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If you live in Palm Harbor, Tarpon NPR or Tampa you don’t have to travel all the way to the beach to get your favorites in surf and beach wear! Kategory 5 has been servicing the Northern Pinellas County area for over a decade. With a wide selection of clothing, sunglasses, shoes and hats, this surf shop in Palm Harbor is a one-stop shop away from the beach.
St. Pete Beach’s only Full-Service Dive Shop offering SCUBA certifications, dive and spearfishing charters, air-refills, tank “rolling” and more has just re-stocked their apparel selection including their Red Rum International Performance Gear. Re stocked items include Red Rum’s famous Digital Camo Performance Shirts and Ruler Sleeve Lobster Shirts. Infinite Descent Dive Shop located conveniently on Madeira Beach is a new style of dive shop that offers up something traditional dive shops don’t. Their fun and friendly personnel are always more than willing to serve you and offer some advice. Be sure to stop by the shop and check them out!
Slightly Stoopid Concert! Get ready because one of the best Reggae – Rock bands of our time is coming to St. Petersburg, FL on August 14, 2016. Slightly Stoopid will be playing on Sunday, August 14 at Vinoy Park as part of their Return of the Red Eye Summer Tour. Accompanied by reggae bands SOJA and Fortunate Youth, this show is set to be one of the biggest at Vinoy Park this year! Gates open at 4:00 pm with the major opening acts beginning at 7:00 pm. Red Rum International will be attending the show as always with their promotional tent! Red Rum will be vending products such as their famous Tropical hats, tank tops and crop tops! Be sure to stop by and pick up some of the most authentic tropical clothing designed right here in the sunshine state of Florida!
Special thanks to him and the people who made this possible. Please visit our website at redrumintl.com to see our complete line of Ruler Sleeve Fishing shirts, including our Lobster Shirts and Digital Camo Performance Shirts! Our Lobster Shirts and Digital Camo Performance Shirts are a must-have for this Dive & Lobster Season! Use coupon code : lobster _ season for 20 % OFF the website!
If Shopping Online isn’t your thing, please feel free to visit one of our official retailers. Austin’s Dive Center in Miami,- FL, Capt. Hooks in Marathon – FL, Watersports West in Largo – FL and Island Shop in Indian Rocks Beach – FL are all carriers of Red Rum Performance Fishing Gear featured in this video!
A trip to the Bahamas is nothing new for the Red Rum crew. The annual Red Rum Bahamas trip is on its 3rd year. Founder and Artist Daniel Del Sol has frequented the islands since about 7 years old, however this time things will be different. Not only is Daniel traveling to these particular Islands for the first time, but he is bringing Red Rum with him!
The Abaco Islands are a group of islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas, east of southern Florida. The 120-mile–long chain stretches over 650 square miles. The coastlines are scalloped with bays, coves and protected harbors that feature full-service marinas and resorts. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the “mainland.” Marsh Harbour hosts the more lively downtown area with all city amenities, while places like Treasure Cay boasts miles of pristine beaches, including one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The Islands also contain coral reefs that run along the chain that are also knows to be some of the best in the region. The Abacos contain an abundant amount of history as well. The Islands were settled by British Loyalists who left the United States after the American Revolution ended. The Loyalist heritage remains strong and their presence is still noticeable today in the colonial style homes of Hope Town and New Plymouth. The Abacos are one of the world’s top boating, sailing and flying destinations. The number and variety of islands make this an island hopper’s paradise.
What will we be doing there? The rapid growth of our brand has gained us awareness across Florida as one of the states best up-and-coming small business clothing brands. This trip is part of our expansionist strategy to help spread the awareness of our products and cause to our second closest neighbors (as a state) the Bahamians. Bahamians are an awesome people. Cool, calm and relaxed, these people know how to have a good time. We are looking forward to meeting some of the these awesome residents and hearing what they have to say on some topics. Life can be viewed differently by different people, we plan on hearing what they all have to say. We also plan on visiting some popular Stores Resorts and Marinas throughout the Abacos and in Nassau, located on the Island of New Providence. We are bringing an bunch of product down and are hoping to get it in the hands of the right people. We would love to see some of the main retailers on the islands begin to carry our gear!
The trip will be a good one I propose, 8 days in paradise. Along with the business side of thing I also plan on enjoying my vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the U.S. I plan on doing some spearfishing, drinking and dancing so this can get a little crazy. Be sure to be on the look-out for some awesome posts. I plan to make constant uploads of the progress of our Red Rum Bahamas Expedition daily.
LIVE Tonight, 7pm at BACKBOOTH in Orlando, FL. Don’t Miss Out on Florida’s very own band Resinated. Show stop is part of the Southern Fries 2015 Fall Tour including Kash’d Out & Summerlong. Red Rum International will be accompanying Resinated with Merchandise for sale at the event including $10 T-Shirts as Part of Our black Friday SALE!
