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How to Pump and Wind the Rod…

A smooth and steady fight lands the fish and lets the tackle do the work. With the fish on and the rod at 45 degrees with a healthy bend, wind line as you lower the rod, maintaining the bend. When the rod is nearly level, stop winding and raise the ...

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Fishing Around and Under Bridges…

Big fish lurk beneath coastal bridges, no matter the region. An angler casting a ­swimbait under a busy New York highway bridge; another dangling a chunk of crab in the pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel 400 miles south; a troller pulling plugs down a low-slung span in ­Miami; ...

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Spinning Reel Maintenance Tips…

When you’re on a hot bite or a long-planned trip, the worst thing that could happen is tackle failure. Losing a great catch due to something that could have been prevented is annoying. Avoid that problem by maintaining and regularly servicing your spinning reels and you’ll enjoy years of dependable ...

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Tournament Tips for King Mackerel…

Fishing competitively for king mackerel is an infectious sport that combines skill, teamwork and speed. If you’ve never entered a high-stakes event, the prospect of going up against veteran anglers and professional crews for the first time can be somewhat intimidating. Here are several ways for you to level the ...

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Sight-Fishing 101…

Ask a hardcore angler if he’d rather catch a dozen fish blind-casting or a couple sight-fishing and you’ll probably hear a ­consistent chorus singing the praises of that skill-meets-­patience-meets-focus thrill fest we call sight-fishing. Geographic distribution makes redfish the most commonly sight-fished species; however, bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon and sharks ...

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Scout 355 LXF Boat Review…

In boatbuilding innovation, Scout has steadily made its way to the front of the pack. And the 355 LXF, the latest addition to its luxury fishing series, exhibits a number of innovative features, along with a wealth of creature comforts and fishing necessities that have become synonymous with the brand. ...

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Fishing as an Olympic Sport?…

Recreational fishing groups from the United States, Mexico and several Latin American countries hope to make sport fishing an Olympic sport in the near future. According to a press release from FECOP, a Costa Rican non-profit sport-fishing organization, the groups met in Cancun, Mexico, in November for the inaugural assembly ...

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Spanish Mackerel on Fly…

Cruising along at planing speed, I scanned the horizon in Florida Bay for signs of feeding activity. It was a calm winter day, and a strong cold front had put a nip in the air, which we hoped would turn on the Spanish mackerel bite. We were southwest of the ...

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Changing to Chirp Sonar…

Every ­boating angler who’s shopping for a new down-­looking fish finder today will face this question: Should I switch to chirp or stick with conventional fish-finder technology? Fish finders that operate on single-frequency bands — usually 50 and/or 200 kHz — were considered state-of-the-art when I bought my first saltwater ...

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Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro Boat Review…

The soft ride, roominess, comfort, and customizable layout made Boston Whaler’s 24-foot Dauntless the darling of folks who value the freedom to just hop aboard and embark on a range of adventures. Equipped with top angling features, a brand-new version — the 240 Dauntless Pro — now turns the versatile ...

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