Skeeter SX210

 

Skeeter SX210

By Craig Lamb

After buying a bay boat, why spend more time and money getting it rigged out for your needs?

With the Skeeter SX210, you get a boat already factory rigged with the standard accessories and features serious anglers want in a bay boat. Best of all, you get the extras, dependability, and durability that make it a Skeeter for an affordable price.

Affordable doesn’t mean any corners were cut. That’s not the Skeeter way. The SX210 even looks bigger than its size. The spacious interior provides plenty of room to move around, cast baits to surface feeders, and set rigs for trolling.

The SX210 has an overall length of 21’ 6” with a wide beam spanning 98”. Interior depth at the console is 18.5”, providing plenty of depth needed for functionality and safety. The SX210 weighs 2,300 pounds with a draft of 10” for shallow water accessibility and is powered by the most dependable saltwater outboard available. You can choose between the Yamaha F150, VF150, F175 or F200.

Check out these standard features that put you into the action with the first trip.

  • Yamaha multifunction gauges
  • Horizontal rod storage
  • Removable windshield
  • Seastar® hydraulic steering
  • 25-gallon rear live well
  • Vertical rod holders (14)
  • Retractable boarding ladder

Shopping for a bay boat usually means also shopping for a trailer. Not with the SX210, which comes standard with a trailer equipped with these standard features.

  • I-Tube Aluminum Trailer with tandem axle
  • Swing-away tongue
  • Fulton® jack stand and winch
  • Tuff Coat fenders
  • Spare tire and carrier

Also standard is a Lowrance® HDS-9 Gen3 Touch with internal GPS, Structure Scan®, and temperature gauges. The dash-mounted unit is factory installed by skilled technicians for dependable, worry-free operation.

From stem to stern the SX210 is rigged and ready to make a long run to the bay or into shallow flats. For that task, the SX210 comes standard with 8-foot Pro-Series II Power Pole®, the best available shallow water anchoring system. An anchor box, front deck storage, bait wells and more round out the fishing features.

The SX210 is designed and made with Skeeter’s Torque Transfer Transom and Stringer System. This unique system transfers the vertical torque and energy from the engine to the stringer system in the bottom of the boat, virtually eliminating stress on the transom, deck and hull sides, while providing lift along the entire keel of the boat.

Learn more at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

This document contains many of Skeeter’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga

 

 

Live by Night,  Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Ben Affleck, crime thriller, overstuffed production, Dennis LehaneLive by Night

Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga   

Dennis Lehane has enjoyed phenomenal success not only as a novelist but writing directly for TV (Boardwalk Empire and The Wire). And several of his crime thrillers have been brought to the big screen, including Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone.

In 2007, Ben Affleck directed Gone, Baby, Gone, staying behind the camera while letting his little brother, Casey, play the picture’s protagonist. But in the case of Live by Night, the latest adaptation of a Lehane best seller, Ben has opted to do double duty as both star and filmmaker.

He will likely be second-guessed for that decision, since his acting proves to be the weak link in an otherwise first-rate production. The trouble is that his limited range often leaves the audience wondering whether his character is being sincere or sarcastic.

The action unfolds in Boston at the height of Prohibition which is where we are introduced to small-time crook Joe Coughlin (Affleck). Trouble is, he’s the black sheep of a prominent Irish family whose patriarch (Brendan Gleeson) is the city’s Deputy Chief of Police.

Ignoring his father’s pleas to keep his nose clean, Joe instead escalates his reckless behavior which culminates in the deaths of a few cops in the wake of a bank robbery gone bad. After getting off with a slap on the wrist thanks to his daddy’s pulling strings, Joe entertains the overtures of a couple of bootlegging mob bosses engaged in a bloody turf war. Although Irish Albert White (Robert Glenister) appeals to Joe on the basis of their shared ethnicity, he ultimately opts to work for the Italian syndicate headed by Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone).

His assignment is to set up a rum-running operation in Tampa, Florida. As he steps off the train, he ominously falls in love at first sight with the Graciela (Zoe Saldana), a gorgeous Cuban expatriate employed by a rival. Before you can whistle the overture to West Side Story, the two marry and Joe suddenly wants out of his grisly line of work.

