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U.S. Senate passes Modern Fish Act

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017.

The passage of the legislation, known as the Modern Fish Act, would make critical updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, marks a big step forward for America’s angling community and now moves to the U.S. House for final approval.

“Today is an important day for America’s 11 million saltwater anglers thanks to the leadership of Sen. Roger Wicker and a broad, bipartisan coalition of senators,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy.

Please click here to read the entire article and learn more.

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How Wakeboard Racks for Fishing Boats Can Be Beneficial

Wakeboard racks for fishing boats are one of the hottest items around right now, as they’re quite the necessity for people who spend a lot of time on the water. If you go boating, fishing, and boarding, then you may notice the frustrations of trying to keep your boards out of your way. It’s a standard issue for many boat owners, especially fishing boat owners. Having a good wakeboard rack can give you much more room on your boat, and help keep your wakeboards out of the way.

Why Fisherman Need Wakeboard Racks for Fishing Boats 

If you own a fishing boat, then you know this type of vessel comes stocked to the brim. When spending a day on the crystal clear water’s of South Florida, there are poles, bait, life jackets, sun-protective gear, and much more. If you’re looking to do water sports to break up the afternoon, where do you put your boards? You’re not the first person with this question, but thankfully, you may be the last! 

Manta Racks, a company in Orlando, understands what that predicament is like. That’s precisely why they came up with the idea to store boards on fishing boats so that they stay safely out of the way. The racks can comfortably sit on the gunnel of the boat, and the best part is that there’s no need to drill extra holes. Another advantage of adding wakeboard racks to fishing boats is that the boards won’t be destructive. Often, boards left loose on a vessel end up scratching and tearing, costing you hundreds to thousands of dollars in paint or fabric repairs. 

Manta Racks is a company you can trust when it comes to your boards, primarily because they live and breathe on the water. They created this product out of their own necessity, and now, they’re sharing their ideas with you. Stop pondering how to fit your boards on the boat for the big fishing day. Just strap them to the side, and pull them out when you need them! For a more peaceful and more relaxing trip, Manta Racks has you covered. Visit their website for wakeboard racks for fishing boats at 

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Manta Racks – Convenient & Versatile Paddleboard Storage.

Manta Racks – Convenient & Versatile Paddleboard Storage.

A customer of ours spent 2 weeks in the Florida Keys with his family this summer.  He has a 24’ center console and fished off shore just about every day; but there were days that the seas were too big to have fun, especially for his kids.  So, they packed up the paddleboards on their Manta Racks and headed for the flats.  He told us that having the ability to take his paddleboards provided him the opportunity to fish, even when the seas were rough.  Even though he did not have a flats boat, he could take his center console as far as he could go, anchor, and take the paddleboards to fish in areas he could not before.

It makes us happy to hear from our customers telling of their boating expeditions using their Manta Racks.  Our rack systems open up a whole other dimension in boating.  Thank you, Joe, for sharing your adventure in the Keys.


Mothershipping is catching on and becoming more popular every year.  There are several thousand acres of “No Motor” zones, which are bursting with fish that aren’t pressured by humans.  Many of these zones are too far to paddle to, whether on paddleboards or kayaks.  Using your boat as a mothership to transport your boards or kayaks will open up these amazing opportunities to you.  Follow these two links to a couple of professional fisherman who describe and show how easy it is to mothership.

Saltwater Experience with Rich Tudor and Tom Rowland head to fish the “No Motor” Zone of the Everglades.!/view/episode/67/1258/13/everglades-paddleboard-tarpon

Palm Beach Pete is a fisherman who fishes using paddleboards and kayaks around the state of Florida including the “No Motor” zone in Mosquito Lagoon.

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Upcoming Episode of Saltwater Experience Featuring Manta Racks

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The team here at Manta Racks is excited to share with you that we will be a part of a month long campaign with a top name fishing series called Saltwater Experience!!

As a month long campaign to showcase our products to the fishing industry, we have partnered with the team at SE Multimedia, LLC.  As a part of the Waypoint TV series, “Saltwater Experience” will transport their Paddleboards to the Everglades to fish in spots that does not allow motorized boats.  Our 30 second commercial spot will run all month long!  We hope you enjoy the commercial and episode showcasing Manta Racks L2K which is designed to transport the LIVE Watersports L2 Paddleboard & Kayaks.  Check out our products page to see the wide array of rack systems for your boat.

Rich Tudor and Tom Rowland are amazing fishermen and a blast to watch. Check out their series here or


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Snook to Reopen in Gulf Waters

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The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 inches or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

Anglers can report their catch on the Snook & Gamefish Foundation’s website at by clicking on the “Angler Action Program” link in the bar at the top of the page.
It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a fish, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. For the county-by-county list, go to and click on “Saltwater,” then “Snook” (under “Saltwater Fish”) and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

These carcasses provide biological data, including the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This information is important to the FWC in completing stock assessments. If you see a snook fishery violation, call the Wildlife Alert Program at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

In Atlantic state and federal waters (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River) the season is open through May 31, and one snook may be kept per person, per day. The size limit in Atlantic waters is no less than 28 inches total length and no more than 32 inches total length.

For more information, visit and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

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2nd Annual Yellowfin Charity Classic “Fill The Fin” Fishing Tournament

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During this time of year all Americans are very giving to those of us who are less fortunate.  Yellowfin Yachts has created a fun way for any fisherman to to do just that.  “Fill The Fin” Fishing Tournament is a chance to collect toys for children through “Toys for Tots” by filling a 36′ Yellowfin with toys as the entry fee.  Come help us raise toys to make Christmas a special time for all at this tournament Saturday, December 17th at the Bradenton Yacht Club.  All are welcome, the more the merrier, even if you don’t want to partake in the tournament.  The goal is to “Fill The Fin”.  For more information on this tournament check out
Thank you ahead of time for your participation.  Merry Christmas from Manta Racks.