Boats charters – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 11:31:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://saltwaterconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Boats charters – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ 32 32 Cod fishing is booming | Shepparton News https://saltwaterconnections.org/cod-fishing-is-booming-shepparton-news/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 04:51:45 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/cod-fishing-is-booming-shepparton-news/ It’s going strong: Murray’s cod bites in the area. Photo by N / A It was a good start for the cod fishery this season. A little over a month into the start there weren’t too many whoppers over a meter tall but there were plenty of juveniles which is a good sign for the […]]]>

It’s going strong: Murray’s cod bites in the area. Photo by N / A

It was a good start for the cod fishery this season. A little over a month into the start there weren’t too many whoppers over a meter tall but there were plenty of juveniles which is a good sign for the future.

The Goulburn River fished well from Seymour to the Murray River.

Many anglers report multiple hookups, where in the past you could go months without a bite; that is to say excluding carp, which today seem to be decreasing in number.

So far, baits have had more success than decoys. The centuries-old tradition of wetting a line while relaxing in a chair under the shade of an eraser has been the method of choice for most.

The choice of bait is varied, however, from natural worms, shrimp and yabbies to cheese, chicken or even practical and tasty dim sims.

There is no evidence yet for the preference of steamed or fried cod.

Reports of cod catches on the Broken River are on the rise and so far this year there is plenty of water which means a lot of great places to try.

Broken Creek around Nathalia to Murray also fishes well. There are a lot of holes that are worth casting a bait or casting a lure on.

As usual, the Murray provides anglers with beautiful fish. Ulupna Island at Morgan’s Beach, as well as around Cobram, is worth a visit, as is Mulwala.

The River Ovens as far upstream as Myrtleford is also worth a try for cod, but the closer it becomes to trout.

Don’t forget Lake Eildon, which for a decade was a cod fishing spot, with fish over three feet regularly caught.

The usual catch and size limits apply, but since this is not a breeding ground you can fish there year round.

Eildon is a recreational waterway so you need to share it with water skiers, houseboats, and jet skis so take care when out on the water especially at this time of year.

Reports from the rivers and streams in the High Country have been good, with trout taking decoys and bait. While it hasn’t been hot enough to wade through so far, it was well worth it for those who wanted to cool off to get to where the fishing is hot.

Dartmouth always produces trout early in the morning, and deep trolling behind a Fender is a good method.

Now let’s throw some salt on the fish.

Summer is a great time for families to take advantage of our beautiful coastline, and it’s always a good time to go fishing in the ocean.

Variety: Fishing off Queenscliff offers a number of species.

Rod Lawn of Adamas Fishing Charters has bagged snapper, whiting, salmon, flathead and trevally. As if that weren’t enough, there are warning signs of jacks and, on the sandy bottom, gummy sharks.

With so much variety to fish, getting to Queenscliff is a no-brainer.

Western Port reports are also good, although the queue at the Hastings boat launch can be intimidating.

Lots of Trout: Dartmouth has a lot to offer, says columnist Kevin Tyler. Photo by contributed

A lot of people I know have made their way to Anglesea, Warrnambool, and Portland, with the majority of the snapper, whiting, and flathead.

I had a good conversation with John Liddell in Eden, NSW and he told me there are schools of salmon in Twofold Bay – he can see them through binoculars from his couch.

John said the Freedom Charters team had a good start to the year, with plenty of assorted snapper, morwong, flathead and other reef fish.

In Narooma, Graham Crowley reported high seas and difficult conditions generated by ex-Cyclone Seth, which kept most of the boats securely tied up.

While it was impossible to get out, the mouth of the river and the lake around the oyster concessions functioned as a fallback option.

I forgot to mention the Waranga basin closer to home, where good size bluefin tuna are caught.

Stay safe and continue to do all you can to keep COVID-19 at bay.

Good fishing.

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Clay Township looks forward to its bicentennial in 2022 – The Voice https://saltwaterconnections.org/clay-township-looks-forward-to-its-bicentennial-in-2022-the-voice/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:21:11 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/clay-township-looks-forward-to-its-bicentennial-in-2022-the-voice/ Clay Township Supervisor Artie Bryson has called 2021 a “big year” for the Township and looks forward to celebrating the Township’s bicentennial in 2022. “We had a lot of projects that we were able to start and / or complete given the challenges of 2021,” said Bryson. “It was a great relief for our shores […]]]>

Clay Township Supervisor Artie Bryson has called 2021 a “big year” for the Township and looks forward to celebrating the Township’s bicentennial in 2022.

“We had a lot of projects that we were able to start and / or complete given the challenges of 2021,” said Bryson. “It was a great relief for our shores at the water’s edge after the water fell. Despite COVID, our parks and recreation programs are back stronger than ever, with record attendance at Music in the Park. Clay’s finances remain strong going forward to meet the needs of our citizens. Our community has shown time and time again how charitable we are by helping those in need. “

Bryson reviewed some of the highlights the township saw in 2021.

“The county closed the property to build a Beach Park,” he said. “We are working on the development of Harsens Island / Kayak Launch Natural Park. We replaced the Flamingo Bridge at a cost of $ 1,560,000, but after grants that cost the township only $ 32,900. Rebuilt the bike path with a 50/50 grant, replaced an 85 year old water pipe on Colony Drive.

He also noted that the township was working on finishing the Pearl Beach fishing pier and mooring No Limits Fishing Adventures Inc.’s boat, The Barrier Breaker, which will provide free fishing charters for people with disabilities.

The township also purchased two “state of the art” fire trucks and an airboat to continue to keep residents and first responders safe, Bryson said.

Some of Bryson’s goals and plans in 2022 include finalizing projects from 2021, improving infrastructure, extending broadband to areas of the township that do not have it, engineering on a pipeline project. water along the M-29 with another feed to Harsens Island, complete the township sewer assessment grant and plan repairs, continue development of two new parks in Clay County Beach Park and the Harsens Island Nature Park and expand the emergency siren system to cover most of the township. Several roads are expected to be repaved and the major culverts on Riverside Drive and Bayview Shores Road will be replaced.

In 2022, the Township of Clay will be 200 years old and the Township is planning a celebration, “Clay Days”, to remember, honor and celebrate its rich history.

“I can’t wait to celebrate Clay Township’s birthday,” said Bryson. “A lot of people have no idea of ​​our rich history like our motorboats and boat races, our old hotels and steamboats coming from Detroit, smuggling, how we played a big part in WWII. world, the first trade with the Amerindians, navigation and all the local shipwrecks. Above all, remember all the daring people who shaped us and our community. Hoping that the “Clay Days” become an annual celebration. “

He said some long-term goals for the township are to develop parks that people can enjoy over the next 200 years and to strengthen weak links in the township’s infrastructure. In addition, the township will seek funding sources to replace the old water main along the M-29 and repair the township main sewer interceptor.

