as high as 140 mph. However, BoatUs recommends considering the age of the dry-stack facility, with older buildings at a higher risk for damage.

For Henderson, he is storing his SeaVee 390z with quad engines in the center of an open field with no trees or structures nearby. If this is an option for you, Henderson recommends keeping your boat on its trailer, securely tied and anchored to land.

Henderson’s SeaVee 390z, which is normally stored on a trailer, will be anchored to land in the middle of a field with no trees or structures nearby during Hurricane Florence. Photo courtesy of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team.

“A lot of people tie them down, anchored to the trailer with three straps,” he said. “That way, they can’t blow off the trailer.”

Henderson added that boats, whether in water or on land, should have all antennas down and outrigger poles stowed.

For more information on how you can prepare for a major storm, check out this video from West Marine.

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Learn to Kite Fish Like a Pro!

We’ve got a new FISH TACO TV video about kite fishing!

Off the coast of Morehead City, N.C., Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team demonstrates some important tips for kite fishing.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team demonstrates some great tips for how to kite fish using our TACO Marine Trident Rod Holder.

Featuring our Straight and Offset Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy, Henderson discusses techniques for deploying a kite, what types of rods and reels to use, how to prepare a basic rigging kit, the benefits of kite fishing and how to effectively use our Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy.

Henderson uses our TACO Marine Deluxe Trident Rod Holder Offset with Tool Caddy for kite fishing.
Our Trident Rod Holder has a removable Tool Caddy, which is great for storing lures, pliers, knives, scissors and other essential equipment for kite fishing.

Our high-polished aluminum Trident Rod Holders have a detachable tackle tray Tool Caddy designed to conveniently and safely hold fishing gear, including hooks, pliers, knives, rigs, lures, spoons and a beverage.

Henderson uses a large, orange cork when kite fishing because it’s easy to see when adjusting lines.
Using live bait, Henderson attaches the kite line through the bait’s dorsal fin – ensuring it stays in place while also being able to swim naturally in the water.
Henderson recommends using a short electric reel when kite fishing.
One of the many fish caught while kite fishing was a King Mackerel by Henderson’s son Joshua.

Find the full kite fishing video below.

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Announcing a New Grand Slam Outrigger Base Installation Video on FISH TACO TV

We’ve got a new Grand Slam Outrigger base installation video with Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team!

Henderson installs a set of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts to a Classic Mako 228 with a canvas top.
All the installation hardware is included with the TACO Outrigger Mounts.

In this FISH TACO TV video, Henderson, our Strategic Product Category Manager, installs a pair of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger bases on a canvas top of a 36-year-old Classic Mako 228.

To install an outrigger base on a canvas top, a TACO pre-drilled extrusion plate must first be welded to the frame.

A TACO pre-drilled extrusion plate must be welded to a canvas top frame prior to mount installation.

We offer three different extrusion plates that perfectly match our Grand Slam line of outrigger bases.

Once the plate is welded in place, simply cut a small circle around the base and screw holes, apply a bead of sealant and attach the bases. All the mounting hardware required for any of our Grand Slam bases comes included.

Mark an X over the base and screw holes, which you’ll then cut out of the canvas material.

Apply a bead of sealant around all the holes to prevent the canvas material from fraying.
You’re ready to attach the new TACO Grand Slam mount to the extrusion plate.
Insert the hardware and tighten.

After the base is installed, the final step is attaching the base handle.

The final step is inserting the handle into the base.

Henderson not only shows how to install the base, but also provides handy tips for cauterizing the canvas material. Watch full video below.

For more how-to videos from Fish TACO TV, visit YouTube.com/tacomarine.