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Fishing and Boating Tips

Check out our saltwater fishing tips, techniques, boating tips, and how-to videos from the top experts in sport fishing.

Fishing Hot Spots

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Rigs and Tips

  • popping cork fishing

    Mastering popping-cork tactics increases your odds when fishing murky water.

    Mastering popping-cork tactics increases your odds when fishing in murky water.
  • red snapper catch while bottom fishing

    Three different proven offshore leader rigs for bottomfishing, casting and trolling.

    Tie these three different popular offshore leader rigs for bottomfishing, casting and trolling.
  • backlash in conventional reel

    Tips to prevent nasty backlashes when casting with conventional gear.

    Tips to prevent nasty backlashes when casting with conventional gear.

Fishing Knots to Learn

  • SF Pacific editor Jim Hendricks puts the heat on a big fish.

    In Sport Fishing’s fourth reader knot challenge, 53 knots competed to win top honors. See which knots won and how to tie them.

    Sport Fishing tested 53 knots connecting braided line to fluorocarbon leader to find out which produce the strongest connections; here are the results.
  • How you can tie a fishing knot that should equal the strength of your main line.

    Learn how to tie this essential fishing knot, the PR knot.
  • red snapper catch while bottom fishing

    Three different proven offshore leader rigs for bottomfishing, casting and trolling.

    Tie these three different popular offshore leader rigs for bottomfishing, casting and trolling.
  • Learn how to tie a popular bottom-fishing rig.

    Learn how to tie a popular bottom-fishing rig.

Techniques for Saltwater Fishing

  • False Albacore Teaser

    East Coast anglers keep coming back for a taste of the pelagic burn.

    From the Carolinas to New England, false albacore ignite some serious fall fishing passion. Here's one captain's take on the frenzy and how to participate.
  • Fighting Bigeye Tuna at Night Teaser

    Fish the canyons after dark to find hungry bigeye tuna

    Bigeye tuna returned with a vengeance to the Northeast canyons in 2012, and the bite continues to improve. Here are some nighttime tactics for bagging bigeyes.
  • bridge fishing

    Top tactics to land game fish around bridge pilings, fenders and adjacent waters.

    Techniques to land saltwater game fish around bridge pilings, fenders and adjacent waters.

Boating Skills