Line Management

Some anglers are simply destined for failure. It is a sad reality, and a harsh one at that. You see, fishing fundamentals cannot be overlooked no matt

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Winter Wonderland

While many locals and transients call South Florida home due to the temperate conditions and lack of distinct seasons, there are parts of the state th

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Pinfish Ploy

While they aren’t the most glamorous of all baitfish, pinfish are some of the most abundant forage species throughout the entire state. Members of the

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Enjoy the Boat Show

As kids we were told the circus is the greatest show on Earth. However now that we’re older we realize an international boat show is really the cooles

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The Big Picture

With populations of game fish collapsing worldwide and the demand for fresh seafood showing no signs of diminishing, major change is needed or the wor

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Elevation Revelation

Inshore and off, maximum visibility with a clear view of your surroundings is absolutely essential for safe navigation and successful fishing. We all

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No Motor? No Problem!

Across the state protection continues to increase along critical coastal ecosystems in an effort to ensure the well being of these essential habitats.

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Duke of the Fluke

Unique in their feeding habits, hunting strategies, preferred structure and symmetry, flounder are recognized as prized catches that provide incredibl

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September Snook

As typical summer patterns slowly fade away and the change of season brings new opportunities one thing remains constant. Snook will be holding tight

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Tarpon Take Center Stage

The Silver King has reigned supreme for more than a century as one of the most sought after game fish in existence. Few species can match the tarpon’s

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Alive & Well

Mangrove snapper…gray snapper…black snapper…grovers…mangos…we don’t care what you call them. From the moment these fierce fish enter the aquatic

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Sound Off

Situated along the southwest coast of Florida, Pine Island Sound is one of the state’s most critically acclaimed estuarine ecosystems. One of five est

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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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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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Fishing’s Greatest Hoax

Around the state, shallow estuaries provide the ideal habitat for a variety of adolescent game fish to mature. Along with juvenile redfish, tarpon, tr

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Pass The Peninsula

With all of the negative press in response to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it’s remarkable the Gulf is still even on the map. However, if anyone

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Biscayne Bliss

It was a typical spring morning, with a brisk east wind creating a slight chop on the surface as we methodically traversed the shallow flat. With clea

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Everglades Eden

Slowing to a crawl off the fast-paced Turnpike, traffic on US-1 halted before we entered the gates of Everglades National Park. Making the 40-mile dri

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Gone With The Wind

If you’ve spent enough time on the water then you are well aware of the fact that flats fishing is forever interlocked with the wind. A part of life w

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Crucial Connections

It should come as no surprise that sharp hooks and strong knots are key components to successful days on the water. One of many knots used to attach h

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Fish Outside The Box

Recent developments with essential tackle, gear and accessories have propelled anglers to impressive catches never before thought possible. And while

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Chum And Get It

It’s not hard to understand why those who truly maximize their time on the water by recognizing the conditions and surroundings gain more knowledge an

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Metro Megalops

It was an hour after dusk and the outgoing tide was cranking. We positioned ourselves up current, where to our delight we witnessed hungry tarpon aggr

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Cold Case

In regards to access, fishability, variety and abundance, Florida is an angler’s paradise. However, passing cold fronts create treacherous conditions

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Fire in the Hole

While you may not be inclined to crawl out of bed before dawn on a chilly January morning, trust us when we tell you that exciting inshore action awai

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The Sharks Are Calling

Islamorada is recognized globally as the undisputed Sport Fishing Capital of the World, and we couldn’t agree more. One look at Google Earth and it is

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Chopper City

Mowing down unsuspecting schools of scaly finfish, bluefish are impressive predators that are always looking for confrontation. With a wide-ranging di

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Black Sheep

A relative to one of Florida’s most highly revered inshore targets, black drum are often overlooked and are arguably the most underrated species in th

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Shucks

Baked, steamed, served as chowder or atop linguine, the thought of these tasty bivalves surely makes your mouth water. And although fresh clams are a

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Fish Smarter | Not Harder

Often times anxious anglers frustrate matters and make their time on the water more complicated than it needs to be. Instead, make your angling advent

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Snookage À Trois

Having grown up only steps from the beach, I was well aware of the explosive snook action that was about to take place. It was a flat calm fall mornin

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First Coast Flood Tides

With the steamy months of summer behind us, anglers in northeast Florida are gearing up for some of the best inshore opportunities of the entire year.

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Atlantic Croaker

If you’ve ever used live croaker for bait, then you are well aware of their unfair advantage. As a matter of fact, in years past the state of Texas wa

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Jump In!

