Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

Venezuela Although Venezuala is a hot button for controversy, thanks to the country's president, it's still a heck of a place to raise fish. If you're looking for the elusive grand slam-catching three species in one day-you may want to table your politics for a few days. Strong currents converge offshore attracting a variety of species, including blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, and swordfish. If you want to all but guarentee your success, hire Captain Bubba Carter and his 54-foot custom sportfisherman ( www.sportingtraditions.com). He's recently returned and is one the area's experts in fishing the La Guaira Bank.

Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

IGFA Museum The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) promotes membership to individuals who "share the love of fishing and concern for its future." The association's museum in Dania Beach, Florida, is one of the best one-stop spots to immerse yourself in this world of sportfishing. The library houses the largest selection of books on fishing and recreational fishing in the world. Check out the web site at www.igfa.org for upcoming events. The museum is open daily.

Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

Hatteras 60GT With a top speed of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 36 knots, The Hatteras 60GT will be able to beat most of the fleet to the fish, and look great at the same time. The styling of the 60GT wreaks of testosterone, and is built on a completely resin-infused hull for a more uniformed hull thickness. The large cockpit is designed to fish and features a mezzanine level to watch the baits on tournament day. Four staterooms are available, with a host of optional plans. www.hatterasyachts.com.

Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

Regulator 30 EX Regulator Marine of Edenton, North Carolina, known for building tough center consoles, recently introduced the 30 Express, it's first non-center console. Power is provided by twin 350-hp, four-stroke, Yamaha outboards. Appointments are geared toward raising fish. Highlights include a 35-gallon livewell, four gunwale-mounted rod holders, rigging station, transom fish box, plus a walkthrough transom door. www.regulatormarine.com.

Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

Davis Yachts 70 At the 2008 Miami International Boat Show, Davis Yachts re-introduced the battle- ready Davis Yachts 70. She's built with solid glass from the keel to the waterline, and composites from the waterline up to the deck. Anglers looking to head to the Bahamas will apprecuate the optional tunnel version of the 70 that reduces the draft to less than four feet! Davis works closely with each owner to customize their 70 to suit. www.buddydavis.com.

Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

Penn Torque The 300 completely disengages its drag in free-spool, and offers 32 lb. of drag pressure, this reel shines in deep drops. Price: $600, www.pennreels.com.

Yachting's Ultimate Fishing Guide

Pompanette Side-Winder As convertibles increase in size, making it more difficult to reach the corners, a powered fighting chair make sense. The Side-Winder can accommodate transoms of more than 22 feet. Remote included! www.pompanette.com.