A Self-Releasing Fish Hook

Florida researchers tested a bite-shortened hook to catch and release speckled trout without ever having to touch the fish. Jon Whittle Most anglers agree that non-offset circle hooks are the best live-bait hook to use when catch-and-release fishing. Further, some fisheries mandate the use of circle hooks when targeting species such as striped bass, billfish […]

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Do I Really Need a T-Top?

T-tops, like the one on this Sea Pro, can increase comfort and perform a variety of useful functions. Courtesy Suzuki My first boat was an entry-level 21-foot center console powered by a 140-hp two-stroke outboard. When I say it was a wide-open fishing machine, I mean it was wide open. No seating, aside from a […]

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It’s the Habitat, Stupid

Southwest Florida’s Rookery Bay restoration project will help restore tidal flow to vital juvenile fish habitat. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve There’s a simple truth that most anglers understand intuitively: a fishery is only as healthy as the habitat that supports it. This holds true in both fresh and salt water, from trout to […]

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How to Get Involved in Fisheries Management

The Marine Resource Education Program allows fishermen to become effective participants in the fisheries management process. Marine Resource Education Program The actual date escapes me now, but it was in the early 1980s that I got involved in fisheries management. I’d been working in the recreational fishing business with Salt Water Sportsman for about 10 […]

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Red Tide Blooms Follow Hurricane Ian

Red tide blooms from Sanibel to Port Charlotte, Florida have resulted in fish kills and other harmful aquatic ecosystem impacts. Courtesy Captains for Clean Water Red tide blooms are building along much of Florida’s southwestern coast extending from Sanibel to Port Charlotte, resulting in fish kills and other harmful aquatic ecosystem impacts. South Florida has […]

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How Do I Spot a Cheap Boat?

When you find a boat you like, put your emotional attachment aside and conduct a diligent inspection to make sure it’s built properly. Jim Hendricks In shopping for a boat, whether new or used, it’s easy to miss warning signs of shoddy construction and outfitting, especially when your head is filled with visions of calm […]

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Fish Facts: Escolar Caught from Shore

Avery Berido caught this odd species of snake mackerel from the cliffs of Hawaii. Turns out the fish was a Roudi escolar, and when eaten can cause a significant laxative effect. Avery Berido While fishing along the cliffs on the Big Island of Hawaii, Avery Berido of Kea’au caught what, he says, anglers locally call […]

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Mercury Marine Introduces First V10 Outboard

Mercury Marine has introduced the world’s first V10 outboard as part of its Verado line, seen here on a Boston Whaler. Mercury Marine Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, today introduced the industry’s first ever V10 outboard with the official launch of its all-new 5.7L 350 and 400hp Verado® outboard engines. Consistent with the […]

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What You Need to Know About Texas Sleds

Texas sleds, like this one piloted by Capt. Brian Barrera, are perfect vehicles for getting anglers into the shallows where redfish, trout, and other skinny-water species are found. Capt. Brian Barrera With a name like Texas sled or scooter, it is obvious the boat was designed to access the super-skinny water along the Gulf Coast […]

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New Saltwater Lures

AFTCO Digger Jon Whittle AFTCO Digger Don’t be fooled. The AFTCO Digger looks like it should be trolled. That’s because trolling plugs with similar characteristics have caught plenty of wahoo, king mackerel and tuna over the years. But the Digger is definitely a casting plug, says AFTCO. Weighted specifically for long casts and sinking to […]

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Fish Facts: A Redfish and its Black Spot(s)

This multi-spot redfish is an oddity, sure to turn heads at the boat ramp. Some scientists believe multiple spots are advantageous for red drum in turbid water. Capt. Sonny Schindler Perhaps the single feature most associated with the red drum is its spot. That is, the one spot (on each side), on its tail. That […]

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Tackle and Techniques to Catch Trophy Kingfish

With sharp teeth and tails built for speed, smoker kings like this destroy all but the stoutest tackle. David A. Brown Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. We’ve all seen it. A guy pulling dead cigar […]

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Fish Facts: Like No Perch You’ve Ever Seen

Steve Wozniak with the 22-pound Argentinian sandperch that would become the IGFA all-tackle world record for the species. Steve Wozniak Steve Wozniak, who has caught more species of game fish than anyone in the world shared with me this photo of his catch from the Atlantic coast of northern Argentina. He says, “I caught this […]

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215-Pound Swordfish Caught in Inflatable Boat

Chris Madison managed to get the 215-pound swordfish aboard the inflatable boat after fighting, landing, and bleeding it out. Chris Madison Using a 15-foot inflatable boat for fishing off the coast of Southern California makes perfect sense to Chris Madison. The vessel is inexpensive to own and maintain, and it’s easy to transport to and […]

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Tips for Targeting the Mullet Run

The fall mullet run races south along the Atlantic Coast—do not miss the action off the beaches. Jason Arnold Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Every year, beginning in September and running well into November—and sometimes […]

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Power Trip: Suzuki DF300 AP

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