Forgotten Florida

When it comes to forgotten coastal towns in Florida, Steinhatchee is one for the record books, with human habitation dating all the way back to 1200 B

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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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Sweet Southern Belle

A warm and inviting east wind greeted us as we arrived at a regular tarpon haunt in the pre-dawn hours of the brisk fall morning. The distant silhouet

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The Perfect Storm

In a place as flat as Florida, nobody likes to fish when the wind blows a gale, but a stiff breeze might actually put more bass in the boat. Brutal wi

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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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Florida Lakes and Ponds

While many hardcore saltwater anglers refuse to admit it, freshwater lakes and ponds are where the vast majority of fishermen got their start. Fortuna

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Bass Success.

Old School Success

As a devoted bass angler, I know that on occasion we tend to overcomplicate matters. Learning to utilize modern tactics is essential to our continued

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Remote Rendezvous

There is no denying that Christmas Island has stood the test of time as a world-class bonefish destination. For decades, this piece of angling paradis

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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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Dead Lakes

Serenaded by songbirds, herons and other feathered creatures, we eased along the shoreline, periodically dropping tiny jigs into tannin‑stained waters

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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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Kill Zone

The introduction of underwater dock light systems has opened the door for anxious anglers around the state willing to explore a variety of aquatic hab

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Master the Baitcaster

Baitcasting reels are some of the most accurate pieces of fishing equipment you can wrap your hands around. Compared to spinning reels, baitcasting ou

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Messenger of Death

Merciless! That is the word I would use to best describe the most voracious predator inhabiting Florida waters—the great barracuda. While these unpred

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Eagle Eyes

I don’t care where in Florida you get your fix. Some aspects related to shallow water fishing are universal, and effectively reading the water is one

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Main Course

From tidal backwaters along the Panhandle to the tropical shallows of the Florida Keys and nearly every venue in between, shrimp are under constant at

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The Power Cast

Shallow water anglers hunting game fish throughout coastal and inshore arenas worldwide often rely on spinning outfits to get the job done. Advantageo

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Speck-Tacular

Keeping an eye on the electronics, we followed the drop-off that separates the St. Johns River channel from the main part of Lake Monroe. In front of

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Suspended in Time

The Bahamas are a special place for many reasons, but with 700 islands and 2,400 cays providing immense bonefish habitat including tidal creeks, mangr

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Beyond Big Torch

The must-visited Florida Keys are magical and for shallow water enthusiasts pursuing local trophies—whether it be in the form of bonefish, permit, tar

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Shark Sense

As another perfect winter in the Florida Keys fades away, anglers will see an influx of various flats species to area shallows. And just as tarpon, bo

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Killer Columns

Most anglers won’t ever leave fish to find fish, but it’s more than likely you routinely pass under a bridge or come very close to one en route to you

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Adios Amigo

Welcome to our annual Shallow Water issue. We know there are many digital and print publications from which to choose, so on behalf of our entire crew

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Angling’s Greatest Feat

That’s it, you’re dead serious! You’ve reached a point in your angling career where everything seems complacent and you really need to elevate your ga

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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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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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Over the Horizon

With thousands of miles of beaches, Florida’s coastline provides anglers a wide variety of easily accessible surf fishing opportunities. While there i

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Sticky Fingers

Over the years tackle manufacturers have undertaken extensive research, design and testing in an effort to mimic and portray the natural and chemical

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Garnet and Gold

Few things in northwest Florida are as popular as the national championship Florida State Seminoles, but giving the ‘Noles a run for their money durin

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Hit the Road Jack

A glint of silver caught my eye 50 feet in front of me, and I snapped the lure to a grass edge a few feet beyond the flash. The lead-nosed VuDu Shrimp

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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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Smooth Sailing

Among the big game sport fishing community, most anglers are introduced to billfishing by way of the majestic sailfish. While they are targeted intent

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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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Living the Dream

Anglers of all ages and skill levels fantasize about competing on the dream tour, but the life of a professional bass angler can at times feel more li

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Montana Big Sky

The Montana skies were dark and ominous as we rolled out of Bozeman one cold May afternoon. We were headed north on Montana’s Highway 86, and by the t

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Bahamas Ports of Entry

An oasis comprised of 700 islands and cays, the islands of The Bahamas feature the clearest water in the world, friendly locals, varied accommodations

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Blasting Stripers

While the striped bass encountered in Florida aren’t of the cow variety commonly caught in the Northeast, there are two species of striped bass that i

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Counting Down

I learned how to fly fish in the backcountry and enjoy catching redfish and snook, but I’d like to broaden my horizons. What’s the best way to put mor

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Lost

Nestled 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Franklin County encompasses more than 250 miles of unspoiled coastline and caters to anglers who desire an

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Laid Back Blue

Joe Middleton looked like a content man. As I pulled up to the boat ramp, the only person in sight was the proprietor lounging outside his bait shop,

