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Discover TACO Marine’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gifts That Keep on Giving!

Reel in the gift of the year this holiday season and surprise the angler in your life with premium TACO Marine sport fishing products and accessories. From stocking stuffers to under the tree, we have all the essentials in our holiday gift guide!

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Grand Slam Outriggers – TACO Marine’s full line of Grand Slam branded outrigger mounts are the leaders in performance and reliability. Click image to view similar products.
Tele-Outrigger Poles – Enhance the thrill of blue-water fishing with the ultimate in Tele-Outrigger Poles – even in the roughest seas. Click the image to view similar products.
Four-Rod Transom – Mount Rack Maximize rod storage on board with TACO Marine’s Transom Mount Rod Rack. Free up gunnels and decks with 3-rod or 4-rod rod racks mounted on the transom. Click image to view similar products.
Olympic 5-Rod Holder Cluster – TACO Sport Fishing introduces a light weight yet strong and durable high polished aluminum 5-rod holder cluster designed to maximize rod placement and usage on your boat. Click image to view similar products.
Premium Rigging Kits – TACO Sport Fishing Rigging Kits offer anglers everything needed for a great day of fishing. Ideal to use with TACO Sport Fishing Grand Slams and Tele-Outriggers. Click image to view similar products.
Adjustable Poly Filet Table – The TACO Filet table is available in two sizes and designed for extreme durability with U.V. resistance. Ideal for cutting bait, fileting fish or serving food and beverages. Click image to view similar products.
Knife, Plier and 15 Rig Holder – Add safe and convenient storage to your boat with the TACO Rig Holder accessory, which holds pliers, two knives and other marine accessories. Click image to view similar products.
Adhesive Mount Rigging Strip – Conveniently store pre-rigs, plugs spoons on this 12-inch Rig Strip with pre-drilled holes – made of exterior-grade PVR and fit flat surface. Click image to view product.
Tumbler Poly Holder – Try our 1 or 2 Tumbler Poly Holder. The 2-Tumbler accessory holds two 16- to 30-ounce tumblers and has a recessed bottom with duel drain holes, a mobile device cutout and charging cable port. Click image to view similar products.
Poly Holder “Catch-All” – Try our 2 Drink Poly Holder with a “Catch-All” – perfect for full-sized insulated drinks or mugs. The center “Catch-All” is ideal for cell phones, sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing gear or other accessories. Click image to view similar products.

 

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From TACO Metals to Marine, family-run business spans nearly 60 years

In 1959, after moving from Massachusetts to Miami with his young family, Dave Kushner purchased a small business called TACO Metals – an aluminum railing company serving the pool fence market.

 

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TACO Metals’ founder Dave Kushner.

After installing railing aboard a boat for a local boat builder, Kushner recognized an opportunity to expand the business into the marine industry – growing TACO’s borders beyond Miami and eventually breaking ground with distribution centers, regional warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, Tennessee and overseas.

Like most family-run businesses, Kushner’s three sons eventually joined the TACO workforce. As youngsters, mirror twins Mike and Bill, and younger brother Jon, remember helping their father in the TACO warehouse – performing an array of tasks to meet customer needs.

“I would go in with my dad on weekends and holidays and do little odd jobs,” recalled Jon, the now-President of TACO.

Those odd jobs included punching pickets on aluminum railing – a task Bill, then 10 years old, remembers well.

“I would have a rack that was probably over a thousand pickets,” said Bill, Vice President of Manufacturing. “I’d be sitting there [at] the punch press, punching holes, flipping them, [and] punching the other end. That was my first job working at TACO.”

Together, the three brothers followed in their father’s footsteps and eventually took over the business after Dave Kushner retired in the early 90s.

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From left to right: Jon Kushner, President, Bill Kushner, Vice President of Manufacturing, and Mike, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Years later, sound advice from their father still rings true today.

“He was very fond of telling us, the three of us, that establishing close relationships with our vendors was a very critical thing,” said Jon.

