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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.

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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.

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

  • 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