40-Year-Old Albacore Record Broken

Matthew Florio with the New Jersey record longfin albacore tuna. Courtesy New Jersey Fish & Wildlife Matthew Florio now officially holds the New Jersey record for longfin albacore tuna. The commercial fisherman was fishing the Hudson Canyon Oct. 22 when he boated a 78-pound, 2.4-ounce fish. The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife […]

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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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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Anglers can be really hard to shop for. So I dug through the best of the best to put together a list of gifts that is sure to please even the toughest critic. XtraTuf Boots XtraTuf has the perfect pair of boots for all of your adventures, with adventurers of all ages. I’ve been wearing […]

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Top-Shelf Gifts for Anglers

Top-Shelf Gifts for Anglers The Holidays are upon us! Are you struggling to find that perfect item for the angler in your life? If so, this curated list of essential items is sure to please the special person that seems to already have it all. This isn’t run-of-the-mill fishing gear, but rather, top-notch equipment that […]

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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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High Speed Trolling for Wintertime Wahoo in The Bahamas

As the coming months bring with them cooler temperatures and changing conditions, the sport fishing landscape around the entire state will shift. Different migratory species will come and go, weather patterns will become less predictable with passing frontal boundaries and game fish behavior will follow suit. Southeast of the Sunshine State in The Bahamas, changing […]

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Statewide Tips for Finding and Fooling Golden Tilefish

In Florida and The Bahamas, widespread anglers are fortunate to have a massive variety of offshore game fish roaming the region’s diverse deep-water venues. From the very surface where pelagic predators feed with fervor to the dark depths where demersal species reign supreme, there’s no telling what any given blue water adventure might produce. Although […]

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Tackle and Techniques to Catch Trophy Kingfish

With sharp teeth and tails built for speed, smoker kings like this destroy all but the stoutest tackle. David A. 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. We’ve all seen it. A guy pulling dead cigar […]

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How to Fish Pencil Poppers for Striped Bass

On The Water is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The first time I saw fishermen working a pencil popper, I nearly laughed out loud. I was lying back on one of the sandy spots in Turtle Cove after the morning bite under the Montauk lighthouse […]

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How to Rig Your Boat for Sailfishing

Sailfish anglers in the South battle winter winds and waves for the best action of the year. Harry Hindmarsh 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. Successful live-bait sailfishing requires deep knowledge of this unique billfish’s migratory […]

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Catch Big Fall Tautog

In the right hands, and with the proper tackle, jigs are a deadly way to present crabs to big tautog. The author caught this 11-pound-plus female tog on a day when over ten double-digit fish were taken on jigs. As the fall weather settles in, anglers across the Northeast are eager to get on the […]

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A Guide to Slow Pitch Jigging in The Bahamas

For Floridians, particularly in the southeast reaches of the Sunshine State, fishing in The Bahamas is a unique treat that seems too good to be true. However, the reality is that just a short venture across the Gulf Stream puts you in a whole new world with opportunities. There’s always something to catch in Bahamian […]

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Big Fights From Springtime Back Bay Bluefish

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