Strength in Numbers

Ever since anglers began presenting artificial lures, the goal has been to fish the most lifelike offerings possible. Lure manufacturers continue to i

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Defining Moments

Imagine the National Football League team you play on is so exceptional that the Vince Lombardi Trophy is presented well before the Super Bowl is even

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Women on the Water

Introducing your wife to fishing and spending quality time together on the water can really bring the two of you closer, providing every couple with m

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Line-Winding Machines

More than 40 years ago, Willie Strohmeyer, owner of the New Jersey-based contract manufacturer and engineering firm Triangle Manufacturing, was approa

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Brave New Lures

Technology grows with leaps and bounds, and finds its way into our daily lives at every juncture. Everything from vehicles parking themselves to Amazo

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Fresh Meat

Moments after the float landed next to a log protruding from matted vegetation, it disappeared into the dark tannic water almost as if someone threw a

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Four Pound Test Favorites

If you’re a lunker lover looking to turn pro, the last thing you want to hear about is an ultralight spinning reel loaded with hair-thin line. No way

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Amazonia

Tropical birds flushed from the impenetrable overgrowth as we eased along the heavily vegetated lowlands. Looking like something from a prehistoric ag

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The Perfect Storm

In a place as flat as Florida, nobody likes to fish when the wind blows a gale, but a stiff breeze might actually put more bass in the boat. Brutal wi

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Florida Lakes and Ponds

While many hardcore saltwater anglers refuse to admit it, freshwater lakes and ponds are where the vast majority of fishermen got their start. Fortuna

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Bass Success.

Old School Success

As a devoted bass angler, I know that on occasion we tend to overcomplicate matters. Learning to utilize modern tactics is essential to our continued

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Master the Baitcaster

Baitcasting reels are some of the most accurate pieces of fishing equipment you can wrap your hands around. Compared to spinning reels, baitcasting ou

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Speck-Tacular

Keeping an eye on the electronics, we followed the drop-off that separates the St. Johns River channel from the main part of Lake Monroe. In front of

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Living the Dream

Anglers of all ages and skill levels fantasize about competing on the dream tour, but the life of a professional bass angler can at times feel more li

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Blasting Stripers

While the striped bass encountered in Florida aren’t of the cow variety commonly caught in the Northeast, there are two species of striped bass that i

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Laid Back Blue

Joe Middleton looked like a content man. As I pulled up to the boat ramp, the only person in sight was the proprietor lounging outside his bait shop,

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Larvae to Lunker

Florida bass may be the quintessential sport fish. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011 10.6 million anglers 16 and older fished f

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Butterfly Effect

Prior to the 1950s, few South Floridians had seen an exotic freshwater fish, let alone given much thought to their potential impact on local waters. T

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Frustration to Fame

While most locals are dusting off their wakeboards and water skis in anticipation of warmer weather, serious bass fishermen know spring is one of the

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Line Of Sight

As an addicted blue water hunter happiest when I’m miles off the beach, it’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around the complexities involved in chas

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Shad Alley

Anglers are known for looking forward to their next great seasonal escapade. During the pleasant spring they look forward to summer. During the brutal

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Bass Town USA

Just north of the hustle and bustle of Orlando and all of its tourist attractions sits Lake County. Home to over 1,000 named lakes that include the fa

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Wicked Weaponry

Professional bass anglers depend on their skills with various artificial lures across a multitude of venues to earn enough money to pay their bills. B

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Take Your Pick

Barely rippling the surface, the chartreuse spinnerbait pushed a bulge of water, creating a V-shaped wake with its chrome blades as it sputtered over

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Extravagant Exotics

For those lucky enough to live in South Florida, the diverse angling opportunities mean there’s always something to catch. Whether you live and breath

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The Human Element

From coastal shallows to expansive blue water, treasured habitats and ecosystems around the world are under attack and threatened by a host of complex

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Kick Bass In The Grass

Florida’s varied aquatic vegetation provides incredible habitat diversity and serves an important role in the food chain and lifecycle of countless fr

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Power To Penetrate

Selecting the proper hook for freshwater fishing is absolutely critical for achieving consistent success. Sure, any worm wiggler can fool a bucketmout

