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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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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Dominate the Shallows

What qualities define the best Big Bend backcountry boats? The question likely has as many answers as there are Gulf Coast fishing fanatics since all

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Riders of the Storm

We’ve all seen Discovery Channel’s hit series Deadliest Catch, where heroic commercial fishermen battle gale force winds, mountainous waves and bone-c

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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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Synthetic Sensations

Along the inshore estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico there are numerous venues that harbor healthy populations of seatrout, redfish, tarpon, snook and mo

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Four Pound Test Favorites

If you’re a lunker lover looking to turn pro, the last thing you want to hear about is an ultralight spinning reel loaded with hair-thin line. No way

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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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Pop Culture

Across Florida’s numerous inshore venues, fishing with a popping cork is one of the most fundamental and productive tactics for catching seatrout and

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Public Enemy No. 1

We’re always so focused on sharing a variety of rigging tips, techniques, new gear and noteworthy destinations in an effort to make your angling adven

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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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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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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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Chill Out

High Performance Coolers are rotational molded, a process that involves a hollow mold filled with polyethylene beads. The mold is heated and rotated,

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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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Crudo means raw.

Crudo

Next to taking a bite out of a fish while it’s still dangling on the hook, crudo is the most natural and elegant way to enjoy fresh fish. In Italian,

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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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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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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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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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Case Closed

Over the years, we’ve seen everything there is to see and learned everything there is to learn about tackle storage and management systems. Hard plast

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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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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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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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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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Built to Cut

Fishermen typically own a lot of tools. Some of the products make perfect sense and some are simply a waste of money. Whether you enjoy chasing bonefi

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Feline Favorites

Multihull fishing boats are nothing new. They have been recorded as far back in history as the 17th Century, with wooden dugout outrigger canoes likel

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Barrel Swivel

While rarely given the consideration or credit it deserves, the eloquent barrel swivel plays a significant role in many saltwater fishing applications

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The Reef

Let me start off by saying that I’m not going to delve into great detail about the value of coral reefs and what an enormous role these fragile ecosys

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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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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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Super Snapper

Across Florida’s varied inshore, near-shore and offshore venues, some species of game fish are much more intriguing than others. With a vicious temper

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Chesapeake Bay Anchor Test

Almost a quarter of a century ago in late April, 1990 Fortress was an upstart USA-based manufacturer of aluminum-alloy anchors who conducted independe

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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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Super Simple Fishcakes

Ingredients 1 lb. Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed 1 lb. Fish Fillets, Thoroughly Trimmed 1/2 c. Onion, Finely Chopped 1 c. Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs 1

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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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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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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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Hillsboro

Fishing outside Hillsboro Inlet was solid yesterday aboard our SeaVee 390. Steady 15-20 northeasterly breeze with crisp 3-4 ft. chop. Super clean wate

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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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Tech Toys 2014

Sophisticated chartplotters, high-definition sonar units and intuitive autopilots are most often associated with blue water fishing and high performan

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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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Poseidon’s Revenge

Spend enough time fishing and you’ll eventually get hooked. Even worse, you may accidentally give your fishing partner an unwanted earring. Like it or

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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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Propulsion Power

Studying and observing game fish might sound boring to you, but fish anatomy, physiology, ecology and behavior is actually very exciting. To me it is

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Big Ideas

For the majority of avid anglers, the absolute pinnacle is reached only after successful encounters with our sport’s ultimate adversaries—blue marlin.

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Ground Zero

As I pushed the throttle down and the skiff jumped on plane, we weaved our way along the stained waters of the Crystal River toward the open expanse o

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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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The Value of Local Knowledge

We’re all very fortunate to live in Florida. With well over 1,000 miles of coastline, hundreds of different species and so many exciting venues, there

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The Feel Factor

Florida is the undisputed fishing capital of the world, and with this bold statement comes a variety of venues and species to target. With such varian

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Exodus

Highly anticipated by those in the know, fall spells peak season for targeting flounder across northeast Florida. Believe it or not, it’s that time of

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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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Isla Montuosa

For enthusiastic anglers with a taste for travel and adventure, there are a number of exotic destinations worth exploring. World-class fisheries compl

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Boating Etiquette 101

After spending most of my life on the water, I’ve come to realize that no matter how much I want to believe everyone on the water is a safe, experienc

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Freedom Of Choice

If you’re in the market for a new rod, or matching set of new rods, then you know the decision over custom built or off the rack is a serious dilemma.

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The Cat’s Meow

A rugged set of weatherproof marine binoculars is absolutely essential for successful offshore fishing and safe navigation. If you don’t already, you

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Treasure Hunt

Just a few short years ago when ambitious bottom fishermen wanted to search unfamiliar waters for potential honey holes beyond the 100-fathom line, th

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Tuna Fix

Of the many prized game fish found roaming the world’s seas, tuna are a universal favorite. Personally, I’ve made it a mission in life to capture ever

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Sticker Shock

When it comes to versatile conventional reels rated for 20 to 40 lb. line, there are literally dozens of models on the market from more than a few man

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Resilience

While few of us have experienced the incredible fishery, we’ve all seen photos and video clips of redfish and seatrout lined up on display, often time

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The PTTS

Nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast rests the historic seaside community known simply as Boca Grande. Situated on Gasparilla Island, a barrier between

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Sit Back & Relax

Autopilots have come a long way in recent years and are now capable of much more than simply self-steering. The latest units can not only be set to a

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Tortugas Tales 2012

Before I start raving about the do’s and don’ts for slaying stellar snapper, I’d like to personally thank the 35 anglers who joined Florida Sport Fish

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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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Stinky Situation

A marine toilet, or head, is a necessity on any boat where passengers will be onboard for extended periods of time. Actually, Florida law requires a t

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Patience Please

From naïve boaters rudely shoving their way through a bridge opening when they don’t have the right of way, to inconsiderate captains approaching a br

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Bottoms Up

With boat show season right around the corner, you may be planning the second largest investment of your life, after your primary residence of course.

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Elevation Revelation

Inshore and off, maximum visibility with a clear view of your surroundings is absolutely essential for safe navigation and successful fishing. We all

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Escape To The Bahamas

What awaits you on the other side is a tropical Mecca where angling dreams really come true. If it’s blue marlin you’re after, West End is the place.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Show Me The Light

If you spend as much time on the water as we do then you know marine lighting has a large role in enhancing our fishing and boating experiences. Cabin

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The Sharks Are Calling

Islamorada is recognized globally as the undisputed Sport Fishing Capital of the World, and we couldn’t agree more. One look at Google Earth and it is

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Screw It!

I’ve owned and/or operated a wide range of vessels for the better part of my life. It started with a 12 foot aluminum rowboat powered by a trusty Minn

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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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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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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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In Sync

When I was a kid learning the ropes through the pages of every fishing magazine I could get my hands on, marine propulsion systems were somewhat limit

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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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Exit Plan

It felt like I was standing at the edge of the planet as Javier—who’s been guiding these waters for decades—expertly poled us across another of Ascens

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21st Century Skiff

With Florida Sport Fishing – Television For The Avid Angler in full production mode, our crew was in desperate need of an inshore skiff. Even though o

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The P Word

The permit is a highly prized game fish regarded by angling’s elite as the most challenging of all fly fishing targets. Fool one on fur and you’ve ach

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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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In the Zone

If dropping bait to the bottom in hopes of fooling monster snapper doesn’t tingle the deepest part of your inner being, then you may want to continue

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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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