Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Above and Beyond...

The new season of Hook The Future is coming up fast! Its time to get the new Salt Life boat wrapped and hit the water.  The last week or so we’ve been blessed with people going ABOVE & BEYOND to help out Hook The Future, behind the scenes. It started with the great people at Beach Marine, my home port. They always deliver every need attended to full service, but they called up the troops after hours and loaded the boat onto the trailer to make this trip possible.

Leaving her home port at Beach Marine before the makeover !

On to Stripeman Graphix. They are the best!  - I’ve known these guys for years- Their attention to detail and quality results are unmatched. This will be the fourth boat they’ve wrapped for Hook The Future.

This wrap would normally take 3 to 4 days to apply, but Stripeman Graphix went ABOVE & BEYOND as well- working non-stop and getting it done in a mere 13 hours so we could get her on the road.

They match the wrap to every curve and contour of they boat- these guys are true artists!

Applying a wrap, especially one this large, is an unforgiving, daunting task- Stripeman Graphix is always up for the challenge.

Not only did Stripeman Graphix do an amazing job with the Salt Life wrap- they did it under the gun, in only one day so we could get her down to the Palm Beach Boat Show on time!

Wow! She’s looks great! This is going to turn a few heads, on and off of the water.

The name says it all ......


Logos applied and looking great!


Thanks to Stripeman Graphix,
We can hit the road !

The Salt Life boat is a show stopper at the Palm Beach Boat Show, lots of people getting their pictures taken with her.

Time for the Kid's Fishing Clinics to begin!


Kid's are eager to learn what it takes to catch the big one, from casting, to fishing the water column and lure selection, we teach it all.


Tanks A Lot Aquariums went ABOVE & BEYOND hosting a touch tank full of great specimens for the kids to interact with.

Our number one volunteer Jay Thompson, posing for a quick shot in between kid's fishing clinics.

Now it's time to get her wet! First fish on the Salt Life boat wahoo!  

 Man this boat is fishy, and getting off to a great start !

We’re livin’ the Salt Life now- let's hit the bottom and load up on triggers before we head back in.

After a quick bath at home at Beach Marine- its time to head to the Keys! 

Our good  friends Terry and Priscilla went ABOVE & BEYOND to make our time in the Keys amazing. They opened their home, dock, bait freezer, and were gracious hosts during our whirlwind stay. Priscilla introduced us to her new friend... a bird named Denny Crane

Denny Crane looks like he lives the Salt Life every day.

We went out to shoot a Hook The Future episode with KC and Mikey with great expectations, but the fish let us down.  

 Talk about two hard core fisherman- these guys went ABOVE & BEYOND working the boat, rigging and tying baits all day. 

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We were all a little bummed, we called it after a day of trolling and with only a schoolie dolphin to show for it, but that's how it goes sometimes.

 I host kids fishing clinics for families, and I always end the clinic by telling the parents, "the key to having a good day is to enjoy their kids company. Don’t put so much pressure on the day." Sometimes I need to listen to my own advice and not put too much pressure on getting a Hook The Future shoot. So we headed back in to catch our Hook The Future’s cameraman Conrad’s daughter Emma’s first fish ever.


Check her out- she’s a natural!

Success ..... Nice Yellowtail! 

 "Let's do it again Captain Don" She says.

I think somebodies hooked......

She caught yellowtail two or three at a time!  Then she started on the ballyhoo!  

I love the Keys

 You can’t come down to the keys without getting wet!



The wind picked up, like it always does in the Keys, so its time to load her on the Float-On and head home to Beach Marine!

You can see the Salt Life boat this weekend at the Southeast US Boat Show in the Beach Marine booth, April 11th-13th at Metro Park in Jacksonville, FL.
Big thanks and Slimy 5's to all who go ABOVE & BEYOND for us behind the scenes everyday!
Livin' the Salt Life, 
Capt. Don


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