Fight Back Against Sea Lions

Some sea lions, such as this large male in Marina Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, have become brazen in the pursuit of easy meals, even begging. Jim Hendricks Sea lions are the bane of West Coast saltwater anglers. The wily pinnipeds have learned that a hooked fish provides an easy meal. So, they loiter around fishing […]

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Five Things To Know Before Buying a Fishing Kayak

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, there are a few questions to consider before buying a fishing kayak. Kal Visuals / Unsplash So, you want to buy a fishing kayak? Maybe you want to fish beyond the shore, but you have limited time, budget and space. Or you’re a seasoned angler looking […]

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New Fishing Gear for 2022

The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) is a blur of excitement and chaos, bringing together many of today’s top fishing tackle, electronics, and apparel manufacturers. Taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, lots of major players in the fresh- and saltwater fishing industries are there to showcase new products. […]

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Fishing for Snook and Specks in the Fall

Find warmer water temperatures this fall, and your chances for lunker snook skyrocket. Adrian Gray I do not like the cold. I tend to get grumpy when it’s cold. OK, grumpier. When it is cold, my hands start to ache, my ears burn, and I get that uncomfortable shiver down my back. I become lethargic […]

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When Northern Right Whales and Boats Collide

A 54-foot sportfisher ran into this northern right whale calf. The 22-foot-long right whale calf was found dead in St. Augustine, Florida. FWC/Tucker Joenz, NOAA Fisheries permit #18786 Over the last few years, there have been consistent reports in the media about certain ocean-related topics. The biggest one, or at least the one that has […]

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Who Should Pay for the Fuel When You’re Chartering a Fishing Trip?

High gas prices affect how often anglers go fishing, or if they can afford a trip with their favorite captain. file photo Gas prices are high. But they’ve also dropped recently, and we can only hope that trend continues. Still, today’s pump prices are tough on the boater. Gas prices might not be too noticeable […]

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Brother Captains Break Record With 3,000 Dolphin Tagged and Released for Science

Captains Jimbo and Rick Thomas tagged and released their 3,000th dolphin in July of 2022. Dolphinfish Research Program There are thousands of offshore fishing charters around the world, and many catch dolphin during their outings, but only one has tagged and released 3,000 mahi in the name of conservation and science. Working with the Dolphinfish […]

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Famed Fishing Company Simms Bought For $192.5 Million

Vista Outdoor is adding Simms to its diversified portfolio. Courtesy Simms On July 27 a notice from Vista Outdoor was made with the news it was purchasing Simms Fishing Products, a major force in the world of fishing clothing, for $192.5 million. Vista is a $3 billion parent company owning dozens of outdoor firms, including […]

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Florida Updates Redfish Regulations

Redfish are a popular Florida inshore species. State regulators approved changes to the redfish regulations to help support the population. Alex Suescun Fisheries management and controversy seem to go hand-in-hand. The real problem is that in many cases, the management process creates winners and losers. While this is an unfortunate reality, I always hope that […]

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Ten Record-Setting Striped Bass Catches

Striped bass are versatile sport fish. For some anglers, they’re also eating fish. Anglers can catch bass in the surf with custom plugs and poppers, or they can drop a fly in front of a striper on a shallow flat. Big striped bass also chomp hefty live baits. Soft plastics, epoxy jigs and metal lures […]

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Florida Keys Mahi Fishing in Late Summer and Early Fall

August to October is prime time to land oversize dolphin on the troll in the Florida Keys. George Poveromo We were drifting deep baits for blackfin tuna over Islamorada’s 409 Hump, all eyes focused on our rods—except for Nathan Quinn’s. Fortunately for us, he spotted a big mahi swimming past the side of the boat […]

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Rare Grouper Caught off North Carolina Is a State Record

Edward Tait landed this North Carolina state record graysby grouper in June 2022. N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries North Carolina’s Division of Marine Fisheries certified a catch made June 30 off Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, as a new state record for graysby, a small and relatively unknown grouper found throughout much of the Southeast […]

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How to Target California Yellowtail in Deep Water

Yellowtail schools often hunt in deep water along Southern California’s coast and islands. Mark Yamasaki Santa Barbara Island isn’t much of an island. Anglers call it “the Rock.” Yet the waters run deep around this smallest of the Channel Islands, and that’s exactly where we headed one morning aboard my 21 ½-footer, Split Decision, tanked […]

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Nick Honachefsky’s Top New Products from ICAST 2022

It’s no secret the Covid-19 pandemic pretty much shut down the world’s supply production chain, but even through challenging times, the fishing industry managed to crank out some top-notch new products to showcase at ICAST. Usually, it’s a top-10 roundup, but this one goes up to 11 (for all you This is Spinal Tap fans). […]

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One Redfish Limit Returns to Southwest Florida

Redfish were protected in Southwest Florida after a red tide caused a massive fish kill in 2018. In September, anglers can once again keep one for the table. Bob McNally At its May meeting, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made some significant harvest changes to the state’s popular red drum (redfish) fishery. (“Harvest” […]

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Why Conventional Reels are Better Than Spinning Reels

Both reel designs catch fish, so the choice comes down to personal preference ­during the tackle-buying process. Baitcasters offer simplicity of design, but spinning reels come in a far wider variety of styles, sizes and capacities. Tim Barker To end the debate, so we can move on to more important topics, I say conventional reels are […]

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Catching Blackfish Using the Latest Anchoring Technology

The author’s wife, Ginger, reels up a healthy blackfish caught on a jig-and-crab combo over a shallow-water reef off the New York Bight. Gary Caputi Though the bag limit was only one fish per person during last winter’s blackfish season, the opportunity to catch trophy tog in the shallows was too good to pass up. […]

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Surf Shark Tournament Moved Amid Safety Concerns

Blacktip sharks near the beach. Ibrahim Rifath via Unsplash With Discovery TV’s “Shark Week” on tap beginning July 24, it seems fitting that a coastal tourist spot would have an issue with anglers wanting to catch sharks where families are frolicking in the surf. That seems to be the case with a shark fishing tournament […]

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Using a Smartwatch to Catch More Fish

With built-in GPS, Quatix 7 marine smartwatches provide graphic tide charts for the area in which you are fishing. Jim Hendricks While drifting over an expansive sand flat off the coast of California recently, all three anglers on my boat hooked up simultaneously with big white sea bass. Pandemonium ensued, and no one had time […]

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Guy Harvey Enterprises Teams Up with Bonnier to Produce Guy Harvey Magazine

Guy Harvey Enterprises teams up with Bonnier to produce Guy Harvey Magazine. Guy Harvey Magazine Bonnier LLC and Guy Harvey Enterprises have entered into a new partnership for the custom publishing and production of the award-winning Guy Harvey Magazine, the official publication of the Guy Harvey brand now in its 12th year. Bonnier will act […]

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