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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Tips for Using Crabs as Bait

Crabs are a tasty temptation for a variety of game fish. Jason Stemple Since I was a youngster, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the lowly crab. According to my parents, my first encounter with an angry crab resulted in a screaming kid and an airborne crustacean. Later, I learned to appreciate crabs as fishing […]

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How Often Should You Replace Your Fishing Line?

Adding fresh line to your spinning reel often increases casting distance. File Photo Late one evening, a few years back, I was walking along the marina docks at Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, when I noticed a mate aboard one of the larger offshore fishing boats stripping the line off a well-used Shimano Tiagra. At […]

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Targeting the Shallow to Mid-Depth Range for Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Smackdown by David A Brown When smallmouth inhabit shallow to midrange depths, reaction baits can create incredibly exciting moments as these brown beasts are renowned for their aggressive nature and arm-jolting strikes. Often roaming in packs of similar-sized fish, smallmouth are driven by feeding competition and a natural curiosity. Show them swift-moving presentations like […]

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Secret Weapons of the Deep Drop

Pictured: With their blue eyes, gold-flecked scales, and fleshy adipose crest, golden tilefish are one of the most exotic-looking species in the Northeast. Half the fun of sending a baited rig 500 feet to the bottom is never knowing what’s going to find it. Off the continental shelf of the Northeast, more than a dozen […]

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Sandy Beach Soft Plastics

When it comes to plugs, I believe the versatile ones, the plugs that can do as many different things as possible, are the best. My reasons could fill up a book, but they actually come down to two essentials. First, if a plug is versatile, I don’t have to carry as much on each trip—I […]

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The Benefits of Wading Belts In the Surf

Z-Belt Gen 2Designed by Luke Znosko to alleviate the back pain from carrying a packed-to-the-gills plug bag over his shoulder, he combined the features of a surfcasting belt made of nylon webbing with a neoprene weightlifting belt to create a surf belt that provides lumbar support for long outings in the surf. A roller locking […]

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SpiderWire Dura Braid Wins Fishing Line Category

ICAST 2022, SpiderWire DuraBraid takes home the trophy for Best of Category in Fishing Line – a reputable feat after being introduced at ICAST in 2021. SpiderWire DuraBraid continues to impress anglers that demand high performance as the most abrasion-resistant conventional braided line on the market. Now this popular braided line is available in Hi-Vis Yellow. SpiderWire […]

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