Is Following Around a Fishing Guide Cheating?

Capt. John McMurray makes the case that anglers should research and find their own fishing spots, not spot-steal from captains. I get it man. Most of you are weekend-warriors. And I don’t say that in a derogatory way.  You’ve got a real job slugging it 9 to 5, bringing home the bacon, paying the mortgage, […]

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How Often Should You Replace Your Fishing Line?

Adding fresh line to your spinning reel often increases casting distance. File Photo Late one evening, a few years back, I was walking along the marina docks at Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, when I noticed a mate aboard one of the larger offshore fishing boats stripping the line off a well-used Shimano Tiagra. At […]

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Five Things You Should Never Do on a Flats Charter

A captain will do whatever it takes to get his anglers on fish such as tarpon, but anglers can take these steps to make the whole fishing day a breeze. Mike Conner If you are new to chartering a flats-fishing guide, maybe you’re wondering what the protocol is? Any shallow-water captain will thank you for […]

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Sailfish Can’t Resist These Baits and Lures

Anglers can catch sailfish trolling or live-baiting. What’s your preferred choice? George Poveromo Outside of extreme southern Florida and the Florida Keys (where live-baiting is widely practiced for sailfish), trolling natural baits, lures or both together is the best option. The reason why is because anglers must cover greater bottom expanses to find sailfish. Live-baiting […]

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How to Improve Your Trolling and Catch More Fish

A full trolling spread in a fishy area often trumps hightailing it to unknown waters. George Poveromo 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 action certainly wasn’t fast, but Andy Newman, Michael Ferrari and I had […]

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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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