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Saltwater Fishing: Most Popular Articles

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What is the Best Bait to Use for Catching...
There is a best bait for redfish, but it depends on theh season of the year as to just what that best bait for redfish is.
Fishing for Flounder: 11 Tips
Flounder fishing tips, baits and rigs that work for catching flounder - Flounder methods and fishing tips
How to Tie a Fishing Knot With Braided Line
Knowing which fishing knot to use can make using braided line easy. Otherwise, your fishing knots will come apart.
The Perfect Redfish Bait
catching redfish means using a bait of some kind. Is there a prefect redfish bait? It depends on several factors,and the perfect bait can change as some variables change.
How to Pick the Right Fishing Sinker
Here are the three sinkers I use in my fishing. They fit every situation I am in. Here is how I use them and how I tie them on. Fishing weights and sinkers help catch fish if they are used properly.
What's the Best Bait for Catching Spotted...
Sometimes the best bait for spotted seatrout will be different in different areas. Here are some favorite best baits for spotted seatrout.
Loads of Great Info About Fishing for Flounder...
With the two halves of the fillets still attached to the tail of the flounder, we can begin gently removing the skin.
Tips and Techniques for Catching Redfish
How to Catch Redfish - Techniques and baits for redfish.
Alaska's Best Saltwater Salmon Fishing
Of all the places around the world that offer good saltwater salmon fishing, Alaska is probably the premier destination for anglers seeking out the very best quality fish, service and scenery. Here are a few top choices.
How to Catch Redfish and Where to Find Them?
Here is a profile on redfish - also known as red drum.
How to Locate Redfish
You can locate redfish by following some simple steps and by keeping a fishing log of where you found them in the past! Knowing where redfish “should be” is always the best way to find redfish
Finding and Catching Redfish
Finding and catching redfish is a task that lots of anglers pursue. Once you find them, you can catch them if you know how to fish for them!
Guide Picks - Top 3 Heavy Spinning Reels
Heavy spinning reels are used in a variety of fishing situations, from surf fishing to trolling blue water. They are made tough and will stand up to a reasonable amount of abuse.
Beginner Dolphin Trolling Basics
Here is some basic information on fishing for these prolific, blue water acrobats, including time of year, feeding habits, and tackle to use.
Surf Fishing
There are quite a number of fishermen and women who either by choice or by circumstance do not fish from a boat. Let's deal with surf fishing and all that goes with this unique form of angling.
Choosing a Fishing Knot
Here are the fishing knots I use on a regular basis. Whether braided, monofilament or Fluorocarbon line, I have a fishing knot that will work.
Pier Fishing
But there are those shore bound souls who have chosen another lot in life. They choose not to be left out of the fishing scene, and as such they have developed a style and following all their own. These are the pier fishermen and women. Some are affectionately referred to as
Your Guide to Catching Dolphin Fish
Dolphin ( mahi mahi or dorado)fishing is a favorite summer time fishing expedition. Many people find dolphin fishing the easiest fishing of all. Here is how.
Learning to Fish
Here is what a beginner can do to start learning how to fish
Top 4 Guide Picks - Light Tackle Spinning Reels
Light tackle spinning reels are reels that are ideal for inshore angling. Line capacity and strength in the 8 to 15 pound test range make them good for a variety of fish.
Fishing with the Tide
Being in the right place at the right time is perhaps the most important part of a successful fishing foray. If you aren't where the fish are, you can be assured you will not be catching anything. Water level, water movement, and movement direction - in other words tide - all play a vital role in where the fish will be located.
Fishing with Pogies
A favorite bait for most all Atlantic Coast fishermen is the menhaden shad, also known as the pogey. Here are some tips on how to fish with them.
How to Find the Right Fishing Rod
Here are some basic fishing rod facts that you need to know before you head out or go online to purchase one.
Simple Fish Trolling Technique Basics
Trolling, whether near shore or offshore, is often the most productive method for catching a variety of saltwater gamefish. From blue water pelagics to close-in bottom fish, trolling is often the key to a good catch. Yet, many anglers don’t use this method either because they have had little success in the past, or because they simply never learned the basic techniques.
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques - Part II
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques. Page 2.
Huge Red Drum in Coastal Inlets - Catching Big...
