The tournament scene in South Florida is pretty special. Although there are many great fishing destinations across the Eastern Seaboard, Florida’s climate allows us to fish year-round. Competing at such a high level where seasons and species overlap certainly keeps us busy and takes a toll on our bodies, but it’s also hard on our equipment. That is why I’ve become extremely selective with the companies and products relied upon to succeed in such demanding environments. Looking back, it’s incredible to think what’s progressed from tournament fishing aboard a twin-outboard powered center console, to the new Native Son, a...
A plated dish consisting of whole fish with eyes and fins on display certainly doesn’t appeal to everyone. Some people just don’t like their food staring back at them. However, cooking a fish in its entirety produces unparalleled textures, flavors and aromas that can only be attained with skin and bones intact. It’s also great respect to enjoy the fish to the very last bite with zero wasted meat.
If you’re at all intimidated, cooking whole fish is surprisingly easy and a simple recipe with few ingredients preserves the natural flavors. One of the major benefits to cooking a whole fish is that the skin protects the meat and locks in moisture. It is also much easier to overcook a trimmed fillet compared to a whole fish.
Home to the longstanding Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, highly competitive Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, Merritt’s Boat and Engine Works, Lindgren-Pitman, Mold Craft Fishing Products, Bionic Bait, RJ Boyle Studio and many more of the most influential names in the industry, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point and nearby Hillsboro Inlet are a collective driving force and hotbed for angling innovation while subsequently influencing sport fishing activities across the globe. In fact, many of the world’s best captains and mates began their careers here rising through the ranks of sport fishing’s elite as they continue their quest for the one.