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May 09, 2011

Andy Hahn

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Dredges and Spreaders Entice Pelagic Game Fish to Step Up and Take Shots at the Bar
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Seriously addicted fishermen who want to experience as much top-to-bottom, rod-bending excitement as possible in a single outing should put an overnight charter off Charleston at the top of their priority list.
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Like a promising young athlete poised on the edge of greatness, Brazil's blue marlin fishery keeps maturing while showing flashes of world-class caliber.
Once a sleepy little fishing village, Cabo Frio has grown into a beachside vacation town with a resident population of about 120,000, thanks to state and local governments' investment in developing tourism.A steady stream of wooden trawlers chugging through Cabo Frio's inlet attests to commercial fishing's continued economic importance.
Web-savvy fishermen go on-line before wetting a line.
Consistent catches of tremendous blue marlin, along with the big-fish potential of unexplored waters, keep drawing international attention to Cabo Frio, Brazil. Since 1998, local anglers have notched five granders, three of those caught during the late Clube do Rio de Janeiro's Cabo Frio Marlin Tournament in '98, '99 and 2001.
Heavy-handed tactics rarely bring success; a delicate approach will help you hook more white marlin.
The cockpits of sport-fishing boats from Jersey to Jamaica harbor more mad scientists than you'll see in a Saturday afternoon horror matinee. Mates and captains, always trying to improve the performance of their baits, constantly experiment with ways to bring dead ballyhoo back to life. Snapped backbones, squeezed-out innards, split bills and chin weights turn stiff baitfish into seductively swimming snacks that predators just can't resist. Carefully rigged baits are a wonder to behold. I'm still amazed at how convincingly they swim along behind a boat.
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Though Grand Turk hosts the seat of government of this British overseas territory, about 85 percent of the islands' 15,000 permanent residents call Providenciales home. Affectionately nicknamed "Provo," the island hosts an international airport, Club Med and several other all-inclusive resorts, numerous hotels, condos, and restaurants and, of utmost importance to the marlin-minded, Turtle Cove Marina.
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Why do I need a gadget to tell how much line is out? Counting pulls while stripping off line gives a fair indication of my bait's depth. What difference can it make if I'm off by several feet?
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