Putting A New Spin On Fishing For Reds

In less than three hours, not including time out to shoot photos, we landed
more than 20 redfish in the 10- to 18-pound range without changing our baits or
moving the boat more than 100 yards! The real amazing thing was the redfish were hitting spinnerbaits!

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The Art Of Gaffing Big Fish

Big fish, such as a big cobia, require a gaff to land, and some knowledge of how to use it. On a small skiff with low free board, a short stout gaff with a well-pointed hook will do the trick. Bigger bay boats with higher sides, however, call for longer, two-handed gaffs — you have to be able to reach the fish and then some. Here are some tips on how to gaff big fish.

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Some Thoughts On Rod Handles

Some years ago Mark Sosin was in town to film a show with Florida’s Capt. Chet Jennings. It looked like he had 20 rods
on Jennings’ boat. What struck me was they all had very short handles — shorter than what you find on the average store-bought rod. We discussed our shared preference for short handles. Here are some advantages of fishing with a short-handled rod.

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Wanted: Threadfin Herring — Fresh Or Frozen, Dead Or Alive

Easy to differentiate from scaled sardines by a long filament behind the dorsal fin and a smaller eye pupil, threadfin herring tend to haunt deeper water than sardines. Threadfins are also bigger on average than scaled sardines. They come in all sizes, but are most common between 5- and 6 inches long. Here’s how to catch them and fish them as bait for various fish.

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Summer Crankbaits For Deep-Water Stripers

The familiar cry, "Fish on," was heard by everyone in the boat as first one of the big rods and then another bent almost double! Two big stripers had just engulfed the long, Mann’s crankbaits, and these were just two of nearly 30 striped bass that had been encountered during a five-hour, summer guide trip.

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Saltwater Fishing: My Take On Fishing Lines

As a fishing guide, I use a lot of line. Even carrying only two anglers on my 17-foot Action Craft, I usually carry at least six rods. Each location calls for a rod, reel, and line combination best suited to that individual environment, which throws the
all-around rod and reel combination out the proverbial window.

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Tips For Pulling That Boat, Motor From Storage

It’s late April and time to start thinking about spring river fishing or inland open water seasons. Here’s where those boat storage tips from last fall really pay off. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you hit the water this season.

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Catching Redfish: Using Cold Water Artificials

In cold, clear water I’m usually targeting redfish. They are not as
susceptible to the cold as snook, but they do slow down. This translates to smaller, slower prey — mostly crabs, shrimp, sand fleas, and such — particularly in the winter months through early spring. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of good looking soft plastic imitations of all these baits! Here’s how to use them.

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Fishing: Catching, Casting Tips

There are many reasons that a few anglers catch more fish than the rest. After 15 years of guiding inshore anglers, I can state unequivocally that the first and foremost reason has to do with casting and rod handling skill. Here are some tips to help you hook more fish.

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