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The International Masters Angling Tournament

When the legendary John Rybovich put together the first International Masters Angling Tournament in 1963 (AKA The Masters) the fishing world had no idea what it was in for. These days though, the tournament is known as perhaps the preeminent fishing competition in the world, for good reason. Read more about it here.

A Story of Man vs. Shark

For one angler, a typical day shark fishing turned into a toothy, bloody, hand-to-hand fight to the death in the blink of an eye. When a reader went mako fishing off New Jersey he was never expecting to be the one that ended up getting caught. Read about his eye-to-eye encounter with a very angry shark.

Catching a Giant Bluefin Tuna

There may be no greater challenge in the fishing world than landing a giant bluefin. Our author can tell you that from experience, as he recounts a fish he landed years ago, and the crew’s skill and bravery in getting it to the boat.

The State of the Sportfisherman

We spoke to sportfish builders from Florida, New Jersey, and North Carolina to see why they build their boats the way they do. What we found out might raise some hackles.

Expert Advice On How to Land Big Fish

Learn to use your tackle properly and you can catch big fish to your heart’s content. Fighting a big fish can be exhausting. But our writer has one trick that will not only keep your shoulder muscles fresh, it’ll help you land more fish too.

Reeling in Memories

Perhaps better than anyone on the water, anglers know the importance of living in the moment when the game is on the line. And in these days of catch and release, the memories that are created may be the best treasure of all. You'll see what we mean here.

How to Prepare for Sportfishing

To catch fish like a pro, you need to prepare like one. 

When it comes to sportfishing, the most important thing you can do to ensure a successful day on the water is to prepare. If you prepare your vessel correctly before an excursion, you’ll be able to concentrate more on the fish, and less on your boat. And that means catching more fish.

Using Kites to Catch Sailfish

If you’ve ever caught a sailfish, you know there’s nothing else quite like it. And we’d guess you probably want to catch a whole lot more. Our resident fishing expert Gary Caputi knows so many ways to help you out with that, he devoted a whole column to it. Check out his wealth of knowledge here.

Chasing the Blues Away

Opportunities come and go, but how you play the game is no fluke.

Wonderful September weather and an epic canyon report pointed to an offshore trip where we vowed to get even with the pelagics that had eluded us much of the season..

Tuna Take Flight Off Louisiana

The action is hot when yellowfin tuna take flight off Venice, Louisiana. When summer’s sizzle begins to heat up the fishing, there’s opportunity to tie into big game all over the place. But it’s hard to beat leaping hundred-pound yellowfin. Go here to find out where and how to target these feisty game fish.

Humminbird’s 360 Imaging

Electronics manufacturer Humminbird has long served the freshwater angling market and kept an eye on the big picture. And now they’ve developed a radar-like sonar system that could change the game for all boaters, saltwater and fresh. Learn more about this category-killing development here.

Fishing Sailfish Alley

Learning from Capt. Jon Duffie, an expert angler and captain, Senior Editor Jason Wood tries his hand at fishing for sailfish in Florida’s famed Sailfish Alley off Palm Beach, Florida. Check out how he did, what he caught, and what he learned, here.

Optimizing Your Electronics to Find Fish

Do your electronics help you catch more fish? Or are you spending more time turning the knobs on your helm than the crank on your reel? Learn how to use your electronics to optimize your time on the water this season—read all about it here.

Sportfishing Tip

If you’re not fishing a tournament with bait and hook-type restrictions, then why not try to mix it up with a blue marlin?

Catch a Sailfish from Your Boat

Ever wonder if you could catch a sailfish from your boat? Check out this one-page angling gameplan and get into some billfish action—we’re pretty sure you’ll come home with a fish story. See the plan here.

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