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Tom Gatch

Updated Articles and Resources

By Tom Gatch

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • The Opah Show: Catching the Pacific Moonfish Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      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 the Iron: How to Catch Fish with Metal Jigs Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      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!
    • Fishing Resorts of Baja's Famed East Cape Created: Monday, August 11, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
      One prominent saltwater sportfishing destination that is becoming increasingly popular is Baja's famed East Cape. Learn more about this region's top rated resorts, most of which offer economical packages that include lodging, meals and fishing charter services.
    • A Shark at the Table: How to Hook & Cook Created: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      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.
    • Giant Grouper of the Pacific Created: Monday, August 04, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Although protected in California's coastal waters, the giant black sea bass population is beginning to rebound. Just south of the border, however, the fishery is healthy and viable. Here's how to catch them responsibly.
    • Long Range Sportfishing at its Best! Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      Some of the most exciting multi-day offshore sportfishing adventures can be enjoyed aboard one of the quality long range fishing outfitters that operate out of San Diego's long range fleet. Read more about this exciting and unique method of pursuing trophy class gamefish.
    • Pump Your Own Natural Baits! Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Finding and catching quality natural baits for onshore fishing can be challenging and a bit frustrating at times ...unless you own one of these great tools for the shore angler!
    • Do Fish Attractants and Scented Baits Really Work? Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Successful anglers are always trying to find additional ways to enhance the effectiveness of their artificial lures. Take a look at some of the newly developed fish attractants that may hold an answer to their quest.
    • Battle the Giant Trevally! Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Whether you call them Giant Trevally, Ulua or GT, this over-sized member of the Jack Family will definitely put a bend in your rod and a smile on your face. Here is where and how to find and catch them.
    • Buying a New Saltwater Spinning Reel? Here Are the Latest Top 3 Created: Friday, July 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      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...
    • Pacific Bonito: The Small but Feisty Tuna Created: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      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!
    • Use the Power of Plastic Lures to Catch More Fish! Created: Saturday, July 05, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      The advent of soft plastic fishing lures a few decades ago has revolutionized the world of both fresh and saltwater fishing. Here's how to select the right ones to help you catch more fish!
    • Live Bait is the Key for Tarpon Created: Sunday, August 26, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      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."
    • Catch the Tasty Pacific Scuplin: California’s Scorpionfish Created: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      The Pacific sculpin, also known as the California scorpion fish, is a common catch for inshore party boat anglers. Carefully avoid its stinging spines, and then enjoy the firm, delicate fillets as gourmet table fare!
    • How To Tie a Wire Leader Created: Thursday, May 11, 2000 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      a simple how to on removing twist from your line, fromyour about.com guide
    • The Perfect Redfish Bait Created: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      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."
    • Tripletail Hunting - Fishing for Tripletail Created: Thursday, August 14, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Similar to hunting for game, fishing for tripletail in the late summer is a matter of getting to where they live. If you can get to the places they frequent, you are likely to find one or more, an...
    • How to Catch a Roosterfish Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      The roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) is an exotic and popular gamefish species that has a range spanning from Baja California all the way down the coast into Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Here's how to hook and land one!
    • Choosing Between Spinning and Bait-casting Outfits Created: Saturday, February 13, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      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 cer...
    • Catching Yellowtail Snapper Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Catching yellowtail snapper is fun and easy if you know a few tricks. Here is how I catch yellowtail snapper on the Florida Keys." itemprop="description">...
    • Landing a Fish – How to Land a Fish Created: Thursday, May 24, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      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." itemprop="description'" --> itemprop="descript...
    • Fighting a Fish – How to Fight a Fish Created: Saturday, May 19, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Fighting a fish is a task that can be learned. Many anglers do not know how to fight a fish. After you hook that fish, how do you get him to the boat?" itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • All About Seatrout - Fishing for Seatrout Created: Friday, April 06, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      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...
    • Ride the Tide to Fishing Success! Created: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      One of the most important factors in the success of onshore anglers is tidal movement. Here's how to use this valuable data to help you catch more fish!
    • Catching California's Sheephead Created: Thursday, June 19, 2014 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
      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!
    • Are You Ready for an Alaskan Fishing Adventure? Created: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      Considering a saltwater fishing adventure in Alaska? Here are a few tips and suggestions that you might want to consider.
    • Catch More Fish on a Kayak Created: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
      Saltwater kayak fishing is a new, ecologically friendly way to catch more and bigger fish that allows anglers to get closer to the marine environment without the expense and upkeep involved in owning a conventional boat.
    • Take a Kid Pier Fishing! Created: Saturday, June 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      The coastal public fishing pier is one place where the whole family can relax and catch a few fish without spending much money. Here's where to go, and what to do!
    • What Kind of Fishing Leaders to Use Created: Monday, November 06, 2006 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
      What kind and size of fishing leader line you use can make a difference on how many fish you catch." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014
      Pargo are caught from Bahia Tortugas on the Pacific side of Baja down past Central America. They are tackle-busting brutes that will challenge the most seasoned angler. Here’s how to hook up with one!
    • Easy Winter Sheepshead Fishing Created: Saturday, January 07, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      Here are some tips on how to catch winter time sheepshead on artificial reefs" itemprop="description"> Saturday, August 02, 2003 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      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...

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