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New Fishing Tackle for 2019…

PowerPro’s Super8Slick V2 braid combines an eight-end weave construction with Enhanced Body Technology for a new level of performance. The EBT process floods resin through the weave, producing a smoother, rounder line to reduce backlashes, increase casting distance, ease knotting, and improve strength-to-diameter ratio. Available in moss green, black, hi-vis ...

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Plan for a Plan B…

After three hours of trolling without a tuna bite, Capt. Jason Snead ordered the mate to put out the spoon. A few minutes later, we were tight to a bucking yellowfin. When Capt. Gene Quigley can’t convince striped bass to take a topwater plug, he deploys huge bunker spoons and ...

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Top 10 Crustacean Flies…

Of all the fly patterns I’ve tied and fished in more than 40 years, a handful of shrimp and crab imitations have become my go-to flies when sight fishing inshore. Narrowing down the choices to the top 10 is tough, but in my opinion, the following patterns are essential and ...

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Black Sea Bass on Light Tackle…

There was no mistaking the solid bite followed by the rhythmic bouncing. The hooked black sea bass took drag several times, digging hard to get back to the bottom. Then a second strike bent the slow-pitch rod over hard, the tip touching the water as another fish tried to make ...

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Striped Bass on the Flats…

Sunlight sparkled off the spiked dorsal fin poking out of the clear, flat water, shimmering like wet diamonds. One wave of the rod and the fly landed silently in front of the oncoming V wake. A few quick short strips, the fin made its move and — hook-set! Sounds like ...

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Boat Test: Boston Whaler 170 Montauk…

Few 17-footers have been as coveted as Boston Whaler’s, first launched in 1976 as the classic 17 Montauk, a tough, no-nonsense center-console that quickly gained acclaim as a versatile and unsinkable boat and, thanks to timely updates and enhancements, has retained its popularity through the years. In 2002, the original ...

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Boat Test: Pursuit S288…

At a time when boatbuilders launch increasingly larger models, Pursuit ­recently splashed one heck of a middleweight contender, the S288, with the aesthetics and all the tools to quickly become a favorite of discerning anglers. A 30-footer, thanks to its twin integrated platform extensions astern, the new boat is the ...

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How to Use Drones to Find and Catch More Fish…

From the moment I learned about small, remotely operated drones, I imagined how these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) might help me catch more fish. I dreamed about aerial scouting for weed lines, rips, and flocks of feeding seabirds. I envisioned spotting fish such as cobia, mahi, redfish and tuna. I ...

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Where to Fish in October…

Salt Water Sportsman guides you through the month of October in search of your favorite saltwater species. These two locations per popular saltwater species offers insight into why the bite is hot and future trends to anticipate.   First choice: Costa RicaSecond choice: Ecuador The seamounts 70 to 140 miles ...

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