Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo

The Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo began 47 years ago as a Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce event. The original focus of the tournament was to keep out-

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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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The Stealth Factor

Now that the blazing summer season is upon us, coastal waters are typically as calm as they are going to get with smooth seas and variable winds the n

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Magic Metals

It’s safe to say that metal jigs have been in existence for longer than most of us have been fishing. As a matter of fact, the good ole’ 4 oz. diamond

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Open For Business

Over the years I’ve had the good fortune of traveling to some of the most critically acclaimed angling destinations in the entire world. While I’ve ex

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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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Room To Run

In the heat of the battle anglers put serious strain on their tackle. Yet when it comes to failure, your rod and reel likely aren’t the main source of

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The Loop Current

Spanning a distance of approximately 600,000 square miles, the expansive Gulf of Mexico is one of the most diverse and critically acclaimed bodies of

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Balls Deep

Around the state, anglers both inshore and offshore employ widely diverse chumming techniques in the hopes of attracting inquisitive predators. Whethe

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Two Years Later

The explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010 resulted in an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Whil

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Crazy GTs

I cannot tell you how much I enjoy flying over from the United Kingdom to visit and fish in the United States. Your tarpon have put me on my knees aft

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Diesel Owners Save Big

The offshore pursuit of pelagic game fish is becoming more expensive with each passing summer. With an uncertain economy and the price of fuel climbin

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Call Me Crazy

One of the most inviting aspects of sport fishing is that it can be enjoyed on so many levels. Fishing is fishing and no matter what vessel you utiliz

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Red Snapper

Things sure have changed since my father, Captain Paul Nelson II, started charter fishing out of Ponce Inlet more than 50 years ago. In those days the

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Season To Taste

Inshore anglers have been capitalizing on the benefits of natural and artificial bait enhancements like scented gels, oils and sprays for many years.

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Eat or Be Eaten

Fast growing, short-lived predators that inhabit most of the world’s tropical seas, dolphin are gluttonous carnivores that at times feed with no remor

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Yellow Fever

As we left South Florida in our 40-knot wake I couldn’t help but smile, as I knew today had the potential to be one of those days. Like so many times

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Tail Whackers

By now you are probably well aware that ballyhoo are the most effective and versatile natural offshore offerings. You are probably also aware that the

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Harpooned

Quite possibly one of the oldest tools for harvesting wild aquatic game, harpoons have been relied upon for centuries across most parts of the world.

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Supercharged Sensations

The effectiveness of targeting pelagic game fish with live offerings has been discussed at great lengths time and again, although there’s a whole lot

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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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Tackle Centers

Anglers and boaters rarely consider the tremendous effort required to design and manufacture the countless components that enhance our on-the-water ex

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Final Destination

Dating back more than a hundred years, Panama’s colorful history has been riddled with both tragedy and resurgence. Bordered by Costa Rica and Colombi

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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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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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Shamrock Shorelines

My arms shake with unrefined adrenaline as I make that first cast into the tumbling, foaming water in front of me. I’ve been a fisherman all my life,

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Sailfish Cup

With sailfish training south for the winter, participants in the 2011 Sailfish Cup were gearing up in anticipation for the first major event of the se

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Nassau Grouper

Let me first start by saying that this is a true story about the exploitation of a precious commodity in the idyllic island chain of The Bahamas. Whil

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On The Brink

The weekend following Thanksgiving you’ll find Florida Sport Fishing aboard a legendary east coast party boat—Yankee Capts. We sponsor an annual 3-day

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Stop The Madness

Having lived along the coast of South Florida my entire life, it amazes me how I still get excited when sailfish begin to invade area waters. Every ti

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The Pink Prize

Mention red snapper, and perhaps no species across the Southeast evokes as much emotion. The reason this particular reef dweller is surrounded by cont

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Wicked Wahoo Whacker

Dedicated anglers have been fooling wahoo in The Bahamas for a few months now, but don’t lose hope if you haven’t been able to make the crossing. The

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Headboat Honor Roll

I recently asked myself exactly what it is that separates those who enjoy headboat fishing from those who really excel at it. The numbers don’t lie, a

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Squidzilla

Foul smelling, slimy, relatively durable and highly effective, squid are favored forage for almost every fish that swims in saltwater. While there are

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Can’t Get Enough

According to the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, daily bag limits for recreational anglers fishing state waters are set for a 24-hour period

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Mooring Lines

Interested in learning more about your favorite tackle and accessories? Anglers and boaters rarely consider the tremendous effort required to design a

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The Last Frontier

Eco-tourists and adventurous anglers alike have been traveling to Costa Rica for years. The most visited destination in all of Central America, Costa

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The Other White Meat

On many occasions, anglers heading out on any of Florida’s well-equipped drift boats get stuck in a rut targeting coveted game fish while failing to r

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Baitfish Need Love Too!

Offshore anglers understand the importance of healthy live baits and often times make incredible sacrifices to acquire and care for them. Although liv

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Coming in Hot!

