The Taco Marine sponsored Liquid Fire fishing team made the trip South to Pompano Beach and Sarasota, Florida for the first of three Pompano Saltwater Series fishing competitions of the season.
In preparing for the event, our team combed the South Florida seas, looking for blue runners and goggle eyes for bait in order to allow us to target the five different species that could be part of the event’s aggregate. Finding king mackerel, wahoo, backfin tuna, cobia and mahi-mahi was our goal for the week preceding the event. This fish ate a trolled blue runner in about 50 feet of water.
Fishing Tips: “During the Saltwater Shootout, we targeted our blackfin tuna while kite fishing in about 180 feet of water. The bite was a little slower during tournament day, but at the end of our first drift, we were able to raise our first tuna as a goggle eye dangled on the surface from the release clip. The fish weighed in at 20.8 pounds. As the seas conditions continued to deteriorate through the day, it was critical for us to be able to move our kite rods around the boat quickly to stay in touch with our baits. As we moved the Taco Marine rod cluster from the bow to stern during our second drift, another blackfin weighing 27.0 pounds, crashed on a bait. Crockett soon made quick work of the fish as he angled it to Joshua’s waiting gaff.
We will be traveling to the second leg of the Pompano Saltwater Series to fish the Saltwater Slam the end of May through the first week of June. Follow our tournament progress on this blog and to get fishing tips you can use – to get the catch of the day.”
Mark Henderson, Captain
Liquid Fire Fishing Team
2008 “Angler of the Year” Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour
So what’s the difference between a Sailfish and a Marlin?
First, Both are members of the billfish family giving them their distinctive pointy snouts.
The Dorsal fins are different: The sailfish has a sail-looking dorsal fin and opens up when the sailfish feels threatened. The Marlin’s dorsal fin is less pronounced and is actually one connected fin. The Sailfish dorsal fin is a series of fins connected together a bit like feathers, and sometimes called pleats. Also, marlins dorsal fins are smaller than Sailfish dorsal fins.
The Pectoral fins are also different: The Sailfish has a significantly larger pectoral fin than that of a Marlin. They both also use them for show and agility.
The Bills: The larger bill belongs to the sailfish, and both bills are very sword-like. The Marlin’s bill is more like a broadsword and the Sailfish is thinner and more like a fencing sword.
So which fish is shown above? More important, catching a Marlin or Sailfish on a fishing trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – and we hope you used Taco Marine outriggers to help get one on the line.
Florida SportsmanEditor’s Top 25 products: Taco Grand Slam 880 Antenna Mount by Jeff Weakley
“So we’re back from the Miami Boat show, with card-loads of photographs and pages and pages of notes. Lots of sweet new rides, efficient new engines, amazing electronics displays. A lot of this stuff we’re going to feature in Florida Sportsman and Best Boat magazines in the coming months, but for some digital fun, immediate gratification, here’s a quick scan of 25 random but very interesting highlights. Enjoy.
Hallelujah! A VHF antenna T-top mount that allows you to raise and lower the antenna without climbing onto the gunnels. We’ve had systems like this for outriggers for years. This is the new Taco Grand Slam 880 Antenna Mount – the crank lever hides away when not needed.”
Taco Marine: This unique design allows for raising and lowering of an antenna from under the top with a hand crank – no power required. This represents a significant convenience for boaters and a safety feature as well, since the antenna can be adjusted without having to climb up top to adjust. Click here for additional information.
Here’s a sleek new way to mount LED navigation lights– right in the rub rail! Boat builders can now eliminate deck mounted navigation lights with the Taco Marine LED Rub Rail Navigation Lights. They are mounted into a heavy gauge stainless steel joiner cover and are very easy to install. The 3 watt port (red) and starboard (green) LED lights are designed to fit the popular Taco V21-9659 Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail profiles. The lights provide a 120 degree unobstructed view, are visible for up to a ½ mile, and meet ABYC/USCG requirements.
Click on this image to watch a short and informative video about how Taco Marine manufactures high quality helm chairs and marine seating in the USA, (Clearwater, Florida).
Each of our seating technicians have over 15 years experience, demonstrate incredible precision, and focused on building quality into all of the seating products they make. Taco Marine actually exceeds the ABYC H-31 test. We only use high quality components, including anti-mold and mildew materials and 316 marine-grade stainless steel.
We are proud to renew our supplier of choice agreement with the American Boatbuilders Association (ABA) and eager to work closer with them in 2014.Listening to our customers helps us fully understand their needs so we can provide them not only the best solutions, but extraordinary service and support – from design through delivery.
You may know us for our rub rail and extrusions, but Taco Marine is an innovator and manufacturer of these products also: Tube, pipe and fittings for marine canvas and metal fabrication, as well as rod holders/storage, sport fishing outrigger systems, helm seats, chairs, pedestals, hardware, specialty hinges and latches. If you need custom aluminum and stainless steel hardware and fabricated parts, we have that too.
Beyond our wide range of products, what sets us apart from our competitors, is our total commitment to innovation, quality and service. We are always developing new and innovative products that give our customers a competitive edge – by enhancing their products and help to reduce their total costs. What’s more, we insist that every new Taco Marine product adheres to our highest standards of quality by undergoing proper testing, applying process improvement and utilizing best practices.