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March 2019

For more than 35 years, Marlin has empowered big-game offshore fishing enthusiasts through an engaging mix of adventure, nostalgia and camaraderie. The thrill of the sport comes alive with engaging content on dynamic personalities, the finest sport-fishing vessels, latest equipment, techniques and hottest billfishing destinations.

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tournament tempo

I have always enjoyed tournaments. The adrenaline rush of a shotgun start, the dockside camaraderie after a long day offshore, even the endless details of tournament prep — I love it all. And while releasing any billfish is a terrific thrill, to let one go as an angler in a competitive situation and putting points on the board for your team really amps up that excitement.As we look forward to the coming season of tournament fishing around the world, one thing they all have in common is the weather. If we are fortunate, these events fall on favorable conditions, where the wind and seas cooperate and the fishing is red-hot. But sometimes King Neptune conspires against us and tournament week falls on those days where we would rather be back…

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(COURTESY MIKE GRANDONICO)editor@marlinmag.comTHE LEGEND OF BROTHER’S PRIDEI loved the article about Omie Tillet and Brother’s Pride (November/December 2018). Omie is, without a doubt, the nicest person I have ever met. I loved fishing with him way back in the day off the Outer Banks, which I was fortunate to do on several occasions.We were tuna fishing with him once about 30 years ago — we hadn’t had a bite in the first hour and a half when Omie called down from the bridge. In his Down East accent, he said, “Boys, oi heah they’re catching some king mack’rel aboat 8 moil in. Now oi don’t know a-boat you, but oi reckon catching king mack’rel would be more fun than not catchin’ tuna.” We agreed, ran in 8 miles, caught about…

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hot shots

THROWBACKIn 2008, photographer Harry Hindmarsh headed to Venezuela with Capts. Fin Gaddy and Paul Mann. “This was our calmest day at a solid 5 feet,” he reports, “and most days the seas were 8 to 10 feet — but the fish were there. The political situation has since become difficult for American anglers, but we do have some terrific memories from our time there.”LOCATIONHindmarsh was fishing out of Caraballeda, Venezuela, with Capt. Butch Cox aboard the 57-foot Paul Mann, Prime Time.TECH SPECSCAMERA: Canon EOS-1DmIIILENS: 70-200mm f/2.8ISO: 160APERTURE: f/3.5SPEED: 1/2000 sec ■…

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paul spencer

Another Spencer Yacht comes to life in the hands of skilled craftsmen in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.What misconceptions exist about boatbuilding?It’s not magic, there’s a lot of work involved in making a really wonderful boat. For me personally, the boat has to look good and perform really well. I learned a long time ago that there are some simple principles involved and if you don’t stray too far from those, you can produce a pretty good product; one that your customer will be proud of and love. And a happy customer is really where the magic happens.Where did you get your love for fishing and boats?My grandfather was a commercial fisherman and I grew up around the water. Our neighbor at the time was rebuilding a boat and when it…

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where the bite is

WHEREMARCH means continued good fishing for marlin and sails along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, with popular tournaments in Los Sueños and Quepos this month. The Dominican Republic also lights up, with marlin biting off Casa de Campo. Closer to home, the sailfish season will be winding down in Florida, but enough fish remain to make things interesting for anglers in the Sunshine State.BITE TRACKERStay current with the best bites from the top billfish destinations around the globe at marlinmag.com/travel. ■…

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new dredge tech

FISH DOWNSEA COMPLETE 2.0 SHAD DREDGEThis new dredge from Fish Downsea has all the ready-to-fish essentials right out of the box. A nod to the already-existing dredge shads on the market, these fish are made using a super-tough formula with thicker tail connections that are pre-notched, making them extremely durable, especially when paired with Downsea’s Dredge Flares — a must for any boat where rigging time is at a premium. fishdownsea.comSQUIDNATION BLACK FLAP AND DREDGE SKULLZ DOUBLE DREDGEThe innovators at Squidnation have combined their marlin-attracting Black Flaps with new Skullz dredge heads in this double dredge. These bullet-shaped treats are pre-drilled for dredge wires, have a ridged base — if you prefer to tie your own skirts — and are lightweight with realistic eyes. When these two products are combined…