Of course, that proves easier said than done for the “made man,” so the body count must rise before the dust settles. Despite Ben’s wooden performance and an overstuffed production which rushes along ostensibly to cover all the ground of the 400+ page novel, Affleck has another hit on his hands with this chilling adaptation of Lehane’s gruesome gangster saga.

Very Good (2.5 stars)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, graphic violence and pervasive profanity and ethnic slurs

Running time: 129 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray Extras: Angels with Dirty Faces: The Women of Live by Night; The Men of Live by Night; Live by Night’s Prolific author; In Close Up: Creating a Classic Car Chase; deleted scenes; deleted scenes commentary; and director’s commentary.

To order a copy of Live by Night on Blu-ray, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06VT2B18X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  GIG News

Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

 

Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

This Season Alton Jones Jr. Joins His Father to Fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® and the Elites

Never, in all of his previous 26 seasons of bass tournament competition, has Alton Jones been concerned with how many fish any other anglers may be catching, but that will change this year. That’s because the Yamaha Pro’s 24-year old son, Alton Jr., will be joining him on both the Bassmaster® Elite circuit and in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® as he begins his own full-time professional career.

They will be the fifth father-son duo to compete against each other in a Classic,® but the first to do so in the Elite Series. Although they have been fishing together for years, they have never before actually competed against each other.

“He’s a better fisherman than I am, too,” admits Alton, Sr., winner of six B.A.S.S.® events during his career, including the 2008 Bassmaster Classic.® “He’s more versatile, and he understands the fish better than I do. He may not have as much experience as the other pros, but he’s still going to be a tough competitor.”

“Little Alton,” as many know him, graduated from Baylor University with a degree in marketing in 2014, all the while planning to start fishing professionally as soon as he graduated. He spent the next two seasons fishing the Bassmaster® Open Series just to qualify for the Elites and did so through his consistently high finishes in the Central Division this past year. By winning one of those events on the Red River in Louisiana, he also qualified for the Bassmaster Classic® to be held next month at Lake Conroe near Houston.

“Dad had me in the boat with him when I was still an infant,” laughs Alton Jr., now also a Yamaha Pro, “and later I traveled with my parents to each tournament and fished every practice day with him for years. I always thought becoming a bass pro sounded good, but it wasn’t until the 2008 Bassmaster® Elite season that I made up my mind.

“That year, I fished eight Elites as a co-angler and loved every minute. It was an incredible experience because I got to fish with a lot of the top bass pros, and afterward I knew without a doubt I wanted fishing to be my career. I was ready to start immediately, but my parents wouldn’t let me until I earned a college degree. That was a long four years, but I’ve already realized the benefits of having that degree, particularly a degree in marketing.”

Understanding his son’s desire to turn professional, as well as to add extra incentive to complete his college education, Alton, Sr. made a fully rigged bass boat available for Little Alton to use anytime he wanted to, as long as he maintained good grades. Little Alton took advantage of the opportunity, fishing numerous weekend tournaments throughout Texas during his time at Baylor. Those events, in which he won several boats and cash prizes, helped prepare him for the Opens, and ultimately, he believes, for this season’s Elites

Although both father and son visited Lake Conroe before the impoundment went off-limits, they did so separately. The discussions they’ve had about the Classic® lake, as well as about other lakes they’ll fish during the season, have only been about general overall strategies. The experienced father has not given his son any specific information.

“He really doesn’t want any information,” emphasizes Alton, Sr. “He is his own man on the water, and he’s very confident in his own abilities to locate and catch fish. He’s proven that many times over, and besides, our fishing styles are completely different. He doesn’t need my advice.

“When I started taking him fishing with me, I wanted him to grow to love fishing just so he and I could spend time together,” says the long-time Yamaha Pro. “When B.A.S.S.®changed their rules about tournament practice partners, it ended that opportunity for both of us. 

“Honestly, what I’m most excited about this upcoming Elite season is being on the road together and having more father-son time. Am I concerned about fishing against Little Alton? Of course not. Naturally, I’m his biggest fan.” Y

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Dialing in Docks to Up Your Bass Game

 

Dialing in Docks to Up Your Bass Game

Virtually every angler on the water these days is well aware that boat docks hold bass throughout the year.  However, not all anglers approach dock fishing with the correct tackle and strategy to make the most of their time on the water.  Fine-tuning your approach by reaching all fish-holding zones and identifying patterns can definitely lead to higher catch rates and bigger fish.