Grab your snorkel gear and capitalize on Florida’s readily available fresh seafood, that’s what. Depending on your location around the state, wonderfu

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Unleash the Fury

While the Florida Keys certainly can’t be discounted, spring through summer large-scaled giants can be found prowling area flats, beaches, bays and ba

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Menhaden

Menhaden, commonly referred to as bunker or pogies, are extremely desirable forage species that play an essential role in both the Gulf and Atlantic c

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Everyone Dyes

There’s no arguing the fact that dedicated anglers are a quirky bunch. Willingly committing acts the general population would consider foolish and goi

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Read Between The Lines

Stripers are arguably the Eastern Seaboard’s most attainable game fish, yet it’s not too often you hear Florida anglers swapping fish tales about a re

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Get Fluid

There’s a tailing red digging for crustaceans 60-feet off your bow. Your knees quiver as the wind blows in your face and the sun simultaneously disapp

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Promised Land

The shimmer of my gold spoon flashed in the shallow water like a prized golden nugget. It wiggled and wobbled just beneath the surface as I eased it b

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Think Pink

Picture yourself perched on the bow of a dilapidated skiff that’s certainly seen better days. Your Bahamian guide has eyes like a hawk and nerves of s

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Wanderlust Bonefish

Fishermen are optimists, there’s just no other way to describe us. Every time we step onto a boat or wade a shallow flat, there is a renewed sense of

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Chum & Get It

Nobody likes to carry chum, collect chum, or store chum. While great for fishing, it’s terrible for refrigerators, freezers and relationships. Fortuna

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Fort Pierce

When it comes to lush inshore waters, Fort Pierce is clearly holding. With great redfishing to the north and fantastic snook to the south, Fort Pierce

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The P Word

The permit is a highly prized game fish regarded by angling’s elite as the most challenging of all fly fishing targets. Fool one on fur and you’ve ach

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Taming Tampa

After another chilly winter, it’s finally time to shed the layers and get back to boardshorts and flip-flops. Springtime is the right time here in Tam

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The Lunar Debate

By now I’m sure you’re fully aware moon phase plays a huge role in favor of and against saltwater anglers. But is the story the same for our landlocke

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Shallow Minded

Picture yourself perched atop a casting platform overlooking a lush grass flat as the sun peeks over the horizon. There isn’t a ripple on the water ex

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Beat It

Pogonias Cromis, more commonly referred to as the black drum, is the least glamorous member of the popular drum family. With a range that extends alon

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Wade For Me

Around Florida, promising wade fishing opportunities abound. Some are easily accessible by land, while others only by boat. Regardless, few places in

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A Tidal Affair

While many things in life are uncertain, there’s one thing you can always count on. Tides will rise and fall due to the combination of the sun and the

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Master The Double Haul

Fly-Fishing is an art form that requires determination, dedication, intellect, keen observation and a whole lot of practice. While the basics can de d

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Sand Fleas

It’s no secret that visitors from around the country flock to beaches of Florida to relax and have fun in the sun. While the warm water and gentle lap

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1st Annual Cast For Kids

If you spent any amount of time at your local beach this summer, then you surely noticed the rapidly increasing popularity of stand up paddle surfing.

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Chasing ‘Tail

As a professional fishing guide I’ve been asked just about every question you could imagine. What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught? What is the b

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Dead In The Water

Unless you spent the winter season in hibernation, you’re well aware of the unprecedented stretch of cold weather that left the future of one of Flori

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The Mullet Run

While volumes have been written about the proper tactics and techniques to approach the annual fall bait run there’s one aspect that cannot be overloo

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All Jacked Up!

Whether you’re a novice boater, weekend warrior or full-time guide, there are a variety of aftermarket additions that can greatly elevate your boat’s

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Poonville USA

Key West, as commercial as it is, is a phenomenal destination for the fly angler. Not only does the southernmost point in the United States offer some

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You Don’t Know Jack

The waters surrounding the great state of Florida provide essential habitat to thousands of species of marine fish. Learning how to identify what’s on

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Paradise Exposed

The sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon and the air was already a sultry 88°. Despite an early morning awakening, a 38-mile drive from the

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Nighttime Is The Right Time

With the sweltering summer season once again upon us, you’ve undoubtedly had your fair share of sunburns and strikeouts. Record temperatures definitel