“If both are not monitored it could cost the township a lot more in the long run,” Bryson said.
“We plan to restructure the township’s liabilities to ease the burden on Clay taxpayers in the future.”

He said he is proud to live in Clay Township.

“It’s just amazing how resilient our community is after going through flooding and COVID,” he said. “Our community action plan was designed to meet the needs of many people. Proud of our first responders and the support our residents give them. I look forward to working with the schools of Algonac, the City of Algonac and the Township of Ira, where we can partner to provide services and save taxes.

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A surprise catch in the Sunshine State https://saltwaterconnections.org/a-surprise-catch-in-the-sunshine-state/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 01:02:21 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/a-surprise-catch-in-the-sunshine-state/ “Is it really cold, daddy?” My daughter asked. “Very cold,” I muttered. “But you’ll be nice and warm in Florida, won’t you?” “ “I hope so,” I replied. My wife drove carefully through the increasing snowdrifts and we arrived safe and sound at Hector Fargo International Airport. As I unfastened my seat belt, I prayed […]]]>

“Is it really cold, daddy?” My daughter asked.

“Very cold,” I muttered.

“But you’ll be nice and warm in Florida, won’t you?” “

“I hope so,” I replied.

My wife drove carefully through the increasing snowdrifts and we arrived safe and sound at Hector Fargo International Airport. As I unfastened my seat belt, I prayed that my flight would not be canceled due to bad weather. At that point, my phone rang. I took it out of my coat pocket to see the alert from my weather app: “Blizzard Warning”.

I kissed my wife and daughter goodbye and stepped out into the falling snow. As I rushed into the terminal the wind was strong and relentless, blowing against me as if trying to stop a fleeing criminal.

As most anglers in our area brace themselves for the cold of the hardwater fishing season, I chose to head south and fish in the lovely warm weather of Tampa Bay in the Sunshine State. There you can target and hook just about anything – Snook, Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Grouper, Snapper, Amberjacks, and Pompano. These are all very good to eat. And with short direct flights available from Fargo to Florida right now, you can freeze your catch and bring home some freshly caught fish in your luggage to make your own grouper, stuffed plaice, or pan-seared Pompano sandwiches.

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And a trip like this can be affordable. It costs about the same as a three night / two day guided fishing trip on Devils Lake. I escaped the blizzard in Fargo on an Allegiant Airlines round trip flight direct to St. Pete – Clearwater Airport for only $ 140. If you’re leaving before the peak tourist season begins in mid-February, you can stay at a cheaper hotel in Clearwater Beach, a short walk to fishing boats, great restaurants, and the popular Pier 60 for about $ 120 per night. These budget hotels are probably not what you are looking for if you are traveling with a spouse on a romantic getaway or with the kids on a family vacation. But if you’re not picky, they’re great for a solo trip or an adventure with your fishing buddies.

There’s also no need to rent a car while you’re there. A $ 20 Uber ride will get you from the airport to your choice of beach accommodation, saving you on car rental and parking fees.

There are many great fishing charters to choose from for coastal and offshore excursions in the Tampa Bay area. If you are traveling on your own like me, coastal boating might not be an option on a tight budget. Most half-day tours will set you back $ 500 for one to four people. It’s not bad if you go with a few friends to share the cost. But it was not an option for my budget when there were Christmas presents to buy for my wife and daughter.

As an avid angler who enjoys being on the water for hours on end, I chose a full day Gulf Queen fishing boat tour from Clearwater Beach for a price of $ 85. If you are an active duty military or veteran, the price is only $ 65 with military ID. I didn’t want to carry my own fishing rod, reel, and gear on the plane, so I also opted to rent a fishing rod for the day for the reasonable price of just $ 10. If you are traveling with kids or teens with a short attention span, I would recommend the half day tour at a cost of $ 65 / person which includes your fishing and rod rental.

The ship’s captain, Bob Kirn, greeted me with a warm smile as I boarded the Gulf Queen for our excursion which would take us approximately 20 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. It was a beautiful sunny day with winds of less than 5 miles per hour. I liked how calm the water was. Higher wind speeds mean bigger waves and a greater chance for fishermen to get seasick – a common occurrence on these outings for those who choose not to take the free Dramamine offered to passengers early on. travel. But a pro tip I learned from the boat crew is that it is much more effective to take the motion sickness pill at night before going out on the water.

The next crew member I met was Craig the Cook. He was busy making burgers and ham, egg and cheese sandwiches and selling them for just $ 3. Snacks, pastries, and bottled water were also available throughout the day for just $ 1 / piece. Craig has my dream job. He’s paid to go out on a charter boat, cook for the hungry fishermen when they need something, but he still has time to join us and cast a line himself in the water while we’re busy at to fish and not to think about food.

The third crew member on board was Deckhand Angela Zamarripa. She grew up hiking, deer and bird hunting in the highlands in Wyoming and Colorado. She moved to the Tampa Bay area a few years ago and fell in love with it. “When I got to Florida, I got to fish a bit. The more fish I caught, the more I became obsessed and the more I wanted to be constantly on the water.

Angela currently works as a full-time deckhand five days a week. When the spring break season comes, she will be working six or seven days a week. But all those long days of hard work didn’t seem to bother her. If you’re like me and have experienced an increase in poor customer service during the pandemic, meeting someone like Angela is a breath of fresh, salty air. She was never out of sight of the 15 passengers on board for more than 2 minutes. Constantly running around the boat with a smile, a helping hand and a pair of pliers to get your fish off the hook for you, it was no surprise when she told me her dad was a NASCAR pilot in the late 1960s.

A stringer full of white growls and small porgy heads on a charter fishing trip in December 2021 in Florida.  Jeff Benda / Special at Northland Outdoors

A stringer full of white growls and small porgy heads on a charter fishing trip in December 2021 in Florida. Jeff Benda / Special at Northland Outdoors

After a two hour ride in the Gulf of Mexico, the boat’s engine stopped, signaling that we could drop our moorings. My bait slammed the water and plunged to the bottom about 50 feet below. Next to me was a small bucket of cut squid and whole sardine bait that the crew had provided to each fisherman. Angela had advised me to start with a sardine hanging in the eye with the tail pinched if I wanted to target the prized Gag Grouper. When I hit bottom and felt the slack in the line, I flipped the lever and started to coil it very lightly, so my bait was hovering just above the bottom. I immediately felt a tug on the other end and started to coil it up. As my fish got closer and closer to me, I dreamed that a 24 inch appeared so that I could make my own dish of blackened grouper as I had enjoyed at Crabby’s Dockside restaurant on my last visit to Clearwater Beach.

