Foam or Fiberglass? A Look at Synthetic Decking

Among the many recent trends that have become mainstays in the world of boating, synthetic decking is certainly one of the most popular. With a variety of manufacturers and installers available to transform the decks of their vessels, many boat owners are turning to foam padding to enhance their experiences on the water. But what […]

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Z-Man ‘Immortal’ HerculeZ: Toughest Swimbait Ever?

Z-Man ‘immortal’ HerculeZ exhibits astonishing action and toughness Ladson, SC (January 26, 2023) – Admittedly, bite force is a concept best understood by anglers whose fingers accidently slip into the mandibles of powerful gamefish. With an audible snap—not unlike an angry alligator maw—aquatic predators like snook, tarpon and striped bass can all crush baitfish (or […]

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SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Peacock Bass

Peacock bass have become the quintessential Florida gamefish. Since their introduction in 1984, they have gone from invasive species to respected adversary, and their popularity is showing no signs of abating. While relegated to South Florida, as waters warm, peacocks have been on a northward trajectory. If they aren’t in your local waterways yet, it’s […]

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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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Fish Facts: Pacific Tuna with a Long Tail

A lovely longtail tuna admired by the late Capt. Greg Bethune, who helped pioneer sport fishing around Australia’s Cape York peninsula. The fish’s elongate caudal peduncle provides a nice handhold just in front of the tail. Doug Olander I caught my first northern bluefin tuna 20-some years ago, off northernmost Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Only […]

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How to Rig Assist Hooks

With the evolution of slow pitch jigging, adding assist hooks has become a popular change people are making to their jigs. For some reason, many people have lost the trust they once had in the stock, out-of-the-package hooks that come provided on some jigs. And perhaps they have a point. I’ve lost a fish or […]

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Largemouth Bass by the Calendar

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Z-Man: Supertanker Smallmouths

Ladson, SC (December 19, 2022) – Luke Clausen has always known about the record-class smallmouth bass swimming within a few hours of his Spokane, Washington home. Not that the greater fishing community has for the past several decades paid much attention. Which is just fine with the longtime Z-Man pro, among the only anglers to […]

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Winter White Perch Fishing

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5 Lures for Winter Trout Fishing

Long live the trout, curer of cabin fever and conqueror of the cold water. When saltwater fish have gone south, and large and smallmouth bass have gone dormant, the trout keeps biting, barely slowing its feeding even when the temperatures dip into the 30s. When local fishing options grow slim in January and February, and […]

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Final Trips in the Late Fall Surf

Many years, my surfcasting season ends with the intention to make one final trip that, for one reason or another, never materializes. I don’t think I’ve ever made a cast knowing it would be the last one of my surf-fishing year. Those trips usually end up being forgettable, fishless outings in the same or similar […]

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Tackle Warehouse DIY: Top 5 Jig Modifications

Do jigs catch fish straight out of the package? Absolutely. However, if you take the time to do some simple modifications you can greatly increase your efficiency, boost hook-up ratios, and optimize your presentation for any situation. One of the few bass fishing lures known to catch fish year-round, jigs can be modified throughout the […]

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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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Late Season Fishing In New England

Haddock are primarily bottom feeders, and are best targeted with clams or clam bellies on a high-low rig. The last two months of the saltwater season have a drastically different feel, depending on whether you are fishing north or south of Cape Cod. However, one thing remains the same—there’s plenty of great fishing left for […]

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10 Best Gifts for the Bottom Fisherman

  10 Best Gifts for Bottom Fishing Note: On The Water is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Bubba Saltwater Multi-Flex Interchangeable Knife Set Included in a hard-sided carry case the Bubba Saltwater Multi-Flex Interchangeable Knife Set contains a Bubba non-slip grip handle and two full-tang […]

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