In fact, Mike, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said TACO still has some of the same relationships with vendors today that his father established more than 50 years ago.

Jon said their father also emphasized innovation – doing things new and different to avoid products becoming commoditized and never being content within the marketplace.

With this advice in mind, the Kushner brothers continue to grow TACO’s core product categories – rub rail, sport fishing, seating and marine fabrication, which is pipe, tube and hardware for tops and towers.

Two of the latest innovations from TACO are the Grand Slam 450 and 500 Outrigger Mounts, which were designed to meet the demands for larger, faster fishing boats.

As TACO continues to evolve, the Kushner’s recognize the importance of the many individuals who make up the TACO family.

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With more than 110 employees today, the Kushner brothers recognize the importance of the many individuals who make up the TACO family. Seen here are members of the Sparta, Tenn. marine fabrication team.

“We have a team of people who all have a lot of different skills,” said Bill. “We’ve got people who have a passion for the business. There are people who, for the most part, have been around TACO and the marine industry [for] many years. We have a team that all has pretty highly specialized skills within the market. We’re in a business where, I think, we continue to have fun and everybody enjoys and contributes.”

The brothers agree, it’s because of the TACO team, the company values instilled from their father and the philosophy to do whatever it takes to satisfy customers that make TACO successful today and for the future.

Discover more about TACO Metals by visiting tacometals.com and tacomarine.com.

Thank you for visiting TACO Marine at the 2017 METSTRADE show!

Thank you for stopping by the TACO Marine® stand at the Brunger Export aisle in the USA Pavilion during the 2017 METSTRADE show!

TACO Metals® is a global leader in the recreational marine industry and the most trusted source for rub rail, seating and pedestals, specialty marine hardware, marine fabrication and sport fishing products. The TACO Marine division of TACO Metals is known for its new product development using the latest in design and manufacturing capabilities to create solutions that provide the best total value, enhanced product performance and uncompromising quality. Boat builders, marine product manufacturers, repair yards, distributors and retailers have trusted and relied on TACO Marine for premium products, distribution expertise and unsurpassed customer support since 1959.

We are excited for the opportunity to support you in your needs with any one of our several product lines we have to offer. To view our company and the full range of products, you can visit us at tacomarine.com. You will also receive a follow up contact from a Brunger Export Sales Representative in your region to review any questions you may have about the TACO Marine line and you’ll be able to set up an appointment, if needed. You can also view Brunger Export’s website at brungerexport.com for additional information.

We look forward to working with you in the near future.

Marine Market Trends Lead to Tech Advances for Higher Performance

Baby boomers, a generation of boaters who once favored luxury sport fishing cruisers, are now trending toward high-performance center console boats – trading opulence for more speed and open air on the high seas.

As the center console market continues to grow, we’re also seeing a boost in horsepower and technology – leading to larger boats with more engines, which require an outrigger pole and mount that can withstand higher speeds.

To meet these demands and exceed market expectations, TACO Marine®, a leader in innovative sport fishing products, developed two new Grand Slam outrigger mounts designed for poles up to 30-feet in length.

Introducing the GS-450 and GS-500 – allowing sport fishing diehards with high-performance center console boats to level the playing field against larger sport fishing boats.

 

 

 

 

 

“We did significant testing on the GS-380,” said Jose Chao, TACO Marine strategic product category manager. “Those testing results gave us the information we needed to develop the new 400 and 500 series. The center consoles today are having technology features where they can fish with longer poles, which was the idea to creating the GS-500.”

Both the 450 and 500 mounts have increased surface area and plate thickness, a larger top tube with extended bearing, a stainless lever grip for additional lifting strength, a waterproof sealed design and much more. Additionally, the GS-500 has a larger ergonomic crank handle assembly for vertical movement with new locking positions.

“If you’re the type of off-shore fishing team that likes to run and gun, and you have a high-performance boat, the GS-450 or the GS-500 is the mount of choice,” Chao said.

