Empty Coolers

This past summer and fall the tackle shops in my hometown were experiencing a ballyhoo shortage and at times they were even completely out of stock fo

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African Pompano

Displaying a tropical distribution throughout coastal waters worldwide and an incredible transformation from juvenile to adult, African pompano are so

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Island Style

Among tropical enthusiasts in search of their next Caribbean getaway, Puerto Rico is often overlooked in favor of more trendy and exotic boutique dest

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Fish Forensics

Have you ever wondered why cubera snapper are so well equipped to crush and inhale spiny lobster? Why marauding wahoo prefer to maim fast food by cutt

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Top-Shot to Success

While countless contraptions have come and gone over the years, few innovations have revolutionized the recreational sport fishing industry quite like

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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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Circle-Hook Success

Although it took a considerable amount of time for circle-hooks to be accepted throughout the angling community, they have since proven their effectiv

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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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Bait Wars: Jigs

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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The Edge of the Dredge

Each and every year sport fishing sees increasing participation across fisheries worldwide. With intense competition, tournament crews that find conti

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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 unmista

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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 town in

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First Coast Fast Lane

I'm soaked to the bone as I stare off into the trolling spread. It’s cold, windy and the weatherman was wrong like usual as the occasional 4-footer te

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Ice Picks

When it comes to rigging offshore baits so they swim and perform as if they were alive, there are some guys who are good, there are some guys who are

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Bloody Decks

Spring has sprung, and that means East Coast anglers are spooling up for explosive yellowfin tuna action across the ’Stream. Departing major ports fro

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Trash to Treasure

Very few offshore anglers intentionally target grunts. Rather, the small statured rockpile and reef residents most often referred to as trash fish are

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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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Broomstick or Bust

Pound for pound, heavyweight gag grouper are some of the strongest fighting fish an offshore angler will ever encounter. Few denizens of the deep have

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High Times Mackerel

For most anglers it all starts at the local pier. Accessible, available and affordable, Florida’s fishing piers are the breeding grounds for future fi

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Buck Rogers Meets Big Game

With technology advancing at a rapid pace, the face of saltwater fishing will change in a big way. The next generation of recreational sportfishing ve

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Wide Open

When it comes to the world’s top angling destinations, the Florida Keys rank high on the list of entertaining options. Driving down the nostalgic Over

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Sword City

If you’re fortunate to have tried your luck daytime swordfishing, then you know exactly what it is about this crazy fishery that drives us to deplete

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Challenge Accepted

Across inshore and near-shore fisheries statewide, goliath grouper are some of the largest and most powerful predators anglers will ever encounter. Kn

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Gulf Coast Open

The southwest coast of Florida is home to numerous events for competitive anglers looking to test their skills, but in its 5th year the Gulf Coast Ope

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In The Midst of Mayhem

In his initial experiments, Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning, rang the dinner bell and watch

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Wahoo Warfare

High speed trolling in hopes of tempting an apex predator is a science, and don’t think otherwise. The artful tactic of presenting an appealing spread

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Chase the Rainbow

Daytime swordfishing has certainly taken center stage off the coast of South Florida during the last decade, but the nighttime fishery is still very p

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Don’t Be the Blind Squirrel

Waterworld, the 1995 movie starring Kevin Costner, wasn’t so far off as it really is a big, big ocean out there. If you don’t have a plan in place bef

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Sportfish Shootout

In only its short existence, sport fishing has seen some truly incredible innovations and developments in tackle and equipment that have propelled ang

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Beeliner or Bust

When glamour species such as mutton snapper and grouper aren’t biting, savvy Florida anglers target vermillion snapper. Unique to this fishery is the

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Mad for Mango

Around Florida, a number of angling destinations are simply legendary. Take Government Cut for example. Miami is well known for world-class sailfishin

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Life at Sea

On June 3, 2014, members from the Cooperative Science Service’s Dolphinfish Research Program were invited aboard My Three Sons. The goal, which was ac

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Never Fail Yellowtail

Based on sheer numbers, yellowtail snapper are by far the most popular of all snapper species. Prized for their flaky, white flesh and cooperative dem

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Better in the Bahamas

The Bahamas islands provide such incredibly diverse fisheries that there’s always something to catch. However, Florida fishermen heading across the ’S

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On the Line

Florida is rich in commercial fishing history, an industry that has helped shape many of the waterfront communities we call home today. Yet for a stat

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King of the Hill

Across the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Seaboard, big game crews travel hundreds of miles and spend long hours on their quest for success in world-class

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Guts to Glory

Offshore anglers are outdoorsmen to the truest sense of the word. We’re not afraid to battle the elements or get our hands dirty, and we’re certainly

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The Numbers Don’t Lie

Live bait is the ticket to tuna success. There is no other way around it. While you can certainly catch blackfin on the world famous Florida Keys hump

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