ROBERT "FLY" NAVARRO
Known by most on the docks as “Fly,” you can pretty much expect to see Robert Navarro at the sport's largest tournaments and hot spots throughout Florida and the Caribbean.
Fly began the life of a traveling deckhand in his early 20's, when he made his first trip through the Panama Canal to fish Piñas Bay.
Over the next four years he bounced back and forth between St. Thomas, where he fished the summertime blue marlin season, to Venezuela where he caught everything imaginable aboard Topless with Capt. Billy Borer. In 2000, Fly started fishing with Jim Lambert and Capt. Eddie Herbert aboard the 80-foot Merritt, Reel Tight. He averaged more than 200 days fishing each year on Reel Tight and got the best on-the-job training you could ask for. He's an expert in all facets of offshore fishing, and specializes in helping traveling crews get parts and other necessities through his company, R&D Marine Parts (rdmarineparts.com).
QUICK TIPS: COLOR-CODED RODS
Keep your rods in order by labeling them with a piece of colored electrical tape. It makes setting the spread back out way easier when you know which rod goes where.
BLUE MARLIN ACTION
The June moon produced a steady blue marlin bite for the boys in St. Thomas and the Bahamas Billfish Championship wraps up with a grander.
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