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Boating Laws in Florida: Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission proceeds from permits and licenses are used to help improve Florida’s fisheries and your overall fishing experience.  Both saltwater and freshwater fishing licenses are required, and can be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, at county tax collectors’ offices, through licensed agents or by calling 888-FISH FLORIDA.  Florida residents who are exempt include: Those under 16 …

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Boating Laws in Florida: The Basics

Boating Laws in Florida: The Basics A violation of the Federal Navigation Rules is also a violation of Florida law. So just to be safe, here are the basics of Florida Boating Law… Anyone born after January 1, 1998, must pass an approved boater safety course and carry that card plus a photo ID when operating a boat. If not, …

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What’s New for Bennington in 2019

The family-run Bennington business was first created in 1997 with a mission for high quality products and service. Today, generations later with the same admirable mission, Bennington offers 220 boat models with options to make any boater beam. For instance, the 2019 S Series Bennington pontoon models range from 16- to 25-foot with a variety of floorplans and favorite features …

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High-Tech Gadgets for Boaters

We all (well, most of us anyway) like cool, high-tech gadgets, but what about nifty advancements specifically for boaters? Well, hold on to your captain’s hat because there some very interesting gadgets out there for techy boaters! The Seakeeper 2 offers gyroscopic stabilization, which – in regular human speak – means that it can stop your boat from rocking and …

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Need a Fishing Guide? There Are Lots Around!

There’s something fishy going on in New Smyrna Beach…in a good way. Under blissful blue skies and at the edge of pristine beaches, New Smyrna Beach – which is nearly surrounded by water – is a fisherman’s paradise.  New Smyrna Beach is basically a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean to the north and more wrecks and artificial reefs here …

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All the Great Uses for a Pontoon Boat

Central Florida offers one of the world’s best places to enjoy the water – from the ocean, to the gorgeous Intracoastal Waterway, to peaceful rivers and lagoons…and pontoon boats are one of the best ways to traverse which ever you choose! The spacious design of pontoon boats makes them perfect for fishing because you can fish from anywhere in the …

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Where to Find Tide Times for Our Area

As all successful fishermen know, being well informed about the tides for where you are about to fish is imperative for a bountiful day of fishing. Luckily, there are plenty of places that you can access valuable fishing information – such as tide times – for New Smyrna Beach… Just go online and type in tides4fishing.com/us/florida-east-coast/new-smyrna-beach to access tide tables, …

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Daytona 500 2020

The Daytona 500, which has justly earned the moniker of “The Great American Race,” is held annually at Daytona International Speedway, a location that is just as earnestly referred to as “The World Center of Racing.” This year, in 2020, the 62nd Annual Daytona 500 is scheduled to be held February 16th. Everyone should experience the majesty of the Daytona …

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Sea Turtles in New Smyrna Beach

Everyone knows the outcome of the iconic tortoise and hair race, but today our sea turtles in New Smyrna Beach need a little help. There are three species of sea turtles found in New Smyrna Beach – the loggerhead and green turtle (which are threatened) and the leatherback (which is endangered). Loggerheads, sporting large, log-like heads, are the most common …

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Boat Safety 101

Practicing boating safety can greatly reduce damage and injury and definitely increase your fun quotient, so… Be prepared. Check the local weather before your departure; keep an eye out for sudden changes in wind, temperature and clouds; and bring a radio for updates. Bring a throwable device and at least one life jacket on board for each passenger – a …

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Learn About New Smyrna Beach Tides

So many things can determine the success of a fishing trip, but none are more important than the tide. Knowing how to determine the tides can help you become a better fisherman. Rising and falling tides get bait fish moving and larger game fish follow. Fish also use tides to carry them to and from their feeding grounds, so the …

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Biggest Events This Year in New Smyrna Beach

NEW Smyrna Beach is aptly named because, aside from its quaint seaside charm, it offers some uber-cool NEW (and annual) events! January was simply bursting with talented artists and culinary delights, as the New Smyrna Beach Festival of the Arts showcased the creations of over 200 amazing artists and then the area’s best chowder chefs lined both sides of Flagler …

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Don’t Miss the 2019 Christmas Boat Parade in New Smyrna Beach!

New Smyrna Beach is a charming beachside town full of history and rich in traditions. One terrific New Smyrna Beach tradition is our Christmas parade…and we not only have one by land, we have one by sea! The New Smyrna Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a wonderful annual tradition that you have to experience. As night descends on our enchanting …

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Exploring the Intracoastal Down to Cape Canaveral

The Intracoastal Waterway is 3,000 miles of inland waterway comprised of natural inlets, artificial canals, saltwater rivers, bays and sounds. Offering spectacular scenery rich with wildlife and much calmer waters than the open sea, it’s a remarkable route for pleasure boating. Who wouldn’t want to cruise along the beautiful waterways along our coast? A trip from the New Smyrna Beach …

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New concept boats include everything from tiny skiffs, all the way up to superyachts! Here is just a small sampling of some of the coolest new concept boats… The XFish, designed to meet the ever-growing demands of kayak fisherman, is part fishing skiff and part stand-up paddleboat. This skinny, 12-foot concept boat gets added stability from its catamaran-like hull and …

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Best Fishing Honey Holes In and Around New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is surrounded by water on three sides, making it a fisherman’s dream. It’s a place where there are plenty of great spots to fish and plenty of great ways to do it. Sight fishing is popular in the winter months on the Indian River grass flats and Mosquito Lagoon, where redfish run in the shallows from the …

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St. Johns River Is Ideal for Nature Sightseeing