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Tantalizing Tubes

Ridiculously effective, a tube lure is essentially very simple. It is a hollowed-out, cylindrical soft plastic bait with a tentacle-encased opening an

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Freedom Fighters

Whether you enjoy plying fertile offshore waters, lush grass flats or anywhere in between, there’s no method as effective at increasing your score as

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Bad Rap Barracuda

Within the realm of recreational sport fishing there are several species commonly referred to as trash fish. Bonito, triggerfish, houndfish, ladyfish,

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Think Outside The Boat

With its unique location linking the subtropical climate of steamy South Florida and the temperate-zone of North Florida, the Indian River Lagoon is a

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Sensational Sebastian

Barely halfway down the concrete gangway overlaying the crowded jetty, I couldn’t help but watch in awe as smiling angler after smiling angler flipped

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Bare Bones

For most shallow water anglers the allure of the sport will always be in the adventure of the stalk. When all of the elements come together and we fin

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Delinquents

Tarpon are magnificent game fish that owe much of their fame to their incredible size and equally enthralling acrobatic abilities. However, it’s not o

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Inlet Inmates

Spring is rapidly approaching and I just left the bait shop with a bucket full of handpicked shrimp. It has been an unusually long and cold winter, le

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Funky Fiddlers

Dedicated anglers often go to extreme lengths to satisfy their angling appetites. Many of the acts die-hards perform on a regular basis are likely vie

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Fabulous Fillets

Fabulous fillets start long before you begin preparing your favorite seafood dish. Any fresh fish you are not planning on eating within a few days MUS

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Ascension Bay

Ninety miles south of Cancun’s mega-resorts littering Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Ascension Bay is nestled in the heart of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

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The Basics and Beyond…

Readers have demanded it and we’re delivering with a special section devoted exclusively to Fly Fishing Florida. In each issue we’ll be featuring tact

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In The Thick Of It

Jacksonville, home to Florida’s First Coast, has always been recognized for its well-rounded fishing opportunities. With over 68-miles of Atlantic Oce

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Lethargic Linesiders

Snook are complex creatures, likely more so than any other shallow water predator. They can be extremely temperamental, affected by lunar and solunar

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Bull Minnows

If you’re a dedicated flounder pounder then there’s no need to tell you the beneficial attributes of a lively bull minnow, however, if you’ve been on

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Liquid Love On The Go

It should come as no surprise that shore-bound anglers have a huge disadvantage when compared to their fellow brethren equipped with modern vessels. T

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‘Glades Gorillas

Late summer is an absolutely lovely time of year in South Florida, however, it’s not exactly prime time to put together a successful inshore adventure

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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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History in the Making

There are fishing clubs, and then there are fishing clubs. Unfortunately, most of both have dissolved over the years as anglers now find it easier to

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Breathe

It was a steamy dawn along the mainland of Mexico as I boarded a rickety panga in hopes of battling the Pacific’s most powerful pelagics. We pushed th

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Fish the Moon:
Day or Night

Since the very beginning, we’ve gazed to the sky in wonderment – transfixed by the most brilliant celestial body apparent from the earth’s surfa

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Crazy About Crustaceans

Each spring, summer, fall and winter, the causeways, bridges and canals of many Florida counties are populated by a unique bunch of individuals seekin

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Think You Have What it Takes?

There’s no doubt in my mind that fishing magazines provide the angling community with great tips and techniques regarding lure selection, fishing hot

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Beware

It’s a lot like “Location X” except that there are several of them in Everglades National Park. It is here in this vast wilderness where snook and red

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Soft Plastics

Have you ever wondered what goes into manufacturing the tackle, gear and accessories we all use today? Anglers often take for granted the tremendous e

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Get to the Point

It’s mid-July along the Panhandle and I’m on a scouting expedition hoping to locate a few new spots for the upcoming season. As I head down the ICW, I

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Chasing Silver

“It comes down to one thing…people. There are just too many people.” These are the words spoken by legendary Charlotte Harbor angler Tommy

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Go GREEN

In today’s day and age, going green is more important than ever. Do your part to help the environment and invest in a green underwater dock light! It

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Fishing Rods

Wonder what goes into manufacturing the tackle, gear and accessories we all use today? Anglers often take for granted the tremendous effort it require

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Massachusetts Mayhem

If the breeze is just right, I can tell what’s on the menu at my favorite restaurant a mile or so from a marsh I love to fish on Cape Cod. My stomach

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Fragile Florida Bay

Florida Bay is a subtropical marine lagoon that encompasses both Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Located at t

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