Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, and our Strategic Product Category Manager, will be on site in our booth for product demos and questions all three days of the show.
Learn more about our Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy in the FISH TACO TV video below.
You can also find step-by-step instructions for outrigger rigging in the FISH TACO TV video below.
As a leader in the marine industry for nearly 60 years, we take great pride in manufacturing the highest-quality products for boating and fishing enthusiasts around the world. Our products are backed by industry-leading warranties for years of trouble-free use. Discover more about us at tacomarine.com.
TACO fans, we have some exciting news! We’re debuting our new sport fishing Deluxe Hybrid Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles at the ICAST showNew Product Showcase July 11 – 13 in Orlando, FL!
Designed for offshore trolling in search of bigger fish, these poles have a thicker wall for enhanced durability and feature patent-pending 360-degree swivel rollers for better natural bait presentation and reduced halyard friction.
The Hybrid Poles telescope below eight feet for trailering, storage and bridge clearance and extend to 18 feet – increasing the strike zone when fishing. They pair with TACO Grand Slam 280, 380 and 400 mounts and will be available in silver/silver and black/silver.
3-piece telescopic pole
Easily collapsed and stowed
Patent-pending 360-degree swivel collars
Roller bearing halyard pulleys
Increased aluminum wall thickness for durability
Additional swivel collar to separate halyard lines
Fits all GS-280, GS-380 and GS-400 outrigger bases
Come see these poles and more great TACO products in booth 3706! Stay up to date on all things TACO Marine by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and by subscribing to this blog.
We are excited to announce that Captain Mark Henderson of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team is joining the ranks of TACO Metals as our new Strategic Product Manager.
As a lifelong fishing enthusiast, who turned his hobby into a renowned sport fishing team, it only made sense that Henderson would someday work in the marine industry. The only question was when?
Henderson didn’t begin competitively sport fishing until 2004, when his friend invited him to join his team for the Raleigh Saltwater King Mackerel Tournament.
“We didn’t know anything about tournament fishing, but we wanted to fish,” said Henderson, a Durham, N.C. native equally known for his humor and thick Southern accent as well as his fishing accomplishments.
But by the end of 2004, Henderson and his friend qualified for the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship. Soon after, Henderson bought his first boat – a 25-foot Contender with a bright red hull, which he named “Liquid Fire” after his father’s homemade hot sauce.
From there, Henderson launched the Liquid Fire Fishing Team and began his dive into the marine industry – winning multiple tournaments and accelerating his team into the sport fishing record books.
“I was able to spend more and more time in the industry, around boating and around center consoles,” said Henderson, who previously worked in the automotive industry for nearly 25 years. “[The marine industry] became a growing passion for me, [but] for a while I just kind of fought it. I [already] had a great job and great freedoms and things like that. I didn’t pursue it real hard, but I was also watching and looking at Trade Only Today and talking to a lot of people about the industry.”
In 2009, after Henderson caught a sport fishing sponsorship from TACO Metals, he said his passion for the marine industry grew to a point that he could no longer fight his desire to shift career gears.
“I saw such a vast opportunity within the company and the sections of the business that they’ve got,” said Henderson, a married father of three. “There’s really nobody around like TACO. I felt like my skillset could benefit them and benefit me as far as a career standpoint.”
Having only started at TACO March 5, Henderson has already hit the water at full throttle – working the TACO Marine booth at the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. Vender Expo in St. Louis, Mo. and angling together preliminary production on a new as-yet named TACO YouTube program, which is slated to debut this Spring.
As the Strategic Product Manager, Henderson will oversee new TACO product launches in 2018, which may include everything from testing and development with TACO engineers to getting the product to market on time with the correct price point.
“Those are some very, very specific high-profile projects that I think we want to be sure to focus on,” he said.
Henderson said joining TACO Metals is a dream come true.
“I haven’t been as excited about a change in something as I am right now in many, many years,” he said. “I’m thankful to have another segment that excites me. I think I can be beneficial to the people in the company that mean so much to TACO and TACO means so much to them.”
TACO Marine® will feature new sport fishing products and innovative marine accessories in booth 547 at the Progressive® Atlantic City Boat Show, February 28 – March 4 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
TACO Marine products will also be available for sale at the show in the booths of participating dealers SeaGear Marine Supply (booth 446) and Connley Fishing (booth 535).
TACO Marine® now offers the higher-performance Grand Slam Pro Series 400 Outrigger Top Mount – specifically designed for boat lengths surpassing 50 feet and quad engines exceeding 1600 horsepower. The center console market continues to grow and so does the size of its vessels and the engines that power them. The new GS-400 upgrade in strength easily handles the increasing outrigger pole lengths in both Aluminum and Carbon Fiber for up to 30 feet. Come by the TACO Marine booth and experience the difference with this new high-performance outrigger top mount.