What better place to take your own nature tour than along Florida’s longest river – the St. John’s River? At 310 miles long, the St. John’s River is one of the few in Florida that flows north. Stretching half the length of this beautiful state, the St. John’s River is home to manatee, the gentle giants of the sea; gators, …

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The Virtues of Wiping Down Your Boat Interior and Seats after Use

As that old saying goes, “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” and that certainly holds true for your boat. In fact, certain boat maintenance and upkeep even helps increase the longevity of your vessel! We all want our boats to last as long as possible, and in the best shape possible; and wiping down your boat seats and interior can make …

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Gerry’s Marina Provides Financing for up to 20 Years

Want to buy a great boat, but just can’t seem to get the cash together right now? That may no longer be a problem. Did you know that Gerry’s Marina in New Smyrna Beach provides financing for up to 12 years on certain boats? That’s right! You can purchase a 2019 Stumpnocker 174 Skiff Tiller and amortize payments over the …

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Three Perks of Buying a Boat from Gerry’s Marina

Ever hear the saying, “Good things come in threes”? Well, it’s true, especially when you’re talking about the three fantastic perks that come along with purchasing a boat from Gerry’s Marina. The first terrific perk you get to enjoy when you buy your boat at Gerry’s Marina is FREE THREE MONTHS STORAGE for your boat. With this freebie, you also …

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How Customizing Your Boat Can Set You Apart from the Rest

Boats come in all shapes and sizes. There are pontoons which are great for big parties and family outings, center consoles that are terrific for fishing, go-fasts that – you guessed it – go fast…and so many more. However, once you decide on which type of boat suits you, there are even more things you can do to make your …

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Best Time of Day to Catch the Most Fish in New Smyrna Beach

Here fishy, fishy! If you want to catch fish in New Smyrna Beach, you have to think like a fish in New Smyrna Beach. Here are some tips for the best times to catch the most fish, based on fish rationale… If you are a river or lake fishing, remember that fish eat bugs, so it only makes sense that …

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The Latest Boat Accessories Everyone Should Have Aboard Their Vessel

Toys, toys, toys girls and boys…who doesn’t like toys? And let’s take this one great leap forward…who doesn’t love boat toys? There are some great, innovative, new boat accessories out there – some absolutely no boat should be without! Safety first…the Marine Safety Life Cell is a buoyant device that stores all essential safety equipment to ensure survival. And check …

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Why Jon Boats Are Better for Exploring Smaller Channels in New Smyrna Beach

Jon boats are small, light boats that generally have a flat hull. This unique design makes Jon boats extremely versatile. They can be easily navigated through narrow and shallow waterways, through which larger boats and boats with more of a V-shaped hull may not fit. This makes them an excellent vessel for exploring the smaller channels in New Smyrna Beach, …

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The History of Gerry’s Marina in New Smyrna Beach

Over 30 years ago, Gerry’s Marina began a journey that would be filled with top-quality boat sales and service, superior marina services, and unparalleled customer service. Established with the intention of educating and helping boaters by providing an ideal atmosphere for purchasing, servicing and/or storing their boats, Gerry’s Marina first opened up shop for pontoon sales at 179 N Causeway …

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What Is Tubing with a Boat and How Can the Whole Family Enjoy It?

Tubing behind a motorboat can be a boatload of fun for the entire family, it can add another level of pleasure to your boating experience, and it is very simple. There is no learning curve for riders; there is no fancy technique required; and (ok, now don’t laugh or shout out any names) there isn’t really any coordination required. Just …

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New Smyrna Beach Big Events in 2018

New Smyrna Beach has a charming, small-town appeal with a big appetite for incredible events… We ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. Then, choice chowder chefs line both sides of Flagler Avenue to compete in a culinary cook-off during NSB’s January Chowder Festival. The Annual Festival of the Arts – with fabulous art displays by over …

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Know Your Boat Before Taking Her Out for a Spin

A boat owner is responsible for the safety of his passengers, as well as others within the waterway, so knowing your way around your boat before you ever leave the dock is imperative. It’s vital to safe boating, fishing and towing. Overloading your boat with too many passengers or too much gear can lead to capsizing or swamping a boat. …

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Boat Parades Are Fun for the Entire Family!

Everyone loves a good parade, and New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater are no different. In fact, they love their parades so much that they hold them by land and by sea! Our holiday boat parade – complete with holiday music piped over the waterways, bright colored lights and festive decorations in celebration of the season – is a time honored …

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Get to Know Florida Boating Requirements

The rules of the water are put into place and enforced to ensure our safety and fun on the water. They are easy to follow because they are mostly common sense and just plain old decent behavior. Here are the boating regulations you need to follow in Florida: It can be dangerous on the water when accidents happen or people …

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Where to Store Your Boat in the Winter

The wonderful thing about Florida is that our weather is typically temperate year-round, enabling residents and visitors to boat all year long if they wish to do so. However, if you stay here a while, they say your blood can begin to thin, and temperatures that you once thought to be mild, now may seem a bit chillier to you. …

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Where to Obtain a Fishing License in Florida…and When They Are Required

In Florida, there are a number of types of permits from which to choose – each with different purposes, lengths and costs. The type of license for which you apply will also depend on whether you are a Florida resident or not. If you live in Florida, you will be required to produce proof of residency, such as a driver’s …

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Why Checking Weather Reports before Boating Can Save Your Life

Florida…the sunshine state…can be simply bursting with sunny skies and fair weather, but – as any Floridian can tell you – our weather can also be volatile, with lighting, thunder, raging seas, winds that can change direction in a New York minute and wave swells that can cover the bow of a boat. The skies can turn black, and wind …