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Coracle Comeback

In 2004 gas prices surged after the US led invasion of Iraq. And then came the great recession. With fuels costs at all-time highs many anglers found themselves without the extra money to gas up their power boats. Sport fishermen though will always find a way to get out and fish, and addicted anglers began taking to the waters in kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. The market for these small, individual sized vessels has evolved at high speed since, as sport anglers have continued to use paddle craft despite the economy improving and gas prices dropping. Continue reading

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Roanoke Island – Fishing in a Mystery

Even from its earliest days, America has been a land of mysteries and secrets. The mystery of what happened on Roanoke Island to the first colonial settlement in the New World is perhaps one of its oldest puzzles. To this day, the disappearance of the Lost Colony has never been fully explained, despite centuries of research and investigation by scholars, historians and archaeologists both professional and amateur. It has been a long time since the James Colony vanished, and Roanoke Island still keeps its secrets. Perhaps the island is just prone to secrets, as today it is like a secret launching point for some of the best offshore fishing of anywhere on the Atlantic Coast. Continue reading

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Alaska – An Angling Paradise

Imagine taking a sport fishing vacation. If you are honest, you probably imagined someplace warm like Florida, Louisiana or Baja California. There’s no shame in that. But if the quality of fishing is more important than the quality of the weather, you might want to try heading north to Alaska, where some of the best, most unspoiled fishing action is waiting for serious sport anglers. Continue reading

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Amazing Grouper Action on the Gulf Coast

One of the most exciting angling experiences to be had along the coast of Florida is fishing for grouper. Exceptional tasting and hard fighting, grouper in Florida are most often found in deeper waters as these broad, heavyweights favor rocky bottoms, outcroppings and underwater wrecks. Popular along the deeper near shore waters of the Atlantic coast, fishing for these big brutes can also be exceptional along many areas of the Gulf of Mexico portion of Florida’s coast. Many anglers might be surprised to learn that Naples is a fantastic location for grouper fishing, as its unique offshore environment littered with wrecks and reefs provides the structure these underwater bruisers love to haunt. Continue reading

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An Enchanted Entanglement of Inshore Opportunities

Nestled away along the gulf coast of Florida is an angling paradise that is one of the Sunshine State’s most unspoiled ecosystems. The small town of Homosassa, FL is home to some of the best inshore saltwater fishing anywhere in the eastern United States. Nearby Homosassa Springs, an amazing first magnitude spring, discharges nearly 65 million gallons or more of clear, clean freshwater into the Homosassa River daily. From there the pure water flows a short 7.7 miles to the ocean, passing through an enchanted labyrinth of salt marsh islets before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. This spring fed water system helps create and sustain a beautiful and productive coastal habitat where some of the top game fish species sought by angling aficionados thrive. Continue reading

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A Thing for Reds…

Ask saltwater anglers on the Atlantic coast or Gulf of Mexico what their favorite fish to hook onto is, and chances are the answer will be Red Drum. Pound for pound, red drum are some of the hardest fighting fish out there, as these aquatic bruisers dig deep and are always ready to rumble with any rod and reel attempting to land them. And also pound for pound, they make some of the finest meals of anything in the ocean. Scrappy and delicious, red fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is a sport anglers dream. Continue reading

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