Angela quickly appeared and ran over to me, and looked over the side to see what I had on the line. As the fish came out of the dark water and headed for the sunlight, she shouted, “Sand Perch!”

“Seriously?!” I screamed. I had just walked 2,000 miles from the Jumbo Perch capital of Devils Lake, ND to catch a perch? I swung the line and fished in the boat so Angela could catch the 10 inch fish with her distinctive vertical dark stripes. “These are great baits,” she said.

“Definitely not! I have to cook this thing and see how it compares to ours at home,” I replied.

Angela held the perch for me so I could take a picture, then disappeared around the corner in the back of the boat to place my precious catch on a numbered spar. I was # 77.

The busy day continued with my fellow anglers and I catching red grouper, gag grouper, gray triggerfish, little headed pig, flounder, tons of white grunts and a few hogfish.

With each fish arriving on board, Angela rushed to remove the fish, then tie it to each individual’s numbered spar in a giant container filled with ice. Once back at the dock, Craig the cook and Angela the deckhand were cleaning our fish out of the goodness of their hearts, but also in the hope of a generous cash tip. Angela told me that a tip of $ 20 / person was pretty good.

A sand perch captured on a Florida fishing trip.  Jeff Benda / Special at Northland Outdoors

A sand perch captured on a Florida fishing trip. Jeff Benda / Special at Northland Outdoors

By the end of the afternoon a few of us had even caught Southern Puffers. Most people call them pufferfish. There are over 100 species of puffer fish in the world and most of us have heard how poisonous they are. But the crew and a few other veteran anglers assured me the Southern Puffer was good to eat when properly cleaned. Anyway, the real novelty of fish is its defense mechanism with which I find great solidarity, especially around the holidays. Under stress, it can swell up to two to three times its normal size.

Clearwater Beach’s main attraction for most Upper Midwesterners is our children’s spring break from school to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful beaches covered with crystal clear sand. Some baseball fans love to come to the area to catch the spring training season which begins in late February. But if you’re an avid angler like me, the next few months might be a perfect time to take a break from drilling holes in the ice and heading out to the dazzling shores of St. Pete – Clearwater.

Having said that, the only way I know of to catch fish is to keep your line in the water. And as I just found out – no matter where you choose to do it – you might just grab a perch.

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Three Lothian fishermen named to Scotland’s sea fishing team for Home International https://saltwaterconnections.org/three-lothian-fishermen-named-to-scotlands-sea-fishing-team-for-home-international/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 12:28:27 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/three-lothian-fishermen-named-to-scotlands-sea-fishing-team-for-home-international/ Barry McEwan fishing off the Dunbar harbor wall during the summer And an Edinburgh-based fisherman has been named a reserve for the event next July on popular Chesil Beach, one of England’s three main pebble beaches, stretching 29 kilometers from West Bay to the island. from Portland near Weymouth in Dorset. Chris Empson of Dunbar, […]]]>
Barry McEwan fishing off the Dunbar harbor wall during the summer

And an Edinburgh-based fisherman has been named a reserve for the event next July on popular Chesil Beach, one of England’s three main pebble beaches, stretching 29 kilometers from West Bay to the island. from Portland near Weymouth in Dorset.

Chris Empson of Dunbar, Barry McEwan (Port Seton), both members of the Bass Rock Shore Angling League, and Mike Kyle (Dalkeith) are on the squad along with former Bass Rock club member David Cooper of the reserve .

The captain is David Neil from Salcoats and the other member is fellow debutant Nuno Santos from Glasgow who was at the recent St Serfs Open in Fife.

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Barry McEwan fishing for rocks in Dunbar in a Bass Rock Shore Angling League game

Empson, an East Lothian Council carpenter, and McEwan, a freelance carpet installer, are both new caps and this is the first year the two have been aiming for a place on the team.

The qualification took place over a period of several months and over a series of matches with rounds in places such as Arbroath, Luce Bay in Dumfries and Galloway, Cairnryan, Prestwick and Greenock.

A father of two, Empson is a well-known competitive fisherman who wants to see more people fishing and recently hosted two free matches in East Lothian.

A third place finish at the recent Clyde and West Open, where his five-year-old daughter, Abby, won the junior award, helped the 36-year-old secure his spot.

Chris Empson fishing on the rocks

He admitted to never having fished for Chesil but is delighted to have had the chance to have a spot on the team and represent Scotland for the second time since he was a member of the National Team of powerlifting in the four nations tournament for four years.

Empson said: “I saw a few videos from the beach and fishing for Scotland is a real honor for me. I have been fishing since a young age and this year I have decided to be part of the team.

“My results have been good and now I have. It’s also good to see new people coming into the sport as we’ve seen a lot of new people fishing in East Lothian over the last few years.”

McEwan started fishing at the age of six and fished at Chesil Beach when he was young, having traveled there with the Ogilvie family from Haddington on vacation, but that was many years ago.

The 44-year-old said: “It’s towards the unknown for me. We just confirmed the squad, so we await news of what’s happening now. It’s scheduled for New Years, but the family is very happy for me. “

He added: “It’s great to see two guys from the same club on the squad and also to see three Lothians anglers representing Scotland.

“It’s been an exciting time in qualifying and my results were good, two firsts and two seconds, so now we look forward to July and head back to Chesil.”

McEwan, 44, who also has two children, is one of the founders of the popular Bass Rock Club which regularly fishes matches in the summer and winter at various locations in East Lothian.

In fact, he won the club’s Christmas Hamper event last week with a 9-ounce rockling and admitted, “It was tough that night.”

He is the treasurer of the Bass Rock club and said: “We created the club several years ago to encourage more people to play this sport and everything is going well.

“Yes, we fish competitively, but members are always welcome to help newcomers and we encourage new people to join us for our games.

“The club’s goal is to encourage more people to play the sport.”

Empson and McEwan plan to fish together more often next year in anticipation of the event.

Kyle is an experienced angler and Cooper, a freelance painter and decorator, won a major award at the Amble Open several years ago in a field of over 400 people from across Britain.

Meanwhile, Bass Rock members fish their Winter Series Round Nine on Wednesday, December 29, registering from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and fishing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The venue is probably North Berwick, but check their Facebook page for details. New members are always welcome.

Alan and Stewart are hosting a Christmas Cod Open on Tuesday December 28 at Carnoustie’s Ferryden Light and contact Alan on 07872 899791 or Stewart on 07759 379978 for more details.

Registration is at Victoria Park, Arbroath from 11:30 am to noon and fishing is from 1 pm to 6 pm. The scales close in Victoria Park at 7 p.m. Entry £ 15 and prize for first, second and third in heaviest cod and heaviest bag. Scottish Sea Fishermen’s Federation rules apply.

