Bucktails In Boulder Fields for Big Striped Bass

Rocky, wind-blown beaches provide striped bass with a smorgasbord of bait, the ideal bucktail fishing conditions during the fall migration. Photo by Tom Lynch – ANGRYFISH.TV A little over five years ago, I walked into tackle shops and bought bucktail jigs, expecting to tie one on and magically catch fluke and striped bass. I ventured […]

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Unexpected Octopus Breaks Record

Michael Matsunaga’s octopus breaks the 22-year old record previously held by his brother. Michael Matsunaga For most anglers, getting a catch in the boat marks the end of the battle. For Hawaiian fisherman Michael Matsunaga, who reeled in a 25.95-pound state-record octopus on Oahu’s north shore in late August, it was just the beginning. Unconventional […]

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Summer and Southern Flounder Fishing Tips

Big flatties up north love bucktails and Gulp! Alive grubs, but the baits are often lost to pinfish down south. Nick Honachefsky When you grow up in Jersey, you don’t think of flatfish as a southern target. But I spent a stint in Florida as managing editor of this magazine. Feeling a wreck-fishing ­whimsy, I […]

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Keith Poche Wins Bassmaster Open on the Red River

eith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., has won the 2022 St. Croix Bassmaster Central Open at Red River presented by Mossy Oak Fishing with a three-day total of 37 pounds, 12 ounces.Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S. Poche Prevails With Bassmaster Central Open Victory On Louisiana’s Red River BOSSIER CITY, La. — You might say Keith Poche […]

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Ever Green Introduces the IR Finesse Jig

Ever Green IR Jig Known for their extraordinary bass-catching abilities, there’s just something special about rubber-skirted jigs. Pitched, flipped, dragged, or hopped, they simply catch fish—no bones about it. Largemouth and smallmouth bass all eat forage that rubber-skirted jigs resemble—like young-of-the-year bluegills, and, of course, crawfish in all stages of development. Enter the Ever Green […]

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5 Florida Bass Baits You Need in Your Arsenal

For many of Florida’s freshwater enthusiasts, largemouth bass tops the list of favorite species to target. The Sunshine State’s widespread lakes, rivers, ponds, canals and more are almost all home to largemouth, with some freshwater bodies holding impressive numbers of trophy bucketmouths. These fish are skilled predators that are capable of consuming a variety of […]

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Pro Tips for Rigging Diamond Jigs and Teasers

You have to love a rig that works as well in the surf for stripers as it does dropping deep for cod and black sea bass. Jon Whittle 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. Diamond jigs […]

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10 Stops Along the Fall Run

Fall run in full swing: A school of stripers feasts on small baitfish off the south side of Montauk. Photo by Mike Demarco It’s easy to romanticize the fall striper run. Changing leaves, crisp weather, empty seashore towns, and the striper season saving its best fishing for last. No matter where you fish in the […]

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89-Pound Cobia Shatters State Record

Anglers (from L to R) Drew Henninger, Jesse Coulbourn, Scott Brooks, Pat Miles, and Andrew Farach pose with the record cobia and the tuna caught earlier in the day. Scott Brooks A Delaware angler who had never caught a cobia before this summer made his first one count in a big way, hooking an 89-pounder […]

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Target Freshwater Game Fish with Golden Shiner

While saltwater fisheries garner much of the attention of Sunshine State anglers, Florida is home to some of the fishiest freshwater lakes, rivers and canals in the world. Most of the statewide sweetwater enthusiasts who frequent these venues live and die by artificial offerings, targeting various bass species, butterfly peacock, bullseye snakehead, clown knifefish and […]

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