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    A Foundation that is near and dear to our heart.

    The C.A.S.T. for kids events are extra special to us. 

    We believe the C.A.S.T. for kids programs provide an incredible opportunity to kids that might not otherwise know or experience the thrill of reeling in the "big one". We believe that everyone deserves to have a fishing story to tell and maybe even exaggerate just a little oh.... okay a lot! But whatever the case is no one should be denied those experiences based on a disability and that is what C.A.S.T. for kids is doing, they are making it possible for kids with disabilities to spend the day fishing with the help of some incredible volunteers and staff. The events also don't just happen there is tons of planning hard work that goes into making these dreams a reality but reality is that these events aren't free they have a cost associated with them that is covered by donations from the fishing and business community. If you would like to be part of or help support the mission of CAST for kids you can do so by following this link.  https://impact.castforkids.org/give/178292/#!/donation/checkout 

        C.A.S.T. for Kids Program Children with special needs (ages 6-18) and their caretakers come together with community volunteers for a fun day of fishing they may not otherwise experience. These events provide a refreshing break from their daily challenges. Spreading a positive message that kids with disabilities can accomplish anything, we include all children, despite their limitations. This is all made possible through national and local sponsors-people who want to make a big difference in the lives of kids with special needs thus strengthening their community

    Buxton Button Down Review by: A Gentleman's Providence

    Buxton Button Down Review by: A Gentleman's Providence

    ATLANTIC DRIFT BUXTON BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS



    Atlantic Drift Buxton Button Down Shirts
    I would never call myself an experienced fisherman by any means. Although, I do occasionally bait a hook a few times a year and did cast a line a few times this weekend at the lake. With that said, I’ve been following the coastal brand, Atlantic Drift, from the early days and purchased a tour visor from them over 3 years ago to use on the golf course. A few weeks back, the team sent me over a few of their Buxton button downs and a hat to review and send feedback.

    WHAT DID I THINK?

    Upon first inspection the shirts looked great and two of them even sported a wrinkle-free tag. I threw them in the laundry and wore them around town a few times for various events.

    I am a huge fan of the fabrics. They aren’t a true “wrinkle-free” as the tag said, but they didn’t take much but a quick steam from the iron to freshen them up. The fit is a little on the boxy side, but after talking to Nathan (one of the co-founders), he said his goal is to work on slimming up the fit just a bit. The shirts feature a button down collar, pearl buttons, box pleat, barrel cuffs, and chest pocket with the Atlantic Drift logo. The collar has a very nice roll when worn causally with the top two buttons unbuttoned.

    These are great causal shirts for the spring/summer seasons. Pair ’em with some chinos at work and transition to denim for a night on the town on Friday, and roll up the sleeves and wear them with shorts to run errands on Saturday or Sunday.


     

     

    Amazing Article From Marlin Magazine

    A must read for all sporfishing enthusiest about one of our favorite places, the Blue Marlin Capital of the World and how it made fishing what it is today.

    http://www.marlinmag.com/albatross-hatteras-offshore-fishing-history?src=SOC&dom=fb#page-5

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    The Story Behind "NO Bananas On The Boat" T-Shirt Design

     

    Origins: We can't say how far back this superstition goes, but at least among sport fishermen there exists a belief that bananas on a boat are unlucky.

    The sea offers plenty of opportunities for turns of ill luck. Fishing boats run aground or become lost. Mechanical failures result in boats floating helplessly adrift. Crew members become deathly sick from mysterious illnesses. Foul weather sweeps in. Any and all of these have been at various times attributed to bad luck.

    Banana While the superstitions involving fishermen and their boats are almost too numerous to mention, one particular entry in that category appears to attach almost solely to those who engage in sport (rather than commercial) fishing.

    Bananas are deemed unlucky by recreational fishermen and those catering to that trade. Usually this rumor takes the form of the fish not biting on the day when bananas were discovered onboard, but mechanical breakdowns and other mishaps are also pointed to.

    Some in the fishing charters business extend their distaste for the fruit to include not only banana ingestibles (fresh or dried chips of banana, banana muffins, plus anything banana flavored) but even to items bearing the word "banana" or anything evocative of it, such as Fruit of the Loom underwear, Banana Republic apparel, and Banana Boat sunscreen. (The prohibition against Fruit of the Loom underthings is particularly baffling because that clothier's logo depicts an apple, leaves, green grapes, currants, and purple grapes, with nary a banana in sight.)

    In 2001 The New York Times quoted Rick Etzel of Montauk, New York, captain of The Breakaway, as saying: "Fishermen believe bananas are bad luck. Something about a shipload of bananas that carried some weird bacteria which killed everyone on board. Maybe fictitious, but some people take the banana thing very seriously. A few years back, a guy on one of my
    charters showed up wearing a Banana Republic T-shirt. Another guy in the group went up to him with a knife and slashed the logo."

    When the fishing starts out bad and stays that way, charter boat captains are likely to interrogate their clients of the day as to whether any of them might have brought a banana aboard. When the offending item is found — be it the fruit itself, a banana muffin, or a tube of Banana Boat suncreen — it is quickly flung overboard. Almost immediately, say those who have performed such exorcisms, the boat's luck turns around — the fish begin biting and a good day at sea is enjoyed by all.

    No clear reason exists as to how this superstition came to be. Common explanations include:

    1. When top-heavy ships of earlier eras would sink, precious little other than the bananas they'd carried would be found floating on the surface, thereby leaving some to conclude conveyance of the fruit itself had led to these naval mishaps.
    2. Spiders, snakes, and other poisonous vermin living among bananas carried in the hold would, on long haul trips, expand their horizons by infesting other parts of the ship.
    3. Because the speediest sailing ships were used to get bananas to their destinations before they could spoil, those attempting to fish from them never caught anything while trolling.
    4. Fisherman became ill after eating the fruit.
    5. Other fruits would spoil more quickly when bananas were being shipped along with them, causing folks to deem bananas "bad luck." (Actually, it wouldn't have been ill fate that resulted in the spoilage of other foodstuffs, but instead the ethylene gas emitted by bananas as they ripen.)
    6. Crew member injured by slipping on discarded banana peels.
    7. Fisherman misses landing the big one due to a case of "the runs" caused by bananas he'd ingested.
    8. Banana oil rubs off onto the hands of fisherman, thereby "spooking" the fish.
    9. Early anglers in Hawaii would embark upon lengthy fishing trips in dugout canoes provisioned with (along with other food items) bananas. The farther they went, the fewer the fish, causing some of them to mistake correlation for causation.

    Source: Barbara "yes we have no bananas" Mikkelson

    Snoopes.com - http://www.snopes.com/luck/superstition/bananas.asp

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