In Eyemouth, Aquamarine Charters plans to run boats on December 27, 28, 29 and 30, weather permitting. Boss Derek Anderson said: “There is a lot of cod. Last weekend saw a good fishery and the best fishermen had up to eight keepers.”

His boats run most weekends as long as the weather permits and he plans to race on January 3, 4 and 5 if there is enough interest.

Don’t forget that the Amble Open in Northumberland takes place on Sunday 23 January from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration from 8 a.m. and the price is £ 6,000. £ 12 and 478 anglers took part last year, including several from the Lothians.

Meanwhile, fly fishing, Drumtassie will be open every day throughout the holiday season and Eric Gibson is on duty on Christmas Day (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). By the way, a 25 pound rainbow has just been stored.

Bowden Springs near Linlithgow will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In East Lothian, Markle, who has just put on his shoes, is closed on Christmas Day but has a competition on Boxing Day with prizes. SFSA rules apply.

Admission costs £ 25 and fishing hours are 10am to 2pm, with release in effect. Your neighbor checks your card.

Markle fished really well. Black and green lures and pink apps have performed well and one angler, who has fished in other waters for the past two years, has made a comeback recently.

Manager Jimmy McLachlan said the fisherman told him he caught more fish in one day than he caught in more than two years in other fisheries.

Tweeddale near Gifford will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but will host a competition on December 29 which was booked within hours. Snakes, diawl bach and buzzers have recently tempted the fish.

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Boating, camping, fishing – here are some extra funds https://saltwaterconnections.org/boating-camping-fishing-here-are-some-extra-funds/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 23:34:33 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/boating-camping-fishing-here-are-some-extra-funds/ Deputy Forestry and Fisheries Minister Jonno Duniam said about $ 1.7 million would go to South Australia’s projects under the $ 20 million recreational fishing and fishing facilities program. Australian government campsite. “We know how Australians love to explore the great outdoors and many will take the tinnie out on the water, pitch a tent […]]]>

Deputy Forestry and Fisheries Minister Jonno Duniam said about $ 1.7 million would go to South Australia’s projects under the $ 20 million recreational fishing and fishing facilities program. Australian government campsite.

“We know how Australians love to explore the great outdoors and many will take the tinnie out on the water, pitch a tent or throw a line this summer vacation,” Deputy Minister Duniam said.

“This is an exciting fundraising program for South Australian councils to upgrade, maintain or build new boating, marine rescue, fishing and camping facilities.

“Grants range from approximately $ 30,000 to $ 200,000, with the overall value of these projects estimated to be over $ 2.5 million.”

South Australia’s Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the new projects are spread across the state, spurring growth in the regions and providing tangible support to the estimated 277,000 South Australians who fish recreationally.

“These 15 approved fishing, camping and boating projects are located across our state, from Kangaroo Island to Beachport, from Fishery Bay to Bordertown,” said Minister Basham.

“Projects range from installing new piers to constructing or upgrading toilet blocks, all of which are important to attracting and supporting recreational fishing, boating and camping in our regions.

“As Southern Australians look to their summer vacation, I am pleased to announce these projects which demonstrate the vital support of the Morrison Coalition Government and the Liberal Marshall Government to our recreational fishermen and regional communities.

“We know that when people fish there are significant economic benefits as people often stay in regional communities, visit the local fishing tackle store and eat in restaurants, which support all local jobs.

“Improving these facilities provides residents and visitors with better opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and diverse landscapes of our state. “


The approved projects are:


Barunga West Council – Port Broughton ($ 200,000 for a $ 275,000 project)

The project includes the purchase and installation of a new pontoon jetty at Port Broughton to support recreational fishing and improve access for anglers. The new pier will extend the existing T-piece by approximately 50 meters for recreational fishing and will also provide a larger home base for recreational fishing and sailing boats.


Coorong District Council – Meningie ($ 67,500 for a $ 92,500 project)

Meningie Boat Ramp Jetty Improved accessibility and safety for recreational fishing and access to boating. Meningie Boat Ramp Pier is a popular local infrastructure used by tourists and locals as a fishing platform and a support structure for ships launched from the Meningie Boat Ramp. This project will include a new jetty platform accessible by walking from the boat launch to the new bridge via a ramp that will facilitate loading, both people and equipment, on a wide range of boats for fishing and other recreational uses.


Lower Eyre Peninsula – Fishery Bay District Council ($ 135,544 for a $ 169,430 project)

This project will demarcate three campsites, provide pedestrian access to the beach, improve access for existing vehicles to minimize coastal erosion, undertake revegetation, create parking, install garbage cans, fire pits and signage. By defining the campsites, access can be controlled and use defined.


Town of Victor Harbor – Encounter Bay Canal ($ 200,000 for a $ 350,000 project)

Construction and installation of 12 new beacons and bases for the Encounter Bay channel providing secure access from the Bluff boat launch to the Southern Ocean. The new channel markers will be structurally more robust to reduce the risk of continued damage and tipping during large swells and storms. The beacons will increase safety and improve the experience for all users of the Encounter Bay Channel, including recreational fishers, boaters, tourist charterers and emergency services.


Loxton Waikerie District Council – Loxton ($ 157,000 for a $ 202,000 project)

The Loxton Boat Launch and Pontoon Upgrade Project will improve safety and accessibility to the
Murray River and increase participation in recreational fishing, boating and camping.


Yankalilla District Council – Cape Jervis ($ 140,000 for a project of $ 218,935)

The Cape Jervis boat launch, used by commercial and recreational fishermen, has deteriorated and is now considered unsafe and unfit for use. The grant is to help fund a 2m wide floating pontoon in the center of the launching ramp, leaving a 4m wide ramp path on each side, making the launching ramp more safe and improving boat traffic.


Port Pirie Regional Council – Solomontown ($ 100,000 for a $ 165,000 project)

The Regional Council of Port Pirie will continue to improve the launching works of
Solomontown. Council intends to reorganize the parking lot and rigging area to improve safety and access for users of the boat launch. It is proposed to improve the rigging and clearance lanes, as well as the boat washing area.


Wattle Range Council – Beachport ($ 87,000 for a $ 140,250 project)

Replacement of two of the three pontoons at Beachport Boat Ramp, including installation of handrails (one is newly installed as part of the 2015 upgrade). The two existing pontoons have been repaired several times and are now at the end of their life requiring replacement. The handrail is an additional safety element due to the slope, especially at low tide.


Town of Victor Harbor – The Bluff ($ 70,211 for a $ 160,422 project)

The project will provide new infrastructure in the construction of a toilet facility at Bluff Boat Ramp, Encounter Bay in the South African region. The new facility will enhance the recreational fishing and boating experience by providing two unisex cabins (ambulant and compliant with access).


