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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.
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.
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.
Fishing for Flounder: 11 Tips
Flounder fishing tips, baits and rigs that work for catching flounder - Flounder methods and fishing tips
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.
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.
Tips and Techniques for Catching Redfish
How to Catch Redfish - Techniques and baits for redfish.
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.
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.
Loads of Great Info About Fishing for Flounder...
Finish Skinning your flounder instructions and picture
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques - Part II
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques. Page 2.
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.
How to Catch Redfish and Where to Find Them?
Here is a profile on redfish - also known as red drum.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Winter Sheepshead Fishing
Here are some tips on how to catch winter time sheepshead on artificial reefs
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.
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.
So You Want to be a Guide
Here is what it takes to obtain a Coast Guard captains license. Page 2.
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
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.
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques and Surf Casting
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
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.
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.
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.
Bottom Fishing for Reef Fish
Fishing the patch reefs along the south Florida coast and the Florida Keys, means bottom fishing with knocker rigs.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
Braggin' Board
A braggin Board to post all those fishing pictures you want everyone to see!
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.
Learning to Fish
Here is what a beginner can do to start learning how to fish
Catching Seatrout in Cold Water
Did you decide to put away the fishing tackle when the first freeze came through? Are you one of the many people who think that cold water makes fishing impossible? Or, are you one of the anglers who know where to find and catch seatrout in cold water?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gulf Grouper Fishing
Fall is time for gag and red grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Savvy anglers catch limits every day.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Top Gifts Under 30 Dollars
Here are gifts for the holidays for all those saltwater anglers. These are gifts that are under $15.00. Great stocking stuffers!
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
When Is It Safe to Fish Offshore?
I have received a number of questions recently about offshore fishing in small boats. My first reaction to the questions was “don’t do it!” But then I had to stop and think about just what a small boat is and what it is not.
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.
Cleaning a Redfish
Here is a step by step instruction on cleaning a redfish. Page 2.
How To Keep Bait Shrimp Alive Without Water
A simple how to on keeping bait shrimp alive without water, from your About.com guide
Fishing Bridge Pilings
Bridges present an entire array of structure where their pilings enter the water. From giant pillars to wooden
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.
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.
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.
Fish for California sheephead!
The California sheephead is an increasingly popular fish with kelp bed anglers in both southern California and Baja. Learn the best techniques for hooking up with one of them here!
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.
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.
Enjoy World Class Fishing in the Seychelles
The Seychelles offer serious saltwater anglers one of the top venues for big game sportfishing on the planet. Learn how to get the most out of a trip to this angler’s paradise.
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.
How To Sharpen a Filet Knife
a simple how to on sharpening filet knives, fromyour about.com guide
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.
Product Review - Shimano Symetre Spinning Reels
This is a mid-price range reel from Shimano that really works as well its higher priced cousins.
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.
How To Keep Your Catch Fresh
A simple how to on keeping your catch fresh, from your About.com guide
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.
Setting Up Your Terminal Tackle
Hook, line and sinker is a good description. But what does it actually mean? Here are some basics about the terminal tackle - all that stuff on the end of your line - that you are fishing with.
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.
Northeast Florida Redfish Hotspots
Northeast Florida Redfish Hotspots
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!
How To Tie a Wire Leader
a simple how to on removing twist from your line, fromyour about.com guide
Making Fish Bite
Lots of times fish that you can see won't bite. I have a way to make them bite!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
How to Catch Big Squid
Learn where to find and how to catch big Humboldt squid and, after doing so, how to turn them into a gourmet calamari dinner that will delight your guests.
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.
Braided Line Solutions
Braided line versus monofilament line. What are the differences?
Poor Man’s Sailfish
Catching sailfish is usually an expensive proposition. But you can catch winter time sailfish in South Florida very cheaply. Here's the poor man's way to catch sailfish.
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
Mitchell 300X Spinning Reel
I had the opportunity to try one of the 300X reels out on some sheepshead. These fish are hard fighters and on eight pound test line, a five pound sheepshead puts up quite a fight. The drag system works extremely well, as witnessed by many long hard runs on these powerful fish.
How to Fish Around Docks
Dock fishing is a specialized form of structure fishing where you place your bait under the dock where the fish are located.
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!
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.
Stand Up Rods - Can You Take Them?
Stand up rods came on the scene many years ago, but only in the last several years have they become immensely popular. These short, fast taper rods offer the angler the opportunity to literally go one-on-one with some awfully hard fighting fish. And the shortness of the rod makes the fight even more personal.
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.
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.
How To Quickly Rig a Ballyhoo
a simple how to on rigging a ballyhoo, fromyour about.com guide
Fishing for Kings - Salmon That Is!
