Wednesday, July 14, 2010

JBO TV AUG. Column for the upcoming Chesapeake Angler Magazine

NEW Column!!
"Go Green, Fish Green, SAVE GREEN! "
TITLE: No longer a hole in the water
By Jim Baugh
Ever since I was old enough to walk on a boat, I have always heard the old saying, “A boat is a hole in the water you pour money into”. In large part, this has been true in the past. In my own experience over the last 30 years of owning boats from high speed Bass boats, offshore fishing boats, and of course our 36 foot Trojan Tri Cabin, that hole in the water has accepted a lot of denero from old JB’s back pocket. This, during a recession can get rather old, really quick, and certainly be a damper on the boating \ fishing life. Nothing spoils a good day on the water than pulling up to the fuel dock and whipping out $1300 bucks to fill up with Gas. That is for a 28 footer, imagine pulling up with a 55 foot Viking. Or any nice size yacht yacht.

Spending your life savings on fuel for your boat no longer has to be the case. Jim Baugh Outdoors TV on average now spends less than $4 bucks a day for fuel expense, and we fish all day and sometimes, even fill the coolers to the brim with fish. I can honestly say that running the Go Green Fishing Machine has put the “Fun” back in boating and fishing. No longer do we worry about who is paying their share of gas money for the trip. I the captain, pay for the fuel, and make my crew pay for lunch and bait. This deal????-- I always come out ahead! The fact is, that bait or lunch either one, cost more than my $2-$3 dollar fuel bill for the day. It is quite amazing and I still find it hard to believe, but it is true. Never before have I enjoyed such a non-stressed relaxing fishing and boating experience than I have been on the Go Green Fishing Machine.

If you are thinking about getting a new boat or an older hull and re-power, I suggest you consider a boat that is full of floatation like our JVX20 Carolina Skiff. If you do not already have self-bailing drains on the JVX 20, just have them cut in by your local dealer. Self-bailing is important in smaller boats and having a boat that is virtually unsinkable gives me peace of mind while on the water. Truth be told, both our 36 Trojan and 28 Pursuit can sink like a rock. The JVX 20 is more like a large fiberglass life raft you can fish and boat out of. After being in over three sinking boats in my lifetime, I am most happy fishing and boating in a boat I know is not going to sink.

In the past coming into the mouth of Hampton Roads, I have swamped a 24 foot center console twice in a matter of an hour, it was that rough. Fortunately that boat was FULL of foam and just could not hold much water in the hull- only about 15 gallons. After that day, I always try to be on boats that are built full of foam and have reputations for boats that will float upright and level even if totally swamped. The JVX20 is just such a boat.

Purchasing an older hull and re powering I would be very careful and research the manufacturer as to how the boats are built. As far as re-power? Consider how much power you really need and do NOT overpower your boat. The Go Green Fishing Machine has a new second-generation Suzuki 90 hp and the boat just screams. I have not tried it, but I am sure the boat would be pushed fine with a 70 or 80 hp as well.

The handling of the JVX20 and the Suzuki 90hp is superb and cost next to nothing to run. When you consider that the purchase price of a rig like this is not that very much, and your daily fuel bill may run between $2 to maybe $5 bucks, you can now understand now when I say that a boat does not have to be a hole in the water one pours money into. The more research you do and find the right boat and engine combo that will be little maintenance, cost next to nothing to run, and be good for the environment, the more you will be comfortable with your boating experience.
Jims Broiled Seafood Skillet Recipe
August is a great time to fix up one of my favorite seafood dinners, Jim’s Seafood Skillet Platter. Here is what you will need.

*Fresh Flounder
*Fresh large Sea Scallops
*Fresh Shrimp, 16 count or better
*Fresh Lemons and Butter
*White wine
*Fresh herbs-Chives, oregano, parsley, and thyme
*Cast iron Skillets.
*One cup cooked yellow rice
*Lobster stock

First, get your ten-inch round cast iron skillets ready, I bought mine at Wall Mart cheap. Coat the bottom of your skillet with butter and pre cook the yellow rice with Lobster or shrimp stock. I always have some on hand in the freezer, whenever we have Shrimp or Lobster, I make stock out of it and freeze.

Cook the rice using the stock and set aside, once cooled, place a small cupful into the skillet. Next lay the Flounder filet over the rice, then place the Shrimp and Scallops to the side to fill the rest of the Skillet. Pour in some while wine and some more stock and a five pats of butter over all the seafood. Sprinkle all herbs over the dish as well as some fresh cut lemon slices.

Cook at 350 for about 15 minutes, then broil off the top for about a minute just to brown the seafood a little. The skillet will be VERY hot, so be sure to be careful when handling and us hot plates while serving.

This, guaranteed, will be one of the best seafood platters you will ever have, try it!!

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And one last thing,
Do yourself a favor, and get a Suzuki today!

Tight Lines!
Jim Baugh

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