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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Gear Review: Garmin LiveScope XR

Wish you had superpowers? You’ll spot fish like Superman through a wall, with the Garmin Livescope XR. My gaze was transfixed on the dash-mounted Garmin display as I watched a school of bait flutter up off the artificial reef some 50 feet below the boat. The movements on the MFD were much like the ones […]

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Is a Dual Console Really a Fishing Boat?

Dual console boats, like the Freedom 255 from Grady-White, are well-suited to both catching fish and family fun. Courtesy Grady-White I’ve talked to many hard core anglers who think anything other than a center console fishing boat is a glorified day boat. Creature comforts? Ha! Those are for the weak. Real fishermen can brave the […]

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2023 Cobia 301 CC

The 301 CC is full of hardcore fishability. Courtesy Cobia Boats The Cobia 301 CC is a true angler’s center-console. It’s laden with features that make it eminently fishable, yet it still offers a family-friendly layout for a day of cruising or hitting the sandbar. Cobia builds the 301 CC with VARIS, a vacuum-bagged resin infusion […]

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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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A Guide to Slow Pitch Jigging in The Bahamas

For Floridians, particularly in the southeast reaches of the Sunshine State, fishing in The Bahamas is a unique treat that seems too good to be true. However, the reality is that just a short venture across the Gulf Stream puts you in a whole new world with opportunities. There’s always something to catch in Bahamian […]

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Trash Fish You Can Eat

Menhaden, or, “bunker,” or, “pogie,” is a great bait that most anglers would disdain as table fare. Yet, these fish were once promoted by Uncle Sam as good to eat. Courtesy Chesapeake Bay Program “Trash-fish,” or “rough fish” are longstanding pejoratives for any fish not considered sporting and / or not considered good table fare. […]

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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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Flats Boat vs. Bay Boat vs. Hybrid

From flats to blue water, these boats have you covered. Courtesy Grady-White Special delivery: Sign up for the free Boating email newsletter. Subscribe to Boating magazine for $14 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Coastal anglers typically have a lot of variety when it comes to fishing grounds. Some love the flats and backwaters, skinny waters […]

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The Best Lures to Throw During the Mullet Run

One of the most popular species to target during the mullet run are full-grown tarpon. Spotting them along the beach is much easier than actually landing them. Ben Holtzclaw There are 78 species of mullet and each one has a unique appearance and behavior. Imitating them, some of the most common backwater baitfish, is key […]

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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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Swimming Freely

  East coast, West coast, Gulf coast, Daiwa’s new Free Swimmer makes live-lining a snap while stopping trophies in their tracks. Cypress, CA (July 13, 2022) – Move over saltwater lunkers, you’re about to meet your match. It’s called the Free Swimmer and it’s from Daiwa, so you know you’re in deep trouble. Get ready […]

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Long Island’s Unofficial Race for a 100-Pound Cobia

(Above) Captain Tony and the crew aboard the Berth Control showcase their catch after weigh-in. Scotty’s Marina and Fishing Station has always been one of my favorite spots on Long Island. Conveniently situated along Reynold’s Channel in the quaint beach town of Point Lookout, it’s a quick one-stop-shop at the water’s edge. I’ve started and […]

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