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Gulf Red Snapper in State Waters…

At dawn last June near Dauphin Island, Alabama, Capt. Charlie Gray pulled away from a marina dock with his four-person charter to begin an early summer day of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The first target was seatrout, and plenty of 2- to 4-pound trout offered fast action in ...

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Robalo R302 Boat Review…

Using the proven deep-V hull of the predecessor R300 as the starting block, Robalo built a new center console that incorporates updated interior features to address the growing trend toward family-minded fishing machines. The new R302 reflects the brand’s top-quality construction and offers excellent performance and a price sure to ...

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Fly Fishing in Tight Spaces…

Who among us does not love the feel of casting a long line with a tight loop that turns our fly over gracefully 80 feet out? That requires skill that develops over time, but it also requires wide, open waters. Yet many fish hang out in narrow creeks nestled between ...

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Bottomfishing Techniques 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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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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