Creatures of Contradiction

Occurring in what is arguably the widest ranging habitat of any species in Florida, and doing so while blending into their surroundings with unparalle

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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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Lost At Sea

The sequence of events that led to the situation you face isn’t going to change anything at this point. The only thing that matters is that you are no

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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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Good Fleas

I remember as a kid scanning the shoreline looking for the signs of sand fleas, leading to happy digging in order to uncover the small crustaceans. No

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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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Bimini’s Delightful Duo

Located just off the coast of South Florida, Bimini is widely accessible and has a longstanding history rich with offshore heritage dating back to a t

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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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Expedition Everglades

I beat the alarm to the punch, as is often the case when a remote fishing expedition is about to commence. Waking before the 4:45 a.m. alarm helped ta

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Full of Bull

The St. Johns River inlet in Mayport, FL is a deep water pass located on the outskirts of Jacksonville that has long been used for the transit of comm

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Mile Marker 79.8

For the fortunate travelers who’ve had the opportunity to experience the Florida Keys, it’s no surprise this narrow outcropping of coral islands exten

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Mullet Pancakes

Cast nets are a great tool for acquiring bait in large quantities, but like many aspects of sport fishing there’s no set standard and you’ll need to f

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Feeding the Food Chain

Florida is widely considered the Fishing Capital of the World, and for good reason. No other state can boast the number of days fished by anglers, rev

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Just the Tip

I’ve always been a fan of sharpening my hooks to a needlepoint tip, but now that I mostly fish with circle-hooks I was wondering what’s the proper sha

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Small Talk

I’m no expert on the flats and regretfully, I’ve yet to master the long rod. I can barely drive a streamer into the wind more than a couple of b

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Science of the Strike

There’s not much that tops the sight of a tuna clearing the water as it attempts to engulf a frisky live bait splashing on the surface, or the u

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End of the Road

It’s a typical winter in Fort Kent, Maine where the streets are salted and outside air temp reads a bone chilling 37 degrees. While this small t

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Pulling the Plug

Heading miles out into the Gulf of Mexico often leads to a successful day of fishing, with countless world-class species patrolling these rich waters

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Proficient Portage

In a perfect world, every angler would be able to simply jump on a boat, load up the livewell and head out for a productive day on the water. However

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Make or Break

Florida’s inshore waters offer anglers countless opportunities to successfully pursue a bevy of prized game fish. Though, hooking and landing th

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Dominate the Shallows

What qualities define the best Big Bend backcountry boats? The question likely has as many answers as there are Gulf Coast fishing fanatics since all

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Bait Wars

Bait Wars

With countless natural and artificial offerings available to Florida anglers, and numerous different baits effective for various species across a wide

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Synthetic Sensations

Along the inshore estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico there are numerous venues that harbor healthy populations of seatrout, redfish, tarpon, snook and mo

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Ready When You Are

Across the state’s varied inshore habitats, trolling motors are critical to successful outings chasing everything from tarpon to redfish. Purists clai

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Pop Culture

Across Florida’s numerous inshore venues, fishing with a popping cork is one of the most fundamental and productive tactics for catching seatrout and

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Creek Wars

With most of the hype usually centered around big money inshore fishing leagues with professional teams of two fighting tooth and nail for notoriety a

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Kill Zone

The introduction of underwater dock light systems has opened the door for anxious anglers around the state willing to explore a variety of aquatic hab

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Messenger of Death

Merciless! That is the word I would use to best describe the most voracious predator inhabiting Florida waters—the great barracuda. While these unpred

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Eagle Eyes

I don’t care where in Florida you get your fix. Some aspects related to shallow water fishing are universal, and effectively reading the water is one

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Main Course

From tidal backwaters along the Panhandle to the tropical shallows of the Florida Keys and nearly every venue in between, shrimp are under constant at

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The Power Cast

Shallow water anglers hunting game fish throughout coastal and inshore arenas worldwide often rely on spinning outfits to get the job done. Advantageo

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Suspended in Time

The Bahamas are a special place for many reasons, but with 700 islands and 2,400 cays providing immense bonefish habitat including tidal creeks, mangr

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Beyond Big Torch

The must-visited Florida Keys are magical and for shallow water enthusiasts pursuing local trophies—whether it be in the form of bonefish, permit, tar

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Shark Sense

As another perfect winter in the Florida Keys fades away, anglers will see an influx of various flats species to area shallows. And just as tarpon, bo

