Bay Boat vs. Hybrid

Hybrids are as at home fishing the shallow stuff as they are plying the deep drops. Courtesy Robalo Boats While there are no rules about what constitutes a bay boat or a hybrid, certain features tend to lump boats into one camp or the other. Other boats refuse to be pigeonholed, deftly straddling the line. […]

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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Bay Boats

Livewells and ample rod holders should be ­standard. Comfortable, stowable bow seating can be an important option for families. Courtesy Robalo Bay boats were once considered practically anything you wouldn’t take outside the inlet. Today’s anglers expect them to be 19 to 23 feet, with a shallow deadrise of 12 to 14 degrees and a draft of […]

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Mastering Fly-Fishing for Peacock Bass

Among the many sport fishing pursuits available to anglers in South Florida, targeting butterfly peacock, more commonly known as peacock bass, is certainly not the most popular pastime. With plenty of saltwater action nearby including some of the most diverse shallows in the state, as well as close proximity to the Gulf Stream, the freshwater […]

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Big Fights From Springtime Back Bay Bluefish

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Fishing with Slip-Floats

Fall is a great time to target trout as they feed heavily before the long winter. This seeforellen brown trout ate a live shiner 10 feet under a slip float. Photo by Aaron Swanson There is nothing like the rush of watching a bobber dip below the surface. The excitement when a bobber goes under, […]

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Cameras and Tarpon

The waters of Ambergris Caye are home to plenty of tarpon, bonefish and permit. Jess McGlothlin 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. Here’s the thing about being a fishing photographer: You’ll spend countless hours on the […]

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Indo-Pacific Sailfish on the Fly

Not many fish can give you the same adrenaline rush as an acrobatic Sailfish flashing all its sensational flair and fight at the end of your rod. And this offshore sport fishing favorite is not restricted to traditional rod and reel equipment. Fly fishing anglers love catching sailfish too! Here’s a peek into how to […]

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Targeting Redfish in Texas

Texas anglers love redfish as much as the Dallas Cowboys. There’s nothing more exciting than sight-casting flies, plugs or plastics. Tosh Brown 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. A redfish is like a bull in a […]

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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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10 Biggest Roosterfish Ever Caught

Roosterfish are known for putting up a great fight. Adrian Gray Roosterfish, with their distinctive, tall, spiking dorsal fins and curved black/blue markings, fuel the imagination and spur the wanderlust in many anglers looking to travel and catch exotic, hard-fighting and often high-flying species.  These predatory fish are found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from […]

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Milkfish on the Fly

You found them. Finally. At first glance, they look like a school of mullet. An undulating mass of toothless, open-mouthed fish gulping at the surface. But unlike mullet, these fish are sparkling silver in color. And their EYES. They have HUGE EYES. Plus, they are three, four, or five times the size of mullets. Ah, […]

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Top 10 White Seabass Records

Found from Baja California to Alaska, white seabass are prized for their fighting ability and taste. Jim Hendricks 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. White seabass, angler favorites from Baja California, to Alaska, are known by […]

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The Best Permit Fishing Records of All Time

For some anglers, a permit is a dream catch. The hard-fighting fish is tough to handle no matter its size. Below, check out the top current world records for this bucket-list species. There’s just something about sight casting to a large permit cruising crystalline water. Swimming just below the surface in the flats or other […]

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Hot Summer Bass

Above: Late summer can be an exciting time to catch largemouth bass in local ponds and lakes. August can be a tough month for salty flyrodders. Spawning blues are off the bite, it’s usually too soon for albies, and striped bass and weakfish sometimes take “vacation days,” ignoring every fly you throw at them. So, […]

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Sight Fishing for Shark

Battle Lines The excitement of sight-fishing for sharks turns the hunt into a thrill sport. You sense it before you see it—a big shadow off the port bow halfway between you and the mangroves you’ve been quietly probing for snook and redfish. Leisurely, it eases into focus, then picks up some speed while heading your […]

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Manhattan Cup Benefits American Heroes

The Manhattan Cup kicks off in sight of the Statue of Liberty. Gary Caputi The 21st Manhattan Cup blasted off on Friday, June 3 from its base in New York Harbor and was one for the record books. The largest striped bass caught in tournament history topped the leader board, but more on that in […]

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Nights on the Fly

Standing on my rock about 150 feet from shore, I’ve put the terrestrial world behind me. It’s chilly, and the gentle, onshore breeze finds its way through the seams of my wetsuit—the same places water intruded during the deep wade to get here. Luckily, casting keeps me warm. My fly line zips by my right […]

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Fishing Activities as a Therapy for College Students

There are several mental health advantages of fishing, including less stress, improved attention, elevated mood, and an improved sense of self-worth. Get out on the water for a short amount of time to relieve tension and improve your mental health. In this article, we’ll go through our top reasons why fishing is beneficial for students […]

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Tactics For “Tiny” Tuna

When it comes to the fish I want to catch, like most anglers, I have a “the bigger, the better” mentality … with one exception. Giant tuna are marvels of evolution, capable of trans-Atlantic crossings, top speeds that would grab a moving violation in most coastal towns, and enough stamina to make fights last longer […]

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