Up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States, huge red drum (redfish) can be caught in the fall by just about anyone willing to soak a bait on the bottom and wait. These bruisers congregate in the channels in the fall months, and light tackle is definitely NOT the way to go to catch one.
Catching Grouper - Fishing for Grouper
Whether red, gag, black, yellowfin, or Warsaw, a good grouper in the ice chest means a successful day for lots of folks.
Finned by a Saltwater Catfish
On the Atlantic east coast of the US and all along the Gulf coast, saltwater catfish thrive. If you have ever been finned by one you know the extreme pain. I found a way to reduce and relieve the pain almost instantly.
Proper Bait Placement for Redfish
Redfish are so finicky that your bait has to be very close to them for them to bite. They won't go out of their way to find your bait in a current.
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques and Surf Casting
Choosing Between Spinning and Bait-casting...
The easiest outfit for newcomers to the angling world to use is usually a spin-cast or spinning rod and reel. Learning to operate and cast with one of these outfits is relatively painless, and certainly free of backlashes and tangles. These are the ones that most anglers use as they begin to learn how to fish.
Before You Buy a Spinning Reel
Of all the reels made, the spinning reel is by far the most popular. Easy to use and virtually backlash free, these reels come in all price ranges. Prices vary, determined generally by the number of ball bearings contained in the reel. Choose a spinning reel according to what kind of fishing you plan to do.
How to Repair a Broken Fishing Rod
How to Repair a Broken Fishing Rod. We have all had it happen. The fishing rod breaks while fighting a fish. Or, the door closes on a rod; or someone steps on a rod. Your favorite rod lies there in two pieces, and your first thoughts are that it is gone.
Catching Yellowtail Snapper
Catching yellowtail snapper is fun and easy if you know a few tricks. Here is how I catch yellowtail snapper on the Florida Keys.
Cleaning a Redfish
Here is a step by step instruction on cleaning a redfish. Page 2.
How to Hook a Live Shrimp with a Jig Head
Here are three ways to hook a live shrimp to a jig head for inshore saltwater fishing
What Kind of Fishing Leaders to Use
What kind and size of fishing leader line you use can make a difference on how many fish you catch.
How to Catch Wary Sheepshead
Here's what I do when the water is clear and the fish are reluctant to bite. Here is how to catch wary sheepshead.
Locating and Fishing for King Mackerel
There are two locations to find king mackerel or kingfish in the summer months. That's over offshore reefs or close to the beach. Her is how we fish for kingfish.
Saltwater Catfish
Saltwater catfish are found from Texas to Virginia and even farther north on almost any kind of inland water, even in offshore water in depths up to about thirty feet. They are exactly like their freshwater cousins. In fact, if they are lying side by side, it is virtually impossible to distinguish one from the other.
Albemarle Sound Rockfish - Striped Bass
Fall weather means more than just a change in temperatures for anglers living around the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. It means rockfish (striped bass) season has started and for the next seven months they will be able to take home some of these hard fighting fish. We fished the sound recently to find out just what these rockfish were all about.
How To Keep Bait Shrimp Alive Without Water
A simple how to on keeping bait shrimp alive without water, from your About.com guide
So You Want to be a Guide
Here is what it takes to obtain a Coast Guard captains license. Page 2.
Take What the Tide Gives You
Learn a little more about the tides and fish habits relative to the tides, and you may just start catching more fish.
Beginner Dolphin Trolling Basics - Part 2
Owning a boat, maybe for the first time, and deciding to head offshore, maybe for the first time, a number of readers ask about getting into dolphin fishing. That’s dolphin fish, mahi mahi, not dolphin porpoise! I have answered some specifics, but now it is time to lay out some basics on fishing for these prolific, blue water acrobats. Page 2.
Live Bait is the Key for Tarpon
When the live bait begins migrating, the predator fish - like tarpon - follow them. That's the best time to catch a nice tarpon, and here is how I catch tarpon in the mullet run.
Looking for Fish in All the Right Places
Whether you are headed for a weekend trip looking for a new fishing location, or simply exploring more of your local area, you can help your overall catch rate by being prepared.
Flounder on Artificials
It would appear that a flounder, lying on the bottom waiting for food, would not be a very aggressive fish, one wiling to reach out and grab a lure. I spend most of my time looking for flounder with live bait, but I was surprised at their aggressiveness when presented with an artificial bait like a grub.
