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Tarpon Fishing and Catching The Elusive Silver King – Megalops Atlanticus

Tarpon Fishing and Catching The Elusive Silver King – Megalops Atlanticus

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
If you have ever had the privilege of hooking up on a big tarpon then you know the exhilaration and thrill of testing yourself in battle against one of the most sought after gamefish in the world. This distinction is easy to see at first glance as the tarpon starts a series of spectacular acrobatic leaps in the air that will have your heart pounding, your rod bending and your drag screaming. You better hold on! Since the tarpon's habitat is so close to the shoreline, fishermen of all types and skill levels can catch them. They can be caught from jetties, passes, docks, bridges, beaches, piers and rivers. Tarpon can be caught while using many types of tackle, rods, baits, lures and rigs either while fishing from a boat, canoe, kayak or walking and wading from the shoreline as t...
Cabo Sport Fishing is Like a Box of Chocolates

Cabo Sport Fishing is Like a Box of Chocolates

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
As Forrest Gump would say, you never know what you're going to get. Not too many things get me more excited than the prospect of hooking and landing big fish. The mere thought of setting the hook on a 300 pound marlin, hearing the scream of thedrag as the fish pulls off line and watching the acrobatic leaps that follow really gets my heart pumping. Fortunatelyfor me, a two and a half hour flight and a 30-minute drive is all it takes to find myself in the "billfish capital of the world". What more can a sport fisherman ask for? Well, for starters, variety. Just like biting into a randomly selected piece of chocolate, when you set out the trolling lures here in Los Cabos in search of the next big one, you just don't know what it will be. Different seasons bring different possib...
Saltwater Fishing Tips

Saltwater Fishing Tips

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
Get Rid Of Sharks Sharks buggin' you? To get rid of them pour some fish blood on a paper towel or newspaper and roll it into a ball. Toss it overboard and the sharks will follow it with the current. Many anglers move much too quickly from spot to spot. Many times a hot spot is passed right over. Don't just cast out a couple times and move on - probe it thoroughly from the deepest point right up to the most shallow. Try at least two different lures/bait. Fishing on the perimeter Always try the edges of the perimeter first, instead of plopping your bait or lure into the middle. If you do hook a fish in the middle, it will scare the others away, but if you "milk" the edges of the perimeter first, you can later move into the unsuspecting ones in the middle. Surf fishing ...
School for Sailfishing

School for Sailfishing

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
Gorgeous, acrobatic, and lit-up, Sailfish rank as the # 1 sporty catch of south Florida. But there is a lot involved in the catch and release of these sought after game fish, after all their not the best table fare. How much vacuum packed smoked Sailfish can you eat? So what's involved in catching the Sailfish? What kind of bait? What is the best rod and reel set-up? What are some of the techniques to use on the water? Let's start out and learn from the end result and work our way to the beginning. The fact is Sailfish fight their heart out, displaying themselves in full view acrobatics over and over again. Did you ever run the 100 yard dash in high school? What happened when you finished? If you were like me, you stood there with your head between your knees and tried to catc...
Panama Fishing – Coiba Island & Hannibal Banks

Panama Fishing – Coiba Island & Hannibal Banks

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
Coiba Island Located off the Pacific Coast of Panama, Coiba Island is part of the province of Veraguas and the district of Montijo. At 503 square kilometers (194 square miles), Coiba Island is the largest island in all of Central America. Coiba was originally home to the Cacique Indian tribe until Spanish settlement and conquest circa 1560. The island remained largely uninhabited until 1919, when authorities built a penal colony on the island. The colony was known and feared for its brutality and was finally closed in 2004. The entire island was declared a national park in 1992. In 2005, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Coiba Island a world heritage site. Coiba's isolation and lack of development has led to the evolut...
Spear Fishing & Sharks

Spear Fishing & Sharks

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
It seems logical that sharks and spear fishing don't mix very well together. Something about the fact that a dead fish at the end of a spear or hanging from your belt that just may attract a shark that is looking for a meal. Considering the shark's senses are highly attuned to thrashing fish and dead fish for that matter makes the spear fisher a possible unintended target. Years ago when I used to spear fish a lot in Long Island Sound, NY we didn't have the danger of a possible shark attack because back forty years ago there were only sand sharks to deal with. Now with global warming I really don't know what type of sharks migrate into Long Island Sound during the summer months. What we had to deal with were currents, fishing line and boats all of which could cause injury or ...
What Is the Best Speed for Offshore Trolling?

What Is the Best Speed for Offshore Trolling?

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
This is a question often posed by anglers new to trolling and even some veterans as well. You may have found yourself in the offshore section of your local tackle shop confused at all the different trolling lures available and wondering how the makers expect you to pull them. The truth is, there is no "best speed" to troll, it all depends on the situation and the baits you pull. I have broken down the different categories of speeds and what they are best for. The first is 0-4 knots called bump trolling. This is not really as much of trolling as much as it is giving a live bait direction to swim. Live bait is a necessity for this style and this style of trolling is specifically for it. This can be used for with cigar minnows or menhaden for kings, live hard tails for yellowfin, o...
Where Is The Best Offshore Fishing? Venice LA That’s Where!

Where Is The Best Offshore Fishing? Venice LA That’s Where!

Fishing, Saltwater Fishing
Venice LA Has The Best Offshore Fishing In The Country If you love offshore fishing you have a perfect chance to enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime in Venice, LA this summer. Venice is known for some of the best offshore fishing you can find. Although a small town, people travel from all over the country to Venice to charter a boat and go out into the Gulf of Mexico. With Venice LA only being a short drive out of New Orleans, many fishermen fly into NOLA, stay a couple nights in the world famous French Quarter then go out for the best fishing on the planet. If you have never taken a fishing charter in the Gulf, you are in for the time of your life. Old or young, male or female you can be sure that you will catch fish and come back onshore exhilarated. Here are just some of t...