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River Monster

Like a machine gun repelling an enemy attack, the clicker screamed as line sizzled from the big Penn reel. After running about 100 yards the fish even

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Newfound Glory

Many freshwater anglers fish the same body of water weekend after weekend and often employ the same tactics they’ve used for years regardless of the s

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Bump & Grind

During the winter months in Florida, when lake temperatures fall to the upper 60s, largemouth bass leave their shallow haunts for deeper water in sear

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Intruder Alert

Yet another exotic invader to Florida’s freshwater ecosystem, the bullseye snakehead is an air-breathing, merciless predator that is similar to a bowf

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Good As Gold

Although the freshwater industry thrives on the development of the latest and greatest artificial offerings, wild shiner fishing for big bass is an ex

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Crescent Lake

Several rods in holders hanging off the stern all bent over at once, kicking off an exciting frenzy in the back of the boat as we passed over a honey

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Carpe Diem

It was a chamber of commerce day with bluebird skies and not a cloud on the horizon. I could hardly contain myself, as I knew it was going to be one o

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One Cast

The Alabama rig exploded in popularity in October 2011 when Paul Elias, a former Bassmaster Classic champion, dominated an FLW Tour event by landing f

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High Expectations

On February 20, 2011, Kevin VanDam made angling history during the Bassmaster Classic, held in the Louisiana Delta south of New Orleans. The professio

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Shake It Up

During the blistering months of summer air and water temperatures become downright stifling, which can at times make Florida bass very difficult to en

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The Write Stuff

In addition to field reporters and staffed editors, magazines rely heavily on freelance writers to deliver fresh and interesting content. Whether you

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Lost On The Loxahatchee

Got a lot on your mind? Need to get away for the day and leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind? If paddling through a canopy of century

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Sweet & Salty

In many coastal deltas, fresh river water mixes with ocean brine, forming a rich primordial stew where life thrives in one of the most fertile and div

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Wiggle It

Without a shadow of doubt, rubber worms are the most effective and widely used artificial lures for tempting largemouth bass. As a matter of fact, bas

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Bowfin Blitz

The last surviving members of the order Amiiformes, bowfin are prehistoric predators from the Jurassic period. Encountered throughout much of the coun

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Go Big or Go Home

When it comes to producing monster largemouth, no state can mess with Florida. Fortunately, the Sunshine State’s subspecies of largemouth bass grows f

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Bass Bugs

Thanks to their availability around the state and big fish mentality, largemouth bass are arguably the most heavily targeted of all gill-bearing aquat

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Oh Crappie

While largemouth bass usually make headlines, crappie actually attract a larger and perhaps faster-growing following. Tasty and widespread, crappie oc

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Buzz Plugging

It’s that time of year again when stifling humidity and severe afternoon thunderstorms are the norm. Often referred to as the dog days of summer, unco

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Whisker Warfare

While Florida certainly offers impressive largemouth bass, there are also numerous species of catfish that inhabit area waters throughout the state. T

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Bass Beware

It’s no secret that technology is changing the way we find and catch fish. From high-definition sonar systems to the latest rod and reel technology, t

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The Morning After

It was great while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end. Bedding season and the spring bonanza has ended here in Central Florida and it’

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Land of the Largemouth

Up until recently, most of what I knew about largemouth bass fishing came from Carl Hiaasen’s novel, Double Whammy. Though in recollection, I have to

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Second Chance Bass

Everyone’s heard and maybe even shared stories themselves about the one that got away. Unfortunately, you can’t always come out on top. Regardless of

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Urban Warfare

It’s an undeniable fact that South Florida is an incredibly diverse community that’s rich with culture and heritage. While the streets are full of loc

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Handcrafted Fishing Lures

Have you ever wondered what goes into producing the tackle, gear and accessories we use today? Anglers and boaters often take for granted the tremendo

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It’s Good To Be Cranky

There’s no denying the fact that crankbaits are extremely versatile offerings with numerous fish-attracting attributes. While these long-standing arti

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Linesiders Lookout

Fish the shallows often? Then you, too, know how incredibly spooky sly shallow water predators can be. Snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, bonefish – all e

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