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  • Q: While live-bait fishing off Miami Beach, Florida, we caught this 7 1/2-foot, 76-pound billfish that looks like a cross between a white marlin and an Atlantic sailfish. The second half of the dorsal fin was grown out part of the way like a sailfish, but the leading part of the dorsal looked similar to that of a white marlin. Could this be a result of a previous catch and release (although there were no other signs of trauma) or just a deformed fin? - Capt. Read More
  • Learn how top skippers consistently take yellowtail. Read More
  • Q: During a recent trip to the Bahamas, my husband talked me into going fishing with him one day on the reefs. It was a blast. This lovely little grouper was just one of many interesting species we caught, and I noticed how many were brilliantly colored. That led me to pose a question that no one - not my hubby, the skipper, nor anyone on board - could definitively answer: Do reef fish see color? - Bambi Fleggum, Hartford, ConnecticutA: Most definitely, Bambi, fishes see colors. Read More
  • Q: On our trip to Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas last fall, we fished the reefs of Guana and Elbow cays, deep dropping to 400 to 600 feet for red snapper. After limiting out each day for a week, on the eighth day my wife noticed our sinkers were very warm when we brought them up, and we caught no fish. We had a similar experience three days later, about 8 miles to the east. We have mentioned this to several people at Marsh Harbour and in the States, and they urged us to inquire about this phenomenon. It seems impossible that water that deep could warm that quickly. Read More
  • Q: This spring I have planned to take a trip to Cancun, Mexico. After reading your magazine, I have decided to go fishing offshore while I'm down there. Although I've been there once before, I know very little about the sport. I was wondering if you could tell me what kinds of fish would be around Cancun and the Gulf during early March, when I am taking my trip. Read More
  • Q: My, what big teeth this little feller has. I caught him with my daddy, who knows just about everything in the world except what kind of fish this one is. Can you help us? -Travis Clarke, Winter Park, FloridaA: Indeed, this fish has some formidable teeth. This little guy is an inshore lizardfish, Synodus foetens, and if you ever saw one of these explode from the sand to snatch a small, passing anchovy or glass minnow, you'd know why the dental work is so impressive. Lizardfish are classic "ambush predators" unable to sustain a chase. Read More
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    How-to's on sight casting for sailfish in the Florida Keys. Read More
  • Where world records wait - spring actions sweet off Destins sugar-sand beaches. Read More
  • How to Jig Up Hefty Snook from Southeast Florida Inlets Read More
  • Among the many species in the barracuda family (Sphyraenidae), the largest and most widespread is the great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) - which in the International Game Fish Association record book tops out with a tie between two all-tackle records: 84 pounds, 14 ounces, taken in 1991 from the Philippines, and 85 pounds taken at Christmas Island in 1992.Although no one knows how old such monsters are, a 40-pounder was aged at 18 years, according to Shaun Kadison, marine associate at the Florida Marine Research Institute¿' Marathon office in the Keys. Read More
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