For starters, selecting the right tackle for dock fishing is absolutely critical.  While many professional anglers are adept at skipping lures far under dock platforms using baitcasting gear, most fishermen will find this task much easier to accomplish with a medium-light power, fast action spinning rod paired with a reel spooled with thin braided line.  With the right spinning rod and reel, you can focus on the mechanics of making the perfect skip cast rather than worrying about controlling backlashes.

As far as lure selection goes, a compact jig-and-plastic combination is hands down the most versatile setup for fishing docks.  Small finesse jigs can imitate a variety of forage, from small crawfish or other invertebrates when dragged across the bottom, to juvenile bream or small baitfish when descending or retrieved through the water column.

An ideal jig-and-plastic pairing is a 3/16 ounce Z-Man ShroomZ Micro Finesse Jig paired with a 2.75” Finesse TRD stickbait trailer.  The flat, compact head of this mushroom-shaped jig coupled with its short silicone skirt allows it to be cast precisely into tight quarters or skip cast under dock platforms or skip cast with relative ease.  When paired with the Finesse TRD soft plastic, the combination has enough bulk to cast long distances, but sinks slowly and stands up off the bottom at rest due to the TRD’s buoyant ElaZtech construction.  In addition, the extreme durability of this soft plastic trailer allows it to be skip cast and bounced off dock pilings repeatedly without ripping or tearing.

While casting around the outskirts of a dock is simple, the best way to access hard-to-reach zones beneath the above-the-water superstructure is a well-executed skip cast. The key to a good skip cast is to generate as much lure speed at the point of line release, with the rod almost parallel to the water, so the lure travels across the surface with minimal drag. The more the lure spins and stays on its trailing edge, the longer the skip.  While dialing in the proper skip casting technique can take a little bit of work, any angler can make the technique look effortless with a little bit of practice!

In order to key in on how the fish are positioned around docks on a given day, it is critical to initially work the structure as thoroughly as possible, probing every inch of the surrounding area from shallow to deep, hitting both the outside and inside of the dock with precise, targeted casts.  When the bait hits the water, allow it to fall straight to the bottom on a slack line before making a couple of short twitches to hop the jig off the bottom.  Also pay close attention to the line as the jig slowly descends through the water column, as many bites come on the fall, indicating that the fish are suspended under the docks rather than near the bottom.

The most critical part of discerning a pattern to how fish are positioned around docks is making a mental note of the location and water depth of each bite, paying close attention to where the fish is stationed relative to the structure in particular.  Efforts should then be focused on similar areas around successive docks, and zones that do not produce bites should be ruled out.  Focusing your efforts in this manner will allow you to eliminate casts to unproductive areas and become more efficient with each dock fished.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

For movies opening March 24, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening March 24, 2017

BIG BUDGET FILMS  Chips (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Dax Shepard wrote, directed, produced and co-stars in this comedic screen version of the Seventies TV series revolving around the exploits of a couple of California Highway Patrol officers (Shepard and Michael Pena). With Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D'Onofrio, Maya Rudolph and Jane Kaczmarek.

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Chips (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Dax Shepard wrote, directed, produced and co-stars in this comedic screen version of the Seventies TV series revolving around the exploits of a couple of California Highway Patrol officers (Shepard and Michael Pena). With Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D’Onofrio, Maya Rudolph and Jane Kaczmarek.

Life (R for violence, terror and pervasive profanity) Sci-fi thriller chronicling the crew’s ordeal aboard an international space station after a microscopic organism plucked from the surface of Mars starts reproducing rapidly while morphing into a malevolent force. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Ariyon Bakare, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada and Olga Dihovichnaya. (In English, Japanese and Chinese with subtitles)

Power Rangers (PG-13 for violence, action, destruction, profanity and crude humor) Reboot of the hyperactive kiddie franchise finds five teens imbued with unique superpowers (Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery and Becky G.) joining forces to save the planet from an evil witch (Elizabeth Banks) with an army of militant minions. With Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Sarah Grey.