Renmark Paringa Council – Murtho ($ 75,000 for a project of $ 80,000)

Provision of a sanitary block at Murtho which is a popular spot for recreational fishing and camping (free) and has a boat launch. Currently there are no toilets.


Yorke Peninsula Council – Point Turton ($ 29,770 for a $ 33,270 project)

The Point Turton Groyne Access Improvement Project will see improvements to the boat launch breakwater to increase accessibility for land fishing. The work will consist of repairs to the washed out sections of the breakwater, to then allow the grading and concreting of the crown to form a user-friendly path.


Yorke Peninsula Council – Various locations including Sturt Bay ($ 139,987.44 for $ 269,987 in projects)

This project aims to provide sufficient facilities to ensure that visitors and the environment are
is not affected by unmanaged human waste and therefore improves the camping experience
for fishing.


Barunga West Council – Port Broughton ($ 200,000 for a $ 260,469 project)

The project involves installing a block of permanent public facilities at the Port Broughton boat launch to support recreational fishing and improve the user experience for anglers visiting Port Broughton.


Kangaroo Island Council – Emu Bay ($ 70,000 for a $ 80,000 project)

The campgrounds that support this recreational fishing destination do not have on-site restrooms, which is a deterrent for families and those wishing to camp overnight. The current single toilet is approximately 160 meters away. It is proposed that a new toilet be installed at the campsite.


Tatiara District Council – Bordertown Lake ($ 38,400 for a $ 48,626 project)

This project will see the replacement of the more than 30-year-old toilet block in the new RV camping facilities and the installation of two picnic tables.

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How the mega-rich secure Christmas with Covid https://saltwaterconnections.org/how-the-mega-rich-secure-christmas-with-covid/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/how-the-mega-rich-secure-christmas-with-covid/ One thing the very rich avoid at all costs is Christmas in Britain. The most magical time of the year is miserable when you’re not spent aboard a superyacht in the Caribbean or partying on a Maldivian beach. With the omicron spinning, however, escaping Britain’s overcast skies has become a matter of extreme urgency – […]]]>

One thing the very rich avoid at all costs is Christmas in Britain. The most magical time of the year is miserable when you’re not spent aboard a superyacht in the Caribbean or partying on a Maldivian beach. With the omicron spinning, however, escaping Britain’s overcast skies has become a matter of extreme urgency – not just for Christmas, but until any potential lockdown is over. “They don’t care what to spend,” says Julia Perowne, luxury travel consultant, founder of Perowne International. “British billionaires are scrambling to book villas, chalets and yachts with five-star facilities. The problem is, they can’t get in anywhere.

Most have fled before, so even with all the money in the world, you can’t book a serviced villa in the Caribbean before Easter. Eden Roc in St Barts, where manned properties cost £ 386,000 per week, is gearing up for its best season ever, as is Harbor Island in the Bahamas. The same goes for yachts – charter companies, sensing a bumper winter, moved their entire fleet to the Caribbean this fall, where the super rich are paying up to £ 600,000 a week to spend Christmas on ships secured by Covid with spas, Michelin chefs and water sports instructors.

“Rather than having to create the joy, we can just enjoy it,” says the mother who charters a 165-foot motor yacht in the Caribbean through Northrop & Johnson. “My husband and I feel like kids again as the crew take care of the hallways; we reconnect with the rest of the family in complete privacy without worrying about preparing for the holidays. On charters with Cecil Wright and Partners, guests can choose to spend Christmas Day on board with a turkey and a tree, or in their own private club set up by the crew on a deserted beach. “It can be themed for the kids – Pirates of the Caribbean is proving popular,” says Lucinda Rosen, a broker for Cecil Wright & Partners.

Mexico is the first choice for those who missed the Caribbean; Perowne’s billionaire friends are booking hotels like Esencia on the Riviera Maya for the next two months. Meanwhile, in Europe, Scandinavia is the destination of choice, especially now that France has locked us in; at luxury resorts like the £ 1,700-a-night Loggers Lodge, billionaires can embark on an outdoor adventure before returning to their Covid-secured cabin, complete with chef, wood-fired sauna and hot tub outside.

“Lapland is going to be so cool – we’ll be taken by huskies in a heated basket,” enthuses an entrepreneur who flies to Swedish Lapland with her husband and three children on Christmas Eve. “The thousands I spent on thermal merino clothing for children will probably turn out to be a waste of money.”

Meanwhile, in Switzerland, Ski Verbier Exclusive is running a Covid-friendly ski vacation, where guests are taken daily on heliskiing or gentle ski tours with a decadent picnic basket, completely avoiding the ski lifts. “I don’t miss my Christmas skiing fix, but I don’t go near a crowded mountain restaurant either,” says a luxury real estate developer who is flying to Switzerland next week. Those who had gone to Courchevel in France have turned to luxury chalets costing up to € 225,000 per week in Lech in Austria, which is now out of lockdown, although après-ski is canceled.

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government helps people navigate safely with $ 1.7 million in funding | The temperature https://saltwaterconnections.org/government-helps-people-navigate-safely-with-1-7-million-in-funding-the-temperature/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 05:36:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/government-helps-people-navigate-safely-with-1-7-million-in-funding-the-temperature/ The state and federal governments have combined to provide $ 1.7 million in funding to local councils in South Australia to help water and boating projects. As South Australians look forward to a summer vacation filled with boating, camping and fishing, more than a dozen projects will encourage South Australians to get out and enjoy […]]]>

The state and federal governments have combined to provide $ 1.7 million in funding to local councils in South Australia to help water and boating projects.

As South Australians look forward to a summer vacation filled with boating, camping and fishing, more than a dozen projects will encourage South Australians to get out and enjoy the natural environment and to stimulate regional economies.

Cape Jervis and the Bluff boat launch in Encounter Bay received over $ 400,000 for three projects.

Deputy Forestry and Fisheries Minister Jonno Duniam said about $ 1.7 million would go to South Australia’s projects under the $ 20 million recreational fishing and fishing facilities program. Australian government campsite.

“We know how Australians love exploring the great outdoors and many of them will take the Tinnie out on the water, pitch a tent or throw a line during the summer break,” said Deputy Minister Duniam.

“This is an exciting fundraising program for South Australian councils to upgrade, maintain or build new boating, marine rescue, fishing and camping facilities.

“Grants range from approximately $ 30,000 to $ 200,000, with the overall value of these projects estimated to be over $ 2.5 million.”

Southern Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the new projects were spread across the state, spurring growth in the regions and providing tangible support to the estimated 277,000 Southern Australians who fish recreationally.

