A Self-Releasing Fish Hook

Florida researchers tested a bite-shortened hook to catch and release speckled trout without ever having to touch the fish. Jon Whittle Most anglers agree that non-offset circle hooks are the best live-bait hook to use when catch-and-release fishing. Further, some fisheries mandate the use of circle hooks when targeting species such as striped bass, billfish […]

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America’s Native Foods

America’s Native Foods Create a holiday meal based on indigenous fare. Each recipe serves 4. November is Native American Heritage Month as well as Thanksgiving. Some of our most beloved holiday recipes are based on indigenous foods that Native Americans taught settlers to catch, grow, and cook. Clams, oysters, and other shellfish, wild game birds, […]

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Late Season Fishing In New England

Haddock are primarily bottom feeders, and are best targeted with clams or clam bellies on a high-low rig. The last two months of the saltwater season have a drastically different feel, depending on whether you are fishing north or south of Cape Cod. However, one thing remains the same—there’s plenty of great fishing left for […]

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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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What You Need to Know About Texas Sleds

Texas sleds, like this one piloted by Capt. Brian Barrera, are perfect vehicles for getting anglers into the shallows where redfish, trout, and other skinny-water species are found. Capt. Brian Barrera With a name like Texas sled or scooter, it is obvious the boat was designed to access the super-skinny water along the Gulf Coast […]

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Giving Tuesday with The Ike Foundation®

November 8, 2022– The Ike Foundation® has had a busy year of hosting several kids fishing events as well as donating to several kids fishing organizations across the country. While The Ike Foundation®’s mission is to introduce urban and rural children to the wholesome sport of fishing, we are also dedicated to instilling in them […]

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Meet The Northland Fishing Tackle’s Nedster

Northland Fishing Tackle’s new Elite Series Nedster Jig and Weedless Nedster Jig further the groundbreaking Ned Rigging technique. BEMIDJI, Minn. (November 8, 2022) – In pole-vaulting, it was Dick Fosbury who changed the sport with the Fosbury Flop. In ice skating, American Olympian Dorothy Hamill left her mark with the Hamill Camel. And, in fishing, writer […]

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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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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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The Focused Aggression of False Albacore

Sergeant Feller summited the sand dune that faced southwest, overlooking a crescent beach. The goat path was as steep as any mountain trail. With his hands on his knees, head down and eyes on his feet, he caught his breath. He chuckled to himself, imagining what his brothers in arms would say if they saw […]

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Body Size of Atlantic Salmon Adapts to Habitat Changes: Study

Image: NOAA Fisheries. Norwegian researchers have released study results showing that the body size of Atlantic salmon can rapidly adapt to habitat changes. However, researchers Ingerid J. Hagen and Sten Kaflsson, of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research in Trondheim, Norway said that understanding how species respond to habitat alternation is hampered by a lack […]

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How to Plan A Student Fishing Trip

How to Plan A Student Fishing Trip If you’re a student and you love fishing, then you’re going to love this post. Here, we’re going to teach you how to plan a perfect student fishing trip. It can become a paper writing help for students who are looking for a new source of inspiration. Whether […]

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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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Forage Fiasco

An estimated 500,000 pounds of menhaden and bycatch was seemingly left to rot in Louisiana. Courtesy Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association Menhaden have been called a bunch of different colloquial names. Their proper name comes from Native Americans calling them “munnawhatteaug,” which means “that which manures” as they were used for fertilizer. A more common name, […]

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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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Memory Machine

Infused with kevlar, laden with teak and lovingly maintained, our new senior editor waxes nostalgic about the 40-year-old boat that’s never left his family. Photos by Luke Pope Corbett Infused with kevlar, laden with teak and lovingly maintained, our new senior editor waxes nostalgic about the 40-year-old boat that’s never left his family. Keeping a […]

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