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Monsters of the Arctic – Alaskan Halibut

Alaska… The Last Frontier. The name conjures images of pristine mountains, rich temperate rainforests, fugitives from the lower 48 states running away to the rugged north in search of a new start, temperamental caffeine and nicotine fueled crab fishermen, gold and silver prospectors, modern day mountain men looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of civilization and Jack London inspired wanderers in search of adventures in one of the wildest places left in the world. With over 6,640 miles of coastline, more than all the coast of the continental United States combined, it is perhaps not surprising then that Alaska is home to some of the best saltwater sport fishing in North America. While King Salmon may attract more anglers to the state annually, serious Alaskan fishermen know that an angling excursion to Alaska isn’t complete without hooking onto a Halibut. Continue reading

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The Captain’s Platter of Sport Fishing Destinations

In almost every facet of our modern lives, folks are most attracted by a diversity of selection. Whether it be more menu options at a restaurant, more movie choices on an online streaming video site or the convenience of one-stop shopping at a “Super” store, the more options available to customers the better. The world of Sport Fishing is no different, and some of the most frequently traveled to destinations for anglers owe their popularity simply to having more species of fish to target. Perhaps that is why Virginia Beach is known worldwide as a mecca for sport fishing, as it offers a mind boggling assortment of opportunities for anglers. Continue reading

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Cobia – In-Shore Monsters

The coastal in-shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico are some of the most exciting and productive sport fishing areas found anywhere in the world. Throughout much of the estuaries, salt marshes, beaches and mangroves of the Gulf the most common angling targets include species well-known in shallow waters like Red Drum, Flounder and Spotted Seatrout. But the Gulf also boasts a spectacular diversity of less regular in-shore fish for anglers to try catching. One of the most common daydream fish fantasies for skinny water addicts is the thrilling experience of being hooked on to a Cobia. Despite often being found further offshore in the pelagic zone, Cobia are powerful predators which make regular enough visits to in-shore waters to make them highly sought after by coastal anglers. Continue reading

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Wise Wanderers Know That Less is More

I’ve been lucky to have spent a lot my time wandering around exploring the outdoors, often times for extended periods of time before coming back from walkabouts. If there is one thing I’ve learned during these travels, it is that no matter what the method of travel, the less you carry directly correlates with how much you will enjoy, or not enjoy, the experience. Weight is your enemy. You may find yourself in the midst of some exotic scene of natural wonder but if you’re exhausted from carrying a huge pack for days to get there you’ll be too tired to care. Continue reading

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Snooping Up on Snook

I’ve lived in Florida for a number of years, and being an avid kayaker I have been lucky to have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and exotic springs, rivers, estuaries and coasts in America.  I’m always running into kayak fishermen when I go out, and not being much of sport angler, I am always fascinated by the variety of species that are the favorite quarry of individual Florida anglers.  Some folks I meet love fishing for Red Drum and Spotted Seatrout.  Others are trying to hook a Peacock Bass.  Pompano, Sheepshead, Cobia, King Mackerel are all common answers whenever I ask kayak fishers what they are trying to catch.  Continue reading

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FISH Alaska

Alaska is thought to be by many as a seasonal fishing destination. And if you’re looking for fresh, wild caught salmon, then you would be right, but truth be told is that Alaska has an incredible fishery that lasts year round. Take it from me, a Florida native and avid angler that spent seven years in the land of the midnight sun. Talk about one extreme to the other! In that timeframe I learned that the salmon fishing is hot and heavy and over way too quickly. To continue my fishing passion, I was forced to look elsewhere for that tug. I found out quickly that the fishing doesn’t have to stop, at all. Continue reading

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What Should I Think About Prior to Going on an Offshore Fishing Trip?

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Are you planning to visit Florida soon? If you are, you might have begun thinking about reserving an offshore fishing charter boat for a day or two of your time in the Sunshine State. There are dozens of offshore and deep sea fishing charters available throughout the state of Florida, so it can be somewhat difficult to decide which one you want to use. Lucky for you, there are a few key issues you can think about ahead of time in order to simplify the decision-making process. Continue reading

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