“These 15 approved fishing, camping and boating projects are spread across our state, from Kangaroo Island to Beachport, from Fishery Bay to Bordertown and Victor Harbor and Cape Jervis,” Mr. Basham said.

“Projects range from installing new piers to constructing or upgrading toilet blocks, all of which are important to attracting and supporting recreational fishing, boating and camping in our regions.

“As Southern Australians look to their summer vacation, I am pleased to announce these projects which demonstrate the vital support of the Morrison Coalition Government and the Liberal Marshall Government to our recreational fishermen and regional communities.

“We know that when people fish there are significant economic benefits as people often stay in regional communities, visit the local fishing tackle store and eat in restaurants, which support all local jobs.

“Improving these facilities provides residents and visitors with better opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and the diverse landscapes of our state. “

Approved projects include – Town of Victor Harbor – Encounter Bay Channel ($ 200,000 for a $ 350,000 project). Construction and installation of 12 new beacons and bases for the Encounter Bay channel providing secure access from the Bluff boat launch to the Southern Ocean.

The new channel markers will be structurally more robust to reduce the risk of continued damage and tipping during large swells and storms. The beacons will increase safety and improve the experience for all users of the Encounter Bay Channel, including recreational fishers, boaters, tourist charterers and emergency services.

Le Bluff ($ 70,211 for a project of $ 160,422). The project will provide new infrastructure in the construction of a toilet facility at the Bluff boat launch, Encounter Bay. The new facility will enhance the recreational fishing and boating experience by providing two unisex cabins (ambulant and compliant with access).

Yankalilla District Council – Cape Jervis ($ 140,000 for a project of $ 218,935). The Cape Jervis boat launch, used by commercial and recreational fishermen, has deteriorated and is now considered unsafe and unfit for use.

The grant is to help fund a 2m wide floating pontoon in the center of the launching ramp, leaving a 4m wide ramp path on each side, making the launching ramp more safe and improving boat traffic.

Kangaroo Island Council – Emu Bay ($ 70,000 for a $ 80,000 project). The campgrounds that support this recreational fishing destination do not have on-site restrooms, which is a deterrent for families and those wishing to camp overnight.

The current single toilet is approximately 160 meters away. It is proposed that a new toilet be installed at the campsite.

Barunga West Council – Port Broughton ($ 200,000 for a $ 275,000 project). The project includes the purchase and installation of a new pontoon jetty at Port Broughton to support recreational fishing and improve access for anglers.

The new pier will extend the existing T-piece by approximately 50 meters for recreational fishing and will also provide a larger home base for recreational fishing and sailing boats.

Coorong – Meningie District Council ($ 67,500 for a $ 92,500 project). Meningie Boat Ramp Jetty Improved accessibility and safety for recreational fishing and access to boating. Meningie Boat Ramp Pier is a popular local infrastructure used by tourists and locals as a fishing platform and support structure for ships launched from the Meningie Boat Ramp.

This project will include a new jetty platform accessible by walking from the boat launch to the new bridge via a ramp that will facilitate loading, both people and equipment, on a wide range of boats for fishing and other recreational uses.

Lower Eyre Peninsula – Fishery Bay District Council ($ 135,544 for a $ 169,430 project). This project will demarcate three campsites, provide pedestrian access to the beach, improve access for existing vehicles to minimize coastal erosion, undertake revegetation, create parking, install garbage cans, fire pits and signage. By defining the campsites, access can be controlled and use defined.

Loxton Waikerie – Loxton District Council ($ 157,000 for a $ 202,000 project). The Loxton Boat Launch and Dock Improvement Project will improve safety and accessibility to the Murray River and increase participation in recreational fishing, boating and camping.

Port Pirie Regional Council – Solomontown ($ 100,000 for a $ 165,000 project). The Port Pirie Regional Council will continue to improve the work on the Solomontown launching facilities. Council intends to reorganize the parking lot and rigging area to improve safety and access for users of the boat launch. It is proposed to improve the rigging and clearance lanes, as well as the boat washing area.

Wattle Range Council – Beachport ($ 87,000 for a $ 140,250 project). Replacement of two of the three pontoons at Beachport Boat Ramp, including installation of handrails (one is newly installed as part of the 2015 upgrade). The two existing pontoons have been repaired several times and are now at the end of their life requiring replacement. The handrail is an additional safety element due to the slope, especially at low tide.

Renmark Paringa – Murtho Council ($ 75,000 for a $ 80,000 project). Provision of a sanitary block at Murtho which is a popular spot for recreational fishing and camping (free) and has a boat launch. Currently there are no toilets.

Yorke Peninsula Council – Point Turton ($ 29,770 for a $ 33,270 project). The Point Turton Groyne Access Improvement Project will see improvements to the boat launch breakwater to increase accessibility for land fishing. The work will consist of repairs to the washed out sections of the breakwater, to then allow the grading and concreting of the crown to form a user-friendly path.

Yorke Peninsula Council – Various locations including Sturt Bay ($ 139,987.44 for $ 269,987 in projects). This project aims to provide sufficient facilities to ensure that visitors and the environment are not affected by unmanaged human waste and, therefore, improve the fishing camping experience.

Barunga West Council – Port Broughton ($ 200,000 for a $ 260,469 project). The project involves installing a block of permanent public facilities at the Port Broughton boat launch to support recreational fishing and improve the user experience for anglers visiting Port Broughton.

Tatiara District Council – Bordertown Lake ($ 38,400 for a $ 48,626 project). This project will see the replacement of the more than 30-year-old toilet block in the new RV camping facilities and the installation of two picnic tables.

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A surprise catch in the Sunshine State – InForum https://saltwaterconnections.org/a-surprise-catch-in-the-sunshine-state-inforum/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 01:15:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/a-surprise-catch-in-the-sunshine-state-inforum/ I stepped out into the freezing cold and walked over to my van to put my camera case and carry-ons in the back, next to my daughter’s booster seat. An icy shiver ran through my back and I rushed towards the house, the snow crackling under my feet, my breath trailing behind me in pale […]]]>

I stepped out into the freezing cold and walked over to my van to put my camera case and carry-ons in the back, next to my daughter’s booster seat. An icy shiver ran through my back and I rushed towards the house, the snow crackling under my feet, my breath trailing behind me in pale puffs of smoke. Right inside, my wife and 6 year old daughter were bundling up in hats and mittens, preparing to drive me to the airport.

“Is it really cold, daddy?” My daughter asked.

“Very cold,” I muttered.

“But you’ll be nice and warm in Florida, won’t you?” “

“I hope so,” I replied.

