Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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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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Cup Spy.. Kiwis AC40 test

Only two of the six teams entered in the 2024 America’s Cup sailed today, January 18, 2023 What happened in the Cup – January 18, 2023: INEOS Britannia last sailed out of Mallorca on January 14, 2023. American Magic sailed inshore again in Pensacola after deciding that the seaway was too extreme outside in the […]

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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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Massive Blackfish Smashes Record

Jennifer Zuppe’s soon-to-be record blackfish ate a white crab fished in 110 feet of water. Jennifer Zuppe It seems if you want to catch a big tautog—as in world-record big—you need to be on the Fish Bound IV with Capt. Kane Bounds out of Ocean City, Maryland. In 2015, Kenneth Westerfeld caught the world record […]

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Double handed sailing skills: Inside gybes

In the second of a new series on double handed sailing skills, Pip Hare explains outside gybes with an asymmetric spinnaker with two onboard With the spinnaker now safely gybed you can gybe the mainsail and get the boat up to speed on its new course. Photo: Richard Langdon/Pip Hare Ocean Racing Double-handed sailing skills […]

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Start RORC Transatlantic Race

A flotilla of spectator boats and a huge crowd in Marina Lanzarote witnessed the start of the 2023 RORC Transatlantic Race, which is supported by Calero Marinas, the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club de France. In glorious conditions, the fleet got away to a clean downwind start, a mile from Marina Lanzarote. The […]

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Why Do Small Fish Taste Better Than Big Ones?

A giant amberjack’s strong, stubborn fight can bring an angler to their knees. But once that fish makes it to the boat the celebrations begin! Smaller AJs taste great, so why don’t the larger ones compare? Recently, a buddy of mine hooked a large amberjack. As he was fighting the fish, I started talking about […]

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Vacuum Sealing Your Catch

While there is a statewide emphasis on both catch-and-release fishing and responsible harvesting of fish, rightfully so, there’s nothing wrong with keeping fresh fish for dinner, as long as all rules and regulations are followed. Additionally, we recommend against limiting out on your target species every chance you get unless every piece of meat will […]

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American Magic sail in 2023

American Magic – AC75 Version 2 – Pensacola – January 4, 2023 – Day 27 What happened in the Cup – Jan 04, 2023:  American Magic – Patriot – AC75 – January 4, 2023 – Pensacola, Florida © Paul Todd/America’s Cup American Magic sailed on Pensacola Bay and was first team to go foiling in […]

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Veer: A New Affordable Boat Brand is Launched

The Veer X13, shown here with an Avator electric outboard. Courtesy Veer What’s bigger than a kayak, smaller than a technical skiff, and fits in the bed of your pick-up truck? Why it’s the new Veer X13, the first model from a new boat brand just revealed by Brunswick Boat Group. The boat debuted today […]

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Techniques for Capturing Five-Star Fishing Photos

It’s undeniable, photography and fishing go hand in hand. In today’s information age, where the internet and social media dominate, capturing a photo of your catch is a critical part of the experience. If you want a truly post-worthy image, it pays to put some thought into how you shoot it. For some photographers, like […]

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Sawgrass Fishing Rods Launch

After two years in development, Sawgrass Fishing Rods (SFR) is excited to announce its North American launch.  SFR’s approach is centered around two core philosophies.  First, SFR delivers purpose driven fishing tools designed by anglers and for anglers.  Secondly, SFR is built on excellent, prompt, and direct customer service. Sawgrass’s purpose driven design helps anglers […]

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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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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Hybrid Boats

Hybrids offer anglers the best of both worlds, giving them the ability to chase fish both in- and offshore. They’re also well-suited to sandbar duty. Courtesy Pathfinder Anglers who want to fish big water one day and backwater bays the next will be served best by a hybrid bay boat. Hybrid bay boats run larger, […]

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Pathfinder 2400 TRS: 2023 Boat Buyers Guide

The 2400 TRS serves up a comfortable ride. Courtesy Pathfinder Boats Each Pathfinder boat model has been carefully designed for specific inshore and nearshore applications—the direct result of requests, concepts, and input from an angler-driven design team, a pro guide staff, and loyal customers. Each is focused on putting dedicated anglers on fish—coastal tarpon, marsh […]

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Pathfinder 2400 Open: 2023 Boat Buyers Guide

This inshore fishing machine is the perfect candidate to really hit the skinny stuff. Courtesy Pathfinder Boats Each Pathfinder boat model has been carefully designed for specific inshore and nearshore applications—the direct result of requests, concepts, and input from an angler-driven design team, a pro guide staff, and loyal customers. Each is focused on putting […]

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Exploring Florida’s Treasure Coast

Treasure Hunt Florida’s Treasure Coast is a hidden gem. Tangerine and cotton candy-colored clouds billow along the horizon creating the perfect backdrop for this laid-back, picturesque Florida region. Tucked along the Atlantic Coast just north of Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast comprises Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. This hidden gem is a wondrous […]

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