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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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Anglers can be really hard to shop for. So I dug through the best of the best to put together a list of gifts that is sure to please even the toughest critic. XtraTuf Boots XtraTuf has the perfect pair of boots for all of your adventures, with adventurers of all ages. I’ve been wearing […]

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Early Winter Fishing for Big Niagara Lake Trout

This lake trout was sporting a fresh wound from a lamprey above its pectoral fin. In the 1900’s, lampreys contributed to the eradication of lakers in Lake Ontario. Since the 1970s, stocking efforts and lamprey population-control methods have allowed the lakers to thrive in Ontario once again. In early winter, the Niagara Bar and River […]

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Ned Kehde Reveals Winter Bass Tricks

A coldwater finesse Q&A with Ned Kehde, the Ned rig maestro Ladson, SC (December 6, 2022) – While you’re reading this, huddled around the warm glow of your computer screen, Ned Kehde is almost certainly on the water. So long as one of the dozen or so of his local community reservoirs near Kansas City remain […]

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Bumphead Parrotfish on a Fly

These aren’t stealthy fish. In fact, if you are on the flats when they come in, you’ll likely see them from a mile away. A giant herd of slow-moving, alien-looking fish gently flopping their bluey-green tails on the surface. But spotting them and landing them are two different things entirely! If you have the chance, […]

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Bonefish on a Fly

Bonefish epitomize what saltwater fly fishing is all about.  Catching one of these flats classics can be the highlight of any fly fisherman’s life. Aptly referred to as the “ghosts of the flats,” they tout the ultimate camouflage and consistently deliver a challenge and a line-screaming run. Yet, they aren’t so impossibly tricky to catch […]

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Bluefin Trevally on a Fly

The bluefin trevally is the mighty mini-me of the giant trevally. And—because of their tendency to hunt in packs—these fish are often more fun to catch than their big cousins. ​​​​​​​As one fly fisherman stated, “they swarm and attack flies like a pack of starving wolves.” So, let’s check out catching this underrated bluefin trevally […]

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24 Gifts for Striper Fishermen

From surf to boat, and Maine to Maryland, the striped bass reigns supreme as the world’s  greatest gamefish. Here are some of the items at the top of our wishlist for next striper season. #gift-guide{max-width: 1080px;}#gift-guide .rcorners {margin:12px 0 15px 0; height: auto; overflow:hidden;}#gift-guide .rcorners h3 {margin:0;}#gift-guide .rcorners p {margin:0;}#gift-guide .rcorners .rc-title {border-radius: 15px; border: […]

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Meet The Northland Fishing Tackle’s Nedster

Northland Fishing Tackle’s new Elite Series Nedster Jig and Weedless Nedster Jig further the groundbreaking Ned Rigging technique. BEMIDJI, Minn. (November 8, 2022) – In pole-vaulting, it was Dick Fosbury who changed the sport with the Fosbury Flop. In ice skating, American Olympian Dorothy Hamill left her mark with the Hamill Camel. And, in fishing, writer […]

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How to Catch Tog on Jigs

On The Water is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. “Jigging” for blackfish is a fun and effective way to target these crab-loving. For a long time, fishermen relied on rigs weighed down by heavy sinkers to present baits to tautog, but fishermen learned that tog […]

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How to Rig Your Boat for Sailfishing

Sailfish anglers in the South battle winter winds and waves for the best action of the year. Harry Hindmarsh 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. Successful live-bait sailfishing requires deep knowledge of this unique billfish’s migratory […]

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Catch Big Fall Tautog

In the right hands, and with the proper tackle, jigs are a deadly way to present crabs to big tautog. The author caught this 11-pound-plus female tog on a day when over ten double-digit fish were taken on jigs. As the fall weather settles in, anglers across the Northeast are eager to get on the […]

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