Features: Fighting Chairs and Tournament Fishing



by Don Minikus

When you’re battling a big fish, the fighting chair is your link to the boat. It provides comfort and leverage when the struggle is long and the angler is weary. Fighting chairs were developed in conjunction with the popularity of heavy-tackle sportfishing and originally constructed of steel. Technological improvements have introduced materials such as fiberglass, aluminum and carbon fiber, but the most popular chairs still utilize teak and stainless steel. Some chairs are designed for fighting the world’s largest gamefish, such as marlin, which can top 1,500 pounds.

On boats with limited space, smaller chairs or leaning posts can alleviate the pressure and fatigue of standing during the quest to land a fish. Regardless of size, the fighting chair helps anglers enjoy the experience more and clears the way for deckhands to assist in the battle.

Here’s a look at the top fighting chairs and the unique features they offer, including a vintage series of chairs that hearken back to yesteryear.

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by Brandon Carter

Some of the world’s best offshore fishing is found in Southern Boating waters—the deep Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, where monster game fish are the apex predators of the ocean and prized for their aggression, power and speed. Three major types of offshore tournaments run year-round across coastal regions—billfish, meatfish and king mackerel—and can have jackpots that range from $20,000 to $1.5 million. Billfish tournaments target blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish, while meatfish tournaments target dolphin, tuna and wahoo, and king mackerel tournaments generally only target kingfish. If you want to take your angling skills to the next level but don’t know how, these eight simple steps can turn anyone into a tournament angler.

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