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Top New Fishing Boats of 2017…

As 2017 comes to a close, Salt Water Sportsman editors review the top new fishing boats (in alphabetical order) featured this year to give you the opportunity to compare the different designs, top features and virtues. It’s also good context as 2018 begins — and a new crop of boats ...

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How to Keep a Fish Alive — 10 Tips for Releasing Your Catch…

From billfish to bonefish, stripers to snook, anglers release fish in record numbers. Part of this trend can be attributed to the growing conservation ethic, but regulations–bag and size limits, closed seasons—contribute factors as well. Regardless of altruism or compliance, the survival rate of freed game fish depends on proper ...

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10 Cool Marine Electronics Gift Ideas…

What do you get the boating angler who has everything? Well, we’d like to challenge the notion that they have “everything,” because they don’t have everything on this list. Here are 10 valuable marine electronics and accessory items that can make great holiday gifts for your boating and fishing friend. ...

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Texas Speckled Trout — Pros' Guide to Success…

The best and most winning trout fishermen along the Gulf Coast have one thing in common: they fish structure. Reefs, wrecks and rocks, all magnets for baitfish, draw speckled trout from May through November. Capt. Jerry Norris has been fishing Sabine Lake on the Texas-Louisiana border for more than 40 ...

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Striped Bass Fishing Hot in New York…

New York’s striped bass fishery, often overlooked by outsiders, enjoys a singular distinction: Sitting smack-dab in the middle of the annual migration, it’s ground zero for stripers. In April and May, Jamaica Bay is awesome. “Jamaica Bay is fishy, man,” notes Capt. Danny Reich. “All sorts of bait, structure, flats.” ...

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Improved Stand-Up Fishing Tackle…

Big game pioneers Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway wouldn’t have thought about going offshore to challenge marlin, tuna and swordfish without fighting chairs, rudimentary as they were. But then again, they were using rods as big as broomsticks, heavy linen line and reels the size of small industrial winches. They ...

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Montauk Fishing Top to Bottom…

Marco DeStefano tightened his line, lifted his rod and set the hook. “I had a good feeling about this spot,” he said as a 7-pound fluke hit the deck. We started the morning looking for big summer flatties in 90-foot depths at the Cartwright Grounds southeast of Montauk Point, which ...

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Required Documents to Fish in Mexico Waters…

Mexico offers many excellent fishing alternatives, inshore, nearshore and offshore, just south of the U.S. border. Mexican law requires anglers aboard privately owned boats to carry four documents when crossing the border by water to fish within 12 miles of Mexico’s coast, even if the boat doesn’t make landfall in ...

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New Marine Electronics of 2018…

When I step aboard a fishing boat, one of the first things I do is check out the electronics. A helm filled with a modern array of marine electronics tells you a lot about the boat and its owner. You might not own a high-powered offshore fishing boat glowing with ...

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Sailfish Season Never Sleeps on the East Coast…

You can just about fish for sailfish year-round. And that’s even without leaving the East Coast. Kick off the yearlong pursuit in the Carolinas in the summer. As fall comes on, move down the Eastern Seaboard and, in November, hit the central Florida coast, where sailfish season runs through the ...

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