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Big-Game Fishing from the Chair…

Taking to the fighting chair with 80- and 130-pound tackle isn’t for the faint of heart. Experience, or lack thereof, greatly influences whether a fish is whipped quickly and efficiently, or the angler suffers through a long and agonizing struggle instead. Success in the chair starts well before you hop ...

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Wide View Multi-function Displays…

Today’s multifunction displays (MFDs) are technological marvels, but they’re not always easy to read from a side angle. Color, contrast and detail on some LCD screens start to dissipate once the viewing angle exceeds 120 degrees. Wearing polarized sunglasses tends to exacerbate the issue. New MFDs are changing all this. Technology ...

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Contender 39 FA Boat Review…

For over 30 years, wherever there’s been an offshore fishing tournament, you can bet Contender boats were on the scene. From the pro kingfish tours to the sailfish circuit, many of the top teams and captains wouldn’t dream of fishing aboard anything else. I’ve tested several models over the years, ...

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New Boats 30 to 39 Feet at the Miami Boat Show…

The 2017 Miami International Boat Show featured tons of highlights, including new releases from the top brands in the saltwater-fishing boating and electronics industries. Check out some of the sights from this year’s event. The new 38-foot boat from Boston Whaler features fold-down trolling seats, Chirp sonar, satellite radio, underwater ...

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World's 10 Toughest Offshore Game Fish…

Many exciting game fish swim in our oceans. Some faster or more acrobatic, others blessed with amazing power and stamina. While every angler has his or her favorites, here’s a list of 10 species (in no particular order) most veteran big-gamers would agree deserve to be included in any discussion ...

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STRIPERS OF A LIFETIME…

When the phone rang at 9pm the night before my charter, I knew it was bad news. But the cancelation took a positive turn: it meant that I had an opportunity to share the striped bass of a lifetime with my 16-year-old-son, Tommy, and his buddies. These kids were already ...

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Simrad NSS evo3…

The evolution of the Simrad brand built into one multifunction display and then taken to the extremes to satisfy the world’s most demanding sportfishing enthusiasts – this is the Simrad NSS evo3. Navigate, take control and enjoy an unprecedented level of built-in functionality with NSS evo3. Advanced SolarMAX™ HD screens, ...

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New Fishing Gear for 2017…

Satisfying days on the water result when a lot of variables come together. The contents of your tackle cabinet determine your fishing success, but myriad other accessories ensure you’ll be efficient, comfortable and safe. What you wear and the tools you use have a lot to do with an enjoyable ...

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Targeting Gulf Coast Snook…

Snap! The 30-pound leader parted, leaving my buddy Denny Wagner with one end while a 20-pound snook took the other. “Ahh!” Wagner shouted as he slammed down his rod. A slow snook bite had made for a long day, so everyone on board was a bit dejected. Wagner, a former ...

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New Gear for Fishing Boats…

Garmin AIS VHF Radio Garmin’s latest VHF offers full integration capability, plus the security of AIS. The 210 AIS radio boasts 25 watts of transmitting power and DSC compatibility, plus a two-way hailer system and direct calling with Maritime Mobile Service Identity. NOAA weather alerts and the position-tracking feature, to ...

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