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Fishing the White Marlin Open isn’t the only way to have fun in Ocean City, Maryland.
When a CHIRP isn’t just for the birds: CHIRP transducers meet their match in sounder electronics, and the view below comes into sharp focus.
A builder of custom sportfishermen tries its hand at a mothership. Gamefisherman designed its mothership around its vaunted custom sportfisherman. Mike Matlack made his mark in fishing boats. Now he’s trying to in megayachts. mothership.
An angler goes Down Under in search of a record grander. The technique for catching big black marlin is to troll large, bridle-rigged baits off outriggers at about seven knots, the baits skipping 100 feet behind the boat. The weapon of choice is 130-pound-class tackle—better for the angler but also the fish. A stout outfit can take on the biggest fish but is also useful to quickly horse in smaller fish...
Know where the fishing is hot. XM WX Satellite Weather derives data for the images from multiple sources to ensure good resolution, it also updates the SST data four times each day.
Here’s how to know where the fishing is hot: Terrafin’s Web-based software service gives you Sea-surface temperature (SST) data for your cruising range and beyond at an affordable price.
PMY Tested: Form follows function in this work of American art. I can still hear the rain pelting the bill of my cap as I stepped aboard the water taxi in Ketchikan, Alaska. I had arrived to join a motoryacht delivery to Seattle via the Inside Passage, and I couldn’t wait to see the wild country...
Good data is key for anglers who want to capitalize on fishing conditions...
Off Costa Rica’s Marina Pez Vela, an Indo-Pacific sailfish puts the “trip” in fishing trip. We visit Marina Pez Vela, a full-service marina with high-end condos and a luxury shopping area under construction that has its hopes set on becoming a Mecca for boaters and sportfishermen alike...
Bad weather’s no match for the young at heart.
It wasn’t ideal boating weather, with a steady ENE breeze and summer rain. But enthusiastic six-year-olds don’t notice such things. When they want to go fishing, nothing can get in the way—not wind, rain, TV, or even the computer.
I am sure my father experienced the same thing when he taught me to fish. But now it was my turn, and the student was my nephew. If you want to be successful teaching children to fish, remember two things: Keep it simple and make it fun. Keep it simple by going after fish that are easy to catch; make it fun by fishing where you get a lot of bites. Out on my Manasquan River, the incoming tide and onshore wind would offer some excellent drifting—perfect for targeting fluke.
Mountains to the Sea: Ten Years After 9/11, The BTB Mako Rodeo Keeps Alive The Memory Of One Victim. There are a lot of adjectives people commonly use to describe those who pass away before their time. Fearless is not one of them...
“It’s only an island if you look at it from the water.”
—Chief Martin Brody, Jaws
There’s something to be said for surrounding yourself with water for as far as the eye can see. Most of you know what I’m talking about. The physical separation of getting out, getting away, and changing your perspective is a big part of the sea’s
It’s what happens when mother nature gets an attitude. Lightning is not my friend. Sure, cloud-to-cloud bolts can be a spectacle to behold; they’re like a Fourth of July display but without the cleanup afterwards. (Ooh, and it’s so romantic, say those log-cabin-in-the-woods diamond commercials on TV.) And cloud-to-boat lightning can be a spectacle too, unless it’s your boat lighting up, and then it’s more of an—oh, say, heart stress test.
Depending on where you fall on the lightning-enthusiasm scale, I’ve either had the fortune or misfortune to have several run-ins with Mother Nature’s electrical discharge.
At first Travis Otis, a rough-and-ready lobsterman and boatbuilder from Searsport, Maine, seems like a reasonable sort of guy. Engage him in a stint of friendly conversation, and he’ll quickly convince you that he enjoys a wholly conventional lifestyle, complete with a flourishing family business and a 36-foot Northern Bay lobsterboat that pulls enough traps during the season to guarantee him a comfortable living.
You heard it from Hamlin
We Chat Up This Conservation-Minded Angling Pioneer.
In the world of big-game fishing, Capt. Ron Hamlin needs no introduction. Indeed, it would take pages upon pages to list this angler’s many achievements and contributions to the sport. Chief among them? Hamlin has been one of
The South Jersey Shark Tournament gives anglers an introduction to biggame competition and impressive paydays too.
Most boat owners don’t start by
The world’s biggest tuna is less than half the fish it used to be.
I stood on the dock in Bimini, Bahamas, surrounded by the carcasses of a dozen or more giant bluefin tuna, the result of the day’s weigh-in of the local tuna tournament. A few locals descended on the dock with large knives to cut off steaks for dinner. The
Back In The Day
Polar bear-size bluefin once prowled near-shore Northeast waters and launched decades of epic tournament fishing.
In the early part of the 20th century, East Coast commercial fishermen were dismayed that bluefin tuna weighing 500-plus
Fishing with Technology
Blending electronics know-how with natural angling instinct can give your team a leg up on tournament day.
The old saying in fishing is “you can’t catch what’s not there.” And when people ask me for one piece of angling advice regarding fishfinding, my response is “fish where the fish are.” When heading offshore, one of the most difficult
The waters off the mid-Atlantic are the new 1,000-pound marlin hotspot.
Over the last three years, record-setting blue marlin of more than 1,000 pounds have been brought to tournament scales in the mid-Atlantic region three times. The White Marlin Open (WMO) in Ocean City, Maryland, hoisted two in consecutive years (1,062 pounds in 2009 and 1,010.5
Middle-Aged Man & the Sea
Forty-five miles off Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica, I was recently fortunate enough to witness one of life’s intimate and constant dramas. Onboard were marina executive Juan Montalto, his sons Esteban, age 15, and Jose, 13, and the crew. We were trolling the
The Screamin’ Drag
I’ll never forget the first time I heard the song that changed everything.
It was 1980, and my family was taking a vacation to the Sunshine State. I had just finished the school year and was excited to go on my first airplane ride. The flight was very cool, but even more awesome was when my dad, my brother, Chip, and myself