Elevate Your Fishing Experience: The Benefits of a Custom Fishing Tower on Your Center Console Boat

For avid anglers, the pursuit of the perfect catch goes beyond the thrill of the chase; it’s about having the right tools for the job. If you’re a proud owner of a center console boat, consider taking your fishing adventures to new heights—literally—with a custom fishing tower. In this blog post, we’ll explore the numerous benefits of adding a custom fishing tower to your center console vessel.

  1. 360-Degree Visibility:
    One of the standout advantages of a custom fishing tower is the panoramic view it provides. Elevated above the waterline, the tower offers unparalleled visibility, allowing you to spot fish, birds, and other signs of marine life from every angle. This enhanced perspective transforms your fishing experience, giving you a clear advantage when navigating both inshore and offshore waters.
  2. Precise Spotting for Sight Fishing:
    For anglers who enjoy sight fishing, a custom tower becomes an invaluable tool. Spotting fish in shallow waters becomes more accurate, enabling you to target specific species with precision. Whether you’re stalking redfish in the flats or tracking the movements of elusive pelagic species, a custom tower puts you in the captain’s seat for optimal visibility.
  3. Efficient Trolling and Live Baiting:
    When it comes to trolling or live baiting, having a custom fishing tower allows you to fine-tune your strategies. Spotting feeding frenzies, baitfish schools, or diving birds is made easier, giving you the ability to adjust your trolling patterns and make quick decisions for a more productive day on the water.
  4. Improved Communication:
    The elevated position of a custom tower fosters better communication between the captain and fellow anglers on board. Clear communication is crucial when navigating through intricate channels or coordinating maneuvers during a hot fishing moment. The tower serves as a strategic vantage point for seamless coordination among the fishing team.
  5. Enhanced Safety During Navigation:
    Navigating through shallow or unfamiliar waters can be challenging, but a custom fishing tower provides a heightened view of potential obstacles and hazards. This added visibility enhances safety during navigation, giving you more time to react and make informed decisions to avoid collisions or groundings.
  6. Customized to Your Needs:
    The beauty of a custom fishing tower lies in its tailor-made design. Work with experienced marine fabricators to create a tower that suits your specific needs and preferences. From additional rod holders to integrated electronics and shade options, a custom tower can be personalized to enhance both functionality and aesthetics.

Investing in a custom fishing tower for your center console boat is a game-changer for serious anglers. From improved visibility and precise spotting to enhanced safety and communication, the benefits are as vast as the open waters themselves. Elevate your fishing experience with a custom tower and discover the difference it can make on your next offshore adventure.

Florida Stone Crab Season Opens – Recreational and Commercial Season opens Oct. 15, 2018



Stone Crab Season opens October 15th, 2018 

Stone Crab season is one of my favorite seasons … sweetest, freshest crabs you’ll ever taste come from Florida..

I usually drive out to Everglades City and pick them up fresh from the boat ( Grimm’s Stone Crab is my spot )

….. I’ll pack a cooler with ice and come home with about 10 pounds of fresh, NEVER frozen crabs!

Press the link above to get more information, but below are some basic rules for Stone Crab Season:


  • Only the claws may be harvested
  • Claws must be 2 ¾ inches to be harvested
  • Recreational limit: 1 gallon of claws per person, 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less
  • Harvest of claws from females with eggs is prohibited
  • Do not use any device that can puncture, crush or injure the crab’s body
  • May 16: Season closes
  • Recreational harvesters may use up to 5 stone crab traps per person
  • Recently adopted rule requiring recreational harvester to register their stone crab traps does not apply this season and will take effect prior to the Oct. 2019 season
  • The trap throat (entrance) must be no larger than 5 ½” x 3 1/8” in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. In all other counties, entrances can be no larger than 5 ½” x 3 ½”. Round entrances are not allowed in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties and can be no more than 5 inches in diameter elsewhere in the state.






Feb 15-19, 2018 – Miami International Boat Show @ Miami Marine Stadium


About the Miami International Boat Show

Dates & Locations

February 15-19, 2018

Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Virginia Key

3501 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami FL 33149


Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


$40.00 Premier Day, Thursday February 15

$25.00 Adults,13 & up

$45.00 Two-Day Pass (Friday-Monday, February 16-19)

$100 Five-Day Pass (Thursday-Monday, February 15-19)

Children 12 and younger— FREE (when accompanied by a paid adult)

Honored to be part of the 2017 Ft Lauderdale Int’l Boat Show

Marlin Towers on  45′ Sea Hunter  &  35′ Sea Hunter

We are honored that two of our sport fishing towers were on display at the Sea Hunter booth at Bahia Mar Marina … we were especially pleased that everybody had great things to comment about both of the Marlin Towers.  Thanks again to Sea Hunter, it is always a pleasure designing and fabricating towers for these bad @$$ boats!

Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show – November 1-5, 2017


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017

November 1-5, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the “Yachting Capital of the World” will host the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Nov 1-Nov 5, 2017. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts. This is exactly where you want to be.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Locations

Visit one of our 7 locations and enjoy the ultimate boat show experience!