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Killer Columns

Most anglers won’t ever leave fish to find fish, but it’s more than likely you routinely pass under a bridge or come very close to one en route to you

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Adios Amigo

Welcome to our annual Shallow Water issue. We know there are many digital and print publications from which to choose, so on behalf of our entire crew

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Angling’s Greatest Feat

That’s it, you’re dead serious! You’ve reached a point in your angling career where everything seems complacent and you really need to elevate your ga

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Over the Horizon

With thousands of miles of beaches, Florida’s coastline provides anglers a wide variety of easily accessible surf fishing opportunities. While there i

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Sticky Fingers

Over the years tackle manufacturers have undertaken extensive research, design and testing in an effort to mimic and portray the natural and chemical

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Garnet and Gold

Few things in northwest Florida are as popular as the national championship Florida State Seminoles, but giving the ‘Noles a run for their money durin

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Hit the Road Jack

A glint of silver caught my eye 50 feet in front of me, and I snapped the lure to a grass edge a few feet beyond the flash. The lead-nosed VuDu Shrimp

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Counting Down

I learned how to fly fish in the backcountry and enjoy catching redfish and snook, but I’d like to broaden my horizons. What’s the best way to put mor

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Lost

Nestled 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Franklin County encompasses more than 250 miles of unspoiled coastline and caters to anglers who desire an

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Killing Fields

So you’ve been hook and line fishing for a while now and are starting to get curious about spearfishing and the world that lies beneath. Perhaps you’v

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Make Some Noise

The ability of an artificial lure to excite and attract saltwater game fish relies heavily on several environmental and situational factors. Whether f

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Border Wars

If inshore anglers didn’t have enough trouble staying in tune with FWC rules and regulations, fishermen who visit Florida’s westernmost metropolis hav

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Tomorrow’s Meteorologist

Although a catch-and-release fishery in many regions, tarpon populations face many challenges including habitat loss, recreational fishing pressure an

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Single Handed Success

As we progress into 2014, the industry continues to evolve as anglers further explore their desire for shallow drafting, eco‑friendly and affordable p

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Trophy Hunting

Perhaps no species is as loved and as hated by fishermen as the controversial goliath grouper. Many resident and visiting anglers looking for a seriou

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Tight Loops

Some are hooked the first time they experience it and some just never get it. Why is it that some people find fly‑fishing so captivating? There are ce

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Lookout for Lookdown

Fishermen are junkies and sometimes we just need to go fishing. No matter the species or size of fish hooked, it’s always nice to feel something pull

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Grass Class

It’s been said that seagrass beds are the marine equivalent to tropical rainforests, and their function crucial to the ecological health of Florida’s

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The Law Of Nature

With an incredible variety of lure designs on the market all claiming to provide the unrivaled mimicry and action needed to fool trophy game fish, it’

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Mayhem In The Marsh

Florida is comprised of some of the largest and most dense mangrove wetlands in the entire world, creating essential nursery habitat for a variety of

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Free Bait

Along coastal habitats throughout the entire state, crabs play a crucial role in the health of area ecosystems by helping eliminate decaying plant and

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Overpass Ordinances

“I recently purchased a bay boat and want to start fishing my local bridges. I know there will be times when it will be advantageous to drift, but wha

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Winter Wonderland

Compared to many regions of the country where snow, ice and freezing temperatures take a stronghold and are the norm during the winter, Florida’s temp

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Camping Is The Cure

Located at the southern tip of Florida’s peninsula, Everglades National Park is one of the state’s most impressive and important ecosystems that provi

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Beach Bash

Pompano are one many species commonly encountered around the state of Florida, but what’s unique about pompano fishing is that the presentation and ap

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Channel Surfing

We were on anchor in a channel protected by pristine flats where trophy bonefish forage day in and day out. However, today was unlike most in Biscayne

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Ground Zero

As I pushed the throttle down and the skiff jumped on plane, we weaved our way along the stained waters of the Crystal River toward the open expanse o

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The Perfect Piercing

Although there are countless artificial offerings that masterfully mimic live forage, I will tell you for certain that nothing beats the real deal. Ev

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No Name Knot

Advancements in tackle and technology continue to offer anglers a truly unfair advantage. But with all of the added innovations brought to us over rec

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Gator Rx

Finding and fooling big trout in Florida waters is an awesome accomplishment, and one that requires an incredible amount of stealth, patience and educ

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The Value of Local Knowledge