Each of these mounts also requires the new TACO Marine heavy duty poles – light weight swivel roller carbon fiber outrigger poles with a patent-pending proprietary twist-and-lock mechanism for easy installation and removal. These were built specifically for the 450 and 500.

To get the latest TACO Marine outrigger mounts and poles, contact your local boat dealer or manufacturer, and visit tacomarine.com for the best marine sport fishing products.

Fishing for a Father’s Day item? Check out this Rod Holder with Tool Caddy.

3-rod holder

This Taco Marine  3-Rod Holder Cluster is designed to save space and maximize rod placement. It’s also great for kite fishing – it’s 3 rod holders in one!  It fits all standard gunnel mount rod holders. A detachable tackle tray conveniently holds fishing tackle gear with pre-drilled holes for a knife and pliers, rigs, lures and spoons.  Plus, we’ve added a cup holder for your favorite beverage. For more information on this handy rod holder, click this Deluxe-Trident-Rod-Holder-Cluster-Straight-with-Tool-Caddy link.

Best Outrigger Pole: Carbon Fiber or Aluminum? Plus, Step-by-Step How to Rig it.

Tele-Outrigger poleThe best outrigger poles are carbon fiber because they are much stronger and lighter than any  aluminum pole on the market today. Why does that matter? Taco Marine’s carbon fiber outrigger poles easily pull dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at high speeds – which is difficult to do with aluminum poles.

Plus, only Taco Marine’s carbon fiber outrigger poles have an innovative swivel roller design mechanism that pulls the bait into a more natural swimming action. What’s more, it’s easy to rig, telescopes to less than 8 feet and includes a nylon mesh carry bag to protect the poles. For more information about these innovative award-winning poles, click here on Carbon Fiber Poles.

The Taco Marine step-by-step video below shows you how to set up the outrigger cords, attach the swivels and pulleys, set the tension on the poles, install the outrigger cords to the gunnel as well as how and where to attach your fishing line.

If you would like more information on Taco Marine’s outrigger products, click here.  If want to know where to buy Taco Marine outrigger products, click here.

Christmas Stuffers for Big Stockings …

Adjustable filet tableLeave Santa milk and cookies on this Adjustable Poly Filet TableThis clever  filet table fits in and adjusts to any degree rod holder, levels out flat and locks in the position you need. It also has slots for a filet knife and fishing pliers. This high-strength table will not crack, mildew, discolor, or absorb fish odors – plus it’s easy to clean. It comes in two sizes and all the components are made in the USA.  Find it here at iBoats.

Reel in this Taco Marine stocking stuffer and it could be the-catch-of-the-day for Christmas …

Reel hanger for boatsReel hanger for fishing rodsReel Hangers with Rod Tip Holder Kit. The easy-to-adjust hangers accommodate a wide variety of reel sizes. The stainless steel hangers mount horizontally, vertically or overhead with spring-loaded clips to secure reels safely in place – even in rough seas. The set includes rod tip holders with spring-activated snap locks.

If you don’t find a genuine Taco Marine Rub Rail kit in your stocking, it may be because Santa put it under the tree or used it on his sleigh – to protect chimneys of course. Because Taco Marine is the largest producer of rub rail for boat builders, Santa recommends that you click here for a Free Rub Rail Replacement Guide. It helps you find  the original installed on your boat, what to buy and you can select from many types, styles and colors of rub rail. A Taco Marine Rub Rail Kit may not be a stocking stuffer, but it makes an easy gift to put under the tree.

Rub rail

 

Click here to go to West Marine to find the Taco Marine Rod Holder and Rub Rail Kit products.

2016 Innovation Award for Taco Marine’s Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the winner of the 2016 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award for Fishing Equipment, Gear & Tackle: Taco Marine’s Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles.

The awards recognize exceptionally innovative new consumer marine products, and this year’s judges evaluated 77 products and selected 17 winners in 16 categories.