Slamma Jamma (PG for violence, mature themes and mild epithets) Tale of redemption about a wrongly-convicted basketball star (Chris Staples) who attempts to get back on his feet after parole by entering a slam dunk competition with a grand prize of $25,000. Cast includes Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco and Michael Hardy.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

American Anarchist (Unrated) Hippie Era documentary catching up with controversial cult figure William Powell, the now regretful author of the anti-establishment manifesto, “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.”

I Called Him Morgan (Unrated) Reverential retrospective revisiting the life of Lee Morgan (1938-1972), the legendary jazz great murdered by his wife between sets during a late-night gig at Slug’s Saloon in Greenwich Village. Featuring commentary by contemporaries Albert “Tootie” Heath, Wayne Shorter, Benny Maupin and Billy Harper. 

I, Olga Hepnarova (Unrated) Crime blotter docudrama, set in Prague, deconstructing the series of events triggering 22 year-old, mass murderer Olga Hepnarova’s (Michalina Olszanska) 1973 killing spree. With Martin Pelchat, Klara Meliskova and Marika Soposka. (In Czech with subtitles)

In Search of Israeli Cuisine (Unrated) Foodie documentary examining the 70+ cultures contributing to Israeli eating habits at home and in restaurants.

The Levelling (Unrated) Haunting, modern parable of Biblical proportions chronicling a grief-stricken Prodigal Daughter’s (Ellie Kendrick) attempt to reconcile with her long-estranged father (David Troughton) while performing a post mortem on her brother’s (Joe Blakemore) untimely death. Featuring Jack Holden.

Prevenge (Unrated) Horror comedy, set in Wales, about a pregnant mom in mourning (Alice Lowe), who is prodded by her fetus to embark on a homicidal rampage against the people responsible for the baby-daddy’s fatal, mountain climbing accident. With Kate Dickie, Gemma Whelan and Jo Hartley.

Wilson (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity) Woody Harrelson plays the character in this dysfunctional family comedy about a lonely misanthrope who decides to reconcile with his estranged ex-wife (Laura Dern) upon learning that he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he never knew existed. With Brett Gelman, Judy Greer and Toussaint Morrison.    

 

Source:  GIG News

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

 

Chips

Film Review by Kam Williams

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman (1989), Charlie’s Angels (2000) and 21 Jump Street (2012) there are just as many bitter disappointments, al a  Dragnet (1987), I Spy (2002) and Get Smart (2008).

 Chips,  Film Review by Kam Williams, vulgar but funny, Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Isiah Whitlock, Jr

Fortunately, Chips is more in league with the worthwhile remakes rather than the ones leaving you wondering why they ever bothered. The picture was ostensibly a labor of Dax Shepard who wrote, directed, produced and also co-stars in it opposite Michael Pena. They  play California Highway Patrol Officers Ponch Poncherello and Jon Baker, the same characters popularized on TV by Erik Estrada and Larry Willcox.

The original, airing for a half dozen seasons starting in 1977, was a buddy action drama basically revolving around the heroic exploits of a couple of mismatched motorcycle cops, with Ponch often going rogue, much to the chagrin of his relatively-straitlaced partner.  This go-round, the script has been flipped, so that Jon is more of a misfit. At the point of departure, we find him getting a probationary badge and graduating from the police academy only because Sergeant Hernandez (Maya Rudolph) takes pity on him.

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They’re both going through difficult divorces, although Jon is desperate to win back his wife (Kristen Bell). He hopes she’ll be impressed by his transition into a safer line of work after an accident-prone career as a professional motorcross bike racer.

He’s soon teamed with the veteran Ponch to solve a rash of armored car robberies suspected of being pulled off by a gang of crooked cops. They proceed to make a mess of the investigation at every turn, which only makes their terminally-exasperated boss (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) repeatedly blow his cork.

However, there’s little reason to pay attention to the intermittently-incoherent plot, for this kitchen sink comedy’s raison d’etre is to generate laughs by any means necessary. To that end, the politically-incorrect bottom feeder easily earns its R rating via an incessant indulgence in scatological, ethnic, sexist, slapstick, bodily function and gay panic fare.