My wife drove carefully through the increasing snowdrifts and we arrived safe and sound at Hector Fargo International Airport. As I unfastened my seat belt, I prayed that my flight would not be canceled due to bad weather. At that point, my phone rang. I took it out of my coat pocket to see the alert from my weather app: “Blizzard Warning”.

I kissed my wife and daughter goodbye and stepped out into the falling snow. As I rushed into the terminal the wind was strong and relentless, blowing against me as if trying to stop a fleeing criminal.

As most anglers in our area brace themselves for the cold of the hardwater fishing season, I chose to head south and fish in the lovely warm weather of Tampa Bay in the Sunshine State. There you can target and hook just about anything – Snook, Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Grouper, Snapper, Amberjacks, and Pompano. These are all very good to eat. And with short direct flights available from Fargo to Florida right now, you can freeze your catch and bring home some freshly caught fish in your luggage to make your own grouper, stuffed plaice, or pan-seared Pompano sandwiches.

A stringer full of white growls and small porgy heads on a charter fishing trip in December 2021 in Florida.

Jeff Benda / Special at Northland Outdoors

And a trip like this can be affordable. It costs about the same as a three night / two day guided fishing trip on Devils Lake. I escaped the blizzard in Fargo on an Allegiant Airlines round trip flight direct to St. Pete – Clearwater Airport for only $ 140. If you’re leaving before the peak tourist season begins in mid-February, you can stay at a cheaper hotel in Clearwater Beach, a short walk to fishing boats, great restaurants, and the popular Pier 60 for about $ 120 per night. These budget hotels are probably not what you are looking for if you are traveling with a spouse on a romantic getaway or with the kids on a family vacation. But if you’re not picky, they’re great for a solo trip or an adventure with your fishing buddies.

There’s also no need to rent a car while you’re there. A $ 20 Uber ride will get you from the airport to your choice of beach accommodation, saving you on car rental and parking fees.

There are many great fishing charters to choose from for coastal and offshore excursions in the Tampa Bay area. If you are traveling on your own like me, coastal boating might not be an option on a tight budget. Most half-day tours will set you back $ 500 for one to four people. It’s not bad if you go with a few friends to share the cost. But it was not an option for my budget when there were Christmas presents to buy for my wife and daughter.

As an avid angler who enjoys being on the water for hours on end, I chose a full day Gulf Queen fishing boat tour from Clearwater Beach for a price of $ 85. If you are an active duty military or veteran, the price is only $ 65 with military ID. I didn’t want to carry my own fishing rod, reel, and gear on the plane, so I also opted to rent a fishing rod for the day for the reasonable price of just $ 10. If you are traveling with kids or teens with a short attention span, I would recommend the half day tour at a cost of $ 65 / person which includes your fishing and rod rental.

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A full day of fishing on the Gulf Queen on a charter fishing trip in December 2021 to Florida.

Jeff Benda / Special at Northland Outdoors

The ship’s captain, Bob Kirn, greeted me with a warm smile as I boarded the Gulf Queen for our excursion which would take us approximately 20 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. It was a beautiful sunny day with winds of less than 5 miles per hour. I liked how calm the water was. Higher wind speeds mean bigger waves and a greater chance for fishermen to get seasick – a common occurrence on these outings for those who choose not to take the free Dramamine offered to passengers early on. travel. But a pro tip I learned from the boat crew is that it is much more effective to take the motion sickness pill at night before going out on the water.

The next crew member I met was Craig the Cook. He was busy making burgers and ham, egg and cheese sandwiches and selling them for just $ 3. Snacks, pastries, and bottled water were also available throughout the day for just $ 1 / piece. Craig has my dream job. He’s paid to go out on a charter boat, cook for the hungry fishermen when they need something, but he still has time to join us and cast a line himself in the water while we’re busy at to fish and not to think about food.

The third crew member on board was Deckhand Angela Zamarripa. She grew up hiking, deer and bird hunting in the highlands in Wyoming and Colorado. She moved to the Tampa Bay area a few years ago and fell in love with it. “When I got to Florida, I got to fish a bit. The more fish I caught, the more I became obsessed and the more I wanted to be constantly on the water.

Angela currently works as a full-time deckhand five days a week. When the spring break season comes, she will be working six or seven days a week. But all those long days of hard work didn’t seem to bother her. If you’re like me and have experienced an increase in poor customer service during the pandemic, meeting someone like Angela is a breath of fresh, salty air. She was never out of sight of the 15 passengers on board for more than 2 minutes. Constantly running around the boat with a smile, a helping hand and a pair of pliers to get your fish off the hook for you, it was no surprise when she told me her dad was a NASCAR pilot in the late 1960s.

After a two hour ride in the Gulf of Mexico, the boat’s engine stopped, signaling that we could drop our moorings. My bait slammed the water and plunged to the bottom about 50 feet below. Next to me was a small bucket of cut squid and whole sardine bait that the crew had provided to each fisherman. Angela had advised me to start with a sardine hanging in the eye with the tail pinched if I wanted to target the prized Gag Grouper. When I hit bottom and felt the slack in the line, I flipped the lever and started to coil it very lightly, so my bait was hovering just above the bottom. I immediately felt a tug on the other end and started to coil it up. As my fish got closer and closer to me, I dreamed that a 24 inch appeared so that I could make my own dish of blackened grouper as I had enjoyed at Crabby’s Dockside restaurant on my last visit to Clearwater Beach.

Angela quickly appeared and ran over to me, and looked over the side to see what I had on the line. As the fish came out of the dark water and headed for the sunlight, she shouted, “Sand Perch!”

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A sand perch captured on a Florida fishing trip.

Jeff Benda / Special at Northland Outdoors

“Seriously?!” I screamed. I had just walked 2,000 miles from the Jumbo Perch capital of Devils Lake, ND to catch a perch? I swung the line and fished in the boat so Angela could catch the 10 inch fish with her distinctive vertical dark stripes. “These are great baits,” she said.

“Definitely not! I have to cook this thing and see how it compares to ours at home,” I replied.

Angela held the perch for me so I could take a picture, then disappeared around the corner in the back of the boat to place my precious catch on a numbered spar. I was # 77.

The busy day continued with my fellow anglers and I catching red grouper, gag grouper, gray triggerfish, little headed pig, flounder, tons of white grunts and a few hogfish.

With each fish arriving on board, Angela rushed to remove the fish, then tie it to each individual’s numbered spar in a giant container filled with ice. Once back at the dock, Craig the cook and Angela the deckhand were cleaning our fish out of the goodness of their hearts, but also in the hope of a generous cash tip. Angela told me that a tip of $ 20 / person was pretty good.