Mangrove (Grey) Snapper Fishing Tips
Here are some mangrove snapper fishing tips. Mangrove snapper are found from New England down throughout the Caribbean to South America. They are a favorite among anglers for their fighting ability and for their excellent meat. They can be found from inshore estuaries to deep water reefs, and fishing for them will vary accordingly.
Top 5 Bait Casting Rods
Bait casting rods are perfect for top water plug action with comparatively heavy line. Their shorter length and heavier backbone allow wrist action to make a plug walk. The better bait casting rods will have a fast taper and comfortable hand grip.
How to Fish Docks and Piers
Fishing a dock or a pier can be tricky, but it is easy if you follow these simple tips.
Catch Mangrove Snapper on the Keys
You can catch mangrove snapper if you will follow this simple method, and the only thing extra you need is a good Coast Guard chart of the keys.
Which Rod and Reel Should I Buy
I receive a lot of email asking me for advice on which rod or which reel to buy. It seems that people are somewhat convinced that there is a perfect rod or perfect reel, and that someone out there knows the brand.
Amberjack – The Charter Captain’s...
Amberjack are called the charter captain's best friend. That's because they can always be depended on to provide a fight for paying charter boat customers.
All About Seatrout - Fishing for Seatrout
Seatrout are members of the drum family – a distant relative to a redfish. There are several close varieties, including spotted seatrout, yellow mouth, sand, silver, and several varieties of weakfish. They all use their air bladder to “drum”, making grunting noises that scientists believe relate to schooling and spawning behavior.
Surf Fishing Techniques
One of the easiest and most accessible ways to enjoy the sport of saltwater fishing is to simply stand on the beach and cast into the surf. Here are some useful tips on how to do it successfully.
Simple Trolling Technique Basics
Trolling, whether near shore or offshore, is often the most productive method for catching a variety of saltwater gamefish. From blue water pelagics to close-in bottom fish, trolling is often the key to a good catch. Yet, many anglers don’t use this method either because they have had little success in the past, or because they simply never learned the basic techniques. Page 2.
Using Artificial Lures for Spotted Seatrout
Artificial lures for seatrout. I am quizzed quite a bit about how I use artificials to catch trout. While live bait will almost always catch fish, I can usually catch as many fish on artificials as I do on say, live shrimp. And, at the price of live shrimp lately, artificials are far more economical. For around $12.00 I can get enough live shrimp to fish for a day. For much less than that I can buy a lure that I can use over and over.
Night Fishing Tips
Night fishing can be very easy and a lot of fun, or it can be a perfectly miserable experience. The difference comes in how you prepare for the trip. I have fished more times at night than I can count, and I learned quite a few tricks to make it easy and successful.
How to Fish a Grass Flat – Fishing...
Fishing in shallow water generally means fishing on a flat. Whether a grass flat or a mud flat, larger fish feed in this shallow water. Here are some basics for fishing on a flat.
To Gaff a fish or Not to Gaff a Fish
When is the right time and what is the right way to gaff a fish?
Bottom Fishing for Reef Fish
Fishing the patch reefs along the south Florida coast and the Florida Keys, means bottom fishing with knocker rigs.
Tide Runner Seatrout
I was fishing with artificial lures on a mud and oyster flat at high tide. Normally I pick up a few what I call “tide runners”. These are usually really big fish that feed right at the high tide for about an hour. They are usually also spotted seatrout.
Georgia's Year-Round Redfish
Catch redfish all year long on the Georgia coast. Lots of angler do, but lots also miss out on a great fishery.
O'Shaunessy Fish Hook
Fishing Hook Gallery of Pictures - Types of fishing Hooks
Gulf Grouper Fishing
Fall is time for gag and red grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Savvy anglers catch limits every day.
Seatrout and Pinfish
Catching spotted seatrout on pinfish in Florida Bay was fun. Catching the pinfish for bait was almost as much fun as catching the trout!
Easy Winter Sheepshead Fishing
Here are some tips on how to catch winter time sheepshead on artificial reefs
Choosing Your Fishing Bait - Beginner Fishing
One of the biggest decisions you will make as you head out fishing is choosing which bait you will use. The whole idea behind bait is to attract a fish and entice him to eat that bait. So, making the right bait choice can often mean the difference between success and failure on the water.
My Line Broke When I Set the Hook…
Many people have issues with their fishing line breaking for no apparent reason. Here is how and why braided fishing line sometimes breaks for no apparent reason.
