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Dennis Hill Named the 2016 Recipient of the Perpetual Gulf Legends Award




Orange Beach, Alabama: Child actor Spanky McFarland brought laughter, energy, compassion and devoted friendship to the beloved Our Gang comedy films in the 1930s. Now, 80 years later, another Spanky is being honored for the same wonderful traits, with marinas and tournament weigh scales replacing Hollywood sets.


In a special ceremony at the captain's meeting for this year's Blue Marlin Grand Championship, Dennis "Spanky" Hill was named the recipient of the 2016 perpetual Gulf Legends Award Wednesday evening. The award was created to recognize those who have made a significant long-term impact on sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, whether they are boat owners, sponsors, captains, crew, tournament volunteers or others. Hill has worked in the marine and sport-fishing industry his entire life. He currently serves as the tournament liaison and public relations repre-sentative for Galati Yacht Sales, based in Destin, Florida. 

"I can't think of a better recipient for this year's award than Spanky," said BMGC Tournament Director Scott Burt. "He's always there whenever anyone needs help, whether that's tracking down a critical part, rigging baits, hanging banners or muscling fish to the scales. He always has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. But he never seeks out the spotlight; he's as humble and hard-working as they come. Spanky is the epitome of all that is good and wonderful about this great sport."


Spanky was born in Somerville, New Jersey and moved to Bradenton, Florida with his family as a teenager. His initiation in the marine industry began while working for his father at the family owned Trailer Estates Marina in Bradenton. From painting boat bottoms to selling parts, gas, bait, setting up events or delivering boats, Spanky did whatever was needed. That broad experience and "can-do" attitude was the springboard for his next career phase.
 

Joe Galati, who was the managing partner at the Galati Perico Harbor Marina, hired Spanky to work in...
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Reports From the Rip: And We Fish As Well

 

Absolutely STUNNING shot of Bitter End, Virgin Gorda, BVIs

Blue Heaven Docked at Bitter End. 

 
 
Fishing is only part of the fun and games on the Blue Heaven. Some boats travel to locations like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic or the Virgin Islands and never do anything but fish. Theres nothing wrong with that but those boats really are missing out on a better part of the experiences to be had while traveling. Over the past week, we caught Blue Marlin, Snorkeled, Swam in clear water, explored rock formations, hung out on the Willy T, and even got chased by a little weather. 
 
 
Last week a few days before the boss arrived, I asked if Dan and I could do a pre fishing day. He said yes so, Dan and I took the boat to the South Drop. We did not have much luck all morning and Dan was really giving me hell about the fact that there are suppose to be big fish here in St Thomas. At about 12:30 Dan had to eat his words. We were pulling a five lure spread plus two teasers. Suddenly, the right long came out of the clip and started dumping line. My first instinct was to come off the bridge and help Dan clear the rest of the lines so we could back down on the hooked fish. But the Line was peeling off the reel so fast that I had to start backing down right away so that we did not get spooled. Dan scurried around the cockpit clearing lines and teasers. All the while the line was emptying off the spool despite me backing down. Once Dan cleared the spread, He harnessed up and locked into an hour long battle. We knew it was a nice fish but had still not had a good look at her. When she finally came to the surface she was a big one. We guess she was ( with no exaggeration)  around 550-600 lbs.  Dan reeled till he could reach the leader, Stuck the rod in the rod holder and wired his own fish. For those of you that have marlin fished you know that this was an exciting feat. For those of you that have not done this type of fishing. I only hope that you...
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Reports From the Rip: Never Trust Whitey

 

 

I got up this morning just before sunrise and jumped on my bike.  The sun had just peaked the eastern sky here in Cap Cana and the sky to the east was on fire as the sun peaked  though the clouds towards Puerto Rico. The morning air here was not as humid as it has been so, I road the length of the beach and back around the marina. The boat crews  that are fishing today were begining to stir as I rode back around the sea wall in Cap Cana Marina. But for the most part the docks were quiet as most boats here fished all weekend. 


