Dressed To Kill

I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am to live in the great state of Florida. Fertile waters both inshore and off combine with tropical weather yea

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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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Modern Marina

Anglers and boaters rarely consider the tremendous effort required to design and manufacture the countless components and accessories that enhance our

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Resilience

While few of us have experienced the incredible fishery, we’ve all seen photos and video clips of redfish and seatrout lined up on display, often time

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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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The PTTS

Nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast rests the historic seaside community known simply as Boca Grande. Situated on Gasparilla Island, a barrier between

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Taste Test

I’ve been fishing for nearly my entire life and have had great success with traditional baits and lures. Recently I’ve noticed an increase in aftermar

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Redbone Trilogy Series

With fantastic weather, a veteran guide and eager redfish, Ross Reeder, of Miami, earned the Grand Champion title among other honors at the Redbone Ce

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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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Against All Odds

For whatever reason, targeting the ocean’s most formidable predators on tackle nowhere near suitable for the job is incredibly intriguing. Subduing pr

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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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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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Twist One Up

Often neglected for more noteworthy equipment and accessories, swivels are actually some of the most consequential pieces of terminal tackle in existe

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Welcome To The Jungle

The classic Guns N’ Roses song was jamming through my head as we flew over the dense rainforest jungle en route to an exotic angling outpost along the

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Empty Handed

The sport we enjoy so much is actually quite dangerous to our health—perhaps the reason why hardcore anglers go to such extremes to get their next fix

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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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The Clear Choice

Anglers are always looking for new techniques and equipment that will give them an advantage over their gill-bearing opponents. While fresh bait and b

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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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Herman Lucerne Memorial

Anglers and tournament directors in South Florida know that with an active hurricane season you never really know what to expect. While the Herman Luc

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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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Montauk Marauders

As the sun was setting behind the Montauk Lighthouse on the eastern tip of Long Island, our skipper Jim Angelidis gunned the engine on his Boston Whal

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Living Local

Fortunate to call South Florida home, I’m privileged to have access to a multitude of productive bonefish flats within close proximity. Fertile shallo

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Inshore Towers

Whether it’s adding a new rod and reel to the arsenal or making significant modifications to their boat, inshore anglers are always looking for ways t

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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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Tread Lightly

Wade fishing is the ultimate way to battle determined game fish on their own turf. And while you may be in the group of anglers that would only jump o

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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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How can I get a World Record?

With conservation more important than ever, the International Game Fish Association is proud to introduce a new category of world records that require

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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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Don’t Be A Drag

No matter your target venue or species, proper drag settings are crucial to your overall angling success. Without a clear understanding of how to set

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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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Keys Countdown

If you’ve never been to the Florida Keys than you are in for a real treat. The first time you cruise down the nostalgic Overseas Highway with boat in

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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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Fly Fishing Reels

Have you ever wondered what goes into producing the tackle and accessories we use today? Avid anglers and boaters often take for granted the tremendou

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Exit Plan

It felt like I was standing at the edge of the planet as Javier—who’s been guiding these waters for decades—expertly poled us across another of Ascens

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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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Wrong Turn

The worst feeling any angler—novice or pro—can experience is loosing a quality fish due to some sort of tackle failure that could have easily been avo

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Fishing Carts

Have you ever been to the beach for a casual outing and chuckled at the tourists lugging nearly everything they own to the sand. Coolers, umbrellas, t

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Push Poles

When it comes to stalking game fish in shallow water, stealth is of the utmost importance. While trolling motors are useful in many situations, if you

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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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Avoid Tackle Failure

With manufacturers constantly trying to upstage one another, the advanced technology that goes into today’s fishing reels is quite spectacular. Dartai

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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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