 Chips,  Film Review by Kam Williams, vulgar but funny, Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Isiah Whitlock, Jr

A vulgar but funny enough departure from the classic TV series to warrant recommending. 

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated  R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity

Running time: 100 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Source:  GIG News

The Versatile Ballyhoo

 

The Versatile Ballyhoo

By Capt. Gus Cane

When targeting reef and offshore gamefish, the versatile ballyhoo is an excellent bait choice. Fished whole or cut into chunks, ballyhoo will entice everything from snapper to dolphin to blue marlin. It’s readily available, either live or frozen, and can be rigged in a variety of ways.

Although common in subtropical waters around the globe, the Florida Keys is where ballyhoo first made an impact in charter circles. The most common method of collecting a well full is by anchoring near the shallow patch reefs and soaking a frozen chum block off the boat’s stern. It won’t take long for the halfbeaks to show up by the dozens. As they dart through the drifting bits of thawing chum, a well-placed throw of a large cast net can quickly gather enough for the day. Ballyhoo are somewhat delicate, though, so be sure to avoid exceeding the live well capacity or keep the excess catch in the cooler to use later.

Rig a live ballyhoo with an appropriately sized circle hook and fluorocarbon or monofilament leader for live bait trolling. Fifty- to 60-pound test line will result in more strikes. Insert the hook through the lower jaw or side to side through the cheeks and troll barely above idle speed to avoid killing the bait. This same set-up can also be used as a pitch bait for sails or dolphin cruising on the surface.

Brined fresh dead or thawed ballyhoo are probably the most popular big-game bait of all time. Who knows how many marlin—both blue and white—and tuna have succumbed to the unassuming ballyhoo. Historically rigged with a J-hook, new conservation mandates and better hook-up ratios have ushered in the switch to circle hooks. The key again is matching hook size to the bait for solid hook sets. Heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders are normally used to impart realistic swimming action. Some crews switch to single-strand wire leaders to avoid cutoffs from wahoo and barracuda, however. Plain or “naked” ballyhoo are effective and are often rigged with a chin weight egg sinker to get down below the surface chop.

Running a lure in front of the ballyhoo increases the profile, adds color and most importantly helps slow the “washing” effect to prolong the usefulness. Soft plastic or nylon skirts are the most commonly used, with an Islander jet head and blue/white nylon skirt the all-time favorite. Trolled ballyhoo can be used on flat lines, off outriggers or behind teasers and dredges. The number of presentation possibilities is another reason why it’s such a popular bait.

Reef anglers use chunks of ballyhoo for snapper and grouper when bottom-fishing. A single ‘hoo can be cut into multiple pieces. Another method is butterflying the fish or filleting along the sides and removing the tail and spine. The exposed flesh adds scent, flutters enticingly and attracts smaller bait like pinfish and grunts.

Whether you catch them yourself or buy frozen packs from the local tackle shop or marina, adding the versatile ballyhoo to the arsenal will definitely increase your offshore success.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

 

Where to Vacation?
Go Big or Stay Home!

by Amy Lignor

We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a journeyman” and all you need is the price of the plane ticket; or one that is saving up for that “ultimate trip,” these are locations where either can go to create memories that will be among the greatest and grandest of their entire lives.

create memories, gateway to the world, Germany, backpacking, go BIG, the place to be, Ecuador, Morocco, India

Let us start with the island of Kauai in the United States. For those who are unaware, Kauai was the stunning backdrop for the Jurassic Park movies. Taking aerial tours will show you the sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast that reach into the sky like monoliths towering over the water below. When it comes to exploring the island on the ground, just hiking along the marked paths is a photographer’s dream. Heading onto the floor of Waimea Canyon, or through the bogs of Alakai Swamp, visitors hike through the largest mahogany forest North America can boast. Whether journeyman or someone looking for luxury, Kauai is awe-inspiring beauty to the ‘nth’ degree.

When talking about remote, rustic and a place that actually offers up reindeer farms and snowshoeing, the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland is yet another “big” vacation that will never be forgotten. Staring up at the Northern Lights, Finland is filled with national parks, historical sites, and hiking sanctuaries for those seeking silence and tranquility that can be found nowhere else on Earth.

