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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.
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.
Soft tackle bags are the sensible choice for storing gear.
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.
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.
Thanks to advances in construction, some spinning reels can be used for offshore fishing.
Tail-walking billfish kick up a fuss in Venezuela's awesome fall fishery.
A wealth of winter wahoo awaits the adventurous angler off Jamaica's unsullied southeast coast.
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