It doesn’t matter if you enjoy drifting and dreaming for broadbill swordfish on the 50/50 line, chasing yellowfin tuna on the other side of the Gulf Stream, or trolling for blue marlin in The Bahamas, targeting powerful pelagic predators is far from child’s play and requires the proper rigging techniques and serious tackle maintenance.
It’s inevitable that after bending the rod a few times against determined fish that potentially weigh hundreds of pounds, you’ll eventually be faced with the arduous task of stripping and re-spooling your heavy-duty reels for your next big blue water adventure.
Throughout Florida waters, live bait fishing is by far the most productive method of enticing a wide variety of both inshore and offshore species. Even the most life-like lures and best rigged dead baits can’t compare to the natural movement and appeal of shiny, frisky ‘livies’.
It’s no secret that piers aren’t the most glamorous of fishing venues, however, there’s no denying the fact they’re a great option when it comes to bending a rod and procuring a solid catch. For those of you who think that pier fishing is boring and uneventful, think again. How do you feel about battling a 50-pound cobia from the planks during the Panhandle’s epic ling migration?
For decades anglers have been practicing catch and release in an effort to promote conservation and improve fish stocks for future generations. However, catch and release is only one piece to the conservation puzzle, as mortality due to gut hooking and improper release techniques are also issues that anglers must be conscious of.
It’s no secret that sheepshead have a reputation for being persnickety nibblers, but with the proper tackle and a few proven rigging techniques, you, too, should have no problem bagging your fair share of these great-tasting crab-crushers.
Big-game fishing is an amazing pastime, rich with years of angling history and memorable catches. Although this great sport is often enjoyable and entertaining, in a split-second, things can easily take a turn for the worse. Over the years, the big-game fishing community has lost several great deckhands due to horrific accidents in the cockpit that could have been avoided – accidents involving a mate who had to ‘wire’ or ‘leader’ a lively billfish to within gaffing or tagging range. Is there a make-sense solution?