We moved the boat around to Cap Cana two weeks ago from the Marina at Casa De Campo where we had been fishing for the past few months.  Cap Cana is situated on the eastern most tip of the Dominican Republic and is in the area known as Punta Cana. The past few months we fished the FADs off of Casa De Campo on the south eastern side of the DR. There was mostly Blue Marlin. As that season fades, the season around the corner at Cap Cana begins. The Cap Cana fishery consists mostly of White Marlin, though there are a few Blue Marlin caught here as well. In fact, there have been a few slams caught in the past week. ( a slam is three different species of billfish...  example ...White marlin, Blue Marlin, and sailfish ). Capt Rich on the Shark Byte completed a double slam a few days ago. With as many as 7 to 12 whites a day and more, this can be a fun place to fish.

 

The marina here is nice and modern. While it does not have many of the conveniences that Casa De Campo offers, The short distances you have to run off shore makes up for it somewhat. 

Years back there was a funny movie called the Jerk. It stared Steve Martinewho played a "poor black child" from Mississippi  When he moved away from home his father gave him some advice for the world. " The lord loves a workin man... Never trust whitey... and see a doctor and get rid of it" We use the middle part  of that quote daily when fishing for white...

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Reports From the Rip

 

Burke caught his first Blue Marlin and got thrown in 

 

The past few weeks have seen very pretty slow fishing here in Casa De Campo. The last week was brutally rough, with 25 to 30 kt winds nearly every day. The main body of fish has yet to show up here. But they do every year, so we are all waiting.



We have fished a little and had limited luck so far. We have hooked and lost a few and caught some fish. One of the Fish we caught was a Blue Marlin that could not have weighed more than 30 lbs. As Capt Tim Richardson of the Ambush said " It was kinda like a blue marlin... only smaller". We actually had one even smaller chase up a bait as we cleared the spread but it did not eat.



Well as it Does every season about this time, We have run out of American milk. We met some crew off of a yacht here and talked the Stewardess into smuggling a little milk off of their boat. Dan And I each savored it as if it was a fine wine.



Casa De Campo had their 2016 Season kick off party/ banquet last weekend. They really did a great job. Somehow they found a rock group that played southern rock. The food spread was so over the top good. Its a good thing I did not see the deserts before my main meal or I would have saved more space. Keep up the good work Vilma. Looking forward to the Gringos vs the dock attendants this sunday night.

 

Like a blue marlin only smaller

 

Blue Heaven as viewed from La Casita Restaurant 

 



By: Captain Ed Thompson aboard the Blue Heaven

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Record Breaking Releases for the Los Sueños Triple Crown Leg Two

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

Date: March 01, 2016

Contact: Ashley Bretecher Tournament Director

 

2,754 billfish released during the Second Leg of the 2016 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown by 43 teams 12 years of tournament records shattered!


It was an epic three days at Los Sueños Resort Marina, located at Playa Herradura on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. During the second leg of the third annual Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown billfish series, presented by Chantilly Air, February 24-27, 2016. All previous Los Sueños tournament records, going back 12 years and 34 individual events, were broken.


Imagine releasing 75 billfish in just three days and not even making it into the top 10 boats! Over the course of the competition, 108 anglers on the worlds most competitive saltwater sport fishing teams released a total of 2,754 billfish. To put this number in perspective, the fish to boat ratio is 64 fish per boat in three days, or close to 2 fish each and every minute of the tournament. Incredible numbers and incredible teams in an incredible place beyond compare!


