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May 09, 2011

Andy Hahn

Release that catch, but use a photograph to keep the memory -- and back up your story.
Make your own assist hooks for metal jigs
Get your fish's weight and put it back in the water as fast as possible.
Selecting a fishing rod is like choosing a fishing buddy: You'll be spending precious time on the water together, so factors such as dependability, flexibility and compatibility affect your decision. It's a choice we each must make for ourselves because personal taste and individual characteristics ultimately determine the success or failure of the relationship. Heavy-duty spinning reels have established themselves as viable big-fish-catching tools, whether bottom bumping for grouper, casting large jigs to cobia or free-lining livies for sailfish.
It's hard to find a better swimming bait for billfish than the split-bill ballyhoo.
The pros at Baitmasters of South Florida and Bluewater Trolling Baits offer sound advice to follow when shopping for frozen ballyhoo.
Rigging experts defend differing opinions on hook placement, chin weights and other details, but they all agree on one point: No matter how your ballyhoo is rigged, it must not spin when trolled. Besides putting a nasty twist in the line, which leads to snarls and tip-wraps, spinning ballyhoo look unnatural and spook fish.Both McGrath and Raguso cited positioning hooks and chin weights along the ballyhoo's centerline as the single most important factor in making a bait track straight.
Bait-casting reels have earned their place in the saltwater angler's arsenal.
After just a few weeks of action at the Royal Charlotte Bank, the Coyote - a Brazilian-made, 30-foot Mares powered by twin Mercedes - had already become a battle-scarred veteran. While on a reconnaissance mission with Capt.
High-quality, polarized optics offer more than mere respite for squinting eyes they also provide protection from invisible hazards by blocking UV light
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