We’re all very fortunate to live in Florida. With well over 1,000 miles of coastline, hundreds of different species and so many exciting venues, there

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The Feel Factor

Florida is the undisputed fishing capital of the world, and with this bold statement comes a variety of venues and species to target. With such varian

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Exodus

Highly anticipated by those in the know, fall spells peak season for targeting flounder across northeast Florida. Believe it or not, it’s that time of

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The Amazing Race

To the collective surprise of no one, the fall mullet run will soon be in full force. Like the changing of seasons, Florida anglers know that every fa

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The Devil’s Den

I’ve had the good fortune of exploring some of the most pristine tropical playgrounds the world has to offer, yet every time I visit Everglades Nation

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Mojarra

September marks the beginning of Florida’s highly anticipated fall run of snook when anglers gather around East Coast inlets and beaches on their hunt

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Balancing Act

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) fishing is the fastest growing sector within the marine industry and its rise to the top can be attributed to the growing t

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Out Of Bounds

The Gulf of Mexico may not feature lush coral gardens with crystal clear water that’s common in the Atlantic, but from Key West to Naples and beyond t

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The Learning Curve

The intellectual ability to learn is well documented for humans as well as animals, progressing over time into what scientists refer to as learning cu

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Choose Your Weapon

One could argue that advancing technologies are changing recreational sport fishing as we know it, but one thing remains constant and will likely neve

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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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Don’t Float Your Cap

While I’m fully aware of the stealthy benefits associated with wade fishing, I’m just not sure if it’s the right approach for my region. How do I dete

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Speaking Spanish

This past winter and spring, anglers along both coasts encountered consistent inshore action with ravenous Spanish mackerel. Hard fighters, tasty and

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Bow To The King

The spring to summer transitional period brings new life to state waters, with mature tarpon exciting anglers along both coasts. While impressive feat

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Casting Call

Throwing a cast net is a necessary fundamental that many anglers learn as they climb the ranks of sport fishing. Those who perfect the tactic often ad

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Taming Tarpon

I’ve caught a bunch of fish on fly in the backcountry, but I recently purchased a 12 weight in hopes of taming a tarpon on the long wand this summer.

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Bonefish Blessings

When one fantasizes of top bonefish destinations the Florida Keys certainly come to mind for proximity and the trophy fish typically encountered. Inte

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Seeing Triple

Located within Everglades National Park at the southern tip of the state, Flamingo is one of Florida’s greatest treasures where the angling opportunit

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Eerie Seduction

As air and water temperatures become increasingly comfortable and the spring season progresses, anglers will emerge from hibernation and once again fi

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Show Time!

Periodically piercing the water’s surface with their distinct tails, redfish can be seen from a distance as they root the bottom for crabs, shrimp, wo

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Sarasota Slam

The battered lure landed softly on the surface just inches from the overhanging mangrove branches—it was a perfect cast. My client twitched his rod ti

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The Last Frontier

Unless you’ve visited the Big Bend before, there are no words that can adequately describe the region and you won’t understand until you drive through

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Blissful Bycatch

Anglers know quite well that every trip doesn’t produce. There are always unforeseen circumstances and unexpected misadventures, interspersed with epi

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Knot So Fast

If you fish a spinning reel with thin diameter braided fishing line, you will eventually have to deal with a wind knot, although wind isn’t always to

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Life On The Lookout

The life of a tiny baitfish is a difficult one, with nearly every predator that swims willing and capable of capitalizing on the easy meal. Small stat

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Skyway Spanish

Heaven to me is standing on the beach just before the sun makes its ominous appearance over the horizon. With pounding surf breaking at my feet I reve

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Blast ‘Em At The Bridge

With so many bridges that span the local waterways of Florida’s Panhandle, anglers have a wide range of venues when it comes to promising inshore stru

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Quivering Quills

Although you can certainly blackout your livewell with a cast net, multiple hook quill rigs—often called sabiki rigs—acquire live bait in a more delic

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Hit Or Miss

I routinely fish with a light or medium action spinning outfit and have an issue with consistent casting accuracy. Sometimes my lure hooks to the left

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Slam On The Breaks

While the winter season is settling in and anglers are becoming accustomed to fewer days on the water, there’s a group of die-hards that canR

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Tending Tides

Throughout every venue across the state the tide is an extremely important factor that has an incredible influence on your overall angling success. As

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The Usual Suspects

With a majority of anglers locked in the grips of another winter, tropical sportsmen in the Florida Keys live the good life celebrating Christmas in t

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