The Kill Zone

Hemingway stands tall on the flybridge as he frowns upon William Faulkner who has plopped himself comfortably in Pilar’s fighting chair. “You’ve never

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Wall Hanger

After sitting on the dock watching the wind blow for the last few days, I was anxious to get out and wet a line. We were finally going to fish the int

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The Ultimate Release

Winter is a special time of the year in South Florida, as anglers from across the Eastern Seaboard gather to take part in the highly competitive tourn

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Concerning Curiosity

There’s a certain excitement that comes with every trip offshore, whether it’s the final day of a high-pressure tournament or a casual weekend outing.

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The Legend of Stink

As an avid angler with a bay boat of my own, I’m truly grateful for the ability to get out on the water whenever I have the free time. Amid my routine

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Float Plan

Fishing is expensive. However, I’ve learned from experience and observation that dedicated anglers will gladly fork over their hard-earned greenbacks

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Making a Donation

I’ve always been attracted to big sharks ever since seeing Jaws as a little kid. Considering I can recite each and every line to that film, an impress

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Loggerhead Love

I’ve always been an avid dolphin fisherman. I’m also a realist and I believe in what’s rational and reasonable, not imaginary. Let’s take silly supers

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Storm Warning

Phil grew up a hardcore fisherman, but soon enough college, graduate school and a corner office turned the crazy salt into a run-of-the-mill workaholi

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Holiday Sailfish Tale

‘Twas the night before the first tournament of the year when all through the docks, the old salts were stirring and checking their clocks. The r

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Livewell Passage

Believe it or not, fishing really is a dangerous sport. Sharp hook points impaled in our fingers…annoying cuts and pokes from fillet knives and fish s

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Family Ties

I climbed the ranks up north, Sheepshead Bay actually. Whenever I wasn’t collecting for Salvatore, I was a regular on the Brooklyn. These guys knew my

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The Lowly Lizardfish

I admit that when it comes to eating fish, I am a snob. As an inshore angler, this means I only eat fresh redfish, snook and trout. For those not fami

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Scorned

Sometime in your life you may have dreamed of etching your name in history by catching a world record fish. Unfortunately, this was not a dream of min

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Main Ingredients

It was my 40th birthday and it had always been a tradition for our children to serve us breakfast in bed. This year my youngest son Kyle wanted to swi

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Master Of Deception

My next-door neighbor was a professional bass fisherman and actually made a living doing what he loved. He traveled frequently and was always visiting

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One Lucky Dog

It has happened to many of us. We’re fishing somewhere, anywhere when the unexpected occurs, something so unusual and so surprising you have to believ

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Ridiculous Resolutions

As a devoted husband, father and angler extraordinaire with a typical white picket fence surrounding my picturesque home, my life simply wouldn’t be c

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Royal Shrimp

A recent transplant from the Jersey shore (thanks to Hurricane Sandy), I am still far from settled in. What this means is that I certainly don’t have

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Summer Schooled

After months of agony dealing with algebra and chemistry equations, the time had finally come. It was the first day of summer vacation and my overwhel

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Boat Ramp Blues

I was born into a family of fishermen, but as I grew up I gained more of an interest for skiing and snowboarding over early mornings cutting bait. I c

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Sandy Surprise

It was a typical spring morning, with a light breeze and small swells lapping up on the beach. I was awake long before sunrise prepping my tackle and

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Bow To The King

Every year I take my 31-foot Chris Craft to the Florida Keys for tarpon season and leave it at my buddy’s condo in Marathon. When the weather is favor

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I Told You So

It had been several years since we had a boat in the family and dad wanted to enjoy his retirement by fishing as often as possible. Some of my fondest

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Barehanded Broadbill

After a lengthy closure, grouper were once again harvestable targets and we were chomping at the bit to put fish on ice. Fortunately, everything was c

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Bahamian Black Magic

Our adventure to South Andros got off to a shaky start. I wish I would have known it was going to end even worse. During our departure date a severe t

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Bucketmouth

The forecast was looking good with light winds, warm temperatures, calm seas and a crew that was itching to head offshore. The call was made to declar

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Mutt & Jeff Go Fishing…

I know a couple of guys who are really special. For the sake of anonymity, they’ve asked I call them Mutt & Jeff. This is the nicest pair of fish

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Curse Of The Swordfish

John, Terry and I had been fishing together for years and were actually quite a successful team. Whether we were chasing seatrout on the flats or blac

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The Great Escape

Fishing was my escape from the everyday grind of life…that is until my wife forced me to fish with my neighbor. John was a dedicated kayak fisherman,

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A.D.D.

Delgado and I had been buddies since grade school. He was Cuban-American with a passion for snook. I was a die-hard offshore junkie. Although I preten

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The Butterfly Effect

Every fisherman knows that bananas are bad luck. While this superstition realistically has no influence on the outcome of your day, a majority of thos

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Ouch!

It was a typical spring morning. As usual 5:00 a.m. came way too early, as last night’s shenanigans were a bit much. The plan for the day was to head

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Son Of A B*tch!

It had been years since we’ve last seen each other. Johnny and his fiancé moved to South Carolina to start a family away from the hustle and bustle of

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The Fisherman’s Zodiac

A recent family dinner at a local Chinese restaurant was abruptly disrupted when my sister exclaimed a crude remark. “Garrett, you are a pig!” Though

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An Ode to a Fisherman

Wattered and faded by the passage of time—nearly five decades—the labels on the pill bottles not only revealed the man’s name, but also detailed his a

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The Great Debate

Where’s an old saying suggesting multiple methods for skinning a cat. I have no idea how this grotesque adage originated, or more importantly why anyo

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Fishin’ On Empty

“Do we have any oars onboard…anything that could function as a paddle?” This is an inquiry a boat captain never wants to hear, especially when d

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Trials and Tribulations

WAAAAVE!” For several panic-stricken moments, Jeremy must have thought this would be the last word he’d ever hear. At the very least, he had to have s

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Words of Wisdom

I recall my father providing my first fishing lesson when I was a young, easily frustrated angler. “Patience is a virtue,” he would repeat

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Hero to Zero

My mom once said to me, “Brent, don’t make your highs too high or your lows too low. For every crest, there is a trough.” Like other

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A Legend is Born

Every sports legend has one. A moment in which he or she rises above all expectations, breaks through the shackles of mortality and becomes a sports h

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Furry Fiend

In anticipation of the upcoming weekend, I went out to catch a bunch of pilchards, the staple offering when targeting Florida’s estuarine habitats. I

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Practically Guaranteed!

In anticipation of my 40th birthday, I decided to do something special – book myself a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Florida to catch a trophy tarp

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