Another country that people are saving every nickel to visit is India. Here, the wild tiger population is growing by leaps and bounds (thankfully), and being able to see those regal Bengal tigers is a true vision that can only be viewed here in the U.S. inside an IMAX theater. Which is fine, of course, but definitely takes away from the magic of it all. In Central India, the Madhya Pradesh national parks are absolute havens for these wild tigers and visitors can even ride the Indian Railways’ new Tiger Express tourist train to go on the ultimate safari.

In Ecuador’s Chocó region, visitors can actually be a part of the primeval cloud forests – these are areas filled with the richest plant and animal life on the planet. North of Quito, these Andean slopes shrouded in fog play home to hundreds of species of birds, the rarest of orchids and air plants, as well as the olinguito – which just happens to be the newest mammal species discovered here in 2013. Can you just imagine exploring these sites by flying through the clouds on a zip-line Sky Bike? The immensity of this one-of-a-kind spot offers both thrills and chills.

For those looking to “go big” in the city and see beauty they’ve never before seen, Marrakech, Morocco is just the place to be wowed. With colors that set the imagination on fire, this former imperial city is now a major economic center that allows visitors a look at some of the most amazing palaces, gardens and mosques to be found anywhere. Mazelike alleyways allow people to come upon thriving, busy marketplaces packed with traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. Even the famous fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent used Marrakech’s kaleidoscope of colors as his own palette when creating his vibrant fashions.

Another city that deserves to be on the “big” list was enjoyed by Hemingway, himself, who was so intrigued by the place that he called it “The Capital of the World” in one of his short stories by the same name. This is Madrid, Spain, and is a cosmopolitan fantasy come to life. With everything from parks and gardens to street artists and more than sixty museums, Madrid is all about creativity and class.

Last but not least is Germany’s “gateway to the world.” Although many plan trips to Berlin, it is Hamburg that takes the breath away. This floating city located on the Elbe River near the North Sea is a maze of canals that rivals Venice, itself. You can cruise the canals and take in the spectacular views of one of the world’s largest historic port warehouse districts and even visit the brand new concert hall complex that was built atop a brick warehouse providing stunning views of the city.

So whether heading out as a nomad with a backpack and a dream of viewing some of the world’s biggest sites to be seen; or one with money in the bank looking for luxury in a new locale that just has to be part of that proverbial bucket list – these “big” locales are the ones to see!

Original Source:  St AUG News

Can You Trust Your Fishfinder?

 

Can You Trust Your Fishfinder?

Before Lowrance invented and sold the first recreational sonar product for fishermen in 1957, many anglers focused their time on the water searching for gamefish near or around the shoreline. The reason is simple: When you can see fish-holding structure along the bank of a lake, you are more confident in locating key fish-holding areas. The Lowrance Fish-Lo-K-Tor – also known as the “The Little Green Box” – changed all that. Using this portable, battery-operated device, fishermen gained the confidence they needed to move off the shoreline with a whirling dial of red lights that could define depth changes, and mark underwater structure as well as gamefish. While this first fishfinder was simple in design – requiring a considerable amount of training to use effectively – it changed the way we fished, and it definitely helped put fish in the boat. Today, when a marine electronics company announces a “ground breaking” fishfinder that delivers a meaningful benefit, anglers take notice. And that’s where our story begins.

In 2014 Garmin launched DownVü, a feature that gave anglers a photo-like image of what was directly beneath their boat. Rocks look like rocks, trees look like trees and fish look like fish. It represented a game-changing sonar technology. The problem – DownVü technology isn’t a Garmin original design. It was a duplicate design of Lowrance’s DownScan Imaging™ – the same technology offering the same features and benefits. DownScan Imaging had been designed, patented and brought to market by Lowrance’s parent company Navico years before. Rather than develop their own solution or license the Navico technology – as other marine electronics manufacturers had done – Garmin took a shortcut that resulted in a 2015 ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) stating that Garmin’s DownVü transducer design infringes upon Navico patents, and those DownVü products could no longer be imported into the United States.

In an effort to work around the ITC ruling, Garmin modified the design of the DownVü transducer by tilting the angle of the down-facing element. An ongoing enforcement action is underway, relating to Garmin’s attempt to import the tilted-element transducer without seeking ITC approval.