Winner of an NMMA Product Innovation Award in the fishing tackle, gear and accessories category, TACO Marine® Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles are stronger and lighter than any aluminum poles on the market. The carbon fiber design has the strength built into it to allow for today’s modern fishing techniques of pulling small dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at higher speeds, which would be difficult to achieve with aluminum poles.
The patent-pending swivel roller mechanism allows for live baits or artificial lures to have a more natural swimming action, which results in hooking up more fish. The Tele-Outrigger version (shown here) telescopes to less than 8 feet for bridge clearance, trailering and storage. It’s sold in pairs with two models (16 feet with double rollers for double line rigging and 20 feet with triple rollers for triple line rigging) and is available for boats up to 50 feet.
Available in white or black housing, this unique, low-profile LED multi-purpose light is ideal for hard tops, canvas tops, under consoles, cabin interiors, under gunnels and in bait wells. With its ignition protection certification, it is also an ideal light for bilge compartments, battery compartments, engine rooms or inside consoles. It features powerful 700 lumen output with a 100-degree spread beam angle with a high impact, UV-resistant polycarbonate house. Mounting options Stainless Steel Swivel Bracket or as a fixed mount application. This light is available in white LED.
The TACO Marine® Come On Board Handle (rod holder mount shown above) features a large grabbing surface and is ideal for boats where constant boarding is necessary.
A unique finger molded handle pipe design assures a more secure and comfortable grip. The two-piece handle stores easily in a mesh bag (included) that won’t scratch boat surfaces. Additional fixed mount receivers are available for multiple boarding positions, such as gunnels or dive platforms. A fix-base mount model is also available.
The Shore Power Cable Holder is the ideal way for boats to be hooked up to a power source at the dock. The large ring is designed to accommodate 30-, 50- and 100-amp shore power cables and features an adjustable height ring to compensate for low or high tide settings.
The holder stores easily in a mesh bag (included) for easy drying if stored wet and to avoid scratching deck or storage surfaces.
For more information about TACO Marine® products, visit booth 547 at the Progressive® Atlantic City Boat Show, TACOMarine.com or fill out the contact form below.
The event you’ve been waiting for is almost here! Opening tomorrow at 10 a.m., the Progressive® Miami International Boat Show takes over the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. In tent C, booth 199, we’ll be showcasing the TACO Marine Grand Slam Professional Series outrigger mounts, poles and accessories – manufactured for high-performance sport fishing boats.
But why wait until tomorrow to see the latest from TACO? We’re giving you a sneak peek at three of our new Outrigger Top Mounts, carbon fiber and aluminum poles and Sport Fishing Rigging Kits below.
The Grand Slam Pro Series 400 Outrigger Top Mount features heavy-duty construction designed for today’s high-performance center consoles. The GS-400 is built to withstand the rigors of various fishing techniques, such as dredge or high-speed wahoo fishing.
The Carbon Fiber Tele-Outrigger Poles compliment the Grand Slam 400 and feature our patent-pending swivel roller design for a more natural bait presentation. Carbon Fiber is lighter and stronger than aluminum and prevents whipping.
Introducing the Grand Slam 312 Center Rigger Mount – the only center rigger completely functional from underneath the hard top. The GS-312 features an innovative rotating lever to raise and lower the center rigger while standing on the deck of the boat.
The Grand Slam 314 Center Rigger Mount features the same benefits as the GS-312 with the added performance expectations of today’s larger center console boats. The GS-314 is intended for hard tops up to four-inches thick.
Enhance the thrill of blue water fishing with our premium Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles – featuring our patent-pending Tele-Outrigger design available in four colors and two sizes: 15 or 18-feet.
Complete your TACO Marine outrigger system with our Sport Fishing Rigging Kits – Available in single, double or triple lines with either mono or braid. Designed for aluminum or carbon fiber poles.
Introducing our premium line of marine accessories – designed to make your boating experience more pleasant on and off the water. We’ll be showcasing these amazing products and more during the Progressive® Miami International Boat Show Feb. 15–19 in booth C199.
Cash-in on this exclusive TACO Marine Dockside Accessory rebate.
REFIT brings together marine manufacturers, OEM boat builders, yacht owners, boat yards, captains and other key industry members. It is a great opportunity for networking and to obtain important information from within the marine industry.
The show also hosted special seminars created by a panel of yacht owners. Seminar topics included maritime security threats, a captain’s round table, ABYC and international standards and refit management.
From TACO Marine, we had the pleasure of showcasing our premium helm seating line, dockside accessories, LED lights, Rub Rail profiles and our Grand Slam 890 Universal Top Mount.
As the marine industry continues to evolve, TACO continues to innovate – developing a variety of high-performance marine products to carry our customers into the future.