DILO* - A Day In The Life Of - Fishing with Ron...
Here is a typical day of fishing as I recorded it while fishing with a good friend.
What Kind of Leader Do I Need?
But the importance is not so much whether to use one or not (we almost always need one), rather it is what kind of leader to use. Three basic choices are monofilament, fluorocarbon, or steel, or some combination or derivative of these three.
A Flounder Fall – Fall Flounder Fishing
Inlets up and down the east coast of the United States are brimming with flounder. They have begun their annual fall run to waters offshore, and the inlets are the avenue for them to get there. Now is the time to get out and fish for flounder - find some door mats for your cooler!
Fall Fishing at Horseshoe Beach, Florida
Fall Fishing at Horseshoe Beach is on fire. This is the best time of year to be fishing at Horseshoe Beach, Florida
How to Catch California Corbina
The California corbina is considered to be the king of the surf zone by many Pacific anglers. They require stealth and skill to catch ...and are absolutely delectable!
Four Best Cold Water Fishing Tactics
Yes, you can still catch fish in the cold winter months - if you follow a few tips. Here are the four best tips for catching fish in cold water.
Pacific Bonito: Smallest Member of the Tuna...
The Pacific bonito is the smallest member of the tuna family, yet it offers the spirited fight of a fish twice its size. A staple of summertime party boat anglers, it is also great smoked or as sashimi. Here's how to catch them!
Catching Offshore Opah
The huge, colorfully hued opah, also known as the Pacific moonfish, was once only taken incidentally on commercial long lines. Learn more about this exotic oval shaped fish, which is now showing up more often in the catches of recreational saltwater anglers.
Fishing Bridge Pilings
Bridges present an entire array of structure where their pilings enter the water. From giant pillars to wooden
Learning to Set the Hook - Fishing Instruction
Hook Setting instruction - Learning to Set the Hook - Saltwater Fishing - How anglers are learning to set the hook
How to Fish Channels
Anchoring and fishing along the edge of a channel, whether man-made or natural, can be an awesome way to find and catch fish.
Night Flounder Gigging
In most states, gigging is a legal method for taking flounder or fluke. Usually done at night, it is more for the adventurous angler, but any of you can go gigging and and come home with some great table fare!
Northeast Florida Redfish Hotspots
Northeast Florida Redfish Hotspots
Salmon Fishing - Mooching
Salmon Mooching on the west coast is what east coast anglers call drift fishing. With some subtle but important differences, mooching is just that – drift fishing. Salmon fishermen up and down the Pacific coast are as avid as any land-locked bass angler, perhaps even more. They take their salmon fishing or salmon mooching seriously, and when the season opens, the lives of whole cities of people along the coast turn to the fish and the fishing. Page 2.
All About Grouper - Grouper Fishing
Grouper and the entire grouper family have become probably the most popular saltwater food fish in the United States. While there are Pacific varieties, the largest fishery is in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast. Grouper are a bottom fishing charter boat captain’s big ticket item. Most catches are over ten pounds with some well over 100 pounds. Following is information and some stories about grouper fishing that can help you become a better angler.
Catching False Albacore off the North Carolina...
False albacore are schooling and feeding off the mid-Atlantic states ion the fall months. It's time to go catch some on a fly rod!
What’s in a Swivel?
There are three or four basic types of swivels, all of them designed for the specific purpose of preventing line twist. When a bait twirls in the water or a hooked fish spins, the swivel is there to turn (swivel) and allow the terminal tackle freedom to spin while keeping your line from twisting.
Redfish in the Surf
Spring is the time for the fish to begin showing up in the surf. Schools of baitfish make their way north up the Atlantic coast, and predator fish follow right behind. It’s sort of like a moving cafeteria to these predators – food on the hoof so to speak. Menhaden and mullet, the two big “M’s” of the baitfish world, are followed by a variety of fish. Cobia and tarpon are arguably the most sought after. Redfish are mostly ignored during this time of year.
Fiddling for Bait - Fiddler Crabs
So it was that we devised a way to catch our own bait this particular day. We actually drew up plans and constructed a method that we had both heard about but never attempted. We were going to catch our weight in fiddler crabs! Yes, those little sideways running dudes that roam the sandy flats at low tide were prime bait at this time of year. The sheepshead bite was on and fiddlers were like a steak dinner to them.
