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Winter Months Bring Long Runs Across Florida Bay. The waters of Everglades National Park allow me to fish out of the wind in areas where the fish are concentrated.

By: Rick Murphy

From late December through early February we get a lot of tourists that come down from up north to visit the Florida Keys, so more often than not, I find myself trailering my 21 Hewes Tournament Edition down to the Florida Keys to fish with these clients. When I’m down in the Keys, my favorite place to fish this time of the year is in Everglades National Park, which is one of the largest national parks in the country, so on any given day, I’m running a minimum of 28 miles in one direction just to get to my remote fishing areas.

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A New Boat Means Break-In Time and Making Sure Everything Is In Working Order. Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions during the break-in period to maximize the performance of your engine, and then get a good feel for how your boat will run.

By: Kelly Jordon

I’ve been getting ready for the classic, and getting my ducks in a row by putting new line on my rods and reels, as well as setting up my boat for a year of fishing. I just picked my boat about a week ago, and the weather was just starting to get nice, so engine break-in was the first task on my list.

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Yamaha Pros Are Visiting The Shows Before We Get On The Tournament Trail

By: Dave Wolak

January is a big month for boat shows. During the winter months when fishing conditions can be brutal here in the Carolinas, a lot of people like to visit the boat shows to see the new boat and motor models for the upcoming year.

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Super Fast Meets Sexy Cool — Lightweight, with acceleration throughout the entire throttle range make this four stroke the leader of the pack.

By: Rick Murphy

The first impression I had of the new Yamaha 250 Four Stroke VMAX SHO motor was that it looked fast just sitting on the trailer. It has this high-tech sexy-cool appearance, where you just know it’s going to scream. And once you start it, it has a different sound. I’ve been around outboards all my life, and I knew that engine was going to fly.

In the past, the limited holeshot produced by four stroke motors has always presented a problem for technical flats fishermen, but the first chance I got to drive the Yamaha 250 Four Stroke VMAX SHO I thought, “Boy oh boy…now THAT’S POWER!”

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How The Yamaha VMAX® SHO’s™ Increased Fuel Economy Will Help My Fishing. It’s a business where time is money, 20 to 30 minutes of extra time to fish is a huge advantage

By: Kelly Jordon

Fuel economy has become a factor in a lot of ways on the tournament trail, and not just how it affects your pocketbook. Better fuel economy gives a boat not only more range, but more efficiency. With the new Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke engine I’ll be able to make a long run with more cushion, because there’s a lot of times I’m trying to time out my day perfectly, and having to decide whether to run slow on the way there to save fuel so I can hit it real hard on the way back and making the weigh-in will no longer be a factor in my game plan.

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My boat is ready, and it’s time to work out the cobwebs before taking it on the road.

By: Dean Rojas

I picked up my new Skeeter® FX Series Bass Boat with Yamaha 250 VMAX® SHO four stroke two weeks ago and am really excited about it. I spent the weekend and most of the week rigging the boat, getting the electronics and all my equipment in it, and now I’m ready to continue breaking it in.

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Watching the Big Dogs eat. Who says four strokes are puppies?

By: Mike Holliday

For me, owning boats and driving fast are as intrinsic as college football and boiled peanuts, but as a South Floridian, there’s nothing normal about running 75 mph up a river when the air temperature is below 50 degrees. Intermittent rain doesn’t help either. But Bridgeport, Alabama, isn’t below the tropic line, so I should have expected my teeth to chatter like a Chihuahua in an ice chest as I ran up the Tennessee River with a Big Dog just behind me.

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Skeeter® And Yamaha Are Going To Change The Boating Side Of Bass Fishing. And I’ll never have to haul around a case of oil again

By: Dean Rojas

Having been brought up running two stroke motors to obtain top end speeds, the four stroke engines really haven’t played a factor in my fishing career. In fact, I’ve spent my entire pro career hauling a case of outboard motor oil in the back of my truck. But I have to tell you, the new Yamaha VMAX SHO motor is something like I’ve never driven before in my life.

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It’s Time To Get Ready To Fish — My new boat is being wrapped, then it’s off to Lake Falcon for a little “break-in time”

By: Alton Jones

I’m in anticipation and waiting mode right now. I picked up my new Skeeter FX Series boat with the Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke on it last week at the Skeeter factory, and took it straight to the graphics company that does my boat wrap and dropped it off, so I’m waiting right now for them to complete the wrap. I’ve got this brand-new hot rig, and I can’t even take it to the water yet, because it’s just not quite ready.

The anticipation is killing me, but I just have to live with it. Getting things done right, is better than getting things done fast.

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My New Yamaha VMAX® SHO™ Four Stroke Outboard Really Is The Best Of All Worlds. Quiet, fast, fuel efficient and a great holeshot and acceleration—you can’t ask for more

By: Dave Wolak

I’ve been kicking around what boat I was going to run this year, and I finally decided last week that I’m putting my new Yamaha VMAX SHO four stroke engine on the back of a Ranger® Z521. In all the test drives I did with the new VMAX SHO engine I ran it on a Ranger® Z520, which is a boat I’ve ran for the last two years (one with a VMAX 250 and one with w F225 four stroke), so I’m very familiar with that boat.

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