DAY 1

All hoped for a busy day but by lines in at 8:00 am but no one was prepared for what the day would bring. The first double release was called in only four minutes after lines in by Blue Eagle. Exactly at 10:00 am Numero Uno released fish number 290. The bite continued. Radios were burning hot. At 12:00 o’clock tournament control logged fish number 512, released by Dragin Fly. At 2:01 pm Penny Perfect called in the first quadruple of the day, fish numbers 729 to 732. It was then that it became clear that the previous tournament record for the most billfish released in single day, previously set on the third day of the 2015 Triple Crown with 879 billfish, was only minutes away from being broken. Several teams - Pelese, Fish Tank, Pescadora and Jaruco - were fighting it out. The honor of receiving fish number 1000 went to No Agenda. By the end of Day 1 a total...

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Snook Fishing in the River

Orginally published by Captian Ed Thompson aboard the "Blue Haven"
 
 
 
The marina here in Casa De Campo, DR is slowly filling up. With each weather break we see another new boat or two. The fishing has begun to pick up as well. A couple days ago, the Delta Dawn caught 3 blue marlin, the Miss B haven caught 4 blue marlin, and Contango caught 5 blue marlin.  It will get nothing but better as the time rolls on. 
 
 
With a little down time over the past week, Dan and I have done a little fishing and playing. The Chavon River empties out right next to our marina. It is quite scenic with sheer cliffs and palm lined shores.  One of our friends here has a flats boat that we borrowed to go explore the possibility of catching the Elusive Robalo (Snook). Just getting off the dock and viewing the rivers magnificent vistas is good enough but the opportunity to catch a nice Robalo ( or get broke off by one) is a special treat. As you drift the shore of the steep cliffs you will see giant trees seemingly growing right out of the rocks. Some of the trees are filled with Bromiliads. Where the cliffs give way to more subtle shores, the palm lines beaches are beautiful and tropical. 
 
 
Blue Heaven Looking good coming into Marina Casa De Campo
 
A nice snook " Robalo"
 
Dan flipping a lure to the rocks
 
Looks like a seen from the movie Apocalypse Now
 
 
 
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Galati Sponsored Blue Marlin Satellite Tag Pops Off

On July 10, 2015, the second day of the Bermuda Big Game Classic, a 150lb Blue Marlin was caught by Sharyn Craig aboard the 82’ Viking “Amarula Sun.” This healthy Blue Marlin was tagged with an IGFA satellite tag sponsored by Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales.  This tag was entered into the IGFA Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race.

 

 

On November 18, 2015, 131 days after the satellite tag was deployed it popped up. The tag popped up near Cape Verde, a staggering 2,293nm away from its original tag location in Bermuda.  The Blue Marlin spent the rest of July swimming the waters near Bermuda before beginning its nearly two-month journey across the Atlantic. The Blue Marlin arrived near the waters of Cape Verde in the beginning of October. From then on the Blue Marlin stayed in the waters around Cape Verde until the tag popped off on November 18th.

 

 

Currently the Galati Yacht Sales tag is in first place for the IGFA Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race.

 

 

The information provided by these satellite tags is extremely helpful in learning the migration routes of billfish. From this data scientist are able to have a better understanding of the migratory behaviors of billfish and the underlying oceanic features that help shape the connectivity the billfish populations across the globe. Together this information is used to help in the international conservation measures for marlin around the world. 


For more information on the race and IGFA click here: http://bit.ly/1JTZ62g


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A Big Thank You


It is the time of year when we all should find things we are grateful for, like the love of family and friends, I find myself overly grateful for the new friends ( oh well more like extended family now) that I have come to know due to Hurricane Joaquin. While the Storm that decimated parts of the Bahamas was horrible, it brought out the best in many people.

The last day the storm was still ravaging the islands, by chance, a man named Adrian Cartwright and I found ourselves on Facebook searching for any news out of the islands. We messaged back and forth and we kind of just bonded on that day. I had met him before on San Sal, but I really got to know the man over the next few days and weeks.

In the days after the storm, plans began to take shape and we began to realize that Adrian and I needed to concentrate on one island each, Adrian took Long Island and I took San Sal. The Bahamas should be proud to call him one of their own. He put so much time and effort into the relief efforts of the islands, especially Long Island. Like anyone that lent their time to help, he did not do it for recognition, he did it because it was the right thing to do. Adrian you are a true hero my brother.

