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  • What kind of worms live inside the stomachs of dolphins? Read More
  • Q: I caught this small, red fish while deep-dropping in the Bahamas. Can you identify it and provide some information on how big it gets? - Capt. Bill Harrison, Miami, FloridaA: It's a spinythroat scorpionfish (Pontinus nematophthalmus), a fairly rare sport catch. This species has a short snout - about the same length as the diameter of its eye - which differentiates it from its cousin the longsnout scorpionfish (P. castor). It also lacks the very long third dorsal spine found in its other local relative, the longspine scorpionfish (P. longispinus). Read More
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    In the soft glow of the oil rig's lights, barely perceptible at the limits of its golden arc, white water exploded. Dozens more eruptions followed immediately, and in seconds the calm, dark water 50 feet aft of the charter boat Strike Zone came alive with miniature geysers. "They're here!" roared Capt. Kevin Frelich as he quickly snatched a ready rod. With a long, spiraling cast, he dropped a bait near the patch of boiling water. Read More
  • Q: While rummaging through some old photos my granddaddy took on a long-range trip off Baja many years ago, I came across this shot. He's written on it, "hawkfish." This is one strange-looking critter, odd in shape and full of scrawled markings. Is it really a hawkfish? If so, what is a hawkfish? I'd like to know more about it and the family it's in. If not, then what is this thing? -Rufus DeVine, Jackson, Mississippi A: Rufus, your granddaddy was right on. Read More
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    Q: I have fished the Sea of Cortez for the past 25 years and continue to be confused regarding the difference between a mutton snapper and a mullet snapper. We have taken many snapper, called pargo lisa in Spanish; I believe these are mutton snapper, but your identification and the difference would be appreciated. - Ted Howell, Longview, WashingtonA: Well, Ted, if it came from the Sea of Cortez, it's not a mutton snapper. The true mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis, is a wide-ranging fish (Massachusetts to Brazil), but only in the Atlantic. Read More
  • Q: In May 1998, I caught an 86-pound billfish off the coast of Omoa Cortes, Honduras. Many of my fishermen colleagues contend that the fish shown in the enclosed picture is not a blue marlin but a spearfish. Being a subscriber and avid reader of your magazine I would like you to confirm what kind of billfish it is and put an end to our argument. - Capt. Favio Icaza, HondurasA: Captain, it's indeed a longbill spearfish, Tetrapterus pfluegeri - but it's a big un', and that's probably what led to the confusion. Read More
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    White Marlin Fever Read More
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    Score More Strikes by Fishing In the Fast Lane Read More
  • Grab One of These Tigers by the Tail and Hang On Tight Read More
  • Compact trolling spreads expand your chances of connecting. Read More
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