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Recipe: Pan-Roasted Tripletail…

Firm and sweet-tasting tripletail fillets are perfect for pan-roasting and go really well with the savory flavors of Brussels sprouts and baby beets in a roasted garlic and sherry vinegar vinaigrette. Brown ­butter drizzled over the fish provides the rich, nutty finishing touch that brings it all together. Recipe Pan-Roasted ...

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Striper Fishing Around Bunker Schools…

Capt. Steve Purul loves putting clients onto Barnegat Bay trophy bass. A couple of years back, he led me to a few bunker schools migrating down the beaches, where he had me swim out a live bunker upon our arrival. Within minutes, I played out — and released — a ...

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Recipe: Whole Fried Snapper…

This fast and simple recipe combines the sweet, delicate flavor of snapper with the tartness of citrus and crisp texture of deep-frying. Add your favorite sides for a delectable and hearty meal. Recipe Fried Whole Yellowtail Snapper Yellowtail Snapper 2 1- to 1 1⁄2-pound whole yellowtail snapper 1 cup flour, ...

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Trolling With Swimming Plugs…

Capt. Tom Daffin and I ran 15 miles north of Atlantic City, New Jersey, looking for beachfront striped bass. We trolled three 16-ounce Mojo lures and two ­Rapala X-Rap Magnum deep divers. The Mojos, a striper trolling standard, scored well. But the swimming plugs kept pace with them, and at ...

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Mobile Device Apps for Fishing…

Smartphones are an integral part of life in the 21st ­century. Besides communication, the latest generation of phones can be ­loaded with apps that facilitate everything from ordering food to identifying the name of an obscure tune. Software developers haven’t neglected the boating and fishing crowd. Weather, radar and wind ...

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Bahamas Dolphin and Tuna…

“There has to be dolphin here,” I mumbled while surveying our surroundings. Terry Flora, Carl Grassi and Columbia Sportswear’s Brent Brauner didn’t chime in. We rested our topwater plugs and free-lined a couple of live pilchards along a large, bait-rich weed patch. Suddenly, Brauner yelled, “Frigate!” and pointed a quarter-mile ...

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Fishing for Black Drum…

“Thunk!” The sounds — somewhere between a kid banging on a toy drum in an echo chamber and a boulder dropping into deep water, rolled through the hull. “What was that?” my buddy asked, partially startled by the booming resonating from the water around the boat. “Black drum,” I told ...

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Marine Electronics for Nighttime Safety…

More often than not, I cast off in darkness, sometimes bound for offshore grounds, other times to ply coastal waters when nighttime tides prove favorable. No matter the reason, and despite decades of night-boating experience, it still puts me on edge. Nothing at night appears as it does in the ...

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Everything Eats Sand Eels…

While surf-casting a vacant beach in Jersey last November, I posted a picture on Instagram of a sand eel I found washed up in the surf line. Right after, the social media fishing sites went wild, and the beaches were packed with surf casters the next day. That even made ...

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Boat Test: SeaVee 322Z…

SeaVee Boats, Florida-based builder of hardcore fishing machines, recently added another center-console to its popular Z series, the 322Z, an impeccable marriage of beauty and substance that loudly makes its argument to be considered among the best boats in its class. The new 32-footer is available in two configurations: the ...

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