Another person that I have to mention is Capt Richard (Bric) Peoples. Richard spends a lot of time in the Bahamas and put forth countless hours gathering rebuilding supplies. The monetary value on his efforts was staggering. The amount is irrelevant. The time that he selflessly put into the effort was mind boggling.  Towards the end we ended up combining our efforts and I am proud to have worked with a man with such integrity. (he paid me to say that last part)

Capt Richard Peoples

 

Dhardra Blake, Eric Dahler and myself at the Bucs game

 

Early on in the process, Adam Foster from Blue Haven Marina in the Turks and Caicos called me and put me in touch with a wonderful woman named Dhardra Blake. She works with Yacht aid Global. YAG Uses the resources of the yachting community to deliver...

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It's That Time of Year

'Tis the Season to finish up projects and start thinking about getting the boat ready to head south!
The last few months have been filled with fixing all the stuff we abused or broke during the last season. We rebuilt bot of our engines due to a glitch Cat Engine had with piston rings that failed prematurely. We had Ralph and Brandon from Middleton Marine do the work. Wow what a great job they did. I can not say enough good things about the work they did.

This cooler temps upon us, we tend to be drawn to the woods. The boss has a great camp in North Florida. I try to get up there as much as possible. Its just nice to be able to go sit in a tree and watch nature go by. Dan and I did do a bit of work helping out to get the place ready for hunting season. But it's great work hanging out in the woods and filling feeders and getting hunting boxes and tree stands dialed in for the season.  Dan and I sat quite a bit last week in some tree stands. It proved to be frustrating though. It seemed that the only deer that walked near the tree stands were doe with fawns. We do not orphan out on the property but it's still pretty cool to sit and watch. One afternoon I had 2 doe and 4 fawns feeding directly below my ladder stand. It was kinda neat watching the fawns bouncing around.

With two weeks to go before Christmas, We have just two big projects left. Dan and I are painting the engines and engine room and we still have to sand the Teak back deck before we head south. This time of year just seems to fly to me. I hope to get a fishing trip in before Christmas ( if we can find anything that NMFS does not have closed season on). Then that last week of December is taken up with family stuff and the New Year.

We are still pushing the Stop Off and Drop Off Program for boats heading south this coming season. As you all go to Home Depot or Lowes, think about grabbing a big box of construction screws or a bucket of roofing nails and throw it in the bilge and stopping at San Sal, Long...

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Boat Show and Stop Off And Drop Off

Origianlly Published By: Captain Ed

 

The end of October tends to bring an end to the sport fishing season for us. With the boat back in its home slip at Pasadena Yacht club, We have begun fixing everything we broke last season and generally doing a good fall cleaning for the boat.


The end of October also means the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show or FLIBS.  The boat show is the largest of its kind and an amazing thing to see. I spent two days at the show.  I enjoy going to the FLIBS to see new products that have come onto the market and lets face it, its cool just to see that many boats all in one place. There are thousands of boats crammed into a relativly small area. Walking through the show, it is incredible how many fellow boat crews you run into. I don't think I walked 50 yards without seeing a crew from a boat that I knew.


One of my goals at the show was to find any display or vender that would be interested in displaying one of the posters that Capt Barb Evans and I had printed for the Stop off and drop off campaign. The posters basically are a reminder to any and all boat crews that will be leaving the states over the next few months headed for the Caribbean that they should consider  stopping by Home depot or Lowes and pick up a few rebuilding supplies that they can drop off as the head south through the Bahamas. Stop Off and Drop Off is the meant to help the islanders of the central Bahamas rebuild in the coming months since the Hurricane. We are not asking for donations. We are just asking that each boat that heads through the central Bahamas grabs a few boxes of nails or a sheet or two of ply wood. If 10 boats carried one sheet of plywood to San Salvador or Rum or Long Island, That would put a roof on one house. Of course it would be nice to carry more if you can. From what I have heard, there have already been 15 boats that have Stopped off and dropped off. We all have to stop at one of those islands as we head south, and a few marinas...

