The Razor Gang

The naming conventions for sailfish, swordfish, red snapper and yellowtail are undeniably accurate, although the widely recognized king mackerel is no

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Tag Team

As one of the most mysterious and valiant predators encountered in the pelagic realm, swordfish have fascinated civilizations since the earliest explo

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Puncture Perfect

Puncture Perfect

Successful offshore endeavors can require substantial collections of specialized gear, with the greatest emphasis often placed on items with exorbitan

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Chasing Silver

Chasing Silver

As tropical weather patterns disrupt the Atlantic basin, water temperatures will begin to fall and prevailing southeast winds will gradually veer to t

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Picket Fence

While trolling has its time and place, for many South Florida fishermen launching kites is the preferred tactic no matter the season. It’s certainly t

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Winds of Change

There’s no doubt that kite fishing is a highly effective tactic for catching pelagic game fish when they are concentrated in a specific depth, contour

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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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Riding The Wave

Their significance to sport fishing is indescribable, to the point one could argue the prosperity of the entire industry hinges on the miniscule halfb

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Stitching for Success

Over the years not many pelagic species have undergone such intense angling pressure as swordfish, yet through sustainable and restricted commercial a

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Trollers Guild

Most don’t realize how lucky we are to live where others vacation, but the true locals are fully aware of the world-class fisheries that make th

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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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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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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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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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Killer Counterparts

It’s May and that means countless crews will be heading over the horizon with one goal in mind—to find and capture dolphin! It is a fact that no other

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No Assembly Required

Walk into any tackle shop and you’ll see that big game skirted trolling lures are now available in a bewildering range of shapes, designs and material

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Wire Line Wind-On

Whether you prefer high-speed wahoo trolling in the Bahamas or pulling planers for king mackerel on this side of the ‘Stream, there’s no denying the e

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Crimp With Confidence

Round Sleeves Material: Brass Required Crimping Tool: Point-to-Cup Reliability: Fair Notes: Achieves relatively decent connection in light tackle appl

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Double Line Deconstructed

Rigging with reliable knots is a vital lesson every fisherman learns early on in their angling career. Sadly, most learn the lesson of poorly tied kno

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Slob Slayers

After a lengthy closure along both coasts, grouper fishing is a great option no matter your port of call. There’s no shortage of quality fish roaming

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Space Invaders

As the world’s top seafood consumer, it’s no surprise the island nation of Japan is home to a busy commercial fishing industry. In their quest to stay

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Blue Runner vs. Goggle Eye

Blue Runner Average Size: 8- to 14-inches AKA: Hardtail, Hardnose, Runner Overall Rating: 6.5 / 10 Best Rigging Method Blue runner are far more effect

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The Ultimate Thrill

Although anglers hailing from ports along Florida’s East Coast typically encounter blue marlin as incidental catches, it’s really a shame these apex p

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Brined Baits

There’s a whole lot more involved in dead bait trolling than simply pitching a rigged ballyhoo over the transom and hoisting up the outrigger clip. Ba

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Version 2.0

With any level of involvement enticing toothy predators with live bait, you’ve surely experienced the dreaded short strike. In fact, many game fish at

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Hi-Lo Heyday

Of all the the venues and approaches available to Florida anglers, bottom fishing is the most popular. Regardless if you are fishing a reef, wreck, st

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School is in Session

Considering the history of sport fishing, dredge teasers are a relatively new concept, yet in their short existence they’ve quickly become an influent

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Midnight Mules

With the increasing popularity of daytime swordfishing, the nighttime approach is in jeopardy of becoming a lost art. It’s a shame, because under the

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Gold Digger

Of the deep-water species in the snapper/grouper complex, golden tilefish are by far the most prized and perhaps the most glamorous of all. They don’t

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Jiggy With It

Metal jigs are nothing new. For as far back as I can remember, diamond jigs have been a staple in saltwater fishing. The craze started sometime after

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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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Secret To Ceros

As the winter season brings cooler air and dropping water temperatures to the Southeast, Florida Keys anglers highly anticipate the migration of prize

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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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Electrifying Results

When it comes to sport fishing, there’s not much that tops the actual strike. There’s really nothing more visually appealing than feeding a sailfish a

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Welcome Aboard!