All About Jetty Fishing
Jetties can be found at almost nay inlet up and down both coasts of the United States. Learning how to fish them, and how to fish them safely can be a big plus to you take home catch! Here are a number of articles I have written over the years dealing with fishing some of those jetties. I hope they help you catch more fish!
Head Boat Fishing
In this piece we are looking at another method available to the boatless, albeit a little more expensive. I'm talking about charter boat fishing, and more specifically, head boat fishing. Available at most any coastal location, these head boats (some call them party boats) take anywhere from 10 to as many as 100 fishermen on a bottom or drift fishing trip lasting from a half day to as many as four days. Trips like these range from $30 to as much as $200 per person depending on the trip.
How To Tie a Wire Leader
a simple how to on removing twist from your line, fromyour about.com guide
How To Keep Your Catch Fresh
A simple how to on keeping your catch fresh, from your About.com guide
How Big Can a Redfish Grow
How big can a redfish grow? My son, Tom, along with Jason Marsh and Jonathon Richard from Jacksonville were pondering that question this week.
Saltwater Fishing Rods: Which One is Best for...
Having the right rod for the type of fishing you are doing is a vitally important aspect of achieving angling success. Here are some suggestions on which ones to select.
Braided Line Solutions
Braided line versus monofilament line. What are the differences?
All Knotted Up
Have you ever hooked a fish, I mean a good fish, only to have your line apparently break just when you were about to land him? I have, and it is one of the most frustrating events a fisherman can experience. Most of the time when this happens, if you look at the end of the line carefully, you will find the line really did not break. Rather the knot came undone! And when you realize that fact, you become even more frustrated.
Love Bluefish – Hate Bluefish
Bluefish – a fish that stirs emotion of some type. Some people love them and actually head out to find and catch them. Some people loathe them and will actually pull their lines in to avoid them. And the trend I see is that the farther north you go along the Atlantic coast, the more people tend to love them. Down south, more people tend to loathe them. It’s just my observation, but I do believe there is some truth in there somewhere.
Drop Shot Fishing in Saltwater
The drop shot rig is a relatively recent innovation in the freshwater fishing realm that is now making its way to saltwater. Named for the way the rig goes straight to the bottom, it is similar to a ‘fish-finder’ or ‘chicken’ rig currently used by many bottom-fishing anglers. The difference is in the placement of the hook.
Which Fish is Smartest?
Which fish is the smartest fish you have ever caught? Or - do you even think that fish can be smart? The debates rages!
The Do’s and Don’t’s of...
Here are some tips I use on what to do and what not to do when you take a kid fishing for the first time.
Penn Slammer 460 Spinning Reel
The Penn Slammer 460 is one of Penn's top spinning reels with six ball bearings and an all metal housing.
Pounding the Flounder
Summer fishing, among other things, means flounder. Whether catching them on hook and line or gigging them at night in shallow water, flounder are making an otherwise ho- hum summer fishing season interesting. We fished the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) this past week and found good numbers of flounder willing to eat mud minnows and plastic grubs.
Still Waters Don't Run Deep - Boating in...
Still waters on a windy day mean shallow water. Boaters and fishermen need to make sure they know how water reacts to the wind.
How To Quickly Rig a Ballyhoo
a simple how to on rigging a ballyhoo, fromyour about.com guide
Kingfish Baits
Up and down the east coast, as tournaments occur literally every weekend, kingfish anglers all have their favorite baits. We’re talking natural baits here – not artificials. Lures, plugs and chuggers will work from time to time, but by far the preferred baits are live.
Top 3 Top 3 Ultralight Spinning Reels
Ultralights are usually reels that handle six pound test line or less. Some reels are actually designed for 2 pound test line. Prices vary for these little guys, as does quality and saltwater resistance.
How I Find and Catch Summer Flounder
Here is what I do on a typical summer fishing trip looking for flounder
The Effects of Water Temperature
Water temperature plays such an important part in fishing that every angler needs to pay attention and react to even subtle variances. Fish are no different than a lot of animals when it comes to heat and cold. They want to stay comfortable.
Fishing Ledges
Learn how to fish a deep water ledge. These tips can help you anchor, drift or troll properly over this deep water structure.