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Central Bahamas Hurricane Relief

 



Over the years we have all reaped the bounties of the waters surrounding San Salvador, Rum cay, Crooked island and Long island. We've all had great times and adventures as we plied the waters of the central bahamas. After a days fishing around these islands we have all also come to find that the locals on these islands are some of the friendliest people around. They have invited us into their homes and businesses as though we are family.


I have been fortunate to be a small part of the relief efforts that have taken place in the weeks after hurricane Jaoquin ravaged the central bahamas for an unprecedented 72 hours. In doing so I found it incredible to see the outpouring of generosity towards these folks that lost so much during the storm.  One day after the storm I set up a go fund me account so that people could donate to the people on San Salvador. I originally set it up with a goal of $10,000. In just a week, it exceeded $30,000. These donations came from all over. Some as small as $5 and some topped $3000. Most of the donations came from boat owners and crews that have been to Riding Rock marina on San Salvador.. It was so enriching to read the comments that came in with the donations. Also on the day after the storm, my boss Steve Swindal and his two partners in their plane Randy Mcoy and Tommy Villella (also sportfishing owners) told me to have their pilot rip the seats out of their plane and fill it with relief supplies. One day later we landed on the freshly cleared Tarmac on San Salvador with cases of water, blue Tarps and essentials. We were not the only ones.  Seven planes landed that day. A few of them were also sport fish owners that wanted to send relief to our friends there.  In the following days there were numbers of sportfishing boats calling me, asking what they could do. Some like Richard People's  took it on himself to get containers donated and filled them with relief supplies. Other captains and owners just went to Home...

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‘Amitie’ joins Galati Yacht Sales’ Westport fleet for sale

In a busy period of time handling Westports, Galati Yacht Sales has a new central agency in the form of 39.6m M/Y Amitie, one of the US-based yard’s 130’ models. The 2008-built semi-displacement motoryacht is listed for sale at $12.495 million. She is built from composite and was launched in March 2008.

Amitie was formerly known as Trading Places IV and has appeared on the re-sale market before. She was sold in December 2013 by Camper & Nicholsons after Jason Lozeau of Galati Yacht Sales, who has also been assigned as the new listing broker, introduced the buyer.

The motoryacht underwent a soft goods refit in 2015 whilst the ceilings in the salon, master stateroom and foyer were replaced with vinyl as opposed to the original suede. She can accommodate 11 guests over a five-stateroom layout, consisting of a master stateroom, two VIP staterooms and two twins, one of which has a Pullman berth.


M/Y Amitie

Amitie is the sixth Westport 130’ listing on the re-sale market in 2015 bringing the average listing price marginally down to $13.8 million. One of which is also a 2008-build and has an asking price of $12.45, showing that Amitie’s asking price is not out of line with the market.  

Galati Yacht Sales also has fellow Westport 130’ build Amarula Sun on the market, which underwent a $500,000 price reduction at the start of last week and is now listed for sale at $16.4 million. The brokerage firm also has Westport 112’ Team Galati for sale with an asking price of $4.395 million.


M/Y Amarula Sun is also for sale with Galati Yacht Sales


Amitie will be attending the impending Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

LOA: 39.62m
Year of build: 2008
CA: Galati Yacht Sales
Asking price: $12,495,000

 

By Felix Sowerbutts

Oringinally Published By Super Yacht News


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Travel to Cuba Now Permitted By Boat

 

The White House Administration recently released new rules surrounding travel to Cuba. As a part of the new rules, persons traveling to Cuba will now be able to do so by vessel whether for hire for recreation. This puts boating on parity with other forms of transportation, which initially was restricted to air travel only.