Tele-Outrigger poleTaco Marine’s new innovative design for carbon fiber outrigger poles is much stronger and lighter than any  aluminum pole on the market today. These outrigger poles can pull dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at high speeds – difficult to do with aluminum poles. The innovative swivel roller design mechanism pulls the bait into a more natural swimming action. What’s more, it’s easy to rig, telescopes to less than 8 feet and includes a nylon mesh carry bag to protect the poles. For more information about these award-winning poles click Carbon Fiber Poles.

 

The Innovation Awards judging committee is composed of BWI members who do product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine products and equipment. The committee is co-chaired by Zuzana Prochazka and Alan Wendt.  Prochazka is a boating and travel journalist and photographer who has been in the marine industry for two decades. She regularly writes for a dozen magazines including SEA, SAIL, Bluewater Sailing and Southern Boating. Wendt is president of Boating Writers International and has served as a judge for more than 15 years. The other esteemed Innovation Award judges are:

  • Frank Lanier: An author and award-winning journalist, his articles on seamanship, marine equipment reviews and vessel maintenance appear regularly in numerous marine publications worldwide.
  • Marilyn Mower: Past editor of ShowBoats International, Southern Boating and the Marine Business Journal magazines and currents Books Editor for Boat International Media producing annual editions ofThe Superyachts, Megayachts: Concept, Design, Construction and Refit.
  • Lenny Rudow: Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media and Electronics Editor for BoatUS Magazine, and Boating Editor for Texas Fish & Game.
  • Lawrence Husick: Patent attorney, entrepreneur, freelance writer for several boating publications, and life-long cruising sailor. He has worked with innovators in the marine industry as both counsel and consultant, and frequently speaks to audiences about new technologies afloat.
  • Nigel Calder: Well-known industry author and Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, Ocean Navigator and Yachting Monthly magazines and a freelance consultant on marine energy issues.
  • Gary Reich: Editor at large for Chesapeake Bay Magazine and regularly published in periodicals such asSoundings, PassageMaker, Chesapeake Bay, and Lakeland Boating magazines, and online at boats.com and boattrader.com.

Reel in the New Year with Taco Marine!

The New Year marks a time for reflection on the past year, and contemplating what we learned from the past 365 days to make the coming yeRing in the new year with Taco Marine.ar even better. Yes, it’s a time to celebrate past success, but also a time for bold moves with new outrigger poles; a time to dream of the comfort of shock-absorbing seats, and rub rail both old and new. It’s an opportune time to raise a toast to those who share your passion for boating and those impressed with your choice of Taco Marine products and hopes for more in the future.

The year 2016 marks a new beginning. New people to meet, new boating adventures to enjoy and new memories to create. Here’s wishing you the gift of peace and good fishing throughout 2016, and wishing you the happiest New Year’s ever!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers …

Reel in one of these Taco Marine products as a stocking stuffer and it could be the-catch-of-the-day for Christmas …

Reel hanger for boatsReel hanger for fishing rodsReel Hangers with Rod Tip Holder Kit. The easy-to-adjust hangers accommodate a wide variety of reel sizes. The stainless steel hangers mount horizontally, vertically or overhead with spring-loaded clips to secure reels safely in place – even in rough seas. The set includes rod tip holders with spring-activated snap locks.

Boat fender quick-release clipBecause Santa is very busy,  he uses a Quick Release Clip when tying up to chimneys on roof tops – it’s safe for reindeer and provides quick get-aways. Taco Marine’s Quick Release Fender Lock also provides dockside safety and convenience for boaters, as it clips quickly to store fender lines at their best length. Just simply insert the pin into the fitting to protect your boat with the fenders in their ideal positions.

Adjustable filet tableLeave Santa milk and cookies on this Adjustable Poly Filet TableThis clever  filet table fits in and adjusts to any degree rod holder, levels out flat and locks in the position you need. It also has slots for a filet knife and fishing pliers. This high-strength table will not crack, mildew, discolor, or absorb fish odors – plus it’s easy to clean. It comes in two sizes and all the components are made in the USA.

Click here for where to buy these Taco Marine products.