Hook & Tackle is a proud sponsor of NASCAR's Hot Rods & Reels in at the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, FL for over 20 years!
27 years after both his last National Hot Rod Association win and the accident that left him paralyzed, Hall of Fame Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn was joined by his NASCAR friends as they came together for the annual Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament on historic Lake Lloyd at Daytona International Speedway to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund. Darrell donated a custom wheelchair to a Greg DiGirolamo, an Orlando paraplegic in need of a new chair.
- Donnie Allison with the largest bass at 7.98 pounds
- Greg Biffle’s team won with a three fish total of 13.74 pounds
- Donnie Allison’s team came in second with a total weight of 12.83 pounds.
- Bobby Allison’s team took third place with a total of 12.36 pounds.
Other participants included: Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Greg Biffle, David Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Joey Coulter, Brad Keselowski, Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, and Martin Truex.
Last week, Bravos TV's highly rated and one of their most successful shows featured Host Chef Tom Colicchio wearing Hook & Tackle's UPF 50+ Sun Protected American Sailfish Performance Tee and Go To Hat.
Tom Colicchio is an American celebrity chef and founder of Crafted Hospitality with restaurants located nation wide. He is also a James Beard Foundation Award winner.
As an avid fisherman, Tom is very concerned with sun protection and understands the important need for quality sun protection apparel. He is a long time fan of Hook & Tackle appreciates the styling, performance and functionality of the product.
One third of Everglades National Park is covered by water, creating excellent boating and fishing opportunities. Snapper, sea trout, redfish, bass, and bluegill are plentiful. Saltwater fishing includes Florida Bay, Ten Thousand Islands, and elsewhere in the park's coastal zone. Freshwater and saltwater fishing require separate Florida fishing licenses.
Stay protected from the elements. One of the best items to protect from the sun and bugs is the Hook & Tackle Bug/X Shirt. It repels mosquitos, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges while offering you UPF 50+ sun protection.
Park waters provide thousands of acres of shallow water flats, channels, and mangrove keys in which to fish. Before leaving shore, think safety!
Remember that collecting plants and animals in Everglades National Park is prohibited. This includes such things as orchids, airplants, seahorses, starfish, conch, tropical fish, coral, sponges, sea shells, and driftwood (except for fuel).
The Top Five Favorite Fishing Destinations in Florida
1. The Florida Keys
The Keys are the home of world-class deep-sea fishing where the catch is prized big-game trophy fish such as marlin, sailfish, and tuna. Islamorada, in the Upper Keys, is known as the sport-fishing capital of the world.
The Florida Keys also provide great opportunities for back country fishing for the fighting tarpon, bonefish and other saltwater fish.
2. Lake Okeechobee
Visitors to the Treasure Coast on the eastern Atlantic seashore come for the fishing. One of the most popular freshwater fishing destinations is Lake Okeechobee, Florida's largest lake covering an area of over 730 miles and well stocked with excellent table fish.
3. Boca Grande
Located between Gasparilla and Cayo Costa islands offshore from Fort Myers in Florida's south west, lies Boca Grande Pass. This is one of the many Florida fishing grounds that harbor the mighty tarpon.
This small Panhandle town is located at the top of the Gulf Of Mexico in Florida's north west. Calling itself the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", it's the home port for Florida's largest charter-boat fleet. Over 140 vessels cater to anglers attracted to these Gulf Of Mexico waters in pursuit of grouper, amberjack, snapper, mackerel, cobia, sailfish, wahoo, tuna, and blue marlin.
While in Destin take a short drive to the Hook & Tackle Flagship store at Pier Park Mall in Panama City Beach.
Stuart is an angler's haven located in the center of the Treasure Coast on Florida's eastern seaboard. Miles of wide waterways dominate the surrounding environment. With a sailfish as the city emblem and a jumping sailfish dominating the town square fountain, it's not hard to figure out that this is the "Sailfish Capital of the World".
The town and surrounding area is home to 15 marinas that provide mooring for the fishing and charter boat fleets. Angling is year-round, although peak months are December through March and June through July.
Sailfish are billfish living in warmer sections of all the oceans of the world. They are predominantly blue to gray in color and have a characteristic erectile dorsal fin known as a sail, which often stretches the entire length of the back.
Another notable characteristic is the elongated bill, resembling that of the swordfish and other marlins They are therefore described as billfish in sport-fishing circles.
These sport fish are all recommended to catch and release!
The sail is normally kept folded down and to the side when swimming, but it may be raised when the sailfish feels threatened or excited, making the fish appear much larger than it actually is. This tactic has also been observed during feeding, when a group of sailfish use their sails to "herd" a school of fish or squid.
They can appear in a startling array of colours, from subdued browns and grays to vibrant purples and even silver. Their body colours are often highlighted by stripes of iridescent blue and silver dots. Sailfish can change their colors almost instantly—a change controlled by their nervous system. The sailfish can rapidly turn its body light blue with yellowish stripes when excited, confusing its prey and making capture easier, while signalling its intentions to fellow sailfish.