Sunday, January 10, 2016

Maintain your gear

FinAtics Inshore Fishing Charters Captain Erik Nelson, takes us through some things we all overlook with our gear in the winter months. Lets face it when the colder weather gets here along with hunting season most of us just put our gear in the corner and walk away, forgetting about the headache it poses in the spring. There is a lot of time and money invested in all of our gear so take a look at some of these inexpensive tips to maintain your gear.

With the onset of winter and hunting season many fisherman put there tackle in the racks and wait for warmer temperatures.  With this in mind, it’s a good time to take look at some simple steps to help maintain and protect your equipment.  Its common sense for most saltwater fisherman to hose off their rods and reels after a trip and many take time to lube and protect the reels.  Many times fisherman neglect their rods.  One of the easiest way to protect and maintain rods is to remove the reel and apply a generous coat of Pledge furniture polish to the blank and guides.  Much like waxing a car, it adds protections from the harsh saltwater environment and will actually add a little shine to the blank.  The silicone in the Pledge also protects the metal guide bases for corrosion.  I typically do this twice a year.
Luckily in the Southeast freezing temps are the exception and not the norm.  However, every year we get cold snaps that can drop the temps into the 20s. If your boat has been winterized this is not something to worry about, however if you fish through the winter, when the thermometer drops below freezing you need to be conscious of your engine. It is important to drop the trim so the engine is at its furthest down position.  This allows any residual water to run out of the internal components.  Water that is captive can freeze and cause serious damage to outboards.
If you are like me, you keep multiple pairs of pliers on your boat and most of them get rusted shut by the end of the year.  Rather than throw these pliers out you can take apple cider vinegar, fill a Solo cup and submerge the rusted metal in the vinegar ( I typically let it sit for a couple of days).  Remove the pliers and rinse.  The vinegar will remove surface rust and restore proper function.  I will then spray the pliers with some form of corrosion block and they are ready for another year of service.
I like to take time and use Alumiguard on all the aluminum in my boat.  I typically apply this once a month and it will help prevent pitting a corrosion on the exposed surfaces.  It will make the surface a little slippery in the short run so be careful when applying it to rails.

One of my favorite tricks is to use Coghlan’s Cooler Dry.  Do yourself a favor and look theses up.  It’s a small piece of plastic that props open a cooler lid and can be used on boat hatches.  I have found them invaluable in preventing mold in coolers while being stored as well as in the boat.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

AL state waters extended

As of last week Congress has passed a law extending the state waters of Alabama from 3 to 9 miles. This law only addresses reef fish such as RED SNAPPER, LANE SNAPPER, TRIGGER FISH, BEELINER SNAPPER AND GREATER AMBERJACK.  This was a long, hard fought battle, but the outcome was well worth it.
What does this mean to you as a customer and FINATICS INSHORE FISHING CHARTERS? EVERYTHING!!!! We are now able to target these reef fish inside the 9 mile line, and there are plenty. There are many advantages to using us over the larger head boats. Here are just a few!

1.      We are faster and that means more fishing time and less travel to and from fishing grounds.

2.      When you charter with us, you charter the boat and then you are not fishing with people you do not know.

3.      More options, meaning if we catch out limit on SNAPPER and your arms hurt, we have the option of coming inshore and hooking some speckled trout or redfish. That’s something the larger boats can’t offer.

4.      WEATHER OPTIONS: There are many days it’s just too rough to fish offshore while the inshore waters are just fine to fish. When chartering FINATICS INSHORE FISHING CHARTERS, your odds are much better for getting your fishing trip in. For example, you have booked a SNAPPER trip months in advance. If it’s too rough and you have booked a larger boat,  at no fault of theirs, you just don’t get to fish. With us we just switch our gear and head out for the INSHORE fish that Mobile Bay is famous for year round.
These are just a few of the reasons to consider FINATICS INSHORE FISHING CHARTERS for your trip this coming year. SNAPPER season will start June 1st and as of now we do not know how long it will last. So it is more important than ever to book early!

OFFSHORE RATES for 2016                 INSHORE RATES for 2016
1-4 anglers                                          1-3 anglers
4 hr Snapper trip    $650                     4-6 hr trip $500
6 hr Snapper trip    $750                     Each add. angler up to 6 $50 per angler

See out website FinAtics Inshore Fishing Charters email at or call 251-747-4496 for more information.