Mangrove Snapper Tactics
Tagged as the most wary fish when it comes to a baited hook, here are some tips on how to catch mangrove snapper
Jigging the Mangroves - Saltwater Fishing
Mangroves are found all over the world in subtropical and tropical waters: the southern half of Florida, Texas, Mexico and the Caribbean. And fishing these mangroves with jigs can provide some of the most productive fishing to be found.
All About Redfish
The redfish or red drum has become one of the most sought after fish on the Gulf and Atlantic shores. Primarily an inshore fish, it became popular as a food fish after being offered as blackened redfish in New Orleans restaurants. It became popular as a game fish as more former bass tournament anglers got turned on to inshore saltwater fishing. It now is the target of numerous professional redfish tournaments. Here are some articles and information on catching these beautiful spot tail bass.
The Latest Top 3 Saltwater Spinning Reels
Saltwater spinning reels are rapidly gaining popularity with even the most seasoned anglers. New models are stronger, smoother and capable of handling larger fish than ever before. Here are a few of the latest to receive a top rating.
North Carolina's Outer Banks: An Anglers Paradise
North Carolina's Outer Banks have been a Mecca for serious saltwater anglers for decades. Learn about the many fishing options in this rural, but easily accessible venue.
A Simple Plan for Catching Snook in Everglades...
Fishing out of Flamingo, in Everglades National Park, I have a simple snook plan for you that will help you find and catch snook.
Fishing a Jig Head
There are a lot of terminal tackle choices on the market. Some are simple; some are complicated. All can be as expensive as you would like them to be. My personal choice for most of my inshore fishing (with natural bait or with a grub) is a jig head.
Cool Water Baitfish – The Mullet Run
Up and down the east coast of the Untied States, a fall phenomenon is taking place – the annual baitfish migration that many of us call the “mullet run”. Huge schools of mullet and other baitfish are moving south, and the fish are right in their wake. Actually, the fish are under around and among all of them.
Braggin' Board
A braggin Board to post all those fishing pictures you want everyone to see!
So You Want to Buy a Boat
Someone once said that the two happiest days of a man's life are (1) when he buys a boat, and (2) when he sells that boat. Buying a fishing boat.
Releasing Gut Hooked Fish
Many time fish are brought aboard with the hook buried in their stomach or gills. I’ve watched people rip the hook out of these fish, insuring that that will not survive. I’ve seen people keep fish they ordinarily would have released had the fish not been hooked so deep. Conservation of the resource dictates we find a way to release as many of these fish in as healthy a state as possible.
How to Catch and Prepare Shark
Sharks have been feared by people throughout history ...but they should probably be more afraid of us, since this ancient fish has been increasingly celebrated on restaurant menus and dinner tables. Here is how to catch and properly prepare them.
Catching Beeliners - Fishing for Vermillion...
From Cape Hatteras, NC, to as far south as Brazil, the vermillion snapper is a reef staple for both commercial and recreational anglers. Known in areas of the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico states as beeliners, these fish are a charter captain’s best friend. When other fish don’t cooperate, beeliners fill the fish box.
Mutton Snapper Fishing Tips
Mutton snapper are found from New England down throughout the Caribbean to South America. They are, however much more concentrated in the Bahamas and the South Florida area. They can be found from inshore estuaries to deep water reefs, and fishing for them will vary accordingly. Here are some mutton snapper fishing tips
How to Catch More Big Yellowtail
The California Yellowtail is one of the hardest fighting gamefish on the Pacific Coast. Here are some of the best ways to find and catch them!
Top 4 Four Favorite Seatrout Lures
Here are four seatrout lures that I like to use. All of them catch fish at various times
Trolling for Grouper
The Southeastern United States provide the best grouper fishing in the world, and they can be taken by any number of means. From gag grouper in at little as ten to twelve feet of water to the mighty warsaw grouper in several hundred feet of water , all grouper tend to like the same types of baits and presentations whether they are presented on the bottom or by trolling. Just remember, big bait, big fish, small bait, small fish.
Shrimping Season
Dog days mean hot, sultry afternoons that more often than not end up with rain. They also mean that shrimp are on the run, and recreational shrimping can help cool off those hot days.
Fish Catch Handling Basics
How you handle your catch once it is in the boat is important if you want to have a great meal.
