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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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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Bluetooth Speakers to Take Boating

Portable stereo options are made for boaters. Courtesy Kicker Sometimes the best spot on the sandbar isn’t in your boat, and small boats often don’t have audio. So, it is not surprising that boaters tend to bring portable stereo options along on the day cruise. We found five of the top outdoor Bluetooth audio players […]

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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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Electric vs. Gasoline Tow Vehicles

The Ford Lightning’s power and four-wheel-drive capabilities provided outstanding performance on wet, slick launch ramps during our tow testing. Robert Brown 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. The age of electric vehicles (EVs) has arrived. As the world seeks solutions […]

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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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Garmin LiveScope XR

The LiveScope XR is easy to install and integrate with compatible Garmin MFDs. Courtesy Garmin 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. Garmin has extended the range of live sonar to unprecedented distances. The new LiveScope XR live sonar can boom […]

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November/December 2022 Issue

November/December 2022 Issue Riverfront Renaissance A boatload of attractions — including the nation’s largest mural — along the Maumee make Toledo a mighty fine Lake Erie destination. Also In This Issue… Boat Test: Stingray 211DC — Improving access. Boat Test: Sea Ray SLX 260 Outboard — A new design language. Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets, gifts […]

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Targeting Striped Bass With Plastic Eels

Northeast striped bass can’t resist an eel. Artificials longer than a foot catch the trophies. George Poveromo Some 20 feet separated Cory Crochetiere and me aboard MARC VI while jigging for striped bass off Rhode Island this past July. Using identical tackle—Penn rods and Battle III 5000 reels, 20-pound Sufix 832 braid, 40-pound fluoro leader, […]

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Portable Marine Barbecues

Take on board dining to the next level with a portable grill. Courtesy Magma 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. First off, let’s get our terminology set. Manufacturers call these marine grills, but they’re portable boat barbecues to most of […]

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Insulated Travel Mugs for Boating

Keep your favorite beverages warm when the temperatures drop. Courtesy Stanley, Yeti, RTIC 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. It’s the time of year when morning boating sessions start with a chill, meaning it’s time to think about insulated travel […]

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Pursuit OS 445

The Pursuit OS 445 comes standard with triple Yamaha 425 XTO Offshore V-8 outboards. Courtesy Pursuit Boats While some anglers might view anything other than a center-console as a “gentleman’s” boat, Pursuit’s OS 445 powered by triple Yamaha 425 XTO outboards is a modern take on an express sport-fisher. Its ability to enclose the bridge […]

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On Board With: Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins grew up spending a lot of time on the water. Courtesy Lowe Boats 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. When he’s not putting out hit songs or touring, country music star Rodney Atkins likes to spend time on […]

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Grady-White Adventure 218

The Adventure 218 provides 360 degrees of fishability. Courtesy Grady-White 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. The new Adventure 218 from Grady-White represents an all new design of the iconic walkaround, first introduced in the 70s. […]

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Humminbird TargetLock Benefits

TargetLock enables independent operation of Humminbird’s Mega Live transducer and lets you lock on to structure. Courtesy Humminbird 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. Fish finders offer virtual snapshots of the underwater world, but live sonar provides the equivalent of […]

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Composite Yacht 55

The boat measures 55 feet, with only 16 feet of beam. Courtesy Lou Codega, N.A. 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. “Can you build me a 55-foot deadrise that can run 55 knots?” That’s what Jerry Murrell asked the crew […]

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Three Keys to Improve Your Wake-Sports Skills

It makes more than the right gear or boat to improve your skills. Garrett Cortese 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. Remember that aha! moment when you first got up and stayed up on a wakeboard or water ski? That […]

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Solace 30HCS

The 30HCS is built to keep you and your family on the water. Courtesy Solace Boats Solace Boats has entered the hybrid bay-boat segment of the market with what is considered the largest of its kind to date. The 30HCS (Hybrid Center Step) comes in at nearly 30 feet and sports twin Merc 400 Verados. […]

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2022 Aviara AV40

The AV40 is packed full of performance. Garrett Cortese Engines My wife claims that a fine cabernet is the perfect complement to filet mignon. She may be right. Similarly, the new Aviara AV40 is an excellent match with two 600 hp Mercury Verado V-12 outboards.   Early outboard enthusiasts never envisioned pairing the then-tiny motors […]

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2022 Back Cove 372

The Back Cove 372 serves up a quiet, smooth ride. Courtesy Back Cove Yachts Overview The Back Cove 372 is a single-engine cruiser that can be easily handled by a couple, especially with a standard Side-Power bow thruster and optional stern thruster. It offers great visibility from the helm and companion seat through the large […]

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