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New Yearling BaitBall

LIVETARGET announces the arrival of the new Yearling BaitBall Series at major retailers and independent dealers throughout North America just in time

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Killing Fields

So you’ve been hook and line fishing for a while now and are starting to get curious about spearfishing and the world that lies beneath. Perhaps you’v

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Escape to New Zealand

Fly fishermen traveling to New Zealand generally fall into two categories, the first timers and the seasoned veterans. The first timers, especially th

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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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Go the Distance

“Dude, you have some terrible luck. I’m actually a little scared to get in a boat with you.” This is the text I received from Captain Steve Papen afte

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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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Larvae to Lunker

Florida bass may be the quintessential sport fish. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011 10.6 million anglers 16 and older fished f

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Probing the Depths

Focusing your efforts on specific points of structure makes all of the difference when attempting to minimize fuel consumption and put fish on ice. Th

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Serious Smokers

Kingfish are a staple around the entire state, with as many ways to catch these hard fighting speedsters as there are anglers who fish for them. While

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Make Some Noise

The ability of an artificial lure to excite and attract saltwater game fish relies heavily on several environmental and situational factors. Whether f

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Battle in The Bahamas

The April 24th morning was still young when 33 anglers and their guests trekked from Port Everglades to Grand Bahama Island aboard the Bahamas Express

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Border Wars

If inshore anglers didn’t have enough trouble staying in tune with FWC rules and regulations, fishermen who visit Florida’s westernmost metropolis hav

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Tropical Tuna

With the coming months providing comfortable conditions for quick sabbaticals to the nearby Bahamas, anglers will be afforded exciting opportunities w

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Wrapper’s Delight

While big brand tackle manufacturers offer a wide variety of rods in various actions, sizes and configurations, custom built fishing rods offer severa

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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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Under the Microscope

Through time and technology, the evolution of the bass fisherman’s rod has advanced into a lighter, stronger and more efficient piece of equipment. Ju

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Tomorrow’s Meteorologist

Although a catch-and-release fishery in many regions, tarpon populations face many challenges including habitat loss, recreational fishing pressure an

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Bigger is Better

Aptly named for the type of live bait they house, tuna tubes are common aftermarket accessories found in cockpits around the globe where live baiting

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Zeroed In On Zancudo

Every now and then it’s really nice to have someone else at the helm, which is exactly what I said to my wife as we raced offshore with our butts buri

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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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Frustration to Fortune

Everyone knows trolling is deadly effective for a wide variety of pelagic predators that routinely chase down fast moving prey, most notably dolphin,

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Fishing for Science

Throughout Florida and the nearby Bahamas there’s an increasing trend in conservation initiatives promoting the health and well being of critical shar

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Butterfly Effect

Prior to the 1950s, few South Floridians had seen an exotic freshwater fish, let alone given much thought to their potential impact on local waters. T

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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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Virtual Fish Finding

Modern navigation and fish finding suites have come a long way, so much so that today’s multifunction displays coupled with the latest electronic char

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Flying High

In addition to holding the crown as Florida’s most available pelagic game fish accessible by anglers fishing nearly any craft, dolphin are also an exc

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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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Rapala®: A Trusted Name

It’s said that big things have small beginnings. The adage rings especially true for Rapala®, a company that has put high-quality fishing lures and ac

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Bayou Blowout

About 40 miles west of Pensacola, anglers can find exceptional fishing for almost every species that inhabits the northern Gulf Coast. Largely surroun

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Frustration to Fame

While most locals are dusting off their wakeboards and water skis in anticipation of warmer weather, serious bass fishermen know spring is one of the

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Single Handed Success

As we progress into 2014, the industry continues to evolve as anglers further explore their desire for shallow drafting, eco‑friendly and affordable p

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Trophy Hunting

Perhaps no species is as loved and as hated by fishermen as the controversial goliath grouper. Many resident and visiting anglers looking for a seriou

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Tight Loops

Some are hooked the first time they experience it and some just never get it. Why is it that some people find fly‑fishing so captivating? There are ce

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Lookout for Lookdown

Fishermen are junkies and sometimes we just need to go fishing. No matter the species or size of fish hooked, it’s always nice to feel something pull

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Grass Class

It’s been said that seagrass beds are the marine equivalent to tropical rainforests, and their function crucial to the ecological health of Florida’s

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The Law Of Nature

With an incredible variety of lure designs on the market all claiming to provide the unrivaled mimicry and action needed to fool trophy game fish, it’

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Mayhem In The Marsh

Florida is comprised of some of the largest and most dense mangrove wetlands in the entire world, creating essential nursery habitat for a variety of

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Free Bait

Along coastal habitats throughout the entire state, crabs play a crucial role in the health of area ecosystems by helping eliminate decaying plant and

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From Reel To Release

In comparison to big game fishing for billfish and tuna, inshore angling represents a simple and enjoyable approach nearly anyone can be successful at

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