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New U.S. Customs and Border Protection App for clearing into the U.S.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just announced a new app that will allow pleasure vessels to clear into the U.S. in select areas, including Florida. CBP states that the app can be used by anyone from any nationality regardless of their citizenship. We did call CBP and learned that if that person does not have a Local Boater's Option (BR number) then they are still required to report in person to a CBP location within 24 hours with their arrival number and passport. 

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Here is this information we received directly from U.S. CBP:


Hello SVRS member,
It is our pleasure to announce that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is launching the CBP Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile (ROAM) app, a new way for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry in select locations nationwide! This app provides pleasure boaters with a convenient and efficient way to report their U.S. entry from a personal device, as opposed to calling their local CBP number.  Please note: Float plans are no longer required, and the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) is being discontinued in the coming months. A notice will be posted to the SVRS website with a specific date and thereafter all travelers will be directed to utilize the CBP ROAM app. Your SVRS, Local Boater, or Registered Traveler numbers will remain in effect and can be utilized and saved within the app to expedite reporting. 
What is the CBP ROAM app?
The CBP ROAM app is a free mobile application that provides a new and faster option for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry to CBP. Travelers can use their personal smart device (or a tablet located at partner businesses) to satisfy reporting requirements in select areas. All travelers, regardless of nationality or citizenship, are eligible to use the CBP ROAM app.
Where can the CBP ROAM app be used?
Currently, the CBP ROAM app can be used to report U.S. entry by pleasure boat in Florida, select locations in Minnesota, and in the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River area between Buffalo and Ogdensburg, NY. Additional locations are being added, and travelers should contact their local port of entry to confirm whether arrival submissions via the CBP ROAM app are accepted.
Download CBP ROAM on your Android or Apple device! Detailed instructions on how to install and use the app on a personal device are attached for your reference. For more information on the CBP ROAM app, visit the CBP ROAM page on CBP’s website. For CBP ROAM questions or comments, please reach out to cbproam@cbp.dhs.gov.
This program is a pilot and is still under development; please report any difficulties or comments to this email box and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Happy boating and stay safe!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Future of Walker's Cay

The Future of Walker's Cay

Growing up in South Florida, the Bahamas have always been a favorite escape. And as a kid, no place was more alluring than Walker's Cay. It was like a Safari Lodge for salty fisherman. And it didn't matter if you were on a sportfish or center console. Chasing Marlin, Grouper or Bonefish. Everyone knew each other and there was a real sense of community among all the locals and visiting fisherman(many of later were there almost every weekend).

Walker's Cay was just far enough from Florida and just small enough to go unchanged for decades. As the rest of the Abacos boomed with development and tourism, Walker's small size and private ownership allowed it to keep its charm and personality. 

When I was 10 I caught my first bonefish right off Walker's. I remember my friend Dave Lee and I running a small Dolphin skiff from the marina to Great Sale and fly fishing all day for bonefish, barracuda, and sharks. We went out for a day with Billy Black on the Duchess and caught wahoo and Mahi just off the reef. And coming in I'll never forget seeing swell hit the reef in the pass and breaking, the first surfable outer reef break my eyes had ever seen. In college, Jason Norcross and I spent 5 weeks in the Walker's Marina on his dad's 31 contender. We set up a tent on the bow every night and slept on air mattresses. We had a $69 window unit plugged into shore power and setup to blow cold air on us. And we spearfished all day every day. It was one of the most formative trips of my life. And that 31 contender was named The Headhunter and it became the namesake for our brand when Jason and I started Headhunter Spearfishing in 2002. 

All that changed in 2005 when hurricanes devastated the island. With the hotel and marina in shambles, the Island was closed to the public. And has remained closed. But it looks like there is about to be another chapter written in the Walker's Cay story. A press release this week announced that Texas businessman and philanthropist Carl Allen has purchased the island and will soon begin a “phase one development plan”.

Not a lot of details were given regarding his plans for the island, but he did mention that he has been going since he was 12 and has a love for Walker's and the surrounding community. I hope he can steer this project in the right direction and restore Walker's to its former glory. 


Biggest Cubera Snapper ever speared

This week Luke Maillis used his Headhunter Spearfishing NOMAD polespear to shoot and land the largest Cubera Snapper on record. It is now a pending IUSA spearfishing world record for the polespear/sling division and is 8 pounds larger than the speargun record!! 

"Today I checked off one of my life goals, shooting This massive 130 lb Cubera Snapper. The most glorious pending World record reef fish in the Atlantic Ocean. Taken down with my Headhunter Nomad pole pear and belt reel. After I shot a Nassau grouper on a reef in 50 ft of water. I saw this Cubera snapper out on the sand. I immediately knew it was a world record fish. I watched him while breathing up, waiting to make my move. I noticed he was swimming towards a ledge, I waited until he swam under the ledge then immediately dived down and had my pole spear cocked and ready. I dropped down under the ledge and saw him face to face. He started to turn and run when I took aim and landed the shot right in the face. He took off running and peeling off line from my belt reel. I chased behind clearing the line from tangling on the reef and watched him run into a deep cave. I went back to the surface for air and started to play him on the belt reel. Letting out slack and pulling him back out of the cave. After 10 to 15 minutes of fighting him he finally swam out of the cave and I began to muscle him up to the surface. I was so scared going to grab him by the gills as he lunged towards me with his mouth open. I finally grabbed him by the gills and called the boat over. Got him in the boat and stood in awe of his majestic size.. the fish of a lifetime.

I'm very impressed with the Headhunter Nomad pole spear. It is the most durable spear I've used and I am in awe that it stood up to the giant Cubera after being bashed around in a reef. It's accuracy is on point and you really get your money's worth with this spear. Great job on making a spear that landed my fish of a lifetime.

- Luke Maillis(World Record Holder/8X freedive record holder/guide)


Two years ago we set out to engineer a robust spear that could handle any situation. The result is what we now call the NOMAD. This pole spear is extremely durable, lightening fast and hits like a bull. Made from a proprietary composite tubing and 17-4ph heat treated stainless steel fittings, this pole spear is ridiculously rugged. By combining the 3' front, 3' back and optional 2' and 3' mid sections, the spear can be configured as a 6', 8', 9', or 10' spear with an additional 18" injector rod and tip. Another great perk of this spear is that it breaks down to 38" for travel.

For more information, please don't hesitate giving us a call at (954) 745-0747 or shooting us an email at sales@headhunterspearfishing.com