It’s the Habitat, Stupid

Southwest Florida’s Rookery Bay restoration project will help restore tidal flow to vital juvenile fish habitat. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve There’s a simple truth that most anglers understand intuitively: a fishery is only as healthy as the habitat that supports it. This holds true in both fresh and salt water, from trout to […]

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Red Tide Blooms Follow Hurricane Ian

Red tide blooms from Sanibel to Port Charlotte, Florida have resulted in fish kills and other harmful aquatic ecosystem impacts. Courtesy Captains for Clean Water Red tide blooms are building along much of Florida’s southwestern coast extending from Sanibel to Port Charlotte, resulting in fish kills and other harmful aquatic ecosystem impacts. South Florida has […]

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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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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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When Will a Kayak Outfish a Boat?

The author landed this golden trevally while fishing out of Mag Bay Lodge in Mexico. He was able to pedal in reverse to pull the fish away from structure. Jeffrey Fortuna, Courtesy of Hobie Okay, a kayak won’t always outfish a boat. If your thing is fishing blue water or rough inlets or running balls-to-the-wall […]

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World Record Catches Likely to Stand Forever

World records come and world records go. That may sound a bit cavalier describing something as priceless and prestigious as an all-tackle world record, particularly for major game fish. But the fact is that such records are often surprisingly fleeting, broken by a larger fish caught years, months or even weeks later. In fact, there […]

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The Best Artificial Mullet Imitations

As the annual mullet run approaches down Florida’s Atlantic coast, anglers are eager to get out on the water. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a first timer, this migration is a sight to behold. As these flashy baitfish make their way south along the beaches, anglers and onlookers get front row seats to this […]

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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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Live Sonar is the Future of Fish-Finding Technology

New tech from Garmin lets you look as far as 350 feet from the boat, 150 feet farther than its last system. Walt Stearns / Alamy Stock Photo The ActiveTarget live sonar from Lowrance was initially designed for freshwater fishing. But on a trip to test the beta version, Matt Laster, director of the company’s […]

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Performance Boat Center Fall Fun Run Among The ‘Best Ones Yet’

<!– Event Coverage: Performance Boat Center Fall Fun Run Among The ‘Best Ones Yet’ –> Once a casual, maybe even stealthy event signaling the end of the Lake of the Ozarks boating season, Performance Boat Center’s Fall Fun run has officially blown up. Last year’s happening on the Central Missouri waterway saw a 54-boat mix—a […]

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Enter Florida’s Goliath Grouper Lottery

Goliath grouper can grow as big as a refrigerator. Anglers catch them in all different sizes. For those lucky enough to receive a permit and tag in 2023, keeper goliaths will have to measure somewhere in between 24 and 36 inches. More than 30 years have gone by since anglers in Florida have been able […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Fishing with Mullet Offshore

Every year, the mullet run is eagerly awaited by anglers fishing Florida’s east coast. Once cooler fall temps push these bull-headed baitfish out of area backwaters in the Carolinas and other locales further north, they begin a long and dangerous trek southward for the winter. These flickering baitfish travel in huge masses along shoreline shallows, […]

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Lenses from Bajío To Help You See More Fish This Fall/Winter

New Medium & Low Light Lens Options from Bajío:  VIOLET MIRROR / RED BASE Bajío Violet Mirror / Red Base The first truly polarized low light transmission lens on the market at 20% VLT, Bajío’s new Violet Mirror is our lightest high contrast lens yet. Ideal for cloudy overcast conditions, mountain environments, and low light […]

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IGFA Record Pacific & Atlantic Snook

Mate Greg Gregory (l) and Capt. George Beckwith (r) with the new Pacific snook record. Capt. George Beckwith A charter captain who guided light-tackle legend Raleigh Werking to some of his four dozen IGFA world records set his own line-class mark this summer, completing a decade-long quest to catch a world-record Pacific snook (Centropomus spp.) […]

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Snook Granted Additional Protection in Charlotte Harbor

Fishing for snook in Florida is an absolute blast. Alex Suescun In the sometimes confusing and changing world of Florida gamefish regulations, anglers need to pay attention to updates to stay legal. Due to an executive order issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on September 1, anglers in the Charlotte Harbor […]

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Flats Boat vs. Bay Boat vs. Hybrid

From flats to blue water, these boats have you covered. Courtesy Grady-White 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. Coastal anglers typically have a lot of variety when it comes to fishing grounds. Some love the flats and backwaters, skinny waters […]

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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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New Freshwater and Inshore Reel from Diawa

Diawa Monocoque Technology for Under $200 Daiwa’s new Procyon MQ LT brings freshwater and inshore anglers cutting-edge design features at an affordable price Cypress, CA (September 8, 2022) – Now redesigned for a higher level of performance, the Daiwa Procyon MQ LT spinning reel family is back for freshwater and inshore applications. From speckled trout, […]

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2022 Sailfish 316 DC

The 316 DC is built for a comfortable day on the water whether fishing or cruising. Courtesy Sailfish Boats Overview Those who say dual-console boats aren’t real fishing boats have never stepped aboard a boat like the Sailfish 316 DC, with a vast expanse of open cockpit space that channels the same feel as a […]

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SW FLORIDA 2022 AUGUST FISHING REPORT

I thought July fishing was HOT! It was, but so is the first part of August. Fishing remains good for both inshore and offshore on the right tides when paired with the right species and locations. What I mean by this is work moving water on the outgoing and incoming tides. When fishing for Seatrout […]

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