“Good morning folks. Today we’ll be fishing a few reefs and wrecks about an hour away. We’ve had an excellent mingo bite over the last few days with s

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Snakes To Smokers

I admit it. I’m the type who likes to fiddle. Regardless of species or technique, I’m always experimenting with tackle and always trying to perfect my

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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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Simple Swimming Mullet

Mullet may appear apathetic as they lethargically meander along the water’s surface of inshore estuaries and canals, but rigged properly and these ent

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Fighting Dirty

I’ll admit that although I’m still a whippersnapper by some standards, I’m growing old of being young and reckless. At one time I was passionate and a

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Sacrificial Offerings

The successful pursuit of blue water predators requires a fine understanding of numerous factors. When combined, these ingredients hopefully formulate

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Defiant Dolphin

Roaming tropical seas worldwide, dolphinfish represent the epitome of blue water sport fishing and alone drive tens of millions of dollars in tourism

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Cobia Killer

Come mid-March, anglers along the Panhandle have one thing on their minds—intercepting migrating cobia as they move westward along the crystal clear w

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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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Quest For The One

It was the first drop of a long anticipated day and our baited hooks were plummeting to the darkest depths where the most extreme predators have evolv

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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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Lesson Learned

If you’ve never been skunked, shutout or whatever you call it, then you simply haven’t spent enough time on the water. Regardless if it’s inshore, on

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Wahoo Highway

The life many South Florida anglers live is a vicious circle complimented with a semi-unhealthy addiction to chasing migrating game fish. Summer month

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Tournament Tested

Circle-hooks aren’t new by any means, but offshore anglers who troll for pelagic game fish have been the slowest group to embrace the shape. No matter

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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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Clear For Takeoff

As summer turns to fall and prevailing sea breezes veer from southeast to northeast, an influx of southbound game fish seeking warmer water will inund

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Crack The Code

While the secret is out and many have cracked the code, South Florida’s daytime swordfishery continues to produce incredible results. And although the

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Treasure Chest

Today’s complex fishing machines have advanced so far that they really do provide tournament competitors an unfair advantage. Many high-tech center co

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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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Follow The Leader

Listed on the periodic table of elements as Ti, Titanium is extracted from principal mineral ores and features 22 protons in the nucleus of a single a

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Plug A Tuna

While we recently highlighted the most innovative and effective trolling lure designs (The Perfect Hoax May/June 2010), we purposely left out the old

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Sabotage a Smoker

Of all the species inhabiting Florida’s prolific near-shore waters, king mackerel are arguably the most popular. Thanks in part to strict regulations

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Into The Blue

Florida is known the world over for its tropical climate and sunny skies. While mild winters, 2010 aside, offer unrivaled shallow water opportunities

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The Perfect Hoax

No matter how jaded you are, there are few visions that provide as much of an adrenaline rush as an aggressive game fish rising to the challenge and v

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Fabulous Flyers

When venturing over the horizon in search of epic blue water battles, the sight of flying fish skimming across the water’s surface always brings a smi

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Rigging Station Essentials

When heading offshore it should come as no surprise that the more tools you have at your disposal the more success you will have. Sure, there are some

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A Lesson in Line

To many anglers, successfully targeting game fish on fly represents the pinnacle of an ever-evolving fishing career. Most would agree that catching a

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Sharpen Your Skills

Fishing is an ancient practice that dates back to the earliest time of human existence. Primitive anglers around the world fashioned makeshift hooks o

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Tortugas Tales

More than a year ago, I was graciously invited to join Yankee Capts on an overnight mutton snapper trip to the famed Dry Tortugas situated 50-plus mil

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Wicked Winter Kings

As a southwest Florida guide and professional king mackerel tournament angler, catching success is always on the forefront of my agenda. Indeed, wheth

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School of Deception

With sailfish season in full swing, you’ve likely already connected with a few of these majestic predators. And while your typical trolling techniques

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Iron Man

If you would have asked me 10-years ago about deep jigging in South Florida, two techniques would have immediately come to mind—bottom bouncing large

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Queen of the Deep

In the dark depths surrounding The Bahamian Archipelago thrives a snapper few of us will ever see. For those who do come face-to-face with these fasci

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Sky High Success

Kite-fishing is far from a new concept, as primitive anglers around the world have been utilizing makeshift fishing kites for centuries. Indo-Pacific

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