 

Travelers must still follow all guidelines and travel purposes, however the announcement was a momentus step forward for the boating industry.

 

To read the full press release including additional details from the U.S. Department of Treasury, click here. Questions? Contact Nicole Vasilaros at nvasilaros@nmma.org.

 

Originally Published by NMMA

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6 Tips For Boating With Your Dog

 

Our four legged friends love going out on the boat almost as much as we do. Our dogs are part of the family and we need to insure that when they are on the water that we are prepared and they are safe. Here are six tips for boating with your dog


1. Invest in a life jacket.  You may know that your dog is a good swimmer, but depending on conditions such as the current, they could face problems. Life jackets are especially recommended if you have a small dog or one that is not strong. You can purchase a dog life jacket from your local marine store, pet store, or online. Before you purchase a dog life jacket though, you should measure your dog’s length, neck, and girth to ensure that you are purchasing the correct size. Once you purchased a doggie life vest be sure to have your dog try it on before you head out on the boat to ensure it fits correctly.

 

2. Bring extra water. The atmosphere out on the boat can be very hot and dry which is conducive to dehydration for dogs. Dogs do not sweat, so keep an eye out for heavy panting and a rapid heart beat. It is important that you take extra fresh water along for your dog and make sure that they have ample water available at all times. Collapsible dog water bowls are a good thing to have when out on the boat with your dog.


3. Take doggie waste bags or wee-wee pads. A big challenge of boating with your dog is making provisions so that they can go to the bathroom. If you can make stops to land then you should bring waste bags as a courtesy and pick up your dogs waste. If you are unable to make stops to land then you should train your dog to use wee-wee pads.

 

4. Bring a leash. You never know where you could end up when going out on the boat. So, it is always good to have a leash just in case you end up going to an island that has a leash law, a marina, or a restaurant. It is recommended though that you do not tie your dog to the deck, as it is not safe.


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Back to Fort Jefferson


Seventy miles west of Key West there is an island group called the Dry Tortugas. Everyone thinks that Key West is the end of the island chain, not so. The islands continue to stretch to the west and the fishing always seems to get better as you get further from Key West. This past week, we did a trip out to the Dry Tortugas. There is an old fort out there called Fort Jefferson. The fort is steeped in history. It was originally built during the Civil War. It sits on the edge of a key called Garden Key. Garden Key is not much more than a sand bar. It is a engineering feat that would be tough to build today even with modern technology.  No shots were ever fired from the fort in battle. By the time the fort was completed, the rifled canon was invented and made the fortress obsolete. After the Civil War, the fort was turned into a sort of a military prison. One of its most famous residents was DR Samuel Mudd. Dr Mudd was sentenced to incarceration there after setting the leg on John Wilks Booth. ( whom broke his leg after shooting President Lincoln). He was sentenced in a sort of a witch hunt. He had unknowingly aided a criminal. If you have ever heard the term "My name would be mud if I did that". It comes from Dr Mudd.


On day one, we left from Key West. It was a slick calm ride. We headed for a wreck abour 10 miles NE of Fort Jefferson. Soon after leaving we stopped and watched as a pod of 20 porpoise frolicked in the calm waters around the boat. Upon getting anchored up on the wreck, we started dropping live baits and small fish as bait. But small crabs turned out to be the best bait. We caught a nice mess of big Mangrove Snapper up to 7 pounds but we lost more than we caught due to the many Jewfish that have inundated these wrecks.


By mid day we headed into the park and went for a swim. The water was very clear and the reefs (protected because it is a national park) teemed with giant lobster and fish. By late afternoon, we made our way to the actual fort....

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Old Friends and New Mates

 

Key West does not change much. It's kinda like the movie ground hog day. Tourist come and go and in the marina boats come and go. Its always nice to see old friends as they pass through.We are still here. We have been taking guests out fishing for Yellowtail Snapper on the reefs or trolling for dorado out on the Rip offshore or free diving for lobster in the shallows of the surrounding keys.


