Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2018

Guy Harvey Magazine is focused on fishing, boating, scuba diving, and marine conservation. Portfolios from the world's best fishing photographers, articles on gear, travel, tournaments, apparel, lifestyle, seafood recipes, sustainable fisheries.

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Page 70 of 83 | 71 One of the main courses in the Ginger Jenné and Theophile Bourgeois smorgasbord is a half-day of presentations from some of the fishing industry's most innovative companies. Each company shared their newest innovations while we mainlined fresh coffee and soaked up the juicy news. Work Sharp Keeping a razor-sharp blade is top priority when you fillet a fish, especially cutting through the tough skin and scales of a redfish or red snapper. If you've never seen the Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System, you're missing out. This knife and tool sharpener looks like the love child of a belt sander and a grinding stone. The mini-sanding belts are about a half-inch wide and spin on the Work Sharp kind of like a belt sander. They allow you to sharpen knives, scissors, tools and anything else in your workshed. It has everything from heavy grit belts for the dullest edge to polishing belts to put the finishing touches on the blade. This is one tool that even Bubbas need to read the manual. It's not extremely complicated, but it needs to be used properly for optimum performance. Power Pole Back in 1998, a guy named John Oliverio came up with the idea of Power Pole. It makes sense that his background was in mechanical engineering and computer science. Now, the wildly successful company is spreading its wings to encompass the entirety of your boat, not just the stern. A new product called Vision could revolutionize that way you monitor your boat. The company calls it a digital dash—an all-in-one, 7-in. tablet computer that allows you to control all of your devices on a touch screen. No more switches? Really? That's the promise. Vision has full web access on the Android platform and can be connected to any accessory including trim tabs, bilge pumps, live wells, lights and sound systems. It's impressive not only because it can streamline your boat, but the Vision itself is a perfect example of where form meets function. The high bright screen is readable from any angle in full sun even with polarized sunglasses. It also features a "Water Shade" that locks the screen against water spray, which might activate or change screen settings. If that's not enough, there's a built-in camera for hands-free photos you can post online. You can even check email, stream a football game and watch videos. The one thing it won't do is open a can of beer. You still have to do a few things for yourself. Skeeter Boats Trying to decide which boat to buy is not easy. There are at least 100 companies making boats these days, compared with "only" about 55 car makers. To cut through the noise, talking to fishing guides and your fishing buddies can help you find a reputable boat maker. One that's been around for quite a few years is Skeeter. In fact, it began in 1948 and is the oldest bass boat company in the U.S. Now owned by Yamaha, Skeeter has an all-composite hull so there's no wood to rot. That may be why they have a lifetime warranty on their hulls. One unique factor that Skeeter developed is their Engine Torque Transfer System. This takes the load off of the transom and spreads it out over the rest of the hull. By using a specialized metal bracket that is built into the transom and then connected to the stringers, Skeeter boats have eliminated transom flex, which helps to get the boat on plane quicker. For fishing fanatics, that's a big plus. The Gear Fest

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