Live Bait Fishing

Take the Bait Secrets from the pros to get a handle on basic live-lining I know the exact moment I first got hooked on live-bait fishing. It was June 1970. I was 10 years old and having a blast catching bluegills from shore at a pond not far from my home. As I reeled in a smallish […]

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Tropic Star Lodge is Nothing Short of Stellar

The Zane Grey Reef is a hotspot for marlin and other pelagic gamefish. Courtesy Tropic Star Lodge In the universe of great fishing lodges around the globe, one shines brighter than a supernova. Tucked in Panama’s remote Darien rainforest on the Pacific coast, Tropic Star Lodge is the culmination of ideal location, unequaled bounty and […]

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Top Fishing Lure Colors

A ravenous mahi will eat almost anything, but the right lures will get more hits from slammers. Jessica Haydahl Richardson Anglers need a game plan when they head to the tackle shop. Not only is the style of the lure important, so is the hue. In fact, color might be one of those overlooked variables […]

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Baitfish Profiles: Shrimp

The wide-ranging game fish that hunt Sunshine State shallows feed on a huge variety of forage species, with baitfish making up a great deal of their diets. However, while predators display unique preferences as they pertain to shimmering baits from pilchard and herring to pinfish and pogy, few shallow-water targets will ever pass up a […]

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Coast Guard Stops Illegal Fishing Near Texas

The Coast Guard recently stopped five lanchas with 22 Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing near Texas. Courtesy US Coast Guard The Coast Guard recently detained 22 Mexican citizens for allegedly poaching nearly 600 pounds of red snapper and sharks near the Texas coast. Boat crews, air crews and the Cutter Jacob Poroo caught the […]

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Why Do Small Fish Taste Better Than Big Ones?

A giant amberjack’s strong, stubborn fight can bring an angler to their knees. But once that fish makes it to the boat the celebrations begin! Smaller AJs taste great, so why don’t the larger ones compare? Recently, a buddy of mine hooked a large amberjack. As he was fighting the fish, I started talking about […]

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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Dual Consoles

Dual-consoles combine saltwater fishing features with family-friendly layouts and comforts for days when angling takes a back seat. Courtesy Grady-White Dual-console boats were once more popular for cruising than serious fishing. Then manufacturers introduced new models with more rod holders, extra storage, insulated fish boxes, advanced electronics and full offshore rigging—everything the serious angler needs—with […]

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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Center-Consoles

Offshore center-console ­fishing boats ride atop a variety of hulls. Courtesy Regulator The center-console is unbeatable when it comes to effective big-water fishing. The basic concept emerged decades ago, providing 360 degrees of access to the rail, making the timeless design a natural for fishing. Today’s models are more advanced in construction and utility, representing […]

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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Hybrid Boats

Hybrids offer anglers the best of both worlds, giving them the ability to chase fish both in- and offshore. They’re also well-suited to sandbar duty. Courtesy Pathfinder Anglers who want to fish big water one day and backwater bays the next will be served best by a hybrid bay boat. Hybrid bay boats run larger, […]

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Exploring Florida’s Treasure Coast

Treasure Hunt Florida’s Treasure Coast is a hidden gem. Tangerine and cotton candy-colored clouds billow along the horizon creating the perfect backdrop for this laid-back, picturesque Florida region. Tucked along the Atlantic Coast just north of Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast comprises Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. This hidden gem is a wondrous […]

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Fish Facts: What is the World’s Biggest Snapper?

An African red (cubera) snapper this size might seem astonishing but it’s still well short of the IGFA world record! Angler Judy Langerhoven landed this one fishing Angola waters. Judy Langeroven Let’s start with the biggest snappers, as a group. That honor would fall to the three cuberas. (I know what you’re thinking, but that’s […]

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Eight Nasty Fish You Don’t Want to Catch

Not all the fish we hook can be trophies. Some of our catches can elicit groans rather than high fives. Here are eight fish (well, technically, seven) most anglers would rather not catch (and what to expect if you do have a close encounter). Read more about these Rodney Dangerfields of the fishing realm. Moray […]

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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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Fishing in Bimini: 48 Miles From Miami

Bimini’s close proximity to to southeast Florida makes it one of the most popular sport fishing venues in The Bahamas for anglers from the Sunshine State and beyond. Sitting only about 50 miles from Miami, a short crossing by boat or an even shorter flight, opens up a whole new world at this tranquil locale […]

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How Much Drag Pressure Should I Use on My Reel?

Often, the right drag setting isn’t the most you can handle, but instead what’s the smoothest, while applying steady pressure. Sam Hudson If Goldilocks was an angler, she would have a really hard time setting drag pressure on a fishing reel. This setting is too strong, this setting is too weak. If Goldilocks could only […]

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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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Behind the Scenes of a Florida Fish Hatchery

Salt Water Sportsman’s Scott Salyers caught this bull redfish from a pond at the Duke Energy Mariculture Center. Sam Hudson Recent news from Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Florida caught my attention: The non-profit organization released 30,000 speckled seatrout this past September in Sarasota and Citrus county waters. Any efforts to help the gamefish populations in […]

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Fishing with Slip-Floats

Fall is a great time to target trout as they feed heavily before the long winter. This seeforellen brown trout ate a live shiner 10 feet under a slip float. Photo by Aaron Swanson There is nothing like the rush of watching a bobber dip below the surface. The excitement when a bobber goes under, […]

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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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