I do have a new deck hand on board. Dan Condron is now my mate on board. I think he will fit in just fine. He's been a pleasure to work with over the past few weeks and I look forward to fishing with him for a while. I will have to work on training him to not eat so much... The boy can pound some food. I swear he has a bag of chips in his hand all day long.



About two weeks ago, the boss was kind enough to let my kids come down to get some lobster and fish with me. We had a blast. I took them out each day and they both caught plenty of lobster. We even went out and trolled for Dolphin and caught some nice ones. My kids have always been fish when they are in the water. I wondered if they would do well on lobster free diving having not done it for a few years. NO PROBLEM. Patrick was a machine in the water and seemed to catch more than anyone. Lauren on the other hand was hilarious to watch from the boat. When she was a little girl she use to sing and make all kinds of noises thru her snorkel... some thing never change. I never could understand what she was saying when she was catching lobster this last week. I think she was talking to the lobster. 

 


In a couple of days We are doing a Tortugas trip. Everyone thinks that Key West is the last key or furthest west Key. But in reality the Dry Tortugas are the last islands in the Keys chain. The are 70 miles west of Key West. There is an old civil war fort out there and it is steeped with history. The fishing can be spectacular as well. I will write more about it in my next blog.

Originally Published by Captain Ed Thompson

Running offshore on a slick calm day
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Time for Some Tail (and a lobster bisque recipe)

Lobster Mini season was this last week. Mini season or otherwise known as sportsmans season is a two day season that allows recreational divers to go out and catch lobster one week before the regular season that begins on August 6th. We had a big group of guests in town so we had to do two trips each day to get everyone out on the little boat. Our first morning was a bit slow but by afternoon we figured out where they were. I am not sure if it was the slick calm conditions or what, but I can't remember ever seeing as many boats out there as we did. So many of the people that come down for mini season get so wrapped up in the hunt for bugs that they forget how much fun it can be. Yes, it’s hard work at times but when you just relax and enjoy the fact that you are in the water and drifting around in clear water where you have a chance to catch a lobster, it can really be lots of fun.  The docks were full of boats every afternoon cleaning their catches and sharing stories of the day. The part I love the most is seeing all the families on the dock. There were quite a few smaller boats at the marina with lots of little kids. What a great way to spend summer vacation.



One of my favorite ways to prepare lobster is in a bisque. I have had about 5 requests for the recipe. So here it is. Yes Its fattening but damn its good.

Seasons first batch of Lobster Bisque

Boil 8 lobster tails. As the tails boil, there will be a foam that forms on the surface of the water, paddle this foam off and put it in a bowl on the side. Remove the meat from the shell and Chop it up. Put one stick of salted Butter in a pot. Chop up the onion part of a scallion and cook it off in the melting butter. Then add flour to the butter to make a Rue. ( just add the flour a bit at a time till the butter becomes a thick paste.) With the heat still on medium high, add one pint of heavy cream to the paste.  also whisk in the foam that you saddled off earlier. It will mix together but you have to stir...

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Red, White, and Blue Angels

Feelings of patriotism and amazement struck Pensacola Beach last weekend. Coolers were packed, flags flying, and floats rafted all awaiting the annual Blue Angels Air Show. This occasion made a perfect Galati Yachts Rendezvous! Some of our boaters came for the weekend and others came just for the big show. Twelve Galati yachts anchored out in groups and had fun traveling by dingy to one another. Each boat brought their signature cocktail and favorite dish, the perfect floats, and most importantly family and friends!

Joe and Jennifer Galati with their daughter, Maria and their nephew Carmine Jr. hosted this Galati Rendezvous aboard a 50 Tiara Coupe.


