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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Atlantic Bonito on a Fly

Fly fishing isn’t about the fish. Instead, it is about the fly fisherman’s journey to the fish. People pick up a fly rod to challenge themselves and enjoy the soul-strumming poetry of the process. Of all the fish fly fishermen pursue, the Atlantic bonito is one of the most challenging. The average fisherman catches the […]

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New Saltwater Lures

AFTCO Digger Jon Whittle AFTCO Digger Don’t be fooled. The AFTCO Digger looks like it should be trolled. That’s because trolling plugs with similar characteristics have caught plenty of wahoo, king mackerel and tuna over the years. But the Digger is definitely a casting plug, says AFTCO. Weighted specifically for long casts and sinking to […]

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Tips for Targeting the Mullet Run

The fall mullet run races south along the Atlantic Coast—do not miss the action off the beaches. Jason Arnold 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. Every year, beginning in September and running well into November—and sometimes […]

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Giant Wahoo Smashes Tourney Record

Derrick Dover is all smiles with his 101-pound at the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Destin Fishing Rodeo: Tanner O’Keefe, Photographer A 101-pound wahoo boated by Derrick Dover on Oct. 7 at Florida’s Destin Fishing Rodeo is the biggest ever caught in the event’s 74-year history, topping the tournament record of 98.2 pounds that was set in […]

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Sailfish Caught on Kayak Near Beach

Chuba needed help getting the kayak, and its outsized cargo, on the beach. Corey Chuba Navarre Beach, Florida, near Pensacola on the panhandle, has become a mecca for kayak fishermen. Its artificial reefs hold plenty of fish, and when billfish migrate to the area in September, you have a shot at catching a fish half […]

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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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Tips for Successful Pitch-Baiting

If tuna are foaming at the surface, pitching a topwater popper into the melee often leads to an easy hookup. George Poveromo Pitch-baiting significantly ups the odds on catching gamefish attracted to your spread. Keep a bait ready on a rod rigged with monofilament line to absorb the shock of close strikes. When a fish […]

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How To Catch King Mackerel on Fly Tackle

King mackerel are known for their strong fights and speedy runs. Catching them on fly tackle is the ultimate test. Scott Hamilton Who doesn’t like a good, strong run out of a fish? I’m talking about a long, screaming, drag-smoking run. As you watch line melt off the reel, you’re thinking, “Is this thing going […]

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