The water is cold and the wind has a definite chill. Snow-capped peaks and a dormant volcano surround the bay as we head out into the Pacific from Sitka, Alaska. Salmon fishing, Alaska style, is on tap for the day as Captain Dan points the “Lightning Blue” charter boat into the cool wind.
Sea Chaser 180 FS - A Boat Review
Here is a review of the Sea Chaser 180 FS flats boat made by Carolina Skiff Corporation.
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!
Catch Big Spotfin Croaker from the Surf
Spotfin croaker are one of the most prized catches among surf anglers in southern California and Baja. Here are a few tips on how to catch them when fishing onshore.
Five Items Every Angler Needs in His Tackle Box
We all fish and we all have a tackle box of some sort - even if it's a paper bag. But, hook, line and sinker – is that all we need in our tackle box?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 4 Four Favorite Seatrout Lures
Here are four seatrout lures that I like to use. All of them catch fish at various times
Georgia's Year-Round Redfish - III
Catch redfish all year long on the Georgia coast. Lots of angler do, but lots also miss out on a great fishery. Page 3.
Fishing Natural Reef Formations
Fishing over a natural reef or underwater rock pile takes some coordination and knowledge. It's not just a matter of dropping a bait down. Use these tips to help you catch more fish.
Landing a Fish – How to Land a Fish
Once you fight your fish up to your boat or pier, how do you get him out of the water. This is where many fish are lost. Here's how to land a fish.
How to Fish Around Oyster Bars
Fishing around an oyster bar takes some specific techniques. Anchoring properly and presenting your bait properly are necessary to properly fish around an oyster bar.
Fishing the Backwater - Saltwater Marshes
Saltwater marshes are a part of the estuary system, the nursery if you will, for a variety of fish. They are comprised of a number of winding creeks, sloughs, and flats that change dramatically with the incoming and outgoing tide.
Discover Baja's Magical Magdalena Bay
Baja's Bahia Magdalena has been a bountiful resource for the indigenous peoples of the region for centuries. Learn more about this fantastic and unique fishery that continues to draw a growing number of anglers each year.
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.
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
Vacation Fishing on the Florida Keys
When you vacation on the Florida Keys and guides are out of your budget, rent a boat and fish for yourself! You can easily catch fish your first time out on the Florida Keys with these tips.
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!
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.
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.
Georgia's Year-Round Redfish - II
Catch redfish all year long on the Georgia coast. Lots of angler do, but lots also miss out on a great fishery. Page 2.
Jigs, Molds, Sinkers and Bucktails
To save money and keep me from counting pennies while I fish, I pour my own sinkers and jig heads, and usually wrap my own bucktails. I remember growing up watching and learning from my father just how to pour lead with a sinker or jig mold. His method won't work for me today, and you'll see why as I explain it.
Mutton Snapper Ledges
Deep jigging for mutton snapper on the Florida Keys can be very productive if you get the right water and wind conditions
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.
Offshore Fishing Presents Problems
Summer is the time of year that small boaters begin to get brave. Offshore fishing dangers emerge, after fishing inshore or near shore over the last couple of months and watching the seas flatten out, as they normally do during late summer. People begin to get brave and pay less attention to offshore fishing dangers.
Fishing with a Trolley Rig
Nothing can be quite as frustrating to pier and jetty anglers as having their bait fly off the hook while trying to make a long cast. Using a Trolley Rig can change that.
Catching Cold Water Seatrout
Trout school up in cold water and remain relatively stationary. They still have to feed, and they usually do so when there is a current created by tidal flows. They often seek out the deepest inshore water available and sit close to the bottom. The deeper water, while still cool will be comparatively warmer than the surface water on cold days.
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.
Drifting a Grass Flat for Seatrout
Drifting across a grass flat full of turtle grass is perhaps one of my favorite ways to fish. Here is how I drift those grass flats for spotted seatrout. Page 2.
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.
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.
Product Review - Daiwa BG-15 Spinning Reel
This is a mid-price range reel from Daiwa that really works as well its higher priced cousins.
Choosing the Right Terminal Tackle
Bottom fishing, whether inshore or in deep offshore waters, necessarily means making a choice on the terminal tackle you plan to use. Many anglers catch fewer fish as a result of a poor choice or no choice at all.
Boat Trailer Accidents
Sometimes thing happen when launching a boat that can be handled safely with a few tips and pointers. Here's what I do when a boat comes off a trailer.
How to Catch More Fish in a Kayak
Saltwater kayak fishing is rapidly increasing in popularity. Learn more about this stealthy and ecologically friendly way of catching more and bigger fish!
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