Bahia Mar Yachting Center

801 Seabreeze Blvd.

Ft Lauderdale 33316

Las Olas Municipal Marina

2 South New River Dr. East

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Hall of Fame Marina

435 Seabreeze Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale 33316

Greater Fort Lauderdale/

Broward County Convention Center

1950 Eisenhower Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina

1881 SE 17th St.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

The Sails Marina

2150 Southeast 17th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Pier 66 Marina

2301 SE 17th St,

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316



Show Schedule

Wed. Nov 1, Noon – 7pm
(Ticket valid any show day)

Thur.   Nov 2, 10am – 7pm
Fri.  Nov 3, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Nov 4, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Nov 5, 10am – 6pm


PRIME TIME PREVIEW (Wed. Nov 1): $46.50
Valid any one day Nov 1 – 5, 2017

Adult: $29.00
Child (age 6-15): $12.00
Children (under 6)  Free


Special Events at FLIBS

Hands on Boating Skills Courses available only at the Boat Show!! 

Hosted by Carefree Boat Club

Take the helm with confidence! Gain knowledge and hands on training by joining us for On the Water Skills training! This year add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience while taking your boating skills up a notch. Nothing beats hands on instruction when it comes to improving your helm skills and learning new ones.  There’s something for everyone – from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers!

Learn from the experts; all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.  You’ll learn basic and advanced skills that will last a lifetime!

Space is limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Participants can register on line or directly at the Skills Training Center during the show. Courses located at the end of Limezone “A6” Dock, South side of Bahia Mar.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the class start time.

Courses Available:

  • Basic Docking Skills
  • Anchoring and Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques
  • Open Water Boat Handling Skills
  • Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control
  • Powerboating Made Easy – Capable, Confident, Safe!


Located at the Broward County Convention Center.

Rooms 222-223

Be sure to visit “TheBlue Wild Watersports and Marine Art Expo”. You will get the chance to listen to experts speak about different water sports — from freediving and spearfishing to stand up paddle boarding and underwater photography.  Also, stop by and meet celebrity speakers Gator Boy Chris Gillette and Manny Puig — they will be displaying their artwork andphotography.  While there, be sure to visit the extensive Marine ArtDisplay room, featuring a wide range of artists — from serious, high-end works of art to underwater photography to whimsical and contemporary pieces.  There is something for everyone at The Blue Wild!

THE ANNUAL KIDS’ FISHING CLINICS: Presented by Hook the Future

Located at the Convention Center show site, clinics begin at 12:00 and 2:00pm on Saturday & 1:00 and 3:00pm on Sunday .The clinic is free for all children who have a ticket to the boat show and are between the ages of 5-16.


12:00 PM – Convention Center

2:00 PM – Convention Center


1:00 PM – Convention Center

3:00 PM – Convention Center


Thursday, Nov 2, 2017

  • Secrets for Dolphin
  • Kingfish Tips & Techniques
  • Targeting Inshore Game Fish

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017

  • Stalking the Flats
  • Offshore Masters Panel
  • Destination Fishing

Friday, Nov 3, 2017

  • Winning with Wahoo
  • Reef & Bottom Fishing Basics
  • Destination Fishing

Sunday, Nov 5, 2017

  • Targeting Inshore Game Fish
  • Offshore Masters Panel
  • Big fish on Light Tackle

Stone crab season begins in South Florida

KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – Time to get cracking, South Florida: stone crabs are back in season.

The first shipment of fresh stone crabs arrived at Miami Marine Stadium in Key Biscayne, Sunday afternoon.

The stone crabs were flown in by helicopter from South Florida fishing boats.

For several local restaurants, the delicious arrival means a lot of money will soon by pouring into Florida.

“This is the official kick-off of the tourist season for Dade County and South Florida,” said Coconut Grove Seafood Festival organizer Tony Abelo. “I know Joe’s opens up, Monty’s opens up, and all the tourism developed from the stone crab season is more than we can expect.”

Crab lovers can expect all your favorite stone crab suppliers to be stocked and ready to sell.

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Miami International Boat Show

ONE TICKET GOOD FOR ALL SITES —includes free shuttle & water taxi service between sites. Surrender your ticket at the first location and a wristband provided at each exit will give you access to the next location.

1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
* See show hours below

THE NEW YACHT & POWER BOAT SHOW AT SEA ISLE MARINA (no ticket required for this location)
1635 N. Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33132

400 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

Courtesy shuttle buses will run between all three locations of the show from one hour prior to show opening through one hour after show close daily.

Courtesy water taxi service is available between the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside from 10 am–6 pm daily.

Scooter & Stroller Rentals
The Miami Beach Convention Center has electric scooters and children’s strollers available for rent.
To rent a Scooter or Stroller please stop by the VISIT MIAMI BEACH (Near Hall C) in the Miami Beach Convention Center or call 786-276-2763. Reservations are available.

*Show Hours

Premier Day
Thursday, February 12th – 10 am – 6 pm

Friday, February 13th – 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, February 14th – 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday, February 15th – 10 am – 8 pm
Monday, February 16th – 10 am – 6 pm

The New Yacht and Powerboat Show at Sea Isle Marina is open from 9 am – 6 pm daily and Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside is open from 10 am–6 pm daily.


Premier Day (February 12th) — $35

5-Day Pass (Good all 5 days of the show)
Thursday, February 12th – Monday, February 16th — $85

Friday–Monday (February 13th–16th)
Adults — $20 (16 and older)
2 Day Pass — $35
Children 15 and under are FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)

Group Tickets are available for groups of 15 or more at a discounted rate.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Show Office Phone:
786-276-BOAT (active February 7–20, 2015)
Local Florida Office — (954) 441-3220

Freedom Waters