By the end of the afternoon a few of us had even caught Southern Puffers. Most people call them pufferfish. There are over 100 species of puffer fish in the world and most of us have heard how poisonous they are. But the crew and a few other veteran anglers assured me the Southern Puffer was good to eat when properly cleaned. Anyway, the real novelty of fish is its defense mechanism with which I find great solidarity, especially around the holidays. Under stress, it can swell up to two to three times its normal size.

Clearwater Beach’s main attraction for most Upper Midwesterners is our children’s spring break from school to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful beaches covered with crystal clear sand. Some baseball fans love to come to the area to catch the spring training season which begins in late February. But if you’re an avid angler like me, the next few months might be a perfect time to take a break from drilling holes in the ice and heading out to the dazzling shores of St. Pete – Clearwater.

Having said that, the only way I know of to catch fish is to keep your line in the water. And as I just found out – no matter where you choose to do it – you might just grab a perch.

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Lovango prepares for housing opening on Christmas Day | Island life https://saltwaterconnections.org/lovango-prepares-for-housing-opening-on-christmas-day-island-life/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/lovango-prepares-for-housing-opening-on-christmas-day-island-life/ Lovango Cay is a beehive of activity this week as workers prepare the property for two very important dates – the Lovango Beach Club reopening on Monday and the Christmas Day debuts of the glamping tents and luxury tree houses in the complex. It’s a deadline you can’t miss, as all five tents and five […]]]>

Lovango Cay is a beehive of activity this week as workers prepare the property for two very important dates – the Lovango Beach Club reopening on Monday and the Christmas Day debuts of the glamping tents and luxury tree houses in the complex. It’s a deadline you can’t miss, as all five tents and five treehouses in Lovango are full for opening day.

The tents and treehouses are located on the north side of the island, overlooking Crescent Beach and Congo Cay. The luxury treehouses can accommodate four people, with one king-size bed and two twin beds, and can be rented together with the glamping tents, which can each sleep two. Treehouses and tents have a full bathroom.

Those who spent the day at Lovango Beach Club last season will notice several changes to the venue. A stage has been built for live music, which will be performed three times a week during the beach parties.

On Tuesdays there will be seafood paella and music by Lady Eva and Friends; Thursday’s rate will be surf and turf with music by After Irma; and on Sunday there will be a seafood pastry with music by Lauren and Bo. Chicken and vegetarian options will also be offered during the party nights at Lovango Beach.

The Green Oyster Bar, a tequila and raw bar, is a new addition to Lovango’s food offerings. The shopping village expands with five stores: HIHO, a Caribbean clothing company; Lovango Style, a women’s fashion clothing store; a Lovango brand store; SEEH, a sustainable luxury fashion and clean beauty store; and a general store with ice cream, coffee, ice cream and other sundries to accommodate boaters and resort guests. There are 12 berths on the south side of Lovango for private boats and charters.

Guests who stay in Lovango for a few days tend to want to stay on the island and soak up everything, owner Mark Snider said, while those staying longer have the option of booking a ferry to Cruz Bay or Red Hook, St. Thomas, for trips, meals, and errands. Guests of the accommodation receive breakfast baskets as part of their stay.

“The island has different areas for different types of experiences,” Snider said. “There is a serene side and an active side. The main hiking trail around the island offers ocean views almost all around.

Crescent Beach on the north side of the island offers no amenities for an untouched nature experience.

“We want people to appreciate beauty,” Snider said.

The resort owner acknowledged that Lovango encountered supply chain issues during construction and preparations for the opening, but the opening day was not changed despite those issues.

“We were able to achieve almost anything we wanted,” said Snider’s wife Gwenn Snider, who runs the Lovango retail village.

When the Lovango Beach Club first opened, the Sniders announced they would be moving staff between the Virgin Islands and their resorts in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Due to complementary high seasons.

Mitchell Scobie, who grew up in the Virgin Islands, is back in Lovango after working the summer at the Nantucket Hotel & Resort.

“It was a great experience,” said Scobie. “I learned a lot and made some good friends.”

Lovango offers local rates for residents of the Virgin Islands. For more information, or to book a day at the Beach Club, or a stay in a glamping tent, luxury treehouse or Villa Lovango, visit www.lovangovi.com.

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Southern Country Charters Sails Record Number of Trips for First-Year Rental Company https://saltwaterconnections.org/southern-country-charters-sails-record-number-of-trips-for-first-year-rental-company/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 19:14:22 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/southern-country-charters-sails-record-number-of-trips-for-first-year-rental-company/ Southern fishing charters recorded a record number of trips in their first year in the fishing charter industry. More than 400 charters will have been completed by the end of 2021. Southern Country Charters and Payton Anderson, founder and CEO of the company, are pleased to announce that as the company wraps up its first […]]]>

Southern fishing charters recorded a record number of trips in their first year in the fishing charter industry. More than 400 charters will have been completed by the end of 2021.

Southern Country Charters and Payton Anderson, founder and CEO of the company, are pleased to announce that as the company wraps up its first season of operation, it has logged 404 charter trips. This is a record for a first year of charter in the Destin area. Over 100 of the company’s fishing charters in Destin, FL, customers have left a 5-star review on their experience. Payton attributes the rapid growth of the business to marketing, hard work and delivering a consistent experience to customers. The number of 5-star reviews in the first season on the water reflects the experience offered by the team.

The official start date of the charter business was March 4, 2021. Shortly before that in 2020, the business plan called for business growth and regular trips from the company’s three charter vessels offering outings of fishing in Destin, Florida, but the reality has exceeded expectations. Sailing over 400 trips was way beyond the projections Payton had written into the company’s business plan.

Every detail of Southern Country Charter excursions is planned and catered for. Guests are provided with all equipment, including tackle, bait, and fishing rods. The equipment and the boat are stocked and ready to go when guests arrive at the dock. The crew takes care of cleaning and preparing the caught fish, which are ready to cook shortly after returning to the dock. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome. All boats are maintained, updated and triple checked to provide customers with a safe and rewarding rental fishing experience.

Further details are available at https://southerncountrycharters.com

A variety of fish frequent the waters of the Emerald Coast. These include Red Snapper, Trigger Fish, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Gag Grouper, and Vermillion Snapper. The size of these fish ranges from less than ten pounds to ninety pounds. The catches are also good to eat.

About the company:

Southern Country Charters set a fishing charter record for the first year with 404 charters in its first season of operation. Company founder and CEO Payton Anderson has been visiting the Destin area since he was five years old and recently made his home in the city. The fishing charter business combines his passion for the water with his love for business.

Media contact
Company Name: Charters of southern countries
Contact: Payton Anderson – Founder and CEO
E-mail: Send an email
Call: (850) 739-3175
Address:214, boulevard du port
City: Destiny
State: FL 32541
Country: United States
Website: https://southerncountrycharters.com/

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