Go With the Wind
Go With the Wind, Fishing in the Wind, Fishing in Bad Weather Saltwater Fishing High tide in the area I planned to fish was supposed to be around 9:30 in the morning
Deep Jigging
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Choosing Between Braided and Monofilament...
With the advent of stronger and thinner braided fishing lines, many anglers are wondering if they should switch from using monofiliment. Here are a few ways to determine which line is the best for you.
How to Fish with Surface and Yo-Yo Iron
When it comes to catching big yellowtail, amberjack and tuna offshore, one of the most popular lures for casting and jigging is 'the iron'. Learn how to use this highly specialized artificial here!
Wahoo - The Speeding Bullet
Wahoo are arguably the fastest fish in the ocean, capable of ripping hundreds of yards of line off a reel in mere seconds. Catching them and eating them is a favorite Texas sport.
North Florida's Hot Fishing
March and April are two of the best months to find fish in northeast Florida. Captain Kirk Waltz tells us where and how to catch fish these months.
Black Drum Fishing
Every spring – actually late winter and early spring, the black drum make their way into the inlets up and down the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. This is the time of year that the big breeder fish come in to spawn. Black drum fishing enthusiasts make plans months ahead of time, tuning up their tackle, and their boats. Although the average “big” drum catch is around 40 pounds, these fish can reach weights over 100 pounds, and annually many fish that size are caught.
Catch More and Bigger Fish with Flurocarbon...
Due to a refractive index that is nearly identical to that of water, fluorocarbon line becomes virtually invisible when submerged, which provokes more strikes and results in more hook ups.
Saltwater Fishing Lures I Depend Upon
Everyone has one or more favorite lures in their tackle box. I have three that I won't leave the dock without. When I am fishing with artificial lures, these three are the ones I use all the time.
Trolling for Barracuda
Trolling for barracuda became about the only way we would fish for a time in Key West. They were and still are easy to catch and provide a fun trip. Here's how.
New Fishing Floats
Floats and bobbers. As a kid we all learned to “watch the bobber” for a bite. The excitement was almost unbearable as we waited for that float to go under. For some reason we always had to wait until the cork went all the way under the water before we set the hook. That was a lot of years ago for some and as close as last year for others. The teachings have not changed during that time, but the bobbers sure have.
How Much Fishing Line Do I Need?
How many times do you fish with a rod and reel that has only a small amount of line on the reel? Better yet, how old is that line?
The Right Hook
Knowing the sizing and naming conventions of the major categories of hooks can help make your selection an easier task. Yes, Virginia, the type of hook you select does make a difference, and hook selection depends on the species of fish being sought. . Page 2.
The High Cost of Fishing - Boats for Sale
As I look around my area these days, it seems more and more boats for sale are showing up on the roadsides. Most of these boats for sale are big-engine gas guzzlers that people are trying to offload because of the rising fuel prices in the US. Many of them have twin engines, which drink even more fuel.
It's Time for a New Boat
Some anglers buy one boat and it becomes their fishing platform for many years. Others trade boats almost yearly, always looking for that something different. I guess I fall at least partially into the latter category, because I recently did just that. I traded boats – actually I sold a bass boat and bought a new boat – because there was something new that I wanted.
Best White Seabass Fishing
The Pacific white sea bass is a popular and highly prized member of the croaker family that can reach weights of over 70 pounds. Learn how to find and catch them here.
The Black Drum March
March is the month to catch a huge black drum along the Atlantic coast. See how we caught them along the Georgia coast this month.
So You Want to Buy a Fishing Boat - Part II
Someone once said that the two happiest days of a man's life are (1) when he buys a boat, and (2) when he sells that boat. Buying a fishing boat. Page 2.
How to Pour Lead Head Jigs
Pouring lead jig heads for fishing is fun and it can save you money. Here are the steps I take when I am making jig heads
Let's Catch Some Sheepshead
Got your bait? Got your tackle? Ready to go? Ok! Lets get crackin' on those sheepshead! One reader did ask last week whether these were Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), or the California variety (Semicossyphus pulcher). These that I am writing about are the former, the Atlantic variety.
Reeling in a Fish - Pump and Wind
As I watch a lot of people who fish on my boat, it becomes evident that the actual process of reeling a fish in – that is “fighting” a fish – is new to most of them. The tendency is for them to simply start winding the reel handle regardless of what the fish is doing. Lots of reels end up with line so twisted it almost has to be replaced.
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