When and Where to Fish

Little Things Mean a Lot When you fish is just as important as where you fish. One early truth we all learn as anglers is that nearly every aspect of our fishing approach can be improved. I’ve been at this over five decades now, and I still learn something different or come up with a […]

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Wintertime Tuna Fishing off Venice, Louisiana

Yellowfin tuna are a main attraction at Venice Marina. And the biggest fish don’t always get caught at the rigs. Courtesy Relentless Sportfishing The most reliable place on the planet to catch yellowfin and blackfin tunas is offshore Venice, Louisiana. Venice is located advantageously at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River. And as fall […]

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Z-Man ‘Immortal’ HerculeZ: Toughest Swimbait Ever?

Z-Man ‘immortal’ HerculeZ exhibits astonishing action and toughness Ladson, SC (January 26, 2023) – Admittedly, bite force is a concept best understood by anglers whose fingers accidently slip into the mandibles of powerful gamefish. With an audible snap—not unlike an angry alligator maw—aquatic predators like snook, tarpon and striped bass can all crush baitfish (or […]

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SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Peacock Bass

Peacock bass have become the quintessential Florida gamefish. Since their introduction in 1984, they have gone from invasive species to respected adversary, and their popularity is showing no signs of abating. While relegated to South Florida, as waters warm, peacocks have been on a northward trajectory. If they aren’t in your local waterways yet, it’s […]

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Top Fishing Lure Colors

A ravenous mahi will eat almost anything, but the right lures will get more hits from slammers. Jessica Haydahl Richardson Anglers need a game plan when they head to the tackle shop. Not only is the style of the lure important, so is the hue. In fact, color might be one of those overlooked variables […]

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Baitfish Profiles: Shrimp

The wide-ranging game fish that hunt Sunshine State shallows feed on a huge variety of forage species, with baitfish making up a great deal of their diets. However, while predators display unique preferences as they pertain to shimmering baits from pilchard and herring to pinfish and pogy, few shallow-water targets will ever pass up a […]

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Atlantic Bonito on a Fly

Fly fishing isn’t about the fish. Instead, it is about the fly fisherman’s journey to the fish. People pick up a fly rod to challenge themselves and enjoy the soul-strumming poetry of the process. Of all the fish fly fishermen pursue, the Atlantic bonito is one of the most challenging. The average fisherman catches the […]

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Fish Facts: Pacific Tuna with a Long Tail

A lovely longtail tuna admired by the late Capt. Greg Bethune, who helped pioneer sport fishing around Australia’s Cape York peninsula. The fish’s elongate caudal peduncle provides a nice handhold just in front of the tail. Doug Olander I caught my first northern bluefin tuna 20-some years ago, off northernmost Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Only […]

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Barracuda on a Fly

There are two camps when it comes to fly fishing for barracuda—and they have pretty polarizing opinions.  There are the anglers who scorn the thought and those who have a second dedicated pole rigged and ready in case they get the opportunity. What are your feelings? More and more fly anglers are appreciating the fight […]

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Largemouth Bass by the Calendar

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How Big a Fishfinder Do I Really Need?

Get the biggest fishfinder you can fit on your boat. Better yet, get more than one. Courtesy Regulator Boats Just how big a fishfinder do you need? It’s a question just about every boat-owning angler will ask him or herself when they buy a new boat, and likely again when they upgrade their electronics. And […]

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Winter White Perch Fishing

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5 Lures for Winter Trout Fishing

Long live the trout, curer of cabin fever and conqueror of the cold water. When saltwater fish have gone south, and large and smallmouth bass have gone dormant, the trout keeps biting, barely slowing its feeding even when the temperatures dip into the 30s. When local fishing options grow slim in January and February, and […]

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Strategies for Targeting Redfish in Cold Water

When you think of inshore fishing in Florida, it’s hard not to think of redfish. Known for their copper-bronze coloring and iconic spotted tail, redfish can be caught throughout Florida in coastal waters and estuaries year-round. They are, without a doubt, one of Florida’s more widespread inshore species and one of the most popular sport […]

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Round Out Your Cold Water Bass Arsenal

Flat-Sided Crankbaits for Cold Water Bass Seaguar Bassmaster Elite Pro Keith Combs Part of what makes crankbaits such an effective tool in bass fishing is their ability to match a variety of forage. These baits come in many different sizes, diving depths, styles, actions, and a rainbow of color options. When choosing the perfect one […]

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Top-Shelf Gifts for Anglers

Top-Shelf Gifts for Anglers The Holidays are upon us! Are you struggling to find that perfect item for the angler in your life? If so, this curated list of essential items is sure to please the special person that seems to already have it all. This isn’t run-of-the-mill fishing gear, but rather, top-notch equipment that […]

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