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Grove SLAM! Continues to Break Rules
For years - 15 to be exact - the Grove SLAM! has made its own rules in the fishing world. To some the SLAM! is an irreverent tournament focusing more on the social side of fishing versus the actual fishing. But make no mistake, the teams fishing the Grove SLAM! are some of the best dolphin anglers in the world and often bring in record-setting fish. The Grove SLAM! has always been about fun, comradery and fishing.
And this year the Grove SLAM! is once again breaking with traditional fishing tournaments by making the event free. That’s right, free. Teams can now compete in the fabled tournament with no money down, zero payments, no interest until forever! “We thought of the most un-tournament thing we could do and that was making it free, so we did it,” explains Tony Albelo, tournament director. “And to shake things up a bit more, we partnered with the most exciting boat manufacturer in the industry.”
The tournament is proud to announce its new title sponsor, HydraSports Custom Boats or HCB. HCB has been building boats for over 40 years and been an industry leader with Kevlar built boats as well as the most exciting line of large center consoles/high horsepower boats in the industry. These boats have all the amenities you look for in a tournament fishing boat. In addition, HCB boats have comfort and styling second to none including the world’s largest center console, the 53 Sueños. When you see a HydraSports Custom Boat, you’ll never forget it.
The Grove SLAM! is not completely changing it model. In fact, some of the fan favorite features of the SLAM! are still here and here to stay. The Bimini Start (shotgun start) is the most exciting way to start a tournament anywhere. Hundreds of high-powered boats all line up and give it full throttle to start the day’s fishing. Plenty of adrenaline and gas is expelled during the start. The free boat wash is back too. After a long day of fishing it’s great to know there is a professional crew ready to wash your boat. The boat wash girls will get you cleaned up right away and we promise you’ll have a smile on your face. The Captain’s Luau starts off the weekend with a Hawaiian themed party where tacky shirts are the norm. When the fishing is done, the Dock Party & Weigh-In is the place to be. Watch as the teams roll in with their hauls. Live music, bars, spectators and more. It’s the dock party of all dock parties. And to end the night we have the Grove SLAM! Bikini Contest. You’ve seen the photos and heard the rumors and they are true. This is a weekend of fishing like no other!
The Grove SLAM! presented by HCB will take place on May 18th and 20th at the new Miami River Park (aka Lummus Park) right on the Miami River. Entries are free for teams. Entries to the parties are free. Plus all the fun is free and included. Check out the Grove SLAM! online at www.GroveSLAM.com and HCB at www.HydraSports.com. For questions feel free to email info@SWARMinc.com or call the tournament hotline at 305-461-2700.
Are you ready??? The Bimini Shakedown is July 13 - 16, 2017.
If you haven't made the trip by boat to the Bahamas, you don't know what you are missing. Join groups of experienced boaters leaving from several points in South Florida and make your way to beautiful Bimini.
Thursday, July 13th
- Groups Departing From U.S. (Key Largo, Miami, Ft Laud, Boca, etc.)
- Arrival of Boats to Resorts World Bimini in assigned slip s
- Clear Customs & Immigration at Resorts World Bimini
- Pick up your golf carts and check into rooms
- Meet & Greet at Resorts World Infinity Pool – 2pm till 5pm
- Pick up your goodies, confirm dinner seating, register for Fishing & Scavenger Hunt.
- Everyone is on their own to explore dinner options.
Friday, July 14th
- Fishing Boats depart (see rules)
- Bloody Mary Buffet w/ EG Vodka at Hilton Rooftop Bar 9am-Noon
- Scavenger Hunt late registration at Hilton Rooftop Pool 11:30am-Noon
- Scavenger Hunt handouts at Hilton Rooftop - Noon till 12:30pm
- Weigh Station opens 2pm – HydraSports Custom Docks
- Scavenger Hunt Check in & Fish Weigh Station closes at 4pm SHARP
- Themed Party Dinner & Awards Ceremony in Marina Village Glass Pavilion 7:30pm
- Buffet style with cash/cc bar.
Saturday, July 15th
- Departing HydraSports Custom docks at 10am. Tours of plane wrecks, Sapona ship, Honeymoon Harbor; Ring Toss & Rum at Mackey’s Sandbar, South Bimini. Go in your own boat or jump on someone elses! VHF 72
- North Bimini Beach BBQ and Raft-up Party 3pm
- Dinner will be on your own... if you remember to eat.
