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August Take 5

Jen Merritt, a local vice president of mortgage lending for Guaranteed Rate, grew up around lakes, but it was the ocean that really stole her heart.

A decade ago, she bought her first boat and recently traded it for a twenty-four-foot Carolina Skiff that she uses for fishing and boating. And now, her six-year old daughter, Olivia, is slowly moving into the sport, and Merritt hopes she will learn to love it just as much.

On the boat, she goes out prepared and never leaves these five items behind:

Polarized Sunglasses – You may notice that fisherman and boaters love polarized sunglasses. The special material on the lenses makes it easier to see into the water. Without them, the water’s surface simply reflects everything around it. Anchor – Always good to prevent the craft from drifting due to the wind or current … that way you can sit back and relax. Fishing Rod – I prefer a Shimano TLD-15 or -20 unless I am in the Gulf Stream … then something bigger like a Penn International 30 or 50 Series for wahoo or tuna. I also always try to have a Shimano Spinning Rod readily available to throw just in case we venture onto the unexpected. Music – I really love any kind of music … anything that sets the mood while waiting on the next reel to take off. If on the islands, I prefer something we can dance or sing to and just have a great time while cooking out and playing in the water. Clam Rake – Honestly, I give the clam rake to someone who is afraid to get into the water. I prefer getting down on my hands and knees, using my hands to dig from one spot to the next. For that reason, my nails are never painted.”


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