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Lack of Common Sense in Fishing Conservation…

I am a commonsense kind of guy. I’m pretty sure the sun will rise tomorrow in the east and will keep that up until, in the words of Shakespeare, I “shuffle off this mortal coil.” It also seems to be common sense that in the natural world there are predator ...

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Safety Checklist for Boat Trailers…

There’s no quicker way to ruin a long-planned fishing trip than to break down on the side of the road with a trailer issue. Regularly adding waterproof grease to the hubs will help prevent one of the most common failures. But there are other simple checks that can be done ...

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Guide to Batteries for Boats…

In the realm of digital outboards, trolling motors and amp-sensitive electronics, power is everything. We expect things to work, and when they don’t, not only could the trip be ruined, but you and your loved ones could also suddenly find yourselves in an ­uncomfortable or even risky situation.That’s why the ...

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Types of Trolled Ballyhoo Rigs…

During the infancy of my offshore trolling, I rigged my ballyhoo modified-headboat-style: that is, a dual O’Shaughnessy hook with the point of the second hook inverted back into the bait. Even if a fish breathed on the bait, I just had to catch it.   Enter time on the water ...

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Why to Use the Biggest Marine Electronics Possible…

Fishing friends and acquaintances often ask me about the best marine electronics for their boats. One thing I always tell them: Buy the biggest components you can afford and/or fit on your boat. This applies to everything from multifunction displays (MFDs) to chirp transducers. Internal micro-processing components continue to shrink, ...

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Tips for Washing Your Boat…

Cleaning the boat after a successful fishing trip is a chore most of us don’t relish. But a thorough washdown after exposure to salt spray helps protect against corrosion and other problems and maximizes the boat’s value. Here are some ways to make the task as quick and easy as ...

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Backup Your Waypoints…

Boating anglers can collect a lot of waypoints, many of which represent valuable and sometimes secret fishing spots. To ensure your waypoints don’t disappear if your electronics fail or get stolen, make sure you backup your files from chart plotter often. While the procedure for backing up waypoints varies with ...

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6 Best Lures to Catch King Mackerel…

Big king mackerel, nicknamed smokers because they burn line off reels so quickly and are tasty smoked on the grill, are usually targeted using live or fresh dead baits like cigar minnows, menhaden or pilchards. Fakes will work though. Lures trolled or cast into the strike zone near feeding fish ...

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Proven Tripletail Tactics in the MIssissippi Gulf…

We were fishing nearshore waters between Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi, when Craig Brumfield, a marine artist and tripletail expert with dozens in the mid- to upper 20s to his credit, plucked a fat 12-pounder from behind a navigation marker. He’d tagged 97 tripletail in 2016, more than half exceeding 10 ...

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