Florida’s billfish frenzy is once again in full-force and with the procession of winter cold fronts and coinciding baitfish migrations, anglers of all

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Super Sticks

It’s been over two decades since the concept of vertical jigging was first introduced, yet this innovative approach continues to gain popularity as on

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Plan B

With sailfish season upon us once again, anglers searching for supercharged spindlebeaks will be scouring near-shore waters in search of the perfect e

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All On The Line

I recently purchased a heavy duty deep drop outfit and want to try my luck with swordfish. What line should I load my reel with? – Joe Felix, Ft. Laud

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Saltwater Slam Hits Home

It was a June for the record books, with nearly two weeks of stiff winds and choppy seas. Summer was getting underway and temperatures were quickly cl

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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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Deep Water Destin

Known for its stunning white sand beaches and incredible fishing opportunities, Destin is a diamond in the rough along Florida’s Emerald Coast. While

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The Heaton Special

Successful offshore anglers have been reaping the rewards from dredge teasers for years. If you’re not already pulling these flashy enticements you’re

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Hooked For Life

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it should come as no surprise that state and federal regulations in the Gulf of Mexico require all recreationa

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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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Dominican Days

Situated on the eastern side of the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is soon to be the shining star of the Caribbean. Known throughout the

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Gulf Coast Open

While the southwest coast of Florida routinely hosts first-class events for die-hard anglers looking to test their skills, the 1st Annual Gulf Coast O

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Plug & Play

The majority of fishing boats on the water depend heavily on electricity. Unfortunately, too many of those boats are operating with severely unbalance

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Face to Face

Sport or savage, spearfishing is a proven technique that has been around since the beginning of time. Prehistoric cave drawings depict speared fish an

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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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Plastic Pursuits

With the growing popularity of kayak fishing, an increasing number of open-minded anglers are pushing the envelope by putting themselves in situations

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The Edge and Back

First off, if you don’t enjoy lengthy boat rides, move on. Fishing the edge of the shelf hours west of St. Petersburg requires big boats, taxing fuel

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Tips For Tails

Successful yellowtail fishing is not as easy as everyone makes it seem. Sure, any boater can drop anchor over just about any reef or wreck around the

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Strip Show

Broadbill swordfish are extraordinary game fish aided by specially adapted heat exchange organs able to increase the temperature of their brain and ey

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Land of the Lost

Thanks to unique currents, aggressive bottom contours and the banning of commercial purse seining with recently added restrictions on large scale long

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Soft Plastic Trolling Lures

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

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Destination Harbour Island

We were headed for the tip of Shallow Ground, where the ocean floor quickly climbs from 4,000 feet to only 200. The sounder decided to wake up from it

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K-Rock Klassic

It’s no secret that sailfish populations are on the rise. Thanks in part to the requirement of circle-hooks in tournaments, as well as the industry wi

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Blitz!

With summertime feeding patterns already unfolding in our near-coastal arenas, look no further than chaotic feeding frenzies to put the “sport” in spo

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Back to Basics

King mackerel are coastal pelagic game fish that excite near-shore anglers statewide. To target and catch these voracious predators with any level of

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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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Tales From The Top

Native Son’s Captain Art Sapp is leading the way among South Florida’s most successful tournament competitors. Florida Sport Fishing was granted a pri

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Pop Goes The Pelagic

Although dolphin aren’t the smartest fish in the ocean, at times they can be quite challenging to fool. And while we’ve been catching these great tast

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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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Super Scad: Cigar Minnow

It doesn’t matter where you fish in Florida—there are certain species of baitfish that are common topics of conversation. Rounding out the trifecta of

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Slam On The Breaks

When it comes to getting connected and staying connected, it should be fairly obvious that it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.

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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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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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Super Scad: Goggle Eye

Last issue we covered the irresistible offshore delicacies known throughout the angling community as speedos. In this issue we continue our quest for

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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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SKA National Championship

The Southern Kingfish Association is one of the most highly acclaimed saltwater tournament series in North America. While competition is fierce, it’s

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SICK!

Unfortunately, shark fishing is one of the least appreciated and least respected of all forms of fishing—especially when you’re battling bloodthirsty

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Tag, You’re It!

Florida’s winter season means sailfish—and lots of them. Prime location along their natural migration route is part of the reason for such a high dens

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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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Super Scad: Speedos

In the world of live bait fishing scad are premier offerings. While scale baits like threadfin herring and pilchard certainly attract inquisitive pred

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Meat Sticks

Of course, there are traditionalists who claim that deep dropping is nothing more than commercial fishing. There is, however, much more involved than

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Aloha Oahu

Most discussions concerning monster bonefish involve driving down I-95 until it turns into Overseas Highway. This is for good reason, as Florida Keys

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Paradise Hole

As any gambler knows, the odds are always in favor of the house. However, when you are trying your luck on the reefs and wrecks dotting the northern G

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Last Chance Grouper

It’s going to be here before you know it—Closed Season. The National Marine Fisheries Service shallow water grouper closure once again takes effect Ja

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Zero to Hero

Technology has certainly evolved over the last decade. Yet, even with state-of-the-art multi-function displays at our fingertips, some things are stil

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Ready… Set… Deploy

If you’re an offshore angler looking to enhance your presence throughout the water column then you should become familiar with downriggers. Although t

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Artificial Intelligence

It’s an undisputable fact that the waters surrounding the state of Florida provide some of the greatest fishing and diving opportunities in the entire

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Let Them Live

Of all the great game fish roaming our seas, few are as highly prized as the shortfin mako shark. Fearless, makos are arguably the fastest pelagic pre

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The 30lb. Challenge

Single out one item that has undisputedly revolutionized fishing in the 21st Century, and the spotlight would have to shine on braided fishing line. T

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