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Where to Fish in April…

The Salt Water Sportsman editors list the best two locations to go in April for your favorite saltwater species, plus notes for each location about why the bite there is hot. First choice: EcuadorSecond choice: Costa Rica Blues are plentiful and active along Ecuador’s Marlin Boulevard, the stretch between Salinas ...

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Cobia 320CC Test…

A seamless merger of convenience, style and serious angling features, the 320 CC is built and outfitted to take on big-water challenges — even fishing tournaments — and also meet the needs of crew members who prefer a more casual approach to boating and fishing. While its clean lines and ...

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How to Catch Trophy Kingfish…

Twenty-pound braid raced from the small Penn 4500 spinner. I held the rod high, loosened the drag and hoped the fish would stop. Fortunately, it ceased running after emptying three-quarters of the spool. Now my fear was it would swim beyond the ledge and part the line on the coral. ...

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East Coast Menhaden Run…

Perched atop the sight-fishing tower, Capt. Ben Shepherd ran his 24-foot bay boat along the Virginia Beach oceanfront, looking for bait, turtles, rays or cobia swimming just below the surface. Soon we found a target, a 4-foot-long fish snaking along, unaware of our attention. Shepherd threw a bucktail. No answer. ...

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Pan-Roasted Tilefish…

Enhanced with oysters and ginger, this version of a classic French sauce perfectly complements the sweet flavor and firm but tender texture of the tilefish, while the cabbage and mushrooms add an earthy finishing touch. Recipe Sauce1. Place shallots, ginger, peppercorns and 1 tablespoon of butter in a sauce pan ...

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Spring Striped Bass…

Spring has sprung, and from Maryland to Maine, stripers are on the move. The combination of optimal water temperatures and the northbound migration of bunker is the driving force. Dedicated bass hounds follow the striper run along the East Coast, intercepting the fish as they return to their main spawning ...

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How to Sharpen a Hook…

Hooks are the most important element of terminal tackle. Fish with dull or misshaped hooks and you flirt with disaster. Finely honed points penetrate deeper and hold longer. It’s not difficult to put the right point on a hook, if you take the time to do it properly. Here’s how: ...

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Pre-Season Boat Safety Check…

When the weather clears and the fish start biting you want your boat to be ready to get on the water, with all systems and safety gear ready to go. Life jackets, signaling devices and fire extinguishers should be well maintained and in top shape. Take the time check everthing ...

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Electronic Boat Security…

Boaters have access to a growing number of affordable and compact electronic security and monitoring systems designed specifically for boats. One of the newest is the Nautic-On system from Brunswick Corp, which was introduced at the recent Miami International Boat Show, which sells for as little as $600, plus a ...

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