Set Your Sights on Spawning Summer Snapper

Mangrove snapper are undoubtedly among the most common game fish encountered by anglers in Florida. From shallow backwaters to offshore structure, these fish seem to thrive in a variety of conditions and habitats. However, perhaps because of how common they are, mangrove snapper aren’t targeted with the same fervor as other, more glamorous bottom fish. […]

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Pro Tips for Rigging Diamond Jigs and Teasers

You have to love a rig that works as well in the surf for stripers as it does dropping deep for cod and black sea bass. Jon Whittle 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. Diamond jigs […]

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10 Stops Along the Fall Run

Fall run in full swing: A school of stripers feasts on small baitfish off the south side of Montauk. Photo by Mike Demarco It’s easy to romanticize the fall striper run. Changing leaves, crisp weather, empty seashore towns, and the striper season saving its best fishing for last. No matter where you fish in the […]

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Tips for Using Crabs as Bait

Crabs are a tasty temptation for a variety of game fish. Jason Stemple Since I was a youngster, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the lowly crab. According to my parents, my first encounter with an angry crab resulted in a screaming kid and an airborne crustacean. Later, I learned to appreciate crabs as fishing […]

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Ask The Experts: How to Set Up an Effective Artificial Trolling Spread

My boat can’t always make it offshore, but  when the weather calms down in the coming months, I’d like to do some blue water fishing. I’m not opposed to using bait, but my local tackle shop tends to sell some pretty rough-looking ballyhoo, and I’m an artificial enthusiast at heart. If I wanted to put […]

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Target Freshwater Game Fish with Golden Shiner

While saltwater fisheries garner much of the attention of Sunshine State anglers, Florida is home to some of the fishiest freshwater lakes, rivers and canals in the world. Most of the statewide sweetwater enthusiasts who frequent these venues live and die by artificial offerings, targeting various bass species, butterfly peacock, bullseye snakehead, clown knifefish and […]

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Popular Baitfish Successfully Grown at Fish Farm

This croaker was raised from an egg in captivity in early 2022. Nicole Kirchhoff Many snook, redfish, grouper, and trout anglers believe a 4- to 8-inch croaker is the most productive live bait available, particularly in the surf, around jetties, and over shallow grass flats. Farther north along the Atlantic coast, anglers use croakers to […]

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