The show started with a large aircraft zooming in only yards from the shoreline. The crowds began honking their horns, hooting and hollering in excitement. We rushed to the bow, excited to have the perfect view! Admiral Dur and his wife aboard their Maritimo "De Grasse III" brought a banner large enough to be displayed across the bow of three yachts... reading “Fly Navy” showing our patriotism and pride. The Blue Angels were spotted in the distance coming towards us in their impressively tight formation. We watched them with great anticipation of their next stunt!!

Galati Yacht’s Rendezvous' take place throughout the year and range from local spots to great adventures to Key West and The Bahamas! Every customer is welcome and encouraged to come make memories and create life long friendships. It gives you and your family the perfect opportunity to enjoy your beautiful yacht from Galati Yachts!

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Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament has a reputation of wowing the crowds every year, and this years Tournament did not disappoint.

Galati Yacht Sales were once again platinum sponsors for this event allowing us front row seats to cheer on our customers competing.

Galati Yacht Sales is always finding ways to get more involved with the Orange Beach tournament. Galati hosted their annual party at the Toby Keith bar inviting all owners and crew participating in the fishing tournament. It was a great turnout giving each of the boats an opportunity to mingle and enjoy dinner catered by Villagio and a live band. A fighting chair competition was set up inside the Toby Keith bar. The final winner was awarded with the opportunity to judge the Ms. Billfish pageant! A gambling station including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Poker where set up as a fundraiser to raise money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. A great kick off to the tournament!

J.J Tabor and his four buddies competed aboard a 37 Freeman Boatworks catamaran. Double J was an average 20 feet smaller than the other boats competing. J.J. and his team had planned to stick to fishing smaller game but when they crossed paths with a 716.6 lb. marlin they couldn’t resist. Fighting this monster for more than five hours, an even bigger challenge arose when it got to the center console, getting the colossal fish inside of the boat. Taking 30 minutes of scheming and maneuvering, the marlin was brought aboard by the four men and immediately iced down. With 300 miles to cover, the team rushed to the weigh-ins to make the 7 p.m. deadline.

Making it back to the Wharf with time to spare, the monster was hauled onto a cart and immediately jaws were dropping, cameras flashing, and people gasping. The weigh-in staff sprinted out with the cart and the crowd ran with them to the scale. The crowd of 15,000 roared with excitement as they gazed in awe at the beast that would win the tournament. 

It was caught...

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New Record Set with 899.6-Pound Blue Marlin

Miramar Beach, Fla. (June 23, 2015) – For the captain and crew of Cotton Patch, the 13th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBC) was anything but unlucky. Lance Hill from Orange Beach, Alabama labored for almost five hours on Friday afternoon before reeling in an event record 899.6-pound blue marlin. The record billfish was measured at 134.5-inches with a girth of 74-inches to earn Team Cotton Patch first place and a payout of $195,277 for a tournament that doled out more than $1.5 million in winnings. The Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host venue for the event which took place June 17-21.
 
For captain/owner Johnny Dorland, this ECBC championship win is about much more than simply dollars and cents. “I caught my first billfish, a sail, in 1968 when I was 13 years old, out of Orange Beach, Alabama,” Dorland says. “So to come out on top in a tournament of this caliber, competing all summer against guys you respect and to do it with friends and family is very gratifying. Sure the money is nice. But to catch a fish like this one is definitely rewarding. And we’re not stopping. We’re going to keep after it until we catch another one that weighs 101 pounds more. That’s our next goal, to boat a grander.”
 
Bragging rights aside, prize money was a consideration for the other teams fishing this thirteenth annual event. A total of $1,586,400 in cash prizes was at stake for the 78 teams entered. And in typical ECBC fashion, that money was paid out to 29 of the teams entered. The grand total was pooled from entry fees and optional cash entries for different divisions, including marlin weight, billfish catch and release, and game fish categories for tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
 
Owner Keith English, Capt. Matt Mauldwin and the rest of Team Click Through is not going home to Gulf Breeze, Florida, empty-handed. For boating the third-largest blue marlin, a 548-pounder, along...

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