- Big Johns Bar in town for some Woo-Woo Shots and Live Music.
Sunday, July 16th
- Check out of rooms.
- Load up the boats and head home.
- There are no organized return groups. Everyone has had plenty of time to make Facebook friends and exchange emails; Please, make your own groups or find someone to cross with that’s on your same schedule. If you would like to cross alone, safe travels & tight lines!
REGISTER NOW for the Bimini Shakedown :: Price is $100 per person.
And then... BOOK YOUR ROOM AT RESORTS WORLD HILTON.
See you soon in the Bahamas!!!
Questions or Comments... Call Terri 305.853.3318 or email
In our annual listing of the top products in the boating industry, you’ll find a wide variety of products from boats to accessories, from engines to apps.
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MELBOURNE, FLORIDA: Structural Composites is pleased to announce that the new 53 Sueños outboard powered center console fishing boat is the first boat to receive its MIL-TOUGH Rating. Hydrasports Custom 53 Sueños, the World’s Largest, Outboard Powered, Center Console Outboard Fishing Boat, is one of the first commercial deployments of Structural Composites’ NAVY SBIR Advanced Combatant Craft Technology. The advanced single skin transom and single skin hull provide the durability, ruggedness and ease of maintenance of solid laminate construction but at a weight equal to or less than sandwich construction.
The 53 Sueños is designed and built using tough high performance Co-Rez vinyl ester resin, advanced Prisma single skin hull and single skin transom construction, high strength orthotropic reinforcements and the newly developed MEGAFORM preform stringer system. The use of these premium materials and the incorporation of Navy SBIR technology have earned the Hydrasports Custom 53 Sueños the MIL-TOUGH rating.
|Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award Winners Honored|
|17 products recognized for technical advancement during annual Industry Breakfast|
MIAMI (February 12, 2015) – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced today winners of the 2015 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, presented during the annual Industry Breakfast at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This year’s program featured a record number of entries with 97 products—a 68 percent increase in entries compared to last year.
January 22, 2015, TAVERNIER, FL – HydraSports Custom is unveiling 53’ Sueños, the world’s largest, outboard powered, center console at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2015.
The most common question has been, “Why such a large boat?” The answer is simple according to Elias De La Torre III, CEO of HydraSports Custom boats, “We’ve sold 140 of the 42’ center consoles and our boat owners have requested a larger boat to move into.” After extensive market research and input from current HydraSports boat owners it seemed the market was finally ready.
As with all HydraSports Custom boats, 53’ Sueños, will have very limited production. The plan is to build no more than 12 of these boats per year for world-wide distribution via a network of factory direct test centers. This boat features Advanced Combat Craft Construction leveraging two million dollars of US Navy funded research for their Advanced Combatant Craft. Developed by Structural Composites this technology has won numerous awards including three Congressional Medals of Merit.
The official unveiling of the boat will be held on Thursday, February 12, at noon, during preview day at the Miami International Boat Show, Convention Center D48. The boat will remain on display for the duration of the show.
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ELias De La Torre III recognized for Bold Moves
From Dealer to Manufacturer
Boating Industry Magazine October 2014
Elias De La Torre III
HydraSports Custom/Plantation Boat Mart
Countless boat brands have died, been resurrected and disappeared again over the last decade. With the frequent ownership changes for HydraSports, it wouldn’t have been shocking to see the 40-year-old fishing brand go the way of so many others.
But Elias De La Torre III was not going to let that happen. As the owner of Florida-based Plantation Boat Mart, De La Torre had been the company’s largest dealer since 1996.
So when MasterCraft decided to sell the brand in 2012, he jumped on the opportunity to take control. Compared to their towboat business, the HydraSports
SPORT FISHING MAGAZINE - OCTOBER 2014
Hydra-Sports Custom 4200 SF
The 4200 comes with two 45-gallon, pressurized transom livewells, each with a seacock, two drains and two rotary pumps connected to a high-speed pickup. “We build redundancy into all of our systems,” says Alex Leva, Hydra-Sports Custom president. “Say you were loaded with goggle-eyes for a tournament; you might operate both pumps (changing over the water every two minutes) and both drains to keep these baits healthy and alive.”
Also, as the boat runs, the force of water into the pickups spins the rotary pumps faster than the 12-volt system runs them, Leva says. The added volume of water must exhaust through the extra drains.
