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2004 specials by date:
January 2, 2004
The Know-How of Knotting
It doesn't matter if you are an angler, sailor or powerboater, sooner or later you will have to depend on a good, strong knot.
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February 6, 2004
The sheepshead can be found in most gulf waters inshore most of the year. Sheepshead are somewhat difficult to clean, but it’s worth the effort. They are one of the best tasting local fish.
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March 5, 2004
Guide to wind & surf
With temperatures on the rise there is no better time to get out and try two of the fastest-growing watersports, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
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April 2, 2004
One of the most popular inshore gamefish, red drum, commonly called redfish, are prized for their fighting prowess and value as table fair.
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Now is the time to prepare your boat for the spring season.
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May 7, 2004
Treasure hunt
You won’t find precious jewels or gold bullion on these shipwrecks. But the deep wrecks of the Gulf of Mexico have their own hidden treasures: grouper, snapper, amberjack and shark, just waiting for the intrepid angler or spearfisherman.
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June 4, 2004
Snook City
The common snook, largest of the four species found in Florida waters, is prized for its fighting ability and table fare.
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July 2, 2004
An almost definitive guide to the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are paradise for everyone, from beach bums to watersports fanatics, from serious shoppers to those seeking and island escape. We set aside four days and drove 102 miles from the top of the Keys to Key West.
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August 6, 2004
Mariner's Guide
to Gulf Weather

Few people are affected more by weather than the mariner. An unexpected change in winds, seas or visibility can reduce the efficiency of marine operations and threaten the safety of a vessel and its crew.
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September 6, 2004
Labor Day weekend is the perfect holiday to celebrate owning a boat. Invitations to friends and family for a sunset cruise or anchoring up to your favorite barrier island to fish. Before this weekend starts, all boaters amateur or experienced should take the time to review a few basics in boating safety.
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October 1, 2004
Fly-fishing enthusiasts can trace their lineage to the time of Christ. Yet despite the rich history, fly-rodding, especially in salt water, is still considered an oddity in some fishing circles. But it need not be. Go to Story
November 5, 2004
At the Height of Sailing
The tall ship Unicorn has traveled around the world in several reincarnations, the latest a floating learning center for sailors and corporate CEOs alike.
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December 3, 2004
STOKED! December marks the beginning of Florida's west coast surfing season. Get the basics on the boards, gear, locations and technique.
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