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Rigs and Tips

  • hogfish striking bucktail

    Learn how five professionals work some of their favorite lures to increase their success rate.

    Creep it or crank it. Find out how to master optimal retrieve speeds for the most popular lure types.
  • 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.
  • trolling offshore

    An illustrated guide takes the mystery out of how outriggers function and how anyone can set them up right the first time.

    This article shows five different rigging systems commonly used for offshore trolling from ski-boats and sport-fishing vessels. Most of the components are readily…
  • Why today's stoutest drag systems can be a blessing, curse or distraction

    Why today's stoutest drag systems can be a blessing, curse or distraction…

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

  • Drift-Fish Reefs Using Ballyhoo on Bucktail Jigs

    This neglected technique fires up reef fish from top to bottom.

    Tackle and techniques to master the lost art of drift-fishing ballyhoo on light bucktail jigs.
  • Catch Massive Bluefin Tuna on Lures

    How to target giant tuna on topwaters and artificials

    How experts catch huge bluefin tuna off North Carolina on poppers and stickbaits.
  • using a dredge from a small fishing boat

    Dredges are an essential part of your spread, and you need them to compete with the big-boat anglers.

    This guide will show you how to make the most of your dredges, even when fishing from smaller boats that might not seem feasible for the tactic.
  • hogfish striking bucktail

    Learn how five professionals work some of their favorite lures to increase their success rate.

    Creep it or crank it. Find out how to master optimal retrieve speeds for the most popular lure types.
  • rigging kite-fishing tackle for tournament

    A first-timer experiences what it takes to compete on a tournament-fishing team

    Ever wonder what it takes to be part of an offshore-tournament team with winning aspirations? Sport Fishing's Sam Hudson did it — and detailed his experience.
  • Angler holding black drum caught with artificial shrimp fishing lure

    These eight shrimp imitators raise the bar so high, you'll be compelled to go artificial

    These eight crustacean imitators are designed to outfish live shrimp.

Boating Skills