The latest workaround attempt by Garmin is the recently introduced ClearVü scanning solution, which is a radically different design. Garmin’s new design no longer infringes the patents like before, but that is because ClearVü features no down-facing sensor. So to be clear, in the U.S., Garmin ClearVü is sold without any down-facing transducer element. For anglers depending on their fishfinder to identify fish and structure beneath the boat, this new design is a cause for concern.

ClearVü compiles data from the side-scanning elements in the transducer, then uses software to try to fill in the missing information below your boat. If you pass directly over a fish, your “down-scanning” ClearVü fishfinder may not see it, because it could be out of range of the side-scanning beams. In an attempt to produce downward data from side-scanning beams, Garmin has managed to reduce clarity and distort the appearance of targets across the board.

The idea of creating a down-scan view by using only the side-scan sonar signals is not new. Other marine electronics manufacturers tried this years ago, until they decided the best solution for anglers is to offer true DownScan Imaging, which is why all other marine electronics manufacturers, such as Humminbird and Raymarine, now license the true Navico DownScan Imaging technology for use on their fishfinders.

Since 1957, sonar technology has changed the way we fish with meaningful benefits that gave us the confidence to move off the shoreline to find and catch more and bigger fish. When those fishfinding benefits fall short of what we should expect, it’s important to take note, so you can make the most of your time on the water. To learn how true DownScan Imaging continues to set the standard for the best possible image-scanning views beneath your boat, visit http://www.lowrance.com/true-downscan.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Reverential Retrospective Revisits Abbreviated Life of Legendary Jazz Great

 

I Called Him Morgan

Film Review by Kam Williams

Reverential Retrospective Revisits Abbreviated Life of Legendary Jazz Great

Legendary jazz great Lee Morgan (1938-1972) was born and raised in Philadelphia where he received his first trumpet as a gift from his sister on his 13th birthday. He soon became a protege of Clifford Brown who would die in a car accident at the tender age of 25.

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Lee passed away prematurely, too, though he was murdered by his common-law wife, Helen, in a fit of jealous rage. She blew him away in between sets at a Greenwich Village cabaret because not only was he cheating on her but had the temerity to bring his mistress with him to the club that night.

Written and directed by Kasper Collin, I Called Him Morgan is a warts-and-all retrospective chronicling the highs and lows of Lee’s checkered career. He enjoyed a meteoric rise as a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s big band while still in his teens, only to eventually become broke because of a heroin habit that made him so unreliable that nobody in the music industry would hire him anymore.

Upon bottoming out, Lee was lucky to meet Helen, a woman 14 years his senior who put him in rehab and let him move into her Manhattan apartment after he got cleaned up. She subsequently became both his lover and his business manager, negotiating deals and escorting him to gigs.

Initially very grateful, Lee proceeded to make the most of the shot at redemption she afforded him. He resumed performing and churning out albums, and became a very productive and respected member of the jazz community again.

Unfortunately, the accolades and attention accompanying success apparently went straight to his head, and he started taking Helen for granted. Lee had an eyes for the ladies and, when he stopped coming home at night, Helen issued him a warning that she couldn’t handle such insulting mistreatment.

Their turbulent relationship came to a head on the night of February 19, 1972 after a heated exchange at Slug’s Saloon . First, Lee’s new girlfriend confronted Helen. Helen then slapped Lee. Lee tossed Helen out of the bar and into a blizzard without a coat. Helen came back with the gun Lee had given her for protection and shot her philandering man once in the chest. Since it took an ambulance over an hour to arrive due to the heavy snowfall, Lee bled out.

What makes this film so fascinating is that much of it is narrated by Helen herself, albeit posthumously. For,  just one month before she died in March of 1996, she sat down to talk with a music professor who recorded her life story for posterity. Besides that audiotape, the documentary features file concert footage, plus the reflections of many of Lee’s contemporaries: Ben Maupin, Wayne Shorter, Benny Maupin, Billy Harper and more.

To paraphrase an age-old maxim, Hell hath no fury like a Helen scorned!

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated 

Running time: 92 minutes

Production Studio: Kasper Collin Produktion

Distributor: Submarine Deluxe

To see a trailer for I Called Him Morgan, visit: https://vimeo.com/181151415

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Source:  GIG News