Hydra-Sports can add a bow baitwell into the foredeck, and as many rod holders as you can fit along the gunwales. A dry-storage locker forward provides indents to secure two cast-net buckets.
A tricked-out tackle center with 10 drawers just aft of the leaning post puts all bridling supplies, hooks and leader material in easy reach. The tackle center is lined at the back with four rod holders, so you can easily anchor the rod you’re rigging.
Truly customize your 4200 with fore and aft rocket launchers and tuna tubes astern to subdue the largest live baits.
Read the full article from Sportfishing Magazine here.
INSHORE ATTRIBUTES: With a beam of 8 feet, 10 inches, this is one of the beamiest bay boats on the market. And the 23 Bay Bolt draws only 10 inches, giving you the ability to approach fish in extremely shallow water. It is also one of the lightest and strongest 23-footers, thanks to a Kevlar-reinforced hull and a carbon-fiber transom. Dual livewells provide ample bait for a day of fishing. All of the hatches feature compression latches to keep your gear high and dry. The maximum outboard horsepower rating of 300 gives the 23 Bay Bolt lightning speed.
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FROM Sportfishing Magazine - March 2014: We all have our favorite boats. If we’re lucky, we already own them. If not, we lust after them with undiminished fervor. To drive you onward toward spring boating and fishing season, we dug through our archives and located 25 awesome boats that either debuted during the last 10 years (2004-2014), or have remained popular and sought-after from the moment they splashed ’til today. (They're listed alphabetically by manufacturer.)
WHY WE LOVE IT: Hydra-Sports’ 3400 CC is steeped in sportfishing legend. More than 550 of this iconic center-console have been sold since it debuted a decade ago. In many ways, this 33½-footer ignited the boom in big center consoles. Today, it represents the evolutionary pinnacle of this genre, with features such as twin bucket helm seats with fold-down armrests, a 50-gallon livewell, a side door for boarding and landing big fish, and a pad-style deep-V hull for minimal bow-rise on acceleration and a level attitude on plane. With triple Yamaha F300 outboards, the 3400 CC is capable of speeds in excess of 60 mph. With a 336-gallon fuel tank, you can fish far and wide with this great boat.
Read the full article from Sportfishing Magazine here.
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For more information please call 305.853.3314 or email.
When HydraSports Custom was designing the 3400 CC, it looked to the owners of its previous 3300 CC for input on improvements. With 550 owners to consult, HydraSports got plenty of feedback, which led to one very practical and pretty boat. Step into this sporty center-console and you’ll have already seen her most popular feature: a dock door to starboard that opens and closes by flipping two simple latches. From boarding family members conveniently to landing giant tuna and swimming children alike, such a door appeals to the fisherman and the family man. Another head-nodding-cool feature is the foldaway bench in the stern. It provides a view of all the action from the most stable spot under way.
As soon as a game fish is hooked up, the bench folds up and stows neatly. The space in this center-console’s compartment can fit your average NFL wide receiver. It makes using the head or accessing the back of the helm’s electronics a little less of an acrobatic feat. HydraSports offers multiple power options. New owner and competitive fisherman Jeff Schoeler chose triple 300 hp Yamahas to ensure he gets to the fish first. “In tournaments, we run with some of the best when it’s calm, but when it’s rough we leave everyone [behind],” says Schoeler, who has pushed the boat past the brave side of 50 knots. Asked if things get hairy at that speed, he says: “When there are three-to-fives and they’re seconds apart, the big flare in the bow keeps us dry and you don’t hear any squeaks or rattling. She is a solid boat.” HydraSports Custom, 800-539-2628; hydrasports.com SPECS LOA: 33’5” BEAM: 10’4” DRAFT: 2’0” DISPL.: 8,500 lb. (dry) FUEL: 336 gal. ENGINES: Twin or triple 350 hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards to 900 hp (max) BASE PRICE: $259,900 with twin 350 hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards.
New HydraSports owner Announces Plans for the Brand
As featured in BoatingIndustry.Com - September 28, 2012
Following the acquisition of the Hydra-Sports brand from MasterCraft, Plantation Boat Mart & Marina will continue to use MasterCraft to manufacture but will sell factory direct, a model Plantation President Elias De La Torre sees as the future of the industry.
De La Torre said 48 boats will be manufactured in the first year – the majority of which will be models he has the most experience selling... FULL STORY