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Bottomfishing with Outriggers…

I’m an offshore-trolling enthusiast who understands how to use outriggers to place baits and teasers. Yet I was bewildered when Capt. Kevin Jeffries asked me to swing out my 15-foot riggers after anchoring in 10 feet of water. We were setting up to fish the shallow patch reefs off northern ...

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Shark Chum Drifter…

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Eye-splice a 3-inch welded stainless-steel ring to one end of a 50-foot length of 3⁄8-inch nylon anchor line. Thread the other end of the rope through a crab-trap float and slide the float to within 3 feet of the stainless ring. 2. Make a figure-eight knot a few ...

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Strategies for Skittish Fish…

“Here they come again,” I said to my partner, and we both delivered soft plastics on cue, well ahead of a wide swath of nervous water inching closer and closer. We let the lures settle on the bottom and, just before the fish swam over them, twitched and bounced them ...

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Mid-Atlantic Tarpon Tactics…

I started fishing for tarpon on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in the early ’80s with my dad and Barry Truitt, local director of the Nature Conservancy. Each summer, we spent a week in a cabin on the salt marsh, swatting flies, roasting in the sun, and horsing in big stingrays and ...

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Uncertainty for Dolphin Species…

Anecdotal information should not replace good scientific investigation. It can, however, be the impetus that gets scientific investigation moving ahead. We may be seeing that happen with one of offshore fishing’s most popular targets: dolphin, also known as mahimahi to avoid confusion with the mammal. I tend to be old-fashioned ...

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Tune Your Sonar to Find More Bottom Fish…

Search the internet for the topic, “How to Fine Tune Sonar,” and you will find lots of results, many offering in-depth tutorials on tweaking advanced features for today’s down-looking fishfinders. Yet my long-time fishing buddy Mark Wisch, owner of Pacific Edge Bait Tanks in Huntington Beach, California, one time showed ...

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Tips for Boat Trailer Maintenance…

Make sure your boat trailer won’t leave you stranded. Routine maintenance ensures you’ll be ready for the season ahead. Visually check U-bolts, winch stands, axles, cross beams and hitch couplers to make sure all are secure. Tighten as necessary. If any need replacing, use stainless steel or galvanized parts and ...

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Using Diamond Jigs for Black Sea Bass…

“Get ready, we’re almost there,” I said as I glanced over my shoulder at the small waves astern and reconfirmed with my chart plotter. Sean Callinan and I were drifting a conveyor belt of sorts, one of many in our home waters of eastern Long Island Sound, where an approaching ...

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Pick the Right Livewell for Your Boat…

Guides, tournament contestants and inshore anglers who depend on lively bait or must bring their catch alive to the weigh-in can’t afford to take chances. For them, modifying a boat’s livewell system to inject more oxygen is a must. But a better understanding of biology and a little customizing let ...

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Mako 414 CC Boat Review…

On a steady path to rekindling the widespread passion for the fabled shark-silhouette brand, Mako draws from its 50 years of boatbuilding expertise to meet the demands of offshore- angling devotees, which continue to grow along with the size of today’s center consoles. While a lot has changed since the ...

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