Well its that time of year again and the bi-annual Fall Surf Expo 2015 will be in full swing from Sept. 10-12 2105 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Red Rum International Founder Daniel Del Sol & Marketing Director Gregg Prompovitch will be attending, representing their (all-encompassing) Tropical Lifestyle brand. No booth will be set-up by Red Rum International this year but there will be no shortage of product samples, stickers & catalogs to better familiarize yourselves with the awesome Florida Keys based brand.
Surf Expo offers several categories of apparel and hard-goods for the resort and active lifestyle markets, including surf and skate apparel, imprinted sportswear, swimwear, boutique, souvenir, resortwear and hardgoods for surf, dive, skate, wake, wind, kite and SUP. Snorkeling and Dive companies have been exhibiting at Surf Expo for a number of years now. Surf Expo will include exhibitors from the Recreational Dive Market. Featured categories within Dive will include Swim, Snorkeling, Freediving, Spearfishing (Blue Water Hunting) and Underwater Photography. Qualified Retail Buyers are encouraged to attend, admission for them is FREE.
Mellow Ventures Outfitters – Key West, FL
Explore hidden Key West and its beautiful remote locations rarely seen by others. Whether its paddle boarding, snorkeling, fishing or just spending a lazy day away from reality, Mellow Ventures will truly show you an experience of a lifetime! Their friendly staff is knowledgeable and accommodating to any skill level eco-tourist!
Mellow Ventures also houses a variety of tropical lifestyle apparel, including the FL Key’s very own, Red Rum International. They also serve food, wine and craft beer at their Death by Tako bar inside. Be sure to stop by for a cold brew, bite to eat and browse the Red Rum products while you’re there in Key West!
You could head south to the Florida Keys on Tuesday for the opening day of lobster season, but if you don’t mind deep water and diving in the dark, you can stay in the Tampa Bay area and go “bug” hunting in the Gulf of Mexico. The Caribbean spiny lobster ranges from North Carolina to Brazil. Crawfish, as they are commonly called, are found in most tropical and subtropical waters, but the patch reefs that range from Miami to Key West are the most productive grounds in Florida.
In fact, 90 percent of all the lobsters harvested statewide are taken in Monroe County. The rest are found primarily south of Martin County on the state’s east coast. But the gulf waters off of our bay area have larger lobsters for scuba divers willing to put in the time and effort.
To find lobsters in local waters, you need to travel to depth of about 50 to 80 feet of water, which is about 12 to 20 miles offshore. There was a time when divers could find lobsters around local bridges, as they do in the Florida Keys, but those days are long gone. In more than 30 years of diving local waters, this bug hunter as seen only one inshore, and it was undersized.
Our local lobsters tend to hunt for food at night. They often can be found walking along rocky outcroppings. But during the day, lobsters hunker down as they seek shelter in rocky outcrops and coral reefs. And that is where divers should look.
These “holes” often provide homes to other creatures as well. One of the most common residents is the “shoveled nose” or “slipper” lobster.
Unlike the spiny lobster, the slipper lobster has no season or size or bag limits. They frequently are overlooked by many sport divers because they cling to the roofs of the same rock dens as spiny lobsters. They are not as heavily pursued as the spiny lobster. But they are tasty. Most people will agree that they make a better meal than the spiny lobster.
Nurse sharks like spiny lobsters, too, and you’ll often find them hiding in the same caverns as the tasty crustaceans. This can be problematic for the unwitting diver who reaches for a lobster and grabs a shark instead.
Another advantage to lobstering local waters is that you get more bang for the buck. The local lobsters can weigh 8 to 12 pounds, compared to the Keys variety, which typically average less than a pound.
The local lobsters are also much slower than those in South Florida, which ricochet around like bullets when confronted with a diver armed with a net and a tickle stick, two indispensable tools for any lobster diver. The trick is to slide the tickle stick in behind the lobster, tap it a few times so it scurries out of the hole and into your net.
Florida lobsters don’t have large claws for hunting and defense like their cousins from Maine. The spiny lobster’s chief defense is speed. All it takes is one flip of the tail and they are gone. So don’t be surprised if you miss a few when you first get started.
Another option is to head to the Atlantic side of the state. The waters off Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are also great for lobster hunting. The water quality on these reefs, which lie about a mile or two offshore, rivals that of the Keys. On a typical August day you can snorkel along the surface and clearly see the reef 70 feet below. But because the reefs are deeper than those usually worked in the Keys, lobster hunters need to be well-trained and experienced divers to avoid the perils of diving at depth.
Lobster season runs from Tuesday through March 31. The bag limit is six lobsters per person per day. A legal spiny lobster must have a carapace that is at least 3 inches long (lobsters smaller than this are too “short” to take legally), and the lobster must be measured in the water. You must have a measuring device in your possession at all times.
A diver must also know how to identify an egg-bearing female. Female lobsters carry eggs (you will see them directly under the tail) for about a month anytime between April and August, although eggs have been found as early as February and as late as November. An egg-bearing female is said to be “berried,” and under the regulations they must be released unharmed. A recreational saltwater license and a crawfish permit is also required.