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May 09, 2011

Dave Ferrell

The success or failure of a hard-fought battle rests upon the tip of your gaff.
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Electric trolling motors are not just for bass boats anymore.
Here are some general tips and tidbits to help you fine-tune your trolling spread: * Size matters: Short lure heads generally have a tighter, more vigorous action and are harder to keep in the water at high speeds, while longer heads have a more sweeping side-to-side action and offer great stability. Also, smaller heads provide better hookup ratios because the fish gets more hook than lure head on the strike. * A common misconception among anglers is the notion that a slant-head lure digs into the water like a lipped plug.
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Soft tackle bags are the sensible choice for storing gear.
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Moonstruck blues make St. Thomas the most consistent marlin fishery in the world.
Picking the right rain gear makes for more comfortable days on the water.
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While the look and "attitude" that a pair of riggers give a boat are important, you can't forget what they're there for in the first place: to add width and depth to your trolling spread.
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Thanks to advances in construction, some spinning reels can be used for offshore fishing.
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Tail-walking billfish kick up a fuss in Venezuela's awesome fall fishery.
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A wealth of winter wahoo awaits the adventurous angler off Jamaica's unsullied southeast coast.
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