I began fishing the SKA back in 2007 when I moved back to FL from a short stint in the NE. I wasn't new to fishing as I was born and raised in South Florida (Miami) and fishing/boating has always been a part of my life. While in the NE I had the opportunity to experience a new fishery in the canyons and learn new techniques as well. One thing I learned no matter where or what I fish for is bait. Bait is the key to winning tournaments. Yes of course you need bait to win a tournament but so many people over look the process of handling, caring for, and the type of baits leading to tournaments.
Throughout the years I've learned having a variety of baits whether it be blue runners, mullet, lady fish, ribbonfish, etc is a strategy we try to implore. You never know what the fish are in the mood for so why not be fully prepared. Another key factor I consider important is the care of these baits. How are you handling the baits? When are you catching them? What are you feeding them? How is the flow in the well? Is the well pressurized to avoid beating your baits to death? All these questions are ones we ask ourselves and try to perfect them to be on top of the leaderboard. One example that might help others is we recently retooled our livewells and thru hulls. We increased the thru hulls to 1.25" high speed pick ups and mounted the Shurflo 1500 pumps at 90 degree angles to engage the anti-airlock mechanism. This significantly increased the water flow, recirculation, and will never airlock again (we tested under extreme condition).
Team EN-Vi-uS/HUK Performance Fishing fishes a 34' Yellowfin powered by triple 350 hp Mercury Verados. We could not compete at the level we do without the support of our sponsors: HUK Performance Fishing, Mercury Marine, Fusion Marine Electronics, Maui Jim, First Choice Marine, Flambeau Outdoors, Hardcore Trucks Offroad and Performance, Dogfish Tackle, SignZoo, and Simrad. Check them out here.